In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says: Allah diversified the acts of worship for you because He knows how quickly you get bored. And He did not permit you certain acts of worship at certain times so you do not go to extremes. The objective is to perfect your prayers …
The word “Ihsan” in Arabic is derived from the word “ahsana,” which roughly means, “doing things better.”
One of the important and famous hadiths in the Sunnah is the hadith of Gabriel (peace be upon him). In this hadith, `Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) recounts an interesting incident: An unknown man approached the Prophet and asked the Prophet a number of questions. Interestingly, he confirmed the answers as …
Ihsan, or doing good things in the most perfect manner, is one of the things praised and recommended by Allah Almighty and Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Join Sheikh Yaser Birjas in this beautiful talk about the virtue of Ihsan and its significance in Islam.
The great beauty of iman is that the more actions (done with sincerity) you take, the more you will build strong iman and increase in all the positive emotions that come along with it. To help you evaluate what state your iman is in, answer the following…
Have we forgotten that God is always there, watching all our actions? Is it because we have lost much of our fear in God that we have stopped watching our behavior; acting distrustfully? Would the early Muslims act that way?
The utmost motivation for your good deeds is to gain Allah’s Mercy, for it is the ultimate Divine Bestowal. Allah’s Mercy upon you means that you are spiritually stable, happy, secured, satisfied, wise, and that you have a disciplined household, a pious wife and dutiful children.
What is this life? Who determines the Ultimate Reality? Who is more real? Us or God? Our reality is a dependent reality. We are only in existence because Allah created us. We should not settle for empty rules and robot-like prayers, checking them off our to-do list.
When we reach “Ihsan”, the level of real goodness in our lives, everything we do is for Allah’s sake – and people will see it! There are some people we meet in life who have a big impact on us because they are such good people. As Muslims, we strive each day to become like those people.
Being Muslim means more than knowing the correct way to perform ablution or the correct postures to use in prayers. New Muslims need to be aware of the progress they can continue to make in their spiritual journey within Islam.