Carve and Polish…

When I ponder on the Hadith of the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) in which He informed us about the importance of the first ten days of Zilhajj… there are three things that stand out…

  • These are the very best and most significant days.

  • The good deeds done in these days are most beloved to Allah.

  • So we should do plenty of tehleel… takbeer and tehmeed… (saying la ilaha illa-Allah… Allahu Akbar… and Alhamdulillah)

Although there can be so many activities through which we can earn the pleasure of Allah… and definitely we should strive to achieve as many good deeds as we can… BUT the question is why didn’t our Prophet (s.a.w) mention any other deed besides Allah’s Zikr? Obviously there must be something in this which we tend to overlook?

The fact is that we are more fascinated by things that we can see and often ignore the unseen… like we admire the building but never think about its foundation… and we are mesmerized by the trees but never visualize the roots… yet we all know that a building cannot stand without foundation, nor a tree can survive without its roots…

Similarly our religiousness, or righteousness cannot stand or survive unless we work on its foundation… which is our faith… and faith cannot survive without remembrance of Allah…

It is one thing to say that we believe in Allah… we believe that none can be worshipped except Allah… we believe He is the Greatest… We believe that all praise belongs to Him…

But living according to these beliefs in our day to day life is not possible without engraving these things in our heart and mind…

True faith is something that makes you feel so secure in the loving mercy of your Master… something that is constantly resonating in your talks… something that makes you do what is best… a guiding force that stops you from all that is harmful and thus forbidden…

And so our Prophet (s.a.w) made us focus on building this faith in these best days… because there can be nothing more important than making our hearts strong and pure through the constant remembrance of Allah… because it is not just the mindless and meaningless utterance of words… rather we should consciously repeat these beliefs like you are carving love and faith in your heart…

A friend of mine was sharing with me that her grandfather used to sit with the workers of his factory and worked with them while they carved walnut wood for furniture etc… and all the time he used to teach his workers that a plain piece of wood had no value as compared to the carved pieces… and so when you carve the wood imagine that it is your heart and you are carving your faith into it… you have to cut it again and again… it doesn’t happen in just one strike… you have to dig in again and again… and then you need to polish it… to make it shine… and these are your acts of worship and your good behavior with people… the more you do these two things, the more your heart will shine… and when it shines then your faith and good deeds will radiate into the whole environment…

So in these best days lets carve and polish our hearts through Allah’s Zikr and lets polish our characters with all the other good deeds… to the best of our abilities… inshaAllah…

May Allah give us tawfeeq… Ameen

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