On Refraining from the Ego & Faultfinding

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is extracted from “Treatise of the Seekers of Guidance” by Imam al-Harits al-Muhasibi (q.s.).

‘Umar ibn al-Khaththab (r.a.) said, “One who fears Allah, does not vent his rage.  He also refrains from doing whatever his ego desires.  Were it not for the fact of the Day of Resurrection, you would see things totally different than they are now.”  Therefore guard our concerns and be pre-occupied with addressing our faults and not seeking faults of others.

We must stop searching for faults in others, and busy ourselves with our own shortcomings.  This does not mean that when wrong is apparent, we ignore it.  Giving counsel and advice, even if firm, is either encouraged or necessary depending on the status and knowledge of the person giving the advice.  However, we should not be involved in slandering, backbiting, mocking or condemning others.  One of the greatest Blessings of Allah (s.w.t.) upon us is that He Exposes our faults to us, if only we would notice it.  Correcting them is correcting our relationship with Allah (s.w.t.).  Being blind to them is being heedless of Allah (s.w.t.).


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