10 Great Ways to Stay Positive in Life

How and what practical ways can you recommend from the Qur'an and the Ahlul Bayt to remain a positive individual or to enhance positivity and optimism in our lives? I bought a few pointers that I extrapolated from different narrations, which gives us some important considerations to take home and maybe begin to apply in our lives.

The first point is let's surround ourselves with positive people. This notion, the Qur'an says that: "Auliya Allah, ala anna Auliya Allah Ila khaufun alaihim wa lahum yahzanoon" (10:62). The more we are with people that beam with positivity and encourage us to do good righteousness and virtue, the more what? We don't descend into pessimism. Times these friends of great influence upon our lives. Amir ul-Mu'minin, peace and blessings be upon him, in a famous narration says, 'if you don't know someone and if you want to find out who they are, look at who their friends are'. Their friends are an indicator of their personality, the people that we associate with need to be people of encouragement that boost our morale. Yes, give us that confidence to what? To do what we need to do.

No.2. Helping others seems to be a practical point that even psychologists have given a term for. They call it helper's high. Have you seen instances in our lives, when we help people, we feel good? You have improved the lives of someone. Yes, you have assisted someone. You've come to the aid and support of someone. Yes. And you feel that buzz within you. We are told that is indeed one element of seeking positivity in life.

And there are chapters within our works which are dedicated towards encouraging believers to fulfill the needs of others, especially other believers. For example, Bab qadhahu Haajat ul-Mu'min, yes, as we are told in numerous narrations, of the great reward that believers obtain from Allah if they even try, we are told the narration of Imam Al Sadiq, alaihi as-salam, says that they believe that has 70 rights over the other believer, how many? 70 rights!

One of the rights is if someone comes to you and says, can you help me financially or otherwise, you are not to turn away, at least to try to help them. If you're not able to help them, the hadith says, then you point them to someone who can help them who can fulfill their wishes.

Thirdly, smile! We are told it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. Smiling seems to be a recommendation to what? To avoid seeking positivity. That's why Rasul, Al-Adham an-Nabi al-Akram, Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam [Allahumma Salli 'ala Muhammad wa aali Muhammad], in a narration says what ? He says, that when you smile, you get to Hasana. It's a free Hasana. Yes, it comes when you smile towards others. Yes, but smile, of course, with the right intention without going into detail.

Positive affirmation. What does that mean? We said the problem when it comes to negative thoughts is what it's that they can really dictate our lives. These negative thoughts, we are told, if we speak to ourselves. Affirm positivity! Confirm within yourself that you can do it. This positive affirmation is of the utmost importance. That positive affirmation is of that importance.

Similarly, to count the blessings and the favors and the name of Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala. You and I are gathered here to remember about Aba Abdullah, to attend the Majalis of Husayn, salamu Allahi alayh. There are people around the world who are not able to attend majalises. There are people who fear for their lives, there are people who will be persecuted if they attend Majalis of Husayn.

To ask Allah and to be grateful to Allah for all the blessings "Wa in taaodduna na'matu Allahi Ila tahsua" (14:34). Allah says: you will never be able to quantify the blessings and the na'ma of the Almighty Subhana wa Ta'ala, but always look at people who are worse than you. You know, sometimes we are told in Islamic spirituality, one important method is when we and I want to enhance our outlook in life. What do we do?

We look at people who are older than us and say, you know, MashaAllah, they are more experienced and they know how to stay away from sins and therefore they are better than us. And what when you look at people younger than us, they say MashaAllah. They are younger than us. Therefore they've accumulated less sins. Yes, it is always what it is, always that idea to keep ourselves in check. And this notion of what introspection is of the utmost importance. But with the displaying of the gratitude to Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala that's what Allah says: I have given you the eyes, the ears, the tongue, La'allakum tashukroona(16:78). So that you are grateful to the Almighty Subhana wa Ta'ala.

Similarly, we are told meditation in today's terminology and in Islamic teachings, Salaat and Dhikr of the Almighty Subhana wa Ta'ala, purifies the heart and enables what these negative thoughts from the Shaytan and the soul to be pushed away. "'Alaa bi Dikri Allahi tatma'inna al-Quloob" (13:26), very shortly with the remembrance of Allah to hearts, find ease and tranquility. Yes, Salah is a moment whereby Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala helps us what? To focus or at least we should attempt to focus on what? On what should await us on his remembrance.

