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Topic: How to Find Inner Peace?
Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Subject: How to Find Inner Peace?
Date Posted: 25 February 2009 at 11:04am
During the month of Ramadan, and in other similar special days, one is more likely to find inner peace and tranquility
 
But is that feeling only in Ramadan?
 
In your personal experience, what helps you find inner peace?
 
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 February 2009 at 9:48am
Last Friday I was praying Asr prayer in the masjid, and it felt like the place was full of angels - a very special moment
 
Friday is indeed a special day of the week to search for peace in one of Allah's houses, and also at home ...
 
 


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Posted By: Zahrah
Date Posted: 26 February 2009 at 2:08pm
Allah's creation. I never get tired from looking at the moon in its stages and the stars, I always feel totally relaxed and peaceful inside. And it never fails that my lips utter praises to Allah.

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Ramadan Mubarak


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 February 2009 at 11:39pm
Subhan Allah
 
It's nice watching the sky at night, an excellent reminder of how small we really are compared to this immense universe
 
Another important aspect to keep in mind is that this life is only one phase of our existence

Life does not end when we pass away, we will one day meet our Creator, and by His Mercy believers will live an eternal happy life

With that belief, all hardships that take place in this world, which may lead some people to be unhappy, disappear with patience and hope

Tomorrow will be a better day In-Shaa-Allah .....



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Posted By: iafiaf
Date Posted: 04 March 2009 at 12:58pm
finding inner peace is something unexplainable. its something beautiful alhamdulilah. inner peace can be within you everyday. but the only way to find inner peace is when you beleive and with every beleiver there is inner peace sometimes you dont even realise the inner peace.

may peace be with everyone.
asalammualaykum.

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May peace be with everyone.
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 March 2009 at 11:56pm
Originally posted by Zahrah

Allah's creation. I never get tired from looking at the moon in its stages and the stars, I always feel totally relaxed and peaceful inside. And it never fails that my lips utter praises to Allah.
 
Similar thoughts on contemplation are confirmed and detailed in this article:
 

Faith & Inner Peace

In order to know Allah Who created all living creatures and the universe and to comprehend His power, a person should consider everything our Lord has created and try to appreciate the manifestations of His boundless knowledge and will.

Only in this way can he understand that everything he sees was created and must definitely be the product of a power and an intelligence. By acknowledging the intelligence and creative power of Allah in this way he will come closer to Allah and realize that he needs to have faith in Him.

http://www.harunyahya.com/books/faith/happiness/happiness7.php - http://www.harunyahya.com/books/faith/happiness/happiness7.php

 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 March 2009 at 10:45pm
Forgiving Others: A Key to Inner Peace
 
Forgive and Overlook

Learning to forgive our fellow men is a virtue that makes one magnanimous and is bound to lead to eventual triumph. It works wonders especially at times of disagreements, disputes, struggles and fights.

Just imagine the level of moral excellence you can instantly achieve by restraining yourself and forgiving the offender in such situations - especially when you have the power to retaliate.

God says in The Qur'an:

"And compete with one another to attain your Lord's forgiveness and to a Paradise as vast as the Heavens and the Earth, which has been prepared for the righteous; those who spend (in Allah's way) in the time of plenty and in the time of hardship, and hold in check their anger and pardon their fellow-men because Allah loves the doers of Good." (3:133-134)

Source: http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Articles/tazkiyah/forgive_and_overlook.htm - http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Articles/tazkiyah/forgive_and_overlook.htm



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Posted By: bcgirl
Date Posted: 09 March 2009 at 3:35pm
Salam Aleikum to all, well i just happened to read in a local newpaper the other day that said people who were religious had less stress and anxiety in their daily life and how they cope with day-to-day situations say at work and personal. It mentioned that people who have a close relationship with God have a better understanding of lifes trials and tribulations and they deal better with stressfull situations because they know on that other level that all is in Allah's hands and even if something bad happens,they know to accept this as His will and can deal with it on another level.....say instead of throwing your hands up in the air, yelling and screaming and losing control of something which is out of your control.... i was also not implying in any way that to those who dont believe in Allah react this way to bad things happening just an example....i hope im making sense and not blabbering!!!lol...  
 
Finding Islam for me has helped tremendously on many different aspects of my life all in good and positive ways and has given me alot of inner peace and infallible trust in Allah(swt). But i have to say in a somewhat tangible sense, when i am at the beach this brings me great serenity. The sand, the blue sky, the sound of the ocean rolling on to the shore..... just listening to the waves come in is a very peaceful sound, if you have access to a beach please take a visit and let all the sights and sounds envelop you for awhile, its great!!!


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 March 2009 at 10:54pm
Yes, being close to nature is an excellent reminder of the Creator and a means to get away from the material aspects of life, and closer to the spiritual
 
Inner Peace and Tranquility come from God when searching for the Truth and being thruthful
 
Tranquility of the Heart

Tranquility is the satisfaction of the heart with circumstances without any sense of anxiety or restlessness.

It was mentioned in one narration that:

"Truthfulness is a cause of Tranquility and lying is a cause of suspicion and doubt."
 
This suggests that one who hears the truth will have Tranquility and satisfaction within his heart as a result, whereas lying causes disturbance and doubt within the heart.

This meaning is also seen in the hadeeth which states: "Tranquility is what the heart has Tranquility with." This shows that the heart feels satisfied with truth and has no anxiety or sense of unease because of it.

Toma'aneenah (Serenity) is something more than tranquillity. It includes knowledge, faith and the attainment of what is known. The example of this is the toma'aneenah the hearts find with the Qur'an.



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Posted By: Holly
Date Posted: 10 March 2009 at 3:09pm
Salaam Alaikom
 
Last week my answer would have been so different....
 
This day I just reflect on people and situaions that are worst and I am grateful for what I do have


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 March 2009 at 10:33pm
Assalamo Alaikom sister and welcome back
 
Hope all is well
 
That's an excellent point, reflecting on people who are in a worst situation, and thanking God for the many blessings He has given us has an immediate positive impact on one's morale
 
On the material side of life, an important key to inner peace is thinking of those who are worse off, and on the spiritual side trying to improve and to be as those who are closer to Allah .....
 
What else do you find can help bring peace?
 
 
 
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 March 2009 at 9:37am

Spiritual Peace

The faith in God, is a medicine for any spiritual ills, it helps regulate psychic urges which are themselves the mainspring of man's spiritual afflictions.

The faith in God gives a visage of perfect beauty to life, because when one has the conviction that everything does not come to an end with this life it creates an inner peace and makes him pass through the entire course of life with steadiness, strength, and moderation.

Qualities like greed and avarice, which are one of the reasons for anxiety, are moderated as a result of faith in God. The hope of great rewards and the fear of severe punishments make man refrain from rapacity and avoid unreasonable and uncontrolled passion for material things, glitter and ostentation. Thus, a desirable and serene equilibrium worthy of man's humanity is brought about within his soul.

