Doing For Self, Day-To-Day

I came across the following quote that I felt gave good advice to those of us seeking God’s pleasure,

I read about an article in a science journal recently co-written by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman. The scientists surveyed a bunch of women to look at how many of their daily activities brought them satisfaction. Oddly, the stuff they chose to do for hours at a time every, single day, as leisure – namely, watching TV – didn’t bring them satisfaction. Instead, connecting with the present did – via prayer and meditation.

It reminds me of the narration from Mu’awiyah bin Abu Sufyan,

الخيرُ عادةٌ والشَّرُ لَجَاجةٌ، مَن يُرِدِ اللهُ به خيرًا يُفقِّهْه في الدِّينِ

“Doing good is a habit just as doing evil is obstinacy. Whomever God intends good for, He grants that one understanding in Islam (al-Din).” Reported in Ibn Hibban’s Sahih as well as Ibn Majah’s Sahih.

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4 Comments Doing For Self, Day-To-Day

  1. Marc

    As-Salaamu ‘alaykum. A good place to start is to read the Qur’an and note the kinds of actions, behaviors, and beliefs that Allah privileges and approves of. Also noting those actions, behaviors, and beliefs Allah does not approve of. For the first set, strive to acquire them to your ability. For the second set, strive to avoid them to your ability.

    And Allah knows best,

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