This article focuses on how to create a piece of mind and heart, and a sense of inner tranquillity that brings calm to your life.
This is no doubt one of the greatest problematic areas for most people’s lives.
Most of us want to go through a day with a sense of peace and tranquillity, without something in the back of our minds, giving us a hard time.
However, many of us wake up first thing in the morning, and the very first feeling we experience is a sense of being troubled, stressed, or worried.
The Morning Blues
Immediately, as people wake up, their day starts with uneasiness, stress, and anxiety.
Many of us go through the whole day, and we get to the end of the day, feeling like it’s just been one long, stressful day.
Allah (swt), the Creator of the Heavens and Earth knows that you will experience this in your life. Allah (swt) Knows Your Struggles
As a result of this, Allah (swt) gives us a very precise and succinct solution to this problem.
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Of course, the One who created us knows better than anyone else that we would face these problems. And as a result, Allah (swt) fills the Quran with solutions to these daily challenges that we face.
I want to share five different ways that we can actually improve our lives, our peace of mind and bring about some sort of inner tranquillity.
I say inner tranquillity because you could be in a situation where your life is filled with different types of challenges.
You see challenges all around you, but amidst that challenge, amidst those problems all happening on the outside, you are calm and serene on the inside.
You feel confident, connected, and grounded.
You feel like you can actually deal with the problems with an easier solution.
You can think straight because one of the problems you face when you’re challenged in your daily life, is feeling like you can’t think straight.
So many things coming at you from so many different angles. We find it difficult to actually come up with a solution because our minds are constantly bombarded with different types of information.
Different impulses, different challenges, different feelings that we’re experiencing through the day.
All of this can be quite overwhelming.
But Allah (swt) gives us a very simple solution. It’s probably the best solution that you’ll find in the Quran.
We find this in Surah ar Ra’d verse 28, where Allah (swt) says,
الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ
Those who believe.
Allah (swt) is talking about the very prerequisite to having this inner peace.
The thing that you must have before you can achieve a sense of ultimate peace and tranquillity is Emaan; to believe in Allah (swt).
الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ
In this context, we would translate this as, for your hearts to be assured, or your hearts to feel that sense of safety.
You could only do this with the remembrance of Allah.
The Hearts Assured and Feeling Safe
This verse is translated as those who believe and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah.
It is only through the remembrance of Allah, that the hearts will find that reassurance, certainty, or that level of peace and tranquillity.
That’s what we’re trying to achieve. Let’s look at this verse in a way that we can actually take it on a practical level and understand it.
Allah (swt) says those who believe and they have that reassurance, that inner tranquillity.
You Are Not Alone
For you to feel reassured, you need to feel as though you can deal with the problem. We go through life and we have many ups and downs.
That’s a normal thing.
Everyone has this. Don’t ever think that you’re going through life facing challenges when everyone else is having a swimming life.
Everyone’s enjoying their lives while you are being challenged. That’s not the case. It may seem like it’s the case, but it’s never the case.
Because Allah Himself, says:
I am the one who tests the people. Allah (swt) is telling us in Surah Al Mu’minun, that He is the one who tests us and trials us.
So everyone goes through these trials. But Allah (swt) gives you a solution to it.
It’s not that your trial will disappear or these challenges will disappear.
But being able to deal with it, and feeling comfortable in order to get through this problem, get over this challenge, or get around this challenge, you need to feel a sense of reassurance and confidence.
Allah (swt) says: it is only in the remembrance of Allah that you will find this reassurance.
Why is it only in the remembrance of Allah that you would find that peace or tranquillity?
Look at the words that Allah uses, it is only in the remembrance of Allah, that you will find that peace or that tranquillity or that reassurance.
The reason for that is that Allah is the only one that can deal with every single problem. No problem that you’re faced with is beyond the ability of Allah.
So if you connect to Allah (swt), you remember who Allah is and what the power of Allah is, then you’ll know that you’ll be okay.
Allah started with: those who believe in Allah, so if you believe in Allah, then you think about your problem in the context of the one who sustains your life, the one who helps you, the one who gives you everything that you need.
If your problem is in the context of it being under the control of Allah, then you will feel more certainty, and more assured that you will get through this no matter what it looks like.
Time For a Challenge
When you put your Tawakkul; your reliance on Allah for everything, then you don’t feel so challenged.
You don’t feel like any problem is too big. And that’s how you know if you are constantly connecting to Allah, Bi Thikrillah.
