Modern life involves a daily bustle of noise, distraction, and information overload. Our senses are constantly stimulated from every direction to the point that a simple moment of quiet stillness seems impossible for some of us. This continuous agitation hinders us from getting the most out of each moment, subtracting from the quality of our prayers and our ability to remember Allah. We all know that we need more presence in prayer, and more control over our wandering minds and desires. Allah says:
وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ يَعْلَمُ مَا فِي أَنفُسِكُمْ فَاحْذَرُوهُ ۚ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ حَلِيمٌ
“Know that Allah knows what is within yourselves, so beware of Him, and know that Allah is Forgiving and Forbearing.” (Surah al-Baqarah 2:235)
Islam is a spiritual state in which a believer is conscious of the awareness of Allah over his inward states and outward actions. It is when the heart and mind are occupied with the remembrance of Allah and are before Him in the present moment, in contrast to when the heart and mind are in a state of wandering, negligence, or forgetfulness. Allah is always watching us at all times and, as a consequence, we develop greater attention and care for our own actions, thoughts, feelings, and inner states of being. Allah says:
الَّذِينَ ضَلَّ سَعْيُهُمْ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ يَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُمْ يُحْسِنُونَ صُنْعًا
“Those – is lost their effort in the life (of) the world, while they think that they (were) acquiring good (in) work.” (Surah Al-Kahf 18:104)
Allah has given us The Holy Quran as a guide for the whole of mankind. Quran is providing us guidance in every matter of life from birth to death. The heart is in the position of a mirror that is surrounded by influential matters and these traits proceed to the heart. By cultivating the remembrance and muraqabah of Allah through various mental exercises. Every human soul is like a mirror that is polished by mindfulness or tarnished by unmindfulness.
Ways that you can create a peace of mind and inner tranquillity on a daily basis:
- Doing good deeds will please Allah, it brings peace to the heart
- Control your mind from being dominated by negative thoughts
- Indeed, Allah is with the whoever patient and perseveres
- Following the path and Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW)
- Control your mind by being careful with your mouth
- Surround yourself only with good companies
- Islam teaches us to practice in our daily life
- Staying away from the negative thinking
- Think about the impact that may take
- Make the Faith in Allah stronger
- Self-discipline is a part of self-control
- Always think about something positive
- Be careful of your head and your mouth
- Strengthen your Faith and make your mind strong
- Self-control is important and that defines our future
- Islam brings and realises peace to all of its believers
- The Holy Quran is the guidance to all Muslims in the world
- Restrain yourself from saying bad things and control your mind
- Be careful in choosing a company that will affect you in many ways
- Knowing more about Islam will bring peace and warmth into your soul
Peace of mind is the number one desire of every human being, especially at a time when we are racing with the world to obtain all of the material goals that we set ourselves or society places in our way. The modern world challenges us with so many distractions and so many expectations that don’t serve us. The best way to create that peace of mind by remembering Allah is to do it consistently throughout the day.
فَأَمَّا مَنْ أُوتِيَ كِتَابَهُ بِيَمِينِهِ فَسَوْفَ يُحَاسَبُ حِسَابًا يَسِيرًا
“As for one given his book in his right hand, he will soon be judged with an easy accounting.” (Surah al-Inshiqaq 84:7-8)
Allah is the one who would easily direct your mind into good thoughts, helps you to control it, and protect it from the work of Shaytan. Ask for Allah’s help and guidance for everything in your life, including when you feel like it’s very hard for you to control your mind. Keep your mind occupied and focus the whole time to avoid Shaytan from entering it.
The importance of peace of mind, and the inner tranquillity that every human seeks:
- Remembrance of Allah: It’s a rare gem to be able to focus your energy and thought process on the remembrance of Allah.
- Meaning of Inner Peace: Peace of mind may afterwards be hereditary across the society, generations, people around us and the whole planet.
- Real Meaning of Happiness: Happiness is a psychological state of contentment defined by pleasant feelings varying from pleasure to excessive ease.
- Patience in Misfortune Reaps Rewards: Place your trust in Allah’s plan for you, and you will be grateful to Him in the future.
- Depend on Allah: Keep supplicating to Allah, and He will open the doors of ease for you. Remember, no person can bring us good nor harm; it’s only through Allah’s will.
- Aware of the evil whisper of Shaytan: Stay focused and aware of the evil whisper of Shaytan and don’t let it slip through your mouth and action.
- Fear of Allah: A Muslim whose heart is filled with the fear of Allah will be able to win the fight with Shaytan.
