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4 Reasons Muslims Should Keep Smiling Always

by Farida Haji

Smiling is a universal greeting. A genuine smile makes you approachable and trustworthy. It exudes an aura of warmth and positivity. We share 4 powerful reasons why you should keep a smile on your face. Always! 

a  grey smiling cat

1. Smiling is Healthy 

  • Smiling releases hormones called endorphins that allow you to feel happy and positive
  • When you smile, your brain also releases tiny molecules called neuropeptides to help fight off stress
  • It tricks the body into feeling better and aids mood-boosting neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin
  • It helps lower your blood pressure
  • Smiling acts as a natural anti-depressant

2. Smiling is Charity

عَنْ جَابِرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللهِ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ كُلُّ مَعْرُوفٍ صَدَقَةٌ وَإِنَّ مِنَ الْمَعْرُوفِ أَنْ تَلْقَى أَخَاكَ بِوَجْهٍ طَلْقٍ وَأَنْ تُفْرِغَ مِنْ دَلْوِكَ فِي إِنَاءِ أَخِيكَ ‏”‏ ‏ 

Jabir bin Abdullah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “Every good is charity. Indeed among the good is to meet your brother with a smiling face, and to pour what is left in your bucket into the vessel of your brother.” (Narrated by Imam Tirmidhi)

members of an Arab Muslim family smiling together

3. Smiling Invites Positivity

A genuine smile will always be warm and inviting. Prophet Muhammed ﷺ, our greatest role model said, a smiling face was a good character trait. We should strive to maintain healthy and good relationships with family, friends, and society through our happy faces and compassion. 

أَبُو وَهْبٍ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ الْمُبَارَكِ، أَنَّهُ وَصَفَ حُسْنَ الْخُلُقِ فَقَالَ هُوَ بَسْطُ الْوَجْهِ وَبَذْلُ الْمَعْرُوفِ وَكَفُّ الأَذَى ‏.‏

Abu Wahb narrated that: ‘Abdullah bin Al-Mubarak explained good character, and then he said: “It is a smiling face, doing one’s best in good, and refraining from harm.” (Narrated by Imam Tirmidhi)

Muslim Hijabi girl making a heart with her hands and smiling

4. Smiling Is Sunnah

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ الْحَارِثِ بْنِ جَزْءٍ، قَالَ مَا رَأَيْتُ أَحَدًا أَكْثَرَ تَبَسُّمًا مِنْ رَسُولِ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ 

Narrated Ibn Jaz: “I have not seen anyone who smiled more than the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ).” (Narrated by Imam Tirmidhi) 

We try to imbibe the Prophet’s ﷺ actions to the best of our abilities. May Allah help us follow this simple sunnah and natural action of smiling! In sha Allah

A Fitness Tip! 

An honest smile uses all the superficial muscles for a full-face workout!

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