If you are constantly remembering Allah, thinking about who Allah is, and understanding who your Creator is, then you won’t be challenged in the same way as someone who does not have that reassurance or that connection with the Creator.
You may think that this is too simplistic or this is too easy.
But I challenge you to try this. Think about your problem when it comes to Allah.
Can Allah solve your problem? Can Allah deal with your issues?
Can Allah help you to get over any issue in your life?
You should also ask yourself this.
These problems that I’ve had previously throughout my life, all of these years that I’ve lived, all of the challenges that I faced when those solutions came from nowhere.
Did they really come from nowhere? Or Did Allah (swt) have my back? Did Allah support me at every stage of my life and give me the solution for everything?
When you recognise that Allah (swt) is the One who gave you all of your solutions, then you will feel that inner tranquillity. No longer will you stress or worry that a problem is too big.
When you put that problem up against the Qudra, the ability of the Creator, the power of the Creator, to solve your issues, then you’ll naturally feel confident because you don’t have to rely on yourself, you are relying on Allah (swt).
Now, don’t misunderstand me. We live in a world where there are some complex issues and problems.
So it’s important to understand who your Creator is, to know who Allah is. This is Dhikr of Allah.
To know who your Creator is not just sitting and making Tasbeeh.
Tasbeeh is the remembrance of Allah, but to know who your Creator is, to know the names and attributes of Allah means you will never feel as though any problem or any challenge in this world is beyond the ability of Allah to solve.
When you rely solely on your Creator to solve any problem, whether it be a medical problem, a financial problem, or a relationship problem.
Whether it be family issues, or community issues, regardless of how big the problem looks, when you look at that problem in the context of the greatest power, which is the power of Allah, then you’ll never feel as though it’s unsolvable.
You may not be able to solve it but if you make Dua, if you make repentance, if you turn to Allah (swt) and beg Allah for your solutions, Allah will get you through any issue.
That brings internal peace.
That brings about internal reassurance to feel safe, because you are safe in the hands of Allah.
You are not safe if left to the creation, because the creation is limited in its ability.
Not everyone can help you. When we have problems, and we go to different people asking for help, most of the time, they are unable to help.
Instead, what they do is give you some advice, but the greatest power that exists is the power of the Creator.
Allah (swt) is the All Powerful, All Able, and at any point, if He chooses to solve your problem instantly, it can be solved in an instant.
When you rely on your Creator, then you’ve got no issues. And that’s our first point. That’s the number one way to solve your problems.
That’s the number one way to create peace of mind.
These are practical ways of remembering Allah, and making Dua.
Number two. Create a sense of focus for your Salah.
Dhikr of Allah is the remembrance of Allah. And one of the best ways to do this is the five daily prayers.
The five daily prayers are obviously your connection with the Creator. So that’s the greatest connection you’re going to get.
That’s the greatest remembrance of Allah that you’re going to have.
In order to make sure that you get the best out of that, my suggestion to you is to take 10 minutes before your prayer.
Take 10 minutes and make Wudu, make your ablution, think about Allah, and connect to Allah. Have Dhikr of Allah in your preparation.
Laying the Foundation for a Solution
Prepare yourself mentally.
When you make Wudu, we know the Prophet (saw) said that every drop of water that rolls off our skin, at the time when you make Wudu, you’re losing your sins with that.
Allah is wiping away the sins as you wipe them clean, going through this spiritual purification.
So, it’s an act of worship itself. It’s actually a part of the Dhikr of Allah. So do it with emphasis and with time. Don’t rush it.
Most of us are always rushing to get to the prayer and then, we don’t give time for the preparation of that Salah.
If you prepare for the Salah, and you make your Wudu a point of connection with Allah as well, you benefit and you are ready for the Salah.
In that way, you are getting ready for that solution, that peace and tranquillity that you want.
Imagine this quickly. You are in the heat of the sun and you’re getting ready for Salah and you make Wudu.
Especially if you’re in Makkah or Madinah and it’s baking, then you go to make Wudu.
What’s the feeling that you get?
Personally, when I make Wudu in the Haram, the feeling that I get is a sense of tranquillity. Making Wudu in that heat with that cold water is the most beautiful thing because it brings about a physical sense of tranquillity.
But it’s not just physical, because it’s an act of worship itself. It’s a spiritual sense of tranquillity.
If you make it in remembrance of Allah, you will get that inner peace. This is what it’s all about.
