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Smile-The Weapon of Isam

[What is a Smile]

What is a Smile? In Physiology , a smile is a facial expression formed by

flexing the muscles most notably near both ends of the mouth. The smile
can be also around the eyes. In Psychology, smile is an impulse response
to some situation that consequently takes us back to the emotionally stable
state (this one I coined myself).One more way to define smile is, a way of
welcoming any person or thing or situation in life .

[Smile : Naturally Taught]

Many people think that a person learns to smile as he learns to speak. But
there are evidences of a baby smiling in a mother’s womb. See this link
[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3105580.stm]. Also we know that
blind people smile too hence proving that smile is Naturally taught just as
crying as naturally taught. A baby comes to this world already aware of the
art of crying.

[He who smiled the most (S.A.W)]

Abdullah ibn Haarith, radi Allahu 'anhu, said, "I have neverseen any
one who smiled more than Allah's Messenger." (Jami Tirmidhi)

Jarir, radi Allahu 'anhu, reported: "Since I embraced Islam Allah's

Messenger (may peace be upon him) never refused to see me and
he did not see me but with a smile on his face." (Sahih Muslim)

[Why don’t we Smile?]

Why do we save our smiles when our Ideal (S.A.W) used to smile the most?
We see that people who are religious tend to have serious faces , they hardly
smile. I’ve heard people relating the incidents of lives of saints who didn’t
smile their whole life. Let us change this concept. Ideal for us is the Life of
the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). Islam does not stop us from smiling in
fact it encourages. It gives us reasons to smile. So beautify your faces with a
smile. The smallest distance between two people is smile.
[What does it take to Smile?]

We hardly have to move a muscle to smile but the effect a smile has is
tremendous. It can win the hearts. It can take care of very tense situations.
Smile begets smile. Smile, and the world will smile back at you. Smile at the
nature and the nature will smile back at you. Smile is a good way to express
your pleasure. Actions speak louder than words. How often you find it so
hard to express your Love for some, your pleasure on some happening. A
smile would do just the thing. Like a couplet in urdu says
Aansu chalak paray to kuch laj raeh gae
Azhaar e gham ka werna saleeka na tha mujhay
( Translation : Tears felt and hence saved my honour, otherwise I didn’t
knew how to express my sorrow )

[Smile : An invitation to Truth]

A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring,
sharing person inside. Everyone loves a society full of Love and Peace.
Islam teaches us to build societies bases on loved and sincerity but
unfortunately we are not presenting the Islam the way it should be. Holy
Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) was so kind and loving. Anyone could come
and speak up his heart in front of the prophet. Prophet’s (S.A.W) smile
would have a soothing effect on the hearts of the people. We have to base
our society on the same principles of Love ,affection and sincerity and
people will come it on their own. Let’s start building that society by greeting
others, giving gifts and exchanging smiles.

[Even a Smile !]

Prophet Muhammad S.A.W said, “Smiling in the face of your brother

is charity (Sadaqa)”(Jami Tirmidhi). Hadrat Ibn 'Abbas (God be pleased
with him) relates that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) observed : "The pious offspring who casts a single look of
affection at his parents receives a reward from God equal to the
reward of an accepted Hajj." (Sahih Muslim)

So why waste your time in frowns when Smile gives you a way to follow the
Sunnah, win the hearts of others, earn good deeds and give charity.

Also See :

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