Similarly, faith in the Day of Judgement and the hereafter removes the intolerable strain induced by the idea of absolute annihilation and extinction from the human spirit, for the person with such a faith is convinced that at the threshold of death the door to another world will open in front of him and he will enter an eternal life and its everlasting bounties that cannot be compared with the joys of this world. This faith results in eliminating another agent of mental anxiety which is the anguish of absolute nonexistence.

Faith not only cures anguish and anxiety from the human heart, it also protect it from being overwhelmed by agitation and agony.

(Source: IOL)


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 March 2009 at 11:19am

Thoughts on Life and Death

We are human and limited in our understanding. Instead of telling God what we want, we should try to ask God what it is He wants for us, or wants us to do, in each situation.

Sometimes He gives a very clear indication of what it is He wants us to do—through inner conviction, through a verse of the Qur’an, or an insight given through another person. When we are less certain, we can pray for what seems to be the best solution, acknowledging that God’s wisdom is perfect.

We are not specks of dust drifting in space blown by random destiny. We are each of us unique—no two people are alike, not even identical twins. Each one of us is born for a specific reason and purpose, and each one of us will die when we have accomplished whatever it was to be accomplished.

True healing is not necessarily a cure, but a completion of God’s work in body, mind, emotions and spirits.

http://www.islamonline.net/English/introducingislam/Worship/Heart/article05.shtml - http://www.islamonline.net/English/introducingislam/Worship/Heart/article05.shtml

 


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Posted By: cambridge
Date Posted: 13 March 2009 at 12:29pm
How do you find inner peace?


Posted By: bcgirl
Date Posted: 13 March 2009 at 3:22pm
Mashallah Al Cordoby, your words on this topic with the heading life and death were very inspirational. Alot of times people just ask for what they think they need/want and dont stop to think about whether it is good for them or will help to benefit them in the long run.
 
Myself i always give thanks when making dua and before everything i eat i say Bismallah whether a snack or meal. I also thinks its important to reiterate your point when you said we should be asking Allah(swt) what to do in certain situations and ask for help and then look on our inside and clues and signs that happen around us to figure out the rest.
 
Those were nice words and made me think...thank you for that.


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 March 2009 at 1:43pm
One place where inner peace is so strong is in Madinah, especially inside the Prophet's mosque
 
Reading Qur'an there or praying gives a tremendous feeling of tranquility and serenity .....
 
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 March 2009 at 8:38am

Trusting God

We have to learn to trust that Allah will take care of us when we obey Him and that He will withdrawal His Great Mercy when we disobey. Every morning the bird goes out to seek the provision Allah has given him, and every night he comes home with it. Allah has promised us our provision.

Umar Ibin Al Khattab narrated that he heard Allah's Messenger say,

'If you were to trust in Allah genuinely, He would give you provision as He does for the birds which go out hungry in the morning and come back full in the evening'

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 March 2009 at 12:47pm

Hope

Hope is a condition of mind connected, above all, with belief. Those who believe have hope, and their degree of hope is directly proportional to their degree of belief. It is because of this that certain effects of strong belief can strike some people as miracles. And those who do not experience belief on this level therefore consider such hope and belief in others as something quite out of the ordinary.

Hope consists of a man finding his spirit and seeing the potentiality that lies within it. Perceiving that, he comes into contact with the All-Powerful and thereby obtains a power that can overcome everything. It is by that power that a particle becomes a sun, a drop of water becomes an ocean, and by it too a man’s spirit becomes the breath of the universe.



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 March 2009 at 10:11pm
One of the most important elements for finding inner peace in this life is reaching a balance between the spiritual and the physical
 
This quote is from an article by Gulen:
 
Balancing the Spiritual and the Physical

The true life is the one lived at the spiritual level. Those whose hearts are alive, conquering the past and the future, cannot be contained by time.

Such people are never excessively distressed by sorrows of the past or anxieties of the future. Those who cannot experience full existence in their hearts, and thus lead banal, shallow lives, are always gloomy and inclined to hopelessness. They consider the past a horrifying grave, and the future an endless well. It is torment if they die, and it is torment if they survive.

Establishing a sound relationship with a long, great past and a long, better future depends on your having a proper understanding of your heart's and soul's vitality. The fortunate ones live at this level and fully understand this life



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 March 2009 at 12:30pm
Balance between Hope, Fear and Love of God
 
The heart in its journey to Allah, Majestic is He, is like a bird; Love is its head, and fear and hope are its two wings.

When the heart and two wings are sound, the bird flies gracefully. If the head is severed, the bird dies. If the bird loses one of its two wings, it becomes a target for every hunter or predator.

(Ibn Al-Qayyim)

http://www.geocities.com/mutmainaa/pearls.html - http://www.geocities.com/mutmainaa/pearls.html

 
Keeping that balance is a key to reaching inner peace
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 March 2009 at 1:50pm

Remembering Allah & Inner Tranquility

In more than one verse, the Qur’an directed believers to be keen on achieving inner tranquility, which originally emanates from having firm belief in Allah’s Omnipotence and Omniscience.

It also emanates from worshipping Allah, oftly remembering Him, imploring Him earnestly. Referring to this, Allah Almighty says:

Who have believed and whose hearts have rest in the remembrance of Allah. Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (Al-Ra`d: 28)

Thus, even if peace and security are lacking in society, a true believer always finds rest, peace of mind and tranquility by resorting to His Lord, depending on Him only.

Allah Almighty says: “ Those who believe and obscure not their belief by wrong doing, theirs is safety; and they are rightly guided” (Al-An`am: 82)"

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&cid=1119503545724 - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&cid=1119503545724

 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 March 2009 at 10:41pm
Be with Allah
 
Be with Allah, you will find Allah with you.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 March 2009 at 11:09pm

God's Love and Mercy

Always keep in mind that Allah loves to forgive the sinner who repents. And He is The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful.

Some people despair of Allah’s forgiveness, even after they’ve done all they need to do to repent—stop, regret, repay and resolve. But that is only the devil’s way of keeping them away from Allah, of keeping them away from repenting.

If you truly regret the wrong you did and make a sincere effort to stop, if you repay others their rights, if you firmly resolve not to sin again and change your ways so that you’re not tempted to repeat your sin, you should fully expect Allah to forgive you.

And on Judgment Day you will be happier than if you had kept the $10 billion.

http://www.islamonline.net/english/introducingislam/Worship/Heart/article01.shtml - http://www.islamonline.net/english/introducingislam/Worship/Heart/article01.shtml



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 March 2009 at 11:33pm

Lift Me Up Away From Here!

If we leave our spirituality, we might feel that something is wrong — a sense of unease. It is at that point that we will decide one of two things: either to continue as we were and ignore the signs sent by Allah, or to turn to our spiritual life. The latter would entail turning to Allah and seeking the real meaning of life and the meaning of our existence, ...

Such feelings do not usually occur when we are busy in everyday activities because we have taught ourselves to switch off our spirituality. The ideal would be for us to learn how to perceive spiritually. With this perception, we would be able to perceive the meaning and significance of everything we do in life, while at the same time we are busy in humdrum activities.

