By: Aaidh ibn Abdullah Al-Qarnee

Inside Cover
About this Book
Publisher’s Note
Translators’ Foreword
Introduction to the First Edition (Of the Arabic Version)
O' Allah!
Contemplate and be thankful
The past is gone forever
Today is all that you have
Leave the future alone until it comes
How to deal with bitter criticism
Do not expect gratitude from anyone
Doing good to others gives comfort to the heart
Repel boredom with work
Do not be a mimicker
Verily, with hardship, there is relief
Convert a lemon into a sweet drink
Is not He [better than your gods] Who responds to the distressed
Enough for you is your home
Your recompense is with Allah
Faith is life itself
Extract the honey but do not break the hive
Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest
Or do they envy men for what Allah Has given them of His Bounty?
Accept life as it is
Find consolation by remembering the afflicted
The prayer…..the prayer
Allah [Alone] is sufficient for us, and He Is the best Disposer of affairs [for us]
Patience is most fitting
Do not carry the weight of The globe on your shoulders
Do not be crushed by what is insignificant
Be content with that which Allah has given You and you will be the richest of people
Thus we have made you a just nation
Take a moment to reflect
Smile ----- Pause to reflect
The blessing of pain
The blessing of knowledge
The art of happiness
The art of happiness ---- Pause to reflect
Controlling one's emotions
The bliss of the Prophetic Companions
Repel boredom from your life
Cast of anxiety
Cast of anxiety - Pause to reflect
Do not be sad ---- Everything will occur According to pre-ordainment
Do not be sad ------ Wait patiently For a happy outcome
Wait patiently for a happy outcome - Pause to reflect
Do not be sad: Seek forgiveness from Allah Often, for your Lord is Oft-Forgiving
Do not be sad ----- Always remember Allah
Do not be sad ---- Never Lose hope of Allah's mercy
Grieve not over unworthy things
Do not be sad - Repel anxiety
Grieve not over being poor
D0 not feel sad over fears for what may happen
Stop to reflect
Do not be sad: overlook the actions of others.
Do not be sad --- Do good to others
Jealousy is not something new
Stop to reflect
Do not be sad from the want of ample provision
Appreciate that, compared to Others, your trial is light
Do not mimic the personality of others
Isolation and its positive effects
Do not be shaken by hardships
Pause to think about hardships
Do not be sad ---The fundamentals of happiness
Why grieve when you have the six ingredients?
The fundamentals of happiness ---- Verses upon which to reflect
Your best companion is a book
The benefits of reading
Pause to reject
Do not grieve ---- There is another life to come
Do not feel overly stressed When work piles up
Grieve not and ask yourself the following questions
Do not despair when you face a difficult situation
Contemplate these verses
Depression weakens the body and the soul
Depression: A cause of ulcers
Some other effects of depression
What depression and anger do
Bear your hardships with serenity
Hold a good opinion of your Lord
When your thoughts wander
Embrace constructive criticism
Most rumors are baseless
Gentleness averts confrontations
Yesterday will never return
This life does not deserve our grief
Ponder these points
As long as you have faith in Allah, don’t be sad
Do not grieve over trivialities For the entire world is trivial
This is how the world is
Strive to help others
Do not feel deprived as long as you have a loaf of Bread, a glass of water and clothes on your back
Blessings in disguise
You are created unique
Much that in appearance is harmful is in fact a blessing
Faith is the greatest remedy!
Do not lose hope
Don‘t be sad ---- Life is shorter than you think
As long as you have life’s basic Necessities --- Don‘t be sad
Contentment repels sadness
If you lose a limb, you still have others to compensate for it
The days rotate in bringing good and bad
Travel throughout Allah's wide earth
Contemplate these Prophetic sayings
In the last moments of life….
Do not let calamity shake you
Do not grieve ---- This world is not worth your
Don't be sad: Remember that you believe in Allah
Pause to reflect
Despair not --- Handicaps do not prevent success
If you embrace Islam, there is No reason for you to be sad
Things that bring about happiness
The ingredients of happiness
You will not die before your appointed time
""O"" Allah, Who is full of Majesty and Honor….""
Pause to reflect
Steps to take if you are fearful of a jealous person
Good manners
Sleepless nights
The evil consequences of sinning
Strive for your sustenance, but don't be covetous
The secret of guidance
Ten gems for a good and noble life
Don't be sad ---- Learn to deal with your reality
Don't be sad ---- Sooner or later Everything in this world perishes
Depression leads to misery
Depression may lead to suicide
Asking Allah for forgiveness opens locked doors
People should depend on you, and not you on them
Do not cling to other than Allah
Doing those things that bring you peace
The sweet taste of freedom
Do not pay attention to the tell-tale
The curses of the foolish are Of no consequence to you
Appreciate the beauty of the universe
Avarice is of no avail
Allah [Alone] is sufficient for us, and He Is the best Disposer of affairs (for us]
The ingredients of happiness
The fatigue and stress that come with an important position
And come to the prayer
Charity brings peace to the giver
Don't be angry
Supplications of the morning
Pause to reflect
The Qur'an: The blessed book
Don't aspire to fame, or else you will be taxed with stress and worries
The good life
Bear trials patiently
Worship Allah by surrendering your will to Him
From being a governor to becoming a carpenter
Mixing with people whose company is Heavy and dull ruins a person's peace
For the calamity-stricken
The positive effects of having true Monotheistic faith in Allah
Take care of your outside as well as of your inside
Seek refuge with Allah
I place my complete trust in Him
