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The things necessary for everybody, and
especially for the youth, are three:
The first thing is to correct the faith, so as from
the Hell fire to be set free.
For that purpose you must gain the exact
knowledge of faith and iman [1].
Knowledge is required to believe and then to act
upon the Divine Firman.
You should learn the aqaid [2], and fiqh [3] as much as
needed in your case.
The second thing is to obey the shari’at [4] and follow
Muhammad (alaihissalam) pace by pace.
The third thing is to acquire ikhlas [5] in every deed
discarding vanity and show.
In obtaining all these essentials of Islam, you
should be like an arrow in a bow,
The acceptance and reward for a deed with no
ikhlas is impossible to find.
The source of ikhlas is tasawwuf [6] , keep that
always in mind. GLOSSARY
[1] iman: faith, belief, beliefs of Islam; kalam, i’tiqad.
[2] aqa’id: doctrines, dogmas, tenets (of a religious faith).
[3] fiqh: knowledge dealing with what Muslims should do and should not do; actions, a’mal, ‘ibadat.
[4] Shari’at: (pl. of Shari’a) i) rules and commandments as a whole of the religion. ii) religion.
[5] ikhlas: (quality, intention or state of) doing everything only for Allahu ta’ala’s sake; sincerity.
[6] tasawwuf: (Islamic sufism as defined by Islam) knowledge and (after adapting oneself to fiqh) practice of the manners of the Prophet (‘alaihi ‘s-salam) which strengthens iman, makes the practice of fiqh easy and provides one to attain ma’rifa; ‘ilm at-tasawwuf. [See the book Maktubat by Ahmad al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi (rahmatullahi ta’ala ‘alaih)].
The first of the six essentials of îmân is to believe that Allâhu ta’âlâ is the Wâjib al-wujûd and the Real Ma’bûd (the One Worshipped) and the Creator of all creatures. It should be believed for certain that He alone creates everything [every substance, atoms, elements, molecules, compounds, organic substances, cells, life, death, every event, every reaction, all kinds of power and sorts of energy, movements, laws, spirits, angels and every being living or lifeless out of nothing, and He makes them all survive] in both this world and the next without material, time or similarity, out of nonexistence. As He created all creatures in the universe [in one moment while they had been nonexistent], so He [creates some of them from one another, and, when the time for Doomsday comes, in one moment He] will annihilate everything. He is the Creator, Owner, Absolute Ruler of all creatures. It has to be believed and acknowledged that there is nobody to dominate Him, to command Him or to be superior to Him. Every type of Superiority, every Attribute of Perfection, belongs to Him only. No defect, no deficient attribute exists in Him. He is able to do what He wills. What he does is not intended to be useful to Him or to others. He does not do something for a reward. In everything He does, however, there are hidden causes (hikma), uses, blessings and favours. A person with reason and scientific knowledge can understand this easily by thinking. Allâhu ta’âlâ in many places of Qur’ân al-kerîm, scolds and disgraces disbelievers because they didn’t use their minds; they didn’t think by observing the earth, the skies and themselves, and thus attain îmân. The book Ma’rifatnâme writes, “Sayyed Sharîf Jurjânî, a great Islamic scholar, says that the knowledge of astronomy helps a wise and reasonable person to realize the existence of Allâhu ta’âlâ. Imâm-i Ghazâlî says that he who does not know astronomy and anatomy cannot realize Allâh’s existence.
The mercy, the favors, and the blessings of Allahu ta’ala are so great that they are actually unlimited. Because He felt pity for His born servants, He revealed through an angel to His Prophets the good deeds to be done and the evil deeds to be avoided. He also revealed the holy books wherein His orders were sent to them so that they could live on the earth brotherly, happily and in comfort, and thereby attain eternal happiness, and the endless blessings of the Hereafter. Only the Qur’an al-karim has remained uncorrupted, but all the other books were changed by malevolent people. The more you observe the fards (obligatory duties) and harams (prohibitions), that is, the principles (ahkam) in the Qur’an al-karim, the happier and the more comfortable a life you can lead, no matter whether you are an atheist or not, a believer or not, aware or not. This is similar to the fact that a good medicine enables everybody to get rid of his pain and problem, if it is used. That is why those who are non-Muslims, or even atheists, and some nations that are the enemies of Islam are successful in many of their businesses, and lead a very happy and comfortable life by working in conformity with the laws in the Qur’an al-karim. On the other hand, many people who claim to be Muslim, and who do their worships as a mere formality, are living in misery and discomfort because they do not follow the divine rules and the high morality written in the Qur’an al-karim. To attain eternal happiness in the Hereafter by following the Qur’an al-karim, it is necessary to believe in it first, and then to follow it consciously and intentionally. Tagged on:             

It is stated in the hadiths [1] in Ma’rifatnama, “The happy person is the one who abandons the world before the world abandons him;”

“For him who desires the next world and works for the next world Allahu ta’ala makes this world a servant;” “He who works only for the world gets only what is in his qadar [1]. His matters are complicated and his worries are many;” It is so astonishing that a person believes that the next world is eternal and yet holds fast to this world;” “The world was created for you, and you were created for the next world. And in the next world there is no place other than Paradise and Hell fire;” “May the person who worships money and food be annihilated!;” “I do not think about your becoming poor, nor do I worry about it. I fear that you, having obtained plenty of the world, may become disobedient towards Allahu ta’ala and hostile against one onether, exactly as it happened to your predecessors;” “The harm of the ambition of property and fame to man is more than the harm of two hungry wolves that have run among a flock of sheep;” “Abandon the world so that Allahu ta’ala will love you! Do not cast a covetous eye upon others’ property so that everybody will love you;” “The world is like a bridge to be passed. Do not try to repair this bridge. Pass it as soon as you can and go!”; “Work for the world as much as the length of time you will stay here, and work for the next world as much as the length of time you will stay there!” ---------------------------------------------------------- GLOSSARY [1] hadith (sharif): i) a saying of the Prophet (‘alaihi ‘s-salam).; al-Hadith ash-sharif: all the hadiths as a whole; ii) ‘ilm al-hadith; iii) Books of the hadith ash-sharif. iv)Al-hadith al-qudsi, as-sahih, al-hasan: kinds of hadiths (for which, see Endless Bliss, II).
[2] qadar Allahu ta’ala’s predestination in eternity of things that have been and will be created from eternity in the past to the everlasting future.
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Subjects relating to belief of ahl as-Sunnat are quoted from famous Ahl as-Sunnat scholars' books. The Turkish original of the book Se’âdet-i Ebediyye consists of three sections, all of which add up to more than a thousand pages. In the first section we have written in full detail how to perform all acts of worship according to the Hanafî Madhhab. However, we did not cover that material in the first fascicle; it can be found in the other fascicles. The other two sections, in addition to “Final Word of Se’âdet Ebediyye,” which is in the end of section three, make up the presently existing first fascicle. This fascicle, along with the others, has been prepared so that our noble readers may obtain great use from them. In order for our books to reach our dear readers, we pray for Allahu ta’âlâ’s help and assistance.