The Ahmadiyya Gazette, August 1995
It is related by Hazrat Sahl that a man came to the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and said:
O The Prophet of Allah, please let me know what to do that Allah may love me and people also like me.
The Holy Prophet said:
Forsake and abandon the world and Allah will love you. Don’t desire for the things people have and people will also love you.
As a matter of fact this Hadith contains the wonderful instructions for happiness in one’s life. The comforts and luxuries never provide true and real happiness. They are all fleeting and do not remain for long. But this does not mean to become celibate. It is not permitted in Islam. Keep your desires to the minimum. This means leaving the world and by doing so the world itself will come after you. This will protect you from sins which is a sort of burning in this world and in the Hereafter. Secondly, if you don’t desire what people have, no one will be jealous of you. What a wonderful way to remain happy? People will definitely love you and this is a sure way to bring happiness.