They agree on three points
The wrongdoing of the transgressor
Khosrau and the old lady
A handicap in one area can be compensated For by excellence in another
A few words about the foolish
Faith in Allah is the way to salvation
Even the disbelievers are at different levels
An iron will
The inborn disposition upon which we were created
Whatever is written for you Will unerringly come to you
Work hard for the fruitful end
Your life is replete with priceless moments
Pause to reflect
Performing noble deeds is the way to happiness
Beneficial knowledge and fruitless knowledge
Read more, but with understanding And contemplation
Take account of yourself
Three mistakes that are common In our everyday lives
Plan your affairs and take proper precautions
Winning people over
Travel to different lands
Perform the late-night voluntary prayers
Your reward is Paradise
True love
The shari'ah is made easy for you
Tranquility and peace
Beware of ardent love
Some cures for ardent, unbridled love
The rights of brotherhood
Two secrets regarding sinning (Even if you know them, don't sin)
Seek out sustenance but don't be covetous
Pause to reflect
A religion that is full of benefits
Fear not! Surely, you will have the upper hand
Stay away from the following four….
In order to find peace, turn to your Lord
Two great words of solace
Some of the positive effects of experiencing hardship
Happiness is a Divine gift that does not Distinguish between the rich and the poor
Being remembered after death is a second life
Invoke Allah with the following
A Lord Who wrongs not
Write your own history
Listen attentively to the words of Allah
Everyone is searching for happiness, but….
Prepare for bad times by being Thankful when all is well
Bliss versus the Fire
Have we not opened your breast For you [O' Muhammad]?
A good life
What then is happiness?
To Him do the good words ascend
Such is the Seizure of your Lord
The supplication of the wronged
The importance of having a good friend
Fleeting glory
Performing virtuous deeds is the crown On the head of a happy life
Everlastingness and Paradise Are there, and not here!
Enemies of the Divine way
The reality of this life
The key to happiness
Pause to reflect
How they used to live
What the wise say about patience
The importance of a positive attitude
A few words on patience
Pause to reflect
Don’t grieve you are poor, for your true Value is not determined by your bank balance
A word on reading
Don’t be sad, and study Allah’s Signs in the creation
O’ Allah! O’ Allah!
Don’t grieve, for change must take place
Do not give pleasure to your Enemy by displaying grief
Optimism versus skepticism
O’ son of Adam, do not despair
Pause to reflect
Blessings in disguise
The fruits of contentment
Being pleased with Allah
For the malcontented there is wrath
The benefits one reaps by being contented
Do not challenge your Lord
A just decree
Resentment yields no return
Safety is in contentment
Dissatisfaction is the door to doubt
Satisfaction is richness and safety
The fruit of contentment is thankfulness
The fruit of discontentment is disbelief
Dissatisfaction is a trap of the devil
Another word on contentment
Overlooking the faults of one’s brothers
Take advantage of health and free time
Allah protects those who believe
Signposts on the seeker’s highway
Being blessed with honor is also a test
The enduring treasures
Determination can overcome Insurmountable barriers
Reading in order to learn wisdom
And when I am ill, it is He Who cures me
Take your precautions
Verify the facts yourself
Resolve to do something and then do it
The life of this world
Hiding from evil is a temporary solution
Remember that you are dealing With the Most Merciful
Life is toil
Pause to reflect
Treading the middle path saves one from destruction
One is judged by one‘s dominant characteristics
One’s inborn character
It is not enough to be merely intelligent: One needs true guidance as well
If one has inner beauty, he will Discern beauty in the universe
Relief after hardship
You are above jealousy
Pause to reflect
Knowledge is the key to serenity and ease
The wrong way to go about things....
The noblest human being
One step at a time
Whether you have a little or a lot, Learn to be thankful
Three plaques
Pause to reflect
Be free from worry and fear
Deeds of charity
Recreation and relaxation
Pause to reflect
Contemplate the universe
Follow a studied plan
Do not be disorderly: in your affairs
Your value is determined by Your faith and character
The bliss of the Companions (May Allah be pleased with them)
Pause to reflect
A smile every morning
An obsession for revenge is poison That flows through a diseased soul
Pause to reflect
Do not melt into someone else’s personality
Waiting for relief from Allah
Pause to reflect
Guidance: A natural consequence of belief
The middle course
Avoiding extremes
Pause to reflect
Who are the righteous ones?
Allah is Most Kind to His slaves
And He will provide him from [sources] He never could imagine
An early: recompense
When you ask, ask Allah
Precious moments
Divine pre-ordainment
Allah Alone is Ail-Powerful
Unexpected relief
Allah allows miracles to occur For His righteous slaves
Allah is All-Sufficient as a Disposer of affairs
Everything in the universe glorifies Allah
Be pleased with Allah
A call from the Nakhlah valley
The First generation of Muslims
Contentment even after being ruined
Be resolute in making a decision
The believer is firm and resolute
The tax on being an eloquent speaker
Perfect comfort and rest are in Paradise
Gentleness helps you achieve your goals
Anxiety does not help
Peace of mind is in having The basic necessities of life
Be prepared for the worst-case scenario
You are doing well you are healthy and have enough food
Don't belittle another person's efforts
Deal with others as you would Have them deal with you
Be fair
Avoid being artificial
If you really cannot do something, leave it
Do not be chaotic in your life
T he Mutual rivalry for piling up Of worldly things diverts you

