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The “4 P’s” of Happiness in the Holy Quran

The Holy Quran is the primary source of Islam. In this article I use “4 P’s” to reflect some of the Quran’s happiness wisdom: Purpose, Positivity, Patience, and Personal Responsibility.

PURPOSE

The Quran teaches that life is a test to see who will be “best in deeds”. This gives us a higher purpose for living. Doing good deeds naturally feels good too.

“Blessed is He…who has created death and life that He may test which of you is best in deeds”

The Quran describes the “steep path” to doing good:

“And what is the steep path? It is to free a slave, to feed at a time of hunger an orphaned relative, or a poor person in distress, and to be of those who believe and urge one another to patience and compassion.”

POSITIVITY

Focusing on the good and feeling thankful benefits you.

When the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) experienced the tragic death of another child, Allah sent down a Quranic verse to console him with positivity:

“Indeed, We have granted you (O Muhammad), Al-Kawthar (a grand river in Paradise).”

The Prophet was encouraged to focus on the positive during an immense loss. Problems are opportunities to learn. The Quran teaches that the point of our growth in this world is to reflect and learn wisdom:

“It is He Who created you from dust, then from a drop of fluid, then from a tiny clinging form, then He brought you forth as infants, then He allowed you to reach maturity…so that you may reflect.”

PATIENCE

The Quran teaches that problems are a part of life. The ideal response is patience: remaining calm when having to wait for something or deal with problems.

We shall certainly test you with fear and hunger, and loss of property, lives, and crops. But give good news to those who are patient.”

Personally, many Muslims feel heartbroken about what is happening in parts of the Muslim world today. Innocent people are suffering, and my religion, which brings me peace and purpose and teaches respect for all life, is being misrepresented by criminals. These are times for patience, along with positive action.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

The Quran teaches that we are responsible for improving our lives. We need to look within ourselves for our personal responsibility and solutions.

“Surely God does not change the conditions in which a people are in until they change that which is in themselves.”

In the Quran, Adam and Eve take responsibility for their mistake of eating from the forbidden tree:

“They (Adam and Eve) said, Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves.”

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