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An Invitation To Happiness


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An Invitation To Happiness

  1. 1. An Invitation to Happiness Outline <ul><ul><li>Basics of Happiness. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conditions of the Strong Will. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthening Your Will. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keys to Strengthen Your Will. </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Basics of Happiness <ul><li>First: Start with Yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Starting with oneself is the first method to success in this life. This can be achieved when you: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Change Yourself to the Best: </li></ul><ul><li>Try to be successful in managing yourself through being self-content and open to self-criticism for Allah says: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Allah will never change the lot of people unless they themselves change .” </li></ul><ul><li>2. Know your Potentials: </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing your potentials will help create the best in you; make you realize the powers and skills Allah has bestowed upon you so as to work and perform in the most productive way . </li></ul>
  3. 3. (First: Start with Yourself) Cont. <ul><li>3. Have Trust in Yourself: </li></ul><ul><li>Success in this life is not based on the power of the body, but rather on strong will and self confidence for: </li></ul><ul><li>A. Self-confidence emerges from trust in Allah and complete reliance on Him as Allah says: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Oh, mankind, you are truly poor to Allah and He is truly the Sublime ” and “ Man is created feeble (powerless)” </li></ul><ul><li>B. Being self-confident does not mean vanity or being pompous as either is a disease that affects our spirit leading to total self-destruction which in turn leads to looking down in contempt to others with the feeling that they are all inferior. </li></ul>
  4. 4. (First: Start with Yourself) Cont. <ul><li>4. Beware of Lack of confidence: </li></ul><ul><li>A. Lack of confidence is harmful to mankind. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Lack of c onfidence is the result of self-ignorance, which in turn is responsible for forming the wrong picture about oneself as a constant failure who is good for nothing. Self-ignorance leads to: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Being uninitiative to charity works. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adopting the idea that everything I aim to is useless (would be in vain and that I was not born to do it) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>C. Lack of confidence comes as a reflection of one’s identity or a result of the effect of the society. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. (First: Start with Yourself) Cont. <ul><li>5. Compare and Contrast Yourself to Others: </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing that there are others whom Allah put to test are still ever productive will make you compare and contrast their will with yours; hence you will realize your true potentials. </li></ul><ul><li>Two good examples here are: </li></ul><ul><li>Ataa Ibn Abi Rabah (a one-eyed black slave with a big flat nose who became paralyzed, lame then blind) was a revered successful follower known as the Mufti (the jurisprudent) of Makka at his time. </li></ul><ul><li>The illiterate Sheikh Sulaiman Al-Gamal . He used to have someone read and write for him. Recalling what he had learnt, he used to give lectures and had a lot of textbooks that were widely spread. </li></ul><ul><li>He was also known as the companion of the famous two great Galals: Galal Al-Din Mohammad Bin Ahmed Al-Mahali and Galal Al-Din Abd El-Rahman Bin Abi Bakr Al- Seouti who were famous for their explanation of the Holy Quran in “ The Explanation of the Two Galals ”. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Second: How to Promote Trust in Yourself <ul><li>1. Know Yourself: </li></ul><ul><li>Always seek help from Allah , start being proactive and have the ability to cope with all necessities of life. Do not be a field-bound. </li></ul><ul><li>Start at this phase by knowing yourself inside out and look for points of strength within yourself and being level with yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Free your mind and soul from any boundaries that may hinder your aspirations. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek true advice from friends who would always show you the right way so as to avoid un-welcome consequences. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek help from your teacher at school, university or from your Imam at the mosque. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Second: How to Promote Trust in Yourself (Cont.) <ul><li>Eliminate the idea that “I can’t do this” or “I’m a big failure” to replace it with “I’ll give it a try”, “I’ll learn” or “I’ll think about it”. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not see yourself as a “pile of problems” that may befall on you, for they are nothing but illusions that block your way to success. </li></ul><ul><li>Gradual promotion is one of the basics in life (this is the way the newly-born get developed), so promote yourself through a gradual self-development. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Practice makes ‘perfect’ ” this is the way the merchant builds his reputation as well as the successful manager and the eloquent speaker. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Second: How to Promote Trust in Yourself (Cont.) <ul><li>Know your abilities; do not get overburdened for this brings your downfall as: </li></ul><ul><li>A. Almighty, Allah says: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Fear Allah as much as you can ” </li></ul><ul><li>B. The prophet (PBUH) says: </li></ul><ul><li>“ The best practices to Allah are the everlasting though may be frequently the least”. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not look back to failure (what is done, is done) for you are required to pay attention to your future career. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Third: Get Rid of Your Weaknesses <ul><li>In case you seek success, you need to: </li></ul><ul><li>Get rid of your defects as well as your weaknesses. </li></ul><ul><li>Stress your points of strength. </li></ul><ul><li>Be level with yourself by knowing where your defects are and start your remedy. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Fourth: “ Get Your Threads Tightened ” or “Get Serious” <ul><li>“ Get Your Threads Tightened ” is for Luis Proto (a western author) aims at being decisive and proactive. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Fifth: The Strong Will <ul><li>Anyone with a strong will would have full control of the success factors. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Will” is an invisible hidden power that is composed of the desire to excellence, the need to perfection, and the hope for a better life as well as the strong inclination to always execute or perform worthy deeds. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Fifth: The Strong Will (Cont.) <ul><li>The prophet (PBUH) sums up the meaning of “strong will” when he addressed his uncle (Abu Talib) by saying: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Oh, uncle, I swear by Allah that even if they (the infidels) placed the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left in an attempt to make me disregard this matter (Calling for Islam), I would not do so (for I intend to fight for it) until Allah makes it above all or I die for it.” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Conditions for The Strong Will <ul><li>Be specific (know your objectives). </li></ul><ul><li>Have self-confidence. </li></ul><ul><li>Be realistic (Let your goals be feasible). </li></ul>
  14. 14. Strengthening Your Will <ul><li>In order to strengthen your will, you need to get rid of the following will-related diseases: </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of Momentum </li></ul><ul><li>This is due to the absence of incentive. It is worthy to note that those who have high imagination are the ones who most likely lose momentum as they have the feeling that they can lead great deeds (according to their imagination), yet they end up as just colorful dreams lacking strength to be interpreted as true actions. </li></ul><ul><li>Excess of Momentum: </li></ul><ul><li>Reckless decisions, unthoughtfulness, and inexperience all lead to unfruitful results. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Strengthening Your Will (Cont.) <ul><li>Being Not Up to the True Level of Faith: </li></ul><ul><li>Misunderstanding of true faith causes some people to reason that religion calls the followers to be self-contained and/or murmur some hymens or constantly be a bead-counter, although true faith is an everlasting invitation to perfection in all walks of life. </li></ul><ul><li>Almighty says: </li></ul><ul><li> “ Oh believers, Strive for the utmost manifestation of power ” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We have created man in continuous strife ” </li></ul><ul><li>Only if people had the feeling that Allah bestows upon his creatures 10 times for one good deed up to 700 hundred times, will they strive for perfection in all walks of life and will they have a higher incentive to be perfect in his daily endeavor. Contrary to this is sin, which is the main reason to downfall. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Strengthening Your Will (Cont.) <ul><li>Society: </li></ul><ul><li>Being raised in a good family, neighborhood, or country, success in life and feeling in harmony with faith would be the result. If the situation is otherwise, you need to find other solutions so that you can adjust or cope with such surroundings. </li></ul><ul><li>A good example here is the man who killed a hundred souls, but to repent these evil deeds, he decided to leave this foul country where he committed such evils, and sought a new place that witnessed nothing of his evils and also where he hoped to find a better surrounding. There, he eventually won repentance and all his sins were forgiven. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Strengthening Your Will (Cont.) <ul><li>Poverty and Illness: </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty and/or illness are not the direct causes of lack of faith unless met with indignation and objection to what Allah has already ordained. </li></ul><ul><li>True believers meet their destiny with open hearts and sound minds knowing that what befell them would never had mistaken them and that what mistook them wouldn’t definitely had befallen them. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Keys to Strengthen Your Will <ul><li>Persuasion: </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to convince yourself and those around you that being decisive and determined is a must. </li></ul><ul><li>Education: </li></ul><ul><li>A sound educated mind helps create a strong will as much as a closed feeble mind helps create a dull will. </li></ul><ul><li>Gradual Development: </li></ul><ul><li>Make commitment a habit; start at home, work then shift the whole system to be the lifestyle. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Keys to Strengthen Your Will (Cont.) <ul><li>Consistency: </li></ul><ul><li>Be consistent even with the least frequency-hard deeds/tasks become easy by the course of time. </li></ul><ul><li>Deprivation (Denial of Habits): </li></ul><ul><li>Start to deny yourself what it had got accustomed to and you will soon reap the way to conquer your persisting will. </li></ul><ul><li>Replacement: </li></ul><ul><li>Replace your bad habits with the good ones-remember that habits reflect the core characters. Being thankful to Allah in good or bad times instead of getting used to the habit of complaining upon feeling sick is a good replacement of a bad habit. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Keys to Strengthen Your Will (Cont.) <ul><li>Creativity and Innovation: </li></ul><ul><li>Be innovative. Make every day a new event. </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrities: </li></ul><ul><li>Get acquainted with successful persons and read about them. Think of them as good examples to follow (Ibn Taimiyah, the famous Islamic scholar) is an excellent example. </li></ul><ul><li>Change of Environment: </li></ul><ul><li>Changing your surroundings will broaden your knowledge of the world; get you in direct communications with other civilizations, thus rendering the good impact that there are others with whom you can share expertise and culture. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Keys to Strengthen Your Will (Cont.) <ul><li>Be Specific and Organized: </li></ul><ul><li>Start with specific reasonable objectives to pave the way to bigger ones. Also get first things done first- give priority to the most important issues (i.e., prioritize). </li></ul><ul><li>Relation with Others: </li></ul><ul><li>Help (wholeheartedly) others achieve their goals. In this respect, remember the Prophet’s (PBUH) saying: </li></ul><ul><li>“ No one is truly a believer unless he loves for his (Muslim) brother what he loves for himself” </li></ul><ul><li>Be Optimistic and Beware of Despair: </li></ul><ul><li>See how you are related to Allah and rejoice should you find that you are on solid grounds. The closer you are to Allah , the happier you feel. </li></ul>
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