Islambasics Library: Don't be Sad

Don’t be sad, and study Allah’s Signs in the creation


If you study Allah’s signs in the world and universe you will find such things of wonder that will remove your worries and anxieties: the soul finds delight in the strange, the wonderful, and the bizarre.


Bukhari and Muslim narrated a hadith from Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said, "The Messenger of Allah sent us on a mission and appointed Abu ‘Ubaydah to be our leader.


We were to meet with a caravan from Quraysh. Since he could find nothing else, the Messenger of Allah (bpuh) provided us only with a container of dates for the journey. So from the day we left onward, Abu ‘Ubaydah would give us (each) one date for each day."


The narrator of the hadith asked Jaabir what they would do with the dates. He said, "We would suck on one of the dates the way a child does. Then we would drink water over it. This was enough for us until the night fell. We would then strike at the leaves of trees with our sticks, wet the leaves, and then eat them. We were hiking on the shores of the sea when we saw something that looked like a huge sand-hill from a distance. As we came nearer, we realized that it was a large sea creature called Al-Anbar (whale fish). Abu ‘Ubaydah said that it was an animal that died without being slaughtered (therefore it was not lawful). He then said, ‘No, we are the messengers of the Messenger of Allah, we are in the path of Allah, and now we are in a dire situation ---- so eat, all of you."’


"We, all three hundred of us, lived off of this creature for one month until we became fattened. I remember how we took spears and thrust them into the eye socket of the creature. From inside the socket we scooped out pieces of fat, the size of a bull. So large was the creature that when Abu ‘Ubaydah asked thirteen of our men to line up in the eye socket of the creature, there was enough space to accommodate them all. He also took one of its ribs and erected it on the ground. Then he found the tallest camel, made our tallest man to ride on it, and they were able to pass underneath the rib. Finally, when we left the site, we took provisions from the meat for the return journey. When we arrived in Madeenah, we went to the Messenger of Allah (bpuh) and told him what happened, and he said,


‘This is sustenance that Allah has taken out (of the sea) for you. Do you have any of its meat with you to feed us from it?’  We sent some to the Messenger of Allah and he ate from it."’


(‘Our Lord is He Who gave to each thing its form and nature, then guided it aright.)                                          (Qur’an 20: 50)


When a seed is placed in the ground, it will not grow until the ground shakes ever so slightly. The Richter scale picks up this minor jolt. The seed then splits and begins to grow:


(We send down water [rain] on it, it is stirred [to life], it swells and puts forth very lovely kind (of growth).)                   (Qur’an 22: 5)


(‘Our Lord is He Who gave to each thing its form and nature, then guided it aright.)                                        (Qur’an 20: 50)


Dr. Zughlool an-Najjar, a researcher in cosmology, mentioned in one of his lectures that there is a comet that began its journey eons ago. Though it travels at the speed of light, it still has not reached earth.


