Searching for Happiness? by Dr. Saleh Sindi English islamic book PDF

Searching for Happiness? by Dr. Saleh Sindi English islamic book PDF

Searching for
Happiness?
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Dr. Saleh Sindi
2013 – 1434
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CONTENTS
Author’s Introduction…………….………….………4
Why Islam……………………………………………………………7
Islam’s Fundamental Tenets…………………….…14
Conclusion……………………..………………….…24
Permission to Publish………………………..….….27
Original Permission to Publish……………………28
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INTRODUCTION
appiness is a common goal that
everyone strives to attain. Philosophers,
intellectuals, doctors, and artists alike
have all strived in search of the causes of
happiness and ways to escape anxiety.
The reality is, however, that the proposed solutions
achieve only partial or superficial happiness. They
are more or less like drugs which only provide
temporary relief; when their effect wears off,
anxieties return twofold.
The following words invite you to ultimate
happiness and will lead you to true success. But
before you begin reading, I hope that you take a
moment to try to open your heart and mind–as the
intelligent one is he who searches for the truth no
matter where it lies.
An undeniable reality is that permanent happiness
cannot be achieved except by believing in
Allah1(God)–The Creator—and following His
guidance. Since it is He who created mankind, He
1 The name Allah is the Arabic name for ‘the God’; the
God of the Universe, the God of Abraham, the God of
Moses, the God of Jesus, the God of all mankind. This
name is used by all Arabic speaking people, Jews,
Christians and Muslims worldwide.
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is the one who knows what pleases and benefits
them, just as He knows what saddens and harms
them. A number of psychologists have affirmed
that only a religious person lives with true
contentment and serenity. So, if believing in Allah
(God) leads to ultimate happiness, then how can
this be achieved?
There are numerous religions and a variety of
creeds. However, their critical differences in core
issues make it impossible for all of them to be
correct. So which is the correct religion? What is the
correct creed that Allah (God) requires us to believe
in and, in the end, pleases Him? And which one of
these creeds guarantees us happiness in this life
and in the hereafter?
Before answering these questions, a criterion must
first be established to be used as a basis for
correctly determining the true religion. I firmly
believe that all sensible people will agree that a
religion is not deemed correct simply due to the
fact that one was raised in that religion, had
parents that adhered to it, or lived in a society that
practiced it. Rather, a religion’s accuracy and
authenticity are based upon substantial evidence
and firm intellectual proofs.
Intellect, which is the distinguishing factor between
mankind and animals, must be applied when
studying the issue of religion, which is undeniably
the most important and gravest of all matters.
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A short journey into the world of religions and
sifting through various creeds could prove to be a
good method in arriving at the desired conclusion.
In order to save you the time and effort, I say with
full conviction and confidence that no matter how
much you investigate this issue, you will only
arrive at one reality: That the true and correct
religion is Islam and that true happiness and
contentment lies within it.
Before you hastily rebut this statement and stop
reading, please realize that completing the rest (of
this book) would not harm you at all; and it may in
fact benefit you. Also, remember that you have an
intellect by which you can distinguish things and
determine truth from falsehood.
WHY ISLAM?
This is an important question, indicating that the
questioner is mature and enlightened. In response,
I say:
Islam is a religion that includes a number of merits
and characteristics that are absent from other
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religions. These characteristics alone, serve as
convincing evidence that Islam is the true religion
of Allah (God). You can determine the authenticity
of this statement by contemplating them.
Islam’s many merits and characteristics make it
impossible to elaborate on all of them. However,
some of the most important can be summarized as
follows:
 Amongst the greatest merits of Islam is that
it fulfills the spiritual aspects of the human
being and enables those who embrace it to
have an ongoing connection with Allah
(God). This makes it possible for them to be
at ease spiritually. It shields them from
chaos, being lost or feeling (spiritually)
empty, and protects from mental instability.
