“O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that who has at-taqwa. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.” Al-Hujurat: 13
The above verse clearly stated that every one of us is different. Even siblings born from the same parents have different physical characters and different attitudes. But as usual, man tends to envy each other for not having the same capabilities with people around them.
More or less, each of us must have this kind of thought before. We tend to be jealous when somebody was born from a rich family. Then the jealousy getting worse when that people use their properties for dakwah purposes. Some of us might have thought why their friends were so energetic to do ziarah, to make classes for those who need them. In another case, when we saw people giving talk in front of gazillion people in such smooth manner. In the contrary, we always have a critical stage fright. We kept asking ourselves, why they have that talent to do so and so? Why they can fulfill one of a good mu’min character; benefit to others? Why they have money to spend in a good way? Why they’re so clever up till they can conduct a class for others? Why they can do many things to be the most pious slave of Allah while we are able to do nothing?
Dear brothers and sisters rahimakumullah. Lets us seek forgiveness from Allah first. Let us istighfar. Then, look deep through our skins. Start analyzing ourselves inside out. The reality is, Allah has embedded different characters and different skills in each of us. All we need to do is to identify and nurture the skills within us. Among the reasons we were unable to dig our skills out is habituation. When the skills come out into daily, weekly routine, we found that we’ve nothing special in us. Believe me, each of us are special in our own way.
Come with me, and let us recapture what happened in past. How the Prophet, peace be upon him, our paragon of perfection revealed the potential in all companions. See how he managed to maximize the potential within them. The one who is literate will be the sacred messages’ writer. Who had such sweet voice, was directed to be the muezzin. The one, who was able to compose and deliver poems could be the poet and spread the words of Islam. None of them sighed and said why they can’t be a good devotee to Allah. Even when they were worried that they didn’t have money to give as charity, he stated in a sacred hadeeth,
“Has Allah not prescribed for you (a course) by following which you can also do sadaqah? Verily in every tasbih (i.e. saying Subhanallah) there is a sadaqah, every takbir (i.e. saying Allahu Akbar) is a sadaqah, everytahmid (i.e. saying Alhamdulillah) is a sadaqah, every tahlil (i.e. saying Lailaha illallah) is a sadaqah, enjoining of good is a sadaqah, forbidding of evil is a sadaqah, and having sexual intercourse with your wife is a sadaqah. They (the Companions) said: “O Messenger of Allah, is there reward for him who satisfies his sexual passion among us?” He said: “Tell me, if he were to devote it to something forbidden, would it not be a sin on his part? Similarly, if he were to devote it to something lawful, he should have a reward.”
My brothers and sisters in Islam, what’s the purpose of contemplating history if we didn’t take heed from it. Now, reflect ourselves. What actually the potential you have? Nourish them and use them maximally. You might be able to confront people, and then spread the beauty of Islam by giving speeches. You might be the one who mastered cooking. Go learn all kind of meals and make Halal franchises all over the world. You might be the one having a very good vocabulary and know how to write, now go on writing. Words do have their own power to reach hearts and overwhelm this jahiliyah world. You might be the one who know nothing except having sweet voice. Then, go make songs and sing to explain this Deen An-Naseeha. There’s nothing wrong if you do it within the limit and for the sake of Islam. But to be stressed here, aim for the greatest result and give your maximum efforts as Muslim is big hearted.
In a conclusion, “Know Thyself” is actually derived from Greek philosophers, referred to the ideal of understanding human behavior, morals, and thought, because ultimately to understand oneself is to understand other humans as well. Trying is tiring, but that’s how we gained knowledge. Start initiating your potential probably turns out as a big problem. Yet, life is all about experimenting ourselves to cope with it. So, know thyself well in order to give the best for Islam’s victory. I seek refuge in Allah from my weakness in every single word I used. Jazakumullah khairal jaza’.
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