Good Thought in Islam

And whenever you give your word, say the truth

[surah al-An’am; 6:152]

And speak good to people [surah al-Baqarah; 2:83]

 

The origin of all perceived knowledge and chosen action lies in notions and thoughts.

Rectification of thoughts occurs by their being mindful of their Master and Lord, and ascending to Him, revolving around His pleasure and love, for indeed, by Him, the Sublime, is all of rectification.

“WHO WILL GIVE ALLAH A BEAUTIFUL LOAN AND ALLAH WILL INCREASE AND MULTIPLY IT FOR HIM MANY TIMES, AND ALLAH HOLD AND GIVES AND TO HIM YOU SHALL RETURN”.  Baqarah 245

Hence, the most beneficial cure is to busy yourself with thinking about what will benefit you as opposed to what will not benefit you, for thinking about what will not benefit you is the door to every evil.

Islam lays a lot of importance on positive thinking and encourages hope and optimism. And on the contrary forbids despair no matter how bleak the circumstances may be. In fact despair is likened to disbelief in God.

The first thing such a person should realize is that thoughts come from
multiple sources:

He who obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah

[surah al-Nisa’; 4:80] a) Inspiration from Allah (e.g., a thought about Allah’s unity)
b) Whispers from the Shaytan and his army of jinn (e.g., a thought that causes doubt in one’s
belief or centers around an act of disobedience)
c) Messages from hidden angels (e.g., a thought that centers around an act of obedience)
d) Everyday thoughts from the person’s own conscious (e.g., a thought about one’s relationship
with another human being); type (d) thoughts are usually affected by what the person sees, hears,
smells, tastes, touches, or feels inside.
It is also important to note that thoughts can be divided into five categories in relation to the state of the heart
that they lead to:
a) Thoughts that lead to wajib states of the heart (please refer to footnote 2674), such as loving
Allah and the Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace)
b) Thoughts that lead to mandub states of the heart, such as preferring others over oneself in one’s heart
c) Thoughts that lead to mubah states of the heart, such as happiness or depression
d) Thoughts that lead to makruh states of the heart, such as miserliness of heart
e) Thoughts that lead to haram states of the heart (please refer to footnote 2646), such as arrogance

 

So a healthy sound mind is one in which only beneficial thoughts occur and all bad and evil thoughts are repelled.

By keeping ones mind occupied with only those thoughts and ideas that are related to whatever is of outward benefit, a person keeps his or her actions in check.

And walk not on the earth with conceit and arrogance [surah al-Isra’; 17:37]

The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) said,

“The people of the Qur’an are the people of Allah and His chosen friends.” 

A mind that has only good thoughts leads to good and beneficial actions. It is a healthy sound mind. Having bad thoughts and notions makes one susceptible to the outward expression of these thoughts in one’s actions, leading to corrupt actions and development of hard-to-rid habits. It all starts with what goes through your heart and mind. Take care of it at that stage because its the easiest!

“Love for other people what you love for yourself.”

We must go a step further and when ever we meet some one who is in trouble or sick or dejected we should help him by making him see the brighter side of things and fill him with hope and optimism which will help him greatly to rise above his problems.

And be moderate (or show no arrogance) in your walking, and lower your voice [surah al-Luqman; 31:19]

When we start doing this and make it as a regular practice in our lives we cease to live in a state of hopelessness and false imaginations and thoughts that make our lives miserable and demoralize us.

And turn not your face away from men with pride [surah al-Luqman; 31:18]

Instead we live in a const­ant state of optimism which not only transforms our lives but also touches everyone wh­om we come in contact with.

Teachings for us to follow:

“Obey Allah and Allah will reward you.”

“If you are shameless, you would do as you wish.”

“Make sure your food is good (halaal and bought with halaal earnings), and you will be one whose prayers are answered.”

“Follow up a bad deed with a good deed, to waive it out.”

“Mix with people with a good attitude.”

“Fear Allah wherever you may be.”

“Whatever you imagine in your Minds, Allah does not resemble it”

“The creator is not like His Creations”

“God Exists without a place”

If those who transgressed owned everything on earth, even twice as much, they would readily give it up to avoid the terrible retribution on the Day of Resurrection. They will be shown by GOD what they never expected.39:47

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