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The Meaning of Happiness in Islam:

Happiness is a feeling that resides in the heart. It is characterized by peace of mind, tranquility, a sense of well-being, and a relaxed disposition. It comes as a result of proper behavior, both inward and outward, and is inspired by strong faith.

This is attested to by the Qur’ân and Sunnah:

1. Allah says:

“Whoever works righteousness as a believer, whether male or female, We will give a good life.”

2. Allah says:

“Then, whoever follows My guidance shall neither go astray nor be distressed. But whoever turns away from My reminder will have a life of hardship.”

3. Allah’s Messenger (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “True enrichment does not come through possessing a lot of wealth, but true enrichment is the enrichment of the soul.”

Happiness is Not Restricted to Material Things

From an Islamic viewpoint, happiness is not restricted to material prosperity, though material reasons make up some of the elements of happiness. The material aspect is merely a means, but not the end in itself. Thus, the focus in attaining happiness is on nonmaterial, more abstract concerns, like the positive effects of good behavior.

We find this in the sacred texts:

1. Allah says:

“And the cattle, He has created them for you; in them there is warm clothing and numerous benefits, and from them you eat. There is beauty in them for you when you bring them home in the evening and when you lead them to pasture in the morning.”

2. Allah says:

“Say (O Muhammad): Who has forbidden the adornment given by Allah that He has brought forth for his servants, and the good things of sustenance? Say: They are, in the life of this world, for those who believe, and exclusively for them on the Day of Resurrection.”

3. Allah’s Messenger (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Among the things that can bring happiness to the son of Adam are a pious wife, a good home, and a good means of transport.”




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