 Another of Islam’s merits is that it coincides
totally with common sense. All of the
Islamic legislation and its rulings are
acceptable intellectually and are never
contradictory. One man who embraced
Islam was asked why he did so and replied,
“Islam never ordered me to do anything
that I later wished wasn’t obligated, and it
never forbade me from anything that I later
wished wasn’t forbidden.”
Much of what is readily accepted in other
religions causes great confusion. This
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confusion makes it difficult to believe many
of the fundamental tenets that these
religions are based upon.
On the other hand, we find that Islam
respects the intellect, prohibits ignorance,
and condemns blind following.
 Islam is an all-inclusive way of life
attending to both spiritual and physical
needs. Practicing Islam does not mean that
one has to be secluded or that he is
prohibited from the finer things in life.
Rather, according to Islam, a person can be
religious and still enjoy a normal life;
attaining prestigious positions and
achieving the highest academic degrees.
 Among the merits of Islam is that it is a
comprehensive religion. Every aspect of a
person’s life is managed by Islam. There is
not a problem except that a solution for it
lies in Islam, which makes it possible to
embrace and practice in every time and
place. How can this not be the case in such a
well-organized religion that has guidelines
and positive instruction for every aspect of
life including: conflict resolution, buying
and selling, social and marital relations,
greetings, public etiquette, and even how a
person eats, sleeps and dresses? These
practices have not been addressed
generally, but rather in precise detail,
causing the mind to wonder in amazement.
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Know that Islam even provides direction on
how to wear and remove footwear. It
encourages people to use their right hand
when eating, drinking, shaking hands, and
when giving and receiving items. As for
disliked affairs, such as using the bathroom,
the left hand is to be used.
Islam also has wonderful instructions
regarding going to sleep and waking up.
When two Muslims meet, Islam directs
them on how they should greet each other:
A rider should initiate greeting the
pedestrian, the youth should initiate
greeting the elderly, and a small group
should initiate greeting a larger group.
These are but a few of Islam’s many
comprehensive guidelines for all aspects of
life.
 Another of Islam’s merits is that it
establishes good for mankind in all of its
regulations and safeguards them from evil.
It is man, himself, who benefits from these
regulations. Islam’s prohibition of alcohol
and drugs, for example, is only because of
the great harm they cause to a person’s
physical and mental health. You can
witness the state of a drunken man, no
longer human except in appearance. A lot of
murders, disputes, traffic accidents, and
rapes would not have taken place were it
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not for consuming these mind-altering
products.
Islam’s prohibition of premarital sex
relieves societies of destructive diseases
(such as AIDS and other STDs), immoral
behavior, and the existence of a generation
of illegitimate children. This generation is
often deprived of a mother’s love and a
father’s upbringing which can lead them to
become burdensome on society.
Islam prohibits women from displaying
themselves publicly. This is because Islam
considers women to be valued, preserved
pearls; not some cheap merchandise to be
displayed for all to see. It does so to protect
them from the wolves of mankind—those
who are only concerned with satisfying
their lusts—even if it is at the cost of a
woman’s honor, nobility, status, and purity.
On the other hand, Islam permits all
harmless and beneficial drinks. It also
permits married couples to enjoy one
another within a happy home.
In summary, Islam has not eliminated
freedoms and desires. Rather, it regulates
them for the benefit of mankind and the
society at large.
 A radiant aspect of Islam is that it pays a
great deal of attention to values, character,
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and praiseworthy manners, while
prohibiting mankind from oppression,
transgression and bad character. Islam is a
religion of love, unity and mercy. It defines
an individual’s relationship with his
parents, relatives, neighbors, friends, and all
people. Islam embeds the best of manners in
those who embrace it and prevents them
from living selfishly.
It encourages its followers to help others
and take others’ feelings into consideration-
-especially the poor, orphans, elderly, and
widows. They all have rights in Islam that
must not be taken lightly by Muslims.
Muslims shouldn’t feel like they are
bestowing favors upon others when giving
them their due rights; rather, these rights
are obligations upon Muslims. It is
considered to be a great sin in Islam for one
to go to sleep with a full stomach knowing
that his neighbor is hungry.
