One small dip, one major change in perspective…
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
[Okay, okay, I admit I was trying to rephrase that whole “one small step” thingy.]
[No, I was not referring to this type of dip (although they do change one’s perspective…). I was referring to the hadeeth below.]
So, here we are, always moaning and groaning about life. [Just admit it, won’t you?]
Yet, we forget that if we make it into Paradise, we won’t remember these little problems.
يؤتى بأنعم أهل الدنيا ، من أهل النار ، يوم القيامة . فيصبغ في النار صبغة . ثم يقال : يا ابن آدم ! هل رأيت خيرا قط ؟ هل مر بك نعيم قط ؟ فيقول : لا . والله ! يا رب ! ويؤتى بأشد الناس بؤسا في الدنيا ، من أهل الجنة . فيصبغ صبغة في الجنة . فيقال له : يا ابن آدم ! هل رأيت بؤسا قط ؟ هل مر بك شدة قط ؟ فيقول : لا . والله ! يا رب ! ما مر بي بؤس قط . ولا رأيت شدة قط
Anas ibn Malik (radiallahu anhu) reported that Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said that one amongst the denizens of Hell who had led a life of ease and plenty amongst the people of the world would be made to dip in the Fire only once on the Day of Resurrection and then it would be said to him: O, son of Adam, did you find any comfort, did you happen to get any material blessing? He would say: No, by Allah, O my Lord.
And then that person from amongst the persons of the world be brought who had led the most miserable life (in the world) from amongst the inmates of Paradise and he would be made to dip once in Paradise and it would be said to him. O, son of Adam, did you face any hardship? Or had any distress fallen to your lot? And he would say: No, By Allah, O my Lord, never did I face any hardship or experience any distress. [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 6738]
One small dip is all it will take for a person’s perspective to change.
The ones who believed in Allah and the Last day and did righteous deeds will get admitted into Paradise and forget any hardships that they went through. And they’ll also enjoy themselves for…well, eternity.
As for those who disbelieved in Allah and the Last Day, they won’t remember any of the the comforts of this world. And they will never leave the Hell fire, because only those who die upon Islam and tawheed (worshipping Allah alone) will exit the Hellfire. At the end, they will wish that they had believed. [And here’s the proof for that.]
So, for those of you who are battling depression or something similar to that, my advice would be to focus on Paradise and work towards achieving that goal, because when you get there, insha-Allah, none of the problems that you have today will matter.