How many problems seem so difficult to solve? How you get trapped in certain situations and know not the way out? How to encounter problems created by other people? How to control your anger when someone hurts you? Is it so hard to forgive someone? All these questions must be answered in order to solve the word called “PROBLEM”.
I have searched for the solution to many problems and found it in a simple and easy Sunnah of the Prophet (ﷺ). Yes every problem has a solution and those who have studied the Sunnah know that Prophet’s legendary lifestyle dealt issues in extraordinary manners.
Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“Make things easy! And do not make them complicated! Be cheerful! And do not be repulsive.”
At another place Prohpet
“Teach and give good tidings! Make things easy, and do not make them hard!”
[Ahmad bin Hanbal]
Yes, this offers the solution. You might ask how?
We often take things too complicated and thus don’t get solutions and waste all of our time and get depressed. But to realize your problems and smile is what the solution is. How often you see people in your life, who constantly complain about their daily problems, so much so that whenever you talk to them, they change subject to their problems and say “I am not happy with my life” or “I have no money, my children are sick and my wife has no good relations with me”. He might repeat these until you would beg him to stop. You see no one likes this person because of his constant complains. He would start complaining about weather and or anything. Did this solve any of his problems? No, it only increased the suffering and might be the opening door to many of problems. Instead I have seen many people who in spite of hundreds of problems just show patience. They might have not eaten food more than 2 times a day but always greet you with a smile. Like the Prophet (ﷺ) said
“Smiling in the face of your brother is charity … and pouring out from your bucket into your brother’s bucket is charity.” [Authenticated by Al-Albani]
Generally speaking smiling plays an important role in suppressing anger like nothing else does. There are some people who do not ever smile and they do not ever open up their facial features when they meet others. There are people who are even stingy with a drop of water, a drop of God-given water! They may be malicious, or within them there is a disease that has blocked the springs of goodness in their souls. The problem is not merely a smile or a drop of water. It concerns the act of giving. Giving is movement from within which opens up the locked doors of the self, stirring the spiritual hand and making it open freely and widely. Giving is a positive movement, and the soul that is conditioned by positive impulses is a living, stirring, active soul that stands in marked contrast to the negative, cramped, and feeble soul.
Charity in its tangible, narrow sense divides people into the receivers on the one hand and the givers on the other. This division inspires among the receivers feelings of weakness and even of error, and among those who give feelings of pride and conceit. Such a division, for society, is extremely evil.
Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“He who suppressed his anger while he is able to affect it, Allah, All Mighty, would call him before all creatures and let him choose whomever he would like of the damsels of paradise”
One day, Anas bin Malik – may Allah be pleased with him was walking with the Prophet (ﷺ). The Prophet ((ﷺ)) was wearing a Najrani mantle with rough edging. There came a Bedouin running behind the Prophet (ﷺ), wanting to catch up with him. When he got close to the Prophet, he pulled him aggressively by his mantle, such that the mantle rubbed hard against his neck. Anas said, “I looked at the Prophet’s neck and noticed a mark due to the edge of his mantle being so roughly pulled across his neck.” So what exactly did the man want? Was his house burning down and he wanted help? Had the pagans attacked his people, and he turned to the Prophet (ﷺ) horrified, seeking his aid? Read what he actually wanted… He said, “O Muhammad!”(Note, he didn’t say, “O Messenger of Allah.”) Rather he said, “O Muhammad! Give me some of the wealth that Allah has given you!” The Prophet (ﷺ) turned around, smiled, and ordered that he be given something.
So you see that it is so easy to avoid problems because only patience can save you from increasing the suffering. This is what makes Prophet’s lifestyle heroic. Don’t depress yourself with problems, but smile and be patient, because even smile is charity.
Please share with those who you want to smile and want to spread smile among others and earn countless blessings.