Inner peace seek the Pleasure of Allah

Attaining Inner Peace in Islam

Every Human being on this planet whether he is rich or poor, black or white, proletarian or bourgeoisie, king or beggar, Muslim or non-Muslim, is in search of peace. Inner peace makes people steadfast, strong and capable to face their problems. If there is no inner peace people lose courage and strength to face their difficulties. One who understands the greatness of Allah will find peace knowing that everything else is petty and small. Allah says:

فَلَا تَهِنُوا وَتَدْعُوا إِلَى السَّلْمِ وَأَنتُمُ الْأَعْلَوْنَ وَاللَّهُ مَعَكُمْ وَلَن يَتِرَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ

“So (do) not weaken and call for peace while you (are) superior, and Allah (is) with you and never will deprive you (of) your deeds.” (Surah Muhammad 47:35)

Inner peace lies in two major things: in serving humanity and in the remembrance of Allah. Islam has put great emphasis on both of these things. It does not come from drugs or painkillers. It does not come from a sinful lifestyle. Unless our relations with Allah are good, we can never have real inner peace. Islamic teachings lead to inner peace if people follow them as per the guidance of the Quran and Sunnah.  Allah says:

وَعِبَادُ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ هَوْنًا وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا

“The servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say words of peace.” (Surah Al-Furqan 25:63)

Inner peace is the number one desire for 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. We need Inner peace and the whole of humanity needs it. Inner peace is always important but it is most needed now.  It is important to remember that inner peace comes from Allah. It does not come from material things. Allah says:

أُولَٰئِكَ يُجْزَوْنَ الْغُرْفَةَ بِمَا صَبَرُوا وَيُلَقَّوْنَ فِيهَا تَحِيَّةً وَسَلَامًا

“Those will be awarded the Chamber because they were patient and they will be met therein (with) greetings and peace. (Surah Al-Furqan, 25:75)

People become sick and develop many other physical, emotional or psychological problems. They would certainly have spiritual problems. Those who do not have inner peace become irritable, angry, have difficulty maintaining their daily work, good family relations or other commitments and responsibilities. Inner peace on the other hand makes people optimistic, friendly and productive.

The important element that a human needs the most for living is inner peace:

  1. Inner peace serve and maintain relations with others
  2. Inner peace compete with each other in doing good
  3. Inner peace make effort and leave the rest to Allah
  4. Inner peace teaches that God is the Most Justice
  5. Inner peace is to pray no matter how hard it gets
  6. Inner peace is nothing in this world lasts forever
  7. Inner peace brings about a complete calmness
  8. Inner peace understand the majesty of Allah
  9. Inner peace is content with Allah’s Decree
  10. Inner peace avoid worldly comparisons
  11. Inner peace is read the Quran regularly
  12. Inner peace seek the Pleasure of Allah
  13. Inner peace brings the reality of this life
  14. Inner peace is thankful to Allah Almighty
  15. Inner peace is asking for help from Allah
  16. Inner peace understand the reality of this life
  17. Inner peace gives a person a clear perspective
  18. Inner peace emphasizes both evidence and faith
  19. Inner peace is understanding the Majesty of Allah
  20. Inner peace make effort and leave the rest to Allah
  21. Inner peace has the right to life is an absolute value
  22. Inner peace express gratitude to Allah for His blessings 

Everyone’s journey to achieving their individual inner peace is different from everyone else. No two paths are the same, and it can be a lifelong journey. It’s a spiritual expedition you go on your own, with a few helping hands from your loved ones. The desire for inner peace should be a part of our deen, and in achieving that tranquil, peaceful state, will we be better human beings and worshippers to Him. Allah says:

فَمَنْ خَافَ مِن مُّوصٍ جَنَفًا أَوْ إِثْمًا فَأَصْلَحَ بَيْنَهُمْ فَلَا إِثْمَ عَلَيْهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

“But whoever fears from (the) testator (any) error or sin, then reconciles between them, then (there is) no sin on him. Indeed, Allah (is) Oft-Forgiving, All-Merciful.” (Surah Al-Baqara, 2:182)

