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Happiness and Remembrance of God and His verses

One of the original needs of all human beings is to be with God. God blew His spirit into man; thus, if man is not connected to God, he will not enjoy a happy life. The Qur'an says, "Those who believe, their hearts being at rest in God's remembrance, in God's remembrance are at rest the hearts" (Ra'd, 13:28), and "whosoever turns away from My remembrance, his shall be a life of narrowness" (Taha, 20:124) (cited in Pasandideh, 2007, p. 215- 219).

The prophet of Islam emphasizes and tells us to associate with someone whose visit causes remembrance of God: his tongue should increase your knowledge, and his morality and deeds should make you anxious and interested in the hereafter.

It should be remembered here that the remembrance of God, according to the Qur'an, causes the rest and tranquility of man's hearts. According to Imam Ali, the happiest persons are those whose hearts and souls wish to worship and obey God (Tayyebi & Moeenoleslam, 2004, p.144).

One of the factors of happiness is the remembrance of God. According to the prophet of Islam, the delight of believers in the world is the remembrance of God, their affection for Him, and acquiring His satisfaction. According to Imam Sajjad, "Through Thy remembrance, is alive my heart" (Akbari, 2006, p. 49).

The prophet of Islam says that remembrance of death, reciting the Qur'an, remembrance of God, and wisdom cause the inner happiness of humans.

God describes the Qur'an as "cure and mercy," "and We send down, of the Koran, that which is a healing and a mercy to the believers; and the unbelievers it increases not, except in loss" (Esra', 17:82). According to Imam Ali, one should "learn the Qur'an, for it is the fairest of discourse and understand it thoroughly, for it is the best blossoming of hearts. Seek cure with its light, for it is the cure of hearts. Recite it nicely, for it is the most beautiful narration" (sermon 110).

He adds in another part of Nahj-al-Balaghah, "know that this Qur'an is an adviser who never deceives, a leader who never misleads and a narrator who never speaks a lie. No one will sit beside this Qur'an but that when he rises he will achieve one addition or one diminution-addition in his guidance and elimination in his (spiritual) blindness" (sermon 176).

The prophet of Islam introduced God as a (spiritual) physician. Imam Ali calls the prophet a physician. Imam Ali, in the Du'a of Komeil, considers God as the source whose Name is healing and His remembrance is treatment.

Adapted from the book: "Foundations of Happiness"

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