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Ways to a Happy Life – Faith & Righteousness

Bismillah.

In the last post, we touched the various causes that make one happy. In this one, I’ll be sharing with you the greatest cause of happiness. It is an awesome combo, which is: faith (eman) + righteous deeds

Allah promises that whoever combines faith and righteous deeds will get a good life and reward in this world and the next.

The evidence for this is in the Quran:

مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً ۖ وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُم بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ

Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do. [An-Nahl 97]

The reason for this reward in the dunya and akhirah is pretty clear, it is because true faith has the following effects:

  • it brings the fruit of righteous deeds
  • it reforms the hearts
  • it reforms the moral character (akhlaq)
  • it reforms this world
  • it reforms the hereafter

Moreover, based on that true faith, the believers have some principles which they apply whenever something good or bad befalls them. Following is the application of those principles

When They Receive Good 

True believers welcome favourable and pleasurable things by

  • accepting them
  • being grateful for them
  • using them in beneficial ways

They hope for the favours to remain and be blessed more and they hope to get reward in return for their being grateful for them.

Due to this attitude of theirs on receiving something good, what do they get in return?

Since they use those favours upon them in beneficial ways, so Allah puts pleasure in them and the goodness (khayr) and blessing (barakah) that comes as a fruit of them outweighs the original favours.

When They Receive Bad

When nuisances, disadvantages or sorrow befalls the true believers, they react in either of the following ways:

  • they resist or fight it off, if they can
  • they lighten or reduce it, if they can
  • if they’re totally helpless, they do patience beautifully

Due to the above, they learn the skill of beneficial resistance i.e. their stamina is built, they gain experience and strength and by being patient they hope for reward. So their problems fade or become light and are replaced by happiness and good hopes and longing for reward and Allah’s favour.

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Summary in a Single Narration

The above two situations that a believer goes through are summarized perfectly in a narration of the Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam:

“Strange is the case of a believer, there is good for him in everything, and this is only for the believer. If a blessing reaches him, he is grateful to Allah which is good for him, and if an adversity reaches him, he is patient which is good for him.” [Muslim, Kitab-uz-Zuhd 7500]

Therefore, the believer’s blessings and fruits are increased manifold whenever something good or bad comes his way.

So you’ll see two kinds of people who, when they receive something (good or bad), react very differently. And that difference is according to their level of faith and righteous deeds.

This man who has both true faith and righteous deeds, he is grateful and patient and so happiness and pleasure is sent to him and his sorrow declines, constriction of his heart is lessened, his miserable life changes and he gets a good life in this world.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

Next post: Ways to a Happy Life – Misery Upon Misery

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Oh The Regret

Assalamu’alaykum,
Bismillah.

We were registering people for an event of the Winds of Change tour by Youth Club. After the registration had closed, we kept on receiving requests for any remaining spots. We had to refuse everyone. Then there were some changes in the arrangement and we could register a few more people. We opened the registration forms and in five minutes we were full again. Something happened and I re-opened them, and a form came in. Then they were closed for good.

I felt sad, I wanted everyone to attend it but they just couldn’t register in time.

This is just a simple event. No guarantee that that those who’ll come will be the chosen ones and those who won’t will be rejected. (Don’t compare it with the thought below)

BUT that day came to my mind. That great Big Day; when only those will be allowed to enter Jannah who had registered for it well in time i.e. before their death. And those who missed their chance….however much they’d request, the chance would have gone. Oh the grief! Nothing could be done then. Allah (SWT) wanted all His creation to enter Jannah but they just didn’t do the good deeds, they did not register. How could He let them enter?

Doesn’t it bring a shiver and feeling of the deepest remorse? It’ll all be over? And no chance? Lost forever! Imagine the regret! It’s called Yaum-ul-Hasrah for that very reason. If only, only we could have done some more….

