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Friday, February 26, 2010

Some Ways of Remaining Positive from the Quraan and Hadeeth-Part 2

As promised in the last post, here are the three other tipes to remain positive- hope it is useful-Insha'Allah!

4) Have Patience And Perseverance

As mentioned earlier, patience and perseverance are two very important traits to have. These two things will allow a person to be successful in remaining positive and it will also be highly rewarded. Allah tells us this in the Quraan:

“Those who patiently persevere will truly receive a reward, without measure” (Surah 39: Verse 10).

Even when it seems like your prayers are not being answered and like things will never get better, patience and perseverance should continue because at some point, when Allah wills, then prayers will be accepted.

The Prophet (PBUH) said: “A person’s supplication will be granted if he does not get impatient, saying, ‘I supplicated (to Allah) but my supplication has not been granted’” (Muslim).

5) Accept Allah’s Will

The Prophet (PBUH) described the Believers in the following words:

“Amazing is the matter of the believer, for all of his affairs are good to him. If a bounty was bestowed on him, he thanks for it, and this is better for him. If an affliction touches him, he observes patience, and this is better for him, and this is only for the believer” (Muslim).

An important element of faith is accepting that Allah knows what is best for us all. We have to remember that Allah has already ordained all that is to occur so accepting Allah’s will only makes it easier for us to deal with things and allows us to remain positive at all times. Since we are not able to comprehend the way in which Allah works, we should accept what Allah wills and that will be better for us. The verses from the Quraan and the Ahadeeth which follow makes it very clear that we should not long for the things that Allah has not bestowed upon us, nor should we be upset if Allah has caused something to happen to us which we did not want to occur.

“No misfortune can happen on earth or in yourselves but is recorded in a Book before we bring it into existence. That is truly easy for Allah. (This is done so that) you are not disheartened over what you may lose, nor feel exultant over what Allah may give you. Allah does not love those who are arrogant and boastful” (Surah 57: Verse 22-23)
“Seek what benefits you, rely on Allah and do not succumb to feebleness. And when an affliction strikes you, do not say, ‘Had I done this, that and that would have happened.’ Rather, say, ‘Allah has decided, and He does whatever He will,’ for ‘if’ opens the door for Satan’s work” (Muslim).

It is related in At-Tirmidhi on the authority of Ibn Abbas (May Allah be Pleased with Him)that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “...and you should know that if the whole nation were to join forces in order to benefit you with something, they would not be able to benefit you , except with something which Allah has decreed for you; and if they were to join forces in order to harm you, they would not harm you, except with something which Allah has decreed for you”.

Another version is: “And you should know that whatever has missed you was not to befall you, and what has befallen you was not to miss you”. (Abu Dawood)

6) Put Your Trust in Allah And Remember That Things Will Get Better
Finally, as we can see in the Quraanic verses and Ahadeeth below, Allah has promised us that after hardship will come ease so all we have to do is put our trust in Allah and have a true belief that things will get better!

“Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest” (Surah 13: Verse 28).

“And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then? He will suffice him” (Surah 65: Verse 3).

“So the fact is that along with every hardship there is also ease. Indeed, with every hardship there is also ease!” (Surah 94: Verse 5-6).

“It may well be that Allah brings about ease after hardship” (Surah 65: Verse 7).

The Prophet (PBUH) said; “When Allah loves a nation, He puts them to the test” (Ahmad)

The Prophet (PBUH) said while addressing his companions: “you should know that victory comes with patience, and relief comes after distress, and that with every hardship there is also ease”.

(Taken from: Hassem, Z. (2010). 7 Things To Talk About. Kuala Lumpur: A S Noordeen Publishers.

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