Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sadness is not encouraged in Islam

by Gulan

As Salamu Alaykoum!
Sadness is something that we have all experienced and are to experience throughout our lives. However, it is the way one deals with such sadness that differentiates them from others.

When we let sadness take us over, we are left in a state of depression, our soul is enervated from acting upon our will, and the body becomes inactive.

Undoubtedly, sadness brings nothing but negativity into our lives. Whether we have lost a loved one, a job, or have become sad due to a long term illness, there is only one answer. We must accept the situation, and supplicate to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى).

We are reminded of this in the Qur'an:

لَا تَحْزَنْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَنَا
Grieve not, for Allah is with us. [Qur'an 9: 40]
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAAW) sought refuge from sadness with the following supplication:
O'Allah, I seek refuge in you from anxiety and grief.
The occurrences of sadness and grief are out of our control, however, we can strive to use such hardships as trials that will only make us stronger. Everything happens for a reason, so we must be patient.

With this, dearest brothers and sisters, I remind you of the following verse:

وَقَالُوا الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَذْهَبَ عَنَّا الْحَزَنَ إِنَّ رَبَّنَا لَغَفُورٌ شَكُورٌ
And they say: Praise be to Allah Who hath put grief away from us. Indeed our Lord is Forgiving, Bountiful. (Qur'an 35: 34)
WasSalaamu Alaykoum 

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