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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. :)

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Key to Gratefulness!

Salam,
Bismillah.

I happened to attend the completion of 1st juzz of the Quran. Here is something of what I learnt…

The Quran starts with the word ‘Alhamdulillah’.

There are 3 stages of gratefulness.

  • First is you don’t even know about it. You don’t even know you’re supposed to be grateful to Allah.
  • Second is you start thanking Allah for everything good you have or get.
  • Third is you become grateful even for those things that are hard on you, that are against your will. (Why? Because you know they’re from Allah and He SWT always does what’s best for you).

And then even that stage comes when you start disliking someone praising you (because you know all praise is for Allah).

When do we praise someone? When we see some quality (worth praising) in them. When we don’t see the good things we don’t praise either. And when we start ‘recognizing’ then the admiration comes from our hearts.

If someone is not glorifying Allah be worried about that person because he doesn’t ‘know’.
The person who knows about brands and stuff becomes so happy when he comes across a sale. The rest wouldn’t even care.
Know Allah more and more. Know His siffaat (attributes). You’ll get true happiness of the duniya and aakhirah.

Recognition brings gratefulness

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

My Two Feet!

Salam,
Bismillah.

I was standing in the university bus, trying my best to remain balanced. The bus moved at a fast pace and everything inside the bus shook and bounced. I was feeling frustrated and grumbly. I was tired, my feet were burning and each minute was passing like an hour. Somewhere besides my thoughts I was conscious of Surah Ar-Rahman being played in the bus but my mind was too overwhelmed to pay much attention. Suddenly I noticed that the reciter was saying this verse out very loudly as if to shake someone and that verse kept repeating again and again and again.

فَبِأَىِّ ءَالَآءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ
“So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?”

Why? I said to myself. Why didn’t Allah put this in this surah just once or twice or maybe thrice even? Why so many times?

“So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?”
Are we really this ungrateful? And then I said to myself, I’m not really ungrateful for anything, am I? And my eyes suddenly fell on my burning feet. For a second I couldn’t take my eyes off my feet, the realization hit me hard. What if I didn’t have them? :O
And I was on a wheelchair being driven by someone, being lifted in the bus and being settled in a seat. Never being able to stand and always sitting! NO! If I’m standing in the bus right now it means I have two sound feet and I can walk. ALHAMDULILLAH!
O Allah! How ungrateful we are of Your blessings, indeed!

Just as I finished writing this I came across this anasheed, do listen! :)

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

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