We all want a sense of inner peace. You don’t have to be in the Haram.
You can be anywhere in the world, going through your daily life, and you could be facing some real challenges that you want to break free from.
What do you do?
Go make Wudu, and say Bismillah. Think about Allah as you’re making it.
Think about the fact that you’re about to stand before Allah (swt) in Salah.
As you do this spiritual act of purification, you will feel a sense of tranquillity. But in order to do that, you have to go through that preparation process.
That takes us to the third thing.
Get rid of the problems that create this uneasiness or that sense of trouble. That troubled mind that we have.
What is the number one cause?
I have no doubt what it is and I won’t hold back.
The number one problem that we face today is this 24 hour news cult or social media. I’m talking about the constant barrage of negative information.
I’m not talking about positive stuff. There is lots of positive stuff available on the internet and everywhere.
But what I’m talking about is the negative, news cult.
I call it a news cult because a cult is something addictive, something that shapes your thinking.
It shapes the way you view the world and it affects your behaviour.
The 24-hour news cult has an extremely negative impact on us.
Some people say it actually motivates them because it keeps them on their feet.
I would suggest a news fast. I absolutely avoid the news.
I avoid the negative influx of information, especially at the times when I want to be my optimum.
If you want to be on top of the world, super positive, and taking positive action in your life, to improve your life and the lives of those around you and the community and the society.
If you want to add positivity to the world you can’t be filled with negativity because negativity fuels more negativity, whereas positivity fuels more positivity.
We are taught from the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saw) that we should always look at the world in positivity. Even when people behave badly towards us, our response should be positive.
Now, there are different ways of being positive in response.
Islam promotes having a positive outlook and the news cult, this constant barrage of negative information that is constantly being fed to our minds, through news feeds, news broadcasts, and social media because social media has become like a big carrier of negative information.
You can go to your Facebook feed or your Instagram feed or Twitter, or wherever. As you go through your feed, you just see a constant barrage of negative things.
There is a positive, there’s no doubt about that, but you see a huge amount of negativity.
So if you want to have peace of mind, if you want to create that sense of peace, then you have to limit, if not stop that influx of negative information.
Don’t ruin your mind right from the beginning of the day. Guard your mind.
The very first thing a lot of people do is turn to the news feed.
It automatically puts us in a state of negativity or in a reactionary stance in life. And that’s not the best way to be.
An example of this is when there has been some right-wing fascist, propaganda in the country.
Where I am in the UK, sometimes there’s some right-wing propaganda in the news, making threats.
When this happens, often what you find is that many of our Muslim brothers and sisters become fearful. They hear this stuff, day and night.
They read it, listen to it, watch it.
Even though they have not experienced anything themselves, any negativity at all, the overwhelming influx of negative information through the news, through the TV, through social media, and everything that they’ve consumed, puts them into a constant state of fear.
That fear is a very negative emotion. When you are in a constant state of fear, it immobilises you.
It makes you unable to do the things that you would normally do.
I remember speaking to a community leader in a local town once, who told me that he was finding it difficult to be positive.
When I asked him why, what transpired was that he was constantly reading the news.
He was constantly watching negative stuff and even though he hadn’t experienced anything himself, he was affected by it, and his outlook and response were negative.
So when I asked him to give advice to his community, to encourage them, and to give them hope, he was finding it difficult himself.
So it just shows how much of a negative impact it has.
Let’s cut this short. Cut the negative information out of your mind.
Stand guard at the door of your mind and stop the negative information from coming in because it will affect you.
There’s no doubt about that.
It doesn’t mean you have to abandon it completely, but limit it to once a week or maybe twice a week.
The truth is that any real information that you really must know will reach you whether you read the news or not. People will tell you about it.
I avoid this stuff. And I still know about everything that’s going on, because the news comes to me.
That takes me to the fourth thing.
Don’t touch the internet, or your mobile devices for the first two hours of your day.
The first two hours of your day are the most important, they set you up for your entire day.
If the very first thing you do is read your social feeds or messages and watch those videos or listen to whatever you’re doing.
If you’re taking in this negative information, and maybe it’s not even negative, but you’re taking in an abundance of information first thing in the morning, at a time when you should be doing Dhikr of Allah, then your day is affected.
It’s a time when you should be contemplating the verses of Allah, making Tasbeeh, and doing your Salah.
Spend that initial couple of hours of your day in contemplation, in writing and journaling, putting down your thoughts on paper.
Even if you don’t do that, you actually sit and think and contemplate the verses of Allah.
