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Topic: What are the Keys of Happiness in Islam?
Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Subject: What are the Keys of Happiness in Islam?
Date Posted: 07 February 2009 at 2:15am
Muslims believe that following Islam leads to happiness in this life and in the Hereafter
 
 
But what are the main keys of happiness in Islam?
 
What to you find are the factors that lead to a happy life?
 
 
 
 


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Posted By: Entezaar
Date Posted: 07 February 2009 at 4:04pm

salaam,

islam is a religion of inner peace and happiness.....this is because u follow the ways in which Allah (swt) set out for mankind....
you avoid haraam, such as stealing, lying, cheating....or even greater issues regarding social life.....
avoiding haraam and things that upsets ur relatives and neigbours
 
 
the happiness in the hereafter is that you are in Heaven (inshallah) and being blessed with whatever you desire in Jannah, and not being punished by the fire of hell...
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 February 2009 at 10:27pm
I agree with you that Islam is a religion of inner peace, and that this inner peace is the main source of happiness
 
What are the main factors that lead to inner peace?
 
 
 


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Posted By: ruby
Date Posted: 08 February 2009 at 6:40am
Assalaamuwalaikum
 
For me being a muslim, Alhamdulillah, the thing makes me happy- is every day chores- i personally am a very lazy person , but these every day works helps me to fight from my laziness
like cleaning, cooking for my family, sitting with my daughter and read Arabic, visiting this forum, ofcourse reading namaaz , tazbi , fasting ,Alhamdulillah
 
I am happy with what i have(Alhamdulillah), i feel happy when i meet my friends and family and greet them ..,
 
not thinking about money every time,
its a bit triky subject- we do need money but not in excess..,
i dont know some people like very close senior family member thinks that if u have money u are strong ..,
 
 (it does disturb me.., when i was in India thats what i believed , to be honest.., but when i started my own career, i found my self that Allah gives you as he wishes and also he will gives if you are worth it ..,)
 
  , may be money may make you stronger .. , people ask for you if u are rich they call u for all sorts of ceremonies .., but if in the same family if u dont have enough they are not bothered even among muslim families..,
 
 even tough its a fact  but i do accept that coz one day we all will leave these possessions and have to die so i personally dont give importance to money..,
 
I am happy with what i have(Alhamdulillah), i feel happy when i meet my friends and family and greet them ..,


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 February 2009 at 10:34pm
Money is important, and having the basics is needed for a balanced life
 
But money on its own as you said is not enough for living a happy life, and the proof is that many people who own many millions are not happy people. In fact some of them are unhappy because they become slaves to money
 
One of the important keys to a happy life is to have worldly possessions in your hand not in your heart, for once it enters the heart (i.e. once one loves money, ... etc.) it becomes a main goal in life and takes away freedom and the peace of mind as it turns people into slaves wanting more wealth
 
What else leads to happiness?
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 June 2009 at 9:48pm
28 suggestions in this article:
 
http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1216030546799&pagename=Zone-English-Discover_Islam%2FDIELayout - http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1216030546799&pagename=Zone-English-Discover_Islam%2FDIELayout
 
Some of them are good reminders .....
 
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 07 June 2009 at 7:21pm

Jazakh Allah Khair Brother Al Cardoby.... great reminders...Thank You

 

The Meaning of Happiness in Islam

Happiness is a feeling that resides in the heart. It is characterized by peace of mind, tranquility, a sense of well-being, and a relaxed disposition. It comes as a result of proper behavior, both inward and outward, and is inspired by strong faith. This is attested to by the Qur’ân and Sunnah. Allah says:
- Whoever works righteousness as a believer, whether male or female, We will give a good life.

- Then, whoever follows My guidance shall neither go astray nor be distressed. But whoever turns away from My reminder will have a life of hardship.
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “True enrichment does not come through possessing a lot of wealth, but true enrichment is the enrichment of the soul.”

Happiness is Not Restricted to Material Things

From an Islamic viewpoint, happiness is not restricted to material prosperity, though material reasons make up some of the elements of happiness. The material aspect is merely a means, but not the end in itself. Thus, the focus in attaining happiness is on nonmaterial, more abstract concerns, like the positive effects of good behavior. Allah says:
- And the cattle, He has created them for you; in them there is warm clothing and numerous benefits, and from them you eat. There is beauty in them for you when you bring them home in the evening and when you lead them to pasture in the morning.

- Say (O Muhammad): “Who has forbidden the adornment given by Allah that He has brought forth for his servants, and the good things of sustenance?” Say: “They are, in the life of this world, for those who believe, and exclusively for them on the Day of Resurrection.”
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Among the things that can bring happiness to the son of Adam are a pious wife, a good home, and a good means of transport.”

Islam Ensures Eternal Happiness for Humanity

Islam comes with a complete way of life. It provides rules and procedures to prepare a person for life in both this world and the next. In this way, Islam ensures a person’s well being in this world as well as in the life to come. Islam comes to protect the highest needs of man: life, reason, wealth, lineage, and faith.

Happiness, from an Islamic perspective, occurs on two levels:

1. Worldly happiness: Islamic Law lays down a number of injunctions and regulations to guarantee man’s happiness during his worldly life, which is his first life. At the same time, Islam emphasizes that the life of this world is nothing more than a means of attaining the Hereafter, which is the true life that we all must strive to attain. Allah says:
- Whoever works righteousness as a believer, whether male or female, We will give a good life.

- Seek, with what Allah has given you, the abode of the Hereafter, and do not forget your share of this world.

- Little are the enjoyments of the life of this world as compared to the Hereafter.
2. Eternal happiness: This is the true, lasting happiness. This happiness depends on the righteousness of the individual in his worldly life. Allah says:
- Those whose lives the angels take while they are in a pious state, to them the angels will say: ‘Peace be upon you. Enter Paradise because of that which you used to do.

- For those who do good in this world, there is good, and the abode of the Hereafter will be better; and excellent indeed will be the abode of the pious.

The Life of This World is Not an Earthly Paradise

Islam has clearly defined the role of the human being on Earth. It has made him vicegerent therein, whereby he must strive to inhabit and develop the Earth, bring about prosperity, and work for the best interests of mankind in this world. These noble objectives are surrounded by difficulties and require man to exert a lot of effort and to bear heavy burdens in order to fulfill them. Life is not always as easy and simple as we would wish it to be. Quite the contrary, it goes from being easy to being very difficult, just like a person goes from being healthy to being ill or from being poor to being rich and vice versa. Man must constantly deal with these trials throughout his life. In this way, he can realize the noblest qualities that these trials demand from him, like patience, willpower, determination, courage, reliance upon Allah, industry, and good morals.

These qualities are among the greatest sources of tranquility, peace of mind, and happiness. Allah says:
Surely, we will try you with something of fear, hunger and loss of wealth, lives, and the fruits of your labor, but give glad tidings to the patient ones; who, when afflicted with calamity say, ‘To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.’ These are the ones who will receive blessings and mercy from their Lord, and these are the ones who are rightly guided.
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “How astonishing is the affair of the believer. All of his affairs turn out for the best. If goodness befalls him, he is thankful and this is good for him, and if ill fortune befalls him, he is patient and this is good for him.”

Means of Attaining Happiness

1. Faith and good works: Faith brings about happiness in many ways:

A. A person who believes in Allah alone without associating with Him any partner, with a belief that is pure and free from any defects, will enjoy a tranquil heart, a peaceful soul, and will not be full of worry and anxiety over life. He will be pleased with whatever Allah has ordained for him; thankful for all the good things in his life and patient with misfortune. The submission of a believer to Allah gives him the peace of mind that a person needs in order to be industrious and hard working. This is because he senses that his life has meaning and a definite purpose that he must strive to achieve. Allah says:
Those who believe and do not mix their belief with iniquity, for them there is security and they are the rightly guided.
B. Faith gives a person an ideal to strive for. His life is invested with a higher meaning that inspires him to work and expend his efforts in order to realize it. This keeps him away from living a narrow, selfish life. He instead lives his life for the good of others in the society in which he lives. A person who lives only for himself finds his days shortened and his goals constrained. When he, instead, lives for the ideal that inspires him, his life appears long and beautiful, beginning with the dawn of humanity and continuing long after he leaves the Earth. This enhances his perception of the moments, hours, and days of his life.

C. Faith is not only a means to attain happiness; it is also a means to ward off the things that prevent happiness. This is because the believer knows that he is going to be tried and tested throughout his life and that these trials are opportunities for him to put his faith into practice. They help the believer to develop inner strength through the noble qualities of patience and determination, and through trusting in Allah, seeking His assistance, and fearing Him alone. These qualities are some of the most effective ways of realizing the objectives of life, and of bearing life’s trials. Allah says:
If you are suffering, then they too are suffering as you are, but you hope from Allah what they do not hope for.
2. High moral standards that inspire one to do good for others: Man is a social being who needs to interact with beings of his own kind. It is not possible for him to exist independently of others in every aspect of his life. Interacting with others is unavoidable, and people differ greatly in their physical and mental peculiarities. Thus, it is unavoidable that displeasing things will happen between people that can cause them sorrow and distress. If a person cannot deal with these things in an honorable manner, then his interaction with others – which in and of itself is unavoidable – will be a great source of distress and misery for his life. For this reason, Islam emphasizes morality and the development of moral character.

Allah says, describing the Messenger (peace be upon him):
- And verily you (O Muhammad) are of an exalted standard of character.

- And by the mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and hard-hearted, they would have dispersed from around you; so overlook their faults and ask Allah’s for their forgiveness; and consult them in affairs.
Allah says:
- Help one another in virtue and piety, and do not help one another in sin and transgression.

- The good deed and the evil deed are not equal. Repel evil with that which is better, then verily the one between whom and you there was enmity will become as if he was a close friend.
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “I was only sent to perfect moral character.”

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “The similitude of the believer in his affection and mercy towards other believers is like that of one body; if any part of it feels pain, the whole body becomes feverish and restless.”

3. Remembering Allah often and constantly being aware of His presence: A person’s satisfaction with another depends on the esteem that he has for him. Allah is the greatest source of peace for the heart, and the one whose remembrance can bring joy to the soul. Remembrance of Allah is the pleasure and comfort of the believer while attaining what benefits him and avoiding what harms him. For this reason, Islamic Law prescribes a number of specific remembrances to relate the Muslim back to his Lord whatever the circumstance, in every place, and at all times, when hoping for something desired, or fearing something disliked.

These remembrances connect the believer’s conscience with his Creator, so he sees beyond the cause and effect relationships in the world around him. Consequently, he does not exaggerate their importance so much that they can disturb his spirit. He does no exalt the worldly causes of things beyond their limits, because he realizes that these causes in and of themselves have no effect, but their effects come only by the decree of Allah. Allah says:
Verily, in the remembrance of Allah hearts find rest.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) commanded the Muslim man to say when getting married to a woman: “O Allah, I ask of you the goodness within her and the goodness that you have made her inclined towards, and I seek refuge with you from the evil within her and the evil that you have made her inclined towards.”

The Muslim should say when the wind begins to blow fiercely: “O Allah I ask you for the good of it, the good that it contains, and the good that it was sent with; and I seek refuge with you from its evil, the evil within it, and the evil that it was sent with.”

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) spoke of the necessity of taking proper action to accomplish what one wants to accomplish, seeking the help of Allah, and not grieving if the results are not the ones that were hoped for. He said: “Strive for what benefits you and seek the help of Allah and do not behave as if you are incapable. And do not say, ‘If only I had done this or that, it would have been this way or that.’ Instead say, ‘Allah decreed what he decreed and what he wishes to do he does.’ Otherwise, you open the way for Satan’s handiwork.”

4. Maintaining one’s health: This covers all aspects of health: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

Physical health: Man is naturally concerned with preserving his physical health, this being part of his instinct to survive. It is also a means of realizing his worldly aims of attaining food, drink, clothing, and transportation.

Islam is concerned with man’s survival and physical health. It forbids murder and prohibits consuming things that are hazardous to one’s health. Allah says:
Do not kill a person – whose life Allah has made sacred – except in the dispensation of justice.
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) says: “There shall be no harm nor causing of harm.”

Emotional Health: Many people are heedless of the importance of emotional health and are equally heedless of the way to take care of it, in spite of the fact that it a basic pillar of happiness. For this reason, Islam strives to develop a person’s inner state in the best manner, purifying it with noble qualities. One of the most important matters here is the development of a balanced, harmonious, and composed emotional makeup. The basis for an upright emotional character is, first and foremost, faith. Thereafter come the other important elements of an upright emotional character, like possessing a high standard of morality and avoiding ignoble traits like anger, pride, conceit, stinginess, worldly ardor, envy, and malice, traits that can only lead to emotional instability and anxiety. Allah says:
- Do not strain your eyes in longing for the things that we have given to some groups of them to enjoy, the splendor of the life of this world, through which we test them. But the provision of your Lord is better and more lasting.

- O you who believe, let not one group scoff at another; it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor let some women scoff at other women; it may be that the latter are better than the former. Do not defame one another and do not call each other by nicknames. How evil is the name of iniquity after faith. And whoever does not repent, these are indeed transgressors. O you who believe, avoid much suspicion. Indeed some suspicion is sinful. And do not spy on or backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “If there are three of you, do not two of you talk secretly to one another to the exclusion of the third until you mix with other people, because you may hurt his feelings.”

Mental Health: The rational mind is the basis for accountability in Islamic Law. Therefore, the Wise Lawgiver commands that it should be preserved and protected and prohibits everything that can diminish it or cause it harm. Alcoholic beverages and drugs are among the worst things that can cause the loss of mental faculties. For this reason, Allah has forbidden them, saying:
O you who believe, intoxicants, gambling, idols, and divination are abominations of Satan’s handiwork. So avoid all of it so that perhaps you might be successful. Satan wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants and gambling and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. So will you not then abstain?
Spiritual Health: Islamic Law has taken great care to set down ways to ensure and preserve spiritual health. It encourages the believer to remember Allah at all times. Likewise it makes a minimum amount of worship obligatory upon him to ensure that he gets his spiritual nourishment. This includes the prescribed prayers, fasting, Zakâh tax, and the Hajj pilgrimage. It then opens for him a wide door for voluntary worship of every kind. These forms of worship return the worshipper to his Lord and reaffirm the bond that exist between him and Allah whenever the deluge of worldly concerns starts to sweep him away. For this reason, Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) would say: “The coolness of my eyes is prayer.” He also used to say to Bilâl, the one who would give the call to prayer: “O Bilâl, let us find relaxation in prayer.”

Islamic Law prohibits everything that can cause spiritual sickness and weakness. It prohibits us from following our vain desires, clinging to baseless beliefs, and devotion to pleasure, because these things blind the heart and make it heedless of Allah’s remembrance. For this reason, Allah says, describing the unbelievers in the following way:
Those who disbelieve will enjoy this world and eat as cattle eat, and the Hellfire will be their abode.

One Should Pursue the Material Provisions

It has already been affirmed in what preceded that Islam does not deny the importance of material causes for realizing happiness, except that these material things are not a necessary condition for it; they are merely one of many means that can work together to bring it about. Many of the sacred texts attest to this fact. Allah says:
Who has forbidden the adornment given by Allah that He has brought forth for his servants, and the good things of sustenance?
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “How good pure wealth is for a pious servant.”

He also said: “Among the things that can bring happiness to the son of Adam are a pious wife, a good home, and a good means of transport.”

Managing Time

Time is a person’s capital, being the duration of his stay on this world. Islam, therefore, is very concerned with time. It makes the believer responsible for the time at his disposal. On the Day of Judgment, he will be asked about it. Islamic Law requires that he manages his time wisely and utilizes it well. This is achieved by balancing his worldly needs with his worship and caring for his spiritual needs. Islam encourages the believer to get maximum benefit out of his time, filling it with beneficial activities and good deeds.

Allah says:
O you who believe, do not let your wealth and children prevent you from the remembrance of Allah. Whosoever does this; they are surely among the losers. And spend from what We have provided you before one of you approaches death and says, ‘My Lord, if you would only give me a little more time, I would give in charity and I would be one of the righteous.
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “The feet of a servant will not turn away on the Day of Judgment until he is asked about four things: his lifetime, how he lived it; his youth, how he spent it; his wealth, from where he earned it and on what he spent it; and his work, what work did he used to do.”

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) also said: “There are two blessings that many people wish they had: health and free time.”

The Prophet (peace be upon him) counseled us to balance our time, saying: “Give your hearts rest every hour, because if the heart is forced, it becomes blind.”

http://www.islamtoday.com/discover_islam.cfm?cat_id=6&sub_cat_id=54 - http://www.islamtoday.com/discover_islam.cfm?cat_id=6&sub_cat_id=54


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 June 2009 at 1:37pm
Originally posted by a well wisher

Islam Ensures Eternal Happiness for Humanity

Islam comes with a complete way of life. It provides rules and procedures to prepare a person for life in both this world and the next. In this way, Islam ensures a person’s well being in this world as well as in the life to come. Islam comes to protect the highest needs of man: life, reason, wealth, lineage, and faith.

Happiness, from an Islamic perspective, occurs on two levels:

1. Worldly happiness: Islamic Law lays down a number of injunctions and regulations to guarantee man’s happiness during his worldly life, which is his first life. At the same time, Islam emphasizes that the life of this world is nothing more than a means of attaining the Hereafter, which is the true life that we all must strive to attain. Allah says:
- Whoever works righteousness as a believer, whether male or female, We will give a good life.

- Seek, with what Allah has given you, the abode of the Hereafter, and do not forget your share of this world.

- Little are the enjoyments of the life of this world as compared to the Hereafter.
2. Eternal happiness: This is the true, lasting happiness. This happiness depends on the righteousness of the individual in his worldly life. Allah says:
- Those whose lives the angels take while they are in a pious state, to them the angels will say: ‘Peace be upon you. Enter Paradise because of that which you used to do.

- For those who do good in this world, there is good, and the abode of the Hereafter will be better; and excellent indeed will be the abode of the pious.

Having hope in a happy eternal life in the Hereafter gives hope to life, as whatever problems one may have (health, old age, ....) this is only a brief transition
 
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 29 June 2009 at 11:41am
[QUOTE=Al-Cordoby
Having hope in a happy eternal life in the Hereafter gives hope to life, as whatever problems one may have (health, old age, ....) this is only a brief transition
QUOTE]
 
 
 
Very true...

From Kitab Al-Fawaid

http://www.youngmuslims.ca/biographies/display.asp?ID=4 - Shaykh Al Islam http://www.sunnahonline.com/ilm/seerah/0081.htm - Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah said:

"From the beginning of their creation, people are on a journey. They will not be allowed to halt except when they reach their destination which is either in Paradise or in Hell. The intelligent one among them knows that the journey is based on hardships and embarking [various kinds of] dangers. It is usually difficult to seek [any] bliss, pleasure or comfort during it [journey], that is to be found after the journey’s end. It is known that every footstep and every moan made during the journey will not halt him, nor is he burdened to stop. It is established that he is traveling in the state in which the traveler must be in to prepare for the provisions to his destination, and if he halts, sleeps, or rests, he is doing that while preparing to complete the journey."



