Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله said the word (الحزن) – () does not appear in the Qur’aan except in the form of forbidding it
(ولا تهنو ولاتحزنوا)
or in the form of negating it
(فلاخوف عليهم ولا هم يحزنون).
And the reason for this is because there is no benefit for having sadness in the heart. The most beloved thing to shaitan is to make the believing slave sad by taking him off track.
The Prophet (ﷺ) sought refuge in Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) from sadness
(اللهم إني أعوذ بك من الهم والحزن)
🔹Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله said: “Sadness weakens the heart and diminishes determination and wanting to go forward. And there is nothing more beloved to the shaitan than the sadness of a believer.”
For this reason, be happy, optimistic and think good about Allah (سبحانه وتعالى). Have trust in what Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) is able to do and depend on Him. You will find happiness and pleasure in all situations.
🔹Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله said: “Don’t ruin your happiness with worry, and don’t ruin your mind with pessimism. Don’t ruin your success with deception and don’t ruin the optimism of others by destroying it. Don’t ruin your day by looking back at yesterday.
If you think about your situation, you will find that Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) has given you things without asking, so have trust in Allah ( سبحانه وتعالى) that He doesn’t prevent anything you want except there is goodness for you.
You could be sleeping and the doors of the heavens are being opened with dua’as being made on your behalf, subhan Allah: perhaps from someone poor whom you helped, or someone sad whom you brought joy, or someone passing by and you smiled at him, or someone in distress and you removed it.. so don’t ever underestimate any good deeds.”
🔹One of the righteous predecessors said:
” I make dua’a to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) for something I want, and if He gives it to me then I’m happy once and if He doesn’t give it to me then I’m happy ten times because the first was my choice and the second was Allah’s choice.”
🔹As Sa’ady (رحمه الله) on him said: “Life is short so don’t shorten it with worries, grief, and sadness.”
So be the owner of a heart that breathes happiness and satisfaction.
May Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) make your times happy and may Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) forgive us all. آمِيْن ثُمَّ آمِيْن. .
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Ibn Qayyim said,
“Shaykh al-Islaam, Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah honor his soul and illuminate his grave, once said to me (explaining with a metaphorical example the purpose of seeking refuge in Allaah from Satan):
‘If the shepherd’s dog ever barks at you attempting to attack you, then do not engage it in a fight. Instead, turn to the shepherd and seek his help for he will leash it and save you the trouble.’ Continue reading
“O people who take pleasure
in a world that will vanish,
falling in a love
with a fading shadow
is sheer stupidity”
It is imperative for you to know that Salah is without any doubt the domain of tranquility for devotees (muhibbin), the enjoyment of the souls of monotheists (Muwahidin), the garden of the worshippers (‘Abidin), the essence of enjoyment of the humble ones (Khashi’in), the test of the sincere ones (Sadiqin), and the scale measuring the mettle of those embarking the right path (Salikin).
It is truly a divine Mercy that Allaah has gifted to His believing servants that He has guided them to, and acquainted them with. He delegated His truthful and honest Messenger, Mohammed (SAWS) to deliver this gift to His believing servants in order that they may attain a noble status with Him.
Through its means, He dignifies, honors, and showers them with His Mercy. And allows them to win His nearness. He Bestows upon His believing servants all this although He is in no need of them. He just wants to lavish them with this Gracious gift to show His Favor upon them, and bring their hearts and bodies all together into His servitude.
He, the Most Exalted endows the heart of the knower of Allaah by enabling him to reap the best of its harvest; turning to Him exalted be He, rejoicing in His closeness, basking in His love, enjoining standing before Him (in Salah), dismissing everything except Him (from his heart) as soon as he commences worship, and fulfilling the rights of his servitude to Him inwardly and outwardly. In order for his worship to be in a manner that pleases Allaah.
Even as Allaah tested His servants, by creating them with innate lusts and desires (shahwa) and exposing them to external temptations. His Mercy and Kindness mandated that Allaah, the Most High, give His servants a feast (Salah) comprising of several kinds of delicacies, nourishments, gifts and grants (to help them repel these desires and temptations). And He did invite them to attend this banquet on a daily basis. Not once, but five times a day. And He distinguished each served course of this banquet (the actions of Salah) with a unique flavor and a special benefit to perfect the pleasures and compliment the benefits they attain, and (help them to) perfect their ‘ubudiyah (servitude) to Allaah. Thus not only did He make every act of worship performed in Salah a means of remedy to atone for the (minor) sins they committed, but rewarded them with a special light for praying. In fact, Salah brings forth light and strength into the heart. It increases the share of ones provision in this life, inspires others to love (muhabba) the one who prays and lets angels and also the earth with its mountains, trees, and rivers rejoice.
Further more, on the Day of Judgement, when the believing servants of Allaah meet their Lord, their Salah shall turn into light and transform into reward.
Before attending the feasts, their hearts endured starvation, thirst and nakedness. But as sson as they commence the worship (Salah) all that shall change to become the opposite. Hence, they shall leave the feast with stomachs full, throats moistened and bodies attired.
Inner Dimensions of Prayer, p. 17-18