“Know that this worldly life is no more than play, amusement, luxury, mutual boasting, and competition in wealth and children. This is like rain that causes plants to grow, to the delight of the planters. But later the plants dry up and you see them wither, then they are reduced to chaff. And in the Hereafter there will be either severe punishment or forgiveness and pleasure of Allah, whereas the life of this world is no more than the delusion of enjoyment.” – Surah Hadid, Ayah 20
Often times in life we focus on the negativity and the past preventing us form moving forward and progressing in life. We are stuck in a state of stagnation and unhappiness. How do we move forward in life?
When making important decisions such as picking the right college, committing to a new career, or even choosing the right spouse, it’s easy to become deceived by what ‘looks’ shiny. It can be harder to make the right choice, but one way to overcome uncertainty in decision making is to consult the Best of Planners, Allah. How can we see past the good looks or well-built resumes to know things for what they really are?
As we all pass through life looking at people and materialistic things around us, we often tend to look at people above us and desire to be like them. But Islam advises us to look at those below us and feel content with what Allah (SWT) has provided us.
In Surah Al-Ma’arij, Allah uses a powerful word to describe the human psyche. Ustadh Nouman explains how the word “halu’a” ingeniously captures our knee jerk reaction to adversity; how we get angry, give up and slip into despair. On the flip side, when good things happen to us, our immediate tendency is to be greedy and fearful of giving wealth or even knowledge. Yet in the same surah Allah provides a remedy for this condition. It is through consistent prayer and charity that we can contain our default reactions, learn to be grateful and put issues into proper perspective.
The Khutbah was recorded at the Euless Campus on Oct. 13, 2017
Anse Tamara Gray takes you on her personal journey and the lessons she learned and gives us the keys to success, joy and happiness. Exercises For A Happy Heart with Anse Tamara Gray on 21st January 2017 at The Lighthouse, Plaza Damas, Kuala Lumpur
Sh. AbdulRahman Chao gives a very inspiring lecture what is [on how to achieve] true happiness, as well as touching upon the true nature of the dunya. He also examines practical steps of how to increase happiness through moderate asceticism.