Ramadan 21: Happiness

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi

The thought today summarises humility, confidence, sincerity, honesty and transparency in our lives. Interestingly, we found that this thought not only applies to those who do ‘good’, but also to those who don’t.

It seems that the source of the happiness associated with this thought is in the fact that one would have nothing to hide, no worries about what was said or not, done or not, for they are an open book. Some believe that this is a weakness, but isn’t the weakness not having the confidence to be who we are inside and outside, walking the talk and standing firm on our values? For those who believe one should not be so transparent, we are not talking about being open about one’s plans, needs and wants…we are referring to character and behaviour.

We mentioned at the beginning that this would also apply in the opposite sense, as in, happiness is also present in those who do ‘bad’, how? What they think, say and do all point in the same direction … actually, we wonder, who is happier? One who is bad ‘in harmony’ or one who is good ‘in hypocrisy’?

No one can judge where we stand except ourselves, so we ask allah to help us all be good ‘in harmony’.