The Big Chill

penguins.jpgAssalaamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

What can I say? These days, we are so caught up in the lives that we live that the word ’stress’ has become an integral part of our vocabulary. We get stressed studying, we get stressed at work, we become stressed with our loved ones, we get stressed looking for jobs, paying the mortgage – need I go on?

Almighty Allah has made Insaan (human beings) in such an amazing way. Whatever tasks we are given, we apply our hearts and our minds to it until the task is accomplished. And when the task proves difficult, we try that little bit harder – we think, we worry, we consult and we stress until we either succeed or fail.

Now, whenever a person is faced with any difficulty in his life, big or small, he or she needs somebody or something to turn to, and what a person turns towards during his or her times of stress is the difference between a Muslim and a non-Muslim.

The lesson of Islam is the same during times of happiness or times of pain, and that is to turn to Allah. If the occasion is one of joy, then a Muslim will thank his Allah which earns him blessings at the same time. And if one has been afflicted with a calamity, then we will seek patience and steadfastness from Allah, and again, Allah will reward us for it.

Indeed, the way of life that is Islam is the ultimate stress buster! Whether you are inundated with work or sick of unemployment, whether you can’t find Mr Right or even if you can’t find a Mr Wrong, all it takes is for a Muslim is to lift his hands up in Dua (supplication), stand up in Salaat (prayer), open up the Qur’an or just spend some quality time in the Masjid (prayer hall), and Allah will open up His vast gates of Mercy and soothe us with the inner peace which only Imaan (Faith) can bring.

And when one releases his or her stresses through the medium that is Islam, and when one finds that the spiritual batteries have been recharged through remembrance of Allah, then we can go back to our daily routines, with renewed vigour, fresh minds and most of all, stress free.

So don’t worry, be happy!

Ma’as-salaam

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2 Responses to “The Big Chill”

  1. I have to say, after our conversation on Tuesday you have written an excellent reflection on Islam and Stress. Thought I’d share something my mother always reminds me of before leaving home

    Bismillahi Tawakal to al Allah wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah”

    “in Your Name Allah, I put my trust in Allah, and there is no power or force except with Allah”

    Ma-Salaam

  2. :-) Jazakumullahu khair!
    I think i’ve just been guided to the perfect post!

    May Allah ta’ala grant you eternal happiness!!

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