Islam and Happiness (Part II)

In my previous post, I discussed the actions that are necessary to find happiness according to the Islamic tradition.

Many of the steps are similar to those required in the traditions of the West: 1) accumulation of wealth necessary to satisfy the physiological needs and the safety needs as expressed by Maslow (e.g., food, shelter, hygiene, protection from harm), 2) cooperation and harmony with others similar to Maslow’s belongingness needs, 3) well-balanced life with emotional stability, 4) pursuit of knowledge, 5) and self-confidence similar to Maslow’s self-esteem need.

While these steps are not arranged in a hierarchy, they do represent the first four needs of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  In fact they are very similar to the first three galleries of my book – the Journey section of the road to happiness.  You could say that the above steps are necessary if one is to begin the second segment of the road to happiness – the adventure.

In the Islamic tradition, having taken the above steps leads one to the recognition of the Divine Destiny as presented by the Divine Will.  It is the Divine Will that leads one to happiness – or the Divine Destiny.  One part of that Devine Destiny is the freedom from fear, pain, and anxiety on earth.  However, the Divine Will and Divine Destiny can only be recognized through a sound belief and devotion to Allah – the Divine Guidance.

Final thoughts in the next post.

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