Sincere in one’s prayers, dhikr, reading the Quran regularly, frequently seeking forgiveness as well as constantly expressing one’s gratitude. At the end of the day, when we seek to remember our Creator, He will remember us. Allah is the best source of peace, and mental peace lies in the remembrance of Allah. Allah says:

وَإِن جَنَحُوا لِلسَّلْمِ فَاجْنَحْ لَهَا وَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

“If the enemy inclines to peace, then incline to it also and rely upon Allah. Verily, it is He who is the Hearing, the Knowing.” (Surah Al-Anfal 8:61)

People who have issues are needed to look at their issues in the light of the Quran because there is hope and cure in Islam to overcome such problems. The inner peace is accepting Islam in our hearts and living by the principles of Islam.  So God will put richness in a person’s heart and this world will come to him submissively, on its knees and humbled.  Such a person will not have to chase it.

Ways to create inner peace with Holy Quran:

  • “Peace, a word from a Merciful Lord.” (Quran: 36:58)
  • “Verily, in the remembrance of God do hearts find rest.” (Quran 13:28)
  • “There is no compulsion where the religion is concerned.” (Quran: 2:256)
  • “Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we cannot bear.” (Quran: 2: 286)
  • “And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein.” ( Quran 50:16)

Inner peace makes people strong to deal with their personal, family, local as well as national and international problems. In religion Islam, Muslims have been guided in their every walk of life by mentioning the pros and cons of each and everything. Now it is up to the people if they are studying Islam or not to get the right standards of living which ultimately benefit the minds with peace and calmness. Allah says:

قَالَ سَلَامٌ عَلَيْكَ سَأَسْتَغْفِرُ لَكَ رَبِّي إِنَّهُ كَانَ بِي حَفِيًّا

“He said, “Peace (be) on you. I will ask forgiveness for you (from) my Lord. Indeed, He is to me Ever Gracious.” (Sarah Maryam 19:47)

If we change our self then God will change the world around us and give us the means to deal with the world around us.  Even though the world is in turmoil God gives us inner peace with it. Everything that is done without seeking the pleasure of God will just go, but that which is done seeking His pleasure and His Grace will endure and live on. Allah says:

إِذْ دَخَلُوا عَلَيْهِ فَقَالُوا سَلَامًا قَالَ إِنَّا مِنكُمْ وَجِلُونَ

“When they entered upon him and said, “Peace.” He said, “Indeed, we (are) of you afraid.” (Surah l-Hijr 15:52)

If we are thankful, Allah will give us more and more of everything that we have and even more. He will keep increasing us, and it will also be in the form of our tranquillity. It is in understanding that no matter what happens to us, Allah’s plan is best. When we are content with Allah’s decree, we will work hard, we will do our best but be content with whatever result comes our way. Allah says:

فَإِنِ اعْتَزَلُوكُمْ فَلَمْ يُقَاتِلُوكُمْ وَأَلْقَوْا إِلَيْكُمُ السَّلَمَ فَمَا جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ عَلَيْهِمْ سَبِيلًا

“So if they remove themselves from you and do not fight you and offer you peace, then Allah has not made for you a cause for fighting against them.” (Surah An-Nisa 4:90)

Allah’s decree is Divine, and not always understandable to us in the here and now. Only when we look back do we understand how Allah’s plan was perfect. Allah’s plan for us is the best for us, and knowing that makes life incredibly peaceful. We just need to keep faith in Allah no matter what because He is the only entity that has solutions to every difficulty. Allah says:

تَحِيَّتُهُمْ يَوْمَ يَلْقَوْنَهُ سَلَامٌ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ أَجْرًا كَرِيمًا

“Their greetings (on the) Day they will meet Him (will be), “Peace.” and He has prepared for them a reward noble.” (Surah Al-Ahzab 33:44)

Allah is the Creator of this entire universe and of all the things we are blessed with, so in order to find peace in those things, we must thank Allah daily, for being blessed with the luxuries, children, parents, and for everything we have. God created us in this world and the world as a means to attain Paradise and the trials of this world are our own spiritual growth.  If we can accept all this, accepting God in our hearts then we can find inner peace.