Peace can be defined as a state of tranquility and calmness, free of conflicts and violence. The most important question that arises here is why most of us are desperately striving to achieve that state? And how can we achieve it?
We live in an extremely competitive world. A world that we are trying to fit in. If one is unable to keep up with the pace of this world, seeking to escape from its stresses is inevitable. Indeed, people vary in how they perceive and react to stressors around them. Some may become upset if they do not get grades deemed appropriate according to the standards of their society, some may commit suicide because they are under financial duress, and some may end up detrimentally neglecting their mental health because they lost a loved one. Nevertheless, one fact is undeniable – an individual is easily disturbed when they are unable to keep up with the ‘standards’ of this world.
Some may become upset if they do not get grades deemed appropriate according to the standards of their society, some may commit suicide because they are under financial duress, and some may end up detrimentally neglecting their mental health because they lost a loved one.
The greatest problem with most of us is that we are seeking ‘peace’ from the wrong things. Why do we not look beyond the standards of this world to Allah? Once an individual engrosses himself in the remembrance of Allah, he comes to know. He comes to know that only He is permanent, and everything else is temporary. He comes to know that Allah is the only truth and everything else is an illusion. He comes to know that it is only Allah who never despairs, and everything else does at some point. He comes to know that Allah alone is sufficient, and nothing else could suffice them. At last, he comes to know that Allah is the only standard!
At this level of faith, one only lives to please Allah and not His creation. Now their purpose is set in the right direction. This is when Allah becomes their core confidence and their definition. So who can dare shatter this? This person becomes the least concerned and disturbed by their external circumstances. This person has successfully reached a level where they trust Allah the way He deserves to be trusted. As Allah says in the Quran, “Unquestionably, [for] the allies of Allah, there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. Those who believed and were fearing Allah. For them are the good tidings in the worldly life and the hereafter. No change is there in the words of Allah. That is what is the great attainment.” (Surah Yunus, ayahs 62-64) Note that ‘fear’ is always concerned with the future, and ‘grief’ is always concerned with the past. So, appreciating and being content with the present moment is what maintains the peace of mind. Thus, one who truly believes in Allah and is concerned to Him in the most meaningful way is the one who has reached this exceptional level where they remain in a constant state of peace.
appreciating and being content with the present moment is what maintains the peace of mind. Thus, one who truly believes in Allah and is concerned to Him in the most meaningful way is the one who has reached this exceptional level where they remain in a constant state of peace.
A fantastic example of this is Prophet Ibrahim (A.S). He was completely peaceful even when he was being thrown into the fire! He knew His Lord is sufficient for him and will set everything alright. And Allah did. Furthermore, there is no perfect example other than the life of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Despite being an orphan, living a life of poverty, enduring the deaths of his sons, being insulted by his own people, forcefully thrown out of his own land, and so much more, his peace of mind did not waver. Not to forget, he (SAW) was the messenger of ‘peace’. Abdullah ibn al-Harith reported, “I have not seen anyone smile more often than the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him.” This is the type of peace we are all in need of, indeed, and these are the ideal examples to seek guidance from. The key to this is ‘acceptance.’ As believers, one must accept whatever situation Allah puts them into, and one must do it only and only for the sake of Allah. To please Him and be pleased with Him.
Making an effort to manage our stressors is equally important. Try your best, but that does not mean to keep your mental and physical health at stake. One should make healthy efforts and that too, for the sake of Allah. In short, make sure that whatever you do, even if it be greeting someone, do it sincerely for Allah and see how magical transformations take place in your life.
In addition, other than performing obligatory deeds, increase in nawaafil (voluntary acts). Allah says in the Quran, “seek Allah’s help through patience and prayer.” Try to pray tahajjud, at least once a month, or talk to Allah at that time. Next time you receive unpleasant news, rush towards making ablution and praying two rakah immediately. Make it a habit to constantly talk to Allah and make du’aa to Him. For verily, du’aa is the direct and informal connection to Allah. Consistently, seek Allah’s forgiveness and guidance. Undoubtedly, he whom Allah has forgiven and guided is the most successful in this life as well as the next. Always seek an opportunity to consider and empathize with those who are below in materialistic status than yours. This will make you appreciate whatever little you have and build prosperity in you. These are just a few of the many acts that one could perform to maintain their internal peace.
Next time you receive unpleasant news, rush towards making ablution and praying two rakah immediately. Make it a habit to constantly talk to Allah and make du’aa to Him.
It is essential to always be in the state of faith and peace; otherwise one easily becomes vulnerable to attacks by the devil. An individual is easily trapped into falsely believing that Allah has abandoned him, whereas that is ‘impossible’! “And who despairs of the Mercy of His Lord except for those astray?” (Quran, 15:56). As a believer, one cannot think negative about Allah. No matter how dark your situation is or what sins you have committed, do not let it disturb your peace or drive you away from the ‘promise’ of Allah. Make a promise to yourself, regardless of how desperately you want to feel hopeless in Allah’s mercy, that you will not do that. Force yourself to think only and only good of Allah, and you will see good happen to you. As Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “strange is the matter of a believer for there is good for him in every matter, and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. If he is happy, then he thanks Allah, and thus there is good for him, and if he is harmed, then he shows patience, and thus there is good for him.” The soul that is in peace will never suffer the heaviness of this world, even if they are through the most difficult times of their lives. Moreover, one of the most important points to realize is the fact that a person who himself is peaceful and positive will always spread the good vibes to the people around him and will prove to be the most beneficial for them in various ways. Being in a state of peace is truly a blessing. I sincerely pray to Allah, the Almighty, to forgive and guide us all. Ameen. “Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (Quran 13:28)
Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.
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