(So I swear by Mawaqi [setting or the mansions, etc.] of the stars [they traverse].)                                       (Quran 56: 75)


(‘Our Lord is He Who gave to each thing its form and nature, then guided it aright.)                                         (Qur’an 20: 50)


An amazing incident that was reported by the newspaper Recent Happenings in 1953 is the story of ‘Ona’. Ona, entering Paris guarded by many policemen, was a gigantic Norwegian stuffed whale that weighed more than 80,000 kilograms. Eight tractors carried the mammoth-sized monster, all tied together to a transport trailer. The whale was to be put on display for a period of one month, and visitors were going to be allowed to enter its electrically illuminated belly.


The organizers and police were unable to agree on a venue for the display since the size and weight of the creature posed a threat to the structure of any building or street that it was going to be displayed in.


Despite the young age of this whale (eighteen months) it reached a prodigious length of twenty meters. It was caught in Norwegian waters in the previous year and it was to be transported for display via train from one city to another. Due to the problems of its size and weight, it had to be transported by a special trailer that was thirty meters in length.


(‘Our Lord is He Who gave to each thing its form and nature, then guided it aright.)                                          (Quran 20: 50)


Abdur-Razzaaq as-Sana’ni related from Ma’mar ibn Raashid al-Basri that he said, “I saw in Yemen a cluster of grapes that was the size of a full load that is placed on a mule."


(And tall date-palms, with ranged clusters.)              (Quran 50: 10)


All trees and plants are nourished by the same kind of water:

(Yet some of them we make more excellent than others to eat.)

(Quran 13: 4)


Every plant is endowed with a defense system that is specific to it. Some are strongly built; some have thorns with which they protect themselves; and yet others are bitter and sting.


(‘Our Lord is He Who gave to each thing its form and nature, then guided it aright.)                                           (Qur’an 20: 50)


Astronomers say that the Universe is still expanding little by little, similar to the way that a balloon expands.


(With power did we construct the heaven. verily We are Able to extend the vastness of space thereof)                           (Qur’an 51: 47)


Others say that while dry land is constricting, the oceans are expanding.


(See they not that we gradually reduce the land [in their control] from its outlying borders?)                                (Qur’an 21:44)


(‘Our Lord is He Who gave to each thing its form and nature, then guided it aright.)                                         (Qur’an 20: 50)


ln 1982, Faysal magazine reported the story of a cabbage that weighed 22 kg and was l m in diameter. In the same farm, they found an onion that weighed 2.3 kg and was 30 cm in diameter, as well as a tomato that was 60 cm in circumference. All of these anomalies were found on the farm of a single Mexican fanner.


(‘Our Lord is He PW1o gave to each thing its form and nature, then guided it aright.)                                         (Qur’an 20: 50)


in the head are four liquids: sweetness in the mouth that mixes well with food and drink; stickiness in the nose that prevents dust from entering; saltiness in the eyes that prevents dryness; and sourness in the ears that protects one from insects and from harm in general.


(And also in your own selves. Will you not then see?)

(Qur’an 51 .21)


(And [Allah] taught you that which you knew not.)       (Qur’an 4: 113)


(Allah Has taught man that which he knew not.)          (Qur’an 96: 5)


(And Allah has brought you out from the wombs of your mothers while you know nothing. And He gave you hearing, sight and hearts….)        (Qur’an 16: 78)


(And we taught hint the making of metal coats of mail [for battles]...)  (Quran 21: 80)



(Nay, they deny that; the knowledge whereof they could not compass and whereof the interpretation has not yet come unto them)

(Qur’an 10: 39)


(And not an Aayah [sign, etc.] We showed them but it was greater than its fellow.)                                         (Qur’an 43: 48)


(‘Our Lord is He Who gave to each thing its form and nature, then guided it aright.)                                         (Qur’an 20: 50)


The heart does not feel deserted except when it disobeys its Lord. Hasan al-Basri said: "O’ son of Adam, when Prophet Moosa (Moses) objected to Khidr (i.e., to his actions) on three occasions, the latter said, ‘This is the parting between you and me.’ Then how will it be with you who disobey your Lord many times in a single day? Do you feel so secure (and sure) that He will not say to you, ‘This is the parting between you and Me."’


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