It Is Possible To Retrieve These Lost Pleasures
Many people express that they are unhappy, even though they have many wonderful blessings as well as the means to enjoy them, and regard life as full of difficulty and anxiety. But during their lives, they have to stop and ask themselves what they are doing, what their goals are, and where they are going. They have to consider that life amidst so many wonderful and pleasant things should not be so difficult, painful, and unhappy. They should look for the source of their spiritual emptiness and the meaninglessness of their lives, and understand that wasting more time will only increase their unhappiness.
Although they base their lives on making the best and most pleasant use of their resources, they must realize that there is a special reason why they cannot be happy and enjoy their blessings. They must see this situation as part of Allah’s mercy and compassion, which is designed to give them countless opportunities to turn to Him and follow the Qur’an’s morality.
They should not start to think about these things when they have lost everything and death is approaching; rather, they should do so the first time He shows them the truth and warns their conscience. When they come to this point, if they are sincere, Allah will show them the true path and what they ought to do. As He is All-Knowing and closer to them than their jugular vein, He will know what they desire and seek, and will show them the right road and how to escape their anxieties. However, if people do not change, it is their own fault, for:
Any good thing that happens to you comes from Allah. Any bad thing that happens to you comes from yourself. (Surat an-Nisa’: 79)
In another verse, He says that should a person desire to change his situation, he must first make a sincere change in his heart:
. . . that is because Allah would never change a blessing He has conferred on a people until they had changed what was in themselves. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (Surat al-Anfal: 53)
The moment people decide to change and sincerely examine themselves, and then alter their way of thinking, Allah will know it and change His blessings on them, for His forgiveness and generosity are infinite and His mercy is immense:
. . . except for those who repent and put things right and make things clear. I turn toward them. I am the Ever-Returning, the Most Merciful. (Surat al-Baqara: 160)
When people follow the Qur’an’s morality, regardless of what they have done in the past, He will forgive them, change their evil into good, and, in return for their good moral character, create for them in this world the goodness and beauty that will continue into Paradise:
Allah will reveal the true path to those who sincerely search for it and help them in their seeking. He will remove the fear, darkness, sadness, and anxiety that used to dominate their lives and replace them with contentment and security. Everyone who sees this truth, submits to Allah, and “holds fast to the rope of Allah” (Surah Al ‘Imran: 103) should know that they have “grasped the Firmest Handhold” (Surah Luqman: 22), will suffer no adversity that Allah does not will, and will live the best possible life in this world and in Paradise, taking the utmost pleasure from all His blessings:
If Allah afflicts you with harm, no one can remove it except Him. If He desires good for you, no one can avert His favor. He bestows it upon whichever of His servants He wills. He is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah Yunus: 107)
Anyone who acts rightly, male or female, being a believer, We will give them a good life and recompense them according to the best of what they did. (Surat an-Nahl: 97)