Gratitude and positive attitude can bring peace of mind
Once upon a time there was a simple man named Nasiruddin Juha, who lived in a small village. He was a good shoe maker. He was not very wise or rich or very strong or handsome. He was an ordinary man. But he was a man of everlasting contentment, always with a smile. Gratitude was the treasure of his heart.
Juha was old but he had no children. His wife died a long time ago, and he never married again. He had no siblings or relatives. Until the last day of his life, he would wake up every morning and go to the mosque to offer Fajr prayer. From there he would go to his workshop, where he would work all day.
As he was getting older, a young man approached him. He wanted to learn Juha’s trade, help him and inherit his workshop. Juha accepted him. His name was Abdullah.
Feelings of gratitude
One day Abdullah asked Juha, “How can you be so happy and content when you have nothing to say about your wife, children or family? When Allah did not give you any knowledge or wealth? When you are not known for anything but a good shoemaker and a kind person?”
Juha laughed and replied, “Perhaps Allah did not give me wealth because I might have been corrupted by it. Maybe he didn’t give me a lot of knowledge because maybe it would make me proud and arrogant. Maybe he didn’t give me children because I might not be a good father and they would step on the wrong path.
I loved my wife very much, but she loved Allah even more. She is ahead of me and I will meet her soon.
But Allah has given me two hands and taught me to make shoes. So that I do not have to beg and I can do a little charity to correct my mistakes. He has given me a long life so that I can worship Him. Will I still not be grateful and satisfied? This is how gratitude comes. ”
The reason for Juha’s joy and contentment
What made Juha grateful and satisfied? How did he learn gratitude? A good view of Allah and His creation. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Surely having a good thinking about our creator is a part of worshiping the Almighty Allah.” (Tirmidhi)
He also said: “Allah says, ‘If anyone thinks good of me, he will get better. And if anyone has a bad thinking about me, he will get something bad.” (Musnad Ahmad)
Finding gratitude and satisfaction
We can recognize ourselves and the world in the light of knowledge and experience. It shapes our vision. Our perspective helps us to grasp a subject and influences our response. Explains every moment and excitement.
Abdullah Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was very optimistic and he did not like bad habits and he liked good names. (Musnad Ahmad)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said:
“I am amazed by optimism, the good word, the kind word.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)
This is what is called “positive thinking” in psychology today. It has become a branch of study in psychology. It helps people to live a better life.
But not everything that happens is good and not everyone is kind.
That we think well of others does not mean that we are naïve. It means that we do not look for the bad and instead try to see the positive side of everything.
Tragic and painful experiences are part of life and having a good opinion will not change that. And it does not mean that we always expect everyone to be kind. However, it can change the way we approach these experiences and deal with them, and it might help us cut down our prejudices and try to understand where the other person is coming from.
We should look at every aspect of life in a positive way. Feelings of grief are a part of life. However, a positive attitude greatly alleviates these difficulties.
For example, having a good view of Allah can mean that when we have a difficult time, we try to find out what Allah has in store for us. What can we learn from this experience? The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“The matter of the believer is very surprising. Everything is good for him; No one has this feature except the believer. When he gains something pleasant, he gives thanks to his lord, and this gratefulness is good for him. When he experiences something painful, he is patient, and patience is also good for him.” (Bukhari)
So let’s build our outlook on the positive. Allah is the bestower.