I read a lot of information about happiness for my work, but as Muslims, our true goal is not “happiness”. Our true goal is to grow nearer to Allah (swt).
Many psychology articles about happiness give great ideas and techniques to follow, but few actually talk about Allah (swt). I am so thankful to be a Muslim and to have a goal much greater than being “happy”.
In my book, I say that the real source of our happiness is having a positive relationship with Allah (swt). My book goes on to say that we can learn other skills and techniques in order to cope with this challenging world, which support our journey to Allah (swt). Feeling positive feelings helps us to be better Muslims. Positive feelings such as inner peace, joy, gratitude and hope all help us to do more good deeds for the sake of our Creator.
Feeling happy is a great thing, but as Muslims, we must never forget our real purpose in life.
Here is a chapter from my first book, The Basic Values of Islam, about the value of “Purpose”:
Chapter 53. PURPOSE: Something set up as an object or end to be attained
1. Did you then think that We created you in vain, and that you would not be returned to us?
The Holy Quran 23:115
2. And I created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).
The Holy Quran 51:56
The purpose of our life is the worship our Creator in the many ways there are to worship Him (prayer, helping others, seeking knowledge, etc.).
3. …Who has created life and death so that He may try you which of you are best in deeds…
The Holy Quran 67:2
Who will do the best works for the sake of Him?
4. And We have not created the heaven and earth and what is between them in vain. That is the opinion of those who disbelieve. And woe to such disbelievers, because of the Fire. Shall we treat those who believe and do good deeds as those who spread corruption on the earth? Or shall we treat the pious as sinners?
The Holy Quran 38:27-8
The believers will not face the same afterlife as the corrupters. The pious will not be treated the same as sinners.
5. And among the people there is he who sells himself for the pleasure of Allah, and Allah is kind to His worshippers.
The Holy Quran 2:207
The pleasure of Allah should be our goal.
6. There has come to you from God a light and a luminous Book, through which God, by His grace, guides all who seek His good pleasure on the path of peace, and brings them out of the depths of darkness into light and guides them unto a Straight Path.
The Holy Quran 5:15-16
God has guided people to the purpose of life—worshipping Him and seeking His pleasure—by sending His messengers, books and other means. But we have to want to please God to receive this guidance.