The existence of the Quran is to show Muslims how should we live in the world and what happens in the Hereafter and the Day of Judgment when we are living not accordingly to the Quran. So the one way that you can create that peace of mind and tranquillity that would last, is to busy yourself with the remembrance of Allah or what is otherwise known as Dhikr or Zikr. A strong Muslim should be able to control his mind so that it would not be occupied by the Shaytan. Allah says:
وَمَا هَٰذِهِ الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا لَهْوٌ وَلَعِبٌ ۚ وَإِنَّ الدَّارَ الْآخِرَةَ لَهِيَ الْحَيَوَانُ ۚ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ
“This worldly life is nothing but diversion and amusement. Verily, the home of the Hereafter is the true life if only they knew.” (Surah Al-Ankabut 29:64)
As Shaytan will continue to tempt us Muslims to go the wrong way, we should always restrain ourselves and notice the signs when Shaytan was around. Indeed, Allah is with the patient. The best helper is Allah, so return to Allah and ask for help from Him. Allah will give His helping hand to anyone who asks for it. Make your mind your best friend, because all the bad things and good things are coming from inside your mind. Mind is one of the most dangerous things in a human.
Here are some benefits you could gain from being able to perform the self-control:
- Forget about everything that feels like a problem and do something silly and childlike
- Schedule a date with yourself, a time when you don’t need to meet anyone
- Declutter a cluttered part of your home, creating a more peaceful space
- Engage in a little art therapy and put all your feelings on the page
- Take a walk with the sole intention and making you feel at peace
- Focus on what you appreciate about the people in your life
- Create a list of things you love about yourself
- Write a blog post about what gives you peace of mind
- Self-control is needed to keep our life on the right track
- Write down everything that’s weighing you down mentally
- Empowering yourself instead of something to stress you out
- Write down everything you’ve learned from a difficult experience
- Call someone you’ve denied forgiveness and tell them you forgive them
- Do something kind for someone else without expecting anything in return
- Tell someone how their actions affected you instead of building resentment
The Quran provides guidance for learning and practising relaxation exercises. If you remember Allah, then you will create the peace of mind that you’re looking for. If you want to create peace of mind, you can’t do it by feeding your mind with constant negativity. Sleeping in the remembrance of Allah will help you to end your day with a positive focus. Be grateful for all that you’ve had throughout your day.
Allah Almighty says about the Idea of Peace of Mind in the Holy Quran:
- “Men not created without a purpose.” (Quran 23:115)
- “Man is himself accountable for his own actions.” (Quran 17:1)
- “And the Hereafter is better for you than the first life.” (Quran 93:4)
- “you have that day, nor for you will there be any denial.” (Quran 42:47)
- “You alone we worship, and You alone we seek help from.” (Al Fatiha 1:4)
- “And We send down of the Quran that which is healing and mercy for the believers.” (Quran 17:82)
The Quran uses a technique called Alif-Lam-Mim for strengthening the nafs and helping bring about a more peaceful state of being. The Quran highlights the importance of psychological wellbeing. If we as a society are to move forward and remove the stigma associated with mental health, the first thing we should do is not emphasise unjustified prejudices and put more hate into the world. Allah says:
وَقَالُوا مَا هِيَ إِلَّا حَيَاتُنَا الدُّنْيَا نَمُوتُ وَنَحْيَا وَمَا يُهْلِكُنَا إِلَّا الدَّهْرُ وَمَا لَهُم بِذَٰلِكَ مِنْ عِلْمٍ إِنْ هُمْ إِلَّا يَظُنُّونَ
“And they say, “Not it (is) but our life (of) the world, we die and we live, and not destroys us except the time.” And not for them of that any knowledge; not, they (do) but guess.” (Surah Al-Jathiyah 45:24)
Peace of mind is the state of awareness of oneself in relation to Allah. In its purest form, it is the highest spiritual state that a believer can achieve. Mindful believers learn how to silence the ‘self-talk’ within their inner beings by habitually redirecting their attention to Allah. We should all push for the same common goal of love and humility in a place where people can live free from fear. Allah says:
وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَاكُمْ ثُمَّ صَوَّرْنَاكُمْ ثُمَّ قُلْنَا لِلْمَلَائِكَةِ اسْجُدُوا لِآدَمَ فَسَجَدُوا إِلَّا إِبْلِيسَ لَمْ يَكُن مِّنَ السَّاجِدِينَ
“We created you, then We shaped you, then We said to the angels‑ Bow yourselves to Adam.” (Surah Al-Araf 7:11)
Allah never asks His servants to do certain things without enormous benefits behind them. The more we do good deeds, the more our minds are focused on a positive thing. Be happy for the one whom Allah has blessed with goodness. Your time will also come, so don’t plot harm to others. Allah knows and plans what is better for you as He is the Wisest, so He will give you something beneficial for you at the right moment.