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The Headache

Sufi Comics - The Headache
Sufi Comics – The Headache

Do you know people who always complain?  Whenever I hear someone complain, this story of Rabia Al-Basri comes to mind.

There was a time I used to think that if you’re complaining all the time, you must be “smart”.

Because if you’re complaining you know what’s wrong with the world and implying you know how to fix its problems.

But over time I realized the habit of complaining rarely fixes problems.  Instead it only creates more unhappiness not only for us, but also those around us.

What we’re really looking for is contentment, and the secret of it lies in being grateful.

There are so many things to be grateful about that we take for granted. Our family, friends, our health, the food that we eat.

Don’t let the simplicity of this act deceive you to think that it’s not worth doing.

It’s a practice I often struggle with myself.  But the more I practice gratitude, the better my life becomes.

Being grateful for what we have gives focus on what is going right in our lives, and helps to maintain perspective when we face challenges.

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How can I get Success & Contentment?

Sufi Sketch: Wealth & Contentment

I was in one of those moods, where I kept telling myself “I wish this & that was right… then I’ll be happy”. The thought kept repeating in my mind leaving a residue of dissatisfaction.

Then I came across this hadith, that made me realize no matter how much I run after things to find happiness, that kind of happiness is like an illusion. Once I get what I want… the happiness fades away into thin air & makes me run after the next thing.

The secret to success & lasting happiness is to strive for Goals for the right reasons. If we do things because we want to enhance our ego, it will always lead to short term happiness.

But if we work towards our goals with an intent serve a higher value (like making someone else’s life better in some way), it’ll lead us to both contentment & success.

Reading the Hadith gave me sense of peace & perspective, and felt I had to draw it out. Hope it helps you in some way…

What is better than a Year of Worship?

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Why does God ask us to Worship Him? Is he in need of our prayers?

The only reason God wants us to pray & worship Him, is so that we become better human beings.

Worship is a process to meditate on God’s divine attributes of Truth, Justice, Compassion & Forgiveness, and then imbibe them so that we begin to reflect these attributes in ourselves.

In doing so, our actions become in line with being Just, Forgiving and Compassionate.

If we only pray & don’t do anything to improve ourselves and the world around us, then as the Prophet said…

“A Moment of Justice is better than A Year of Worship”

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