Caught up in daily life activities, we do not pay much attention to our facial expressions. A facial expression gives insight into a person’s feelings and emotions. It is like a window into our hearts and minds.
When we make facial expressions, we’re essentially transmitting a packet of information that can be received, read and interpreted by others.
There is nothing that beautifies the face more than a genuine smile. We are naturally drawn to the person who smiles often. It makes a person appear likeable and friendly, especially when greeting someone.
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, our perfect role model, had a smiling countenance. He smiled often. When he smiled, he lit up the entire atmosphere around. Today I would like to share 5 Ahadith with regards to smiling:
Hadith Number 1
Sayyidina Abu Dharr Radiyallahu Anhum reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said:
لا تَحقِرَنَّ مِنَ المَعْرُوف شَيْئًا، وَلَو أنْ تَلقَى أخَاكَ بوجهٍ طليقٍ رواه مسلم.
“Do not belittle any good deed, even meeting your brother (Muslim) with a cheerful face” [Muslim]
Hadith Number 2
Sayyidina Abu Dharr Radiyallahu Anhum reports that Nabi Sallahu Alaihi Wasallam also said:
تَبَسُّمُكَ فِي وَجْهِ أَخِيك صَدَقَة
“Smiling in your brother’s face is an act of charity” [Tirmidhi]
Hadith Number 3
Sayyidina Jareer bin Abdullah Al-Bajali Radiyallahu Anhu said:
عَنْ جَرِيرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ الْبَجَلِيِّ، قَالَ مَا حَجَبَنِي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ مُنْذُ أَسْلَمْتُ وَلاَ رَآنِي إِلاَّ تَبَسَّمَ فِي وَجْهِي
“Nabi Sallahu Alaihi Wasallam never refused to see , from the time I embraced Islam, and whenever he saw me he received me with a smile.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
Hadith Number 4
Sayyidina Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu Anhu reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam said:
إِنَّكُمْ لَا تَسَعُونَ اَلنَّاسَ بِأَمْوَالِكُمْ, وَلَكِنْ لِيَسَعْهُمْ بَسْطُ اَلْوَجْهِ, وَحُسْنُ اَلْخُلُقِ } أَخْرَجَهُ أَبُو يَعْلَى, وَصَحَّحَهُ اَلْحَاكِمُ
“You cannot satisfy people with your wealth, but satisfy them with your cheerful faces and good morals.” Related by Abu Ya’la and Al-Hakim graded it as Sahih.
Hadith Number 5
Sayyidina Anas bin Malik Radiyallahu Anhu reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said;
مَن لَقيَ أخاهُ المُسلِمَ بِما يُحِبّ لِيَسُرَّهُ بِذلك، سَرّهُ اللّهُ عزّ وجَلّ يومَ القِيامةِ – رواه الطبراني
“Whoever meets his Muslim brother in a way that make him happy, Almighty Allah will make him happy on the day of Qiyama.” [Tabrani]
It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.
Smiling is easier than you think
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