Divine Rewards on Obedience

Thereafter, promising vicegerency on earth for the obedient ones and followers of the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him, the divine statement is:

"Allah hath promised such of you who believe and do good works that He will surely make them to succeed (the present rulers) in the earth even as He caused those who were before them to succeed (others) and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He hath approved for them, and will give them in exchange safety after their fear. They serve Me. They ascribe no-thing as partner unto Me. Those who disbelieve henceforth, they are the miscreants." (XXIV: 55).

Under this verse Allamah Ibn Kathir has written in detail on Allah's fulfilment of this promise; a part of it is reproduced here. He has stated that Allah is promising the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him that He will make his ummah the owner of this earth and will make it the ruler of the peoples. Countries will be populated with them and Allah's slaves will be pleased with them. Today they are afraid of others; tomorrow they will have peace and safety and composure. The government and the state will be theirs. These promises during the period of their poverty were also a test for the Companions.

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