Islam even prohibits two people from
whispering to each other in the presence of
a third, taking his feelings into
consideration. Islam goes even further than
that, obligating kind treatment to animals
and prohibiting harming them. More
specifically, Islam prohibits slaughtering an
animal while another watches, or
sharpening a knife while it is watching, so
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that it is not tormented along with being
slaughtered.
Truthfulness, trustworthiness, bravery,
generosity, humility, abiding by promises,
visiting the sick, attending funerals, being
dutiful to parents, visiting relatives and
neighbors, and striving to help others are all
etiquette that are encouraged by Islam.
On the other hand, Islam strictly prohibits
oppression, lying, conceitedness, envy, and
insulting or betraying others. It is
impermissible in Islam to speak ill of a
person in his absence, even if what is being
said is true.
Islam encourages people to be moderate in
spending, being neither excessive nor
miserly.
During these times when many of our
societies complain about cold-heartedness,
materialism, selfishness, and so on, we find
that Islam has proven remedies for all of
these problems.
This summarized introduction should make it clear
that Islam is a logical religion that can be easily
understood by all people. The doors to Islam are
wide open and do not shut for anyone looking to
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enter.
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ISLAM’S
FUNDAMENTAL
TENETS
Understanding all of Islam’s teachings in a short
article is impossible. However, briefly discussing
some of its fundamental tenets should assist in
further clarifying the religion for those who are
interested.
All of Islam’s regulations and teachings are
important, but some have precedence over others.
There are six essential articles of faith that one must
believe in, and five pillars that one’s faith must be
built upon.
As for the six articles of faith that must be believed
in, they are:
1) Believing in Allah (God) alone, associating
no partners unto Him in worship. This is
done by believing that Allah, alone, is the
Creator of this universe, and everything
that is within it and that it is He, alone, who
disposes ofits affairs as He sees fit.
Consequently, worship can only be offered
to Him, alone. Worship is implementing the
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teachings of Islam and its legislation while
believing that all other religions are false.
2) Believing in the Angels. Angels were
created by Allah but we cannot see them.
They worship Allah and never disobey
Him. Allah orders them to carry out many
of the universe’s affairs. The Angel Gabriel
(peace be upon him), for example, delivers
Allah’s revelation to the messengers.
Another is Mikail (peace be upon him), who
is entrusted with the affairs of rain. Still
there are other Angels responsible for
writing the deeds of mankind–deeds which
they will be held accountable for on the Day
of Resurrection. It is essential to believe that
all of the Angels act solely upon the order of
Allah and do only what He wills.
3) Believing in the Books of Revelation. This
means to believe that Allah revealed books
to His servants comprising of His words.
These books contain bliss for mankind by
clarifying what Allah is pleased with as well
as what He dislikes. The Angel charged
with delivering revelation to the Prophets is
Gabriel (peace be upon him)the greatest of
Angels. A Prophet then conveys the
revelation to the rest of mankind.
Allah has revealed many books; among
them: The Torah, revealed to Moses (peace
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be upon him), The Psalms, revealed to
David (peace be upon him), The Gospel,
sent down to Jesus (peace be upon him),
and the Quran, which was revealed to
Muhammad (peace be upon him).
One must believe that the Quran has
abrogated all books prior to it; meaning
that, after the Prophet (Muhammad) was
sent, it is the only book that can be acted
upon, especially since the Quran combines
all the merits of past books and further
supplements them.
Know that the Quran is from the greatest
evidences that this religion is the truth
revealed by Allah, The Most High. The
Quran was revealed over 1400 years ago.
Since then until this day, no contradictions
or mistakes have been found in the Quran,
not even in a single word. Many of the
scientific discoveries of modern times were
mentioned in the Quran. Since that time
until today, nothing has been added to or
subtracted from the Quran; while previous
revelations have been tampered with and
altered.
