Look in the Mirror

For surely, the one who looks in the mirror and is able to see the truth, the truth unadulterated, has been blessed. Walhamdulillah.

Iyaas Ibn Mu’aawiyah (d.122H) – rahimahullaah – said: “There is no one who does not know his own faults, except that he is stupid.”

Of course, we have our faults, but the reality is many of us, we do not see them. Rather, we busy ourselves with the faults of others. Perhaps this preoccupation with the mistakes of others is to mask our own faults, mistakes, and transgressions, putting the spotlight on their shortcomings and forgetting our own. Be it criticism, be it nameemah [gossip], be it backbiting, the poisons of the tongue are rampant.

One of the Salaf said, “One of you might see his own faults but he still loves himself. He then hates his Muslim brother on suspicion. So where is the logic?” Perhaps our chief problem lies in the fact that we don’t see these faults. In this respect, one who recognizes their faults has truly been blessed, for bi’idhnillah now they may remedy them. But what of the one who is blind to his faults, who looks in the mirror and sees perfection, who doesn’t turn back to Allah in tawbah for he sees nothing wrong with himself – and is this not the scarier of the two? SubhaanAllah. And it is true, that we may dismiss such a notion of ever becoming the latter – that is, one who is heedless, such that he sees no fault within himself – but is it not a possibility I ask, if we do not frequent this mirror, if we go about our daily business without truly looking at our reflection and assessing our character. And we pray inshaaAllah never to be amongst such people.

Let us heed the words of ‘Eesa ibn Maryaam (alayhi salaam), who said:

“Do not look at the people’s faults as if you are lords, but look at your own faults as if you are slaves, because people are of two types: afflicted and pardoned. So have mercy on the afflicted and thank Allaah for pardoning you and protecting you from it.”

A reminder for myself, and then my fellow Muslimeen.


[Taken From: Tawheedfirst Site]

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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4 Responses to Look in the Mirror

  1. asalaamu alaykum,

    Could you please include a reference so we can know of the authenticity of Esa ibn Maryam’s words? (‘alehi wa salaam).

    It is rare to find reliable quotes from ‘Esa other than what Allah subhanahu ta’ala revealed in His Book or what is Rasul salalahu ‘alehi wa salaam conveyed to us.

    Also If I may add an advice, we were instructed by the prophet salalahu ‘alehi wa salaam to ask with conviction and not saying insha Allah when asking Allah. insha Allah is for when we say: I will do such and such tomorrow (or in the future) but not for asking Allah.

    baraka Allahu feek.

  2. And never say of anything, “Indeed, I will do that tomorrow,”
    Except [when adding], “If Allah wills.” And remember your Lord when you forget [it] and say, “Perhaps my Lord will guide me to what is nearer than this to right conduct.”
    Quran 18:23,24

    Narrated Abu Huraira (Radhiallahu anhu): the Messenger of Allah (Salla Allahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said, “None of you should say: O’ Allah forgive me if you wish, O’ Allah be merciful to me if you wish, but he should always appeal to Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) with determination, for nobody can force Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) to do something against His will. (agreed upon)
    Regarding posting a statement that a Rasoul of Allah (like ‘esaa alehi wa salaam) said such and such without verifying is a very dangerous thing.


    Finally pictures of living creatures (like the one with the hijri date) is haram.


    a dinu anasiha, adinu a nasiha a dinu anasiha.

  3. Riz says:

    From The Muwatta of Imam Malik :)

    Shukran ‘Akhti…stay blessed!

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