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 June 2009 at 8:45pm

Happiness and Contentment

http://youtube.com/watch?v=p1J53QDKHn0 - http://youtube.com/watch?v=p1J53QDKHn0

One of the secrets of happiness is the feeling of contentment

Produced by the Muslim American Society (MAS) and presented by Dr. Imad Bayoun

(Around 9 minutes)

 



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 30 June 2009 at 1:59pm
Jazakh Allah Khair Brother Tarek...a good exposition
 
We can only get glimpses of happiness in this world...but ridha or contentment brings about a change in attitude which sustains one during all times and can be translated as happiness...though real joy just comes in glimpses...and thats why we should treasure such moments ...
 
 

The Happiness Solution - Imam Siraj Wahhaj

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp8BVMJsFUk - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp8BVMJsFUk
 
Imam Siraj Wahhaj, currently the Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn, New York, accepted Islam in 1969. He received Imam training at Ummul Qura University of Makkah in 1978 and has gone on to become a national and international speaker on Islam. Imam Wahhaj has been Vice President of ISNA U.S. since 1997 and has served on Majlis Ash-Shura since 1987. He is a past member of ISNA's Planning Committee and has served as a member of the Board of Advisors for NAIT from 1989-1993. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Muslim Council.
 
(22 minutes)


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 30 June 2009 at 10:27pm

What Makes Us Happy?

Whether you’re young or old, good health, stalwart friends and financial security are the best predictors of happiness, according to http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1269/aging-survey-expectations-versus-reality - a new survey on aging by the Pew Research Center .

The new survey shows that levels of happiness are roughly constant across age groups, despite platitudes about the bliss of youth. Among older adults, happiness tended to vary little with gender or race, the survey also found.

Still, key factors separate the happy from the unhappy.

Unsurprisingly, people in excellent health were 25 percent more likely to say they were “very happy” compared to those in poorer health, the survey found. Feeling financially prepared for retirement and having good friends were associated with similarly increased odds that people would describe themselves as happy.

Happiness intrigues scientists. While it’s clear that good health contributes to one’s contentment, many researchers think the reverse is also true — that happiness leads to good health. But the mechanisms are not clear, said Marlene Lee, a senior research associate at the http://www.prb.org/Reports/2009/socialnetworks.aspx - Population Reference Bureau , a nonprofit research organization.

“It’s just absolutely fascinating that your happiness can not only lead to your health, but also to other people’s happiness and their health,” Ms. Lee said.

As people age, their social networks shrink, scientists have found. But while having fewer social outlets may negatively influence health, the intensity and emotional connection of the remaining relationships increases with age, which may help compensate for fewer social ties.

Scientists strongly suspect that expectations and the ability to adapt to changing life circumstances also influence happiness. Ms. Lee said people who adjust their expectations as their social networks and lifestyles change may avoid feelings of loneliness and isolation, which are linked to illness and earlier death

http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/what-makes-us-happy/ - http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/what-makes-us-happy/

In Islam, sleeping early and waking early, not smoking and not drinking alcohol, a reasonable diet all contribute to better health

Financial security includes the Zakah safety network and other mechanisms to help people out of debt and out of poverty

Finally, the social aspects among family, neighbors and friends have a very high priority in Islam ....



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 02 July 2009 at 10:38am

 

 
True Happiness-Sheikh Yasir Qadhi
 
This is a transcript of the True Happiness Khutbah by Yasir Qadhi . One of the sisters, Bint AbelHamid, took this project on and transcribed it , may Allah (swt) reward her immensely for her efforts.



My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, it is a common fact of existence that each and every living being, each and every breathing organism has but one ultimate goal. In each and every thing that it does - in its sleep and its wakeful state, in its movement and its rest, in its eating and drinking and socializing - in whatever action that ANY living organism does - animal or man, inse or jinn, Muslim or Non-Muslim, male or female - there is but one ultimate goal.
And that goal is to find an inner happiness. That goal is to be fulfilled, is to feel sakeena and tuma’neena, is to feel peaceful within themselves.


So, whatever every person does, that person believe that through this thing, “I will be happy. It will bring me comfort; it will bring me pleasure; it will bring me joy and peace.” This is what motivates every single living organism, every single being - this is what motivates it.
Now, the goal is one, and that is the goal to feel happy. But we find that the paths to find this happiness are different. We find that various people take different goals, different methods, different paths, different roads. And they all think that they will arrive at the same destination.
So we find that one group of people believes that happiness will be found through possessions, through money, through wealth, through owning the best houses and cars. And so, you find [that] this person, all that he does or she does is to figure out, “How can I get the most money? What degree should I get; what education, what university, which job, which firm, which company? How can I climb the corporate ladder?” Their entire life becomes achieving wealth, because of which they think they will become happy…


Another group of people think that happiness will be found through fame, through recognition. And so you find this group, all that they do [is], “What can make me famous? How can society recognize me?” So they become actors/actresses, go into music and singing. Or, if they’re into Arts and Sciences, they think of discovery: “What can I discover to make me famous, to win a Nobel Prize, or to win this award? When everybody knows who I am, that is when I will achieve happiness and satisfaction…”


Yet another group of people believes that happiness is found through satisfying one’s animal desires - sensual instincts. And so, you find this group of people turning to women and wine, to drugs and cheap luxuries. And they think that by numbing out their animal senses, by making sure each and every bestial desire inside of them is met, they will find happiness…
And most of us, most of us, sadly, believe that happiness is a combination of the above factors. A little bit of wealth, with a little bit of fame and a little bit of sensual desires.
This is how we find “happiness.”


But the reality is, when you look at the people who have spent their lives following these various paths, when you look at the people whom society considers have reached the upper echelons of wealth, of fame, of sensuality - the most evil people in terms of sensuality, the most richest people in terms of wealth, the most famous people in terms of recognition - the rest of society considers they have arrived -


If you were to interview this elite, if you were to get to know them and ask them, “You have spent your life hoarding this wealth, amassing fortunes, you’re on the Ford list of 100 richest people or 50 richest people; you’re one of the most influential people according to Times Magazine; you’re one of the most famous actors and actresses - everybody knows you; your pictures appear on the magazines; you fall, you sneeze, you laugh, it becomes a national news item; you enter the hospital, you come out of it, the whole world knows… Fine, let me ask: have you achieved… happiness?


“Sure, you’re rich, you’re famous, you’re wealthy, you’re the most evil in terms of sensuality, sure - [but] have you achieved this inner happiness? Because the rest of society looks up to you. The rest of society believes you have, they take you as their role models, they take you as their gods and goddesses that they have to worship. Each and every thing that you do becomes a religion for them, they follow your statistics, your marriages and divorces - you become their role model!


“But let me ask you: are you happy in your personal life? Have you achieved what the rest of the people think you have achieved?”


And if these people could be honest with you (and many of them have, if you read their interviews, and many of them are not - but if they could be honest with you), they would say, ALL of them, “Not yet…”


For many people, they very thing that they were desiring becomes a curse. For many people, the fame, the recognition, becomes a curse that they cannot get out of it, they cannot live normal lives anymore. They were the ones who didn’t want to live normal lives, they were the ones striving to get famous. Once they reach there, they regret it. They can’t enjoy a normal life anymore… and they have no one to blame but themselves.


When they become rich, their entire thinking, their entire day and night becomes worrying about the stock going up and down, my company floundering or getting more money, this transaction, that business, that deal going through. In other words, their time becomes locked up with that money, not with their family, not with the joys of life, not with the happiness.
So what if they wear a fancier suit and they drive a better car?! In their hearts they are more busier, they are more filthy. In their hearts they have nothing to enjoy that with, because their minds are always thinking about this money and how to get more and how to make sure it doesn’t go away. They become slaves to the money that they were worshipping besides Allah.
And the same goes for sensuality, and the same goes for satisfying your bestial desires. Ask anybody - anybody - and many of us, unfortunately, have fallen also into these types of sins, and so you know from your own self - do these desires bring about infinite happiness? Whatever they are, do they bring about genuine joy and sincerity? Do they bring about fulfillment, inner sakeena?


Or - or, is it like a poisoned sweet, that you enjoy something for a while. You enjoy something for a while, and then as soon as that enjoyment finishes, the outer layer dissolves, [and] what is left is bitter poison; what is left is that which rots the heart?


This is something we experience in our daily lives, when we commit a sin, whatever that sin might be. Sure we enjoy it, that’s why we committed the sin. Let us not fool ourselves and say there is no pleasure in sin. Of course there is pleasure in sin - that is why we commit sins; because we enjoy doing them. But let me ask you, when we finish that sin, even during, while committing that sin and as soon as we finish it: Do we feel proud? Do we feel good? Do we feel happy inside of ourselves?


On the contrary, we feel disgusted. We feel evil, we feel dirty - a type of dirtiness, you can take a thousand showers, it won’t wash away the dirt that you feel because it is an inner dirt. It is an inner garbage that you have put into yourself and your own system.


All of this shows us that the paths to happiness that mankind has chosen are not the ultimate paths to happiness. They are not. We don’t need Qur’an and Sunnah to prove this - life proves it. Life itself proves it to us. Of course, the Qur’an and Sunnah adds to this, but we don’t need to quote evidences, because human experience, human interaction, is enough of an evidence that the paths to happiness are not found in the ways that most of mankind are doing them.
So the question arises, if the paths to happiness are not as we have mentioned before, what, then, IS the path to happiness?


This goes back to a very interesting point, brothers and sisters. This goes back to a very profound point. And before I answer the question, “What is happiness and how do we get there?”, let us ask another question that will help us get to the answer of the final question. And this initial question is: “Who are we, and what are we made of?”


What are you composed of? You will respond: “I am composed of body and soul. Rooh [soul] and Jasad [body]. I have a body, this physical body, and I have an inner soul, a rooh, and the two put together form life as we know it.” The rooh and the jasad put together forms life as we know it.
So I ask you, “Ok, what is this body made of?” You will say: this body is made of earth, clay, - which is the earth around us - Allah fashioned this clay, and then blew life into it. So since the body is made of earth, in order to feed the body, we need to feed it with nutrients that come from the earth. The body is made from earth - how to feed the body? From nutrients made from this earth. Allah ‘azza wa jal caused plants to grow, animals eat the plants, water is stored in the soil, comes down form the skies and we find it in the lakes and rivers. So we eat and drink from the source of our body, and that is: the land around us.


You have taken care of your physical side. But you see, most people consider pleasure only to be composed of body. So they find pleasure through bodily experiences. They forget, what makes them really human is the rooh. What makes them above other beings, other creatures, is the intelligent rooh that Allah gave us. This intelligent rooh is what makes us above animals, it makes us above everything else.


Allah gave us a mind, a rooh, an active mind to think - and this rooh, where did it come from? Did it come from this earth? No? Allah says,


- [”…and I have breathed into him of My Spirit…” (15:29 and 38:720)] -


Allah ‘azza wa jal blew His rooh into Adam alayhi assalam. Now, when Allah says His ‘rooh’, it doesn’t mean - a’oothu billah - [that] there’s an element of divinity. Many Muslims misunderstand, and you have some groups saying we have - every one of us has - divinity inside of us - a’oothu billah. This is not the belief of Muslims. When Allah says “Our spirit,” Allah ‘azza wa jal is saying: We created and blew it into the people. Just like the house of Allah is a created house, just like the rasool of Allah is a created rasool…


Similarly, when Allah says, We blew from Our spirit into man, Allah created a rooh, Allah created something that He blew into us, and this rooh is form Allah subhanhu wa ta’ala. And Allah says: you will never know much about this rooh:


- “They ask you: what is the rooh?” - what is this thing? - “Say: the rooh is from the command of Allah and you don’t have any knowledge except a little bit about it” (17:85) -


You don’t have much knowledge. But we do know it is from Allah. So the question is, what will we nourish the rooh with? And when we answer this question, that is when we will answer “how to gain happiness.” How so? Because as we said, what makes us human, more than the jasad, is the rooh. What makes us truly human - the jasad comes and goes; the rooh will be eternal. The rooh will be, either in jahennam or in jannah, with the body, but the body is going to go through many phases. The rooh will not go through any phase. The rooh will always be the rooh.
So by feeding the rooh, we attain eternal life. And by neglecting the rooh, we suffocate the rooh. What is the rooh fed by? This is the question. The response: the rooh must be fed from substances that originate from its [own] origins, just like the body must be fed from substances that originated from where the body originated. Where did the rooh originate form? From Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.


Therefore, to feed the rooh, we need to sustain it via a connection with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. We need a feeding tube, if you like, from all that relates to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
Hence - how do we attain happiness? By feeding the rooh. How do we feed the rooh? By establishing a connection with Allah. How do we establish a connection with Allah? By doing what Allah wants us to do…


Fasting… praying… charity… dhikr… every single act of worship that we do, it will feed the rooh; it makes the rooh grow stronger. It will make the rooh become more alive, and when the rooh is alive, even if the body is week - subhan Allah, even if the body is dead - when the rooh is alive, it will enjoy blessings from Allah in the hereafter. Even when the body is dead, because the rooh is alive, it will be happy.


But if the body is alive, and the rooh is not fed - if you don’t feed the rooh - no matter how “alive” your body is, your rooh will be dead. And if your rooh is dead, you don’t feel any purpose of living, you don’t have enjoyment of life. You don’t enjoy life because you don’t have a real rooh inside of you. You have a half-dead rooh, you have a rooh that is not alive, and that is why Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala calls the person who does not worship Him - He calls him dead:


- “Give the example of the one who was dead” - Allah says - “and We gave him life” (6:122)-


The scholars of tafseer say: this verse applies to the one who was not worshipping Allah, and Allah called him dead. And then Allah says: “We gave him life” by bringing him into My worship, by bringing him into the sphere of connecting himself with Allah.


So the point is, this verse calls the person who does not worship Allah dead. Even though he is living - he’s walking on the face of this earth; but Allah calls him dead: “awamen kaana maytan.” Then Allah says: “fa ‘ahyaynaah” - “We gave him life” - by guiding him to Islam, We gave him life by giving him a reason to live, a reason to feel that happiness and joy.


Brothers and sisters, ultimate happiness, ultimate happiness comes from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. And in order to get that happiness, we need to establish a connection with Allah. Once we establish a connection with Allah, the world becomes secondary - what we have, alhamdulillah, what we don’t have, alhamdulillah!


The world does not become our ultimate goal. And when the world seizes to be our ultimate goal, then all of a sudden we are content with what we have. Our money, our wealth, our fame, our family, our health - everything: we have it, alhamdulillah, we thank Allah, we don’t, we are still thankful and our attitudes are optimistic and hoping for the best form Allah.


So the point being, when we correct our inner state, our rooh, the outer state becomes truly irrelevant. When we don’t correct our inner state, no matter how much we feed the outer state, the jasad, it will never be satisfied. No matter what we do with the jasad, the body, it will never be satisfied, it will always want more and more and more. But if we feed the rooh, then the body becomes content, and when it becomes content, then and only then is where we find ultimate happiness.


What I have just said, brothers and sisters, is not something that I need to back up with Qur’an and Sunnah, even though it can be backed up with Qur’an and Sunnah. Because, as I said initially, this is something that we experiences in our lives. It is something that is a fact, that each and every one of us has tasted. We don’t need to prove it through external sources, because we are living proofs of it.


Let me ask you a question, and answer yourself in your own mind this: how do you feel on a day that you’ve read your five prayers? How do you feel on a day that you woke up for Fajr and you prayed Fajr at its proper time? How do you feel when you recite the Qur’an and you close that book and you put it back? How do you feel for the rest of the day? How do you feel after a LONG day of fasting in Ramadan, and you break your iftaar, you’ve been tired physically - how do you feel inside? How do you feel after doing ‘umrah or hajj? How do you feel after giving charity to a poor person and nobody knows except Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and you fed that person and you gave him money - how do you feel inside of you?


I ask you this question: this feeling of joy, of happiness, of fulfillment - can you purchase the feeling by all the money in the world? Can you buy it, can you go to the shop and say: GIVE me this inner happiness that one day’s fasting gave me! Give me this feeling that reading the Qur’an gave me. Can ALL the money in the WORLD purchase that happiness inside of you? By Allah, YOU know the answer: no, it cannot.


You feel fulfilled and happy because of what you have done, because you established a connection with Allah, because Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has become a part of your life. Your goal, your ultimate destiny is to please Allah, and when it becomes to please Allah, you feel fulfilled. Why do you feel fulfilled? Because this is why Allah created you:

- “I have only created men and jinn to worship Me” (51:56) -


When you do what Allah wants you to do, of course you will feel fulfilled. Of course! Allah made you for this purpose. When you do it, you feel fulfilled because you are fulfilling your purpose of life!


But when you neglect Allah - when you neglect Allah, when you neglect the religion, when you neglect the spirituality, what happens? Wallahi, you can eat, you can feed yourself, you can follow every passion in the book - it would increase you nothing by disgust, nothing but feeling bad, nothing but regret, nothing but remorse. You can do each and every sin in the book, and yet at the end of all of that, you have not attained - forget happiness - you have attained ultimate sadness. You have wasted your life, you have neglected what Allah ‘azza wa jal has created you for, and you feel it in your heart.


And again, I ask you: when you commit a sin, that feeling that you get after committing that sin, that feeling of guilt, that feeling of distancing yourself from Allah, that you have done something that displeased Allah - can ALL the money in the WORLD get rid of that feeling? Can ALL the money in the world get rid of that feeling that you have that YOU have gone against the purpose of creation?


No, it cannot.


So, my brothers and sisters, now my question now comes to myself and all of you: if this feeling is a feeling that we know from our lives, without even reading the Qur’an and Sunnah (I can quote you dozens of verses, dozens of ahadeeth, dozens of aathaar of the scholars of the past), but this is something I don’t need to do - why? Because I know it as well as you. You experience it, and I experience it, in our lives.


The question, then, becomes: if we experience it, if we know it, if this is a reality we have tasted and felt, we have SMELT this reality, then why have we neglected it?


- why are you so deceived about Allah SWT? [see ayah (82:6)] -
- why do they turn away? [see ayah (74:49)] -



When you KNOW this reality, when you experience it, WHAT is the problem? You know it! Sins only increase your guilt, your feeling DISpleasure. Worshipping Allah only increases you in happiness. What’s the problem? What’s the problem? Why don’t you turn to the worship of Allah, and diminish your sins? You’re never going to leave your sins, you’re not going to become an angel - diminish them. The goal is to fight against sins, to lower them, to minimize them. The goal is perfection, but you know you’re never going to become perfect. You’re always going to commit sins. Okay. Commit sins. Repent to Allah. Continue to establish [a] relationship with Allah. TRY your best to minimize the sins. Always attempt to become a better person. Establish the five prayers. Oh Muslims, what will make you understand the importance of the five prayers? Establish the five prayers. Fast the month of Ramadan. Give zakat. Do the bare minimum. And wallahi your life will change upside down.


Let me leave you with one challenge. One challenge. And challenge yourselves this. Challenge yourselves for ONE WEEK. To be practicing Muslims. Five times a day prayer. And leave the major sins. One week, challenge yourselves this. You’re going to pray, five times a day, on the time. And leave the major sins.


After this one week, I challenge you. After you have tasted the sweetness of iman, I challenge you to go back to your old ways. You won’t be able to do it. After you have tasted how good it feels to worship Allah, you’re never going to go back to your old ways. You have to give yourself that encouragement - turn to Allah, make du’aa to Allah, and try your best, STRIVE to be a better Muslim, and when you’ve started feeling the TASTE of that sweetness of iman, it will become more addictive to you than ANY other sweetness on this earth. And once you do that, it will become easier to go higher and higher and higher.


