The Good Life, and how to get it: Tafsir ibn Kathir

Allah says in surah al-Nahl:

مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِنْ ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنْثَى وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُمْ بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ

“Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward according to the best of what they used to do.” [16:97]

Imam ibn Kathir, in his famous book of tafsir explains:

هذا وعد من الله تعالى لمن عمل صالحا- وهو العمل المتابع لكتاب الله تعالى وسنة نبيه من ذكر أو أنثى من بني آدم، وقلبه مؤمن بالله ورسوله، وإن هذا العمل المأمور به مشروع من عند الله- بأن يحييه الله حياة طيبة في الدنيا وأن يجزيه بأحسن ما عمله في الدار الآخرة.

“This is a promise from Allah to whoever does righteous deeds – which are actions in accordance with the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet – whether the doer be male of female from the Children of Adam – and his/her heart is a believer in Allah and His Messenger – and so long as these deeds are from Allah’s Divinely Legislated commands, then this is a promise that Allah cause him to live a good life in this dunya  and that He will reward him in the next life according to the best of what he/she used to do.


والحياة الطيبة تشمل وجوه الراحة من أي جهة كانت. وقد روي عن ابن عباس وجماعة أنهم فسروها بالرزق الحلال الطيب


“And the good life includes all sorts of comforts/ease. And it has been narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas and a group of exegetes that they explained it as good and lawful provisions.”

[Tafsir ibn Kathir 4/601]

See also: “Whoever follows My guidance will neither go astray nor suffer”: Tafsir of Sheikh bin Baaz

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