Evaluate yourself May 8, 2007Posted by Muhajirah in General, Random Musings, Reflections, Writings.
Based on some naseeha given to me by my teacher:
Evaluate yourself. Once a day (preferably at night when everyone is asleep and there are no distractions) take a deep look at yourself and think about all your negatives characteristics. Then make the intention to change yourself. Think about everything you’ve done wrong that day and ask Allah to forgive you. If you’ve wronged someone then make the intention to apologise to them. How could it be that the greatest of people repented for the tiniest of sins yet today we sin and sin but rarely turn to our Lord in repentance?
All too often we are quick to point the finger at someone, admonishing them for their faults and mistakes, but it is very rare to look at our own selves. We so easily expose the mistakes of others and speak ill of them for doing something wrong, but we tend to forget about our own wrong doings. Remember that your brothers and sisters are in need of your excuses, just like you are in need of theirs. Remember they are only human and prone to mistakes just like you yourself are. When the need to advice does come, do not do so in a harsh manner but be gentle. It is from the character of the believer to be merciful towards the Muslims and harsh towards the kuffar.
Never think that you are better than anyone else. So you fast on Mondays and Thursdays and you perform qiyam al lail. Do you think you’ve achieved something great? Know that there were people before you that exceeded you in ‘ibadah and there will be people after you who will exceed. Do you even know if your actions will be accepted? It could be that not a single one of your salaah is accepted, so how then can you boast? May Allah have mercy on our souls and accept our deeds that we perform sincerely for His sake only.
Remember also that we will never attain Jannah through our good deeds, even if we were to pray all night and fast all day; spend each and every second in obedience to our Lord. It will only be by the mercy and greatness of Allah that we will enter Jannah. Never will our deeds be enough for the bounties of Allah are just too great.
Seek knowledge, but not for the sake of wealth, power or status and neither for the sake of knowledge itself, rather seek it in order to increase in Imaan. Remember that the more you know the more you will be questioned about so act upon the ‘ilm that Allah has blessed you with.
And with that I finish. A reminder for first and foremost myself and then to anyone who may read this.
May Allah forgive us for our shortcomings and have mercy on our souls and may His peace and blessing be upon the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), his companions and the righteous
Wa ‘alaikum as salaam