Imagine looking at two people with two different facial expressions: one looks at you with a smile, while the other frowns, not being able to look you in the eye.
What would your first impression be?
You may be thinking that the first person is having a good day, while the second person is not.
But what if both of them are actually having problems to deal with at that time, only, the first person chooses not to express it?
When dealing with hardship, it is hard for us to smile and be happy. Our view is clouded by suffering, and wherever we go, we’ll only feel sadness and pain.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) mentioned,
If Allah wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials.
There is a purpose behind every distress Allah put us in, and it is up to us to find the wisdom behind it. Once we unfold the hikmah behind everything that takes place, we will be able to make peace with the hardships we dealt with.
How do we become like the first person, and smile in the midst of our hardships?
Join Yasmin Mogahed in her upcoming seminar, The Breaking Dawn: Finding Joy in the Midst of Pain, as we get a deeper understanding of joy as a powerful force that can be harnessed even in the darkest moments, for us to be resilient in the face of adversity.