Could it be that people get depressed, frustrated, and even angry because they have taught and conditioned themselves to focus on the mundane life? They believe that everyday life is separated from the spiritual, insightful current of life that flows through every living thing. They either ignore, overlook, or fail to see the connection. And thus, we live and die in mundane trivialities when at our fingertips is the means of escape, refreshment, and the ability to put ourselves and our lives into proper focus.

http://www.islamonline.net/English/In_Depth/volunteers/2006/02/15.shtml - http://www.islamonline.net/English/In_Depth/volunteers/2006/02/15.shtml  



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 March 2009 at 12:33am

How To Be Happy?

Another of the means of bringing happiness and relieving worry and distress is striving to eliminate the things that cause worry and to achieve the things that bring happiness.

That may be done by forgetting about bad things in the past which cannot be changed, and realizing that dwelling on them is a waste of time.

So a person must strive to stop himself from thinking of that, and also strive to stop himself from feeling anxious about the future and the things that he may imagine of poverty, fear and other bad things that he thinks may happen to him in the future.

He should realize that the future is something unknown; he cannot know what good or bad things are going to happen to him. That is in the hand of the Almighty, the Most Wise, and all that His slaves can do is to strive to attain the good things and to ward off the bad things.

A person should realize that if he diverts his thoughts from worrying about his future and puts his trust in his Lord to take care of his situation, and puts his mind at rest concerning that, if he does that, then his heart will be at peace and his situation will improve and he will be relieved of worry and anxiety.

http://english.islamway.com/bindex.php?section=article&id=231 - http://english.islamway.com/bindex.php?section=article&id=231

 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 March 2009 at 6:39am

Get Rid of Sorrow

What is the point of sorrow in your life? Are you living your life or just surviving?

People may laugh and play, but does that mean they don’t harbor sorrow and regret? If all the world continually grumbled about their problems, the world would be overcome with sorrow and discomfort. In such a climate could mankind survive? Could mankind develop?
 
But what if man were to look at himself inwardly, just like looking into a mirror—reflecting his sorrow with that of man’s history from the beginning of time. Consider the short years you spend in this life and look again at how short is the time of sorrow compared with that of happiness and contentment. What you need to do is get rid of the sorrow in your heart; cast it away and start finding ways to make you happy. Strength comes with the ability to feel content in the midst of trouble, frustration, and turmoil. But where does that innate happiness come from?
 
Allah created you, and He also created sorrow as a reflection of happiness. Through sorrow we appreciate joy, just like we comprehend coolness through knowing warmth. Sometimes man thinks he can do everything, that he can be perfect. Man fluctuates between underestimating himself and overestimating himself, rarely appreciating his true condition.
 
Wisdom is built from experience, but how many times do we run away from mistakes that are the seeds of wisdom? Learn to roll with life’s punches and learn from your Lord about yourself, about life, and about what He wants from you His creature. If you run away from your mistakes, this will simply lead you to make more. Let your heart be attached to the Almighty, Who is the Infallible, the All-Knowing. Then you will know yourself and begin to grow.
 
If you spend your life blaming yourself for everything that happens, you are guilty of denying the role of destiny in your life; you are also guilty of blaming your Lord for creating certain circumstances! Do we, tiny creatures that we are, possibly comprehend the wisdom of the Creator? Mankind sees through a narrow vision of life: we cannot perceive what others perceive; we cannot see life in its overall beauty. So why do we complain, blame, and feel hopeless?
 
Overwhelming sorrow is destructive, and uncontrollable sadness is disastrous. These things are tools in the hands of Satan to control mankind and lead him, unawares, to his destruction. Happiness, on the other hand, is distributed by the angels, so take your share and give it to others—then indeed, it will again be returned to you.
 
Excessive weeping over a problem or sorrow is a sign of dissatisfaction with your Lord. It is natural for mankind to experience a variety of emotions and, indeed, this is what makes him unique; but the wallow in these emotions will destroy us. Allah the Almighty has called on us to rein in these emotions and make them follow a positive and beautiful channel. And at times of grief, it is the ultimate test to wade through negativity and hopelessness and squeeze the following words out of your mouth: “From Allah we come and to Him we shall return.” At that moment of submission your soul will be set free from the sadness that threatens to swallow you up.
 
Truly in the remembrance of the Lord do the hearts find rest.
http://www.islamonline.net/english/OnthePathofReturn/articles/2005/03/02.shtml -
 
http://www.islamonline.net/english/OnthePathofReturn/articles/2005/03/02.shtml
 



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 March 2009 at 11:09pm

Real Freedom

We sometimes spend our whole lives struggling with the weight of this baggage and never manage to break free of it.

The idols in our hearts are like this, they drag us down, destroying our real humanity, which is given to us by Allah alone. The idols that seem to please us and bring us fleeting happiness cannot answer the deepest need of our heart — the need for Allah alone.

http://www.islamonline.net/English/Family/GenderIssues/Emotions/2006/06/02.shtml - - http://www.islamonline.net/English/Family/GenderIssues/Emotions/2006/06/02.shtml - http://www.islamonline.net/English/Family/GenderIssues/Emotions/2006/06/02.shtml



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 30 March 2009 at 12:00am

There Is Good in Every Event

People should seek goodness and beauty not only in ordeals, but also in daily routines. For example, burning the food one has painstakingly prepared may lead one to take numerous measures that would, by the will of Allah, prevent a more serious accident in the future. A young person might fail the college admission test on which all hopes for the future had been pinned.

People should, however, know that there is goodness in their failure, too; they should be able to think that Allah might have willed them to avoid some adverse circumstances or people and thereby feel pleased with the result. Alternatively, by thinking that Allah has placed in every event many other blessings that are either obvious or beyond the imagination, believers see the beauty of full submission to the guidance of Allah.

People may not always see the goodness and divine purpose behind every incident. Even if this is the case, they know for certain that there is goodness in all events. They offer prayers for Allah to discover the goodness and divine purpose hidden behind everything that happens.

Those who are aware that everything has a purpose in Allah's creation never use phrases such as "I wish I had not done this" or "I wish I had not said that" and so on. Mistakes, defects, or seemingly unfortunate events essentially include blessings, and each one of them is the trial of destiny. Allah gives important lessons and reminders to humans in the destiny He creates individually for each person.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 30 March 2009 at 11:16pm

Modern Stress and its Cure from Qur'an


Stress is the most common aliment of modern age. It has been implicated in the causation of peptic ulcer disease, coronary heart disease, depression, auto immune disease, hypertension, diabetes and even cancer.

In milder form it manifests in form of unrest, violence, at work, school and home. Common medical problems like tension headache, insomnia, and obesity are also attributed to unusual stress. None of us are free from stress but some deal with it better than others.


Stress results from the following factors:

  1. Fear of the unknown and trying to see through and control the destiny.

  2. Losses in our life of people and things dear to us and our inability to recover those losses.

  3. Inner conflict between our heart and mind between what is known to be the truth and our failure to accept it as truth. Acceptance of truth may require changing our habits and way of life which we may adhere to for some reason like pleasure, joys, taste, pride in race or heritage etc.

