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- Seek Refuge from Shaytan
As soon as you get a negative thought about someone, realize that Shaytan is playing with your mind. Don’t let him win. Instead, ask Allah (swt) to protect you from him.
- Focus on the Facts
When something happens that you do not understand or like, understand the facts. By taking a colder look at the facts, you will see that the situation is lot less dramatic than you originally thought.
- Analyze your Interpretation
How are you interpreting the facts? This is usually what is triggering your negative emotions-except that you have added this interpretation yourself, and that you can choose to have an empowering interpretation instead.
- Don’t make people into villains
As difficult as it may feel, let go of the idea that someone else in your situation is the enemy who is out to get you. Stop making others wrong and yourself right.
- Avoid Playing the Victim
By choosing to put yourself into the role of the innocent victim, you are avoiding taking responsibility for your situation. Instead, be proactive and look at what you can do to make the situation better.
- Make Excuses for Others
The Sunnah encourages us to think good of others and make excuses for them whenever possible. In fact, Hazrat Umar (rta) said: “Do not think badly of a word uttered by your brother when you can find a good interpretation for it.”
- Take Responsibility for Yourself
Allah (swt) has given you freewill- no matter how difficult a situation may appear to you, it is entirely up to you how you choose to react. Remember- the test of life is not what happens to you, but whether you deal with it in a manner that is pleasing to Allah (swt).
May Allah (swt) give me and you the Tawfeeq to implement these tips. Ameen.
Transcribed for hiba by Anoshia Riaz