Islamic Perspectives

The Miracle of Positive Thinking

By Shahnaaz Bemath

Thinking positive can work miracles. You may have been told to “guard your thoughts”, but felt the advice to be pointless. After all, your thoughts are private. How can they possibly affect someone else? The fact is, thoughts do seem to boomerang in some mysterious ways. Science has not found a way to measure them as they have invisible sound waves.

In order to understand how positive thinking works, and how to use it efficiently, it is important to understand the power of negative thinking.

“Negative thoughts and tensions are like birds. We cannot stop them from flying near us but, we can certainly stop them from making a nest in our mind.”

The mind can be directed towards positive thinking or negative thinking. The power of thought is neutral. The way one thinks determines whether the results are positive and beneficial or negative and harmful. It is the same about energy acting in different ways.

Persistent inner work can change habits of thoughts. You must be willing to put energy and time to avoid negative thinking and pursue positive thinking, in order to change your mental attitude.

Think of those things which are true, honest, just, pure, lovely -- in other words, fill your mind with noble, good thoughts, leaving no room for negative ones to take root. Always think good about others.

The Noble Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) reported that Allah, The Most Wise, said: “I treat  my servant as  he thinks of Me” (Bukhari/Muslim). In other words, Allah Ta’ala treats His servant in the way he thinks of Allah, what he hopes from Him and how he sets his hopes on Him. So, those who come positive with a great hope to the door of Mercy of the Almighty Creator will, Insha Allah, not return empty-handed.

The most powerful weapon you have at your disposal is du’a (supplication). Use it most often. The basis of supplication  is to lift ourselves and our situations to Almighty Allah. It is an inner act of visualisation. A further step is to contemplate on the beautiful teachings of Islam. This involves controlling and directing our thoughts. A simple way to think of this is to imagine your mind to be like a garden. That garden can be spoilt and overrun by negative and destructive thoughts (weeds), or it can become an abode of peace and harmony by the cultivation of flowers (uplifting thoughts).

“Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers. Or you can grow weeds.”

Are you prone to depression? Do you see your life as a hopeless mess... Do you consider yourself a failure? If you do, then you will close your mind, see no opportunities, will behave and react in such ways as to repel people and opportunities. You will let the power of negative thinking rule your life. Try replacing such negative thoughts with positive ones. Talk to your beloved Allah. Allah did not create a lock without a key, and ALLAH didn’t give you problems without solutions. Trust Him!

While recognising these problems, picture yourself as mastering each one. Visualise yourself handling each situation creatively, being a success; gradually allowing your given potential to blossom.

The beloved Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) advised us: if you look forward to good things, it will happen in sha Allah.

Thinking positive is a very important in Islam. Always think that Allah has a plan for you. If something goes wrong, it will lead you to something good. He is working things out for you, teaching you, guiding you, even if you don’t feel it. Have faith and be ever-thankful. Where faith and hope grows, miracles blossom.

At first, this kind of thought control may seem like an inner game -- but you’ll be surprised at how, slowly but surely, your outer circumstances begin to change. For thought precedes action, and the right thoughts precede a chain of good actions. Destructive thoughts, on the other hand, act as poisoning agents. They embitter and limit the thinker, preventing him or her from developing good relationships, because others sense the wrong thoughts telepathically, and shy away from such persons instinctively.

Conversely, if you greet people with the thought that they’ll probably be nice to know, such a positive thought will affect their response. If you’re afraid of someone, replace that fear with a thought which recognises that the person’s given potential “core” is probably hidden under layers of unhappiness and negative thinking. Silently bless and pray for that person, and ask that his or her true self be given a chance to manifest.

A friend was once terribly upset because someone was spreading false rumours about her. She could not deny the rumour publicly. All she could do was pray for the woman, try to think about her charitably and visualise her acting differently. She did this consistently for some weeks. One day, unexpectedly, the woman phoned her to apologise and say she’d been mistaken. Subhaan ALLAH! It seemed like a miracle! But right thinking can work miracles... Life has many different chapters for us. One bad chapter doesn’t mean the end of the book. Be positive and keep your faith in Allah. Once we function in harmony with Allah’s beautiful laws of love, compassion and forgiveness -- and this includes spreading good, true and beautiful thoughts and forgiving people -- our lives will flower as they were meant to.

“Think positive, Think different. Don’t waste your precious energy on negative thoughts.”

Decide that from today, from this very moment, you are leaving negative thinking behind, and starting on the way towards positive thinking and behaviour. It is never too late. Soon your life will turn into a fascinating, wonderful journey. Wake up every morning with the thought that something beautiful is about to happen.

Let’s welcome each day with a smile and bid it farewell with a smile. We thank Allah for His blessings. Take advantage of our positive energy and employ them in doing well in this life and prepare for the next life which is eternal. Let’s learn, read and after that, we will find the entire universe will extend to us it’s heart and the whole world will hug us with its beauty... Subhaan Allah!

There is something beautiful in life. You just have to discover positive and it will find you!

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This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2013 on page no. 20

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