Useful Ways Of Leading A Happy Life : Forgetting The Unpleasant Things That Have Passed – Imam as Sa’di

Chapter Four: Forgetting The Unpleasant Things That Have Passed

8.Among the necessary causes of happiness and cessation of grief and worry,is striving to remove the things that bring about grief,and acquire those that bring about happiness.This is achieved by forgetting the unpleasant things that have passed and he has no power to bring them back,and knowing that occupying his mind wit them is meaningless;in fact it is stupidity,bordering and lunacy.Therefore he has to struggle with his mind not to think of them.He should also struggle with his mind not to worry over the future,not to pay attention to illusions of poverty,fear or other unpleasant things he is imagining will descend on him in the future.He should know that nobody knows what will happen in the future,whether good or evil,or pleasure or pain;this is in the Hands of Allah alone.The slave has no control over it.His only due is to struggle to accomplish what will benefit him in the future,and ward off harm from him.He should also know that when the slave turns his mind away from worrying over the future in his affairs,and relies on his Lord for its betterment,and is satisfied that his Lord will do that for him,when he does all that,his heart will be tranquil,and his condition will be good,and his worries and anxieties will vanish.

9.Among the most beneficial things to do concerning the future of one’s affair is to be saying the prayer that the Prophet,sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam,used to say:

“O Allah!Make my religion,which is my strength and invincibility,good for me;and make my world,wherein is my livelihood,good for me;and make my hereafter,which is my final abode,good for me.And make my living an increase for me in all that is good,and make my death a repose for me from every ill.[Muslim reported it]

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And also his saying:

“O Allah! It is Your mercy that I have hope in,so do not leave me to myself even for the blink of an eye,and make good my affairs,all of them;there is no god worthy of being worshipped but You.”

[Abu Dawud reported it,with a sound chain of transmission]

If the slaves says this du’a,which entails seeking the betterment of his future both in terms of his religion and his worldly affairs,if he says that with a mindful and aware heart,and a true and sincere intention,coupled with an earnest struggle to achieve it,Allah will definitely materialize for him what he asked for and had hope in and struggled to achieve.As a result of this,his worry will change to happiness and delight.


Useful Ways Of Leading A Happy Life – by:Shaykh Abdur-Rahman bin Nasir As-Sa’di
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Happiness, Misery, and Signs of Their People – Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

Original Title : السعادة والشقاوة وعالمة أهلها )الفواْئد)
Original Author: Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah
Translator : Abu az-Zubayr Harrison –
This article is taken from Ibn Qayyim Al-JAwziyyah’s famous book, “Al-Fawaaid” (no. 112)

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From the signs of happiness and joy is that whenever a worshipper increases in knowledge, his humbleness and mercy increases. Whenever he increases in acts of worship, his fear and caution increases. Whenever he increases in age, his greed decreases. Whenever he increases in wealth, his generosity and spending increases. And whenever he increases in status and position, his nearness to the people increases as does his fulfilling their needs and being humble with them.

And from the signs of misery is that whenever a worshipper increases in knowledge, his pride and arrogance increases. Whenever he increases in acts of worship, his bragging increases as does his belittling of people while always giving himself the benefit of the doubt. And whenever he increases in status and position, his arrogance and ego increases.

All of these things are trials from Allaah and a test by which He tests His servants, and because of them, some people attain happiness and others become miserable.

Similarly, some things people honor and admire are also trials like possessions, authority, and wealth. Allaah says about His prophet, Sulaymaan, when he saw the throne of Bilqees in front of

“هَذَا مِنْ فَضْلِ رَبِّي لِيَبْلُوَنِي أَأَشْكُرُ أَمْ أَكْفُرُ “

This is from the favor of My Lord to test me whether I will be grateful or ungrateful. [Soorah An-Naml, 27:40]

So, blessings are tests from Allaah that make apparent the gratitude of the grateful, and the ingratitude of the ungrateful. In the same way, hardhips are also trials from Him سُبْحَانَه .He tests by way of blessings and hardships.

Allaah says:

“فَأَمَّا الإِنْسَانُ إِذَا مَا ابْتَلاهُ رَبُّهُ فَأَكْرَمَهُ وَنَعَّمَهُ فَيَقُولُ رَبِّي أَكْرَمَنِ وَأَمَّا إِذَا مَا ابْتَلاهُ فَقَدَرَ عَلَيْهِ
رِزْقَهُ فَيَقُولُ رَبِّي أَهَانَنِ “

And as for man, when his Lord tests him and is generous to him and favors him, he says, “My Lord has honored me!” But when He tests him and restricts his provision, he says, “My Lord has humiliated me!” [Soorah Al-Fajr, 89:15-16]

In other words, it’s not the case that everyone I increase with honor and blessings, that’s My way of honoring him. And everyone I tighten his sustenance and test him, it’s not necessarily that I’m humiliating him.

Happiness or Wretchedness? – Clarification regarding Pre-decree (Al-Qadr) – Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen – Dr. Saleh as Saleh [Audio|En]

Based upon Sh. Ibn Al ‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah)

Point of clarification based on the hadeeth

“The creation of everyone of you is collected for the first forty days in his mother’s womb in the form of a Nutfah after which it turns into a Alaqa for an equal period. Then it becomes a Mudhqah for a similar period and then Allaah sends an angel with four words recording: the person’s provision, his life term, his deeds, or whether he will be of the wretched or the blessed (in the Hereafter).”

Sahih al-Bukhari vol.8, p.387, no.593 and Sahih Muslim vol.4, p.1391, no.6390

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