One of the causes that removes restlessness caused by strained nerves and gets rid of occupation of the heart in unfavourable things is: being occupied in action or knowledge that is beneficial. So this occupation will turn the heart away from the things that keep it busy with troubles.
Sometimes, due to this cause (i.e. of being busy), he will forget the causes that incur sorrow and grief upon him. So he would become happy and his activities would increase, and this means is common between the believer and the other person (who doesn’t believe). That is to say, whether the believer or the other person without belief, whoever of them tries to dispel his sorrow by being busy in doing something or gaining some kind of beneficial knowledge, both would succeed in their goal and thus their worries would be removed from them.
BUT the believer is distinguished on the basis of
- his faith
- his sincerity
- his hope for reward
He gets reward as his being occupied in knowledge that he either learns or teaches, and the good action that he does; if they are from worshipping Allah then it is considered worship (like remembering Him, for instance) and if it is some worldly occupation or habit then he makes his intention righteous and intends to support his obedience of Allah through it (like doing exercise to stay fit so he can worship Allah better with a strong body or eating delicious and healthy food so that he doesn’t get ill and remains focused in worshipping Allah and being good to His creation).
For this reason, (that is due to the distinguishing characteristics of the believer) his impact to dispel grief, melancholy and sorrows is effective.
Many people are afflicted by worries and lasting disturbances due to which different kind of diseases come over them. So the effective cure for this thing is: forgetting the cause that brings worry and sorrow by being busy in more important tasks.
How many people do you know who are always involved in worrisome discussions because they have nothing better to do? Remember, do not ever be not busy!
Also, the person should try to be involved in something that he feels comfortable with and longs for, because that will take him to his beneficial purpose more rightfully, and Allah knows best.
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