I conclude this khutbah by quoting a simple verse in the Qur’an that summarizes all of this. Five words that summarize the entire khutbah. Allah SWT says:


- “Know and realize that only through the remembrance of Allah - the worship of Allah - do the hearts achieve tranquility” (13:28) -



You’re not going to find tranquility through ANY other means.


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 July 2009 at 11:02pm
That's an excellent talk sister
 
Thanks for posting
 
Isn't it the audio material in the second part of this Deen Show video?
 
How to have true peace and Joy in life?

An excellent interview with Sheikh Yassir Qadhi who answers this main question from Eddie in this episode of The Deen Show

Without the peace of soul, people will never be happy in this world. Sheikh Yassir explains how to reach true happiness in this world
 
http://www.thedeenshow.com/show.php?action=detail&id=841 - http://www.thedeenshow.com/show.php?action=detail&id=841  
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 03 July 2009 at 1:09pm
You are welcome Brother Tarek
Yeah I think its the same one maybe but I have not heard the second part as yet ... I had read this Khutbah in text version only and it is truly amazing...
 
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 04 July 2009 at 3:08am
Happiness and Faith
 
-Sheikh Salman al-Oadah
 
 
 

Faith is one of the most powerful causes for Earthly happiness as well as for salvation in the Hereafter. We can attain happiness through our worship of Allah and through our faith itself.

Seeking closeness to Allah through obedience and through fulfilling our religious duties instills happiness in the heart that must be experienced to be understood.

1. We can find happiness in carrying out our religious duties and in our voluntary worship.

Allah says: “Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has Faith, verily, to him will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions.” [Sűrah al-Nahl: 97]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) informs us that Allah says: “My servant does not seek nearness to Me with anything more beloved to Me than with what I made incumbent upon him. Then my servant continues to seek nearness to me through voluntary worship until I love him.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî]

We can, through worship, attain Allah’s increased love for us. If Allah loves you, then you have nothing to fear.

2. We can find happiness in the remembrance of Allah.

Allah says: “Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.” [Sűrah al-Ra`d: 28]

Ibn al-Qayyim writes:

I approached Ibn Taymiyah after after the Fajr prayer. He sat engaged in Allah’s remembrance until late into morning when the Sun had risen high overhead. Hen he turned towards me and said: “This is my morning sustenance. If I fail to take it, then my strength will not sustain me.”

These were hours in which he would devote himself exclusively to his Lord. He would beseech Him sincerely, supplicate to Him, seek His forgiveness, and entreat Him in humility, while tears of regret flowed from his eyes. Afterwards, his heart would be fully cleansed by this worship and his life his soul, and every fiber of his being would be invigorated. His mind and heart would be refreshed.

3. We can find happiness in the Qur’ân.

Allah says: “We send down in the Qur'an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe.” [Sűrah al-Isrâ’: 82]

The Qur’ân is indeed a source of healing for the afflictions of the soul and the distresses of the heart. It is even a cure for the sicknesses of the body.

4. We can find happiness in the performance of all kinds of righteous deeds.

Allah says: “Truly, the righteous will be in delight. And truly the wicked will be in Hell.” [Sűrah al-Infitâr: 13-14]

Some commentators on this verse have said that the delight which Allah has promised the righteous is both in this world and the next and well as the Hell promised to the wicked. Some of the effects of the Paradise that is promised the righteous reach their hearts in this world in the form of goodness, spiritual contentment, illumination, and happiness. This feeling can be so profound that it has led some to say: “If the people of Paradise are in a state of blessings such as we are in, then they are indeed abiding well!”

Likewise, some of the poisonous effects of the Hell that is promised to the iniquitous reach their hearts in this world, blackening their lives until they can find no pleasure or solace in their wealth, their families, their rest, their youth, or their health.

5. We can find happiness in prayer.

Once the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked Bilâl to call the prayer, saying: “Give us comfort in it, O Bilâl!” [Sunan Abî Dâwűd and Musnad Ahmad]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: “Prayer has been made the comfort of my eyes.” [Sunan al-Nasâ`î and Musnad Ahmad]

We often find that speaking to someone who is dear to us – even about the most mundane of matters – can make us very happy. How much greater can the experience of happiness be when we are speaking to our Lord and worshipping him in humility.

We can find happiness in knowing Allah:

When a worshipper knows his Lord, he feels at peace. He sees Allah’s workings in Creation and appreciates the greatness and innovativeness of Allah’s handiwork that is all around him and how it is full of mercy and wisdom. We cannot see our Lord but we can see the effects of His handiwork that proclaim His most excellent names and attributes.

This is why the Prophet (peace be upon him) describes excellence in worship as: “…to worship Allah as though you see Him, and though you do not see Him, truly He sees you.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]

When the worshipper sees the results of Allah’s creative power and knowledge in the world around him, he feels a very intimate closeness to Allah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “He tastes the sweet flavor of faith who is pleased with Allah as his Lord, with Islam as his religion, and with Muhammad as the Messenger.” [Sahîh Muslim]

There was a CEO of a major American corporation who had attained wealth, power, prestige, and position but felt bitterly unhappy. He would toss and turn in bed at night, unable to sleep. He was impressed to find among the company’s employees a young Muslim man of modest position and salary who was always happy and cheerful. He would eat in peace, sleep in peace, and would come to work and go home smiling. Not once did he see this man with a dark expression on his face.

He brought the man into his office and asked him: “What is it with you that you are so happy all the time?”

The man replied: “By God, I know my Lord and I know my job. I believe in God and therefore I have peace.”

The CEO then asked: “Do you have anything that might guide me or show me the way?

The man took the CEO by the hand and took him to an Islamic center where he learned about Islam and had the religion explained to him. Ultimately, the CEO declared: “I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”

As soon as he said this, he broke into tears and said: “I have just felt happiness that I had never before felt before in my whole life.”

Happiness is born in faith:

Allah makes it clear in the Qur’ân that happiness is faith’s constant companion. He says: “Those who believe and do not mix their belief with wrong, they are the ones who have security and they are the ones who are guided aright.” [Sűrah al-An`âm: 82] The security that is felt in the heart and in one’s life as well as in the Hereafter is born of faith. The more correct and pure a believer’s faith becomes, the stronger his heart will be. When a person is weak in this regard, it is on account of  “...the things your hands have wrought, and for many He grants forgiveness.” [Sűrah al-Shűrâ: 30]

There was a western author who went to live among the Arab desert dwellers. He adopted their dress, ate their food, and bought a small herd of sheep to take care of. He wrote a book about the Prophet Muhammad entitled The Messenger. This man had lived the western experience and then experienced life among the simplest of Muslims. He was not among scholars or intellectuals. They were desert herdsmen.

What did he have to say? He said: “I learned from the desert Arabs how to overcome anxiety.”

Those Muslims believe in Allah’s decree and determination of all things. They live there lives with a sense of security. However, they do not stand around doing nothing when tragedy strikes.

The man writes:

A great desert sandstorm struck one day and killed many of their sheep. Some were buried alive in the sands. When the storm subsided, I was as distressed as could be; however, the Arabs were running towards one another, calling out to each other, laughing, and singing their traditional songs. They glorified God and said: “Praise be to Allah, 40% of our sheep were spared."

When they saw how I had been affected by what happened, they said to me: “Anger and worry produce nothing. This is something written by Allah, decreed and determined by Him.” In spite of this, I found them doing everything in their power to minimize the damage.

Though they believe in Allah’s decree, they do not understand it to imply passivity and inaction. He writes:

Once while traveling with them by car, our car stopped suddenly in the middle of the empty desert. One of the tires had burst. I became angry. They said to me: “Anger produces nothing.” The car continued for a while on three tires and then the car stalled again. This time it was because the car had run out of gas.

I saw them all get our of the car, leaving it to one side. They continued on by foot in the highest of spirits, moving as sprightly as gazelles. They were happy and content, reciting poetry to one another and conversing with me.

The seven years that I spent with them in the desert convinced me that the people stricken with alienation, mental illness, alcoholism, and psychoses found in Europe and America are victims of the western city that has taken haste as a basic principle of life.

  http://www.islamtoday.com/showme_weekly_2003.cfm?cat_id=30&sub_cat_id=612 - http://www.islamtoday.com/showme_weekly_2003.cfm?cat_id=30&sub_cat_id=612

 
 
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 July 2009 at 9:08pm

Everyone is searching for happiness, but...

Few are those who are guided to the path that truly leads to happiness. Regarding that and other paths, here are three points for you to reflect upon:

1. Whoever does not make the pleasure of Allah to be his main concern in life will end up losing in the end:

(We shall gradually seize them with punishment in ways they perceive not)

2. In order to achieve happiness, people attempt to follow many complicated and tricky paths. Little do they know that an easier path is ready for them in the religion of Islam - a path that will bring them the best of this life and the Hereafter

... But if they had done what they were told, it would have been better .for them, and would have strengthened their [Faith].   (Qur 'an 4: 66)

3. There are too many people in this world who think they are doing well, but who, in reality, are losing out on this life and the Hereafter, simply because they turn their backs to the true Religion.

And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice.   (Qur'an 6: 115)

http://www.dont-be-sad-alqarni.com/Everyone-is-searching-for-happiness.htm - http://www.dont-be-sad-alqarni.com/Everyone-is-searching-for-happiness.htm



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 9:09pm

Happiness is a Divine gift that does not distinguish between the rich and the poor

It is not uncommon to see laborers who are so poor that whatever they earn on any given day is spent on that same day. Yet many of them are happy, peaceful, with strong hearts and tranquil souls. This is because they are too busy to think about yesterday or tomorrow. Their life-style has given them an appreciation of today since they have not been afforded the opportunity of thinking about anything else.

Compare these to those who live in mansions. Inactivity and free time have afforded them with plentiful time to think about their problems and their lack of purpose in life. Thus misery and worry afflict many of them day and night.

http://www.dont-be-sad-alqarni.com/distinguish-between-the-rich-and-the-poor.htm - http://www.dont-be-sad-alqarni.com/distinguish-between-the-rich-and-the-poor.htm



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 30 July 2009 at 10:14pm

Things that bring about happiness

1. Good deeds:

Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he [or she] is a true Believer [of Islamic Monotheism] verily, to him we will give a good life [in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision]...  (Qur'an 16: 97)

2. A pious wife:

 `Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes...             (Qur'an 25: 74)

3. A spacious house: The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

"O' Allah, make my house spacious for me."

4. Sustenance that is derived and earned through honest means: The Messenger of Allah (bpuh) said:

"Verily, Allah is Tayyib (good and pure), and He does not accept other than what is good and pure."

5. Good manners and a spirit of fellowship with people: And He has made me blessed wheresoever I am...  (Qur 'an 19: 31)

6. Being debt-free and not being a profligate spender:

(And those, who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor niggardly...
(Qur'an 25: 67)

And let not your hand is tied [like a miser] to your neither neck, nor stretch it forth to its utmost reach [like a spendthrift]...  (Qur'an 17: 29)

The ingredients of happiness

1. A thankful heart and a tongue that is moist with the remembrance of Allah.

An Arab poet said:

"Thankfulness. Remembrance, and patience,
In them are blessings and rewards."

2. Another ingredient of happiness is the keeping of secrets, especially one's own secrets. Among the Arabs there is a famous story of a Bedouin who was entrusted with a secret for a fee of twenty dinars. At first he remained true to the deal and then suddenly, in a fit of impatience, he went and returned the money he wanted to unburden himself from the load of the secret. This is basically because secrecy requires steadfastness, patience, and willpower.

`O' my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers...  (Qur 'an 12: 5)

A weakness of man - which is just one of his many weak traits, is that he constantly feels the urge to reveal the details of his personal affairs to others. This sickness is an old one in the annals of history. The soul loves to spread secrets and disseminate stories. The connection between this topic and that of this book is that whoever spreads his secrets will inevitably feel regret, sadness, and misery.

http://www.dont-be-sad-alqarni.com/Things-that-bring-about-happiness.htm - http://www.dont-be-sad-alqarni.com/Things-that-bring-about-happiness.htm



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 06 November 2009 at 1:15pm
Religion & Happiness: Any Relation?
 
Muslims believe that Allah (God) is the Creator and Sustainer of the whole universe and everything in it. He is not the God of Muslims only, but of all the humans on earth.

 

The Quran mentions that before the creation of humans, Allah Almighty told the angels that He wished to appoint a "khalifah" (vicegerent, or ambassador) on earth (see Al-Baqarah 2:30).

 

The word khalifah, in the context, stands for a human endowed with the faculties of reason, logic, imagination, and other creative qualities. Allah Almighty has also bestowed upon humans the freedom of choice and action, enabling them to use their faculties for their welfare. It is these qualities that make humans — not just Muslims, but all humans — the best of God's creatures.

 

The foregoing means that human freedom as envisaged in the Quran is universal — that is, irrespective of people's beliefs or actions. And so it is up to each one of us to believe in God and lead a good life here, or to reject God and lead a bad life.

 

The Quran clearly states that there is no compulsion or coercion in religion:

 

[Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error.] (Al-Baqarah 2:256)

 

The above verse indicates that God does not want to forcefully impose His religion on humans. Hence the blessings of this world are open to all; and anyone who has the worldly wisdom to adopt the means of achieving material success in this world can achieve it; and Islam or non-Islam has little to do with the process.

 

So, it is possible for people to attain a degree of peace, happiness and worldly success without following any religion. At the same time, genuine spiritual peace born out of contentment and tranquility can be attained only through the remembrance of God, as Allah Almighty says in the Quran:

 

[For without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.] (Ar-Ra`d 13:28)  

 

A point to note here is that "tapping into one's inner self" is an indirect expression for religious contemplation, whether a person acknowledges it as such or not. This process, therefore, is not accessible to persons who have nothing to do with religion.

 

Indeed, there are hundreds of "self-help" books available in the market that claim to teach people the easy way to get rich, to better their position in a professional organization, and to enhance their status in the modern world. But there are no shortcuts to spiritual peace which these books can teach...

 

http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1252188334112&pagename=IslamOnline-English-AAbout_Islam%2FAskAboutIslamE%2FAskAboutIslamE - http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1252188334112&pagename=IslamOnline-English-AAbout_Islam%2FAskAboutIslamE%2FAskAboutIslamE



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 08 November 2009 at 9:40pm
The Unique Gift of Life

Your life is a very precious gift from God. Count back to one year before your first birthday, and then try to imagine your state - your state of nothingness. You can not. You may be able to contain and grasp "things," not "nothing." You were born and came to life, not because you wanted to, but because you became. Through a decision by an authority higher than you, and through a process that you did not participate in, you came to occupy a place in existence.

With the dramatic event of your birth, you came to life with three huge realities.

First, you are unique.

Second, you are immortal.
 
The third reality that comes with the happy event of your birth is a cobweb of expanding circles of relationships.
 
There are many forms and ways to waste a lifetime. With a careful look around you, you can recognize many of them: leading an aimless and purposeless life; abusing your own body, mind and soul; eroding the environment, being shallow and inefficient; all are ways to let the wonderful opportunity that we call life slip away. A life centered on your own self is selfish and never provides fulfillment. Since human beings are interdependent, you will not be happy if surrounded by unhappiness, envy, and animosity. A life that is not dedicated to a higher cause is an elusive quest for unattainable happiness.
 
There are three elements to what may be described as a happy life:
  • a life that is fully utilized (i.e. a life of awareness and purposeful activism),
  • a life that is dedicated to a higher cause,
  • and a life that is lived in balance.

Within this framework of understanding and appreciation of the simple unadulterated nature of life and creation lies the true understanding of Islam. Islam is the affirmation of these basics. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) described the religion as "Deen al Fitra,Ó" meaning the way of the unadulterated original nature and as the Qur'an described:

"And do, set thy face steadfastly towards the [one ever-true] faith, turning away from all that is false, in accordance with the natural disposition which God has instilled into humanity.' [for] not to allow any change to corrupt what God has thus created - this is the [purpose of the one] ever-true faith,' but most people know it not."
(30:30)

Through integrating these basic realities of life with the message of God and His call to comply to His will - which is manifested in His natural laws of existence in its universality, global humanity and harmony as comprehensive, internal, and external peace - that you can become a Muslim, citizen of the world, mercy to all, guardian of justice, supporter and enjoiner of what is good, opposer of what is evil, and promoter of human dignity for all.

Only then can you cooperate with those who seek righteousness and awareness. Only then will Islam be your zone of comfort, will you come home to Islam, feel complete harmony and be liberated not shackled, lightened not burdened, natural not artificial. Only then will your life as a Muslim be to enjoy not endure, allowing you to be yourselves, not a facade....

http://www.islamicity.com/articles/Articles.asp?ref=IC0904-3847 - http://www.islamicity.com/articles/Articles.asp?ref=IC0904-3847
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 10 November 2009 at 1:35pm
Knowledge and Learning
 
Submission to God and following the tradition (sunnah) of the Prophet (peace be upon him), proved to be the keys to Muslim advancement in every field of life. Islam does not regard virtue and happiness as inevitably and permanently in conflict, nor does it look favourably upon that self-indulgent and self-aggrandizing spirituality which shuns the world altogether. Equally, Islam does not commend a quest for material progress without a moral and spiritual dimension; indeed for such progress to bring real happiness it must be rooted in faith and prayer. Islam attaches great importance to man’s reason and other faculties by which he may understand nature and discover the secret of the creation and so affirm and glorify his Creator, God. According to Islam, neither the pursuit of knowledge, science and technology, nor material prosperity, are ends in themselves. They are means to earn the pleasure of God. These means are legitimate as long as they do not conflict with the framework of precepts which the Qur’an proclaims as the proper environment for man’s moral and spiritual improvement.
 
Modern science, together with its results, may be approved with respect to its contributions to life, understanding of nature, and man himself, and to the solution of man’s vital problems, whether material or spiritual. Besides, because of its true nature, science should be the means to attain true happiness in both worlds by enabling man to recognize his Creator. Otherwise, as witnessed in this last phase of human history science can be too deadly a weapon in the hands of an irresponsible minority. For knowledge devoid of spiritual and moral values may cause degeneration in the social life of man. One may ask, but what do Muslims expect to gain by knowledge? By way of answer, let us quote the views of Al-Ghazali on knowledge: Knowledge is the source of happiness in this world and the world Hereafter because it is knowledge which leads man to believe in God and instills in him moral responsibility. Again it is knowledge which leads him to the love of God. Like a flood which levels and removes the unevenness of the ground, knowledge removes pride from the hearts of men...

http://www.fountainmagazine.com/article.php?ARTICLEID=430 - http://www.fountainmagazine.com/article.php?ARTICLEID=430



 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 13 November 2009 at 3:34am

Just Turn to Him

It's complicated. You don't know where to start, you just don't want to miss any minute detail in telling your story. You are trying so hard to remember each and every incident and justify it. Does this sound familiar?

 

This happens to all of us when we have a problem and start spilling it out to our close friends looking for solutions, suggestions, or even just the opportunity to speak about it in a desperate attempt to relieve ourselves from the burden.

 

No matter how careful you are not to miss any details, still you fail to bring the full blown picture to the person to whom you are telling your problem, because simply, that person wasn't there.

 

And no matter how resourceful this person is and no matter how many great solutions he can offer you, still he doesn't own the means to make them work, and even if he does, he can't guarantee that these solutions will work 100%, as he can't foresee the future.