Three stages of spiritual development of soul:

1- Nafsul Ammara - The Passionate soul.

"I do not absolve myself Lo the (human) soul is prone to evil, save that whenever my Lord has mercy. Lo, Lord is forgiving; merciful."

[Surah Yusuf; 12:53]

This soul inclines toward sensual Pleasure, passion and self gratification , anger, envy, greed, and conceit. Its concerns are pleasure of body, gratification of physical appetite, and ego.

Hadith "your most-ardent-enemy is your evil self which resides within your body" [Sahih al-Bukhari].

If this evil soul is not checked will lead to unusual stress and its resultant effects.

2- Nafsul Lawanunah - The Reproaching Soul.

"Nay, I swear by the reproaching soul"

[75:1]

This soul is conscious or aware of Evil, resists it, asks for God's grace, and pardon, repents and tries to ammend and hopes to achieve salvation.

"And (There are) others who have acknowledged their faults. They mix a righteous action with another that was bad. It may be that Allah will relent toward them. Lo! Allah is relenting, merciful." [9:102]

Hadith "These are two impulses within us. One spirit which calls towards good and confirms the truth. He who feels this impulse should know that it comes from Allah. Another impulse comes from our enemy (Devil) which leads to doubt and holds untruth and encourages evil. He who feels this should seek refuge in Allah from the accursed devil."

This soul warns people of their vain desire, guides and opens the door to virtue and righteousness. It is a positive step in spiritual growth.

3- Nafsul Mutma'inaa - The satisfied soul

"O (you) soul in (complete) rest and satisfaction. Come back to your Lord, will pleased (yourself) and will pleasing unto him. Enter you then among my devotees, enter you in my heaven."

[89:27-30]

This is the highest state of spiritual development. The satisfied soul is the state of bliss, content and peace. The soul is at peace because it knows that in spite of its failures in this world, It will return to God. Purified of tension, it emerges from the struggle with obstacles blocking the peace of mind and heart.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 31 March 2009 at 9:55pm

Thoughts that Help Bring Tranquility and Peace

1- The length of your lifehas already been decided upon, for everything takes place according to preordainment and decree. So there is no need to feel anxious in that regard

2- The decision of how much sustenance any one of us receives is with Allah alone: no one else owns that sustenance or has the power to take it away from you

3- The past is gone and has taken with it its woes and miseries. It cannot return even if the whole of mankind worked as one unit to bring it back.

4- The future is from the unseen world and has not arrived yet. It brings with it matters, showing no regard to your permission or feelings, so do not call it forth untill it actually arrives

5- Doing good to others brings happiness to both the heart and the soul.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 April 2009 at 11:03pm
Peace of Mind is in Having the Basic Necessities of Life
 
Don't think that having only a little is a cause for anxiety
 
More complex problems normally accompany a more complex kind of life.
 
Most people who have life's basic necessities have a conscious which is more sound and an existence which is more peaceful than the majority of rich people
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 April 2009 at 8:32am

Knowing that After Hardship comes Relief

Hardship, no matter how great and far reaching it becomes, never endures or lasts.
 
Rather, the harsher and more difficult one's circumstances become, the closer one comes to ease, confort and relief. Then help and aid are forthcoming from Allah.
 
Is not the end of every dark night a bright morning?
 
(From the book titled "Don't be Sad")
 
This feeling is certainly a way of achieving internal peace when faced with hardships. Knowing that they don't last and that after each hardship comes ease is a great consolation and inner support.
 
Thinking of a hardship in a positive (rather than a negative) way, and that it is a chance to come closer to Allah makes it much easier to get to terms with.
 
Allah says in The Qur'an:
 
"For indeed with hardship [will be] ease.
Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease."
 
(The Qur'an, 94:5-6)
 
 


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Posted By: ruby
Date Posted: 04 April 2009 at 11:03am

Assalaamuwalaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu

 
i agree with you Brother when ever hardship comes we loose heart very soon, it happened with me.. once when my daughter was born , she had health problems , it took 1- 2 years to cure fully , But now Alhamdulillha she is Ok .., I feel so humbled that Allah subhanawatala accepted my dua's subhanallah.., I learned a lot from that time
 
 
back to the topic..,
Today i found Inner peace,
I had been to Eid milad gathering , really felt blessed, i cannot phraze it in words
Alhamdulillah .
 
 


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Posted By: Islamaholic
Date Posted: 04 April 2009 at 2:27pm

Milaad celebration today?

Concerning the topic, I feel more at peace whilst reciting quran rather than when reading salah for some reason.   Don't know why.  But, still this inner peace is temporary, the challenge is accquiring long term peace.
 
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Posted By: ruby
Date Posted: 05 April 2009 at 1:32am
Assamuwalaikumwarahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu
 
I agree, reading Quraan gives you inner pease, and yesterday in the gathering we all read Quraan , and later there was naath reading
 
I believe these gatherings refreshes once Imaan and we learn new things as well,
when i was in India i used to go to 2 group gatherings,
one was traditional (fridays) which was going on from a long long time we call it ISHTAMA
and the second (weakends) when i was introdused to G I A , girls islamic organization , where we used to get assingments as members to invite people to learn Quraan with meaning, and also we used to get a part or some short SURA to recite, and explain in the comman language , in the presence of the group leader, who was very well read.
 
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 April 2009 at 12:36am

The Fruits of Contentment

(Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him) (5:119)

Contentment bears many blessed fruits.

More than anything else, by being contented with that which is decreed, one is able to soar to the highest levels of faith and truthfulness.

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

Contentment is indeed one of the imporant keys to inner peace
 
In fact, without being content with what we have, we will never reach inner peace
 
That does not mean not to do one's best, but try not to raise expectations too much so that if the outcome is not according to plan, one is not disappointed
 
In all cases, one should thank Allah for he many blessings we have and remember those who are worse off
 
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 April 2009 at 10:38pm
In Order to find Peace Turn to your Lord
 
Tranquility means having a heart that is at peace and that has a sound trust in Allah.
 
Tranquility is a state of calm enjoyed by those believers who have been saved from doubt.
 
And it is according to one's closness to Allah and steadfastness in following the Messenger's way that one will achieve tranquility and peace
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 April 2009 at 10:26pm
Pre-ordainment
 
The pens have dried, the pages have been lifted: all events that shall come to pass have already been written
 
Whatever has befallen you was not meant to escape you, and whatever has escaped you was not meant to befall you:
 
If this belief were to be firmly ingrained in your heart, then all hardship and difficulty would become ease and comfort.
 
Allah has decreed matters to occur and the decisions are His and His alone. When we truly have this faith, we shall be rewarded well and our sins shall be atoned for.
 
You will never feel completely at ease until you firmly believe that Allah has already pre-ordained all matters. The pen has been dried and with it has been written everything that will happen to you.
 
