Won’t you like to have a welcoming smile on someone’s face when you seek them? Well! We all certainly do. An upward curve of someone’s lips would definitely encourage us to talk to them and we do try to avoid standing by a person who would begin and end their conversation with the complaints of their lives. Smile is an amazing thing that brings us close to people, removes our tensions and soothes our hearts. The companions of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W are reported to have said that they did not see anyone who smiled more than Him S.A.W and this is the reason He S.A.W was so close and dear to them.
Smile is a Therapy:
Smile is not simply an expression; it is a therapy, a cure, and a remedy to a lot of things. We not only smile when we feel happy but research says it even happens vice versa i.e. if you want to make yourself happy, It will help you feel good.
Dear reader: We here need to know the difference between a smile and laughter as well. People sometime ago were fascinated by the term laughter therapy which is now being well replaced by the concept of smile therapy. We are required to show our happiness with a this and not by the laughter since it is not a burden on us (our muscles and nerves) and those who face it but laughter is. Our role model, dear Muslims, used to smile and not laugh. Hazrat Ayesha (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
“I have never seen Messenger of Allah (PBUH) laughing so heartily that his uvula could be seen. He used to smile only.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Smile is Sadqa:
Smile and making someone happy is certainly dear to Allah and His Prophet Muhammad S.A.W and smiling is termed as one type of Sadqa. A hadith quotes:
“To meet your brother with a smile is sadqa”
Our Prophet S.A.W used to smile with his companions and enjoy their company. Sahaba would narrate the stories of old times where Prophet Muhammad S.A.W used to join them often. It was narrated that Simak bin Harb said:
“I said to Jabir bin Samurah: ‘Did you used to sit with the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W)?” He said: ‘Yes.’ When the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) had prayed fajr, he would sit in the place where he had prayed until the sun rose, and his companions would talk and remember things from the time of Jahilliyah and recite poetry, and they would laugh and he would smile.'” (Sunan an-Nasa’i)
For Prophet Muhammad S.A.W’s habit of constant smiling, His one of the names was Ad-Dhahaak – the one who constantly smiles.
Friends: Our religion, as said earlier, encourages us to smile. But also meanwhile, forbids us from causing someone to cry and hurting them. A Muslim must be so sensitive that he should not comfortably see someone cry but should try utmost to make people happy. It was narrated from ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr that a man came to the Prophet and said:
“I have come pledging to emigrate (Hijrah), and I have left my parents weeping.” He S.A.W said: “Go back to them, and make them smile as you made them weep.”(Sunan an-Nasa’i)
They say a smile may be a flirt, a deception and a mean to get what they want. We would say…. “Smile Anyway, Smile for Allah”. What do you say?
Share with your friends if you like smiling and like to encourage people make smiling a habit. Let’s SMILE!