Napoleon exclaimed in Saint Helena: "I have not known (even) six happy days in my whole life." The Caliph, Hisham ibn 'Abdul-Malik, said: "I have attempted to recall and enumerate the number of happy days in my life, and I have found them to be thirteen in total." And his father would often repine and say, "Would that I had never become the Caliph." The eminent preacher … [Read more...] about This Life Does Not Deserve Our Grief.
The point of the following anecdote is to illustrate that one should not worry excessively, but should instead surrender his will to the decree of Allah without feeling the slightest degree of regret. When I was in school I would study diligently to be first among my classmates. After handing in my examination paper, I would fall into a state of worry, fear, and anxiety. I … [Read more...] about Anxiety Does Not Help.
Happiness Is a Divine Gift That Does Not Distinguish between the Rich and the Poor. It is not uncommon to see laborers who are so poor that whatever they earn on any given day is spent on that same day. Yet many of them are happy, peaceful, with strong hearts and tranquil souls. This is because they are too busy to think about yesterday or tomorrow. Their life-style has given … [Read more...] about Happiness Is a Divine Gift That Does Not Distinguish between