PEARLS OF WISDOM
SINCERE PIECES OF ADVICE
THAT COME FROM THE HEART
(By: M. Javed Naseem)
A KIND WORD
Speak gently and treat people nicely. Be kind to others and they’ll be kind to you.
قَوْلٌ مَّعْرُوفٌ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِّن صَدَقَةٍ يَتْبَعُهَآ أَذًى وَٱللَّهُ غَنِيٌّ حَلِيمٌ
“A kind word with forgiveness is better than alms-giving followed by injury.
Allah is Absolute, Clement.”… (al-Quran 2:263).
Every breath is a gift from God. Be grateful to the Creator Whose blessings and favours you cannot count.
وَإِن تَعُدُّواْ نِعْمَةَ ٱللَّهِ لاَ تُحْصُوهَآ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
“And if you would count the favours of Allah, you cannot reckon them. Lo, Allah is indeed Forgiving, Merciful.” … (al-Quran 16:18).
BE HUMBLE AND MODEST
Be humble and down to earth. A branch of tree bearing fruit bends down. Arrogance is cursed. Learn humility. Allah says:
وَلاَ تَمْشِ فِى ٱلأَرْضِ مَرَحاً إِنَّكَ لَن تَخْرِقَ ٱلأَرْضَ وَلَن تَبْلُغَ ٱلْجِبَالَ طُولاً
“And walk not in the earth exultant. Lo, you cannot rend the earth, nor can you stretch to the heights of the hills.” … (al-Quran 17:37).
Be always ready to give service. What we do for others counts most in life. You do something for somebody today and somebody will do something for you tomorrow. It is tit for tat. Allah says:
فَٱذْكُرُونِيۤ أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَٱشْكُرُواْ لِى وَلاَ تَكْفُرُونِ
“Therefore remember me, I will remember you. Give thanks to Me, and reject not Me.”…
GIVE AWAY ‘SMILES’
If you see someone without a smile, give him/her one of yours. The magic about the smile is that when you give it to others, you don’t lose yours. It’s “sadakah” (charity), meaning you’ll get reward from Allah for that. And you know that smiling faces look beautiful too!
SMILE NOW. SAY: CHEESE.
Say: Cheese! Put a smile on your face now! It is “sadakah” (charity) and you will get reward for that from Allah. Why worry and have wrinkles when you can smile and have dimples? People would like you.
GESTURES ARE POWERFUL
Do not under-estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring – all of which have the potential to turn a life around. And it’s all “sadakah” (charity) that’ll bring you reward in the Hereafter.
Become a “people’s person”. Be genuinely interested in people. If you try, you can like everybody and everybody will like you. It helps in fulfilling the obligations of “Haqooq-ul-Ibaad” (people’s rights). And again, you will get reward for that in the Hereafter. Remember what Allah says:
إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ مَن كَانَ مُخْتَالاً فَخُوراً
“Lo, Allah loves not such as are proud and boastful.” --- (al-Quran 4:36).
Address people by name as it pleases them. The sweetest music to anyone’s ears is the sound of his/her own name. Allah loves to be called by the best of names and the same goes for His masterpiece Creation. And you’ll get reward for that in the Hereafter.
Learn to understand first and to be understood second. It helps in developing tolerance and mutual understanding. Allah loves those who love His creation. This is a great quality of “akhlaaq-i-Islami” that will bring you reward in the Hereafter.
KEEP THINKING POSITIVE
Allah has blessed humans with intelligence. Keep thinking positive.
Life ends when you stop thinking.
Hope ends when you stop believing.
Love ends when you stop caring. And
Friendship ends when you stop sharing.
Positive thinking, believing, caring and sharing are all parts of the character of a Muslim; and will also bring you reward in the Hereafter.
LEARN YOUR LESSON
Every adversity, every situation, every issue, every pain and every crisis has a positive side. Find it and bring it to life. There is a lesson for us in each one of them and that should be considered a blessing. Remember, every dark cloud has a silver lining. Put your trust in Allah. He says:
يُرِيدُ ٱللَّهُ أَن يُخَفِّفَ عَنْكُمْ وَخُلِقَ ٱلإِنسَانُ ضَعِيفاً
“Allah would make the burden light for you, for man was created weak.” …
FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
Believe in your dreams. Every great success started with a small dream. When you find a dream inside you, don’t ever let it go; for dreams are the tiny seeds from which the big beautiful tomorrows grow, provided you nourish them with sincerity, hard-work and honesty of purpose.
LIVE A SIMPLE LIFE
Live a modest and simple life. There is beauty in simplicity. A simple lifestyle will save you lots of troubles and will bring you contentment and happiness. Allah commands us in the Holy Quran:
وَٱقْصِدْ فِى مَشْيِكَ وَٱغْضُضْ مِن صَوْتِكَ إِنَّ أَنكَرَ ٱلأَصْوَاتِ لَصَوْتُ ٱلْحَمِيرِ
“Be modest in your bearing and subdue your voice. Lo, the harshest of all voices is the voice of the donkey”. … (al-Quran 31:19).
DON’T BE MAD, BE GLAD!
Be happy. Be glad and don’t be mad! I used to say that it is easy to be mad and hard to be glad. But one Darvish corrected me and said: It’s hard to be mad and it’s easy to be glad. Try to understand that. Don’t be cruel to yourself. Try to be happy. Live without stress. That’s the best recipe for a healthy body and a healthy mind.
TAKE IT EASY
Don’t rush. Take your time and do a good job. Easy does it. Rushing is Devil’s quality. Haste creates waste. Most of the things done in a hurry are not quality and need to be redone. When you are rushing, you are risking everything, even your life.
LIVE IN TRUTH
Live in truth and with truth. Truth is divine and will always lead you out of misery. It saves you from troubles. Honesty is the best policy, we all know that. One truth can save you many lies. The Bible says: The Truth shall set you free”. In the Holy Quran, Allah says:
وَلاَ تَلْبِسُواْ ٱلْحَقَّ بِٱلْبَاطِلِ وَتَكْتُمُواْ ٱلْحَقَّ وَأَنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
“Confound not truth with falsehood, nor knowingly conceal the truth.” -- (al-Quran 2:42).
وَقُلْ جَآءَ ٱلْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ ٱلْبَاطِلُ إِنَّ ٱلْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقاً
“And say: Truth has come and falsehood has vanished away. Lo, falsehood is ever bound to vanish.” – (al-Quran 17:81).
Be humane and treat others the way you want to be treated. Remember! Everything you do to others will come back to you one day. Win others with good deeds. Allah says:
وَٱللَّهُ يُحِبُّ ٱلْمُحْسِنِين
“Allah loves those whose deeds are good”. – (al-Quran 3:148).
Thanks for your time. May the rest of the day be the best of your day! Have a nice evening and remember me in your prayers, please. God bless you … Ameen!