HOPE...(Part-2)

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He, may Allaah have mercy upon him, also said: "It can also mean waiting for something which one likes and expects to occur, but one must have the means to achieve it. These means can be something like knowing the ability and power of Allaah and feeling the weakness of human beings and their continuous need for the help and support of Allaah."
Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: "Hope is when the heart longs for and is inclined towards something which one likes, and shunning anything that can prevent one from achieving that thing."   
He, may Allaah have mercy upon him, also said: "Hope is something that helps a person on towards what he likes, which is the pleasure of Allaah and admittance into Paradise, and it paves the way for him to achieve it and makes his journey pleasant. It was also said that hope is to wish for the generosity and kindness of Allaah. It was also said that hope is to place one's trust in Allaah."  
The opposite of having hope is to despair of the support and mercy of Allaah The Almighty, and to stop the heart from feeling the mercy Allaah. Despair is a sin, as Allaah The Almighty informs us in the story of Prophet Ya'qoob (Jacob), may Allaah exalt his mention, when Ya'qoob requested his children to search for Prophet Yoosuf (Joseph), may Allaah exalt his mention, and his brother. Allaah The Almighty Says (what means): {O my sons, go and find out about Yoosuf and his brother and despair not of relief from Allaah. Indeed, no one despairs of relief from Allaah except the disbelieving people.} [QUR'AAN 12: 87]

The difference between hope and wishful thinking
One must differentiate between hope and wishful thinking, because many people think that they have hope in Allaah and His mercy, while in reality they only have wishful thinking.  
The difference between the two is that wishful thinking is accompanied with laziness with which one does not exert effort to achieve the sought objective. On the other hand, hope is when one wishes to achieve something and exerts the effort needed to achieve it.

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Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

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