Salamun alaikum my friends,
What is in your mind?
It seems that we Muslims often take a very passive approach to what happen to us in our daily life. Many Muslims seems to be under the impression that as long as we do our duty to Allah things will be OK. That life is preordained and frankly there is little we can do to change the outcome of any event.
Is this so I ask?
Like when a person want to quit smoking or stop any other vice, if he constantly think of not doing it, that person fills his mind with the object he is trying to avoid, so in reality he brings that object to himself. There are many cases of this and I am sure you can see some of it in your own life also.
A person were asked to join an anti war group, but refused and replied that a pro peace group he would gladly join. So will a mindset of positive person change the outcome of events?
We all have met very pessimistic people that argue from their point of view and by listening to them they seem right, bad things pile up on these people. And on meeting very optimistic people, although their physical situation may differ little, seem to be more fully alive and be in a state of gratitude to Allah for their situation.
Both types may call themselves Muslim, but the difference is obvious. The one has lost hope and the other is full of gratitude and faith.
Quran 2:284 “To God is what is in the heavens and in Earth, and if you declare what is in your souls or hide it, God will call you to account for it. He will forgive whom He wishes, and punish whom He wishes, and God is capable of all things.”
Both the pessimist and the optimist may say they believe in Allah and His deen Islam, but I would say only one of them manifest faith. So what is faith and can it be achieved through personal effort?
Yes I will say, faith grow by surrender to Allah and looking at anything in our life as an opportunity to learn and grow as a person and in faith.
To truly believe is to believe as if we have achieved anything that we pray for, to live in the state of mind of knowing it will truly come into our life.
Quran 5:7 “Recall God's blessings over you and His covenant that He has bound you with, for which you have said, "We hear and obey," and be aware of God; for God knows what is inside the chests.”
You may argue that how long to wait for the things you pray for, or maybe some of them will never come into your life? Does it really matter?
New things come, and being aware of the opportunities Allah presents may lead our lives to even better states. So a positive attitude that can grasp opportunity and a faith that can hold it together for a period of time seems to be called for.
“Love, Faith, Action, Knowledge” are words to think about when it comes to try to reprogram the way you think about life and yourself.
Muslim means submission, to submit to Allah, in; “Love, Faith, Action, and Knowledge”.
Allah truly knows best.