Assalamu Alaikum Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Let's be a "Muhsin", beautify our actions with "Ihsan"
The word "I'hsan" in Arabic is a derivative of the verb "ahsana," which means doing things better with kindness and gentleness. Thus the literal linguistic meaning of I'hsan is doing your best with mercy. Our actions with Ihsan makes us Muhsin.
In 2017, let's us be a "Muhsin" as I'hsan is the highest of the three levels of faith and the closest to God. It is to worship Allah as if we are seeing Him, and If we do not see Him, knowing that All truly always sees us. A Mu'hsin is sure that Allah is seeing him/her in everything he/she says or does. Therefore, a Mu'hsin does his/her best to say and do only what pleases God and conforms to His commands.
Spiritual excellence (ihsan) comes from a root linguistic sense of perfecting and beautifying something. The state of spiritual excellence (ihsan) is a gift from God, normally granted the one who sincerely and consistently strives to perfect and beautify their faith, submission, worship, conduct, character, and dealings, on the footsteps of the
Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him).
Spiritual excellence (ihsan) is the result of true sincerity (ikhlas), which is defined as seeking Allah Most High alone in all one’s actions, in the ways most beloved to Him.
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Actions are by their intentions,” defining for us that the reality of actions is not in their forms but, rather, in the sincerity of intent underlying them. “And each person shall have whatever they intended,” from which the foremost of his followers realized that the best of what is sought–in every matter–is Allah Himself. This is the essence of the Prophetic concern, and the sum of the Prophet’s way.
Allah Most High tells us, “Truly you have in the Messenger of Allah the most beautiful of examples, for whoever seeks Allah and the Last Day, and makes much remembrance of Allah.” [Qur’an, 33.21] This is spiritual excellence: seek Allah in all your affairs; take the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) as your example in all your affairs; uphold that example in the best and most beautiful of ways; and make much remembrance of Allah.
Abu Noman Tarek