Was reviewing material by Habib Umar, may Allah preserve him, and came across a quote that I once wrote whilst in the Attaining Good Character class:
It has come in Prophetic Tradition that it became an obligation on Allah Most High (figuratively) to give happiness to those who give happiness to others. For this reason it has also come in some traditions that no believer gives happiness to another believer except that Allah creates from that happiness an Angel that comforts him in his grave and walks with him in the various events leading up to The Day of Judgement until the angel causes him to go into Jhannat. The angel will come to the grave and say “do you know me?” and the believer will say “no” to which the angel will reply “I am the happiness that you gave to the heart of so-and-so on this specific day”.
So avidness/striving to give happiness to the Muslims and to be sensitive to the feelings of the Muslims or to avoid hurting feelings in order to give joy to the believers is a character quality of Islam that al-Mustafa (peace and blessings be upon him) brought. May Allah grant him peace as well as his folk. So The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is the most sublime example of giving happiness to others such that the one who sat in his company thought that he was the most honoured out of all of them. They saw his kindness, his comforting ways, and his beautiful message of giving happiness to the hearts of those around him. The Noble Seerah is full of traditions depicting the kindness that he (peace and blessings be upon him) gave happiness and how he taught his companions to be avid in giving happiness to the heart of the believer.
This got me thinking on something Shaykh AbdulKareem once brought to this students attention: that even smiling was a form of providing happiness to the other … and therefore here’s a small way we can affect that happiness amongst one another in hope that Allah gives us happiness. Insha’Allah.
Keep smiling everyone and please keep this needy student in your duas. Any mistakes I’ve made in transcription are mine and I’m sure if there are any then I’ll be corrected by a kind soul.