“Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.” [Bukhari & Muslim]
Happiness can not be obtained by gold and silver treasures. Happiness – just like pearls in the depths of the sea – needs a clever diver who masters the craft of discovery. Happiness is your positions, your words, your hopes, and your realistic, hopeful, optimistic and bright look at life. Search inside yourself; there is a precious treasure in your depths. Only when you find out your inside treasure, you know the meaning of life.
Happiness can be found in a smile of an innocent child, in a truthful tongue, in a forgiving tolerant heart, in a gift free of reproach or injury, in compassionate love and in a noble purpose. It can be found when a distress is relieved, when a grace is achieved and when an hour of hard work is followed by comfort, success and pleasure.
The true meaning of happiness can not be defined by eyesight, or measured by quantity, or contained in safes, nor bought with dollars. It can be defined in a tranquil soul, in a peaceful heart, in a gladdened chest and in a comfort conscience. It can be felt in a sweet magic word from a delicate voice urging life, vigour and energy, in a serene soul, in a pure heart, and in a blessed legacy. The poor may find it while the rich fail.
Written by: Hany Murad
Translated by Amany el-Morshidy
“My heart is so small, it’s almost invisible. How can You place such big sorrows in it?”
“Look”, he answered, “Your eyes are even smaller, yet they behold the world.” – Rumi
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Avoid suspicion, for suspicion is the gravest lie in talk and do not be inquisitive about one another and do not spy upon one another and do not feel envy with the other, and nurse no malice, and nurse no aversion and hostility against one another. And be fellow-brothers and servants of Allah. [Muslim Hadith 6214]
“Do not stop from saying that which is right (haq) from fear of people, because neither can anyone bring death closer to you nor can anyone take Rizq farther away from you.”
The sign of the merciful person is calmness, serenity, tolerance, open-mindedness, patience, gentleness, wait, self-examination before rushing into the reactions, abstaining from fighting on immediate fortunes and self benefits, refraining from grudge, controlling desire, long thinking, love of silence and enjoying being alone. That is because the merciful person has light inside himself that makes him feel comfortable despite being alone; that is because he is in constant dialogue with Allah, and permanent ease with the creation.
Dr. Mustafa Mahmoud
Translated by: Amany Elmorshidy
Ibn al-Qayyem al-Jawzy said: Prayer brings provision, keeps health and prevents harm, expels illnesses, strengthens heart, whitens face, delights the soul, protects from laziness, activates the body, gladdens the heart, nourishes the soul, enlightens the heart, maintains the grace, prevents the curse, brings the blessing, taking you away from Satan and getting you closer to the Ever Merciful.