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Friday, June 18, 2004

“Don’t Be Sad” by Shaykh Aaidh Al-Qarni.

Ibn al-Qayyim enumerated some of the factors that bring about tranquillity:

1. Islamic Monotheism, or worshipping Allah exclusively without associating any partners with him (in worship), and without associating any partners with Him in all qualities that belong to Him alone. The disbeliever and the one who associates partners with Allah, the Almighty, are, for all effective purposes, dead and not alive.

“But whosoever turns away from My Reminder [i.e. neither believes in this Qur’an nor acts on its orders, etc.] verily, for him is a life of hardship and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.” Surah Ta-Ha – Ayah 124.

“And whosoever Allah wills to guide, He opens his breast to Islam...” Al-An’am – Ayah 125.

“Is he whose breast Allah has opened to Islam, so that he is in light from His Lord [as he who is non-Muslim]?” Surah Az-Zumar – Ayah 22.

Allah, the Exalted, warned His enemies with the following verse:

“We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they joined others in worship with Allah, for which He had sent no authority...” Surah Al-Imran – Ayah 151.

“So, woe to those whose hearts are hardened against remembrance of Allah.” Surah Az-Zumar – Ayah 22.

“And whosoever He wills to send astray He makes his breast closed and constricted, as if he is climbing up to the sky.” Surah Al-An’am – Ayah 125.

2. Useful knowledge, because the most happy, easy-going, and contented kind of person is the scholar. Why should scholars not be, for they are the inheritors of Muhammad Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam.

“And [Allah] taught you that which you knew not.” Surah Al-Nisa – Ayah 113.

“So know [O’ Muhammad] that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah...” Surah Muhammad – Ayah 19.

3. Good deeds. A good deed brings light both to the heart and to the face. Doing good deeds results in being blessed in one’s sustenance, and the hearts of people are naturally attracted to the doer of good.

“We should surely have bestowed on them water [rain] in abundance.” Surah Al-Jinn – Ayah 16.

4. Bravery, for the courageous person is firm and strong and fears Allah alone. Difficulties and hardship neither shake nor disturb him.

5. Avoiding sins. Sinning ruins one’s peace of mind and makes one feel lonely and in the dark: “I saw that sins cause the heart to die and addiction brings disgrace to the addicted.”

6. Not being extravagant in that which is lawful. In other words, one should be moderate in speaking, sleeping, and mixing with people, and likewise one should be abstemious in one’s eating habits.

“And those who turn away from Al-Laghw [dirty evil vain talk falsehood and all that Allah has forbidden].” Surah Al-Mu’minun – Ayah 3.

“Not a word does he [or she] utter but there is a watcher by him ready [to record it].” Surah Qaf – Ayah 18.

“And eat and drink but waste not by extravagance...” Surah Al-A’raf – Ayah 31.

Arab poet said:

“O’ companion of the bed, you have slept excessively, don’t you know that after death is a long sleep.”

Details Taken From – “Don’t Be Sad” by Shaykh Aaidh Al-Qarni.

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