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سْمِ اللهِ، وَالصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَّامُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللهِ



Happiness is not something that is measured by quantity nor could it be bought by currency, and no human possesses it to sale it, nor can they take it away from one who attained it or was granted it.

Happiness is, faith followed by action, sacrifice and forcing oneself to things that it does not like and to persevere and put up with hardships and difficulties and training the self to face adversities and calamities and hardships with patience.

And the happy one is the one who favors the last thing eternal over the vanishing and perishing.

A servant without faith is a weak creation. In this weakness, when he is inflicted with harm, he gives up in despair. If he receives good, he becomes miserly. In both situations, he is worried and fearful.

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says:

إِنَّ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ خُلِقَ هَلُوعًا

إِذَا مَسَّهُ ٱلشَّرُّ جَزُوعً۬ا

وَإِذَا مَسَّهُ ٱلۡخَيۡرُ مَنُوعًا

إِلَّا ٱلۡمُصَلِّينَ

Indeed mankind was created anxious,

when evil touches him impatient,

and when good touches him withholding of it

except the observers of prayers

(Al-Ma’arij: 19-22)

When a person loses happiness in the heart it is replaced with worry and emotional disturbance. Four monsters gather against him to destroy and weaken him, besides the fact that happiness and peace of mind is lost. These four are grief, sadness, worry, and staying up at night.

But it is impossible that, Allah عز و جل created His faithful servants to be miserable.

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says to His Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم :

مَآ أَنزَلۡنَا عَلَيۡكَ ٱلۡقُرۡءَانَ لِتَشۡقَىٰٓ

We have not sent down to you The Qur'an that you be distressed or miserable

(Ta Ha: 2)


So Allah عز و جل has prescribed how to gain happiness;

1.Following the guidance from Him عز و جل :

فَإِمَّا يَأۡتِيَنَّڪُم مِّنِّى هُدً۬ى فَمَنِ ٱتَّبَعَ هُدَاىَ فَلَا يَضِلُّ وَلَا يَشۡقَىٰ

And if they should come to you for guidance from me, then, whoever follows my guidance will neither go astray in the world nor suffer in the hereafter

(Ta Ha: 123)


2. Performing good deeds

إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ سَيَجۡعَلُ لَهُمُ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنُ وُدًّ۬ا

Indeed those who have believed and done righteous deeds, the most merciful will appoint for them affection

(Mariam: 96)


3. Being satisfied and content with the Qadr.

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
"From the happiness of the son of Adam is that he accepts what Allah decrees, and the misery of the son of Adam is that he rejects, and rebels against what Allah decrees"

Al- Tirmidhi

Umar Al Farooq رَّضِىَ ٱللَّهُ عَنۡهُ wrote to Abu Musa Ashari رَّضِىَ ٱللَّهُ عَنۡهُ saying:

"All good lies in acceptance and satisfaction, so if you can, then accept and be satisfied (with a decree), or otherwise persevere”.

Then, servants of Allah, has no reason to fear grief and worry, and sadness as long as their matter is according to what Allah عز و جل said in "Qudsi" Hadith:

"I will be what my servant thinks of me, and I am with him when he remembers me, and when he remembers me alone, I remember him alone, and if he remembers me or mentions me in a group I will mention him in a group better than that"

(Bukhari and Muslim)

Such are those who smile for life without frown from their faces and receive pain with satisfaction and submission and change it into a favor, which deserves to be thanked, and deserve gratitude. While for others its disaster, which deserves weeping and crying.


4. Remembrance of Allah سبحانه وتعالى

If happiness was a tree that grows in the human soul, then the faith in Allah, his angles, his messengers, and the hereafter and the decree of Allah, good or bad of it, is its water, and food, and air and light.

Allah عز و جل says:

ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَتَطۡمَٮِٕنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكۡرِ ٱللَّهِۗ أَلَا بِذِڪۡرِ ٱللَّهِ تَطۡمَٮِٕنُّ ٱلۡقُلُوبُ

ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ طُوبَىٰ لَهُمۡ وَحُسۡنُ مَـَٔابٍ۬

Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah, unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah, their hearts are assured.

