“I am what my slave expects me to be”
By Salma Ameen
“If Allah knows [any] good in your hearts, He will give you [something] better than what was taken from you, and He will forgive you; and Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”
Have you ever caught your mind plaguing you with the deadly ‘what if’ questions?
What if I had bought that house …? My family would have been happy.
What if I had chosen a different career field …? I would have succeeded.
What if I had not said that …? I wouldn’t have made a fool of myself.
Shaitan tends to play with our minds and makes us subconsciously defy that which has been chosen for us by Allah. A believer cannot and should not lose hope as it is stated in a hadith.
“The case of a believer is wonderful, there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him, and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him.”(1)
If you have hope in Allah, if you are certain that He will give you what’s good, then this is what He indeed will give you. Whereas if you do everything in a spirit of fear and despair you won’t get any positive results.
Sometimes we fear our efforts will be fruitless. So, ask yourself this: Do you not believe Allah is Al Fattaah (The opener), As-Shakur (The grateful).
‘We don’t waste the reward of those who do good’
Solely asking from and relying on Allah can result in a wonderfully optimistic approach in life. A person who relies on Allah alone is capable of seeing the silver lining in the worst of situations. Often, we are so concerned about the results that we forget that all we have to worry about are our efforts. The results are in Allah’s hands and he will give us the best. Because doesn’t Allah say:
And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for Him
We have to remember that there are certain things Allah has destined for us which will occur no matter how well we are prepared, and if he has destined disappointment for us at one point in time, we must take it as a reminder and a lesson to better ourselves. As Allah does not do anything without a reason.
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So, let me give you the top 5 reasons why a Muslim should stay positive.
- We focus on the bigger picture: Dunya is an illusion that will soon disappear.
“Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed, and He is the Al mighty, the Oft Forgiving.
Whatever problems we are facing will fade. Qur’anic passages encourage the Muslims to repent, make tauba and to change their lives to attain Jannah.
- The Quran assures relief:
“After Hardship will come ease”
And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out
And will provide for him from where he does not expect.
- Become a magnet that attracts people: People are attracted to those who are high-spirited and positive; optimism is contagious leaving everyone around you smiling.
- Positive thinking is the way of our Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم): Prophet Muhammad’s optimism in Allah was highlighted when he and Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) hid in a cave on the way to Madinah, their Makkan pursuers got to the mouth of the cave looking to capture them. At this point, Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) turned to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) in anxiety saying that they would be killed if the enemy peeked in. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) responded to his companion saying “Don’t be sad. Verily Allah is with us”
- An optimistic is usually healthier: A person who sees the world in a positive way and not get depressed during negative events are more likely to be content and at peace.
1.(Muslim Book 1, Hadith 27)