Clothe yourself with Piety & Modesty

With your beauty, you are better than the sun; with your morals you are more sublime than musk; with your modesty you are nobler than the full moon; with your compassion you are more beneficial than rain. So, preserve your beauty with faith, your tranquility with contentment, your chastity with hijab. Remember that your adornment is not gold, silver or diamonds, rather, it’s two rak’ahs at Fajr, going thirsty when you fast for Allah, concealed charity which no one knows except Him, hot tears that wash away sin, a lengthy prostration born of utter submission to Allah, shyness before Allah when the inclination to do evil overwhelms you. Clothe yourself with the garments of taqwa (piety) for you are the most beautiful woman in the world, even if your clothes are shabby. Clothe yourself with the cloak of modesty, for you are the most beautiful woman in the world even if you are barefoot.

Source: Dr. ‘Aid al-Qarni

Be content with what Allah has decreed for you

     

      How beautiful are the words of Hajar (may Allah be pleased with her), the wife of Ibrahim and hte mother of Isma’il, when she followed her husband, after he had left her with her son in a valley that was not cultivated, and departed. She kept asking him, “O’ Ibrahim! Where are you going and leaving us in the valley, where there are no people and nothing?” He did not answer her, so she said: “Has Allah commanded you to do this?”  He said: “Yes.” She siad: “The He will not forsake us.” Indeed, Allah does not forsake His righteous slaves. Did not Allah compensate the man and his wife in Surah al-Kahf?

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[And as for the boy, his parents were beliver, and we feared that he would oppress them by rebellion and disbelief. So we inteded that their Lord should change him for themfor one better in righteousness and nearer to mercy.] (Quran 18: 80-81)

Did Allah not take care of thetreasure of the righteous man for his two sons, when He commanded the companion of Musa to rebuild the wall so that it would remain strong until the two boys grew up and could take their father’s treasure?

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[And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town; and there was under it a treasure belonging to them; and their father was a righteous man, and your Lord intended that they should attain their age of full strenth and take out their treasure as a mercy from your Lord…] (Quran 18:82)

Build yourself a palace in Paradise

Look how many generations have passed away. Did they take their wealth with them? Did they take their palaces and their high status? Were they buried with their gold and silver? Did they take their cars and planes with them to the Hereafter? No! They were stripped even of their clothing, and placed in their graves in their shrouds, then each of them was asked: Who is your Lord, who is your Prophet, what is your religion? So prepare yourself for that day; do not grieve or despair about any worldly comforts, for they are cheap and transient. Nothing will abide except righteous deeds. Allah, the Exalted, says:

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[Whoever works righteousness – whether male or female – while he [or she] is a true believer [of Islamic Monotheism] verily, to him We will give a good life [in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision], and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do [i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter] (Quran 16:97)

The Way to Allah is the Best Way

What is happiness? Is happiness to be found in money or status or lineage? There are many answers, but let us look at the happiness of this woman:

A man had an argument with his wife and said, “I am going to make your life miserable.” The wife calmly replied, “You cannot do that.” He said, “Why not?” She said, “If happiness were to be found in money or jewelery, you could deprive me of it and take it away from me, but it is nothing over which you or any other person has any control. I find my happiness in my faith, and my faith is in my heart, and no one has any power over it except my Lord.”

This is true happiness, the happiness of faith, and no one can feel this happiness except the one whose mind, heart and soul are filled with the love of Allah. The one who truly has control over happiness is the One True God, so seek happiness from Him by worshiping and obeying Him.

The only way to find happiness is by learning the true religion with which the Messenger of Allah (Blessings and Peace be upon him) was sent. Once a person finds this way, it will not matter if he sleeps in a hut or by the side of the road, and he will be content with a piece of bread, and he will be the happiest person in the world. But whoever goes astray from His path will find that his whole life is filled with grief, his wealth is deprivation, his efforts are loss and his end will be humiliation. May Allah SWT guide us and keep us firm on His path, Ameen.

Distinction is earned by achievement

A rich man said:

I have no special feelings about being the richest man in the world. I live an ordinary life in a modest apartment with my wife. I do not drink or smoke and I do not like the billionaire lifestyle as depicted in the newspapers, with luxury yachts, mansions in country sides, noisy parities and marriages to beautiful girls, which usually end in divorce with settlements costing millions of dollars.

I like working and I am happy to work. I usually take my lunch with me to eat it in the workplace. I do  not feel happy when I think about all the millions I own. What makes me  happy is when I remember how I helped to change my hometown of  Tokyo from a humble town to a capital city that is the focal point of world attention with its modern architecture that I introduced…in brief, my happiness comes from my achievements.