Therefore don't feel remorse over that which is not in your hand.
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 April 2009 at 10:23pm
The Blessing of Knowledge
 
Knowledge is a light that leads to wisdom. It is life for one's soul and fuel for one's character
 
Happiness and high-spiritedness come with enlightment, because through knowledge one may fulfil his goals and discover what was previously hidden from him. The soul, by its very nature, longs for the acquisition of new knowledge to stimulate it and the mind.
 
If you desire happiness, then seek out knowledge and enlightment, and you will find that anxiety, depression and grief will leave you
 
(And say: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge) (The Qur'an, 20:114)
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 April 2009 at 11:36am
Charity Brings Peace to the Giver
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 April 2009 at 12:06am
Do not be sad - Everything will occur according to pre-ordainment
 
Everything occurs according to preordainment and according to what has been decreed.
 
The Prophet, peace be upon him, said:
 
"And know that what has befallen you was not going to miss you, and that which missed you was not meant to befall you"
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 April 2009 at 10:16pm
Don't Get Angry
 
Anger is one of the factors that cause depression and sadness
 
The Prophet, peace be upon him, advised one of his companions saying "Don't be angry"
 
Remind yourself of the reward of those who repress their anger and those who forgive
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 April 2009 at 2:20pm
Leave the future alone until it comes..!!

Be not hasty and rushed for things that have yet to come to pass.

Do you think it is wise to pick fruits before they become ripe?

Tomorrow is non-existent, having no reality today, so why should you busy yourself with it?

Why should you have apprehensions about future disasters? Why should you be engrossed by their thoughts, especially since you do not know whether you will even see tomorrow?

The important thing to know is that tomorrow is from the world of the unseen, a bridge that we do not cross until it comes.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 April 2009 at 2:53am

Verily, in the Remembrance of Allah do Hearts Find Rest..!!

*Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.* (Qur’an 13: 28)

Truthfulness is beloved by Allah and is purifying soap for the heart. And there is no deed that gives such pleasure to the heart, or has greater reward, than the remembrance of Allah.

*Therefore remember Me, and I will remember you…* (Qur’an 2: 152)

Remembrance of Allah is His paradise on earth, and whoever does not enter it will not enter the Paradise of the Hereafter. Remembrance is not only a safe haven from the problems and worries of this world, but it is also the short and easy path to achieving ultimate success. Read the various revealed texts that refer to the remembrance of Allah, and you will appreciate its benefits.

When you remember Allah, clouds of worry and fear are driven away, and the mountains that make up your problems are blown away.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 April 2009 at 1:02am

Accept Life as it is..!!

The pleasures of life are short-lived, and more often than not, they are followed by sorrow. Life means responsibility, a journey wherein change is constant and difficulties are relentless in their onslaught.

You will not find a father, a wife, or a friend who is free from problems. Allah has willed for this world to be filled with two opposites: good and evil, righteousness and corruption, happiness and misery. Thus goodness, uprightness, and happiness are for Paradise; evil, corruption and misery are for the Fire. The Prophet peace be upon him said:

“This world is cursed along with all that is in it, except for these: the remembrance of Allah, what follows it (i.e. good deeds and whatever Allah loves), the scholar, and the student.”

So live according to your reality without always envisioning the ideal life, one that is free from worry and toil. Accept life as it is and adapt accordingly to all circumstances. You will not find in this world such things as the flawless companion or the perfect situation, because flawlessness and perfection are qualities that are foreign to this life. It is necessary for us to make amends; to take what is easy and leave what is difficult; and very frequently, to overlook the faults and mistakes of others.

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Posted By: Rob2009
Date Posted: 15 April 2009 at 5:25am
Thank You Al-Cordoby!
 
Excellent words and reminders
 
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Posted By: Rob2009
Date Posted: 15 April 2009 at 5:42am

Assalam Alaikum Al-Cordoby,

Would you have some references from Holy Quran to review for this ?
When things seem overwhelming I find that such reading is a great comfort.
 
Many Thanks,
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 April 2009 at 10:18pm
Assalamo Alaikom brother
 
There are many verses in The Qur'an that show us the way to find inner peace
 
For example, the remembrance of Allah is the main way to tranquility and inner peace, as in this verse:
 
(Only in the remembrance of Allah can the heart find peace) (13:28)
 
 
 


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Posted By: Rob2009
Date Posted: 15 April 2009 at 10:20pm
God's Blessings Al-Cordoby..this verse is a perfect ending to a fine day. Thank You

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 April 2009 at 8:55am

Say [O’ Muhammad]: Travel in the Land..!!

*Say [O’ Muhammad]: Travel in the land…* (Qur’an 6: 11)

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

During your journeys, you can see gardens of splendour and beautiful green meadows. Leave your home and contemplate that which surrounds you. Climb mountains, traverse valleys, ascend trees, and drink sweet, pure spring water. Thereupon, you will find your soul to be free like the bird that sings and swims in the sky in perfect rapture. Leave your home and removes the black blindfold from your eyes, and then travel through the spacious lands of Allah, remembering and glorifying Him.

To isolate yourself to the confines of your own room, while passing the hours away with lethal idleness, is a certain path to self-destruction. Your room is not the only place in the world, and you are not the sole inhabitant of it. Then why do you surrender yourself to misery and solitude? Call out with your eyes, ears, and heart:

*March forth, whether you are light [being healthy, young and wealthy] or heavy [being ill, old and poor].* (Qur’an 9: 41)

Come recite the Qur’an beside a mountain brook or among the birds as they sing.

Travelling to different lands is an activity which doctors recommend, especially for those who are feeling downcast, constricted by the narrowness of their own rooms. Therefore go forth and find delight in travelling.

*And they think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying]: ‘Our Lord! You have not created [all] this without purpose, glory to You!* (Qur’an 3: 191)

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 April 2009 at 9:47pm

Do not Carry the Weight of the Globe on Your Shoulders!

In a certain class of people there rages an internal war, one that doesn’t take place on the battlefield, but in one’s bedroom, one’s office, one’s own home. It is a war that results in ulcers or an increase in blood pressure. Everything frustrates these people: they become angry at inflation, furious because the rains come late, and exasperated when the value of their currency falls. They are forever perturbed and vexed, no matter what the reason.

*They think that every cry is against them.* (Qur’an 63: 4)

My advice to you is this: do not carry the weight of the globe on your shoulders. Let the ground carry the burden of those things that happen. Some people have a heart that is like a sponge, absorbing all kinds of fallacies and misconceptions. It is troubled by the most insignificant of matters; it is the kind of heart that is sure to destroy its possessor.

Those who are principled and are upon the true path are not shaken by hardship; instead, hardship helps to strengthen their resolve and faith.

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Posted By: Rob2009
Date Posted: 17 April 2009 at 11:17pm
Brother Al-Cordoby,  Such wonderful things you share.  I must find this book!  Thank you so much.
 
May Allah smile upon you and bring you great happiness.
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 April 2009 at 9:44pm
It's an excellent book, mainly easy to read short passages, and very deep and thought-provoking ideas based on the Muslim faith, The Qur'an and Sunnah
 
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 April 2009 at 9:49pm

Do not be Crushed by What is Insignificant...!!

