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Assalamu ‘Alaikum Wr. Wb.

Source: Syaikh Hamza Yusuf, USA-born Islamic scholar.

Everyone in the world is looking for happiness. Happiness is the fundamental human reality. Happiness according to Islam is ridho bil qadr. Your faith is something that you’re actually pleased with. People are rigid in the world because they reject their circumstances and they’re sad about the past. To lose your happiness over what happened in the past is not using the intellect correctly.

Pay attention to this proof that we often say to ourselves! What do you want? Person X: Money. Question: Why is it? Person X: So I can do anything. Question: Why so? Person X: So I can feel free. Question: Why? Person X: So I feel happy.

Happiness is the end of everything. That’s what we’re looking for. ‘Pleasure’, the original meaning is ‘to please another’. The happiest people in our belief is Prophet Muhammad Solollohu ‘alaihi Wasallam because his life from the beginning to the end is serving others.

According to Imam Ali, there are only 5 things that everybody tastes the earthly pleasure, yet temporary ones:

  1. Drink
  2. Food
  3. Scent
  4. Cloth
  5. Sexuality

He says, the highest drink is water. It’s the least of thing in the world. The highest food is what bee produces, honey. The highest cloth is excrement of worm, which is silk. The highest smell is the mucus of the gazelle, the mask odor. And the greatest pleasure in the world is the meeting of two urinary tracks (of married couple), sex.

He says, that can’t be the ultimate happiness is. If it is, the real trick has been played on us. Simply, happiness is virtue. It’s living the virtous life. 🙂

Eventuallly, Imaam Al Ghazali said that happiness is the right knowledge and right action under Islamic rule.

Wassalamu ‘alaikum Wr. Wb.