A very common, but bad, habit that many people have is constantly complaining about their ill fortune and fate. They are never satisfiedwith their life. Almost all of us are guilty of this from time to time. Therefore, we need a time to spend time on self-reflection, and try to develop within ourselves real inner peace and contentment. The extent of tragedy and problems may be different, but the universal principle of hardship and suffering is experienced by everyone throughout our lives on this earth.
As Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
“Indeed We have created man in the cradle of trouble and suffering.” Qur’an (Al-Balad, 90:4)
Imam al-Sadiq, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “Indeed, of all people the severest of sufferings and afflictions are faced by the prophets, and after them by others in proportion to their degree of merit.”
Therefore, our trials and tribulations can never compare to how the prophets suffered.
The Role of Faith in Spiritual Peace
Faith in God is the medicine for any spiritual ills. When one has the conviction that everything does not come to an end with this life, it creates an inner peace and allows the person to pass through his entire life with steadiness, strength, and moderation.
Qualities like greed and envy, which are some of the reasons for anxiety, are moderated as a result of faith in God. The hope of great reward and the fear of severe punishment make man refrain from excessive materialism and attachment to this life. Similarly, faith in the Day of Judgment and the hereafter removes the anxiety caused by the idea of absolute extinction after death.
Allah says in the Qur’an:
“If you have faith, do not yield to fear and sorrow, for you have an upper hand over the others on account of this asset of faith.” Qur’an (Al-‘Imran, 3:139)
Allah also says:
…In God’s remembrance and reliance upon Him are at rest the hearts of those who have faith and do righteous deeds. Qur’an (Ar-Ra’d, 13:28)
And in another verse of the Qur’an:
“It is He Who sent down tranquility into the hearts of the faithful…” Qur’an (Al-Fath, 48:4)
The Qur’an views steadiness and peacefulness to be the characteristics of those whose hearts are rich with faith:
“Mental peace and security are qualities of those who have faith and who have not drawn a veil of wrongdoing over their faith.” Qur’an (Al-An’am, 6:82)
In another verse, Allah says:
“Oh, verily, they who are close to God – no fear need they have, and neither shall they grieve”. Qur’an (Yunus, 10:62)
Real happiness and spiritual peace can be found in submitting to the commands of Allah, the Creator and the Sustainer of this world. On the other hand, the one who turns away from the Qur’an will have a life of hardship in this world. Allah says in the Qur’an:
“But whoever turns away from the Quran, he will have a hard life, and We will raise him up blind on the Day of Judgment.” (Qur’an, Ta-Ha, 20:124)
This is why we hear about people who commit suicide although they possess all the material comforts that money can buy. An example is Cat Stevens (now Youssuf Islam), who used to be a famous pop singer earning sometimes more than $150,000 a night. After he embraced Islam, he found what he never experienced with fame and fortune: true happiness and peace that comes from a pure faith in God.
It is important that we spend some time on inner reflection, be grateful to God, and achieve true inner peace and contentment. Ameen.