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The importance of joy

Author: Paulo Coelho

By Paulo Coelho

Al Husayn asked Ibn Muhammad:

– Do you think the great prophet of our religion, Mohammed, knew how to tell amusing tales?

Ibn Muhammad replied:

– God sent our prophet with the gift of joy. He had sent other messengers before, who suffered and spoke the language of pain; Mohammed came to relieve his people’s woes.

“And one of the ways he encountered, was just that of teaching them to play and enjoy themselves. He did this in order to keep his men united in one ideal and plan. My father, who knew the Prophet, heard him say: “God hates all those who show sad faces to their friends.”

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