About 50% of individual happiness comes from a genetic set point. And about 10% of our happiness is due to our circumstances. The remaining 40% of an individual’s happiness seems to be derived from intentional activity, from actions or practices that people can choose to do. This 40% cannot be achieved in pursuit of money, fame or anything else materialistic. These are all transitory, and anything transitory will never result in true happiness. So here are 10 Islamic steps to make our lives happier.
“the West” is a catch-all phrase that stands in for a set of ideals, values and beliefs that are used to distinguish “the West” from “the Rest”: free speech, democracy, the “rule of law,” liberalism, and all things civilized, modern, and progressive. But instead of these lofty ideals, a closer inspection would reveal a much more insidious reality: that the history of this thing called “the West” has its roots in slavery, genocide, the continuing saga of white supremacy, predatory capitalism and exploitation of the Global South.
Ramadaan has passed! In the past 30 days, all Muslims have written their own spiritual story, through their religious devotion, their acts of worship, hidden tears, and the Godly aspirations of their hearts. Now, still feeling the spiritual twilight of 'Id, two important questions are certainly on every believers mind: Have I done enough, and how can I sustain my religious productivity after Ramadaan? Here are some tips to help you in planning for and sustaining your spiritual momentum, In-shaa' Allaah.
Islam and it's sacred symbols have been relentlessly caricaturized in mainstream discourse, no symbol more-so than the declaration ‘Allahu-Akbar’, God is Greatest. But 'Allahu Akbar' are two profound words that imbue the believer with courage to challenge all forms of subjugation, whether it be political, intellectual or cultural. It turns our attention to the Creator and compels us to disregard other creation, including ourselves. It boosts the morale of the believer with new hope and determination. And that is the way it has always been. Because God is Greatest. He is All Powerful. And for as long as He is All-Powerful, the believer is never powerless.
Eid al-fitr brings rejoicing and happiness to Muslims all over the world, irrespective of their worldly circumstances. The rejoicing is not, however, at the departure of the month of Ramadaan; it is the happiness which a Mu’min, a believer, feels after successfully completing an important task imposed upon him by an almighty King.