l. A thankful heart and a
tongue that is moist with the remembrance of Allah.
An Arab poet said:
remembrance, and patience,
ln them are blessings and
2. Another ingredient of
happiness is the keeping of secrets, especially one's own secrets. Among the
Arabs there is a famous story of a Bedouin who was entrusted with a secret for
a fee of twenty dinars. At first he remained time to the deal and then
suddenly, in a fit of impatience, he went and returned the money --- he wanted
to unburden himself from the load of the secret. This is basically because
secrecy requires steadfastness, patience, and willpower.
('O' my son! Relate not your
vision to your brothers.)
(Qur'an 12: 5)
A weakness of man --- which
is just one of his many weak traits A is that he constantly feels the urge to
reveal the details of his personal affairs to others. This sickness is an old
one in the annals of history. The soul loves to spread secrets and disseminate
stories. The connection between this topic and that of this book is that
whoever spreads his secrets will inevitably feel regret, sadness, and misery.
(And let him be careful and
let no man know of you) (Qur'an 18: 1 9)