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This is our first Q/A Blog Post with questions coming from you, our dear followers. In the future, I will be happy to answer any questions you have about any topic you are interested in if it's familiar to me as well as giving you a proper advice if I can. Kindly note that I am not an Islamic scholar, but because my religion is my passion, this is something I try to read about a lot, so I will try to help you as much as I could! In other cases, I will be honest and tell you that I am not familiar with a topic :) So, let's begin!
Question: "What is the virtue of positive thinking in our faith? And how does it affect our lives?"
Answer: It’s wrong to think that if we always think positively we will never face any negative situation in our lives and vice versa. In fact, we were given our lives to actually learn how to overcome various situations and practicing how to control our thoughts is a key and a good start. It’s totally wrong to think about the future in a negative way. Why would you want to stress out from something that haven’t even happened yet, or maybe will never happen? It is wrong to live your life imagining only negative outcomes because if the situation you were thinking about didn’t even happen yet, why would you suffer from your thoughts at that moment for no reason? Therefore, it doesn’t make sense why we have to go through the painful negative thoughts when we have not seen the outcome yet. On the other hand, it’s great when you are able to look at the future events with an optimism. Optimism can bring a true tranquility in your life. Even if something you were so excited about never happens, it won’t affect you in any negative way because of your optimistic approach. Islam teaches us to think positively and recommends us to stay away from despair and negative thoughts because they can destroy our lives. When a person thinks negatively, he is expecting everyone to wrong him, and, as a consequence, sooner or later he starts to think bad about His Creator. On the other hand, positive thinkers, who are expecting only good outcomes, think only good about their Lord because they know that whatever happens is only because of God’s will and not any other way.
The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Allah the Most High said, ‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am. I am with him when he mentions Me. If he mentions Me to himself, I mention him to Myself; and if he mentions Me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly greater than it. If he draws near to Me a hand’s length, I draw near to him an arm’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.’” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]
When we look at the very first part of this hadith, we see that whatever (good or bad) we think of God that is what we actually expect for us to happen and that is what we will eventually get. Therefore, those who are hopeful and truly believe in the God's plan, those will succeed and Allah will open His doors and blessings for them. Those people will never leave Allah empty-handed because He will grant them faith and with it tranquility and happiness. We must always think good of Allah because thinking otherwise is a huge sin and a sign of disobedience. Positive thoughts tremendously affect our lives. In fact, positivity affects not only the person who is trying to think positively, but the people around him. Positive thinking is related to the optimistic thoughts and worldview. Those people who look at things positively will think positively. And those who think positively will truly enjoying their lives. Those are the optimists and therefore, they look at absolutely all life events as being a part of God’s plan and His will.
Here are a few reasons why to stay positive:
- People who are positive thinkers tend to be healthier.
- They live longer
- They have less incidents of depression and sadness
- They are at internal and external peace with themselves and with the world around them
- They tend to have healthier hearts and therefore less cardiac and blood pressure problems
- They are more patient when calamities strike them
- Optimism and positive thinking attract people. Not only it will benefit you, but your family members, friends, and co-workers will become extremely attracted to your optimism. Believe me, optimism is contagious! People naturally tend to like being around those who can potentially offer them hope and practical advice, and they tend to repel from those who constantly complain and whine.
- God promises a way out, so why not to be just a little more patient?! “For indeed, with hardships comes ease.” (Quran 94:5)
- Remember that this life is temporary and no matter how hard it might be today it won’t last long. The real goal should be focusing on the hereafter by doing your best as a Muslim and living the life full of good deeds.
Here is how to stay positive:
Focus on solutions, not problems
Tawakkul (Trust in God's plan and rely on Him alone )
Be surrounded by positive and optimistic people
Maintain healthy and balanced diet
Engage in regular physical exercise
Watch less news
Start and end your day with Mawadat reciting surat Al-Iklas, Al-Falaq, An-Nas three times and Ayat al Kursi one time
Make Duas (supplication) of the Prophet
Smile more :)
And trust me, it's not hard to stay positive as long as you put your trust in Allah. So, start today, do your best and see how it will benefit you in a long run!
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