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“With great power comes great responsibility.”

We’ve all heard that before, but have we really been listening? In my pursuit of knowledge I’ve learnt that the more you learn, the more you grow, the more eeman you have, you are actually building humility in yourself. As you gain more knowledge so should you become more humble. Because that’s when you realize how clueless you really are.

But that’s easier said than done isn’t it. Like I said…'comes great responsibility.'

Once in a while, actually all the time, shaytan the accursed creeps his filthy fingers into our hearts and starts to mess with us. He makes us think ‘you know what? Look at these insubordinate ruffians walking around without a clue! Ignorant of their own ignorance! And they don’t even care! You are so much better off my man. You’re better than them!’

Thus begins the struggle for the soul. The seed of arrogance is planted and we let ourselves believe that with the little knowledge we have, we can afford to be lofty, boastful and eventually develop this "I-know-more-than-you-hear-me-hear-me-I’m-on-the-deen-grind-so-ofcourse-am-right-kind of attitude." Subhanallah, oblivious of the fact that this could be our ruin. Forgetting that life is minutes and seconds. You could be on deen today and off it tomorrow. So humble yourselves ya ikhwan.

Humility is a rare gem to have and we should all strive to attain it in. Sadly, most people who deem themselves to be on the deen, are more keen on being right than being compassionate and caring. Most of the times when they try to correct someone who may have gone off the path to Allah Sw, their tone may come off as condescending and deamining. And who wants to feel belittled? No one of course.

The advice which Luqman alayhi salaam gave his son has been mentioned by Allah Sw:

"(O my son!)And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk proudly on the earth. Verily Allah Sw does not like the arrogant (and) boastful. And walk with humility and dignity and lower your voice, (for if a loud voice was something of excellence, then the ass’s voice would have been good, whereas) verily, the harshest of all voice is the braying of the ass."
Surah Luqman:18-19.

Enjoining the good and forbidding the evil is an obligation upon all of us. For if Allah Sw chose us to gift with Islam, who are we not to share it? Even so, we should always keep in mind that we are Muslims. Striving to follow the Sunnah of Our beloved Rasulullah Salallahu alayhi wassalaam. Our manners, and how we deal with others, is extremely important. Was it not the manners of our beloved Muhammad Salallahu alayhi Wassalaam that attracted so many to Islam? That made his enemies develop an immense love for Him that even they couldn’t understand? Allahuakbar.

Abu Darda Radhiallahu anhu narrates that Nabi salallahu alayhi wassalaam said: There will be nothing heavier on the scale than good conduct. 
(Abu Dawud)

So there you have it. Islam is not in our words, but in our actions. Our manners. It’s in who we are, what we say, what we feel…It’s in our nature. So keep calm and praise Allah. Keep calm and stay humble.

May Allah SW forgive this ummah, inspire us with immense love for Him, this deen and our beloved Rasulullah SAW and may He make us amongst the people of Jannatul Firdaus. Allahumma Ameen.


photo credit: Mohammed Abdifatah

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