Have you ever been confused as to why there is so little happiness or real satisfaction in the world today when apparently we have so much more in terms of comforts and pleasures? The more progress there is the more cases of depression, anxiety, phobias and what and what not… all of which are the result of dissatisfaction and stress.
So if all of this variety of food and entertainment, glamour and luxuries, fun and freedom cannot give us happiness then what is wrong with us? Where will the heart find peace?
Because just as the tongue is satisfied by good taste and eyes are soothed by beautiful scenes, ears find joy in a melodious sound…
Similarly, there must be something which the heart yearns for… and it will not be happy until it gets it… what is it?
Here lies the answer in the beautiful words of Muhammad bin Ibrahim, in his book “Fiqh-ul-Qulub”…
In this world there is
which could be compared to the blessings of the hereafter
Except the blessing of faith in Allah
And the blessing of knowing his names
And His attributes
And His actions
And there is for the Heart no joy, neither any pleasure
Except in the love of Allah and His Recognition
And in seeking His Closeness through the things which He loves and which make Him happy
And His complete love cannot be firmly rooted in the heart except by knowing Him
And by turning away from all the objects of love… other than Him