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Chapter 3 part 3 continues to provide us with more ways of lessening the emotional impact of grief, worry, and anxiety.


Useful Ways of Leading a Happy Life
Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahman ibn Nasir ibn ‘Abdullah as-Sa’di

Reading: Chapter 3 Part 3

Among the most useful things in this respect also is working with the teaching of the Prophet `sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam, in a confirmed hadith where he said:

“Look at those that are below you (in worldly positions), and do not look at those that are above you (in worldly positions); that is more befitting for you not to hold the favours and blessings of Allah on you with contempt.” — Bukhari and Muslim

If the slave were to put this noble teaching in front of his eyes, he would realise how far he has been exalted and favoured over many people: in well-being and exemption from tribulations, in richness and what comes with it;

This is true no matter what his condition is.

If he does this, his anxiety will vanish, as well as grief and worry, and his delight and joy with the favours and blessings of Allah by which he has been placed above many who are lower than him will increase.

Assignment: Learning Activities Chapter 3 Part 3

Quickly review previous reading.

• Read Ch 3, Part 3. Adults can read aloud to younger children and may also re-word the information using words at the child’s level of  understanding.

• Choose a project from below and base it on today’s reading:

–Construct a bulletin board
–Construct a mobile
–Crossword puzzle(s) or vocabulary list(s)
–Make an outline of the book
–Make a poster, collage, photo board, or scrapbook page
–Write a poem about an idea or concept from today’s topic
–Use a paragraph as copy work or calligraphy project
–Or create a project of your own liking

• Vocabulary Words: contempt, exemptions

• Choose one (1) of the items to answer in your Learning Journal:
What is your favorite part of today’s reading? Why?What new thing did you learn (or re-learn) today?

1) Start paying attention to those around you. Who is having a more difficult time that you are? Who do you see with visible physical ailments?

2) Write a paragraph or two on the difference between those living in poverty versus those living in abdject poverty? Have you ever seen anyone sleeping/living on the city streets?

3) Research homeless shelters in your city, state, or country? How many of those living in such shelters are your age? Are younger than you? Are elderly?

4) Write a list of what conditions and situations that you consider to be worse than yours?

5) Research and memorize what the Muslim says and does when she encounters someone who is suffering or in a bad situation?