Presentation on theme: "By Suleman Imdad. * Happiness is emotion in which one experiences feelings ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense joy."— Presentation transcript:
By Suleman Imdad
* Happiness is emotion in which one experiences feelings ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense joy.
God promises perfect happiness now and forever, however, sometime we get caught up in small things, little traps, lose focus from the big thing.: Happiness: Now and Forever* [10:62] Absolutely, GOD's allies have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve. *10:62-64 Most people think that they have to wait until the Day of Resurrection before they receive their rewards for righteousness, or the retribution for wickedness. But the Quran repeatedly assures the believers that they are guaranteed perfect happiness here in this world, now and forever. At the end of their interim here, they go directly to Paradise (see Appendix 17).
We are here as a test and Satan's promise to God was that he would come to us from every angle and make us unappreciative: [7: 17] "I will come to them from before them, and from behind them, and from their right, and from their left, and you will find that most of them are unappreciative." Now how would Satan do that? 1) get angry 2) complain 3) get sad 4) turn despondent Since we need to be test to make sure we worship God under all circumstance - as part of admission test - tested through unpleasant situations.
People Object and turn despondant fair weather Friends [22: 11] Among the people there is the one who worships GOD conditionally. If things go his way, he is content. But if some adversity befalls him, he makes an about-face. Thus, he loses both this life and the Hereafter. Such is the real loss. [11: 9] Whenever we bless the human being with mercy from us, then remove it, he turns despondent, unappreciative. [17: 83] When we bless the human being, he becomes preoccupied and heedless. But when adversity strikes him, he turns despondent.
SOME people depair of God's grace, when the going gets tough: [30: 36] When we bestow mercy upon the people, they rejoice therein. But when adversity befalls them, as a consequence of their own works, they become despondent. Fair Weather Friends [41: 49] The human being never tires of imploring for good things. And when adversity befalls him, he turns despondent, desperate. [70: 20] If touched by adversity, despondent.
God teaches us in the Quran never to despair and details to us many great examples in about exemplary submitters God's Infinite Mercy [39: 53] Proclaim: "O My servants who exceeded the limits, never despair of GOD's mercy. For GOD forgives all sins. He is the Forgiver, Most Merciful." a) Example of Jacob: [12: 87] "O my sons, go fetch Joseph and his brother, and never despair of GOD's grace. None despairs of GOD's grace except the disbelieving people." b) Angels told Abraham: Isaac [15: 56] He said, "None despairs of his Lord's mercy, except the strayers." c) Zachariah: about John [19: 4] He said, "My Lord, the bones have turned brittle in my body, and my hair is aflame with gray. As I implore You, my Lord, I never despair.
Many people make the worst choice and start to grieve even though God tells us not to: There are many verses in Quran where God commands us not to grieve such as: [2:38] We said, "Go down therefrom, all of you. When guidance comes to you from Me, those who follow My guidance will have no fear, nor will they grieve. Unity of All Submitters [2:62] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who (1) believes in GOD, and (2) believes in the Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve. Submission: The Only Religion [2:112] Indeed, those who submit themselves absolutely to GOD alone, while leading a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.* *2:111-112 See 2:62 and 5:69.
Give to charity in order to be happy: [2:262] Those who spend their money in the cause of GOD, then do not follow their charity with insult or harm, will receive their recompense from their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve. [2:274] Those who give to charity night and day, secretly and publicly, receive their recompense from their Lord; they will have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve. Divine Guarantee [2:277] Those who believe and lead a righteous life, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), they receive their recompense from their Lord; they will have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve. [3:139] You shall not waver, nor shall you grieve, for you are the ultimate victors, if you are believers
Do not fear or grieve no matter what! [3:153]....He substituted one misery for another, that you may not grieve over anything you had missed, or agonize over any hardship you had suffered. GOD is Cognizant of everything you do. [3:170] They are rejoicing in GOD's grace, and they have good news for their comrades who did not die with them, that they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve. Role of the Messengers [6:48] We do not send the messengers except as deliverers of good news, as well as warners. Those who believe and reform have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve. Messengers From Among You [7:35] O children of Adam, when messengers come to you from among you, and recite My revelations to you, those who take heed and lead a righteous life, will have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.
We should always resort to patience and not be annoyed no matter what! [16:127] You shall resort to patience―and your patience is attainable only with GOD's help. Do not grieve over them, and do not be annoyed by their schemes. [19:24] (The infant) called her from beneath her, saying, "Do not grieve. Your Lord has provided you with a stream. [27:70] Do not grieve over them, and do not be annoyed by their scheming. [35:8] Note the one whose evil work is adorned in his eyes, until he thinks that it is righteous. GOD thus sends astray whoever wills (to go astray), and He guides whoever wills (to be guided). Therefore, do not grieve over them. GOD is fully aware of everything they do.
Not be be sad of anything we miss Perfect Happiness: Now and Forever [41:30] Those who proclaim: "Our Lord is GOD," then lead a righteous life, the angels descend upon them: "You shall have no fear, nor shall you grieve. Rejoice in the good news that Paradise has been reserved for you. Good News [46:13] Surely, those who say, "Our Lord is GOD," then lead a righteous life, will have no fear, nor will they grieve. [57:23] Thus, you should not grieve over anything you miss, nor be proud of anything He has bestowed upon you. GOD does not love those who are boastful, proud. There is always a good reason behind everything, So as submitters we learn that when we grieve, we actually disobey God and hurt our souls. We are unappreciative when we grieve: WE can not ecompasses God's Blessings and how blessed we are ; This is better than owning all of the real estate in the US. This should make us happy.