 

The answer to all your questions, the solution to all your problems, the full help and support you need in life can only be found when you turn to God, and God alone....

http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1252188099878&pagename=Zone-English-Discover_Islam%2FDIELayout - http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1252188099878&pagename=Zone-English-Discover_Islam%2FDIELayout



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 16 November 2009 at 2:35pm
Keys to Happiness in Islam- Being pleased with the Decree of Allah (swt) in all situations and Serving Allah's (swt) dependents;Serving Humanity
 
Shaikh Hamza Yusuf on The Pursuit of Happiness
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CIMeshl7Qg - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CIMeshl7Qg
 
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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 21 November 2009 at 4:54am
Harmony and Equilibrium
 
.. one of the most basic principles of Islam. Balance, both in spiritual life and in our human existence as creatures plunged into the light and shade of this world.
 
 
Muslims are a community of the middle way ( http://www.islamicity.com/quran.asp?s=2:143 - 2:143 ), which suggests, according to Muhammad Asad, "a call to moderation in every aspect of life".

But what is meant by moderation? A dull compromise? A state of mediocrity or half-heartedness? A mere avoidance of difficult choices? Certainly not. Returning again to those verses in the Quran in Surah 39 which urge us to use our reason in validating the truth, we are urged to listen closely to all that is said, and follow the best of it. Certainly, the best of it may often be the position which is most balanced and moderate, but it is not arrived at by a kind of quantitative calculation which finds a mathematical average or apparently equitable compromise irrespective of what is actually just, right and fair, The word 'fair' in English originally meant what is 'fitting' and 'proportionate' and its two modern meanings - 'just' and 'beautiful' - have preserved that connection to its original sense. Moderation and balance are qualitative states which honour what is appropriate and proportionate. The English word comes from Latin modus, 'keeping within due measure', which is related to another word which is also the source of English 'modest'. Etymologically, moderation has the same inherent meaning in English as modesty, a connection which is also truly Islamic. The Prophet himself said that "True modesty is the source of all virtues." He said too that "Every religion has a distinctive feature and the distinctive feature of Islam is modesty."

 
Charles le Gai Eaton has, himself, written beautifully on the topic of balance and equilibrium:

"But, in talking of beauty and praise, the healing powers of nature and the meaning hidden in sticks and stones, have I left out something important? 'What about the "Do's" and "Don'ts" of religion? They have, ultimately, one purpose, and that is to establish harmony, balance, order within the individual personality as also in society; the same harmony, balance and order visible in creation as a whole, maintaining the birds in their flight, turning the growing plant towards the life- giving sun, and bringing the fruit to ripeness on the tree. In the disordered personality and in the disordered society, the "Do's" and "Don'ts" may have to be imposed, but those are conditions under which the equilibrium inherent in creation has already been disturbed, as happens when people forget who they are and where they are going."

And again,

"Let me, in conclusion, emphasise one of the most basic principles of Islam. Balance, both in spiritual life and in our human existence as creatures plunged into the light and shade of this world. As the Muslim sees it, there is another word for balance, and that is peace. The very word Islam is derived from the Arabic word for peace. 'Where balance is lacking there is conflict and disorder, both outward and inward. 'While it is maintained, men and women are free to turn to God as plants turn to the sun."

http://www.islamicity.com/articles/Articles.asp?ref=IC0911-3987 - http://www.islamicity.com/articles/Articles.asp?ref=IC0911-3987

 



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 22 November 2009 at 2:11pm
Honoring Our Parents
 
Fethullah Gülen
How we treat our parents can be taken as an indication of how our children will learn to treat us. Obviously, we too hope to become old. If we do not honor our parents, then in keeping with the maxim: “let the punishment fit the crime,” our children will not be dutiful towards us. If we treasure life in the Hereafter, this is an important treasure for us: let us be dutiful towards our parents and win their pleasure. However, if it is this world that we love, still let us try to please them, so that through them our life will be easy and our sustenance plentiful. If we want the mercy of the Most Merciful One, we should be merciful towards those in our house who He has entrusted to us.

There are different types of parents, but regardless of how they treat their children, they are still parents. Parents make mistakes too, but that does not decrease their value. While we are still under parental guidance we have to follow what they want, even if it goes against our heart. When we are standing on our own two feet, then we have freedom, but we still have the responsibility to respect our parents. We have to examine the situation, rather than concentrating on our own satisfaction. We have to be kind to our parents, because most of the things they do are for us. Today it is likely that parents are more neglected than in any other period throughout history, even though modern life has provided us with more and more comforts.
 
Said Nursi drew attention to another aspect of the issue in his Gleams: 
The part of a hadith which says, “Were it not for the elderly with their bent backs, calamities would descend on you in floods,” makes clear that a family’s source of abundance is the elderly among it, and it is the elderly who preserve the family from the visitation of calamities.

Since the weakness and powerlessness of old age are the means of attracting Divine mercy to this extent; since the wise Qur’an through the verses – Should one of them, or both, attain old age in your lifetime, do not say ‘Ugh!’ to them (as an indication of complaint or impatience), nor push them away; and always address them in gracious words. Lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy, and say: “My Lord, have mercy on them even as they cared for me in childhood (Isra 17: 23–24),” calls children, in the most wonderfully eloquent fashion, in five ways to be kind and respectful towards their elderly parents; since the religion of Islam orders respect and compassion towards the elderly; since human nature also requires respect and compassion towards the elderly we elderly people certainly enjoy, in place of the temporary physical pleasures roused by appetites of youth, substantial, continual mercy and respect from Divine grace and human innate feelings of tenderness, and the contentment of spirit that arises from such respect and compassion.
 
Elderly believers are more deeply aware that the true abode is the eternal one, and turn to God with sincere devotion. Therefore, they present an example to the younger generations with their piety, wisdom, and tolerance. In short, even though we respect our parents for the sake of God, observing their rights and caring for them not only leads to eternal happiness in the Hereafter, but it also provides us with such an inner peace no worldly pursuit can bring. To put it in religious terminology, abiding by the divine commands results in saadat al-darayn—happiness in both abodes...

http://www.fountainmagazine.com/article.php?ARTICLEID=1081 - http://www.fountainmagazine.com/article.php?ARTICLEID=1081
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Mr_GoodVibe
Date Posted: 23 November 2009 at 8:58pm
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

Muslims believe that following Islam leads to happiness in this life and in the Hereafter
 
 
But what are the main keys of happiness in Islam?
 
What to you find are the factors that lead to a happy life?
 
 
 
 
 
The only key for happiness is in "PATIENCE".
 
Thats is why Quran says "Be patient and establish prayers".
And you will see how satisfied you will be with inner peace.
 
 
 


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 02 December 2009 at 9:39am
Originally posted by Mr_GoodVibe

 
 
Thats is why Quran says "Be patient and establish prayers".
And you will see how satisfied you will be with inner peace.
 
 
Look at your Prayer as a lifebelt or a lifeline that connects you, five times a day, to the reality, to the source of peace, to the way to find your real self, and improve. The Prophet (peace be upon him) told us that Prayer keeps us away from sin. That doesn't mean we will never make mistakes, but it means that Prayer helps our hearts to be sensitive to what is right and wrong, and when we say or do something wrong, we feel it and have the desire to redress it and seek forgiveness. Again, when we do something right, our hearts feel at peace, and we experience a sense of lightness and tranquility—something very special, called happiness. People search for happiness in life in many, often bizarre, ways, but they rarely find it. Indeed, happiness is found within the heart through obeying and loving the Almighty and being close to Him.

The better our Prayer is, the nicer, kinder, and more forgiving we should be. Prayer breeds piety in the heart of the individual, and this is the measuring stick by which we can know if our Prayers are effective or not. When you finish your Prayer, you should feel relaxed and light. Anger and resentment should disappear. It should be easy for good words and righteous actions to proceed from you...
 
http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-AAbout_Islam/AskAboutIslamE/AskAboutIslamE&cid=1123996016736 - http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-AAbout_Islam/AskAboutIslamE/AskAboutIslamE&cid=1123996016736
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 06 December 2009 at 4:33pm
Making the Quran the Spring of Our Hearts

As the world turns and seasons change, our lives move inexorably toward their fated ends. Our minutes become hours, our hours days, our days weeks, our weeks years, and our years make up the totality of our lives. In these days of great imbalance, we are in greater need of connecting to the natural order that surrounds us. Each planet knows its course and each tree its cycle: "And the stars and the trees submit in prostration. "The stars ornament the sky, and the trees the earth, and between the two realms resides man who is made up of both terrestrial and celestial elements, spiritual and bodily, willful and appetitive, angelic and bestial, light and dark. Each resides in us, at times compelling us to wrongs, and at others to rights. In these latter days, it appears as if the bestial aspect of our natures is waxing, and the spiritual is waning. Wordsworth reminded us of this when he wrote: 

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! 

Birth, growth, maturity, decay, and death: these are the cycles we see around us, and these are our own reality. We too are part of nature, and it is our task to comply with the laws of nature and nature's God. This is submission, what we call Islam. It is not a sociological category of creedal belief that determines how we are to be classified nor a culture or civilization - although those elements are invariably there. It is a state of being. 

We were in that state so perfectly when we were children. We knew just what to do at each stage. Then, a strange event occurs - not so suddenly but over time. We begin to learn how not to be ourselves but to be what our society expects of us. We lose that state of submission to our true nature, which is servitude to our Lord, Cherisher, and Sustainer; we begin to transgress. We learn to lie; we learn to say the opposite of what we think, feel, or believe. This new state is not arrived at effortlessly but with much pain and sorrow. Our thoughts are troubled, our actions are heavy, and our states laden with cares that are not our own. 

"If you truly believed, "said our Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, "you would go out in the morning likes birds, hungry and return in the evening fled. "Effortless is the bird's movement towards its predetermined sustenance, and without anxiety it seeks it. The bird is in submission. The trees that provide the bird's home are in submission. The worm that becomes its dinner is in submission - each fulfilling its function, its purpose; each taking its place in the grand scheme of things. Only man is the odd one out, and we are the ones who suffer as we squander our energies on pursuits not suited to our souls, on desires not healthful for our natures, on thoughts not conducive to our salvation. 

Spring gently reminds those willing to listen: "Come back, come back, a thousand times come back. "Our Prophet said, "O Allah make the Quran the Spring of my heart." What a glorious request! If indeed the Quran was the Spring of our hearts, our hearts would be in bloom always with the freshness of nature's newness and nature's order: the green that cools our eyes, the fragrances that perfume our scent, the fruits that delight our taste and nurture our bodies, and the flowers that remind us of life's bounty and delicacy.

http://www.islamicity.com/articles/Articles.asp?ref=ZI0708-3353 - http://www.islamicity.com/articles/Articles.asp?ref=ZI0708-3353


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 11 December 2009 at 6:35pm
The Necessity of Reflection and Self-Criticism

Self-criticism literally means reckoning, settling accounts, and self-interrogation. In a spiritual context, however, it describes believers who constantly analyze their deeds and thoughts in the hope that correcting them will result in increased closeness to God. They thank God for what they have done, and seek His forgiveness through repentance and remorse. Self-criticism is the very important and serious attempt of asserting personal loyalty to God.

It also may be described as seeking and discovering their inner and spiritual depth, and exerting the necessary spiritual and intellectual effort to acquire true human values and to develop the sentiments that encourage and nourish them. This is how they distinguish between what is good and bad, as well as what is beneficial and harmful, and maintain upright hearts. Furthermore, it enables believers to evaluate the present and prepare for the future. Engaging in self-criticism also enables believers to achieve a steady relationship with God, for this relationship depends on their ability to live a spiritual life and remain aware of what takes place in their inner world. Success preserves their celestial nature as true human beings and continually regenerates their inner senses and feelings.
 
Self-criticism attracts Divine Mercy and Favor, which enables believers to deepen their belief and servanthood, to practice Islam successfully, and to attain nearness to God and eternal happiness....
 
http://www.fountainmagazine.com/article.php?ARTICLEID=650 - http://www.fountainmagazine.com/article.php?ARTICLEID=650

 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 December 2009 at 12:48am
Rubies for the Happiest Woman Ever
 
In Part 1 of this article, the author offered valuable thoughts for Muslim women, who are honored as mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters.
 
In this part, he offers more precious thoughts, so that Muslim women can attain ultimate happiness in this world and in the hereafter.
 
Good Morals: A Great Blessing ...
 
Offering Support in Difficult Times ....
 
Charity Wards off Calamity ....
 
http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1258880815713&pagename=Zone-English-Living_Shariah%2FLSELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1258880815713&pagename=Zone-English-Living_Shariah%2FLSELayout
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 15 December 2009 at 7:48am

Jazakh Allah Khair

Happiness & Contentment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1J53QDKHn0 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1J53QDKHn0
 
9 mins


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 16 December 2009 at 5:34am

Remembrance of Allah -A Bliss of Paradise

 
Imam Al-Ghazali (may Allah have mercy on him) reported
 

Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) said, "O my Lord, You have created Adam with Your Hands, and did such and such (graces)… so how can I thank You?" Allah, Exalted be He, said, "He (Moses) has known that all this is ascribed to Me, so I consider this knowledge as (a kind of) thankfulness." (Ihya' `Ulum Al-Din, Vol. 4, p. 88)

Praising Allah is a key to worship, the language of the dwellers of Paradise, and a way to be close to Almighty Allah. It also indicates being submissive to Allah in ease and hardship, and in both grace and affliction.

Dhikr can be practiced by the tongue, mind, heart and all the bodily organs. In other words, we can thank our Lord by uttering sentences of praise and extolment, and by doing good deeds and acts of worship. Every dhikr is an act of thankfulness. Moreover, using Allah's graces to obey Him, and protecting oneself from committing sins are also among the best acts of dhikr and thankfulness to Allah the Exalted.
 

Thus, a believing servant who remembers his Creator Allah while enjoying His blessings experiences happiness and bliss. On the other hand, when afflicted, a believer should remember Almighty Allah and thank Him so that He may bestow patience upon him, give him strength, make him more forbearing and help him to overcome the affliction.

An example showing that thanking Allah is not practiced by tongue only, but rather it should be accompanied by good deeds and acts of worship, is the following Qur'anic verse in which Almighty Allah says,

[…Do (righteousness), House of Dawudin thankfulness; and few of My bondmen are constantly thankful.] (Saba' 34:13)

Allah the Exalted combined working to earn one’s livelihood with doing acts of worship and being thankful to Him; He says,

[…So seek after (your) provision from the Providence of Allah, and worship Him, and be thankful to Him. To Him you will be returned.] (Al-`Ankabut 29:17)

Dhikr and Hamd make one feel the bliss of Paradise. It is as if when one remembers Allah, one enters His Paradise, feels close to Him, and looks at Him, the Exalted. At such a time a taste of sweetness passes into the body and soul – a sign that the door to Allah's mercy is widely open before him or her. They do heal the soul, take away sadness and through them the Muslim earns Allah's good pleasure.

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1232976575356&pagename=Zone-English-Living_Shariah%2FLSELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1232976575356&pagename=Zone-English-Living_Shariah%2FLSELayout


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 23 December 2009 at 9:02am
Goodness of the Heart
 
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
 

Truly there is a piece of flesh in the body which, if it be wholesome, the whole body will be healthy and which, and if it be diseased, the whole body will be diseased. Truly it is the heart.”

Thus the goodness of your heart is the guarantee of your happiness in this world and in the hereafter. Likewise, its corruption is the surest way to destruction, the extent of which only Allah knows.

[In this, behold, there is indeed a reminder for everyone whose heart is wide-awake — that is [everyone who] lends ear with a conscious mind] (Qaf 50:37). 

Every human has a heart. In reality though, they are two hearts. One is a heart that is alive and pulsating with the light of faith. It is filled with intense conviction and God-consciousness. The other is a dead heart, covered and diseased with every wreckage and rubbish.

The believer’s heart is filled with a brilliant light which does not allow any darkness to remain with it. It is the light of the eternal message, the divine teachings, and the divine laws. To it is added the natural light upon which the servants of Allah were created. Thus two great lights come together

[Light upon light! God guides unto His light him that wills [to be guided]; and [to this end] God propounds parables unto men, since God [alone] has full knowledge of all things] (An-Nur 24:36).    

The believer’s heart glows like a lamp, shines like the sun, and sparkles like the morning light...

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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 24 December 2009 at 4:56pm

Finding Happiness!

As Easy as One Plus One

But isn’t pain a warning signal that something is wrong?” I asked.

“Yes, but it might be your thinking that is out of balance. Regardless of your state, accept it and trust Almighty Allah, then He will help you to see the positive aspect that always exists in and around the hardship.”

 

“With every difficulty there is ease…” came the verse from the Qur`an to me.

 
 Whenever you insert a positive, ,the negative changes, transforms – it disappears and becomes something that gives us life and spurs us on.”

 
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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 26 December 2009 at 4:14pm

A Virtue Called Patience

Will being impatient and fretting about things we cannot change, change anything? To be patient and let things run their course as they should, is one of the secrets of happiness and contentment...

My father seemed to sense my impatience. “The big ones didn’t get that way by snapping the first thing to hit the water,” he said quietly. “You’ll soon find that anything big and worthwhile usually takes a lot of time.” Patience is one of the most important qualities demanded of those who claim to love Allah, as the degree of patience determines those who are sincere in their claim and those who are not. The degree of patience needed to endure hardship and difficulties in order to please the Beloved proves the sincerity of one’s love. Many claim to love Allah, but when Allah tests them with hardship, they forget the true essence of love. No-one can adhere to the love of Allah except those who are patient and persevering (as-saabireen). If it were not for the test of hardship and sincerity, there would be no proof of the sincerity of a person’s love for Allah. The one whose love of Allah is greater, has a greater degree of patience. Therefore, Allah has attributed the quality of patience to His close friends (awliya) and most beloved. He said about His beloved slave Ayyub (AS): “... Truly We found him full of patience and constancy. How excellent in Our service! Ever did he turn (to Us)!” (Sad 38: 44) Allah instructed the most beloved to Him of everything He created to have patience in accepting His decree and told him that patience comes only by the help of Allah. He praised those who have patience and promised them the best of rewards: the rewards of others are defined and limited, but the reward of as-saabiruun is without measure. Patience is vital at all levels of Islam, iman and ihsan, as well as being a major element in iman (faith) and tawakkul (putting one’s trust in Allah). Patience for the sake of Allah, by the help of Allah, and in accepting the decree of Allah.

1. Patience for the sake of Allah, hoping for His rewards and fearing His punishment.

2. Patience by the help of Allah, as man realizes that he has no patience himself, and has no power to acquire patience. Rather, he knows: “there is no power and no strength except by (the help of) Allah.”

3. Patience in accepting the decree of Allah, as man realizes that Allah is the only one Who is controlling the affairs of the universe, so he will patiently accept the ruling and decree of Allah, regardless of what it may mean for him in the way of ease or hardship.

