Friday sermon: the peace that comes with being a true believer

A true Muslim's heart is filled with conviction and assurance of faith. The believer feels at peace and grateful for the gifts bestowed by Allah, the sermon will tell worshippers on Friday.

So how amazing it is to be a believer, the Prophet Mohammed once said.

“Indeed their entire affair is good. And this is not the case with anyone except a believer. Should prosperity come their way, [believers] are grateful and that is good for them. Should adversity come their way, ­[believers] patiently persevere,” he said.

True believers live their lives in a cheerful and positive way. They have peace of mind in the knowledge that they will be cared for by Allah. “And whosoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart.” (Quran 64:11)

There are many rewards for faith, the sermon will say.

Whoever is kind, helps others and lives feeling fortunate and happy will enter Paradise in a state of bliss.

“Those who have believed and done righteous deeds, their Lord will guide them because of their faith. Beneath them rivers will flow in the Gardens of Pleasure.” (Quran 10:9)

Worshippers should be grateful and humble for their blessings, thanking Allah frequently. It is with gratitude that blessings are made to persist and negative occurrences are repelled.

The Quran says that anyone who is grateful for all they face will be rewarded further.

Patience is another quality in a believer that is highly rewarded. The sermon will call on worshippers to pray to Allah that He might make them patient, more pious and obedient.

A true believer also realises that adversity is a gift and affliction is a blessing in disguise when responded to correctly.

The mark of a true Muslim is the ability to remain steadfast in faith and grateful regardless of what comes their way.

Name: Colm McLoughlin

Country: Galway, Ireland

Job: Executive vice chairman and chief executive of Dubai Duty Free

Favourite golf course: Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club

Favourite part of Dubai: Palm Jumeirah


The biog

Favourite hobby: I love to sing but I don’t get to sing as much nowadays sadly.

Favourite book: Anything by Sidney Sheldon.

Favourite movie: The Exorcist 2. It is a big thing in our family to sit around together and watch horror movies, I love watching them.

Favourite holiday destination: The favourite place I have been to is Florence, it is a beautiful city. My dream though has always been to visit Cyprus, I really want to go there.

A Cat, A Man, and Two Women
Translated by Paul McCarthy
Daunt Books 

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