Spending even 10 minutes a day first thing in the morning, reading the Quran, in a language that you understand and contemplating how this applies to your life, will set you up for the most positive day there is.
Even if your life is full of challenges.
The breakfast of the mind is the Dhikr of Allah.
If you set yourself up and have the breakfast of your mind first thing in the morning, your mind will be ready to deal with any challenges that you have throughout the day.
That’s very important because we become reactive.
Reacting to the impulses and to all of those things prodding our mind. The very first moment you wake up, you look at your phone.
So many of us do it.
I’ve been guilty of this myself. I have to force myself not to do this.
I force myself not to read emails or messages.
Because the time in the morning is the time to set myself up for the best possible day.
This is one of the keys to a morning routine for success.
The last thing is the evening routine for success.
Allah (swt) says Dhikrillah; the Dhikr of Allah will give you that peace and serenity.
So follow the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah(saw).
It is narrated that He (saw) said, Whoever fears that he will not get up at the end of the night. Let that person pray Witr at the beginning of the night.
But if you think you will get up at the end of the night, then let that person get up at the end of the night, and pray the Witr Salah at the end of the night. And that is better for them.
This is a Hadith from Sahih Muslim, where the Prophet (saw) is telling us that the night is a time of remembrance of Allah just like the day is.
Muslims like to be in a constant state of peace and tranquillity, regardless of how stormy life is. We need to be connected to Allah (swt).
Make the last thing in your evening or night the remembrance of Allah. Pray the Witr Salah as the final Salah.
That’s the last thing you do when you go to sleep so the very last thing you’re doing is connecting to Allah.
Check this over the coming nights.
For example, if you watch a movie last thing at night, the very first thing that will happen when you wake up the next morning is that you will remember that movie.
The scenes or something from that will come into your mind as soon as you wake up.
If the last thing you do at night is have a conversation with your family member then the first thing that will come into your mind as soon as you wake up will be that conversation.
That’s the way that Allah created us.
Whatever you think about before your mind switches off, is the first thing your mind remembers when it switches back on.
If you make the last thing in your night the remembrance of Allah, you think about Allah, you contemplate those verses of Allah, you think about how these things practically apply in your life, and then throughout the night, your mind is marinating in the remembrance of Allah.
The first thing that will happen when you wake up is that you will have the remembrance of Allah immediately. This sets you up to be in a state of peace and tranquillity.
Ultimately, as Allah (swt) says, only in the remembrance of Allah will the heart find that reassurance or that assurance or tranquillity or peace.
That’s what we’re trying to achieve here. So, my advice to you is to try these five things. These are practical tips.
It’s not difficult but it takes practice.
If you think that it’s easy to do, then do it. Because the challenge is that just as easy as it is to do, it’s just as easy not to do it.
We find ourselves not doing it.
Then we have a turbulent day or this turbulent mindset with emotional ups and downs. However, we can control it.
When I don’t do it, it creates a sense of imbalance in my mindset, in my heart, in the way that I am responding to life.
Whereas when I do it, for myself I’m living proof that Allah (swt) is the Creator of the Heavens and Earth because he knows that which is inside me.
When I do these things, when I am in remembrance of Allah, when I’m stressed out, I turn to the remembrance of Allah.
And when I do that sincerely, with clarity, taking my time about it, then all of the distractions and challenges disappear. They wane and fall.
They fall in the sight of Allah because they do not matter in the sight of Allah.
The power of Allah (swt) is greater than anything.
Any challenge I have is never going to be too big for my Creator.
1 – Remembrance of Allah. Create that, you’ve got to work on it.
It’s the five daily prayers, Dhikr, anything that you do to reflect on the verses of Allah. Think about Allah, and learn about Allah. It is considered a remembrance of Allah because you are thinking about Allah.
2 – Make Wudu. Make that a part of your preparation for the remembrance of Allah. It’s an act of worship.
3 – Get rid of the distractions. The cult, the 24-hour news.
4 – That device, your mobile, whatever it is that you look at first thing in the morning, keep it away from your mind for at least a couple of hours while you prepare yourself for the day.
5 – Before you go to sleep, pray your Witr. Make that the last thing.
Do the remembrance of Allah as the last thing so that when you wake up the next morning, you are set to go.
By strengthening your connection with Allah (swt) and adopting these practices, you’ll be better equipped to navigate life’s challenges with confidence, serenity, and a peaceful heart.
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