Patience is a half of Iman. Iman is in two halves: half is patience (sabr) and half is gratitude (shukr). Therefore Allah has mentioned patience and gratitude alongside one another: “... Verily in this are signs for all who constantly persevere and give thanks” (Ibrahim 14: 5; Luqman 31:31; Saba 34: 19; ash-Shura 42: 33) The reasons why one half of iman is patience and the other half is gratitude are as follows: Iman is a term which covers words, deeds and intentions, all of which are based on one of two things, action or abstinence. Action refers to performing a deed in accordance with the instructions of Allah, which is the reality of gratitude. Abstinence, as in refraining from wrong action, requires patience. The whole of religion is embodied in these two things: carrying out that which Allah has commanded, and refraining from that which Allah has prohibited. Iman is based on two pillars, yaqin (conviction) and patience, which are referred to in the following ayah: “And We appointed, from among them, leaders, giving guidance under Our command, so long as they persevered with patience and continued to have faith in Our Signs” (As-Sajdah 32: 24) It is through faith that we know the reality of Allah’s commands and prohibitions, of reward and punishment, and it is through patience that we carry out His instructions and abstain from that which He has prohibited. Man is constantly being pulled in two opposing directions: should he respond to the lure of this world of desires and pleasures, or should he answer the call of Allah and the hereafter, with the eternal Paradise that Allah has prepared for His friends? Going against the call of whims and desires is patience, and responding to the call of Allah and the hereafter is gratitude...

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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 27 December 2009 at 2:30pm
THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS: ALLAH'S GOOD PLEASURE

To mankind the love of worldly appetites is painted in glowing colors: women and children, and heaped-up mounds of gold and silver, and horses with fine markings, and livestock and fertile farmland. All that is merely the enjoyment of the life of this world. The best homecoming is in the presence of Allah.

 (Surah Al 'Imran: 14)
 
Property, which has become an end in itself for the community of the ignorant, is for believers only a means to be used for gaining Allah's good pleasure. For this reason believers do not long for the things listed in the above verse and do not make an aim of pursuing them. Increasing their property, enriching themselves or improving their status are never amongst the goals of believers. They know that everything is a blessing given to them by Allah and that they have to be grateful to Him. They never neglect what is pleasing to Allah for the sake of trivial and temporary worldly gains. If a person uses everything he possesses and all his resources and opportunities to earn Allah's good pleasure, he will receive a fine reward in this world and the next as we are told by Allah in the verse, "Anyone who acts rightly, male or female, being a believer, We will give them a good life and We will recompense them according to the best of what they did." (Surat an-Nahl: 97)

The difficult times and the troubles they encounter also make people who are ignorant of Allah's religion unhappy because their happiness is entirely bound up with worldly profits and gains, which in times of difficulty are at risk of being lost. The loss of these things due to events completely beyond their grasp, plunges them into great sorrow because of their attachment to them. In this way they completely lose the happiness and joy which acquisitions can bring them. They inevitably sink into depression and hopelessness.

As for the happiness of believers, it takes on a more lasting form because in times of trouble and difficulty they hold to the wisdom which is described in the Qur'an. Since believers always take into consideration what is pleasing to Allah and apply their intelligence and their consciences exclusively to the task of achieving it, they are never affected negatively by adverse circumstances, as disbelievers are affected. On the contrary, because they hope to gain Allah's good pleasure with sincere and submissive behavior in times of trouble, nothing can lessen their happiness even at such times.

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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 28 December 2009 at 12:49pm

RIGTHEOUS DEEDS

"Righteous deeds" (amelunsalihan) are one of the key concepts of the Qur'an. In Arabic, the word "righteousness" comprises the meanings of good, beneficial and right. In Arabic, the verb "to amend"(islah) is also derived from the same root. Consequently, in English, every type of beneficial and good work or action done for the good of religion is expressed by the word "righteous deed." In terms of the Qur'an, on the other hand, each act and all behaviour designed to seek the favour of God is a "righteous deed".

The salvation of an individual is not attained only through faith; righteous deeds, the signs of sincere faith, also save the soul. Saying "I believe" yet failing to comply with the commandments of religion does not lead man to salvation. In the Qur'an God states the following about this issue:
 
Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, "We believe", and that they will not be tested? We tested those before them, and God will certainly know those who are true from those who are false. (Al-Ankabut, 2-3)
 
The way a believer does righteous deeds proves his mettle. His deeds indicate his perseverance, stability, determination and loyalty-in other words the depth of his faith.
 
In the Qur'an God informs us about the various kinds of righteous deeds. Communicating the message of Islam to people, striving for the prosperity and the benefit of the Muslims, trying to attain a better understanding of the Qur'an, solving every kind of personal and social problem of the Muslims; all these are important righteous deeds. The fundamental Islamic forms of worship, such as saying prayers to God, fasting, spending for the cause of God, and the pilgrimage to Mecca are also among the important righteous deeds:
 
In brief, what turns an act into a righteous deed is the intention behind it. If the intention is a righteous one, then the deed also becomes righteous, even if the desired result is not attained.However, this is not important; he shall still have his reward from God.Hence, the result of each deed always rests with God. Each task should be done solely to please Him.
 
In brief, if a man does righteous deeds, it accrues to his personal benefit. Right action is surely the way to attain an eternal salvation.
 
A devoted believer who performs righteous deeds all throughout his life will surely attain the gardens of heaven and will be rewarded most generously by God in the Hereafter:
 
As for those who believe and do good works no burden do We place on any soul, but that which it can bear,- they will be companions of the Garden, therein to dwell (for ever). And We shall remove from their hearts any lurking sense of injury; beneath them will be rivers flowing; and they shall say: "Praise be to God, who has guided us to this (felicity): never could we have found the right path, had it not been for the guidance of God: indeed it was the truth, that the messengers of our Lord brought to us." And they shall hear the cry: "Behold! the garden before you! You have been made its inheritors, for your deeds of righteousness." (Al-Araf, 42-43)
 
 
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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 29 December 2009 at 3:25pm
Reflecting on the meaning of Life
 
Are all of life’s hardships worth enduring? The answer depends on what our goal is in living. In fact, understanding life’s purpose is a slow and absorbing process. We sense its mystery while reflecting upon our existence and humanity. Therefore, our concept of life evolves gradually throughout our lives.

The purpose of our creation is obvious: to reach our utmost goals of belief, knowledge, and spirituality; to reflect on the universe, humanity, and God, and thus prove our value as human beings. Fulfilling this ideal is possible only through systematic thinking and systematic behavior. Thought will provoke action, and thereby start a “prosperous cycle.” On its own, existence is the very bounty that leads us to a prosperous path of bounties. Given this, we should appreciate its value. Since we were created, as was a whole universe of bounties, we must use these gifts and benefit from them.

To reach this goal, we must use our willpower, a voice heard by the All-Powerful One, and develop our abilities and skills to their furthest extent, thus proving ourselves to be willful beings. Our duty is to reflect upon our place in life, our responsibilities, and our relationship with this vast universe. We should use our inner thoughts to explore creation’s hidden side. As we do so, we will begin to feel a deeper sense of our selves, see things differently, witness that events are not what they seem, and realize that events are trying to communicate something to us.

I believe that this should be life’s real purpose. We are the most important living creation in this universe. Given this, we should reflect upon and observe it so that we may realize and fulfill the purpose of our creation. Our duty is to hunt for insights and divine joys in our hearts and souls, for only this way of life can move us beyond the frustrating endeavors of a totally materialistic and painful life.

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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 30 December 2009 at 2:43pm
Fluctuations of Life and Patient Perseverance
 
A person’s life in this world is not stable. One passes through alternating periods of happiness and dismay, strength and weakness, wealth and poverty, health and sickness, etc. A true believer is one who maintains a clear level of faith throughout the worldly fluctuations. He continues to remember Allah and ascribe the bounties to Him, and he turns to Him in submission, asking for relief from his affliction. This is described by the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him), who said:

“Indeed amazing are the affairs of a believer! They are all for his benefit. If he is granted ease of living he is thankful; and this is best for him. And if he is afflicted with a hardship, he perseveres; and this is best or him.” (Muslim)

And Allah said:

[Certainly, We shall test you with fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits; but give glad tidings to the patient—those who, when afflicted with calamity say, “Truly to Allah we belong, and truly to Him shall we return.” It is those who will be awarded blessings and mercy from their Lord; and it is those who are the guided ones.] (Al-Baqarah 2:155–157)

Thus, a believer shows gratitude and thankfulness for all the wonderful blessings that Allah grants him. And he displays patience and submission during sickness and hardships, hunger, or other afflictions.

Hardships Benefit the Believer

Allah has decreed that, in this life, hardships and disasters strike both believers and non-believers. For a non-believer, they are inconveniences that hinder him from proceeding with his normal involvement in the worldly life. For a believer, on the other hand, they are instances of rest and remembrance, tests that promise great rewards, and indications of atonement and expiation of sins. Regardless of how little is the harm that strikes a believer, it carries with it good news of forgiveness and elevated rank in Paradise. The Righteous Predecessors used to be pleased when a hardship afflicted them, seeing it as a token of Allah’s forgiveness and benevolence.

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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 03 January 2010 at 11:21pm
Following the Path of Virtue

The difficult path of virtue is defined as the path of charity or unselfish love, and three specific instances are given for our understanding: (1) freeing the bondman, (2) feeding the orphan, and (3) feeding the indigent down in the dust. As regards the bondman, we are to understand not only a reference to legal slavery, which happily is extinct in all civilized lands, but many other kinds of slavery which flourish especially in advanced societies. There is political slavery, industrial slavery, and social slavery. There is the slavery of conventions, of ignorance, and or superstition. There is slavery to wealth or passions or power. The good man tries to liberate men and women from all kinds of slavery, often at great danger to himself. But he begins by first liberating himself.

Allah's statement to man in Sura Al Inshiqaq is also supporting this fact, the Qur'an says: "Thou man! verily thou art ever toiling on towards thy Lord painfully toiling, - but thou shalt meet Him."

This life is ever full of toil and misery, if looked at as empty of the Eternal Hope which Revelation gives us. Hence the literature of pessimism in poetry and philosophy, which thinking minds have poured forth in all ages, when that Hope was obscured to them. "Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought." "To each his suffering; all are men condemned alike to groan!" It is the noblest men that have to "Scorn delights and live laborious days" in this life. The good suffer on account of their very goodness: the evil on account of their Evil. But the balance will be set right in the end. There is no doubt that the path of virtue is not an easy one. But Allah encourages believers by giving hope of a better tomorrow. See the translation of some of the verses of the Holy Qur'an in this connection.

1. If the people of the towns had but believed and feared Allah, We should indeed have opened out to them (all kinds of) blessings from heaven and earth" (3:96).

2. A pious man is free of sorrow, fear and danger. "Those who are righteous and mend (their lives) on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve" (7:35).

3. He is safe from the enemies, "But if ye are constant and do right, not the least harm their cunning will do to you? (3:120).

4. He will have Allah's company and help. "For Allah is with those who restrain themselves, and those who do good" (16:128).

5. A pious person is promised permitted sustenance and liberation from hardship "And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out" (LXV:2) "And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine" (LXV:3) "And for those who fear Allah, He will make their path easy" (LXV:4).

6. The lives of the pious people are successful in the Hereafter as they are chosen servants of Allah. "For Allah doth love the righteous" (9:7).

7. The deeds of pious persons only are acceptable to Allah. "Allah doth accept the sacrifices of those who are righteous" (5:30).

8. The pious will be honoured in the presence of Allah. "The most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you" (XLIX:13).

9. Not only the deeds of the Pious are acceptable but their sins are also forgiven. 'O Ye who believe! Fear Allah, and (always) say a word directed to the Right" (33:70) "That He may make your conduct whole and sound forgive your sins: (33:71).

10. The Pious will receive deliverance from the fire of Hell. "But Allah will deliver the righteous to their place of salvation: no evil shall touch them, nor shall they grieve? (39:61).

11. The Pious will eventually enter paradise and will live in real pleasure. "As to the Righteous, they will be in Gardens and in Happiness" (LII:17).

12. There are glad tidings for the Pious in both the worlds. In this world, the glad tidings are comfort and blessings of Allah, freedom from fear and sorrow, safety from enemies and Allah's company and help. In the Hereafter the glad tidings are peace in the grave, and on the Day of Judgement; and the accounting of their deeds will be made easy. "Behold; verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, not shall they grieve" (11:62).

"Those who believe and (constantly) guard against evil" (11:63). For them are Glad Tidings, in the life of the present and in the Hereafter; no change can there be in the Words of Allah. This is indeed the supreme Felicity" (10:64).

Allah is the greatest wellwisher of us. He counsels us to live piously as this is the only aim in life. "Verily, We have directed the people of the Book before you and you (O Muslims) to fear Allah" (4:131).

Piety is in the nature of the Faithful and is the common factor for the success in this world and in the Hereafter.

http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Articles/tazkiyah/man_in_the_quran_follow_the_path_of_virtue_for_a_better_tomorrow.html - http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Articles/tazkiyah/man_in_the_quran_follow_the_path_of_virtue_for_a_better_tomorrow.html


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 04 January 2010 at 6:15pm
Patience of Believers
 
Patience is one of the most important signs of a believer’s sincerity and efforts to draw near to Allah: one can only show patience in relation with his sincerity and closeness to Allah. Believers who are committed to displaying these traits compete with other believers in being patient. If making a sacrifice is in question, they conduct themselves most correctly and bring all their material and physical resources into play. Attention is drawn to this trait in a verse which reads:[…those who are steadfast in seeking the face of their Lord…] (Ar-Ra`d 13:22). Encountering a difficulty, such people turn to Allah without harboring any feelings of distress or uncertainty in their hearts. This was also expressed by the Prophet:

“Wondrous are the believer’s affairs. For him there is good in all his affairs, and this is so only for the believer. When something pleasing happens to him, he is grateful, and that is good for him; and when something displeasing happens to him, he is patient, and that is good for him” (Muslim).

People often misinterpret patience and think of it as “putting up with something.” This is but a distant connotation of patience experienced and felt by a believer, since “putting up with something” is an obligatory form of endurance shown in the face of a distressing and painful situation. The patience shown for the cause of Allah, however, is not a source of distress, but a great cause of pleasure and happiness. A man of perfected faith shows patience in order to earn the approval of Allah, and thus does not become depressed. On the contrary, with the hope of receiving the blessings and rewards Allah promises in return for his patience, he derives great pleasure from it. Allah informs us in the Qur’an that patience is distressing for disbelievers:

[Seek help in steadfastness and prayer. But that is a very hard thing, except for the humble] (Al-Baqarah 2:45).

The patience of a believer is so profound that his patience and imploration never wavers, even though he cannot eliminate a problem or attain his wishes until death overtakes him. He knows that Allah keeps everything under His control and that he will earn great rewards in return for his patience. For this reason, he is content with Allah no matter what situations he encounters, he believes in His eternal compassion and mercy, and puts his trust in Him. If Allah does not answer his call immediately, he certainly knows a greater goodness and beauty are hidden in this. He never forgets that Allah answers all prayers and gives an excellent reward to those who are patient. And His promise is true.
 
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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 12 January 2010 at 3:09am
Seek to Please God
 
One of the most elusive objectives of every human being is "Happiness." The Quran reveals the secret of attaining perfect happiness in this life and forever. We learn from the Quran that happiness is an exclusive quality of the soul. Thus, a body that attains all the material successes it longs for - money, power, fame, etc. - often belongs to an unhappy person. Happiness depends totally on the degree of growth and development attained by the soul, the real person. The Quran provides a detailed map towards perfect happiness for both body and soul, both in this world and in the eternal Hereafter.

In the numerous verses throughout this proven Testament, God personally guarantees the believers' happiness, now and forever (10:62-64)

As believers in God alone, our priority in this life should be to fulfill God's expectation of us. We should live a life that will please God. What pleases God is not our utterances, but our actual intentions or actions to carry out His commandments. When pleasing God becomes the most important aspect of one's life, God will make every thing wonderful for him or her...
 
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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 14 January 2010 at 9:11pm

Fun in Islam

“Do you mean to imply that there is no such thing as fun and enjoyment in Islam?”

The question should be turned around to, “What should I, as a Muslim, consider enjoyable, relaxing, or fun?” This is a matter of priority and perspective.

To take an extreme example, many non-Muslims turn to alcohol or drugs and claim that they do that because they enjoy it. A Muslim looks at that—especially many converts who experienced that in the past and are now at a completely different level of understanding—and he cannot understand how they find that to be fun and entertaining.

One cannot imagine the Companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) wasting their time in some of the pursuits that many Muslims spend a great deal of their quality hours in. This is because their purpose and goal in life was very different and much loftier.

The purified soul gets rest, enjoyment and pleasure by doing acts that are pleasing to Allah.

The Prophet would say to Bilal, “O Bilaal, make the iqaamah for the prayer, giving us rest by it.” The things that the Companions enjoyed and felt pleasure with were the acts that when performed would bring Allah’s pleasure to them.

Consider the fact that both Eids or celebrations for Muslims come after completing a very important act of worship or drawing oneself closer to Allah (the fast of Ramadan and the pilgrimage to Makkah). This is a clear indication that the real source of joy and happiness for believers must be in completing those acts that are pleasing to Allah.


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Daishin
Date Posted: 18 January 2010 at 3:16am
I am not a muslim but as I see it, Islam is very close to other theistic traditions. And it has a built-in non-questioning theology. For example, if someone would say Islam is not true, a muslim would point to the Koran and say it is true. There is nothing in the Koran or in the teaching of Islam by the prophet that would make it true. Like all theist traditions, it depends on faith. This is Islam's weakness and its eventual demise.

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Neither This Nor That


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 24 January 2010 at 2:51pm

Ease in Hardship

Five reasons why God uses problems

The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you - depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.

Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:

1. God uses problems to DIRECT you.
Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? "Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways."

2. God uses problems to INSPECT you.
People are like tea bags...if you want to know what's inside them, just drop them into hot ever water! Has God tested your faith with a problem What do problems reveal about you? "When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience."

3. God uses problems to CORRECT you.
Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It's likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove.... But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something... health, money, a relationship. .. by losing it. "It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws."

4. God uses problems to PROTECT you.
A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem - but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management's actions were eventually discovered. "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good...

5. God uses problems to PERFECT you.
Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you're going to take with you into eternity. "We can rejoice when we run into problems...they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady."

Here's the point:

God is at work in your life - even when you do not recognize it or understand it.But it's much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him.

"Success can be measured not only in achievements, but in lessons learned, lives touched and moments shared along the way"



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 03 February 2010 at 2:52pm
The Many Facets of Happiness
 
I went on an outing with my children. Our main intention was to swim and for the children to have their fair share of recreation and of my quality time. It was also a chance fir me as a father, to have my rightful share of the joy of being with my children, for truly we need our children as much as they need us, if not more. I found myself busy on that day with all sorts of little tasks – like making sandwiches, setting the picnic table, and handing out sweets. It was a beautiful day to harvest some of the fruits of happiness just by enjoying ordinary activities in total relaxation and familiarity.

That day made me think about how much we, as people, speak about happiness. Hundreds of books are published every year to address the issue from a dry, philosophical standpoint. These works strive to define happiness and reveal its connection with factors like prosperity, pleasure, and our state of mind. There is considerable controversy about what brings about happiness and, more essentially, what it actually means to be happy. This leads to the more mundane questions of role that health, wealth, one's job, one's marriage, and being successful play in our chances for happiness.

We might fail to see that happiness is an inner state of our being, which comes into its being within ourselves, and is often connected with the most ordinary and seemingly insignificant events of our lives. It is the normal state of a person's mind when that person is enjoying an experience or an activity. Those of us who disdain engaging in some pleasant activities, or simply fail to admit our enjoyment of them – due to our preconceived notions of what is suitable for us as adults, or as elderly people, or as people of social prominence – need to rethink some of our ideas. We should not rob ourselves of life's small but significant pleasures.

