أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

A cabinet maker, in the city of Ashkabad, found his trade dwindling and became overwhelmed, with debts. The worry and stress caused by his debts led to his health being affected and he ended up develpoping diabetes, and hypertension.

Finally in a state of despair and depression he wrote to a well known Scholar seeking his advice a few weeks later the scholar wrote back in the following words.

” Bismillah Irahman Irahim’

‘ Bismillah Irahman Irahim’

‘ Bismillah Irahman Irahim’

“Expect Great Things To Happen!”

Reading the scholars cryptic reply, the old cabinet maker became disheartened and angry, he complained bitterly to his wife; ” We are overwhelmed with worries, and all this so called great scholar has to offer is to tell me to ” Expect Great Things To happen”.

The Cabinet makers wife who was endowed with a reflective personality, she carefully browsed the letter and replied; ” I think the Scholar has identified the true cause of our problems, we have put ourselves, into a state of hopelessness by focusing on the obstacles we are facing, instead of hoping for the best, we have been seeing the worst in every situation, all this has done is lead to our problems increasing and multiplying.

‘By focusing on the Worst possible outcomes,our minds have become clouded with pessimism, we have been unable to see the possible solutions and opportunities that may lie within
midst.

‘Maybe what we need to do is too alter the state of our minds and from now on start ” Expecting Great Things To Happen”; And we may by the grace of Allah receive them.

The Scholar has repeated the words Bismillah Irahman Irahim three times in his letter. And indeed we have forgotten that Allah the almighty, is The Most Merciful, He is Thee Most
Compassionate and He is Thee Most Gracious, and every tribulation he sends upon His servants has the seeds of mercy and blessings contained within it.”

So over the following weeks the Cabinet maker and his wife made a commitment to wake up daily, expecting great things to happen. With this renewed sense of optimism, they were able to find several solutions in overcoming their financial woes and the cabinet makers health also improved as a result.

And now whenever worry and problems strike instead of losing hope they remind each other to “Expect Great things To Happen”.

Something to Ponder.

When the mind is in a state of stress, it is unable to identify solutions too many difficult problems . Because a mind clouded by the fog of worry and stress, is unable to see the rays of sunshine that lie beyond the mist.

So always and in every situation let us have complete trust in Allah, for he is indeed Merciful.

After spending over two decades studying the worlds most successful people Napoleon Hill wrote many years ago that; ” Every adversity has the seed of an equal or greater benefit”.

Sometimes our minds are so focused on the stem full of thorns, that they are unable see and smell the fragrant rose that accomapanies it.

So let us wake up every morning ” Expecting Great Things to Happen”.

May Allah give us all Hidayah especially a hypocrite and sinner like me Ameen.

http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?23911-Start-With-the-Self.

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