Yes, this notion of Ibadah enhances our strength towards being positive human beings. Similarly, we are told to practice mindfulness. What does this mean? It is about recognizing the power of the present. The Qur'an says: "Likai la tahsau ala ma fatakum" (57:23), don't worry about the past, be saddened over what happened in the past. neither should you be scared about the future. Be mindful of the now, that helps in our journey. Yes, sometimes people think you know what happened yesterday and what happened last year and they let it eat within them.

They let it allow them not to progress. And they fall into further depression and anxiety over what had occurred. Similarly, what are we told? We are told that we must cancel out the noise around us and focus on signals that sometimes Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala sends towards us. In other words, seek the opportunities that are presented before us. Once there was a man at the time of the Holy Prophet, he was a non-Muslim. His parents sent him from outside Medina to go to the city to buy some products. He entered the city and he heard the recitation of the Holy Qur'an.

He was mesmerized by the beautiful words of Allah. When he heard it, he went to the Holy Prophet Rasul Allah, he invited him towards the religion of Islam. He embraced the religion. He went back home after buying these products and he said to his parents, I've become a Muslim. They said, what? We've sent you to buy these products, you come back a Muslim. He was presented with an opportunity and embraced it. He died during the time of the Holy Prophet, Rasul Allah prayed of his body, and said to the people, if you want to see a man who's going to Jannah look at him. You had the chance, Allah sends a signals, send just sometimes messages, we have to capture them.

These opportunities are there for us, sometimes throughout the year, Muharram, Ramadan for example, when we go for Ziyarat or we go for Hajj and Umrah, when we hear something beautiful, when the tears come down, when we lose a loved one on something difficult, we go through in our lives when we struck with a calamity. These are all signals for us to build our lives towards the better and what seek to improve it. And similarly, we are told, don't forget the power of Qur'an and Du'a. Tawakkul ala Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala.

You know, sometimes when we ask Allah, when we have a difficult position, you say, Ya Allah make it what make this thing go away or make it what that thing easy for me is. How about we even practice positivity into Du'a. What do we say: ya Allah, give me the strength to be able to deal with it. Notice how it's different. Yes. That you and I can. Even when it comes to the terminology that we utilize in Du'a and in supplications, we can what, inculcate optimism and positive thinking in our lives.

And that's why one of the greatest features within the religion of Islam and the Holy Qur'an, which is related to positivity, is the notion of Jannat and Paradise I tell you, it drives human beings towards righteousness, doesn't it? I always encourage my brothers and sisters, those who have children, those who are in schools as teachers, those who are Madrassas, speak to our youngsters about paradise and Jannah. Always remind them what Jannah is all about.

I always tell people, you know, in Jannah there is no day and night. There is no worship. There is no seeking of money. You don't need to work to get the money you get whatever you want. Is one hundred percent chillaxing. That's it. It's completely a life of luxury and happiness. Yes, and it's not one year, two years, five hundred years, 500 million years, 500 billion years, it's eternal. Unbelievable positivity when you not think about paradise, when you say to a child, yes, think about Jannah.

I was speaking to a group of youngsters, group of children, school children and telling them about Jannah and their imagination went wild. Someone said, brother, you know, can I ask Allah for a palace which is full of chocolates and has 500 PS4's? I said, yes, you can. Why do you need 500? One is enough. But he said. They imagine it's wonderful. Yes, when you and I are going through any hardship, when I, you know I waking up for Salat ul-Fajr and me thinking that bed is so cozy or when it's, you know, that difficult moment, yes, when I am being criticized for the hijab or when I have to give that khumus. Yes, ah it's hard. I have to give it several thousand dollars.

Think about Jannah! Think about the eternal blessings, "Ma la ra'inun ra'at, wa la idhnun sami'at, wa la khatara ala qalbi bashar, in order to allow, what the eyes have not comprehended, what the unseen, what the ears have never heard, what the heart has never thought about exists in Jannah.