Be like a small child and really enjoy that cup of tea you are drinking. Take time to taste it. The same goes for a piece of chocolate or your ordinary daily meal. Enjoy it. Enjoy eating alone and in the company of people you care about.

Allah says: "There is nothing wrong with you eating together or by yourselves." [Sűrah al-Nűr: 61]

Be like a child who looks forward excitedly to taking a ride. Look forward to pleasant things. Laugh at a funny joke without first examining it to deduce whether the humor of the joke holds up under close scrutiny. Look forward to your sleep. Recognize it as being Allah's blessing and a refreshment for your body and mind. Maybe you will dream about those you love.

Look forward to the activity that is ahead of you. Take pleasure in the accomplishment – however small – that completing your task provides you with. This can be said of reading a book, preparing a letter, a lesson that you attend, or a social event that you participate in.

Try to see the beauty of a flower in bloom, the fields of crops, a flowing stream, the sparrow's song, and a child in play. Do not block these things from your sight, thinking them to be unimportant. Indeed, our sense of importance and of what carries weight with us – this is one of the greatest obstacles to happiness. This is an affliction that we impose upon ourselves. We need no enemy to do this to us.

We are happiest when we are the least inhibited in acknowledging and expressing how we feel. This is the case whether we are in the company of those we know or those we do not know. Expressing our feelings should not carry with it a sense of dread as if we are disclosing the most sensitive of state secrets.

We are happiest when we shed our ostentation and inflated sense of self-importance, so we can really listen to ourselves and acknowledge our inner needs and aspirations.

We are happiest when we are not pining after unrealistic and overly idealistic dreams but look at our lives naturally, without shame, and without exaggerating things.

We are happiest when we focus keenly on the experience of the moment, taking note of the billions – nay trillions – of blessings that are right in front of us. Allah's generosity extends to each living cell of our bodies and to everything on the land, the air, and in the sea. His grace extends to all the intangibles as well, like those feelings and sensations that we cannot describe in physical terms. Faith is a good example, love, pleasure, the apprehension of language, longing, joy, hope…

We may be happiest of all when we realize that happiness is not a package we receive in the mail – either by design or fortune – nor is it a degree conferred upon us like a diploma. It is rather the felling of the moment, if we harvest well what that moment has to offer and resolve to make the best of it. It is when we shove aside despair, worry, fear, hatred, envy, and the other negative emotions that too often preoccupy our thoughts.

We are the happiest we can be when we choose to be happy.
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 February 2010 at 2:27pm

True Happiness

Do you know what happiness is?

It has been defined as an agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune of any kind that is built on firm belief. Every person must have a goal they wish to attain, the more he is able to accomplish this goal, the greater his sense of happiness will be. Psychologists define happiness as a continuous feeling of enjoyment, satisfaction, generosity and delight, arising from contentment of one’s self, life and belief that they will have a blissful destiny.

Types of Happiness

From this definition we can categorize happiness into three categories:

First Category: False happiness, which lasts only for a short period of time. This form of happiness is the result of sudden good fortune. Many believe that happiness can be attained through drug or substance abuse and on account of this, consume drugs and liquor to avoid the problems of everyday life. They believe happiness is achieved initially by forgetting about the problems of life. Drug abuse gives one an illusion of happiness, which quickly dissipates when the drug is discontinued, plunging that individual into a state of complete misery. This would then drive him to acquire more drugs, and ultimately become captive to drugs and a helpless member of society. Furthermore, this individual would contract a number of psychological and physical diseases.

Second Category:
Happiness experienced when achieving goals. It is similar to the previous form of happiness in that it is short-lived, although it is less harmful than the previous form of happiness. When great efforts are exerted in attaining a goal and it is finally achieved one would wonder, what’s next? The pain one would experience after the climax and initial bout of happiness is somewhat similar to the pain experienced in the first category. In summary, this happiness is a short-lived experience, which at best makes one happy for a short period of time.

Third Category: True happiness. This form of happiness will remain with an individual under all circumstances; through delight and anguish, poverty and prosperity, sickness and health and whether or not one would attain of this world what they wish for or not. This happiness is the result of one’s firm belief.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 February 2010 at 11:13am

Contentment, happiness, and feelings of bliss, are some of the great feelings a Muslim experiences.

The scholar, Ibn Taymiyyah, may God have mercy on him, after being tortured, banished and imprisoned said: ‘What can my enemies do to me? My paradise and orchard are in my heart and they never part with me. If my captors imprison me it is most certainly a religious retreat, if they kill me it is martyrdom, and if they banish me from my land it is like tourism.’

These words are simply amazing. He was imprisoned and mistreated and still, this is what he said. A person true in his faith will be happy at all times. Islam will give a person a complete spiritual happiness and contentment regardless of their financial or social condition in life.

A true Muslim is happy in all circumstances, whether sick or healthy, rich or poor, or in a state of security or chaos. God, the Exalted, says:

(When disaster strikes them, they say, "Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return. Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy and it is those who are the rightly guided.) (2:156-7)

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:

(Amazing indeed is the affair of the believer, all his affairs are ultimately good for him and this is only for a believer. When he is graced with a blessing, he would be thankful and grateful to God and it would be good for him, and when he is afflicted with a calamity, he would be patient and it would be good for him.) (Hadith in Sahih Muslim)

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 February 2010 at 12:38am
 

How to Attain True Happiness

True happiness is attained through a number of key fundamental beliefs:

The First Pillar: Belief in God and in His Oneness Whoever believes in Allah and in His Oneness will be guided to the path of happiness. His heart will be content, and he will live in a state of pure tranquility. ...

When man knows the greatness of His creator who has created all things and is capable over all things, he will become more humble. Nothing is like unto Him. ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 February 2010 at 12:48am

The Sixth Pillar of Faith: Belief in Preordainment.

Belief in destiny will cause one to become happy and will put his heart at ease.

One would not fret or become upset over lost chances.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

‘The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer and in both there is goodness.

Be careful to do that which is beneficial to you and do not despair.

Indeed that which has befallen you cannot be avoided so do not say, ‘If I had done this or that,’ for indeed ‘if’ opens the gateways of the devil.’ (Muslim)

One should not despair over a missed opportunity. If one is to actually take a moment and look at common ailments, it will be clear that the majority of diseases are on account of worries that are widespread. In other words, they are a result, whether direct or indirect, of disbelief in this pillar. When one believes truthfully in this pillar they will be able, by the will of Allah, to overcome their worries and concerns

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 February 2010 at 2:35am
 We are encouraged in Islam to forgive when one wrongs us.

This action will cause love to spread in the community. Allah says:

Who spend [in the cause of Allah] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good.(3:134)

We as Muslims have been ordered with something greater than all of this. We are to be kind when people are unkind towards us. This will rid an individual from the filth of hatred and fill him with happiness and the feeling of true brotherhood. Allah says:

And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.(41:34)

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 12:57am

Keys to Happiness (Flash)

Happiness is the only goal on earth that all people without exception are seeking to attain. Believers and unbelievers alike seek to be happy, but each party is using different methods.

However, only believers can achieve genuine happiness ...

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 2:06pm
Jazakh Allah Khair Brother Tarek
 
A beautiful presentation ...
 
Thank You for posting
 
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 February 2010 at 12:35am
Welcome sister
 
Satisfaction is achieved when one is pleased with what Allah has ordained.

When one distances himself from wanting what people have, and submits to the will of Allah, they will achieve pure satisfaction.

The Qur’anic texts and the Prophetic Traditions have a great impact in fostering such satisfaction in the chests of Muslims. The reason for this is so that they can live a peaceful life, far from enmities and hatred, which would result when one is not satisfied.

A person, who is satisfied in the manner mentioned above, will certainly live a happy life.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 February 2010 at 12:31am
 

One should be pleased with what Allah has assigned for him, even if these things may be seemingly discomforting.

Allah says: O you who have believed, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by compulsion. And do not make difficulties for them in order to take [back] part of what you gave them unless they commit a clear immorality [i.e., adultery]. And live with them in kindness, for if you dislike them - perhaps you dislike a thing and Allah makes therein much good.(4:19)

 It may be that something you dislike may be good for you, and you would know not.



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 March 2010 at 12:35am
One should forget about the past and think of the present and leave the future to Allah.

A famous writer wrote: ‘What has passed cannot be brought back, what you wish for is of the realm of the unseen. You have control over the things that happen in the hour that you are in. Thinking about the past will not bring it back, and thinking of the future will discourage you from doing what you have to do at present.’

We are also encouraged to give and expend in the path of Allah. Indeed happiness is in giving and not in receiving.

After you do something good, such as giving food to a poor person or giving clothing to a person in need of it, or helping someone out in a calamity, how do you feel?

 



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 March 2010 at 12:53am

Good Friends

No one can deny the influence a friend has over another. It has been said in the common parable: ‘The Companion will drag you with him.’

Your friend will either drag you to goodness or to evil. He may be instrumental in you being happy or miserable.

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:

"The example of a good companion and an evil one is like that of a perfume salesman and a blacksmith. A perfume salesman will either give you some perfume, sell it to you or at the very least you will smell a pleasant scent; whereas, a blacksmith will burn your clothes and in the very least you will smell a very unpleasant odor from him." (Bukhari)

A good companion will surely be a great help during times of hardship. He will help you when a disaster strikes and will remind you to be mindful of God when you forget. This is the opposite of a bad companion, for he will be the first to abandon you when you are in need



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Posted By: whirlwind
Date Posted: 13 March 2010 at 10:19am
Assalamu'alaykum shaiykh. That was great post, it really did boost some hope within me. I have a number of problems that im facing right now other then insecurity in career-choice, chasing for worldly needs such as money so we can buy nice car, nice house, expensive clothes and so on (ive never had that perception til i entered uni at 17).

Let me briefly tell you about about what made me 'me' now. I am turning 22 yrs old soon. Back then when i was 14-19 years old, I used to be so naive and maybe out of touch with reality and i didnt believe that 'bad things' existed. For example i wouldnt believe that if i leave an expensive handphone at a public hang-out spot to make a quick loo-visit, the phone wouldnt get stolen. Or another example, if a stranger ask me out on a trip i wouldnt believe tht i would get raped or what so-ever. I was that NAIVE and im easily being fooled. I was out of touch with reality. I have always believed in Islam and that Islam is the right way but back then i wasnt really a practising muslim.

As a kid at age 14 and above my mom always emphasize on 5 time daily prayers and always remind me to pray everyday but i always give her the impression that i have prayed. I think the longest i havent observe the daily prayers was 3 months or maybe more . But recently now i have prayed daily except subuh being rare and there are times when im out with my non-religious frens, i would miss out my prayers.

At the age of 16 through 20 yrs old, my clothings became tighter and shorter and more skin-showing. i started going clubbing, with the influence of the people around me and being fooled into the 'modelling world' which i was encouraged to drink and from this journey til age 19 i end up into prostitutioning which i escaped after 3 weeks in it (i never imagine my life would be this way).

I was crying for help and guidance within myself, it took me quite a while to get out from that world i used to live in. While i was crying for help within myself, i was still partying, having dirty-fun, and somehow when i was fooled into the 'modelling world' which i end up into prostitutioning, i became more of a sexual person. I have lost all my dignity.

 However, recently, being in the repentance state for almost 2 years now, i do feel that there are many times i dont feel 'khusyuk' when i fulfill Allah's obligatories. There are many times my heart is always being arrogant. My heart had always been arrogant since i was small and i hardly compliment and praise anyone with their great work or properties etc etc because i will be like 'who do you think you are?' and ive carried that til now (though slightly reduced) even when im worshipping Allah though ive struggle trying to combat that attitude of mine.

In my late teenage year i always thought that i was a 'dajjal', a 'satan', the 'worst human being' on earth and i was very scared and sad because i dont want to go to hell. I started to think that way of myself during ramadan 3-4 years back because i had always struggled fighting the evil-cursing voice in my heart, and knowing the fact that satan are all locked up in hell during ramadan, i was happy to know that fact but everything change when i realise that that evil voice was still there even in the month of ramadan. 

I am so tired of fighting that 'evilness' within myself. That evilness within me can go to the extent of cursing at Allah and there are times i feel like im purposely making Allah hates me. Everyday i ask for forgiveness. After realising ive commited so many sins like drinking and zina after prostitutioning, i started to change slowly 2 years ago and still seeking in the continuation to change into a better muslim, i started to observe the hijab, and ive stopped drinking and goin to clubs for 2 years already, i read the quran and i zikr alot. There are times something triggered an 'ostentation' within me and there be times i'll go mad if i commited shirk. Im tired of fighting the evilness within me.      

Seriously im facing alot of problems but not as worst as before or maybe it is. I dont know. Am i going through some sort of adverse effect or something . Maybe somewhere deep within me i dont have that high-level of fear for Allah but i have a GREAT fear in the hell-fire. I dont want to be the worst creature in Allah's sight. One thing for sure is that im tired of fighting the evil within me and i feel like giving up but i know i cant do that because i know i probably end up in the worst of journey again. Im tired of fighting the evilness within me through askin forgiveness, zikr, reading the quran. How do i remove that evil voice within my heart? how can i make my heart, mind, body and soul kushuk when im worshipping Allah? Please help me and pray for me strengths and courage before i end up in the hellfire. 







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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 March 2010 at 11:41am
Assalamo Alaikom sister and welcome to the forum
 
I'm afraid this forum does not have a Sheikh, we are only introducing Islam to those interested
 
Change takes time, and gaining inner peace from Salah is a process which does not happen in 1 or 2 days. Eventually, you will find that you will get more benefit and peace, and the important thing is to maintain the 5 daily prayers on a regular basis
 
Good friends are also very important to help you stay on the Straight Path, so I recommend you do your best to keep close to friends who pray and who can support you on your journey.
 
What is also very important is to learn more about Islam each day or at least each week. If there is a Muslim speaker you like to listen to, learn as much as you can either by attending lessons at the masjid, or by listening to his recorded talks
 
Once you gain more knowledge of our religion, it will be easier for you to overcome the evil thoughts which may come to mind, and gradually you will find it easier to gain inner peace
 
Hope all goes well, and if you have any questions please post and we'll do our best to find the answers
 
May Allah increase you in faith, knowledge and peace
 
Ameen
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 14 March 2010 at 5:37pm
Bismillah
 
Assalaamualekum Sister and welcome to the forum....it is nice to have you among us...
 
I would like to add something....I hope thats ok with you
 
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has said that... All the children of Adam err, and the best of those who err are the oft repenting....we all have our sins Sister....all of us make mistakes...all of us have our own struggles, our own darknesses but the thing one should always remember is that Allah swt is very near to us...we may not feel Him to be close but He is there...its just that our perceptions are clouded by the dust of our sins and sometimes despair at not achieving tangible results...you know the feeling that you are struggling with...that something is eluding you which you are trying to grasp is in itself a positive sign...that means you are just encountering static while tuning in to the frequency...if you keep trying sincerely you will get the connection Insha Allah....Satan takes upon himself to make people turn away from repentence as it wipes out all previous sins and Allah swt not only accepts  but is overjoyed with the return of His servant so the fact that you are encountering problems is itself a sign that you are getting closer to Him...Masha Allah you have been in this state for two years...give your self some credit for resisting the dark forces and give yourself some time as well.....maybe you can start a journal and write all your feelings in it...how about writing to Allah swt....really talking to Him, asking Him , consulting Him...yes the best way is Salaah no doubt...but if you can develop this habit of pouring your heart to Allah ...you will feel closer to Him Insha Allah...
 
Developing Khushu is an ongoing process Sister and at times it waxes and wanes...if our focus is to please Him  under all circumstances then we get a slight shift in perspective and even if there is no Khushu it should not deter us or dishearten us....just make Dua to Him Sister...May Allah swt give you the peace and connection that you are striving for Aameen...
 
Please don't think that you are a dajjal or anything....in Ramadan not all Satans are chained...each of us has a voice in our soul that encourages us to do wrong things just as there is a voice that encourages good and pure things so those voices are with us in Ramadan as well... amongst all confusion, you still craved Him and  tried to change your lifestyle actively...it was  pretty damaging if you really envision it in the long run...you have seen the worst of it and the purity in your soul tells you that the answers do not lie there...peace and happiness comes when we are at peace with our actions...if our actions hurt us or others...it is not possible to be at peace for long...
 
How can you be the worst creature in Allah's sight if you have the inclination to repent...if you can see your mistakes , isn't that in itself a realization that He doesn't wish you to be in the state you were in?!...He is very Merciful....... He loves those who repent ...
 
The trick is not to give too much attention to the evil voice in your heart...how about arranging your time in such a manner so that you don't get time to pay attention to your thoughts...what are your hobbies Sister...how about volunteering to do a community project or something... helping others is another way to get closer to Him...He loves those who serve His creation...it will also help that arrogance problem Insha Allah...
 
In the meantime Brother Al Cardoby has given you some excellent advice...try to find good people and stay with them, spend time with your family and make Dua to Him continuously and learn about Islam at your own pace.... Treat all of your tasks, however small, as opportunities to see Him and to serve Him....and insha Allah you will come to love Him Aameen...
 
May Allah swt make everything easy for you and increase you in faith, strength, wisdom, hope and peace aameen... We are always here if you need us... Please do keep in touch
 
Take care...May God Bless you
 
Fi Aman Allah
 
 


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Posted By: whirlwind
Date Posted: 15 March 2010 at 2:39pm
Assalamualaykum to both 'Al-cordoby' and 'a well wisher'. Thank you for taking your time to understand my situation and its a relief for me to know that someone is there helping me stand up and made me continue to reach for Allah swt on my own again and alhamdullilah my heart is more relaxed and i feel like ive gained more strengths to continue on my journey to sucess in this world and the hereafter.

Ive had plan to write a journal about a year ago about my feelings and struggles with my life but i've never had a proper time to start on it but writing on this post did 'kick me' to start somewhere soon.

I dont have a hobby but i recently started doing part-time job since last month at a tuition centre teaching pre-school kids. I teach 3 times a week. Though it started as stressful at first, its progressing into more of a rewarding state. Teaching sure does keeps the evil voice and thoughts coming into my head. I would love to help the orphanage and the poors but i dont know how and where to start since my 2 years of struggle reaching for Allah. The surau near my house looks pretty empty and hardly any women, and i dont think they speak english and thus i dont know how to approach them.

I have difficulty making friends especiially the 'good ones'. I have to say most of the people i surround in are not practising muslims or should i say 'ignorants'. Some of them follow cultures rather than following sunnahs and some of them just want to have fun fun fun. Honestly, ive been longing for a need of good practising muslim-sisters friends. However, during my early stage of progress of changing into a better person, there was 3 descent hijab girls from middle-east in my uni who seem wanting to bring me into their surroundings but i didnt let myself in and i had lost my chance of making good frens! I dont have anymore classes and im  graduating soon and i dont see them anymore and so are they. See, im terrible at making friends with good religious people. Would they want to accept me as their friends anyways because i feel like they would see me as 'dirty' and summore my knowledge in islam is lacking.

Please do keep praying for me to be successful, happy, increase and firm faith, hope, peace and wisdom.

Once again, thanks a milion for your warm care, courage and advice. JazakAllah ( i hope thats the right saying).

