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Secret of happiness unfolding in 40 ayats

Secret of happiness unfolding in 40 ayats

In his book “From the revelation to heart” the Turkish writer Irfan Celebi says that the formula for happiness that people seek for all their lives is hidden in 40 ayats of the Holy Quran. IslamReview is happy to present them to you.

Don’t be arrogant. Do not get obsessed with arrogance. Be decent: “And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height.” (Surat Al’Isra, 17/37)

Do not give higher priority to oneself: “O you who covers himself [with a garment], Arise and warn And your Lord glorify And your clothing purify And uncleanliness avoid.” (Surat Al-Muddaththir, 74/1-5)

Do not fall into despair. Remember that there is always a chance of success: “… when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed, we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.” (Surat Al-Baqarah, 2/156)

Remember that you will never manage to excel everything and everyone: “And the Quran is not the word of a devil, expelled [from the heavens]. So where are you going? It is not except the reminder to the worlds For whoever wills among you to take a right course (Surat At-Takwir, 81/25-27)

Do not make your life unbearable in the attempt to control everything: “Does he think that never will anyone overcome him? He says, “I have spent wealth in abundance.” (Surat Al-Balad, 90/5-66)

Do not get obsessed with delusion of grandeur. Do not kick your friends in the teeth: “The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.” (Surat Al-Hujurat, 49/10)

Do good without expecting any reward: “O you who have believed, if you support Allah, He will support and plant firmly your feet.” (Surat Muhammad, 47/7)

Remember that a person cannot be happy by himself. Try to make people around you happy: “And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.” (Surat Ar-Rum, 30/21)

Instead of dreading to die, stand up to face death: Then why, when the soul at death reaches the throat And you are at that time looking on – And our angels are nearer to him than you, but you do not see – Then why do you not, if you are not to be recompensed, Bring it back, if you should be truthful?” (Surat Al-Waki’ah, 56/83-87)

Secret of happiness unfolding in 40 ayats

Forget goodness that you made. Do not devalue it by talking about it: “Kind speech and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury. And Allah is free of need and Forbearing.” (Surat al-Baqarah, 2/263)  

Do not be quick to react against the evil done to you. Calm down: “And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth esily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace.” (Surat al-Furqan, 25/63)

Go away from that what makes you anxious. Moderate your passion: “Did We not expand for you, [O Muhammad], your breast? And We removed from you your burden Which had weighed upon your back” (Surat Ash-Sharh, 107/4-5)

The person who does not take Salat seriously is ignorant even performing it: “So woe to those who pray [But] who are headless of their prayer.” (Surat Al-Maun, 107/4-5)

Do not forget that a secret will not be concealed forever: “Have you not considered that Allah knows what is in the heavens and what is on the earth? There is no private conversation three but that He is the fourth of them, nor are there five but that He is the sixth of them – and no less than that and no more except that He is with them [in knowledge] wherever they are. Then He will inform them of what they did, on the Day of Resurrection. Indeed, Allah is, of all things, Knowing.” (Al-Mujadila, 58/7)

Do not be selfish, act equitably: “And the heaven He raised and imposed the balance That you not transgress within the balance And establish weight in justice and do not make deficient the balance.” (Surat Ar-Rahman, 55/7-9)

Do not turn your life into hell giving in to arrogance and desiring more and more: “Competition in [worldly] increase diverts you Until you visit the graveyards.” (Surat At-Takathur, 102/1-2)

Do not lose hope even under the most difficult circumstances: “If you do not aid the Prophet - Allah has already aided him when those who disbelieved had driven him out [of Makkah] as one of two, when they were in the cave and he said to his companion, "Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us." And Allah sent down his tranquillity upon him and supported him with angels you did not see and made the word of those who disbelieved the lowest, while the word of Allah - that is the highest. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.” (Surat At-Tawbah, 9/40)

Instead of being distressed when comparing oneself with those whose situation is better than yours, console yourself by looking at those who is in the worse situation than you: ”Not equal are the blind and the seeing, Nor are the darkness and the light, Nor are the shade and the heat, And not equal are the living and the dead. Indeed, Allah causes to hear whom He wills, but you [Muhammad] cannot make hear those in the graves.”

