Value of Happiness in Islam
Happiness adds glitters to life
Happiness is the most important part of human life. It is something that everyone wants in their life. In this practical life, everyone connects happiness with wealth and considers that if someone is rich he/she will definitely happy with his/her life. But in reality, the case is different.
God states: “Wealth and children are the adornments of the life of this world, but that which endures, [such as] righteous deeds, are better in reward with thy Lord, and better [as a source] of hope” (Qur’an 18:46).
Money cannot but happiness
Many people in this world not wealthy but they are happy because they perform good deeds and spend life according to the instructions of God. They are spiritually connected with God and find true happiness in spending life according to the teachings of God.
What is true Happiness?
People considered that happiness can be powerful and it is something that can have a connection with worldly things. They misinterpret the meaning of happiness and cannot able to understand the true meaning of happiness. People who achieved all the desire goals in life, even they are not happy with their life.
What Quran says about Happiness?
God states: “Are you content with the life of this world, rather than with the hereafter? Yet the enjoyment of the life of this world compared with the hereafter is but little” (Qur’an 9:38).
In the Quran, God refers to happiness with the permanent state in Paradise and gives instructions not to find temporary happiness in this world because the happiness of this world is far little than the happiness of Paradise.
How can happiness be achieved?
According to Islam, happiness is not a temporary state in fact it is a lifelong state which brings peace, satisfaction, enjoyment in this world and Hereafter. In Islam, happiness can be achieved by bringing a smile to other faces, by doing worship of God, good deeds, acts of kindness, and give charity to needy people so in this way a person finds true happiness by helping out others in difficult situations.
“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)” [Al-Nahl 16:97].
Balance between material and spiritual aspects of life
True happiness can be achieved by maintaining the balance between material and spiritual aspects of life. A true Muslim does not believe in making much money in this world. The Prophet (SAW) said, “This world is the prison of the believer and the paradise of the non-believer” (Sahih Muslim 2956).
The Qur’an frequently uses these two words: “You desire the ephemeral goods of this world (al-dunya), while God desires [for you] the Hereafter (al-akhirah)” (Qur’an 8:67).
How a true believer can find happiness?
A true believer always tries to find happiness in the blessings of God and believes that God is present everywhere and knows each and everything that is going in his/her mind. Muslims find happiness in teaching the practice of Islam to others who do not know about Islam and they find happiness when they transfer the teachings and instructions of God and Sunnah of the Last Holy Prophet S.A.W to others.
True believers have strong faith in God and develop strong will and self-confidence which lead them towards the path of success and happiness with the help of God. When Muslims put trust in God, the more his/her self-confidence will grow and reach the highest level of happiness with the blessing of God.