The terms of happiness are different from one person to another. Some of them think that a lot of money brings happiness. Despite there are those who say that happiness is simple, that is a happy, peaceful, and happy mood, and there is no sadness that comes to it. Happiness is born from the heart. If there are several ways to be happy, in this article will discuss on how to be happy in Islam.
- Pleasure Of Allah:
Sometimes, we as a human would do anything for pleasing other. Unfortunately, if the others are not pleasing as we expected then it leads to the unhappiness. The only way that we have to please Allah by striving on the way of Allah and obey all of His commands and living in the Islamic way. Allah will promise to those who believe him the paradise and Garden of Adn but the greatest bliss is the Pleasure of Allah. According to Quran 9:71-72 (at Taubah):
“The believing men and women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right (Al-Maruf) and forbid what is wrong (Al Mungkar) and establish prayer and give zakah and obey Allah and His Messenger. Those – Allah will have mercy upon them. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise. Allah has promised the believing men and believing women gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and pleasant dwellings in gardens of perpetual residence; but approval from Allah is greater. It is that which is the great attainment.”
2. Show Gratitude
As the slave of Allah, we must be grateful for the blessings that Allah has given us to any number. Humans who are never grateful will always feel less even though it has been given more than Him because basically, humans have the nature of dissatisfaction if they have not got what they want. From there, Allah says that is poured into the Qur’an 14: 7 (Ibrahim):
“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe”
From the above verse, Allah asserts that if someone is grateful, then He will increase the favor, despite it is contrary, He even will be given punishment. Being a thankful person will make a person happy because avoid unnecessary stress. Gratitude will bring someone happy no matter what.
See also: Best Dua to Thank Allah
3. Think Of Your Soul As Well
As mentioned before, happiness is not only when you reach success, wealthy and better social standing. It comes from our soul. With the grateful heart and soul, so that you have already been satisfied what you have and who really you are. According to one of the hadith:
“True enrichment does not come through possesing a lot of wealth, but true enrichment is the enrichment of the soul” (Bukhari).
4. Don’t Compare
The major thing that brings unhappiness is when a person start comparing with other which is above (better) of him/ her. When we look for other who better from us, sometimes we tend to fret over the things instead of appreciating. For instance, if we see our neighbor buy a new car, so that we feel that it is about competition, that we lose because we can’t afford anew car before them. The Prophet said in a hadith about the comparison:
“Look at those below you (the less fortune than you), and don’t look at those above you, because it is the better” (Muslim)
The Prophet suggest look and compare ourself with the below of you, then we will feel that how grateful you have a thing that they don’t have. This will make you such a grateful person.
5. Don’t Expect Too Much From Others
We often put much expectation in others in many aspects of our lives such as career, wealth, success, and happiness. It is, even more, the marriage. If all that has not been fulfilled, it is not even the happiness that we have, but also the disappointment. Many relationships are broken because it is very not suitable with our expectations. Of course, we work on our effort to reach what we expect for but asking Allah is recommended and always surrender to Allah whatever happened. According to hadith:
“O Allah, give me enough of what You have made lawful to suffice me from what You have made unlawful, and enrich me by Your bounty giving me independence from all other than You.” (Tirmidhi)
By asking and surrender to Allah, whatever the results it will not trigger our frustration and may even reduce the happiness. Quoted in Quran 29:60 (Al Ankabut):
“And how many a creature carries not its [own] provision. Allah provides for it and for you. And He is the Hearing, the Knowing”
6. Work On Physical Fitness
A person should keep their fitness healthy and resistant to stress. It maintains the fitness of body regularly by exercising, then the body feels fit, and also can suppress stress so that we will feel happy all the time. As in a hadith:
“The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, while there is good in both.” (Muslim)
7. Listen & Recite Quran
As a book of Islam, Quran is not only the revelation from Allah through His messenger, the Prophet Mohammed PBUH, but also the guiding of all Moslem in this world. The Quran contains beautiful words and rhythms which when recited will give peace, both to the reader and the hearer. If you are already frustrated and have a lot of thoughts, it is better to read the Qur’an, because it will give peace to those who read it. If you cannot read in Arabic writing, you may take a course by the expert.
