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Things that bring about happiness

1. Good deeds:

Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he [or she] is a true?
Believer [of Islamic Monotheism] verily, to him we will give a good life [in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision]… (Qur’an 16: 97) Read more

Khosrau and the old lady

Buzrjamhar, the wise man of Persia, related the story of Khosrau the king and the old lady. The latter possessed a chicken and a small hut, which was situated on a small plot of land that neighbored the palace of Khosrau. One day, she had to travel to another village, and before departing she prayed, “O’ my Lord, I entrust my chicken to you.” During her absence, Khosrau usurped her property in order to expand the gardens of his palace. His army slaughtered the chicken and destroyed the cottage. When she returned and discovered the deplorable act, she turned her gaze to the sky and said, “O’ my Lord, I was absent and where were you?” Then Allah granted revenge for her. It came to pass that the son of Khosrau attacked his father with a knife and killed him. Read more

Contemplate these verses

And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out [from every difficulty]. And He will provide him from [sources] he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, and then He will suffice him.)
(Qur’an 65: 2-3)

Allah will grant after hardship, ease. (Qur’an 65. 7)

The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

“And know that victory comes with patience, and with hardship there is a way out, and with difficulty comes ease.”

In another hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) related that Allah said: “I am with my slave’s thoughts about me, so let him think of me as he chooses.”

Allah will suffice you against them. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.
(Qur’an 2: 137)

And put your trust in the Ever Living One that dies not… (Qur’an 25: 58)

Perhaps Allah may bring a victory or a decision according to His Will. (Qur’an 5: 52)

None besides Allah can avert it, [or advance it, or delay it]. (Qur’an 53: 58)

In order to find peace, turn to your Lord

Allah’s slave – i.e. every one of us can find comfort only by turning to Allah, the Exalted, Who mentioned tranquility in many verses of the Qur’an:

Then Allah sent down His Sakinah [calmness and tranquility] upon His Messenger and upon the believers. (Qur’an 48: 26)

…He sent down calmness and tranquility upon them… (Qur ‘an 48: 18)

Then Allah did send down His Sakinah [calmness, tranquility and reassurance, etc.] on the Messenger [Muhammad]… (Qur’an 9: 26)

Tranquility means having a heart that is at peace and that has a sound trust in Allah. Tranquility is a state of calm enjoyed by those believers who have been saved from doubt. And it is according to one’s closeness to Allah and steadfastness in following the Messenger’s way that one will achieve tranquility and peace.

Allah will keep firm those who believe, with the word that stands firm in this world [i.e. they will keep on worshipping Allah Alone and none else], and in the Hereafter (Qur’an 14: 27)

Some of the positive effects of experiencing hardship

Hardship makes one turn humbly toward one’s Lord. Someone once said, “How Perfect is Allah, Who has elicited supplication through hardship.” It has been related that Allah tested one of His slaves in a matter and then said to the Angels that it was, “In order to hear his voice,” meaning his supplications and invocations. Read more

Do not grieve – There is another life to come

The day will come when Allah will gather together the first of the creation and the last of it. The knowledge of this occurrence alone should reassure you of Allah’s justice. So whoever’s money is usurped here shall find it there; whoever is oppressed here shall find justice carried out there; and whoever oppresses here shall find his punishment there.

Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher, said, Read more

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