Ramadhan Reflections Day 29

– We are almost at the end of the Holy Month. After experiencing

different emotions, events, and lots of sacrifices, on Eidl Fitr

it will be a time for joy and accept that all things that happened

in this world happens for a reason and purpose. We may not

like it, but eventually, as our lives unfold we will see the

bigger picture of the whole cosmic experiences we all share.

 

– For this day, I would like to look into the concept of happiness.

I guess most human beings would always want to be happy. Three

things are important as they say: Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. This is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration

of Independence.

 

The Western view of happiness is mostly link in commercialism or

materialistic world view. We want this, we want that, all leading

to a “comfortable” life. But perhaps one of the most important

things in life, science still can not explain much the meaning

of happiness because it is subjective and the the concept

itself is elusive. Is it an idea, emotion, virtue,

philosophy, ideal, or is it just programmed in the genes?

There is no agreed upon definition for it, yet still

everyone seems is focus on wanting to experience it in their lives.

 

Now a days, in our world and in most cultures, it is commonly

believed that happiness is achieved when you become rich,

powerful, or popular. But this is not really the case.

 

Most of us are programmed to think that happiness is attained by acquiring all material possessions. Most of us have so much trouble attaining happiness because they have have no idea about what it is.

 

There is an Islamic tale that illustrates the relationship of judgment with happiness.

 

“Oh, great sage, Nasrudin,” said

 

the eager student, “I must ask you a

 

very important question, the answer

 

to which we all seek: What is the

 

secret to attaining happiness?”

 

 

Nasrudin thought for a time,

 

then responded. “The secret of

 

happiness is good judgment.”

 

 

“Ah,” said the student. “But how

 

do we attain good judgment?

 

 

“From experience,” answered

 

Nasrudin.

 

 

“Yes,” said the student. “But how

 

do we attain experience?’

 

 

“Bad judgment.”

 

 

Hence, an example of our good judgment is knowing that materialistic comforts by themselves do not lead to lasting happiness.

 

For the Eidl Fitr to come, our joy is not dependent on the food that we eat, or the gifts that we receive, or the festive ambiance in our

community. Our happiness lies on the very idea that we survived

another month of fasting with our families and love ones. Also, the

idea that we have overcome physical and emotional challenges

during the month of Ramadhan.

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