Those who have believed and done righteous deed, a good state is theirs, and a good return

(Ar-Ra’d: 28-29)


5. Reliance on Allah سبحانه وتعالى

Reliance on Allah عز و جل stems from persistently obeying His commands and staying away from prohibition.

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says:

ۖ فَإِذَا عَزَمۡتَ فَتَوَكَّلۡ عَلَى ٱللَّهِۚ
إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُتَوَكِّلِينَ

And when you have decided then rely upon Allah. Indeed Allah loves those who rely upon him

(Aal-Imran: 159)

And He takes them out of every difficulty.


6. Keeping shut doors of misery and grief:

Losing happiness comes from those gates that must be shut and sealed and must be recognized and known and understood.

a. Among the reasons that will make a person lose happiness is music, the trumpet of Shaytan, an introduction to fornication and adultery. It causes hypocrisy and worry to grow in the heart, just like water causes plants to grow.

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says:

وَمِنَ ٱلنَّاسِ مَن يَشۡتَرِى لَهۡوَ ٱلۡحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَن سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ

And of the people is he who buys the amusement of speech, to miss lead others from the way of Allah

(Luqman: 6)

Ibn Masoud رَّضِىَ ٱللَّهُ عَنۡهُswore by Allah three times that this was music. Things that would destroy happiness is making the Muslim house a dwelling for Jinnis, Kufar Jinnis and isolating, and pushing away angles. This happens by spreading and hanging pictures that Allah has made forbidden on the walls, and on the corridors.

b. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: "Angles do not enter a house that has a dog or picture" So why is it there are many people close the doors and shut it for angles not to enter and they get or invite reasons of misery and worry while they are seeking happiness after that.

c. Ways and doors to misery are sins and wrong doings, which the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: "The servants might be deprived from his sustenance because of a sin that he commits".

As mentioned in the book of Imam Ahmad: "It was found in the treasury of Bani Umaya, wheat, the grain of which is the size of the seed inside the date and it was put in a cloth bag written on it from outside, This is how plants use to grow at the time when there was justice ".

That is why the happiness of the heart that is the result of blessed sustenance and is directly related to obedience and piety.

In the book of Imam Muslim, in the description of the awaited Mahdi, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: "He will establish Deen, the religion that Allah sent his Messenger with, and the earth will bring out its blessings, and it will go back as it was before, so much so that a group of people will all gather to eat from one pomegranate and sit under the shade of its leaf. A mule will carry one bunch of grapes".

d. Reasons that could result in worry, is negligence of Salaah and belittling its importance.

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said in the books of Imam Ahmad and Nisa’i, He said صلى الله عليه وسلم "The light of my eye is in prayer".

In the books of Imam Ahmad and Abu Dawood, he صلى الله عليه وسلم was described, that whenever something disturbed him, he initiated a prayer.

e. Neglecting the remembrance of Allah عز و جل , supplications and asking the forgiveness are also reasons for misery, sadness and grief. For that, the one who is seeking happiness must not neglect nor be heedless regarding this important matter. He must hold on to it.

Always remember the saying of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم as in the book of Al Imam Dawood and Nisa’i: "Whoever continuously asks the forgiveness of Allah, Allah makes a way out from every grief, and He will provide him and sustain him in places he does not suspect".

One day the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم entered the Masjid and He saw a man of the Ansar, called Abu Umaamah. So, He said: "Abu Umaamah, why do I see you sitting in the Masjid when it is not time for prayer? " He said: "Grief and debts on me, O Messenger of Allah". He said:" Shall I teach you words that if you should say, Allah will release you from your grief, and pay off your debts ". I said: "Yes, O Messenger of Allah".

He said: "Every morning and in the evening say, O Allah I ask refuge in you from grief and sorrow and I ask refuge in you in disability and laziness, and ask refuge in Allah from cowardliness and stinginess, and I ask refuge in you to be overwhelmed by debts and over the control of men". And Abu Umaamah said:" I did that and Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala relieved me from my grief and paid off my debts".

(Abu Dawood)

Based on a Khutba by Shaykh Sa'ud ash-Shuraim,
translated by Hazem Ragab.
Editing has been done

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