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8. Serve Others and Maintain Relations
It is recommended to all Moslem to maintain the relationship to other whether the family or brotherhood relationship. The Prophet Mohammed said in a hadith that:
“All creatures are the dependents of Allah, and the most beloved of creation to Allāh is the one who is good to His dependants” [Bayhaqi]
9. Organized the Life Between Praying and Private Life
According to hadith narrated by Tirmidhi: The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) had divided his time effectively for there are demands on him for worshipping to Allah and his personal things. After the Fajr prayer, the Prophet would remain sitting in the Mosque reciting of praising Allah until the sun rising and more people collected. He would then give sermons to the people. After finishing the sermons, he would talk to people, enquire about their welfare and exchange jokes between them. Taxes and revenues were also distributed at that time (Sahih Moslem, Tirmidhi).
10. Build a Support Group
According to the hadith:
“The example believer is like a single person: if his ete complains of pain, his whole body complains of pain, and if his head complainsof pain, his whole body complains of pain” (Muslim)
By building or joining in a large of a group, give a person the sense of security and safety, for one of the people of the group has calamities, then the other will support that person. The concept of brotherhood is one of the concepts in Islam.
11. Consuming Halal Food and Beverage
Consuming halal food and avoid the haram food is obligatory for all of Moslems in the world because it has quoted in a Quran 2:173 (Al Baqara):
“He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah . But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], there is no sin upon him. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful”
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12. Only Live Whenever You Live
If you just do not enjoy the life today, so that you will get anxiety and become confused. According to hadith:
“When you are in the evening, do not expect to see the morning, and when you are in the morning, do not expect to see the evening.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
13. Willing Whatever Allah’s Decree
The Messenger of Allah said.
“Among the joys of Adam’s son is the istikharah prayer (asking for choice by asking Allah for guidance) to Allah, and among the joys of Adam’s son is his willingness to the ordinance of Allah, whereas among the children of Adam’s son is he left istikharah to God, and among the children’s woes Adam is his wrath against Allah’s decree.” (Ahmad 1367).
14. Having Piety Wife as well Good Place and Good Vehicle
The Messenger of Allah said:
“There are three indications of the happiness of Son of Adam, as well three indications of the misery of Adam’s son; indication of happiness is the piety (saleha) wife, good place to live and good vehicle. While an indication of the misery of Adam’s son is a bad morality wife, a bad place to live and a bad vehicle.” (HR Ahmad 1368)
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15. Hold on to Religion in The Middle of Moral Damage
The Prophet Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam said:
“The faith begins in a foreign state and will return strange as before, then blessed are the strangers on that day, when man is damaged. By to Those whom the soul of Abul Qasim is in His hands, it is true that faith will lodge in these two mosques as a snake lodged in its nest. (HR Ahmad 1518]
Another hadith about holding on the religion is that when The Messenger Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam said:
“Surely Islam begins in a foreign state, will return in a foreign state as early as it is, then blessed for strangers.” It is said; Who are the strangers? He replied: “It is the people who separated themselves from the tribes. (HR Ahmad, 3596).
16. Avoid from Defamation
As the Messenger of God said that:
“Whoever gives support to the persons who have difficulties, or abort it, Allah will keep it from the Heat of Hell. The deeds of heaven are the difficulties in the way of climbing. “(He said three times),” On the contrary, the deeds of hell is the easily in the house yard. The happy person is the one avoid from defamation. There’s no gulp that I like more than a gulp of anger held by a servant. Not a slave of Allah hold him (ie hold back anger) for Allah, unless Allah will fill his heart with faith. (HR Ahmad, 3596).
