Hayaatan Tayyiba: a good life

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 

16:97

“Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life…” [Surat an-Nahl, 16-97]

The English translation doesn’t really do it for me here. Allah says “Fa lanuhyiyanahu” there is so much emphasis here- WE DEFINITELY WILL. WE SURELY WILL. WE WILL SURELY BRING HIM TO LIFE- A GOOD (TAYYIBA) LIFE.
And what is Tayyiba? What does it mean? It is the opposite of something that is wicked. An “ardh tayyiba” is land or soil that is fertile; a “reeh tayyiba” is a gentle wind and a “balda tayyiba” is a town that has a lot of good in it.
And don’t we all want that? A good life, a life of serenity?
Any good that you do beautifies your life. We are sometimes stingy, and don’t want to give because we are in a bad mood. But Allah is telling us, whoever does good, Allah will bring him to life, a life that is good. Don’t belittle your action. And now so many studies confirm this: doing good for others makes you feel good. And good deeds is not just doing for others, but connecting to Allah. And even then there is evidence of the benefits of meditation and reflection.
May follow the advise of that verse!
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