9 Importance of Positive Thinking in Islam
As His servants who always get His grace and mercy, we should always have positive thinking to Allah Subahahu Wa Ta’ala. Positive thinking to Allah SWT can be done with hoping Allah’s blessings, praying, tawakal, asking His forgiveness and help. As the word of Allah SWT :
إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَٱلَّذِينَ هَاجَرُوا۟ وَجَٰهَدُوا۟ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ أُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ يَرْجُونَ رَحْمَتَ ٱللَّهِ ۚ وَٱللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
“Indeed, those who have believed and those who have emigrated and fought in the cause of Allah – those expect the mercy of Allah. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Q.S. Al-Baqarah : 218)
It is narrated by Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu Anhu that the Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa sallam said,
“Allah Ta’ala said, “I am based on the prejudice of My servants to Me. If he think kindly, then he will get goodness. If he think badly, then he will get badness.” (Narrated by Ahmad)
If we want to get goodness from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, then we should think kindly to Him. If we think kindly to Allah SWT, then goodness will come to us. On the contrary, if we always think badly to Allah SWT, we blame all disaster to Allah SWT, then only badness will come to us.
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Allah SWT always give the best for His servants although they often complain. So, we should always tawakal and believe in Allah SWT. As His word :
“Perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you. And perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” (Q.S. Al-Baqarah : 216)
Positive thinking to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has many virtues, such as :
- Far away from fear
From Anas ra. Indeed the Prophet Muhammad saw came to meet a young men who was sakaratul maut, then Rasulullah saw, said : ‘How are you?’ That young man said, “O Messenger of Allah saw! I expect the grace of Allah SWT and I am very afraid about my sins.” Then Rasulullah saw said,
“Do not be afraid and roja collect in the heart of a servant in this state except Allah will give him what he wants and He will give security to him from the case that he fears.” (Narrated by At-Tirmidzi and Ibn Majah, al-Mundziri said, “The sana of this hadith is hasan”)
Someone who always think kindly to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala must be separated from various fears because his heart has believed that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala always give the best form him.
- Always near Allah SWT
The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam :
“Allah Ta’ala said, “Indeed I am based on the prejudice of My servants to Me. I will always be with him if he remembers Me. If he remembers in his heart, then I will remember him in Myself. If he dhikr to remember Me in a Jama’ah, then I will mention him in better Jama’ah than them. If he nears Me an inch, then I will near him a cubit. If he nears Me a cubit, then I will near him as soon as possible, If he nears Me by walking, then I will near him in a fast way.” (Narrated by Al-Bukhari)
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- Forgiven his sins
From Anas ra. He said, I heard the Messenger of Allah saw said :
“O son of Adam!, indeed you are praying and hoping to Me, then I will give forgiveness to you for all of your sins and I will not care. O son of Adam!, if your sins reach the heaven, then you ask forgiveness to Me, then I will certainly forgive you.
O son of Adam!, if you come to Me with faults as big as a whole earth, then you meet Me but you do not conjoin Me one bit, then I will certainly come to you with forgiveness like the whole earth.” (Narrated by at-Tirmidhi. He said, “This hadith is hasan”)
See also : Way to seek forgiveness from Allah SWT
- Worship well
Positive thinking to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is one of worships.
As the word of the Prophet Muhammad saw : “Indeed positive thinking to Allah is the best of worship.” (Narrated by Abu Daud)
- Avoid from badness in the Hereafter
From Fadhalah bin abid, from Messenger of Allah saw, he said :
There are three groups of humans who will be not asked in the Hereafter, they are human who pulls out the scarf of Allah. Indeed, the scarf of Allah is pride and the material is al-Izzah (might); Humans who doubt the command of Allah; And humans who are hopeless from Allah’s grace. (Narrated by Ahmad, ath-Thabrani and al-Bazzar. Al-Haitsami said, “the narrator is reliable.” Al-Bukhari in the book of al-Adab, ibn Hibban in his Sahih)
- Avoid from great sins in Islam
From Ibn Abbas, there was a man said, “O Messenger of Allah saw! What is the great sin?” the Prophet Muhammad saw said : “The great sin is musyrik to Allah, desperate from Allah’s grace, and give up from Allah’s blessing. (al-Haitsami said, “It has been narrated by al-Bazzar and ath-Thabrani. As-Suyuti and al-Iraqi justify this hadith)
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- Get Allah’ blessing
وَلَا تُفْسِدُوا۟ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ بَعْدَ إِصْلَٰحِهَا وَٱدْعُوهُ خَوْفًا وَطَمَعًا ۚ إِنَّ رَحْمَتَ ٱللَّهِ قَرِيبٌ مِّنَ ٱلْمُحْسِنِينَ
“And cause not corruption upon the earth after its reformation. And invoke Him in fear and aspiration. Indeed, the mercy of Allah is near to doers of good.”(Q.S. Al-A’raf : 56)
See also : Virtues of dhikr to Allah SWT
- Be more optimistic
Someone who always think kindly to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala will be more optimistic in living and organizing his life.
As the word of Allah SWT : “[on the contrary], whoever submits his face in Islam to Allah while being a doer of good will have his reward with his Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.” (Q.S. Al-Baqarah : 112)
- Be a sincere person
وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ رَضُوا۟ مَآ ءَاتَىٰهُمُ ٱللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُۥ وَقَالُوا۟ حَسْبُنَا ٱللَّهُ سَيُؤْتِينَا ٱللَّهُ مِن فَضْلِهِۦ وَرَسُولُهُۥٓ إِنَّآ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ رَٰغِبُونَ
If only they had been satisfied with what Allah and His Messenger gave them and said, Sufficient for us is Allah, Allah will give us of His bounty, and [so will] His Messenger, indeed, we are desirous toward Allah,” [it would have been better for them] (Q.S. At Taubah : 59)
See also : Importance of sincerity in Islam
Those are some importance of positive thinking to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala in Islam. Husnudzhon to Allah SWT must be had by our heart.
As the word of the Prophet Muhammad saw : From Abu Sufyan, from Jabir bin Abdillah Radhiyallahu anhu said : Three days before Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam died, I heard that he said : “Do not one of you die except he has thought kindly to Allah”(Narrated by Muslim)