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Foundation, NJ USA Newsletter for September 2004
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Being Muslim…..Being Optimistic
A true Muslim is never pessimistic. His optimistic attitude is derived from his absolute trust in God. Whoever puts his trust in Allah will find Him as he thought of Him. God says: I am whatever My servant thinks of Me.
Thus, a Muslim is backed by His trust in The Lord. He never fears the future, as it is in God's hands. A Muslim knows, for sure, that Allah wants the best for him/her. Whatever God decrees is for one's best interest. Even if one perceives it as harmful in the short run, it is definitely in one's best interest in the long run.
Being optimistic is not being dreamy, as Muslims' optimism is based on solid ground of faith in Allah, hard work and trust in God's will as related to the results.
Of the signs of Muslim's optimism is having faith that one's prayers are answered FOR SURE. The time is a matter of Divine decree, which is also for one's best interest. Allah says in The Holy Qur'an: "When My servants ask you (Muhammad) concerning Me, I am indeed close to them, I listen and answer the prayers of every supplicant when he calls on Me. Let them also, with a will, listen to My call and believe in Me, That they may walk in the right way" The Cow Chapter 2:186.
God says: I am coy (The Most Sublime) to turn My servants palms (when they raise them in supplication) empty.
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be with him) said: prayer (supplication) is worship. He also said that whomever doesn't come to Allah, supplicating to Him, will have nothing but His anger and discontentment, as s/he is showing arrogance towards Allah.
Another sign of optimism is working hard as perfectly as one can. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be with him) said: if one of you works on something, then s/he should master it with perfection. One should do whatever one does with the intention of pleasing God, being confident that only Him will grant one successful results, moreover, granting one rewards
"As those who believe in Allah and act with righteousness, verily We shall not perish the reward of any who do a single righteous deed" The Cave Chapter 18:30.
Another facet of optimism is being confident in God's mercifulness. Allah has said: "Say to whom belongs all that in the heavens and on earth? Say: to Allah, He has inscribed for Himself mercy" The Cattle Chapter 6:12.
"When those who believe in Our signs come to you (Muhammad) say: peace be with you, your Lord has inscribed for Himself mercy. Verily if any of you did evil in ignorance, and thereafter repented and amend his conduct. He (Allah) is oft-forgiving, most merciful" The Cattle Chapter 6:54.
Being optimistic is also being cheerful. One should not have a frowning face. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be with him) said: being cheerful towards the face of your (Muslim) brother is an act of charity.
Thus, optimism comes from confidence in The Lord "And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is Allah for him. For Allah will surely accomplish His purpose; for Allah has appointed a due proportion for every thing" The Divorce Chapter 65:13.
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