It is for this reason that you can pick up a
copy of the Quran in the Far East and find it
to be exactly the same as one you pick up in
the Far West. If you were to come across a
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copy of the Quran that is hundreds of years
old, you would also find that it is exactly
the same as the one being printed currently;
you wouldnot be able to find even one letter
that is different. This is because of Allah’s
protection of this Book; the Book of the
religion that sealed all other religions.
Speaking about the Quran would take a lot
of time. However, it is enough for you to
know that there is nothing like it
whatsoever; not by way of (literary) style,
its effect on people, nor its information
about the unseen.
4) Believing in the Prophets. This is done by
believing that Allah has chosen the best of
mankind to be recipients of His revelation
and ordered them to convey His religion to
the people. There are numerous Prophets;
among them are: Noah, Abraham, David,
Solomon, Lot, Joseph, Moses and others
(peace be upon all of them). Also from them
is Jesus. It is imperative to believe that he is
among the best of Prophets and to love and
respect him. Whoever despises him or
denies his Prophethood is not a Muslim.
Likewise, it is compulsory to believe that
Allah created him from a mother only,
withoutany father, just as Allah created
Adam with neither a mother nor a father.
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Having mentioned this, we now know that
Jesus is a noble messenger and not God, nor
is he a son of God. He foretold the coming
of a Prophet to come after him; Muhammad
ibn (the son of) Abdullah, the last of the
Prophets.
Muhammad ibn Abdullah (peace be upon
him) was sent 1400 years ago. It is
compulsory for everyone who comes after
him until the Day of Judgment to believe in
him and his message, and obey his orders
and prohibitions.
All those who studied the biography of this
messenger have agreed that he is a great
personality who has been bestowed with
the best of manners and most noble
etiquette. He had characteristics which were
not present in anyone before him and will
not be present in anyone after him.
Anything that you read about him, no
matter how small it is, confirms what I am
saying.
Allah has also granted him proofs and
evidences that establish the authenticity of
his Prophethood; thus, having doubt in this
fact is intellectually impossible. Having
been given such proofs and evidences of his
Prophethood, if someone were to deny his
truthfulness it would make it impossible for
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that individual to establish the truthfulness
of any other Prophet.
5) Believing in the Last Day. This is fulfilled
by firmly believing that after this life of ours
is over, there is another more complete life.
In it, there are immense rewards and
magnificent luxuries, as well as
punishment. Luxury is in Heaven and
punishment is in Hell. So whoever is
righteous and believes in the religion of
Islam enters Heaven, a place that contains
untold pleasures and unimagined bliss. All
the luxuries on Earth cannot be compared to
it at all. Whoever enters Heaven will
continue to live in such luxuries for eternity,
as death does not exist therein.
As for those who act upon evil and do not
believe in Islam, they would end up in Hell,
which contains fires and punishment that
cannot be imagined.All of the fires of Earth
and forms of punishment cannot be
compared to the punishment of the Hellfire
at all.
The existence of punishment and reward
after this life is an issue that is intellectually
acknowledged, because it is impossible for
this world to exist and then just diminish
into nothingness. This is trifling about, and
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our Lord, The Creator, does not engage in
such activities.
6) Believing in Divine Decree. This is to
believe that everything that happens in this
world is due to Allah’s knowledge and will.
Nothing except what He wills takes place,
and what He does not will does not take
place. Allah has written everything in a
great book (The Preserved Tablet). Believing
in Divine Decree also includes believing
that Allah created everything.
As for the five pillars that must be practiced, they
are:
1) Uttering a phrase that is the key to
entering into Islam (i.e. The Two
Testimonies of Faith). It is a contract
between a servant and his Lord, signifying
that he is upon this religion:
“Ash-haduanLaaIlaahail-Allah, wa Ashhadu An-naMuhammadan ‘AbduhuwaRasooluhu.”
“I bear witness that there is no deity
worthy of worship except Allah, and that
Muhammad is His servant and
Messenger.”