Enjoy sharing your favourite things with others: “O reassured soul, Return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing [to Him].” (Surat Al-Fajr, 89/27-28)

Secret of happiness unfolding in 40 ayats

Have some ground rules which you cannot reject. Do not give them up to get a low profit: “Indeed he did not used to believe in Allah, the Most Great, Nor did he encourage the feeding of the poor. So there is not for him here this Day any devoted friend.” (Surat Al-Haqqah, 69/33-35)

If you want to have reliable friends, become reliable yourself first: And those who came [into this world] after them, saying, “Our Lord, forgive us and our brothers who preceded us in faith and put not in our hearts [any] resentment toward those who have believed. Our Lord, indeed You are Kind and Merciful.” (Surat Al-Hashr, 59/10)

Do not be selfish. Be happy about others’ success: “And when you see them, their forms please you, and if they speak, you listen to their speech. [They are] as if they were pieces of wood propped up - they think that every shout is against them. They are the enemy, so beware of them. May Allah destroy them; how are they deluded!” (Surat Al-Munafiqun, 63/4)

Remember that everything written and done by you, will not leave you: “By the pen and what they inscribe, You are not, [O Muhammad], by the favor of your Lord, a madman.” (Surat Al-Qalam, 68/1-2)

Move away from lie: “O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?” (Surat As-Saf, 68/1-2)

Do not make use of modern society allowances with regard to relationship between man and woman: [The wife of the statesman] said, “That is the one about whom you blamed me. And I certainly sought to seduce him, but he firmly refused; and if he will not do what I order him, he will surely be imprisoned and will be of those debased.” He said, “My Lord, prison is more to my liking than that to which they invite me. And if You do not avert from me their plan, I might incline toward them and [thus] be of the ignorant.” (Surat Yusuf, 12/32-33)

Never forget that a real friend is precious: “The example of those who take allies other than Allah is like that of the spider who takes a home. And indeed, the weakest of homes is the home of the spider, if they only knew.” (Surat Al-Ankabut, 29/41)

Do not relate your wish to do good with any kind of conditions. Need for giving away is stronger than the need to take something for oneself: “Never will you attain the good [reward] until you spend [in the way of Allah] from that which you love. And whatever you spend - indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.” (Surat Al-Imran, 3-92)

Do not make your life miserable by prejudice: “Say, [O Muhammad], "I do not tell you that I have the depositories [containing the provision] of Allah or that I know the unseen, nor do I tell you that I am an angel. I only follow what is revealed to me.” Say, “Is the blind equivalent to the seeing? Then will you not give thought?” (Surat Al-An’nam, 6/50)

Do not let something that you are not able to explain by means of your knowledge become your living nightmare: “And it is He who takes your souls by night and knows what you have committed by day. Then He revives you therein that a specified term may be fulfilled. Then to Him will be your return; then He will inform you about what you used to do.” (Surat Al-An’nam, 6/60)

Do not turn to a prisoner of your own fears: “Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak From the evil of that which He created And from the evil of darkness when it settles And from the evil of the blowers in knots And from the evil of an envier when he envies.” (Surat Al-Falaq, 113/1-5)

Secret of happiness unfolding in 40 ayats

Do not aim at achieving the very best all the time: “So have they not traveled through the earth and have hearts by which to reason and ears by which to hear? For indeed, it is not eyes that are blinded, but blinded are the hearts which are within the breasts.” (Surat Al-Haj, 22/46)

Never refuse mercy: “And never think that Allah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only delays them for a Day when eyes will stare [in horror].” (Surat Ibrahim, 14/42)

Never say anything bad about your parents: “And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], "uff," and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.” (Surat Al-Isra, 17/23)

Do not applaud yourself: “If [instead] you show [some] good or conceal it or pardon an offense - indeed, Allah is ever Pardoning and Competent.” (Surat An-Nisa, 4/149)

Come to terms that there is nothing permanent in this life: “And when affliction touches man, he calls upon Us, whether lying on his side or sitting or standing; but when We remove from him his affliction, he continues [in disobedience] as if he had never called upon Us to [remove] an affliction that touched him. Thus is made pleasing to the transgressors that which they have been doing.” (Surat Yunus, 10/12)

Remember that it is disgraceful not to keep your word: “The ones with whom you made a treaty but then they break their pledge every time, and they do not fear Allah.” (Surat Al-Anfal, 8/56)

Do not worship your desires: “Have you seen the one who takes as his god his own desire? Then would you be responsible for him?” (Surat Al-Furqan, 8/56)

Keep your faith living: “Nor does he speak from [his own] inclination.” (Surat An-Najm, 53/3)

Make decisions listening to the voice of your conscience: “Indeed, Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due and when you judge between people to judge with justice. Excellent is that which Allah instructs you. Indeed, Allah is ever Hearing and Seeing.” (Surat An-Nisa, 4/58)

Overflow with gratitude to your God who created you and this world. Praise Allah: “[All] praise is [due] to Allah, Lord of the worlds” (Al-Fatihah,1/2)
Translated from Turkish into Russian by Gulsariya Akhmetyanova