Ihsan-Striving for Excellence

Ihsan is one of the highest ranks of Islam. It literally means doing something with perfection.  According to the Islamic teachings, it is worshipping Allah both discretely and openly while conscious that Allah is seeing all that you do and as if you were seeing Him.

This should be done not only out of compulsion but out of love for Him, out of hope for His forgiveness, and out of fear for His punishment. The al-Muhsinun are those who do things with excellence and those that are always yearning to do acts of worship perfectly.

In the glorious Quran Allah says:

“Indeed, Allah is with those who fear Him and those who are doers of good”, [An-Nahl 16:128]

“And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good”. [Al-Baqarah 2:195].

To be a Muhsinun, a doer of good, doesn’t mean you seemingly have to be perfect in everything you do. Since we all know that no one is perfect and can’t ever be perfect, what the Muhsinun do is to try their best efforts in pleasing Allah.

It has been related in the Hadith of Gabriel that when he said to the Prophet (Salalahu Alaihi Wa Salam), “ tell me about Ihsan”, the Prophet replied, “ Ihsan is to worship Allah as if you see Him, for if you do not see him, then truly he sees you”.

Being a Muhsin is one of the highest achievements for the believer.  Attaining that level can make your whole purpose of existence a lot easier. What chance do you have to commit sin or an intentional bad deed if your mind is conscious of Allah at all times? What chance do you have to commit a deed that goes against the words of Allah if you have it planted in your heart , mind and soul  that Allah is always there watching your every move?

Oh brothers and sisters in Islam, just because we are not perfect, does not mean we should always worship our creator imperfectly.  Let’s make the best of our deen and be the Muhsinun we ought to be. Let’s live our lives with Ihsan and strive for excellence till the day we meet our creator.

May Allah accept our efforts and grant us Jannah, Ameen.

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