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
Pre-ordainment
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
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
Prudence
Do not cling to other than Allah
Doing those things that bring you peace
Preordainment
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
Knowledge
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
Optimism
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
Death
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
Conclusion

Islambasics Library: Don't be Sad

Cast of anxiety - Pause to reflect

 

Do not be sad, for that which has been preordained has already been decided upon and will take place though you may not like it.

The pens have dried, the scrolls have been rolled up, and every affair is firmly established. Therefore your sadness will not change your reality in the least.

 

Do not be sad, because, with your sadness, you desire for time's suspension: for the sun to stop in its place, for the hands of the clock to stand still, for the steps of your feet to move backwards, and for the river to flow back to its source.

 

Do not be sad, because sadness is like a hurricane that violently tosses the waves, changing the atmosphere and destroying the blooming flowers of the luxuriant garden.

 

Do not be sad, because the one who is sad is like a person who pours water into a bucket that has a hole in it. He is like a writer who uses his finger to write on water.

 

Do not be sad, because the true span of life is measured by the number of days in which you are content. Do not then spend your days in grief, do not waste your nights in sorrow, and do not be extravagant in squandering your time; for truly, Allah loves not those who are extravagant and wasteful.

 

Do not be sad, for in truth, your Lord forgives sins and accepts repentance.

 

When you read the following verse, does not your heart feel peaceful, are not your worries driven away, and does not happiness permeate your whole being?

 

)Say: 'O' My slaves who have transgressed against themselves [by committing evil deeds and sins] Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.) 

(Qur'an 39: 53)

 

He addressed them with, 'O' my slaves,' to tame their hearts and souls. He specifically mentioned those who transgress, since they are more disposed than others to perpetrate evil deeds on a continual basis. How much greater then will be the Mercy of Allah for others!

 

Thus He forbade them from despairing and from losing hope of attaining forgiveness. And He informed them that He forgives all sins of the one who repents, whether they are big or small, important or unimportant.

 

Do you not then rejoice upon reading the following verses?

 

(And those who, when they have committed Fahishah [illegal sexual intercourse etc.] or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins -  and none can forgive sins but Allah -  And do not persist in what [wrong] they have done, while they know?

(Qur'an 3: 135)

 

(And whoever does evil or wrongs himself but afterwards seeks Allah Is Forgiveness, he will find Allah Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful)         (Qur'an 4: 110)

 

(If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do, we shall remit from you your [small] sins, and admit you to a Noble Entrance)        [i.e. into Paradise].)                             (Qur'an 4: 31)

 

(If they [hypocrites], when they had been unjust to themselves, had come to you [Muhammad] and begged Allah s_ forgiveness, and the Messenger had begged forgiveness for them: indeed, they would have found Allah All-Forgiving [One Who accepts repentance], Most Merciful)

(Qur'an 4: 64)

 

(And verily; I am indeed Forgiving to him who repents, believes [in My Oneness, and associates none in worship with me] and does righteous good deeds, and then remains constant in doing them, [till his death].)

(Qur'an 20: 82)

 

When Prophet Moosa (Moses) killed a man, he said:

 

'O' my Lord, forgive me,' and He forgave him.

 

When Prophet Dawood (David) repented, Allah said:

 

(So We forgave him that, and verily for him is a near access to Us, and a good place of`[final] return [Paradise].) (Qur'an 38: 25)

 

How perfect, merciful, and generous is Allah! He even proffered His mercy and forgiveness for those who believe in the Trinity - that is, if they repent:

 

(Surely disbelievers are those who said: 'Allah is the third of the three [in a limit;]'. But there is no Allah [god] [none who has the right to be worshipped] but One Allah [God - Allah]. And if they cease not from what they say, verily, a painful torment will befall the disbelievers among them.

Will they not repent to Allah and ask His Forgiveness? For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.)

(Qur'an 5: 73-74)

 

In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

"Allah, blessed is He and Most High, says: 'O' son of Adam, indeed, you will not supplicate to Me and hope from Me except that I will forgive you, in proportion to what came from you (i.e. your level of sincerity), and l won't mind. O' son of Adam, if your sins were to reach in magnitude the height of the heavens, and then you were to ask me for forgiveness, I would forgive you, and I won't mind. O' son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins that (in their size) almost fill the earth, and you met Me without ascribing to Me any partners, I would come to you with its size in forgiveness."'

 

Bukhari related that the Prophet (bpuh) said:

 

"lndeed, Allah extends His Hand in the night to forgive the one who sins in the day, and He extends His Hand in the day t0 forgive the one who sins at night, and this continues until the sun rises from the west."

 

In another hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) relates that Allah said:

 

"O' my slaves, verily you sin by day and night, and I forgive all sins; so seek forgiveness from me and I will forgive you."

 

In another authentic hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

 

"By the One Who has my soul in His Hand, if you were not to sin, then Allah would remove you, and would bring another nation who sins, and who then seek forgiveness from Allah; and He would forgive them."

 

And the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) also said:

 

"By the One, who has my soul in His Hand, if you were not to sin, then I would fear upon you that which is more severe than sin; and that is self-conceit."

 

In another authentic narration, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

"Every one of you is constantly doing wrong, and the best of those who constantly do wrong are the ones who are constantly making repentance."

 

He (bpuh) also said in this authentic hadith:

"Truly, Allah is happier with the repentance of His slave than one of you who is on his mount, and upon his mount is his drink and food; then he loses his mount in the desert, and he searches for it until he loses hope; so he sleeps and then wakes up to find that his mount is beside him, and he says, "O' Allah, you are my slave and I am your Lord. He pronounced this mistake as a result of his extreme happiness."

 

He (bpuh) is also authentically reported to have said:

"Verily, a slave (of Allah) commits a sin and then he says, 'O' Allah, forgive me my sin, for indeed, none forgives sins except You'. Then he commits another sin, and he afterwards says, 'O' Allah, forgive me my sin, for indeed, none forgives sins except You'. Then he commits another sin, and he afterwards says, 'O' Allah, forgive me my sin, for indeed, none forgives sins except You'. Then Allah says, 'My slave knows that he has a Lord, Who takes one to account for sins, and Who also forgives sins, so let my slave do as he wishes."'

 

The meaning of this is that as long as Allah's slave is contrite and repentant, then Allah will forgive him.

 

 


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