IHSAN. Excellence. Striving for it.
This word has been on my mind for the past week. I want to understand it better, to know what Allah swt wants out of me in all that I am.
“[Ihsan is] to worship God as though you see Him, and if you cannot see Him, then indeed He sees you.”
Struggling for excellence, in our ever imperfect human souls.
Ya Allah, grant him and his family peace and the highest of rewards in the next life.
Imam Ja’fer al-Sadiq (as) quotes his forefathers (as) saying that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) once asked his companions, “Which one of you fasts the whole time?” Salman al-Farsi, may Allah have mercy on his soul, said, “I do, O Messenger of Allah!” The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) asked them,…
”Be the Muslim you want to see in your fellow Muslim. Enjoin good by being good. Passing judgment and making assumptions about people is not the Muslim I want to be. I don’t imagine it’s the Muslim anyone wants to be. We are all striving towards sincere devotion and worship. And how one worships is a covenant between oneself and God. No one else. NONE of us, and I mean NONE, are perfect. So NONE of us have the authority to consider anyone lacking in piety, un-Islamic, or not practicing. Faith resides in the heart.”
“The greatest stand is to speak the word of truth in the face of a tyrant.”
This is history, all in the past. But it happened for a reason, to teach us something vital for the future - our future. It taught us to always stand up for justice, and have faith in knowing if you are the one fighting for that justice, you have absolutely nothing to fear.