As Muslims we are instructed to help save lives. If you save a life it is equivalent to having saved humanity at large and if you were to take the life of an innocent person away it is equivalent to having destroyed entire humanity.
Allah says And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. (5:32)
If you’d like contentment learn to help people, learn to give people such service that would save their lives.
Allah (swt) says -how important it is to remind people when they are going wrong, to remind them in a beautiful way that they are going wrong, and to correct a person that is also something beautiful.
They used not to prevent one another from wrongdoing that they did. How wretched was that which they were doing. (5:79)
To achieve contentment never feel bad when you are corrected because if you feel bad when you’re corrected you’re never going to succeed in life. Allah says the previous nations were destroyed because they didn’t correct each other when they were going wrong.
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala tells us how important it is to consume that which the name of Allah subhanahu wata’ala was mentioned upon and this is speaking about halal food and Allah says
And eat of what Allah has provided for you [which is] lawful and good. And fear Allah, in whom you are believers. (5:88)
Halal and tayyib; two qualities that need to be found in the food. Animal rights activists speak about how badly animals are treated. if you want contentment even treat the animals with goodness. if you are not prepared to treat the animal correctly, don’t consume that. it will not bring about contentment and goodness.
Imagine treating animals that are not even consumable by us such as dogs and pigs to treat them with care and respect and with kindness is an act of worship that would achieve forgiveness and even paradise. The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him as expressly said that you treat animals with respect even if you were to consume those animals.
The day that you are slaughtering them and prior to that you make sure that it is done fulfilling all the rules and regulations that is when it will be called halal and tayyib.
If you want contentment you need to purify yourself. Don’t consume intoxicants and don’t partake of those intoxicants or from those intoxicants. The almighty tells you cut it out, leave it out. You want contentment and happiness? Don’t fall into the clutches of the devil.
O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah ], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful. (5:90)
There are various bad habits that may not get to the point of intoxication but if they are harmful to your body they are not pure. Well sometimes certain things you do to yourself are actually very bad. if you want contentment cut those habits out.
I give you one simple example the habit of smoking, the habit of smoking is such that people say oh you know what well what’s wrong with it? It’s my own money that’s not your own body and the money belongs to Allah. He gave it to you you’re going to leave it on earth when you depart from this earth and you didn’t have it prior to you coming from here. so remember it belongs to Allah, you use it in a way that Allah wants and at the same time you make sure that you spend it in a way that Allah wants,
Imagine how much money you will save if you cut cigarettes, imagine how many people will actually benefit from the wealth that you are going to save. Because of you cutting out the smoking habit, the shisha habit whatever other habits may be there. – Mufti Menk