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Saturday, March 19, 2011

You Can Be the Happiest Woman in the World (A Treasure Chest of Reminders) by Dr. Aaidh al-Qarni book notes

Chapter 1
 10 Thoughts to Ponder...
10. Ghusl, Wudo, Siwak, and being organized are effective medicines for all kinds of distress and worries.
 Think About It!
3. If Allah is with you, then whom do you have to fear? If Allah is against you, then what hope do you have?
10. The pleasure of haram actions is followed by regret, loss, and punishment.

Chapter 2
 Your gold is your religion, your adornment is your moral attitude, and your wealth is your good manners.
 Sickness is a message in which there is a glad tiding and good health is a garment that has a price.

Chapter 3
 Giving up sin is jihad (fighting in Allah's cause), but persisting in it is stubbornness.
 Beware of the dua of the one who has been wronged and the tears of the one who has been deprived.

Chapter 4
 When you wake up in the morning, do not expect to live until the evening.
 Do not complain about your problems except to those who can help you with their advice and kind words.

Chapter 5
 We need money in order to live, but that does not mean that we need to live for the sake of money.
 Be happy just to be alive.

Chapter 6
 Be happy with what is in your hand, content with whatever Allah has decreed, and give up all daydreams that do not suit your efforts and abilities.
 If you have made mistakes in the past, learn from them, and then let them go.

Chapter 7
 The value of life is to live every minute of it.
 Women have produced the great men of this world.

Chapter 8
 How to Achieve a Happy Life!
An American psychologist said, “Living a happy life is a fine art which entails 10 things:
1. Do a work that you love. If you cannot do that, then find a hobby that you love and do it in your spare time and reinforce it.
2. Take care of your health for it is the spirit of happiness. This means being moderate in eating and drinking, exercising regularly, and avoiding bad habits.
3. Have a goal in life, for this will give you motivation and energy.
4. Take life as it comes and accept the bitter and the sweet.
5. Live in the present, with no regret for the past, and no anxiety about tomorrow that has not yet come.
6. Think hard about any action or decision and do not blame anyone else for your decision or its consequence.
7. Look at those who are worse off than you.
8. Have the habit of smiling and being cheerful and keep company with optimistic people.
9. Strive to make others happy so that you may benefit from the atmosphere of happiness.
10. Make the most of occasions of happiness and joy and regard them as necessary to renew your own happiness.

Chapter 9
 Physical well being comes from eating little, mental well being comes from sinning little, well being of the heart comes from worrying little, and well being of the tongue comes from speaking little.
 Women are more precious than treasure and wealth.

Chapter 10
 Learn patience from Asiyah, loyalty from Khadijah, sincerity from Aishah, and steadfastness from Fatimah.
 The quickest message of happiness to others is a sincere smile from the heart.

Chapter 11
 The wives of Nuh and Lut betrayed their husbands (by rejecting their teachings), so they became insignificant before Allah. But Asiyah and Maryam believed, so they were honored.
 Acknowledge Allah in times of ease and He will help you in times of hardship.

Chapter 12
 Take a Brave Stance When you Check Yourself!
Ask yourself these questions and answer wisely.
1. Do you know that you are traveling on a journey from which there will be no return? Have you prepared yourself for this journey?
2. Have you taken provision from this transient world in the form of righteous deeds to give you comfort and soothe your loneliness in the grave?
3. How old are you? How long will you live? For every beginning there is an end and the end will be either Paradise or Hell.
4. Have you imagined how it will be if the angels come down from heaven to take your soul while you are heedless/sinning and having fun?
5. Have you imagined the day, the last hour in your life, the hour when you leave your family, friends, etc.? That is death!
6. After your soul has departed your body and you are taken to be washed and shrouded, then taken to the mosque for the funeral prayer to be offered for you, then you are carried on the shoulders of men to be taken to the grave, the first stage of the Hereafter. Will it be one of the gardens of Paradise or one of the ditches of Hell?
 Foul tongues cause more trouble to their owners than to their victims.

Chapter 13
 The Keys to Victory!
The key to: glory, obedience to Allah and His Messenger (b.p.u.h); provision, striving hard whilst praying for forgiveness and fearing Allah, the Exalted; Paradise, Tawhid (monotheism); faith, pondering the signs and creation of Allah; righteousness, sincerity; a spiritual life, studying the Quran, beseeching Allah in the hours before dawn, and giving up sin; knowledge, asking the right questions and listening attentively; victory, patience; success, fearing Allah (piety); getting more, gratitude; longing for the hereafter, disinterest in worldly gains; a response, dua (supplication).
 If a beautiful woman is a jewel, then a righteous women is a treasure.

Chapter 14
 The happiest [person] is the one who makes the largest number of people happy.
 Do not wait to be happy to smile, but smile to be happy.

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