Assalamu 'alaykum

 

 
 


 




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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 15 March 2010 at 6:57pm
Wa alekum assalaam wa rehmatullahi wabarkatuhu  Sister Whirlwind:)

I am happy to know that you are feeling relieved....Alhumdulillah...May Allah swt make your journey easy and fill it with peace Aameen...you have Masha Allah been quiet strong Sister and insha Allah with your intention to reach  Allah swt sincerely, you will find help along your path for sure...He always accords us with His grace by giving clues and signposts in our journey...our job is to keep our hearts open and to steadfastly persevere and then His help arrives in many ways and form...we just have to be patient

No need to say thank you sister...Its a pleasure to be of any help

Maintaining a journal of your thoughts will really help you sort out many things...writing to Allah swt is also a form of supplication...you can tell Him your fears, your dreams, your problems and  ask for help and guidance... whom He guides , none can misguide...try to feel His presence in your life and hand over all the unnecessary luggage that weighs you down to Him...you will feel a lot different Insha Allah

Masha Allah that's great that you are teaching preschoolers....they must be keeping you on your toes:)I love kids...they always have this vibrancy and undying wonder in them...Insha Allah being around them will definitely be good for your spirit and its a fact that we end up learning a lot from them...they have such a simple and amazing way to look at things...one cannot help but be happy around them...from the little Malay I know "sarau" means mosque right?...Malaysians are very friendly people Sister...I have family in Malaysia and I don't know Malaysian language at all apart from a few words I have picked up but with their rudimentary English and sometimes even with no English they have this amazing way to get their warmth and message across...maybe you can just approach those sisters in the mosque and ask them if you can contribute to any community project...try to be close to your family specially your mom...your university education is coming to an end but wherever you go next, try to find good company and make dua for it...

Its true that its difficult to approach others but sometimes we are pleasantly surprised:)Maybe people around you currently don't know much about Islam....all of us are ignorant on some issues but think of it this way....maybe they never got a chance to really think deeply about stuff in life and even about their faith...in a way you can help others by being someone who can share your thoughts on life and about Islam with them ...We as Muslims are not opposed to the idea of fun but not the kind that would make us heedless... that fun seems to be the easier option at times or a means of escape but not all people do what they do consciously  and so maybe you will find good people even among the ignorant...you can be their light maybe:)You can never lose your chance of being a good friend....just be sincere and try to give your best even if its a bit difficult and insha Allah you will make a conduit for others to find a friend in you ...don't think low of yourself..... whoever repents sincerely is like someone who never committed that sin and remorse and regret only comes with sincere repentance....make a firm resolve to never return to your previous lifestyle...keep the lesson but let go of the pain

All of us are students of Islam Sister...We all know very little about it but its important to grow gradually and systematically in our learning...you can start by reading stuff on this website itself...so in a few days you will catch up with us and maybe get ahead even insha Allah... true knowledge is the one we implement in our lives and  may Allah swt make it easy on all of us to do that Aameen...try to read some Qur'an daily with the translation and explanation if you can...make Qur'an your constant companion even if it be only a few verses ...infact a Qur'an Journal is a great way to go as well...Keep a Qur'an journal of the moments when certain verses click and become real in your life...

There are some wonderful lectures in English by various scholars on this forum itself in the Learn about Islam section which can help you increase your Islamic Knowledge

Also there is this book posted by Brother Al Cardoby in the Learn about Islam section and  Islamic Book Review thread called

Don't Be Sad - A Book about Happiness

By Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni

Its a great book... try to read that in your free time if you can



Don't worry...We do pray for you that you come out successful in both the worlds  and that you gain happiness,  faith, hope, peace ,wisdom and His good pleasure Aameen...Keep us in your prayers as well....If you have any questions or anything that you would like to share then please don't ever hesitate to get in touch with us...We will try our best to answer your questions...you can PM me if you want....I am here for you Insha Allah in case you want to discuss anything

Its always easier to give advice but I know it is difficult to  implement it ....just don't lose hope at any stage and NEVER give up OK...His help is always near...be sure to call to Him

Jazakh Allah Khair:)yes that's the right thing to say

Terimah Kasi Sister ....Take care and May God Bless you

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 16 March 2010 at 9:56am

What Is Happiness?

 

Like any perception of reality, happiness is a state of mind that is influenced by ones quality of life. At the same time, ones quality of life is not determined by material things. If happiness is dependent on stimuli external to you, then it a temporary state. At the same time, the petri glass for nurturing bad mental health is isolating ones self from life. So, as much as you want to be left alone, isolating yourself from others is only going to magnify how you are feeling. In the halal things that Allah (SWT) has given to us in the form of creation, there is must benefit, healing and balance that can be obtained for ones self development. When one is 'awake', one is in communication with the hidden messages of life.

 

You say that you have been "deprived of happiness", but how many people with less gain pleasure from the laughter of a child, the smell of a rose, the sound of the Qur`an recited in proper Tajwid, being in service to those we love/in need, from the gentle touch of a breeze, the sight of the sea, the blessings of good company? You have obviously expected happiness to come from outside of yourself, with you the recipient. This kind of desire is rooted in the nafs an-ammarah bi`s-su (the self-comanding soul) (12: 53), which is dominated by the earthly senses and thus selfish. Of course you can never be happy, because the nafs an-ammarah bi`s-su is always looking for self gratification. 
 

Body-Based Happiness

This lowest level of relative happiness relates to the more animalistic nature of human beings, such as experiences of happiness that come from the satisfaction of raw desires.  People who are stuck in this level of happiness tend to be ravenous and are always looking for immediate pleasures, without much regard for troubling consequences.  

 

Mind-Based Happiness

The second level of relative happiness involves a bit more intelligence.  You look to create a good life, and are willing to forgo some of the more animalistic, instinctual, and self-indulgent pleasures in order to achieve greater long-term happiness.   For example, you're willing to go to work every day so you can have a home and enjoy the good things in life.

 

Heart-Based Happiness

The third level of happiness has more of a spiritual element.  You've purified your understanding, awareness, and motives enough that your happiness comes from greater things, such as love, devotion, and service to humanity and to those you love.  On this level, you may also begin to taste the nectar of spiritual happiness streaming forth.

 

Which would you prefer?



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 March 2010 at 2:00am

The Many Facets of Happiness

We might fail to see that happiness is an inner state of our being, which comes into its being within ourselves, and is often connected with the most ordinary and seemingly insignificant events of our lives. It is the normal state of a person's mind when that person is enjoying an experience or an activity. Those of us who disdain engaging in some pleasant activities, or simply fail to admit our enjoyment of them – due to our preconceived notions of what is suitable for us as adults, or as elderly people, or as people of social prominence – need to rethink some of our ideas. We should not rob ourselves of life's small but significant pleasures.

Be like a small child and really enjoy that cup of tea you are drinking. Take time to taste it. The same goes for a piece of chocolate or your ordinary daily meal. Enjoy it. Enjoy eating alone and in the company of people you care about.

Allah says: "There is nothing wrong with you eating together or by yourselves." [Sűrah al-Nűr: 61]

Be like a child who looks forward excitedly to taking a ride. Look forward to pleasant things. Laugh at a funny joke without first examining it to deduce whether the humor of the joke holds up under close scrutiny. Look forward to your sleep. Recognize it as being Allah's blessing and a refreshment for your body and mind. Maybe you will dream about those you love.

Look forward to the activity that is ahead of you. Take pleasure in the accomplishment – however small – that completing your task provides you with. This can be said of reading a book, preparing a letter, a lesson that you attend, or a social event that you participate in.  ...


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 March 2010 at 3:26am

Bringing About Happiness

Happiness cannot be purchased with gold and silver. It is far more precious than that.

Happiness is like a pearl in the depths of the sea. Only the most expert diver who knows how to seek it out will find it.

Happiness is a good meeting, a nice word, a dream, a realistic yet positive attitude towards life.

Look into yourself. Somewhere in the depths of your own soul lies your happiness.

Let us ask what is meant by happiness. A poll was conducted where 16,000 people had to answer what happiness meant to them.

- Thirty-eight percent of the respondents said that happiness is brought about by love.

- Twenty-eight percent said that happiness is contentment.

- Seventeen percent said that happiness is health.

- Seven percent claimed that happiness is to be found in marriage.

- Five percent responded that happiness is wealth.

- Three percent said that happiness is brought about through children.

- Two percent replied that travel brings them happiness.

The Arab writer, `Abbâs Mahműd al-`Uqqâd once mentioned that he had an artist friend who liked to imagine things and depict them in drawings. One day, he imagined happiness and drew it as a twenty-year-old girl skipping about in a lively and energetic manner, her hair flying to the right and left, in extreme joy and playfulness. When the artist showed it to `Abbâs, the writer said:

This is not how I imagine happiness to be. Firstly, what you have depicted might have been described as play, amusement, or enjoyment. Happiness is something else entirely. Happiness is closer in meaning to experience and knowledge than it is to thoughtlessness, adolescence, and ignorance. It is closer to a more advanced age than it is to that age which is full of the delights of youth, vigor, and strength.

Secondly, happiness is closely connected to meanings like contentment, tranquility, and sobriety. It is not expressed as riotous and noisy behavior. Happiness is a matter of taste, emotion, and perception within a person – within his heart and his inner self.

Happiness cannot be formally defined like a scientific term. It can not be delineated and quantified

It may be that happiness comes knocking on our door but since we do not recognize it, we do not open the door for it. It is possible for a person to live in full mental, spiritual, and physical happiness, and not even realize it. We can look at the happiness of small children. They are happy in their lives of innocence, play, and simplicity. However, they very likely do not realize it. When they grow up and start reading and hearing about this notion called happiness, they begin searching for it like it is something lost. ...

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 31 March 2010 at 6:01pm
You Have More Than You Think---Do You Have a Door?
 
There was an old woman who lived with her only child in a simple, roofless room at the top of an old building. The door of the room was in a very bad state, and it did not work well. Getting bored with fixing it, the woman took it off and put it against one of the walls.

 

This may be endurable in summer, but what about winter? How can this woman and her little child spend a rainy, cold winter in such a room with no roof or even door?

 

Winter came with its freezing winds and rain. One day, the sky became cloudy, and it began to heavily rain, directly on the heads of the woman and her child. Unlike other people who had impenetrable roofs and who could protect themselves against rain by closing their doors and windows, this old woman had no shelter to protect her and her little boy.

 

The helpless woman found nowhere to escape the heavy rain except that broken, useless door. She took her child tightly in her arms and shrank beneath the leaning door, which now proved very useful.

 

Luckily, the rain did not last for a long time; it stopped soon and the sun came up again. Happy with this simple shelter that protected them from getting wet, the boy said to his mother, "Praise be to Allah that we have this door, Mom. What can those who do not have such a door do?"

 

This innocent child felt so content and satisfied with such conditions that many of us may consider as bad. That was because he looked at the full half of the cup, not the empty one. We all should act likewise, if we are to achieve a true sense of happiness and contentment.

 
To be grateful servants of Almighty Allah, we have to look at the full half of the cup and look for the hidden blessings in our lives. We should think of those who have less than what we have, not those who have more....



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 April 2010 at 3:25am
Obstacles to Happiness
 
Some of the obstacles that get in our way of attaining the happiness that we desire.
The first of these is envy. Happiness is impossible for a person whose heart is engaged in the envy of others. How can a person hope to be happy when he sees Allah’s blessings being bestowed other and feels hostility towards them because of it? ...
 
The second obstacle to happiness is greed. An avaricious person can never find contentment, even if the whole world were placed at his feet.

The third obstacle to happiness is boredom. Monotonous repetition, even of the most pleasant and beautiful things, is tiresome. ...
 
The fourth obstacle to happiness is a sense of sinfulness. The sins that a person has committed and those that he is in the habit of committing can prevent him from being happy. Many people, whenever they try to feel happy or try to sleep, they find their sins coming to haunt them. They think about the unlawful sights their eyes gazed upon, the unjust things that they had spoken, or the evil pleasures that they indulged in for an hour.

We must learn how to deal with our mistakes so that we do not become vanquished by our sins. We need to constantly and earnestly seek the forgiveness of our Lord. We should know that none of us will find salvation on account of our deeds, but only by the grace of Allah. ...
 
The fifth obstacle to happiness is a feeling of repression or of being treated unjustly. ...
 
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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 05 April 2010 at 9:11am
Constructive Positivism
 
Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, If the Hour (the day of Resurrection) is about to be established and one of you was holding a palm shoot, let him take advantage of even one second before the Hour is established to plant it.

The spirit of constructive positivism and active endeavor is one of the principles stressed by Sunnah. This spirit should control the Muslim’s mind, senses, thought, and conduct. It symbolizes interest in deeds rather than verbal eloquence and rhetoric. It lays great importance on construction rather than destruction, and in lighting candles rather than cursing darkness.

This positive orientation is quite evident in the above hadith, that calls for exerting one’s utmost until the very last moment of one’s life even though the Last Hour is established or is about to be. Now, why should a Muslim use this precious moment in planting a palm shoot? Why should he busy himself with it, when the Last Hour is established or is about to be, notwithstanding the fact that neither he nor anyone else is going to benefit from it? How come he wastes that invaluable second of the establishment of the Hour in planting a palm shoot that will not yield before years to come?

This tiny shoot is a symbol of the value of activity per se. A Muslim worships Allah through his work in constructing and developing the land. He is to keep on working until his last breath.

This positive orientation is evident in elevating the mastery of one’s work to the level of obligation and worship. Encouraging Muslims to attain the highest degree of quality and perfection in their work, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) told us that Allah likes one to perfect one’s work, no matter how big or small this work.

This principle appears in many hadiths that prohibit cursing and swearing. Even with regard to Satan, the open enemy to humans, we are ordered not to waste a moment in cursing him; rather, we should busy ourselves with more useful and fruitful acts such as remembering Allah and seeking His support and help. Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet said, “Do not abuse Satan, but seek Allah’s Refuge from his evil” (Sahih al-Jami` as-Saghir).

Cursing Satan is futile. Instead, one should remember Allah the Exalted and seek His refuge from the evils of Satan. One of the most famous hadiths concerning this matter is as follows: Abu Tamimah Al-Hujaimi reported: One day as I was riding behind the Prophet on a donkey, it stumbled and I shouted, “Let Satan perish!” The Prophet said, “Do not say ‘let Satan perish,’ for if you say so he will feel important and haughty and he will say, ‘I thwarted him with my power!’ Instead say, ‘In the name of Allah,’ so that he will (feel humiliated and) be smaller than a fly” (Sahih at-Targhib wat-Tarhib).

This means that the devil becomes puffed up with pride whenever one curses him or invokes Allah against him. However, when one remembers Allah and ignores Satan, then Satan feels dwarfish and grovels. Certainly, pronouncing “in the name of Allah” is a positive act because it means that one is remembering Allah and seeking His refuge; whereas saying “let Satan perish” is a negative act, as it does not offer solutions nor achieve anything; thus Satan rejoices on hearing it.

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 11 April 2010 at 7:21pm
When Freedom Hinders the Pursuit of Happiness
 
In a modern democratic society, freedom is often equated with happiness; that is, in order to attain true happiness one must be free. But when speaking of "freedom" from an Islamic perspective, we must specify what type of freedom we are talking about: freedom of the self or freedom from the self?
 
Secular humanists will champion freedom of the self as an essential component to attaining happiness.
 
But Islam, on the other hand, champions freedom from the self as a means to attaining happiness in this life and the hereafter.

"Our sense of freedom is governed by the well being that results from that freedom. If freedom results in harm to self or to others... then that's not true freedom in a sense, because that freedom leads to bondage, leads to harm. And when you are harmed, you are not free."
 
An essential Prerequisite of happiness is the understanding of the role of man in this world and his position and function as a servant of Allah on the one hand and a trustee of Allah on earth on the other hand. Thus, man would be ruled and guided by divine light and would behave with a sense of responsibiliy So a Muslim strives to make the best of his time to produce for himself and other people what is useful for them and to prepare himself for the future both in this life and in the Hereafter.
 
A basic Islamic principle of faith is related to harmony in this universe. Many scientists and thinkers believe that there is a conflict between man and nature and that man is struggling to overcome the powers of nature. Islam corrects this shortsighted notion. It states that everything in this world has been created to serve man, and man has been created to serve Allah. Therefore, the relationship between man and the universe is one of harmony and friendliness. This fact imbues man with peace of mind, satisfaction and happiness. It also frees his mind from worries, fears and feeling of hostility. His life would become inspired with love, hope, optimism, contentment and happiness that would enable him to face hardships with confidence and right discretion.
 


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Posted By: gabe
Date Posted: 12 April 2010 at 10:09am
.....as a new muslim this was very helpful...


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 22 April 2010 at 2:50pm
The Qur’an Speaks of Happiness

The concept of happiness in Islam is expressed in the Qur’an and in a number of different ways. We find the Qur’an discussing the “good life”.
 
 Allah says: “Whosoever does right, whether male or female, and is a believer, we shall make them live a good life, and We shall pay them a recompense in proportion to the best of what they used to do.” [Surah al-Nahl: 97]

This “good life” is happiness itself. It is realized through faith and good deeds. This does not mean that we will not face difficulties in our good life. Our worldly lives, even when they are bolstered by faith and good works, are never free from distress and vexations. This world is the abode of toil, as Allah says: “Certainly We have created man to be in toil.” [Surah al-Balad: 90]

Believers can be tested with tribulations and illness, though when they are granted patience to endure and they seek their reward with their Lord, it is best for them. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “How amazing are the believer’s affairs; all his affairs are good for him. If good befalls him, he is grateful and that is good for him, and if he is afflicted by calamity he is patient and that is also good for him. This is only for the believer.” [Sahih Muslim]


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 April 2010 at 1:11am
Originally posted by a well wisher

The Qur’an Speaks of Happiness

The concept of happiness in Islam is expressed in the Qur’an and in a number of different ways. We find the Qur’an discussing the “good life”.
 
 Allah says: “Whosoever does right, whether male or female, and is a believer, we shall make them live a good life, and We shall pay them a recompense in proportion to the best of what they used to do.” [Surah al-Nahl: 97]

This “good life” is happiness itself. It is realized through faith and good deeds. [Sahih Muslim]



This is a very interesting point

People try to prove that the quality of life means a high level of economic growth of GNP, but in reality, it's a "good life" which really counts

This good life means many things other than the material aspects of life, like inner peace, contentment, safety, good health and good spirit, being part of a caring community, ... etc.

Faith and good deeds are indeed the way for living a good life ....




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 April 2010 at 2:25pm
It's the fastest growing religion on earth, Ali

Happiness in Islam

Happiness is a feeling that resides in the heart. It is characterized by peace of mind, tranquility, a sense of well-being, and a relaxed disposition. It comes as a result of proper behavior, both inward and outward, and is inspired by strong faith.

It is the nature of every person to seek happiness. One of the most elusive objectives of every human being is "Happiness." The Noble Qur'an reveals the secret of attaining perfect happiness in this life and forever. We learn from the Noble Qur'an that happiness is an exclusive quality of the soul. Thus, a body that attains all the material successes it longs for - money, power, fame, etc. - often belongs to an unhappy person. Happiness depends totally on the degree of growth and development attained by the soul, the real person. The Noble Qur'an provides a detailed map towards perfect happiness for both body and soul, both in this world and in the eternal Hereafter. ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 May 2010 at 12:41am

The Secret to Attaining Happiness

A talk by Dr. Ibrahim Dremali at the Islamic Institute of Orange City, Anaheim, California (November 2007), on the secret of happiness

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 4:29pm
Seeking Happiness
 
Everyone on Earth is looking to be happy. However, few ask the question: What is happiness? Is it wealth after poverty? Health after illness? Strength after wretchedness?

