Don't Be Sad (Hardback)
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I did not add any footnotes to the book, thus making it easier for the reader to peruse without interruption.
The consequences of such behavior include artificiality, unhappiness, and a destruction of one’s own entity. It does not have any particular structure (it was written first in Arabic, so I read the English translation), which bothered my perfectionist self a bit, but it was full of nice little reminders that life isn’t actually so bad.Aid ibn Abdullah al-Qarni provides practical advice on the Islamic manner of dealing with grief, depression, sadness, and disappointments. We seek refuge in You from fearing anything except You, from depending upon anyone except upon You, from fully trusting anyone except You, and from invoking anyone other than You. Don’t Be Sad” is a gentle but extremely powerful reminder that there is so much more to life than what we can see on our screens. Give to the needy, defend the oppressed, help those in distress, and visit the sick; you will find that happiness surrounds you from all directions. As long as you shine, give, produce, and have an effect upon others, disapproval and condemnation will be your lot in life.
By brooding over the past and its tragedies, one exhibits a form of insanity – a kind of sickness that destroys one’s resolve to live for the present moment. So, take solace, and firmly grasp the rope of Allah, finding strength and hope in the midst of adversity. Personally, I find it easier to take my mind off worrying things because I was in the countryside, often all I needed was walk alongside the canal in the sunset. Many cry because they see themselves starving tomorrow or falling sick after a month, or because they fear that the world will come to an end after a year. Because we live in such a world where every little thing is dictated by media and entertainment, our train of thought can easily veer off from the simplicity of the Muslim way of life.The former raised him, fed him, clothed him and taught him; he would stay up nights so that his son could sleep, stay hungry so that his son could eat, and toil so that his son could be comfortable. This is not to say that you should refrain from performing acts of kindness towards others; the point is that you should be mentally prepared for ingratitude. In fact, you will be able to increase their rage by increasing your merits and developing your talents. If you suffer from depression, an act of charity will have a more potent effect on your sickness than will the best available medicine. Those who have a firm purpose have filed away and forgotten the occurrences of the past; they will never again see the light of the day, since they occupy a dark place in the recesses of the mind.
No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decrees – before We bring it into existence. In terms of characteristics, people are like the world of trees and plants: sweet and sour, tall and short, and so on. The prostitute who once gave a handful of water to a dog was rewarded for that deed with paradise, which is as wide as the heavens and the earth.While at times we may believe that true happiness comes around less frequently than those of turmoil, we have to remember that we are human. If you have done all that was in your power, and afterwards what you had been striving against still takes place, have firm faith that it was meant to be.