God guides us with ways to create happiness in our lives by God’s grace. Happiness - comes from within - but it is created by God through the choices we make in our lives. If we hurt other people, break God's commandments, etc, we will not be happy: Treat each other Amicably [17: 53] Tell My servants to treat each other in the best possible manner, for the devil will always try to drive a wedge among them. Surely, the devil is man's most ardent enemy. The Real Family [49: 10] The believers are members of one family; you shall keep the peace within your family and reverence GOD, that you may attain mercy.
We should not be arrogant, proud show offs [31:16 - 25 ]: Walk humbly, lower our voices, not be a proud show-off and treat the people with kindness: [31:16] "O my son, know that even something as tiny as a mustard seed, deep inside a rock, be it in the heavens or the earth, GOD will bring it. GOD is Sublime, Cognizant. [31:17 ] "O my son, you shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat). You shall advocate righteousness and forbid evil, and remain steadfast in the face of adversity. These are the most honorable traits. [31: 18] "You shall not treat the people with arrogance, nor shall you roam the earth proudly. GOD does not like the arrogant showoffs. [31: 19] "Walk humbly and lower your voice - the ugliest voice is the donkey's voice."
We must be Appreciative, recognize God’s blessings and the fact that God is in full control [31: 20] Do you not see that GOD has committed in your service everything in the heavens and the earth, and has showered you with His blessings - obvious and hidden? Yet, some people argue about GOD without knowledge, without guidance, and without the enlightening scripture. Following the Parents Blindly: A Common Tragedy [31: 21] When they are told, "Follow these revelations of GOD," they say, "No, we follow only what we found our parents doing." What if the devil is leading them to the agony of Hell? The Strongest Bond [31: 22] Those who submit completely to GOD, while leading a righteous life, have gotten hold of the strongest bond. For GOD is in full control of all things. [31: 23] As for those who disbelieve, do not be saddened by their disbelief. To us is their ultimate return, then we will inform them of everything they had done. GOD is fully aware of the innermost thoughts. [31:24] We let them enjoy temporarily, then commit them to severe retribution. They Believe in God [31:25 ] If you ask them, "Who created the heavens and the earth," they will say, "GOD." Say, "Praise be to GOD." Yet, most of them do not know.
We should not spread rumours, ridicule other believers, or be suspicious about them The Real Family [49: 10] The believers are members of one family; you shall keep the peace within your family and reverence GOD, that you may attain mercy. Believers Set the Example [49: 11] O you who believe, no people shall ridicule other people, for they may be better than they. Nor shall any women ridicule other women, for they may be better than they. Nor shall you mock one another, or make fun of your names. Evil indeed is the reversion to wickedness after attaining faith. Anyone who does not repent after this, these are the transgressors. Suspicion Is Sinful [49: 12] O you who believe, you shall avoid any suspicion, for even a little bit of suspicion is sinful. You shall not spy on one another, nor shall you backbite one another; this is as abominable as eating the flesh of your dead brother. You certainly abhor this. You shall observe GOD. GOD is Redeemer, Most Merciful.
Many people confuse suspicion with verification - 17:36 Crucial Advice [17: 36] You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them. We should not let the devil repel us, be kind and Charitable and not follow our charities by insult. The Devil Encourages baseless accusations [24: 21] O you who believe, do not follow the steps of Satan. Anyone who follows the steps of Satan, should know that he advocates evil and vice. If it were not for GOD's grace towards you, and His mercy, none of you would have been purified. But GOD purifies whomever He wills. GOD is Hearer, Knower. [24: 22] Those among you who are blessed with resources and wealth shall be charitable towards their relatives, the poor, and those who have immigrated for the sake of GOD. They shall treat them with kindness and tolerance; do you not love to attain GOD's forgiveness? GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful. [2: 263] Kind words and compassion are better than a charity that is followed by insult. GOD is Rich, Clement.
Counter Evil with good, be nice and patient and resort to the best possible response! [41: 34] Not equal is the good response and the bad response. You shall resort to the nicest possible response. Thus, the one who used to be your enemy, may become your best friend. [13: 22] They steadfastly persevere in seeking their Lord, observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), spend from our provisions to them secretly and publicly, and counter evil with good. These have deserved the best abode. [7: 199] You shall resort to Pardon, advocate tolerance, and disregard the ignorant. [42: 40] Although the just requital for an injustice is an equivalent retribution, those who Pardon and maintain righteousness are rewarded by GOD. He does not love the unjust.
We must Sever Dependance on anything that bothers us: Happiness Now, and Forever [22: 15] If anyone thinks that GOD cannot support him in this life and in the Hereafter, let him turn completely to (his Creator in) heaven, and sever (his dependence on anyone else). He will then see that this plan eliminates anything that bothers him. God never breaks his promise! [39: 20] As for those who reverence their Lord, they will have mansions upon mansions constructed for them, with flowing streams. This is GOD's promise, and GOD never breaks His promise. We must not be like the blind and deaf to our test and be aware of God and our tests in order to succeed.