17. Fasting Regularly
The Messenger, Prophet Mohammed said:
“Verily Allah’ azza wajalla multiply one goodness of Adam’s son into ten to seven hundred times except fasting. Fasting is for Me and I will respond. The fasting person has two hapiness; happiness when breaking the fasting and happiness on the Day of Judgment. And the smell of the mouth of the fasting one is more sweet in the sight of Allah than the scent of the fragrance. “[HR Ahmad 4036]
See also: Fasting Six Days of Shawwal
18. Reciting ‘Laa Ilaha Illallah’ sincerely
Abdul ‘Aziz bin Abdullah narrated about Solomon of’ Amru bin Abu ‘Amru from Sa’id Al Maqburi from Abu Hurayrah, said:
”I asked to the Messenger of: ‘O Messenger of Allah who is the one who is most happy with your intercession on the Day of Judgment?’ he replied: “I have assumed Abu Hurayrah, that no one precedes you in asking this question, for I see how attentive you are to the hadith. The happy one with my intercession on the Day of Judgment is the person who recite Laa ilaaha illallah with sincerity from his heart or his soul. “[HR Bukhari No 97]
19. Longevity and Repent
Al Harith bin Abu Yazid said; I have heard Jabir bin Abdullah say;
“The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not expect death because death is very horrible, and including happiness is the longevity of the age of the servant of Allah and Allah always gives the gift of repentance to him”. (HR Ahmad No. 14037).
20. Having a Good Neighbor
The Prophet sallallaahu’alaihiwasallam said:
“It is including one’s happiness is a good neighbor, a pleasant vehicle and a spacious residence.” (HR Ahmad No. 14830)
21. Forget the Past and Focus on the Present.
Be the past as a learning, focus for the present. A person should be balance in life and prepare ourselves for all the situations
22. Do not be Influent with the Criticism
A person must be sure for his worth and make the criticism in discovering the shortcomings and faults, and let it drive you toward self-improvement.
23. Remembrance of Allah
For it can create the peace, tranquility and comfort inside your heart.
24. Training for in the Worst Situation
Prepare yourself even it is in the worst situation of your life. Always positive thinking whatever happenned in your life is it bad things happened. It is a must you remember Allah in every way you do, even when it is in the worst situation. Be sure that Allah will help and solve the problems.
25. Seek Guidance from Al Quran
Al Quran contains the words of Allah which reveal to the people in this world. It is containing the spiritually, social life, political concepts, law and ethical values. When a Moslem believes that Quran is the words of Allah and agree the fact that all of things in his / her life will bring the happiness. So that the Moslem are obligate to learn Quran and understand the meaning.
26. Follow the Sunnah from Messenger of God
The role model of Moslem in this world to apply in the daily life is the Messenger of God (Prophet Mohammed PBUH). He is the best example of all Moslem to implement in the daily life as Sunnah. Therefore, that following all of the ways Prophet Mohammed conducted in his life. This way will help Moslems walk of your happiness path.
27. Share the Wealth for Poverty
It is a must for Moslem to share their wealth to those who need such as poverty, orphan, and give charity in the form of Zakat. By giving zakat, it will bring the chance of happiness to those who receive it. If we as the giver see the receiving of the Zakat surrounded by the happiness, so that it also bring the happiness to the giver.
See also: How to Increase Wealth in Islam
28. Don’t Excuse in Every Aspect of Your Life
Most people have a habit to make excuses such as “I’m too old to learn” or “I’m too young practising Islam”. Too many excuses will cause failure in reaching something. Your excuses will be standing in a way of your own happiness.
It is in the hadith said:
“The Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Mankind will not perish till they make excuses for their conduct to themselves’” (Mishkat)
29. Avoid Blaming Others
If we fail into reach something, do not blaming others for what you cannot reach. When you want to reach the happiness, you should stop putting your moods and happiness in the hands of others but take the responsibility to yours.
According to the Quran 41: 46 (Al Fussilat):
“Whoever does righteousness – it is for his [own] soul; and as well whoever does evil [does so] against it. And your Lord is not ever unjust to [His] servant”.
30. Be Confident and Let Go Low Self-esteem
Allah gives the human for special skill and the best creature to all of His. A Moslem should believe that he gives us the special pre-eminence so that we should be confident about ourself who really we are. It is quoted in Quran 98:7 (Al Bayyinah) :
“Indeed, they who have believed and done righteous deeds – those are the best of creatures”
It concludes that the happiness will come to us and only rely on to Allah, which will give us the peace and happiness to our world life. Thus that 30 how to be happy in Islam, hopefully this article will help.