Many are those that are distressed by not by pressing matters of great import, but by minor trifles.

Their principal concerns are for their stomachs, cars, houses, and castles. they never once raise their eyes to a life of ideals and virtues; the extent of their knowledge is their cars, clothes, shoes, and food.

Some people are distressed day and night, because of a disagreement with their spouse, son, or relative, or because they have had to forbear criticism, or because of some other trivial event. Such are the calamities of these people. They have no aspiration to higher principles or goals to keep them busy, and they have no noble ambition in their lives to an end for which they can strive day and night. It has been said, ‘When water leaves a container, it is then filled with air’.

Therefore reflect on that which gives you cause for concern or anxiety, and ask yourself this: does it merit your energies and toils? This is an indispensable question, because whatever it is that causes your anxiety, you are, with mind, flesh, and blood, giving it energy and time. And if it does not merit your energy and time, you will have squandered a great deal of your most precious resources. Psychologists say that you should judge everything in proportion to its true value and then put it in its proper place. More truthful than this is the saying of Allah:

*Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.* (Qur’an 65: 3)

So give to each situation according to its size, weight, measure, and importance. And stay away from immoderation or from exceeding the proper bounds.

Therefore do not be preoccupied with matters that are insignificant. If you follow this advice, you will find that most of your worries will have left you

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 April 2009 at 10:15pm

Be Content with that which Allah has Given You and You will be the Richest of People..!!

Wealth, appearance, children, houses, and talents – you must be content with your share in these things:

*So hold that which I have given you and be of the grateful.* (Qur’an 7: 144)

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

On the contrary, there are many people who have been bestowed with wealth, children, and all forms of blessings, yet these blessings have been the very reason for their misery and ruin. They deviated from what their inborn instincts were telling them, namely, that material things are not everything. Look at those that have obtained degrees from world-renowned universities, and yet they are paragons of obscurity. Their talents and abilities remain unused. Meanwhile, others who are limited in the scope of their knowledge have managed to make mountains out of what they have been given, benefiting both themselves and society.

If you are a seeker of happiness, be satisfied with the looks Allah has favoured you with, with your family situation, with the sound of your voice, with the level of your understanding, and with the amount of your salary. Certain educators go further than this by saying that you should imagine being contented with even less that you actually have now.

In fact, every Prophet was at one time or another a shepherd. Dawood (David) was a blacksmith, Zakariah (Zechariah) a carpenter, and Idrees (Enoch) a tailor; and yet they were the best of mankind.

Therefore your value is in your abilities, good deeds, manners, and contributions to society. Do not feel grief, then, over that which has passed you by in life in terms of good looks, wealth, or family; and be content with what Allah has allotted for you.

*It is We Who portion out between them their livelihood in this world.* (Qur’an 43: 32)

Remind yourself of Paradise, which is as wide as are the Heavens and the Earth.

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.

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

If Paradise is our final destination – and we ask Allah for Paradise – then the hardships of this world are less heavy than they may seem, so let the hearts of the afflicted ones 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.

(Peace be upon you, because you persevered in patience! Excellent indeed is the final home!) (Qur’an 13: 24)

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Posted By: Rob2009
Date Posted: 20 April 2009 at 12:59am
Al-Cordoby,
This last post of yours has reached my heart.  Much of my mind is taken with circumstances, and I'm overwhelmed.  Its as if light has been taken from me, and I travel in darkness, which is made me feel Allah is punishing me, witholding his blessings and grace. I struggle for dignity, peace, and confidence.  Theological challenges each day, and significant problems of living requirments for self (I live alone), my children, and mother and father over many years have created my daily cry: "Allah, I thirst greatly for your Answers, and wander about seeking Your successful direction." 
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 April 2009 at 9:48pm
After hardship comes ease
 
This verse is mentioned twice in the same chapter in The Qur'an (Chapter 94) to confirm this matter, there is no doubt about it
 
What is needed is patience, keeping close to Allah, trusting Him and asking Him to sort out our problems and to guide us to His Straight Path
 
May Allah make matters easy for us all
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 April 2009 at 10:33pm
Smile...!!

Laughing moderately can act as a cure or as therapy for depression and sadness. It has a strong influence on keeping the soul light and the heart clear.

Abu Darda’ (may Allah be please with him) said, “I make it a practice to laugh in order to give rest and comfort to my heart. And the noblest of people, Muhammad (Sallallaho alayhe Wasallam), would laugh, sometimes until his molars became visible.”

Laughing is an efficacious way to achieve comfort and light-heartedness, but keep in mind that, as in other things, you should not be immoderate.

If I were given a choice between having status in society and plentiful money, and between having a happy, radiant, smiling self, I would choose the latter. For what is great wealth if it begets misery? And what is high position if what comes with it is constant gloominess? And what good is the most beautiful wife if she transforms her house into a living hell? Much better than her – a thousand times at least – is a wife who has not reached such a pinnacle of beauty, but nonetheless has made her house a kind of paradise.

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Posted By: Rob2009
Date Posted: 22 April 2009 at 1:11am
Assalamo Alaikom
 
Indeed!  Some gladness is only a smile away. What a nice thought.  There really is much to have a glad heart for.  I always experience great happiness when I think about the great gift of Allah to me, my children. 
 
I have experienced some people who seem to have sadness as their perpetual companion.  And the gloominess, its overwhelming and turns bright days dark.  This 'medicine' you have presented is so simple, good, and free, and whats more, it works.
 
Jazakum Allah Khairan, Tarek.   Allah Be Praised
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 April 2009 at 10:23pm

Cast Off Anxiety..!!

 

Do not be sad, for your Lord says:

 

*Have We not opened your breast for you [O’ Muhammad]?* (Qur'an 94: 1)

 

The message of this verse embraces all those who carry the truth, who see the light, and who tread the path of guidance.

 

*Is he whose breast Allah has opened to Islam, so that he is in light from His Lord [as he who is non-Muslim]? so, woe to those whose hearts are hardened against the remembrance of Allah!* (Qur'an 39: 22)

 

Therefore there is a truth that causes the heart to be opened and a falsehood that causes it to harden.

 

*And whosoever Allah wills to guide, He opens his breast to Islam.* (Qur'an 6: 125)

 

So the acceptance of and adherence to this Religion is a goal that cannot be achieved except by the one who is blessed.

 

*’Be not sad [or afraid], surely Allah is with us.’* (Qur'an 9: 40)

 

All those that have faith in Allah’s care, guardianship, and mercy speak the words that are related in this verse.

 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 9:48pm

Stay Away from the Following Four

1- Complaining and being angry with what Allah has decreed

2- Committing sins without repenting afterwards

3- Hating people for the blessings Allah has bestowed upon them

4- Turning away from the remembrance of Allah

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 10:40pm

The noblest human being

Some salient features of the Messenger of Allah's character were contentment, optimism, and a generous heart.

He was a bearer of glad tidings. He forbade people from extremes of austerity and asceticism, because these lead to repelling people from the truth. Hopelessness and failure were not in his dictionary.