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This testimony signifies the acceptance,
admission, and adherence to the fact that
worship must be offered to Allah alone. It
also includes the acceptance of Islam as the
only correct religion, Allah as the only true
deity deserving worship, and that all other
deities and religions are false. The second
part of the testimony entails an affirmation
that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah
and that he is to be obeyed and everything
he said must be believed in.
2) The Prayer. It is a combination of
statements, actions and invocations carried
out in a specific manner. It is performed five
times daily and doesnot take much time at
all. In fact, a prayer may not take more than
five minutes. Prayer is the link between a
servant and his Lord. It enables a Muslim to
be confident, mentally and spiritually at
rest, calm and untroubled.
3) The Zakaat. A wealthy Muslim must give a
small portion of his money to the poor; 2.5%
of his wealth to be exact (per year). Even
though it is a small amount, it enables the
Muslim community to be conciliated and
merciful amongst each other. It propagates
brotherhood, love and concern amongst
Muslims. And again, Zakaat is only to be
given out by the wealthy, not the poor.
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4) Fasting. What is meant by fasting is that a
person withholds from eating, drinking and
sexual relations during the month of
Ramadan [which is the ninth month of the
lunar calendar] between dawn and sunset.
The sick, travelers, and those with valid
excuses are pardoned from fasting. They are
permitted to eat and drink but must make
up the missed days once they become able.
Fasting has many health, personal, and
social benefits. Among them are: giving the
digestive system a break, allowing Muslims
to grow spiritually, and practicing good
mannerisms. It enables Muslims to be
conscious of their needy brothers and
sisters, those who are unable to find enough
food to satisfy their needs throughout the
year. Consequently, the Muslims humble
themselves and strive to help them.
5) Hajj. It is a form of worship that must be
performed only once in a lifetime, in
Makkah. Those who are physically
incapable or not financially able to perform
it are pardoned from doing so.
Hajj contains many magnificent benefits,
(one of which is) the gathering of Muslims
from all around the globe in one place
getting to know each other and displaying
love for one another; not to mention what a
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Muslim achieves by way of spiritual
purification and character refinement due to
experiencing such a spiritual environment
in the shade of Hajj.
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CONCLUSION
Hopefully whathas preceded is sufficient in
clarifying—in a summarized fashion—some of the
merits of Islam. I invite all who have not yet
entered into the fold of Islam to listen to a sincere
invitation from one who only wants good for you:
Save yourself before death takes you by surprise;
and thus,you die upon other than Islam—what a
great loss that is!
Do you know what dying upon other than Islam
means? It means that you would enter the Hellfire,
abiding therein for eternity. This is what Allah has
warned all those who die without embracing Islam.
So why would you take a chance with an issue as
grave as this?
I am going to ask you a question that I want you to
answer honestly:
What would you lose if you embraced Islam?
If you embrace Islam, you can continue living your
normal ordinary life, but in a more spiritual,
organized, and pleasant fashion…and after death,
tremendous delight and eternal pleasure await you.
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If you have reached a level of conviction, believing
that Islam is the true religion, but fear that
embracing Islam would prevent you from enjoying
pleasures that you cannot live without, then
compare these temporary pleasures with eternal
pleasure. Which of the two should be given
preference?
Furthermore, you can embrace Islam and then
gradually try to reduce such pleasures. And if you
were to honestly invoke Allah, He would surely aid
you in leaving them. In any case, embracing Islam
and having shortcomings is better than not
embracing Islam at all.
If the barrier between you and Islam is due to
having a weak personality, the inability to make
such a big decision, or because you fear that people
may talk about you or mock you, know that these
are just unrealistic thoughts. You would not be the
first person to embrace Islam; a lot of others have
made the decision to do so. They did not lose
anything, their lives were not ruined, nor do they
have any regrets. Furthermore, does it make sense
that you sacrifice your own wellbeing and
happiness in this life and in the hereafter just
because you fear mockery or admonishment?
This affair is worthy of your time. Contemplate
upon it deeply.
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My last words: Do not lose yourself! I ask Allah to
bless you with true guidance.
One who wishes only the best for you,
Dr. Saleh Sindi
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