Finding Inner Peace is essential in Islam
As Muslims, we find inner peace in the remembrance of our Creator.
We search for peace in many things. We try to find calmness and serenity in reading books. Whether it’s non-fiction, fiction, or the many genres available, we seek peace in reading them. Perhaps it is a book on crime investigation, or mysterious and fantasy worlds. We must remind ourselves that the ultimate source of peace is in remembering Allah and in reading the Qur’an. Allah said to us:
“Indeed, there has come to you from God a Light and a clear Book wherewith God guides all those who seek His Good Pleasure to the ways of peace, and He brings them out of darkness by His Will unto light and guides them to a Straight Way.” (Qur’an 5:15-16)
Allah says here that we will find peace in following the Qur’an. The Qur’an is our guide and we must strive to follow it and realise that it is a great blessing. Instead of struggling to find peace in the many worldly things, be it our jobs or businesses, we should open our hearts and minds to the Holy Qur’an and dedicate our time to reciting and reflecting upon it.
Allah also says in the above verse that He brings out of darkness those who seek to please Him. There are many times in our lives when we may feel like we are in darkness.
We may feel sad, lonely or depressed. It could be because we have had a disagreement with a member of our family or a friend. It could be that we struggling at work with an important task and feel unsure about what to do. In these situations, we must remember that Allah tells us that he will bring out of darkness those who seek to please Him. We must ensure our ultimate focus is to please our Lord.
We also find peace in being grateful for what we have. We should remind ourselves of those who are less fortunate than us and how difficult life must be for them. We shouldn’t concentrate on those who we perceive as wealthier or better off as this will distract us from our ultimate focus which is to please our Lord. We read in a hadith:
“Look at those below you (less fortunate than you), and don’t look at those above you, for this is better.” (Muslim)
We learn from this the importance of appreciating what we do have, rather than always looking at the wealth of our neighbour. We read in the hadith that this attitude is much better for us.
Our religion teaches us that we achieve more and find peace in praising Allah and thanking Him. As we go about our daily lives, we should make a habit of thanking Allah in our minds, whether we are on a walk or busy with a chore. It is a very simple thing, but it is very beneficial for us. Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an:
“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks, I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are thankless, verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.” (Qur’an 14:7)