Shift Our Focus From The Creation To The Creator
Why don’t we focus on the positive things in our life and stop spending time focusing on things that we know make us upset? Why do we stay in situations that we know make us feel negative?
The reality is that this is very difficult for us. When we are at work or with certain people, it may be a struggle to just remove ourselves from the situations that makes us feel unhappy. Life just isn’t as simple as that.
However, when we begin to not take things to heart, we realise a change in the way we feel. When someone says something to us which makes us unhappy, we will no longer care about their words because we have worked on developing the ability to not take things to heart. We have effectively shifted our focus.
It is widely known that when a person is feeling down, those close to them convince them to do something that will make them feel better. Our loved ones may try to make us laugh. We may go out for a walk or go shopping with them.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with trying to feel better by doing these things, but those activities should not be the first and only way in which we seek to find peace of mind. Our Deen (religion) teaches us that ultimate peace is found in the remembrance of our Lord, Allah (SWT).
We may not always feel motivated to actively remember Him, pray optional prayers, or make extra du’aa. But these acts, amongst many others, are actually where we will find ultimate contentment. This is something that will benefit us in this life and the next.
Our behaviour towards others should not be based on the way they treat us. We should behave in the way which pleases our Lord only – not his creation. If someone speaks to us in a harsh manner, our duty is not to answer back in the same way, neither is it to bear a grudge against them.
We shift our focus from the creation to our Creator. Doing what pleases Him is our only aim. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
“And the servants of the Most Merciful [Allah] are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace.” (Qur’an 25:63)
When we face a difficult situation in life, we should not react to it as if it is just a random occurrence. Allah plans each and every occurrence in this world, and we read that He says in the Qur’an:
“They plan, and Allah plans. Surely, Allah is the Best of planners.” (Qur’an 8:30)
We should always focus on doing what pleases Allah. We should strive to keep this aim at the forefront of our minds, remembering that we read in the Holy Qur’an:
“He is with you wherever you are.” (Qur’an 57:4)