Those who don’t know him and haven’t studied his life, often think of Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ teachings to be full of negative or harsh messages. Many seem to be fixated on his sayings about the Day of Judgement and Hellfire, while conveniently ignoring his vocal messages of glad tidings and productive work.
After all, the mission of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was described by God as follows, “O Prophet, indeed We have sent you as a witness (Shahid) and a bringer of good tidings (Basheer) and a warner (Nazeer). And one who invites to Allah (Daee), by His permission, and an illuminating lamp (Sirajan Munira)” [Al-Ahzab 33:45-46].
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was a beacon of hope for those around him. His ever-beaming smile would exude optimism. His words, whether of warning or of good news, inspired positive action.
Here is a selection of some powerful sayings of the Prophet to help us stay positive and productive in all circumstances.
- Be a Bearer of Good News
“Give glad tidings, and do not scare people away. Make things easy, and do not make things difficult” (Abu Dawud).
- Optimism is an Act of Worship
“Hoping for good is also an act of worship of Allah” (Tirmidhi and Hakim).
“There is no infection and there are no bad omens, but I like optimism… [Optimism is] a good word.”
- Be Positive & Certain About Your Dua (Supplication)
“Supplicate Allah Almighty and be certain that He will answer your prayer” (Tirmidhi).
- Strong Believer Doesn’t Make Excuses
“The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, although there is good in each. Desire that which will bring you benefit, and seek help from Allah and do not give way to incapacity. If something happens to you, do not say, ‘If only I had done such-and-such.’ Rather say, ‘The decree of Allah. He does what He will.’ Otherwise you will open yourself up to the action of Shaitan” (Muslim).
- Do Good Regardless of Others’ Treatment
“Do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well you will treat them well and that if they do wrong you will do wrong. But (instead) accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong if they do evil” (Tirmidhi).
- Be Patient & Positive in Difficult Times
“Whoever abstains from asking others, Allah will make him contented, and whoever tries to make himself self-sufficient, Allah will make him self-sufficient. And whoever remains patient, Allah will make him patient. Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience” (Bukhari).
- Think Positive about God
“Allah the Most High said, ‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am. I am with him when he mentions Me. If he mentions Me to himself, I mention him to Myself; and if he mentions Me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly greater than it. If he draws near to Me a hand’s length, I draw near to him an arm’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed’” (Hadith Qudsi).
- Istighfar Makes a Way Out
“Whoever does a lot of Istighfar (asking for forgiveness), Allah will provide him a way out of each concern he has, and will solve all his troubles, and will provide him with livelihood from sources that were not known to him” (Ahmad).
- Affair of a Believer is always Positive
“Wondrous is the affair of the believer for there is good for him in every matter and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. If he is happy, then he thanks Allah and thus there is good for him. If he is harmed, then he shows patience and thus there is good for him” (Muslim).
- Hope Prevails Over Fear at the Time of Death
Once our Prophet, peace be upon him, went to a young man who was on his death bed and asked him ‘How do you feel?’ The young man said, ‘I have much hope from Allah but I also fear for my sins’. The Prophet said, ‘The believer who has these two ideas simultaneously at such time, Allah fulfills his hopes and grants him security from fear’(Tirmidhi).
- Be Positive & Productive till Your Last Breath
“If the Day of Resurrection were established upon one of you, while he has in his hand a sapling (small plant), then let him plant it.” (Ahmad).