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Do not be sad, for sickness is a transient state of being: the sin can be forgiven, the debt will be repaid, the beloved one who is abroad will return, the sinner will repent, and the poor will be increased in their wealth

Do not be sad, for do you not see how the black clouds disperse and the violent winds subside?

Your hardship will be followed by comfort and your future is bright

(Source: Book titled "Don't be Sad")

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Never Lose Hope of Allah's Mercy

Do not grieve over the hurt that is inflicted upon you by others, and forgive those who have ill-treated you ...

Do not grieve over that which has passed you by in life, for indeed you have been blessed with much.

Contemplate the many favors and gifts that Allah has bestowed upon you and be thankful to Him for them.

Remind yourself of Allah's many blessings, for He, The Almighty, says:

"And if you would count the blessings of Allah, never would you be able to count them" (16:18)

(Source: Book titled "Don't be Sad")

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Do Not Be Sad: Wait Patiently for a Happy Outcome

The following hadith is found in the book of Al-Tirmidhi:

"The best form of worship is to wait (patiently) for a happy outcome." ...

If a situation reaches the level of crisis, then expect a light and an opening to appear. ...

(A wise man once said):

"Let events flow in their predestined path,

And do not sleep except with a clear mind,

Between the period of the blinking of the eye and its opening,

Allah changes things from one state to another."

(Source: Book titled "Don't be Sad")

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Cast off Anxiety

Do not be sad, for sadness is like a hurricane that violently tosses the waves, changing the atmosphere and destroying the blooming flowers of the luxuriant garden ...

Do not be sad, because the one who is sad is like a person who pours water in a bucket that has a hole in it ...

Do not be sad, for in truth your Lord forgives sins and accepts repentance

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Don't be Sad:

Live today as if it were the last day of your life. With this frame of mind and outlook towards life, you have no reason to allow sadness or anger to steal the little time you have ...

Live with heart, body and soul for today only, without dwelling upon the past and without being anxious about the future ...

A Chinese proverb reads "Do not cross the bridge till you reach it"

In other words, be anxious of events only when they come to pass.

How can he truly live who carries with him the concerns of the past, the present and the future?

How can one find peace while constantly recollecting that which has already occured?

(Source: Book titled "Don't be Sad")

Being positive and taking one day at a time without worrying about the future is important for inner peace

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Controlling One's Emotions

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said:

"Verily, true patience is that which is displayed during the initial shock"

When one contains his emotions, upon both the joyful and the calamitous occasion, he is likely to achieve peace and tranquility, happiness and comfort, and the taste of triumph over his own self. ...

Those who are constant in prayer are on a middle path in times of both joy and sorrow. They are thankful during times of ease and are patient during times of hardship.

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The Art of Happiness

Do not be sad. If you are poor, then someone else is emmersed in debt.

If you do not own your means of transportation, then someone else has been deprived of his legs.

If you have reason to complain concerning the pains of sickness, then someone else has been bedridden for years....

Do not be sad, because if you are you disturb your soul and heart and you prevent yourself from sleeping

(Source: Book titled "Don't be Sad")

"Count your blessings" is an important key for happiness and inner peace. Don't think of those who have more than yourself, always think of those who have less and say Al-Hamdulel-Allah

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The Art of Happiness - 2

Among the greatest of blessings is to have a calm, stable and happy heart. For in happiness, the mind is clear, enable one to be a productive person.

It has been said that happiness is an art that needs to be learned, and if you learn it, you will be blessed in this life.

But how does one learn it?

A basic principle in achieving happiness is having an ability to endure and to cope with any situation. ...

Based on the purity of the heart and its ability to endure, a person will shine. When you train yourself to be patient and forbearing, then hardship and calamity will be easy for you to bear. ...

Basic to the art of happiness is to bridle our thoughts and to restrain them, not allowing them to wander, stray, escape or go wild. For if you were to leave your thoughts to wander as they wish, then they will run wild and control you. They will open the catalogue of your past woes. ...

"And put your trust in the Ever-Living One who dies not" (25:58)

(Source: Book titled "Don't be Sad")

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Is Wealth Really That Important?

Life is like an art or a science: it needs to be learned and cultivated.

It is much better for a person to plant love in his life than to glorify money, using all his might to help it ease its way into his pocket or his account.

What is life when all its energy are exploited and used for the sole purpose of accumulating wealth, an existence where no energy is directed towards the cultivation of beauty, splendor and love?

Most people do not open their eyes to the beauty of life, but open them only to gold and silver. ...

Blessed is the one who has a teacher that helps him to develop his natural abilities and broaden his horizons. ... The soul should be like the sun radiating light and hope. The heart should be filled with tenderness, virtue, benevolence, and a geniune love for spreading goodness to all those that are connected to it.

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Being Sad is Not Encouraged in Our Religion

Sadness enervates the soul's will to act and paralyzes the body into inactivity. Sadness prevents one from action instead of compelling one towards it.

The heart benefits nothing from grief. The most beloved thing to the Devil is to make the worshipper sad in order to prevent him from continuing on his path. ...

A Muslim must repel sadness and fight it in any way that is permissible in our religion.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) sought refuge in it in the following supplication:

"O Allah, I seek refuge in You from anxiety and grief"

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Be Just

(Thus We made you a just nation) (2:143)

Both your conscience and your Religion demand that you be just, which means you should neither exaggerate nor understate, neither go into excess nor do too little.

Whoever seeks happiness should be just, regardless of whether he is in an angry, a sad or a joyful mood. Exaggeration in our dealings with others is unacceptable. The best course is the middle course. Whoever follows his desires will likely magnify the importance of any given situation, always making a big deal out of nothing. ...

More often than not, what you feel will happen in the future does not end up taking place.

Here is something you should try: when you fear something, immagine that the worst possible outcome takes place, and then train yourself to feel prepared and contented with that outcome.

If you do this, you will find that you have saved yourself from apprehensions and superstitions that would otherwise have caused you much grief.

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Be content with that which Allah has given you and you will be the richest of people

Wealth, appearance, children, house, and talents - you must be content with your share in these things

Allah says in The Qur'an:

(So hold that which I have given you and be of the grateful) (7:144)

Most Islamic scholars and pious Muslims of the early generations of Islam were poor; needless it is to say that they did not have beautiful houses or nice cars. Yet, despite these disadvantages, they led fruitful lives, and they benefited mankind, not by some miracle, but because they used all that they were given, and spent their time in the correct way.

Hence they were blessed in their lives, their time and their talents. ...

If you are a seeker of happiness, be satisfied with the looks Allah has favored you with, with your family situation, with the sound of your voice, with the level of your understanding, and with the amount of your salary.

Certain educators go further than this by saying you should imagine being contented with even less than you actually have now.

(Source: Book titled "Don't be Sad")

So be content, and don't be sad!

 
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Be Patient

If you or I will not be patient, then what else is there for us to do?

Do you have an alternative solution? Do you know of any provision that is better than patience? ...

Be patient, and know that your patience is only through Allah. Have the patience of one who is confident of forthcoming ease, of one who knows that there will be a good ending, and of one who seeks reward from his Lord.

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Travel in the Land

There is one activity worthy of mention here, because it both gives pleasure and removes dark clouds that may hang over you, namely for you to travel through the lands, observe the open book of creation, and appreciate all of its wonders ...

Leave your home and contemplate that which surrounds you. Climb mountains, traverse valleys, ascend trees, and drink sweet pure spring water. Thereupon you will find your soul to be free like the bird that sings and swims in the sky in perfect rapture.

Leave your home and remove the black blindfold from your eyes, and then travel through the spacious lands of Allah, remembering and glorifying Him.

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