A smile was always on his face, and his heart was content. Furthermore, his commands were easy to follow, for his mission was to alleviate hardship and to remove the shackles of falsehood that hold people down.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 25 April 2009 at 9:15pm

Be Pleased with Allah

Along with having faith in the phrase, "I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as my religion, and with Muhammad as a Messenger", you must also be pleased with Allah's commandments and decrees.

When you are selective in your belief in pre-ordainment, your belief is incorrect. Being selective means to be pleased and contented with only those decrees that are compatible with your desires, while complaining against those decrees that go against your desires ...

Contentment is a path that is followed by people who want to live according to a higher code, a code that is followed by those who are close to Allah

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Posted By: Rob2009
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 12:12am
Assalom Aleikom Tarek! 
 
Thank You!  Interestingly enough I've been planning a frugal lifestyle out of choice, but also to please Allah.  Much of my frugality has been more from having lost my earnings and belonging in a tough divorce.  The really hard part has been not being able to supply my 4 children with as much as I feel they need, but I'm hopeful Allah with guide and direct me to much better times.
 
I also have found a wonderful new book, Muhammad, His Life Based On The Earliest Sources, by Martin Lings.  If you're familiar with it, I'd love to hear any comments you might have.  I was fortunate to find a excellent used copy for a good price on Amazon.com.
 
Many Blessings to you and your family!
 
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Posted By: Rob2009
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 12:15am
A wonderful set of thoughts to live by... and Ameen
 
Rob
 


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Posted By: Rob2009
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 12:17am
A question...
 
Many posts here are so valuable I want to copy and print them, can anyone tell me how to do that without copying entire strings ?
 
Wassalom Aleikom
 
Rob


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 9:06pm
Originally posted by Rob2009

I also have found a wonderful new book, Muhammad, His Life Based On The Earliest Sources, by Martin Lings.  If you're familiar with it, I'd love to hear any comments you might have.  I was fortunate to find a excellent used copy for a good price on Amazon.com.
 
Rob:
 
That's one of the best books on the life of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and a highly recommended reading
 
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 9:16pm

Contentment Repels Sadness

The Messenger of Allah (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

"We do not say other than that which pleases our Lord"

Upon you is a sacred duty to surrender yourself to what is preordained for you. If you fulfill this duty, you will be successful in the long run.

Your only escape is to believe in preordainment, since whatever has been decreed must inevitably take place. ...

All Divine decrees will come to pass, both upon the one who accepts them and upon the one who rejects them. The difference is that the former will find reward and happiness while the latter will only find sin and misery

The days rotate in bringing good and bad

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 April 2009 at 9:18pm

Basics for Tranquility and Inner Peace

1- The length of your life has already been decided upon, for everything takes place according to preordainment and decree. So there is no need to feel anxious in that regard

2- The decision of how much sustenance any one of us receives is with Allah alone: no one else owns that sustenance or has the power to take it from you

3- The past is gone and has taken with it its woes and miseries. It cannot return even if the whole of mankind worked as one unit to bring it back

4- The future is from the unseen world and has not yet arrived. It brings with it matters, showing no regard to your permission or feelings, so do not call it forth until it actually arrives

5- Doing good to others brings happiness both to the heart and the soul. A good deed provides greater benefits to the benefactor - in terms of blessings and recompense and peace - then it does to the receiver

6- Among the noble qualities of the believer is that he doesn't concern himself with spurious criticism. No one has been saved from curses and criticism, not even Allah, the Lord of all that exists, Who is Perfect and Exalted

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 April 2009 at 9:24pm

Remember that you are Dealing with The Most Merciful

(Allah's Mercy has no limit)

Accepting Islam or making repentence wipes out past sins.

Mountains of sins are nothing compared to the forgiveness of the One who knows everything.

It is imperative that you have a good opinion of your Lord along with being hopeful of His comprehensive generosity and His far-reaching mercy

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 April 2009 at 9:39pm

The Importance of Having a Good Friend

Every Muslim needs a helpful loving brother to turn to, to share joys and hardships with, and to reciprocate affection ...

Having a good and worthy companion brings joy to the heart

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 30 April 2009 at 9:47pm

What then is Happiness?

Happiness is the solace that is derived from being upon the truth, a peace of mind that is achieved by living according to sound principles and calmness that is brought about by living a life of goodness

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Posted By: Rob2009
Date Posted: 02 May 2009 at 4:09am
Assalamu Aleikum Brother!
 
Such a simple and straightforward definition.  Its like a pocket reference when put in this way, something we can carry about and remind us without the struggle of remembering a tome-like treatise.
 
Thank You !
 
Wassalamu Aleikum
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 May 2009 at 9:14pm
During prayer, one's heart and soul are in communication with Allah
 
Closeness to Him, the comfort realized from asking of Him, and the spirituality felt from standing in front of Him - these are all realized during the prayer.
 
Every limb is used during the prayer, but what is more important is that the heart must be wakefull as well.
 
When one prays, tranquility and peace are achieved, as one travels away, at least spiritually, from enemies and troubles.
 
Thus prayer is one of the most potent of remedies for the diseases of the heart. Yet only the worthy heart benefits from prayer; the weak heart on the other hand is like the body in that it seeks its sustenance from material matter.
 
Prayer is the greatest way to help us achieve the blessings of both this world and the Hereafter. The prayer precludes one from sins, defends against diseases, illuminates both heart and face, makes one active, and in general brings good upon the person who performs it sincerely
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 May 2009 at 6:19am

Worship Allah by Surrending your Will to Him

Among the necessities or elements of faith is to be contented with all that is decreed: both what is good and what is bad.

What is decreed for us is not always in harmony with our desires and fancies. But then, we are not in a position to give suggestions. On the contrary, our right station and position is that of a worshipper who surrenders his will

We are all tested according to our level of faith. The prophet, peace be upon him, said: (The most severely tested are the prophets and then the righteous ones)

If Allah wants good for a person, He afflicts him

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

What is important when faced with a test from God is to have a lot of patience, to ask Him for help and relief, and to be certain that after hardship there will be ease



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 May 2009 at 1:39pm
The Good Life
 
There are two conditions to gaining a good life: faith in Allah and performing good deeds
 
The one who believes in Allah and does good deeds derives two benefits:
 
1- A good and prosperous life in this world and in the Hereafter
 
2- A tremendous reward from Allah, the Exalted
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 May 2009 at 10:15pm

The Qur'an: The Blessed Book

When you recite the Qur'an and contemplate its meanings, you take a positive step towards achieving happiness.

Allah described the Qur'an as being guidance, light, and a cure for what is in the breasts of men. He also described it as being a mercy.

Reciting the Qur'an is blessed, as are acting upon it and turning to it for judgement and guidance.

A righteous person (and many have had a similar experience) once said:

"I felt like a cloud of depression and anxiety was hanging over me. I picked up the Qur'an and I read it for a period of time. Then, by Allah, the depression and anxiety disappeared and happiness along with tranquility took their place."

