Honorable Muslims!
In verse I have recited, Allah (SWT) states, “And whoever submits his face to Allah while he is a doer of good – then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold. And to Allah will be the outcome of all matters.“[1]
In the hadith I have recited, Prophet Muhammad says, “Whoever wants to meet Allah, Allah wants to meet him, too. Whoever does not want to meet Allah, Allah does not want to meet him, either.“[2]

Dear Believers!
Allah the Almighty is the only reason for our existence. Upon His command “Be!”, all creations between heavens and earth find their place in the world. It is Allah, Who creates us from nothing, makes us live through His might, bounty, and help, and puts us to the test through His blessings.

Dear Muslims!
When the servants of Allah have sincere faith in Him, He becomes pleased with them. Having sincere faith requires wholeheartedly worshipping and living following good morals. Muslims show their love, respect, and obedience to Allah through worship and their moral behaviors.

Dear Believers!
People can sometimes be ungrateful and egoistic and pushy and careless. We are merely servants. Sometimes we happen to forget that Allah sees, hears, and expects good deeds from us at all times. We find ourselves committing sins, and making mistakes, knowingly or forgetfully. No matter what, our only shelter is Allah, Who is the Most Merciful of all the Merciful. Allah is forgiving and loves to forgive. He (SWT) keeps open the door of mercy and forgiveness until our last breath. It is stated in the Holy Qur’an, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”[3]

Dear Muslims!
Allah warns us in the Qur’an, “And be not like those who forgot Allah, so He made them forget themselves.”[4] Let us heed this warning. Let us properly protect and strengthen the bond of servitude between Allah and us. Let us duly worship Him, and let us ask for help from Him (SWT) only. Let us wholeheartedly pray to Him. Let us repent for all our sins. Let us not forget that if we forget Allah and lose our bond with Allah, He pushes us away from His mercy. He (SWT) instills fear in hearts in the world, and He does not care about us and puts us in a great punishment in the Hereafter.

[1] Luqman, 31/22.
[2] Bukhari, Riqaq, 41; Muslim, Dhikr, 14.
[3] Zumar 39/53.
[4] Hashr, 59/19.