The great sufi saint,Hasan Al Basri concluded rather abruptly that tranquility, happiness and contentment in
this life and the afterlife rest on three things :
recitation of the Quran
Let us listen to Shaykh Yasir Qadhi on why this is so.........
Sounds too simplistic for you. You are not convinced. Let us be academic and take the great ocean road of Academia and move on to the rarefied atmosphere of Emory University, USA to visit our friends, His Holiness, Dalai Lama, Reverend Katherine Schori, Chief Rabbi, Reverend Lord Jonathan Sack and Prof Seyyed Hoessien Nasr who will no doubt only 'confuse' us further on the nature of 'Happiness'
All of them trying to best each other and be politically correct, you might wonder ?
To 'deconsrtuct' the existing confusion, let us come home back to KL and listen to our very own Prof Sayyid Naguib Al Atas,
[ http://drnikisahak.blogspot.com/2010/10/prof-sayyid-muhammad-naquib-al-attas-in.html ]
who in not so many words, put the 'state of happiness' or rather its very opposite, the 'state of unhappiness' as being closely related to our present ability and/or inability to observe the 'right adab', the wisdom and/or the lack of wisdom to put 'things' in their proper place and perspective with respect to Allah.
Still confused !
At the end of the day we have to come back to 'experiential ' Islam and nothing beats the 'experts at this game' than the sufis, the people of the tassawwuf, the people who are masters at the blissful state of 'free from wants' !.
We are back to Hasan Al Basri's triology of :
Recitation of the Quran, Solat and Zikrullah.
Very simple yet we still would not want to recognise this
Still not fully convinced ?
Remember Karl Marx, agnostic/ atheist of the order of 6/6 on The Dawkin's Scale of things.
A hardcore atheist:
"Religion is the opiate of the masses "
Take this worldly advice from him, a thinker par excellence. Karl Marx had no reason to be biased and neither was he playing to the gallery. He was speaking from his most rational mind :
Recitation of the Quran.
That is the true religion.A formulla for tranquility, happiness and contentment in this life and the afterlife.
We cannot go wrong.