Or is it to possess wisdom and sagacity? To indulge in carnal pleasures? To live a life of absolute freedom, not even confined by the dictates of morality and faith?

Questions like these come easily to mind, since happiness is something real. It is not an illusion. A person of knowledge finds happiness in knowledge. A generous person finds happiness in giving. An industrious person finds happiness in productive work. The pleasure that they feel is far greater than the simple pleasures of eating, drinking, and acquiring wealth.

Yet, the question still remains: Is this is the utmost degree of human aspirations? Is happiness nothing more?

By nature, a human being is never content. There is always a drive to seek after something more, something better. A wealthy person seeks after further acquisitions. A scientist who makes a discovery goes on to another, more ambitious topic of research.

This restless discontent goes on until a person aspires to the Lord, and finds peace in worshipping Him and in knowing that He is protecting and guiding us every step of the way. When `Umar b. `Abd al-`Azîz became Caliph, he wanted to aspire to an even greater triumph. He said: "Nothing remains to achieve except Paradise."

No matter how much we strive and how much we attain in this world, there will always be pain and discomfort. There will always be sorrows that we are unable to bear on our own. However, if we set our sights on the Hereafter and work righteousness, we will find relief and a balm for our worries. There is, in fact, no other way to attain such peace.

This is because true happiness requires us to aspire to a higher purpose, to have a noble meaning that we carry forward throughout our lives. When our sights are set upon such a purpose and we have full confidence in our Lord, then we can be reconciled to whatever befalls us. Then we experience true peace and contentment. We neither feel excessive joy at the good things that come our way nor excessive grief at the losses that we suffer.

If we take the time to look at those around us – really look at them – we will see the worry and concern written in their faces. Their nice clothes and their smiling expressions may not indicate their worries, but those worries will be visible nonetheless. This is because they are engaged in the relentless competition for material gain, and this preoccupies their hearts and prevents them from attaining real happiness. The Qur'ân expresses this truth most eloquently, as if it is speaking about our own day and time. Allah says: "Rivalry in worldly increase distracts you until you come to the graves." [Sűrah al-Takâthur: 1-2]

Those who are obsessed with worldly pursuits, their weary, worry-filled days on Earth come to an all of the sudden, while they are unprepared.

All the same, happiness is not to be found in leisure and relaxation, like many people suppose. Happiness is found in surmounting difficulties, in solving problems, in overcoming one's weaknesses. An indolent person never experiences the pleasure of achievement.
 
Happiness is found in the pain that is followed by triumph, in the sorrow that is followed by joy. It is found in bringing good to people through our endeavors to develop the Earth. It is found in the noblest expressions of our very humanity.
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 May 2010 at 11:45pm
Contentment in Islam: Secret of true Happiness

As we all pass through life looking at people and materialistic things around us, we often tend to look at people above us and desire to be like them. But Islam advises us to look at those below us and feel contempt at what Allah (SWT) has provided us. Listed below would be some practical suggestions on achieving this contentment and repelling the greed of want of more.

Note: Contentment is the neuro-physiological experience of satisfaction and being at ease in one's situation. It is said that a man complained about his old shoes until he saw a man who had no feet.

"Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have."

Greed for More: A Fact of Human Nature

Contentment is one of the most important prerequisites for happiness in life, and, unfortunately, many of us don't have it. We have a good car that meets our needs, but we always want a nicer, more expensive one - a Mercedes or a Jaguar perhaps. We have a nice house, but we always want a bigger, fancier, more expensive one. More jewelry, fancier clothes, a boat. The list goes on. We always think about more rather than saying, "Alhamdulillah," for what we already have.

 



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 27 May 2010 at 6:49pm

Remind yourself of Paradise

If you are hungry in this world, if you are sad, ill or oppressed, remember the eternal bliss of Paradise. If you do this, then your losses are really profits and the hardships you face are really gifts. The most wise of people are those that work for the Hereafter, because it is better and everlasting. And the most foolish of mankind are those that see this world as their eternal abode – in it reside all of their hopes. You will find such people to be the most grief-stricken of all when faced with calamity. They will be the most affected by worldly loss simply because they see nothing beyond the lives that they lead. They see and think only of this impermanent life. They wish for nothing to spoil them in their state of felicity. Were they to remove the veil of ignorance from their eyes, they would commune with themselves about the eternal abode – its bliss, pleasures, and castles. They would listen attentively when they are informed through the Qur’an and the Sunnah about its description. Indeed, that is the abode that deserves our attention and merits our striving and our toiling, so that we may achieve the best of it.

Have we reflected at length about the description of the inhabitants of Paradise? Illness does not befall them, grief does not come near them, they die not, they remain young, and their attire remains both perfect and clean, they are in a beautiful home. In Paradise is found that which no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human mind has imagined. The rider travels under a tree in Paradise for one hundred years and yet he does not reach its end. The length of a tent in Paradise is sixty miles. Its rivers are constant, its castles lofty, and its fruits close-by, easily picked.

Therein will be a running spring. Therein will be thrones raised high, and cups set at hand, and cushions set in rows, and rich carpets [all] spread out.Surah Al-Ghashiyah – Ayah’s 12-16.

The happiness of Paradise will be absolute. So why do we not contemplate this?

If that will be our final destination then the hardships of this world are less heavy than they may seem., so let the hearts of the afflicted find solace.

O’ you who live in poverty, or are afflicted with calamity, work righteous deeds so that you shall live in Allah’s Paradise, welcomed with the words:

Peace he upon you, because you persevered in patience. Excellent indeed is the final home!Surah Ar-Ra’d – Ayah 24.

 “Don’t Be Sad” by Shaykh Aaidh Al-Qarni.

 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 June 2010 at 12:05am
There are three elements to what may be described as a happy life:
  • a life that is fully utilized (i.e. a life of awareness and purposeful activism),
  • a life that is dedicated to a higher cause,
  • and a life that is lived in balance.

The concept of balance is very important because an imbalanced life is one that is not in harmony with the laws of nature or existence. Nature is in perfect balance and is all around us, from the orbits to the galaxies to the structure of molecules and atoms to the diversity of species to the physiology within any unit of these species.  ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 July 2010 at 5:12pm
Road To Happiness: Seek to Please God

If you want to become a "king" or a "queen" on earth, then, you have to examine yourself sincerely at every opportunity. Anytime you have a problem in any aspect of your life -money, health, relationships, any problem-you must search for the lesson.

As soon as you understand the lesson, everything will be all right. The problem will simply go away, and, more importantly, God will make it up to you. All bad effects of the past will be wiped out. ...

http://www.masjidtucson.org/submission/perspectives/happiness/roadtohappiness.html - http://www.masjidtucson.org/submission/perspectives/happiness/roadtohappiness.html




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 July 2010 at 12:25pm
The Secret of Prayer: Sujood

True Happiness

Where do we find happiness? Not material happiness, but true internal happiness. As Muslims, we may respond that true happiness in this world comes from being closer to God. The closer you are to Allah, the more your heart is at rest.

This is why the Prophet chose to be with Allah, saying “God has given a slave the choice between immortality in this world for as long as God wills, or meeting his Lord, and he has chosen to meet his Lord.” When Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) heard this he wept, because he knew that the Prophet had chosen being with Allah over this life.

To be close to Allah, you have to go into sujood...

http://www.suhaibwebb.com/islam-studies/the-secret-of-prayer-sujood/ - http://www.suhaibwebb.com/islam-studies/the-secret-of-prayer-sujood/



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 July 2010 at 12:00am
The Happiness Solution

A talk by Imam Siraj Wahaj,
the Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brookyn, New York on real happiness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp8BVMJsFUk - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp8BVMJsFUk

(22 minutes)



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 July 2010 at 12:35am
Happiness & Contentment

Dr. Imad Bayoun discusses the concept of contentment in Islam.

He talks about how to find happiness and be content with what we have


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1J53QDKHn0 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1J53QDKHn0

(9 minutes)



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 July 2010 at 12:12pm
Happiness

A nice talk by Dr. Imad Bayoun on how to find happiness in Islam

http://imadbayoun.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52:purification-of-the-heart&catid=34:lectures&Itemid=1 - http://imadbayoun.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52:purification-of-the-heart&catid=34:lectures&Itemid=1

(last audio talk on the list: #12)


 




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 July 2010 at 12:26am
Real Happiness

Part of a talk by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf at the 2009 ISNA Convention which had as its main theme (Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRvIN8eI1UQ - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRvIN8eI1UQ

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 July 2010 at 1:08pm
Is Wealth = Happiness?

Part of a talk by brother Abdur Raheem Green from the UK:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=punQpNJPSLs - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=punQpNJPSLs

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 July 2010 at 2:24am
Ex-Atheist Finds Happiness in Islam

After 10 years living in Bahrain and the Emirates as an atheist, he traveled to Turkey, and started to discover Islam

This is his story:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU8G3RCM2Ok - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU8G3RCM2Ok

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 31 July 2010 at 1:01am
True Happiness

Do you know what happiness is?

It has been defined as an agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune of any kind that is built on firm belief.

Every person must have a goal they wish to attain, the more he is able to accomplish this goal, the greater his sense of happiness will be.

Psychologists define happiness as a continuous feeling of enjoyment, satisfaction, generosity and delight, arising from contentment of one’s self, life and belief that they will have a blissful destiny.

Types of Happiness

From this definition we can categorize happiness into three categories:

First Category: False happiness, which lasts only for a short period of time. ...

Second Category: Happiness experienced when achieving goals. It is similar to the previous form of happiness in that it is short-lived, although it is less harmful than the previous form of happiness. When great efforts are exerted in attaining a goal and it is finally achieved one would wonder, what’s next? ...

Third Category: True happiness. This form of happiness will remain with an individual under all circumstances; through delight and anguish, poverty and prosperity, sickness and health and whether or not one would attain of this world what they wish for or not. This happiness is the result of one’s firm belief...

http://islamfuture.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-key-to-happiness.pdf - http://islamfuture.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-key-to-happiness.pdf

(Extract from Chapter 1 of book titled The Key to Happiness)



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 August 2010 at 12:02am
Happiness is in the Heart

Contentment, happiness, and feelings of bliss, are some of the great feelings a Muslim experiences.

The scholar, Ibn Taymiyyah, may God have mercy on him, after being tortured, banished and imprisoned said: ‘What can my enemies do to me? My paradise and orchard are in my heart and they never part with me. If my captors imprison me it is most certainly a religious retreat, if they kill me it is martyrdom, and if they banish me from my land it is like tourism.’

These words are simply amazing. He was imprisoned and mistreated and still, this is what he said. A person true in his faith will be happy at all times. Islam will give a person a complete spiritual happiness and contentment regardless of their financial or social condition in life. A true Muslim is happy in all circumstances, whether sick or healthy, rich or poor, or in a state of security or chaos.


(Extract from Chapter 1 of book titled The Key to Happiness)

http://islamfuture.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-key-to-happiness.pdf - http://islamfuture.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-key-to-happiness.pdf



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 August 2010 at 2:13am
The Teachings of Islam Bring Happiness

The teachings of Islam have a great impact on the upbringing of a practicing Muslim. It also has an impact on his manners and ethics and ultimately upon his state of mind; a state of complete happiness.

The teachings of Islam distance a Muslim from being miserable, as is the case with many who have no faith. Of these teachings, which a Muslim is ordered with, are:

1. To love Allah and His Messenger.

Loving Allah and His Messenger will provoke a believer to give out in that path to attain this love. As it has been said, ‚True happiness, has no price.‛ The pursuit of happiness has led some to spending great amounts of money in hope of attaining the approval of a loved one. If they were asked, was it worth it? they would reply in the affirmative, for love has no price, and happiness is worth the price!

If this is the case with love in this life, attaining Godly love
should be a goal that all strive for.


http://islamfuture.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-key-to-happiness.pdf - http://islamfuture.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-key-to-happiness.pdf



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 August 2010 at 3:36am
One of the Keys to Happiness: Harboring Good Thoughts & Doing Good to Others

A Muslim is ordered, in Islam, to think well of what his fellow brother does and not interpret his actions to hold ill-meanings.

1. One should forget about the past and think of the present and leave the future to Allah...

2. We are encouraged to give and expend in the path of Allah. Indeed happiness is in giving and not in receiving. After you do something beneficial, such as giving food to a poor person or giving clothing to a person in need of it, or helping someone out in a calamity, how do you feel? ...

3. One should guide people to goodness and warn them from evil, so
that they can live happy lives...

4. Helping the needy and giving out in charitable causes.

5. One should intercede on behalf of others and use their influence to help others fulfill and complete things in goodness...

http://islamfuture.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-key-to-happiness.pdf - http://islamfuture.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-key-to-happiness.pdf



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 August 2010 at 12:19am
Steps to Accepting the Truth

The first step to accepting the truth is to listen objectively to what is being said. Ask God to help you and to guide you.

When God sees in you the will to reach the truth, He will guide you ...

Allah says:

"Indeed, [O Muhammad], you do not guide whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He is most knowing of the [rightly] guided." (28:56)

http://islamfuture.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-key-to-happiness.pdf - http://islamfuture.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-key-to-happiness.pdf



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 August 2010 at 1:01am
Road To Happiness: Seek to Please God

Once you make pleasing God the most important thing in your life, you will possess the most valuable thing one can ask for - God's support.


http://www.masjidtucson.org/submission/perspectives/happiness/roadtohappiness.html - http://www.masjidtucson.org/submission/perspectives/happiness/roadtohappiness.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 August 2010 at 1:38am
Feeling God's Presence All Around Us: A Key to Happiness

We have faith in God, and we feel His presence around us

When a believer "sees" God's attributes around him, in the beauty of His creation, in the kindness of a mother with her child, in the mercy of people with the elderly, in the generosity of people helping those in need, ... the level of faith increases

When one is alone or going through a difficult time, then following a sincere prayer all matters sort out, one feels that God is there: He sees us, He hears our prayers and He helps us out when we seek His help

These feelings lead to inner peace, which leads to a happy life

May Allah make this month of Ramadan a month of peace, blessings and happiness for all

Ameen




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 August 2010 at 12:42am
The Seven Ingredients of a Happy Life

1- Set clear goals in life (your relation with God, with yourself, your dreams in life)

2- Be a source of happiness to those who surround you

3- Purify your soul from the obstacles which prevent happiness

4- Have a big heart that is content, easy-going and forgiving

5- Have a strong will that helps you succeed in life and that enables you to endure life's hardships

6- Maintain warm family and social relations

7- Be very close to God

(Source: A Journey to Happiness, Ramadan TV Program by brother Amr Khaled)



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 August 2010 at 1:02am
The Goodly Life

The goodly life (al-hayat al-tayeba) which Allah has promised believers who do good in this life is a happy life with inner peace and the peace of mind whatever the situation one goes through in life

There are 4 main ways of finding this inner peace:

1- To increase the remembrance of Allah (dhikr) each day, each hour, and for some people with a strong faith even each minute

2- To struggle against yourself
, and prevent yourself from doing bad deeds or harming others

3- To increase good deeds, as good deeds erase bad deeds

4- Increase your prostration to Allah. One day a man asked Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, for advice and the prophet told him increase your prostration to Allah, as that will help you overcome yourself (i.e. its desires and whims)


This video is titled (The Goodly Life), English sub-titles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fugf1DcNyc - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fugf1DcNyc



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 August 2010 at 12:24am
Giving & Living for Others

In the consumer society of today, most people are self-centered as they give the highest priority to the material aspects of life

Is that one of the reasons why most people are unhappy?

Living for others, giving society rather than taking, helping those in need and doing good is a life style that leads to happiness, as by doing that a believer pleases God which leads to contentment and peace

Caring for orphans, visiting the sick, helping the poor and taking care of the elderly are all good deeds which please Allah and makes our society more humane, more caring and more happy




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 August 2010 at 12:23am
Brotherhood & Sisterhood in Islam

One of the greatest times of happiness for a Muslim is in the company of brothers/sisters in Islam

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, made the first generation of Muslims brothers in Islam, first in Makkah, then later in Madinah where he chose for each Muslim in Madinah a brother from the migrants who arrived from Makkah

These strong relations were unique in history, as the Muslims of Madinah offered half their wealth to their brothers from Makkah who had to leave their wealth behind to escape from persecution. The level of altruism, love and brotherhood among them made them a unique loving generation, the best generation of Muslims

If one day you find a good Muslim brother with whom you get along well, try to develop a strong relation of brotherhood with him, and you will find that loving your brother for the sake of Allah is a unique feeling which opens many doors of peace and happiness

The same for sisters, if you find a good sister you get along with well, seize that opportunity and get closer to her. If you love her for the sake of Allah, you will help her in difficult times, and she will support you when you need support, and will share with you her moments of peace and happiness

Islam is a religion of being together and not being alone, a religion of "togetherness", and forming a strong community of caring brothers and sisters is an important key for happiness in this world and in the Hereafter



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Posted By: Meriam
Date Posted: 20 August 2010 at 10:29am
[QUOTE=Al-Cordoby]Muslims believe that following Islam leads to happiness in this life and in the Hereafter
 
 
But what are the main keys of happiness in Islam?
 
What to you find are the factors that lead to a happy life?
 
 

Salamouallaykom brother Al-Cordoby and all the users here,

 

Well, your question about the keys of Happiness seen  by the eyes of muslim woman or man on the frame of islamic creed, is really a so main request to ask to show the value of the pearl that we possess between the hands: our Islam.

 

Personally, I see that there are two essentiel keys to taste the real Happiness between the corners of Islam:

First the well Knowledge of its verdicts as an upright religion sent by Allah the Mighty the Gracious to all mankind on the earth without any distinction, I mean the message of islam is general directed to the worldwide human beings and the winner who gets it.

This guides us to the second key: the love...a great love should be felt to our belief as muslims to be able to spread its real pure meaning as a path of PEACE, MERCY, JUSTICE....brief a way of life based on morals and virtues coming from its pillar: the love without any priceless and without waiting for any price even a word of thanks from anyone but just seeking to the obedience of God the All Seeing the All Hearing.....

 

To sum up, Science or Knowledge+Love of islam, together, are the keys of the real happiness never tasted….They are the means to reach the sweetness of faith which is that Happiness that I mean and that we should strive to feel and live in this life before the Day of Judgement where anything could be equal to piety …am I wrong?

 

God bless you brothers and sisters wherever you are.

Thank you twice Al-Cordoby for your precious efforts to give us the valuable usefulness.

Go ahead brother and Good luck.

My best regards.


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 August 2010 at 12:35am
Yes, knowledge and love of Islam are two very important keys for happiness - Thank you sister for your post

Don't Get Angry

A man once came to the prophet, peace be upon him, asking for advise, and he said (Don't get angry) three times

One of the obstacles for finding happiness is anger

Anger makes a person enter into a state of instability and makes one act in a way which may hurt or insult others

Anger may also lead to aggression and makes a person in a bad mood and bad manners

All these states are not compatible with peace and happiness

We are all human and we are all affected by what happens around us, so in case you get angry for some reason try to be patient. If you are standing sit down, and if you can make ablution do so, as the root of anger is fire, and water puts out the fire 



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