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Posted By: Rob2009
Date Posted: 05 May 2009 at 10:56pm
Assalamu Aleikum Brother Tarek,
 
I copied the quote below from your response Al-Cordoby, because the words are so concise and true for me.   Reading holy words  of the Qu'ran appear to put the breath of Allah into our souls, and lift our minds and hearts to right places and thinking.  Thank you for this wonderful piece:

"I felt like a cloud of depression and anxiety was hanging over me. I picked up the Qur'an and I read it for a period of time. Then, by Allah, the depression and anxiety disappeared and happiness along with tranquility took their place."

Wassalamu Aleikum
Robert
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 May 2009 at 11:47pm
Don't be Angry
 
The Prophet, peace be upon him, advised one of his companions saying "Don't be Angry"
 
He repeated this three times. And when a man became angry in his presence, the Prophet ordered him to seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan
 
Anger is one of the factors that cause depression and sadness.
 
The following are some of the ways of controlling your anger:
 
1- Combat feelings of anger as if anger itself is your enemy
 
2- Make ablution. Since anger is an ember of the fire, it can be extinguished by water
 
3- If you are standing, sit: and if you are sitting, lie down
 
4- When you are angry remain silent
 
5- Remind yourself of the rewards of those who repress their anger and of those who forgive
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 May 2009 at 1:21am

Doing Those Things That Bring You Peace

Imam Ibn al-Qayyim enumerated some of the factors that bring about tranquility

1- Islamic Monotheism, or worshipping Allah exclusively without associating any partners with him (in worship), and without associating any partners with Him in all qualities that belong to Him alone.

2- Useful knowledge, because the most happy, easy-going, and contented kind of person is the scholar

3- Good deeds. A good deed brings light both to the heart and to the face. Good deeds result in being blessed in one's sustenance, and the hearts of people are naturally attracted to the doer of good.

4- Bravery, for the courageous person is firm and strong and fears Allah alone. Difficulties and hardship neither shake nor disturb him.

5- Avoiding sins. Sinning ruins one's peace of mind and makes one feel lonely and in the dark

6- Not being extravagant in that which is lawful. In other words, one should be moderate in speaking, sleeping and mixing with people, and likewise one should be abstemious in one's eating habits

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 May 2009 at 9:43pm

Pause to Reflect

There is none worthy of worship except Allah.

This means that none truly deserves, or has the right to be worshipped, except Allah, the Almighty, All-High, since He alone possesses those perfect qualities that are associated with omnipotence, divinity and godhood

The spirit and secret of this monotheistic phrase is to single out Allah for love, fear, hope, veneration, and glorification. It also includes our depending upon Allah and our repenting to Him. So our love is pure for none except Him, and everything other than Him is only loved as a by-product of our love for Him, or as a means for increasing our love for Him.

Therefore we must fear Allah Alone and depend upon Him Alone, in Him Alone do we place our hopes, and of Him Alone are we in awe. We take an oath by His name only, we repent to Him Alone; and all obedience is for Him.

In times of hardship we invoke none but Him, and we seek refuge in none save in Him.  

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 May 2009 at 9:25pm
Contentment Repels Sadness

Upon you is a sacred duty to surrender yourself to what is preordained for you. If you fulfill this duty, you will be successful in the long run


Your only escape is to believe in preordainment, since whatever has been decreed must inevitably take place. No subterfuge or artifice can protect you from it.

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

Doing one's best and accepting Allah's decree is an important key to tranquility and inner peace


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 May 2009 at 9:36pm

The Benefits of Reading

1- Reading repels anxiety and grief

2- While busy reading, one is prevented from delving into falsehood ...

5- Reading helps to develop the mind and to purify its thoughts

6- Reading increases one in knowledge and improves both memory and understanding

7- By reading, one benefits from the experiences of others: the wisdom of the wise and the knowledge of the scholars ...

9- One's faith will increase when one reads beneficial books

10- Reading helps to relax one's mind from distraction and to save one's time from being wasted

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 May 2009 at 10:31pm

Do not be Sad: Select for yourself that which Allah has chosen for you

Stand if He causes to stand, and sit if He orders you to sit.

Show patience if He has made you to be poor and be thankful if He makes you to be rich.

Do not be sad and overlook the actions of others

They can lay no claim on giving benefit or harm, death or life, reward or punishment

Ibraheem ibn Adham said:

"We live such a life (of amazing pleasure in the worship of Allah) that if the kings knew about it, they would fight us over it with swords."

Ibn Taymiyah said:

"Sometimes the heart is in such a state, that I say: if the people of Paradise experience this then they indeed have a wonderful life"

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 May 2009 at 11:04pm

Stop to Reflect

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

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

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

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 May 2009 at 10:56pm

Never Lose Hope of Allah's Mercy

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 May 2009 at 9:47pm

Do Not Be Sad: Wait Patiently for a Happy Outcome

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

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

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

(A wise man once said):

"Let events flow in their predestined path,

And do not sleep except with a clear mind,

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

Allah changes things from one state to another."

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



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 May 2009 at 8:59pm

Cast off Anxiety

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

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

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

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 12:50am

Don't be Sad:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 8:49pm

Controlling One's Emotions

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said:

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

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

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

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 8:38pm

The Art of Happiness

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 10:31pm

The Art of Happiness - 2

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

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

But how does one learn it?

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

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

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

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

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 8:34pm

Is Wealth Really That Important?

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 May 2009 at 8:50pm

Being Sad is Not Encouraged in Our Religion

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 May 2009 at 10:05pm

Be Just

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 25 May 2009 at 10:43pm

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

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

Allah says in The Qur'an:

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

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

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

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

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

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

So be content, and don't be sad!

 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 May 2009 at 8:42pm

Be Patient

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

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

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

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

 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 May 2009 at 8:51pm

Travel in the Land

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

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

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

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



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 May 2009 at 9:05pm

Allah [Alone] is Sufficient for us, and He is the best Disposer of affairs

By Leaving your affairs to Allah, depending upon Him, by trusting in His promise, by being pleased with His decree, by thinking favorably of Him, and by waiting patiently for His help, you reap some of the greater fruits of faith and display the more prominent characteristics of the believer.

When you incorporate these qualities into your character, you will be at peace concerning the future, because you will depend on your Lord for everything. As a result, you will find care, help and protection.

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



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 May 2009 at 8:34pm

Accept Life As It Is

The pleasures of life are short-lived, and more often than not they are followed by sorrow. Life means responsibility, a journey wherein change is constant and difficulties are relentless in their onslaught.

You will not find a father, a wife, or a friend who is free from problems. Allah has willed for this world to be filled with two opposites: good and evil, righteousness and corruption, happiness and misery. Thus goodness, uprightness and happiness are for Paradise; evil, corruption and misery are for the Fire. ...

So live according to your reality without always envisioning the ideal life, one that is free from worry and toil. Accept life as it is and adapt accordingly to all circumstances. You will not find in this world such things as the flawless companion or the perfect situation, because flawlessness and perfection are qualities that are foreign to this life.

It is necessary for us to make amends; to take what is easy and leave what is dificult; and very frequently to overlook the faults and mistakes of others

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



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