Smiling is a simple way to follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Salalahu Alaihi wa Salam). It also let you spread happiness, improves your health while making you cheerful and upbeat. That little curve of the mouth and wrinkling of the eye do not only make you feel good but it also motivates those around you. A smile lightens the load and frees the spirit.
What does it take to Smile?
We hardly have to move a muscle to smile but the effect of a smile is tremendous. It can win hearts while also cooling down some very tense situations. A smile begets a smile. Smile and the world will smile back at you. Smile at nature and nature will smile back at you. Smiling is a good way to express your happiness. How often do you find it hard to express your love for some? A smile would do the trick.
Prophet Muhammad (Salalahu Alaihi wa Salam) said, “Smiling in the face of your brother is charity (Sadaqah) “(Jami Tirmidhi). Hadrat Ibn ‘Abbas (peace be open him) relates that the Holy Prophet (Salalahu Alaihi wa Salam) observed: “The pious offspring who casts a single look of affection at his parents receives a reward from Allah equal to the reward of an accepted Hajj.” (Sahih Muslim)
So why waste your time with frowns when smiling gives you a way to follow the Sunnah, win the hearts of others while also earning good deeds that are recorded for you as charity.
Prophet Muhammad (Salalahu Alaihi wa Salam) smiled often and with real joy. In fact, he smiled so regularly that his smile and kind demeanor are mentioned time and time again in stories about him.
Abdullah ibn Harith (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
“I never came across a person who smiled as much as Prophet Muhammad (Salalahu Alaihi wa Salam).
Prophet Muhammad regarded smiling to a brother “as an act of charity.” (At-Tirmidhi, 3641)
Jabir ibn Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
“The Messenger of God (Salalahu Alaihi wa Salam) never refused me permission to see him since I embraced Islam and never looked at me except with a smile (on his face).” (Muslim, Hadith # 6050).
We should not let the differences we might have with people prevent us from greeting them with our smiles. Likewise, we should not let our possible differences of opinion, or of denomination, or political affiliation, or family background make us stingy with our smiles.
Smiling aids our mental as well as physical health. Some doctors are said to recommend smiling as part of their therapy guidelines. Smiling lowers blood pressure and improves circulation thus boosting the immune system. It’s a good antidote to stress and depression. Smiling relaxes the person and improves their emotional stability.
More than that, a smile is a message about you– that your heart is pure and that you are not infected by anxieties, hang-ups, and gloom. A smile is an instant message to those you know you as well as those you do not know. It is received and understood even before you speak to or greet someone, and makes that person more receptive to what you have to say.