CONTENTMENT: The Mark of a True Believer…


Hosted by {deensister} Aisha Usman

Contentment can easily be defined as the experience of satisfaction
and being at ease in one’s situation, body or mind.
I want us to discuss about two types of contentment In Shaa Allah.
• Contentment with the decree of Allah &
• Contentment with the blessings that has been bestowed upon us.
Most of us feel troubled when afflicted by calamities; be it in form
of sickness, loss of wealth, death of a loved one or even failure. But
the truth is that, there’s nothing on the face of the earth that would
have prevented that catastrophe from happening, why? Because it has
already been ordained since before we even came into existence.
Allah tells us in the Qur’an,

“No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but it is inscribed
in the Book of decrees, before We bring it into existence. Verily that
is easy for Allah” {Q57:V22}

And the next verse continues to explain the reason we need to know our
problems have already been written;

“In order that you may not be sad over matters you failed to get, nor
rejoice because of that which has been given to you. And Allah likes
not the prideful boasters.”{Q57:V23}

Being content means accepting that whatever has befallen you was not
meant to escape you and whatever escapes you was not meant to befall

Everything that has been preordained shall come to pass and it is
expected of us as Muslims to believe in Pre-ordainment, and by
believing in it, I mean we should be satisfied with it and be content.

Being content does not mean you don’t feel the pains of the trials of
this world, but by being content, you don’t complain and whine

The virtue of contentment is also closely related with the virtue of
Tawwakul (Putting our complete trust in Allah).

“Say: nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained
for us. He is our Maula (Lord, Helper, Protector). And in Allah let
the believers put their trust in” {Q9:V51}

And the sweet life of a believer is : Gratitude during prosperity&
patience during adversity; a reward in each case, a win-win situation.

It is in the human nature to always want more and more just like
Oliver Twist(at least his case was different). A new car, latest
clothes, gadgets, more money etc the list goes on and on and on. And what happens when we don’t get what we yearn for? We become depressed
and sad. And in the process, we forget the other blessings which we
take for granted like the air we breathe in, can you imagine if we had
to pay for Oxygen? Or our eyes, nose, ears. Our lives, our health,
safety? All these have been given to us free of charge yet we complain
about insignificant things.

Being content here means remembering the favors of Allah which are so
abundant that he Himself Says:

“And if you count the graces of Allah, never could you be able to
count them” {Q14:V34}

Can we imagine ourselves walking without feet? We take a lot of things
for granted like the sound sleep we get while misery hinders the sleep
of many; we forget the pleasure of good food and water while others
are deprived of it due to sickness. Reflect on your powers of
reasoning and remember those suffering from mental illnesses,
“Then, which of the blessings of your Lord will you both (jinn and
men) deny?” {Q55:V13}

Can we sell our ability to hear & see for a mountain of gold? Or our
ability to speak for huge castles?
We’ve been given abundant blessings, yet we feign ignorance.
Notwithstanding all these blessings, we remain depressed and
despondent. We think of what we don’t have and are ungrateful for what
we’ve been given.
We have so many blessings, it’s high time we stopped being ungrateful
and contemplate the blessings of Allah(SWT) which surround us and be
content as contentment causes us to feel inner peace & our
spirituality increases.

May Allah make our hearts to be filled with contentment, Ameen!


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