he Qur'an states that hopefulness is an important characteristic ofbelievers and, at the same, an indication of their faith. Knowingthat everything happens according to Allah's will, believers do notfall into despair or become hopeless and pessimistic. And, since believersknow that Allah will accept their prayers, they do not doubt, even for asecond, that a seemingly terrible event is simply a part of their test andthat eventually it will work out for the best.Hope in Allah's mercy and Paradise greatly influence a person's wholelife, attitude toward life, sincerity of worship, and resolve. Those whohope for Allah’s mercy cannot do anything that He has forbidden, ignoresomething that He has commanded, say a bad word, or neglect the voiceof their conscience. They advise people to good and right, discouragethem from evil, and carry out with enthusiasm many other forms of wor-ship Allah has commanded.Within this enthusiastic make-up there is no room for hopelessness.These are the people with whom Allah is content, and to whom He haspromised Paradise.
The author, who writes under the pen-nameHarun Yahya, was born in Ankara in 1956. Hestudied arts at Istanbul's Mimar Sinan Univer-sity, and philosophy at Istanbul University.Since the 1980s, the author has published manybooks on political, faith-related and scientific is-sues. Greatly appreciated all around the world,these works have been instrumental in helpingmany to return their faith in Allah, and, in manyothers, to gain a deeper insight into their faith. Harun Yahya's books ap-peal to all kinds of readers, regardless of their age, race, or nationality,for they focus on one objective: to broaden the readers' perspective byencouraging them to think about a number of critical issues, such as theexistence of Allah and His unity, and to live by the values He prescribedfor them.