In the name of Allah the beneficent, the Merciful
What is a Smile
What is a Smile? In Physiology , a smile is a facial expression formed by flexing the muscles most notably near both ends of the mouth. The smile can be also around the eyes. In Psychology, smile is an impulse response to some situation that consequently takes us back to the emotionally stable state (this one I coined myself).One more way to define smile is, a way of welcoming any person or thing or situation in life .
Smile : Naturally Taught
Many people think that a person learns to smile as he learns to speak. But there are evidences of a baby smiling in a mother's womb. See this link [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3105580.stm]. Also we know that blind people smile too hence proving that smile is Naturally taught just as crying as naturally taught. A baby comes to this world already aware of the art of crying.
He who smiled the most (S.A.W)
Abdullah ibn Haarith, radi Allahu 'anhu, said,
"I have neverseen any one who smiled more than Allah's Messenger." (Jami Tirmidhi)
Jarir, radi Allahu 'anhu, reported:
"Since I embraced Islam Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) never refused to see me and he did not see me but with a smile on his face."
Why don't we Smile?
Why do we save our smiles when our Ideal (S.A.W) used to smile the most? We see that people who are religious tend to have serious faces , they hardly smile. I've heard people relating the incidents of lives of saints who didn't smile their whole life. Let us change this concept. Ideal for us is the Life of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). Islam does not stop us from smiling in fact it encourages. It gives us reasons to
smile. So beautify your faces with a smile. The smallest distance between two people is smile.
What does it take to Smile?
We hardly have to move a muscle to smile but the effect a smile has is tremendous. It can win the hearts. It can take care of very tense situations. Smile begets smile. Smile, and the world will smile back at you. Smile at the nature and the nature will smile back at you. Smile is a good way to express your pleasure. Actions speak louder than words. How often you find it so hard to express your Love for some, your pleasure on some happening. A smile would do just the thing. Like a couplet in urdu says
Aansu chalak paray to kuch laj raeh gae
Azhaar e gham ka werna saleeka na tha mujhay
( Translation : Tears felt and hence saved my honour, otherwise I didn't knew how to express my sorrow )
Smile : An invitation to Truth
A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside. Everyone loves a society full of Love and Peace. Islam teaches us to build societies bases on loved and sincerity but unfortunately we are not presenting the Islam the way it should be. Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) was so kind and loving. Anyone could come and speak up his heart in front of the prophet. Prophet's (S.A.W) smile would have a soothing effect on the hearts of the people. We have to base our society on the same principles of Love ,affection and sincerity and people will come it on their own. Let's start building that society by greeting others, giving gifts and exchanging smiles.
Even a Smile !
Prophet Muhammad S.A.W said, "Smiling in the face of your brother is charity (Sadaqa)"(Jami Tirmidhi).Hadrat Ibn 'Abbas (God be pleased with him) relates that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) observed: "The pious offspring who casts a single look of affection at his parents receives a reward from God equal to the reward of an accepted Hajj." (Sahih Muslim)
So why waste your time in frowns when Smile gives you a way to follow the Sunnah, win the hearts of others, earn good deeds and give charity.
Author : Muhammad Awais Tahir
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