Last week I was asked what I turn to for hope in difficult times and my answer was my faith and people who embody hope in their actions.
Let me expand on that
عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ:
(( إِذَا قَالَ الرَّجُلُ: هَلَكَ النَّاسُ فَهُوَ أَهْلَكُهُمْ ))
وفي رواية أخرى:
(( فَهُوَ أَهْلَكَهُمْ ))
The prophet Mohamed says "if a person says: people are doomed then he is the most doomed of them" and in another narration "he has doomed them"
So I always look for optimism and people who are optimistic.
:" عَجَبًا لأمرِ المؤمنِ إِنَّ أمْرَه كُلَّهُ لهُ خَيرٌ وليسَ ذلكَ لأحَدٍ إلا للمُؤْمنِ إِنْ أصَابتهُ سَرَّاءُ شَكَرَ فكانتْ خَيرًا لهُ وإنْ أصَابتهُ ضَرَّاءُ صَبرَ فكانتْ خَيرًا لهُ ".
"How wondrous are the faithful, their condition is always good for them. If good befalls them they give thanks and that is good for them and if ill befalls them they have patience and that is good for them"
In Arabic "شكر" and "صبر" or "give thanks" and "have patience" are in the verb form. Meaning one has to display their thanks or patience through action.
So I always surround myself with people who give thanks through service and those who display patience by not complaining while working on changing their condition.
And finally God says in the Quran chapter 13 verse 11:
ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّىٰ يُغَيِّرُوا۟ مَا بِأَنفُسِهِمْ ۗ
Verily God does not change the state of a people till they change themselves.
That's why I surround myself with people who are actively engaged in making a positive difference in the world
That's what I turn to for hope.
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