By Imam Abdullah El-Amin, MMNS
There is something we Muslims have that no other people on the face of the earth have. We have the comfortable feeling that we posses the last and most perfect scripture from ALLAH and it is 100% TRUE. Therefore we donâ€™t have to guess or wonder about which direction to take or which decisions to make.
This is an example of what living the positive life through positive thinking means.
â€œSay: â€œO ye My servants who believe! Fear your Lord. Good is (the reward) for those who do good in this world. Spacious is ALLAHâ€™s earth. Those who patiently persevere will truly receive a reward without measure.â€
As the above directive points out, if you want good to come to you, you only need to do good yourself. And, of course, the more good you do, the more good you can expect in your life. It is written, â€œThe more you give of what you get â€“ the more you get of what you give.â€ This includes money (material, giving zakat), happy existence, good wishes from everybody, and anything else you can think of.
What enables you to think positively about life is to be a devout believer in the Word of ALLAH. When you believe and act on what ALLAH tells you to do, you are guaranteed success. But you must believe this for it to work.
If you donâ€™t believe it, you will eventually deny it and slide backwards. It is similar to a person trying to quit smoking cigarettes. There is a big difference between â€œquittingâ€ and â€œstopping.â€
If you just â€œstopâ€, eventually you will slip and smoke again â€“ and you will want it until you get that puff. But when you quit, you are not tortured because you know you are never going to smoke again.
It is the same with belief and disbelief in ALLAH. In order to not backslide you must believe that what you read and feel is True.
If we take a look at the world today, we see many people, Muslims included, influenced by the ravages of Satan. We see families breaking up. We see children going astray influenced by the negative images they see on TV and in the movies, and the music they listen to. With so many negatives, positive thinking may seem like it is fighting a losing battle.
But, once again, that is where belief and faith come in. ALLAH has revealed a remedy for every assault Satan places on the human being. ALL you have to do is THINK positively about the revelation of ALLAH and the healing begins. ALLAH is real and His solutions are real.
If you believe ALLAH will do great things for you, it will happen. Your whole life and everything connected to it will begin to change. To make this change, you must first fill your mind with the powerful words of spirituality of the Holy Qurâ€™an. Focus your actions to be like the actions of Prophet Muhammad.
This will change your thoughts from negative to positive. Then give thanks to ALLAH for what He has given you. And you know, it is a curious thing â€“ the more you thank ALLAH, the more He gives you. This is because He knows you are appreciative. If you never thank Him, He knows you are not appreciative, and responds with less help.
So let us think positively about everything. Believe and have faith in ALLAHâ€¦ and expect a miracle.
As Salaam alaikum
Al Hajj Imam Abdullah El-Amin