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{ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ ٱشْتَرَىٰ مِنَ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَنفُسَهُمْ وَأَمْوَالَهُمْ بِأَنَّ لَهُمُ ٱلْجَنَّةَ يُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ فَيَقْتُلُونَ وَيُقْتَلُونَ وَعْداً عَلَيْهِ حَقّاً فِي ٱلتَّوْرَاةِ وَٱلإِنْجِيلِ وَٱلْقُرْآنِ وَمَنْ أَوْفَىٰ بِعَهْدِهِ مِنَ ٱللَّهِ فَٱسْتَبْشِرُواْ بِبَيْعِكُمُ ٱلَّذِي بَايَعْتُمْ بِهِ وَذَلِكَ هُوَ ٱلْفَوْزُ ٱلْعَظِيمُ }

Indeed God has purchased from the believers their selves and their possessions, so that theirs will be [the reward of] Paradise…That is, He has purchased [one’s] self from the desires of this world and from all that distracts it from remembrance of Him, so that one’s self and wealth may become solely devoted to Him. And how can anyone who has not sold his ephemeral life and fleeting desires to God, live with God, Exalted is He? Moreover how can he live a good life?Then he said:God has purchased from the believers their selves… notwithstanding the fact that there is no good in them, and He gave them in exchange that which is entirely good, even though all that is within the two realms of existence belongs to Him. Truly this is out of His utmost graciousness(luṭf) and generosity (karam) to His believing servants.Mālik b. Dīnār has related that he passed by a palace under construction and asked the workers about their wages. Each one replied by telling him how much his wage was except for one of them. So he asked him, ‘What is your wage?’ He replied, ‘I don’t have a wage.’ He asked, ‘And why is that?’ and he replied, ‘It is because I am the servant of the owner of the palace.’ Then Mālik ⸢cried out and⸣ said, ‘O my Lord! How generous you are! All humanity are your servants, yet you have assigned them work to do and promised them a reward for it.’His words:

Tafsīr al-Tustarī, trans. Annabel Keeler and Ali Keeler
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