بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)
Narrated Al-Miswar bin Makhrama: That ‘Amr bin Auf, who was an ally of Bani ‘Amir bin Luai and one of those who fought at Badr in the company of the Prophet , said, “Allah’s Apostle sent Abu ‘Ubaida bin Al-Jarrah to Bahrain to bring the Jizya taxation from its people, for Allah’s Apostle had made a peace treaty with the people of Bahrain and appointed Al-‘Ala’ bin Al-Hadrami as their ruler. So, Abu ‘Ubaida arrived with the money from Bahrain. When the Ansar heard of the arrival of Abu ‘Ubaida (on the next day) they offered the morning prayer with the Prophet and when the morning prayer had finished, they presented themselves before him. On seeing the Ansar, Allah’s Apostle smiled and said, “I think you have heard that Abu ‘Ubaida has brought something?” They replied, “Indeed, it is so, O Allah’s Apostle!” He said, “Be happy, and hope for what will please you. By Allah, I am not afraid that you will be poor, but I fear that worldly wealth will be bestowed upon you as it was bestowed upon those who lived before you. So you will compete amongst yourselves for it, as they competed for it and it will destroy you as it did them.” ” Al-Bukhari, Vol 5 Book 59, Number 351
Happiness, Ahh! Who doesn’t want to be happy? We all desire happiness. We pursue pleasure systematically through life – it comes as naturally to us as the sunflower turns to the sun. But pleasure once obtained does not last; so once again, the search begins. Moreover, pleasure is ephemeral; it eludes the seeker at the final moment. One may work very hard and get all that the world considers necessary for a happy life, yet none of these things can make us really happy.
Sorrow is a fact of conditioned existence, it is pain and suffering that leads us towards growth. Contentment cannot come by looking at those who have more than we have. It comes when we try to look at those who are worse off, who are less fortunate than we are. A saint once said, “I cried for boots, until I saw a man who had no legs”, the more thing’s we require for being happy, the greater our chances for despair and disappointment.
Happiness is a state of mind, this is easier to achieve once we learn to be less self-centered. The more ego-centric, we are, the more vulnerable we become; even a small thing can shatter our happiness. At the material, an intellectual and spiritual level there is every chance of our being disappointed so long as we are egocentric.
Statistically, there is a bell-shaped curve, tapering off, either side, showing that extreme cases are rare, so extremely good or extremely bad people are rare.
I guess, one should cultivate detached attachment, since everything is transient. In our happiest and saddest moments, we must remind ourselves, “This too shall pass away”. In sensation no permanent home can be found, because change is the law of this vibratory existence.
وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا وَمَسَاكِنَ طَيِّبَةً فِي جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ
وَرِضْوَانٌ مِنَ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ هُوَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ
Allah has promised the believers — men and women, — gardens under which rivers flow to dwell therein forever, and beautiful mansions in gardens of `Adn (Eden; Paradise). But the greatest bliss is the good pleasure of Allah. That is the supreme success[At-Tauba:72]