– 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
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
“Yes,” said the student. “But how
do we attain experience?’
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.