Whenever we are faced with difficulties or problems, there would be several ways through which we can solve them: We may talk to a friend or colleague, or delegate the problem to someone else who has knowledge about it (an expert; e.g., a doctor, a scholar, an engineer, an architect, a plumber, etc.). Alternatively, we can read books or ponder over the problem ourselves.
Whichever method that we use, the main key to solving any problem is to first have a deep understanding of it, for every problem contains within it the seeds of its own solution. The only way to dismantle a problem and to lay it bare is to have hope, patience, perseverance, and a determination born out of a steel furnace. Hope is the mindset that says, “I can do it” and “Everything will work out fine.”
Hope is the mindset that envisions a positive and successful outcome and then directs all energies to making that anticipated possibility a reality. Too often, our own potential for success is weakened by negative people and media outlets around us (like radio, TV, and newspapers). They tell us all the time, “Don’t even try; there is no hope”; “There is no future in this country”; “The future is very bad”; or “What is the use of trying?” These are the messengers of doom and gloom, and the best advice is to stay away from them. Take charge of your own life; fill your mind with optimistic thinking and hope; and place your trust in Almighty Allah.
Allah, Exalted, did not send us to this world so that we fail. He did not send us to this world so that we lose all hope and fall into despair. On the contrary, Almighty Allah has made us the best of creation; He has given us faculties and powers at our disposal; and He has given us, through the Qur’an and the Sunnah, guidance that forever shows us the Straight Path.
This is the Religion of Hope. Therefore, the followers of this religion must be visionaries of hope and be steadfast in all their activities, according to the wisdom of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. It is only in this way that we can arm ourselves against the vicissitudes of life and get a deeper understanding of our mission here on earth.
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