"Live in this world as if you are a stranger or a
traveler who is just passing through."
Happiness is not in the castle of 'Abdul Malik ibn
Marwan, in the army of Haroon ar-Rasheed, in the mansions of Ibn Jassas, in the
treasures of Qaroon (Korah), or in gardens of roses.
Bliss and happiness were the lot of the Prophet`s
Companions even though they were poor and led harsh lives. Happiness was with Imam
Bukhari in his collection of ahaadeeth (hadiths), with Al- Hasan al-Basri in
his truthfulness, with Ash-Shafi'ee in his deductions, with Malik and Ahmad in
their introspection and self- denial, and with Thaabit al-Bannani in his
(That is because they suffer neither thirst nor
fatigue, nor hunger in the Cause of Allah, nor they take any step to raise the
anger of disbelievers nor inflict any injury upon an enemy but is written to their
credit as a deed of righteousness. Surely, Allah wastes not the reward of the
doers of good) (Qur'an 9: 120)
Happiness is not a cheque cashed, a car bought, or oil
Happiness is the solace that is derived from being
upon the truth, a peace of mind that is achieved by living according to sound principles,
and calmness that is brought about by living a life of goodness.
We used to think that if we bought a bigger house, had
more things, and purchased the latest appliances and machines that make life
easier, we would be happy and joyful. And then it surprised us when we found
that these very things were the cause of worry, anxiety, and trouble in our
(And strain not your eyes in longing for the things we
have given for enjoyment to various groups of them [polytheists and
disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah], the splendor of the life of this world
that We may test them thereby.) (Qur'an 20: 131)
The greatest reformer in the world was the Messenger
of guidance, Muhammad (Blessings and Peace be upon him).
Financially, he was poor; at times, he wasn't even
able to find the pit of a date with which to satisfy his hunger.
Notwithstanding these difficulties, he lived a life of bliss and inner peace to
an unparalleled degree, the extent of which no one knows except Allah, the
(And removed from you your burden, which weighed down
(Qur'an 94: 2-3)
(And Ever Great is the Grace of Allah unto you [O'
Muhammad].) (Qur'an 4:113)
(Allah knows best with whom to place His message.)
(Qur'an 6: I24)
The Prophet (bpuh) said in an authentic hadith:
"Sin is what affects (and lingers in) the heart
and what you hate for people to find out about. And performing good deeds is
what the heart and soul feel tranquil (and satisfied) with."
Uprightness calms both conscience and soul. The
"Performing good deeds is tranquility while
performing sins is uncertainty"
The doer of good is always at peace and the sinner is
always wary and suspicious of what goes on around him.
(They think that every cry is against then)
(Qur'an 63: 4)
The wrong doer goes from anxiety to suspicion and then
finally to paranoia.
"lf one does ill he will feel suspicious, And he
will believe whatever he imagines and fancies."
The solution for anyone who seeks happiness clearly
lies in doing well and avoiding evil.
(It is those who believe [in the Oneness of Allah and
worship none but Him Alone] and confuse not their belief with Zulm [wrong i.e.
by worshipping others besides Allah], for them [only] there is security and
they are the guided) (Qur'an 6: 82)
Being a Muslim who is spiritually healthy is better
than achieving the kingdoms of Khosrau and Caesar since your religion is what
will remain with you until you settle in the gardens of Paradise.
As for power and position, they are but momentary and
(Verily! We will inherit the earth and whatsoever is
thereon. And to us they all shall be returned.)
(Qur'an 19: 40)