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Joy and Misery
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The state of happiness and that of wretchedness, respectively. References to joy and misery are frequent in the Qurʾān, are expressed either directly or by implication, and pertain both to this world and the next (see eschatology ). Pleasures of this world are neither condemned nor forbidden (q.v.; see also asceticism; abstinence; wealth; poverty and the poor; lawful and unlawful), but believers are to be mindful about the source of these pleasures (see gratitude and ingratitude ). Current wretchedness is not a sure sign of divine favor or disfavor (see blessing; grace; curse; reward an…

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Adams, Charles J., “Joy and Misery”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 21 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00243>

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