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Don’t Complain for a Day and Focus on the Blessings (30 Deeds, 30 Days), by Dr. Ingrid Mattson

Don't Complain

Don’t Complain for a Day and Focus on the Blessings (30 Deeds, 30 Days), by Dr. Ingrid Mattson

30 Days, 30 Deeds
Sacred Acts to Transform the Heart

Every night, our scholars in residence explore one simple deed that could have far reaching spiritual impact on our lives – and the lives of others. Every day we’ll make the intention to put that teaching into practice. Whether it’s forgiving someone who’s wronged us or putting service to others at the top of our list of priorities, these powerful lessons will remind us of the great gift the Prophet ﷺ‎  gave us: the best of character.

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Let’s #GiveLight to Millions More

We envision a world in which no one is cut off from the beauty, mercy and light of the Prophetic ﷺ example. A world where the dark ideology of a few is dwarfed by radiant example of the many who follow the way of the Prophet ﷺ. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support. This Ramadan, we need you to help us #GiveLight to millions more. Here’s how.

Photo credit: Mycroyance

Being Content Without Consumerism

How can we be content with our lives?

Why did the old man in the palace give the young man olive oil when he was asked about the meaning of happiness? Shaykh Ahmad Saad tells us the story, which serves as a powerful reminder for us to be content in whatever situation Allah has placed us in.  The shaykh also gives practical steps in knowing and achieving the “essentials of Qur’anic contentment”.  Our thanks to ISNA Canada for the recording.

Resources on Being Content

Cover photo by Asim Bharwani

Negative Facial Expressions and the Sunna of Smiling

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalam ‘aleykum

I have a problem that I need to work on. Sometimes I make a mean face when I see someone I don’t like and then I quickly realize what I’m doing and stop. Do I get a sin for doing this?

Answer: Walaikum assalam,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.

Just as you’re not responsible for unintentional thoughts, you’re not responsible for unintentional facial expressions (even negative).

However, I would encourage you to practice the sunna of smiling: the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk) was constantly smiling and positive—even when full of concerns and dealing with distress.

The Companion, Jarir ibn Abd Allah (Allah be pleased with him) related that, “The Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him) never looked at me without a smile.” [Related by Muslim]

Many Companions mention that they never saw anyone who smiled more than the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk). [Tirmidhi, from Abd Allah ibn Harith (Allah be pleased with him)]

This smiling of the Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him) was for the sake of Allah–arising from his complete contentment (rida), gratitude (shukr) with Allah.

Please see: Prophetic Guidance: On Forbearance, Patience and Kindness

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

wassalam,
Faraz Rabbani