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Happiness in Islam Now surely the friends of Allah, they shall have no fear nor shall they grieve.

Those who believe and guarded (against evil): They shall have good news in this world's life and in the hereafter; there is no changing the words of Allah; that is the mighty achievement. Noble Qur'an (10:62-64) Happiness is a feeling that resides in the heart. It is characterized by peace o f mind, tranquility, a sense of well-being, and a relaxed disposition. It comes as a result of proper behavior, both inward and outward, and is inspired by stro ng faith. It is the nature of every person to seek happiness. One of the most elusive obje ctives of every human being is "Happiness." The Noble Qur'an reveals the secret of attaining perfect happiness in this life and forever. We learn from the Noble Qur'an that happiness is an exclusive quality of the soul. Thus, a body that at tains all the material successes it longs for - money, power, fame, etc. - often belongs to an unhappy person. Happiness depends totally on the degree of growth and development attained by the soul, the real person. The Noble Qur'an provide s a detailed map towards perfect happiness for both body and soul, both in this world and in the eternal Hereafter. In the numerous verses throughout this proven Testament, Allah (SWT) personally guarantees the believers happiness, now and forever. Some people strive to seek material happiness in this world away from religion, thinking that this is the t rue happiness. But this kind of happiness will be succeeded by pain and sorrow a t the Day of Judgment, and its people will know that their striving led them onl y to misery and not happiness. While others know that the true way to happiness is to obey Allah (SWT) and foll ow His religion. For them the pleasures and riches of the world are of little co nsequence. When this happiness penetrates and fills the heart of the believer he does in fact live in this world as if he were in Paradise. Those are the people who find true happiness in this world. Authentic Happiness What kind of happiness could be greater than that of someone who humbles himself to Allah (SWT), seek to please Allah (SWT), worships Him, strives for His pleas ure, and strives to enter Paradise and have salvation from Hellfire? The believer lives with such a sweetness in his heart that if the masters of the earth knew of it, they would fight him to death to take it from him. Allah (SWT ) has said: "Whoever does good whether male or female and he is a believer, We w ill most certainly make him live a happy life, and We will most certainly give t hem their reward for the best of what they did." Noble Qur'an (16:97) Happiness is in the good life mentioned in this verse, that even the rich disbel ievers cannot find, despite the money they have. That is why we are not surprise when we know that many among them committed suicide. To reach true happiness, we need to know what is the purpose of our life, how to reach success in the hereafter, and to fulfill the requirements of reaching thi s success by following the commands of Allah (SWT) and His true religion. We know much about Mars, Earth, moon, stars, and galaxies, thanks to the century of knowledge. But how much we know about our eternal life after death and how t o reach success in the hereafter? People need to eat every day to supply their bodies with energy and to keep them

selves healthy. If they stop eating for a period of time, diseases will sneak up upon them and overtake them, and perhaps even kill them. Similarly, people also need food of another kind, food for the spirit and heart. It is unfortunate tha t while people are careful never to forget to feed their bodies, they do not sho w the same concern for the health of their souls and hearts. The heart needs foo d as the body does. The diseases of the body and the debilitating effects they h ave are not more dangerous than the diseases of the heart and soul. Islam and Happiness There was a young couple who led a very happy life together. The only thing that they worried about was, whether their happiness would last forever or would th ey too would have to face problems. One day, they heard that a wise old man had come to town; he could solve all kin ds of problems and guide people. So the couple decided to visit the wise old ma n and tell him their source of worry. The wise old man told them; "Travel around the world and seek a man and a woman who are perfectly happy as a couple. When you find such a couple, ask them for a piece of cloth from the man's shirt, then keep that piece of cloth with you, and you always remain happy." The young couple began their journey, to find the happiest couple in their world . In one place they heard that the governor and his wife were the happiest peop le, so they went to their palace and asked them, "Are you the happiest couple?" The governor and his wife replied, "Yes, we are happy in every way except for on e thing; we do not have any children." Well that didn't make the governor and his wife the happiest couple. So they con tinued their journey. They arrived in one city where they had heard that the ha ppiest couple lived. They went to their house and asked them, "Are you the happ iest couple?" The couple replied, "Yes, we are really happy in every way except that we have t oo many children which make our life a bit uncomfortable." No, this couple did not sound to be the happiest. And, so they continued their j ourney. They visited many countries, cities, towns and villages asking the same question but they did not find what they were looking for. One Day the young couple came across a shepherd in the grazing his sheep when his wife and child came along. wife and gently patted the child she was carrying. She to eat contentedly. The young couple came to them and happiest couple?" desert. The shepherd was The shepherd greeted his laid the mat and started asked them, "Are you the

The shepherd and his wife replied, "Nobody is unhappier than the king." The youn g couple immediately realized that they were the happiest couple and asked them for a piece of the shepherd's shirt, so that their happiness too would last th roughout. The shepherd said, "If I give you a piece of cloth from my shirt then I will be left without any clothes since I own just one shirt." The young couple at once understood that it is very difficult to find perfect ha ppiness anywhere in the world. The couple decided to return to their own countr y. They went to the wise old man and related all that had taken place. They als o complained that his guidance was difficult to abide by.

The wise old man laughed and said, "Was your journey useless or did you learn so mething from it?" Signs of Happiness The young man replied, "Yes, after this trip I have learnt that in this world, n obody is perfectly happy, only that person is happy who does everything to plea se Allah." Noble Qur'an says: "And whosever follows My (Allah's) guidance, on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve". (2:38) The wife said, "I have learnt that in order to be happy it is important to remem ber two things; first, all human beings should be thankful and contented with w hatever they have." Noble Qur'an says: "And your Lord declared publicly: if you are grateful, I will add more favors unto you". (14:7) "And secondly, for ultimate happiness one must always practice patience." Noble Qur'an says: "Seek help through patient perseverance and prayers". (2:45) After that, young couple thanked the wise old man for his guidance and returned home. The wise man prayed for them and said, "Indeed the sign of happiness is i n their heart and they have good manners and if the lifetime is spent in pleasu re of Allah there would be no differences in the existence of mankind." Noble Qur'an says: "Whosoever follows My (Allah's) guidance, will not loose his way nor fall into misery. But whosoever turns away from My message, verily for him is a miserable life". (20:123-124).