When that single form came in at the end, I thought to myself, I clicked on the re-open button for him but I didn’t know. It was his good fate. And then I thought of those who’ll be allowed to enter Jannah after the accounts of everyone would have been cleared. They’ll be forgiven for something or the other that was worth it and Allah will let them go at the end; which implies that never ever should we ever leave any good deed, however small it may be, thinking this is so small or what’s the use. Maybe it’s that one small good deed on which we’ll be allowed to enter at the very end.

Think about those people who’re striving hard for Jannah, who don’t let go of any good deed that comes their way. Are we wasting our time? Will this be a source of regret for us at the end? :(

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Wassalam,
Hajrah.

Best Days are here

Bismillah.

It’s been almost 2 months since Ramadan went away. It left us in excellent spirits. We had huge plans of doing great things. Our imaan was flying high.

And then only a week passed and we started getting low, a month passed and we were more low. And now it’s almost two months! And we’ve given it up or are about to. We think it’s hopeless now. Shaitan has got to us. Our Ramadan resolutions have failed. Nothing can be done now!

BUT Allah says wait! He loves us and does not want this to happen to us. He’s bringing for you an imaan and spirits booster right after two months. Just when you need it most.

You guessed it. The ten best days of the year are here. Time to get your imaan in shape and get an instant uplift. Re-embrace your Ramadan resolutions. Do the best!

Here’s a recipe on how to make best use of these best days, also you’ll get to know in this link what are these best days.
Read it here: Best Days, Best Deeds (First 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah)

Wassalam,
H. :)

P.S. Keep checking your local newspaper to know when do these days start.

Only Imagine

Salam,
Bismillah.

Our teacher did this activity with us, she made us close our eyes, take a deep breath, empty our minds and imagine deeply.

 The reader of course, cannot close his eyes but he is required to close his ‘eye-for-the-outer-world’ to every other thing in his surroundings, take a deep breath, empty his mind and imagine.
Read very slowly and carefully. Pause after each sentence.

Imagine that you’re standing in a huge empty plain; it is very white and flat and stretches over miles and miles and miles. Its vastness is limitless. You’re standing there. The plain land is crowded with people, loads and loads of people. But none of them care about you, you’re still alone. When you try to talk to anyone they turn their face away. They don’t want to listen to you.
Your mother, your father, your brother, your sister, your husband, your kids, your friends everyone is there. But when you try to go near them they run away from you. And when anyone tries talking to you, you run away from them. It is extremely hot, very very hot.
You’re lonely; worried as to what will happen next and…..you’re waiting.
You’re waiting but the wait gets only longer. Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, centuries pass and the wait is still not ending. You so much want it to end that you stop caring about what will happen, you’re ready for the worst but you want this waiting period to end.
Finally, the wait is over. A book is handed to you in your left hand. It has the story of your life. In a minute or so your name will be called and you’ll be held accountable for it. The scales await you. Then it will either be the Big Fire forever or the Beautiful Garden forever. You open that book. Your heart starts pounding like mad. You start trembling. Your eyes pop out of your head ———- Because there is nothing good written in your book of deeds. It mentions all the bad things that you ever did, that you don’t even remember. You shouted at your mom, you were rude to your dad, you laughed at that girl, you back-bited that guy, you hurt that kid, you turned away from a pleading face, you hardly ever prayed, you didn’t care about hajj or zakat, your fasts were spent in watching vulgar movies, you spent your nights thinking about that guy/gal, you made fun of your teachers, you gave people dirty looks, you were very ungrateful to your husband, you never told your kids who Allah is, you never thanked Allah for your blessings, you thought you’re the best, no one is superior than you, you never repented for any of your sins, you knew there would be an end but you never really believed in it. You never did any good deed —- and now —- you’re helpless. You can’t do anything about it. The time….. Is way past. You’re horrified!

Open your eyes now.

You have time today, now. There is yet time. You can write a new book. A book in which everything is ‘right’ (according to Allah’s commands). Tear up this previous book and throw it away. Write a new one. Write a new book with your good deeds. Because that day no one will care about you.

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

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