“How can you ask me to smile with all these atrocities around us?” he asked.
This is a fair and just question. However, your frown will not solve the problems and it will not change a thing!
50,000 years before creating the universe, Allah had everything happening until the Day of Judgment written down. Once you believe in this and act upon it, you will find a different taste to live. Accepting that everything taking place was preordained and that you are held accountable for your choices makes life different to what we know.
This doesn’t mean that one wouldn’t be sad or angry for his brothers and sisters. We must do our best to relieve them from their troubles but at the same time, be positive and smile in the face of others. A smile is a charity and costs you nothing but it helps you and others go through tough times, providing of course they are not of the opposite sex! Your best smile should be directed to your parents, spouse and children.
May Allah make your days happy ones.
-Shaikh Assim Al Hakeem