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Don't Be Sad - By Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni (A Few Excerpts from the Book about Happiness)


This website contains a few excerpts from the popular book "Don't be Sad" (original in Arabic) that discusses Happiness from an Islamic perspective.


There may be some grammatical errors in translation. You can download the actual E-book for free from


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Don't be sad: Remember that you believe in Allah

Nay, but Allah has conferred a favor upon you, that He has guided you to the Faith...
(Qur 'an 49: 17)

One particular blessing overlooked by most people is the vantage point afforded to the believer when he is observing the disbeliever. The believer remembers Allah's favor of guiding him to Islam. He is thankful that Allah has not decreed for him to be like the disbeliever, who rebels, denies His signs, disbelieves in His perfect attributes, in His messengers, and in the Hereafter.

Furthermore, the believer performs all obligatory acts of worship. Perhaps his execution of those acts is not perfect, yet simply performing them is in itself a great blessing. It is a blessing for which few are grateful.

1s then he who is a believer like him who is Faasiq [disbeliever and disobedient to Allah] ? Not equal are they.            (Qur 'an 32: 18)

Some commentators of the Qur'an have said that among the pleasures of Paradise for the believers is to be able to look upon the people of the Fire and then thank their Lord for what He has given them.

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