The Importance of being Earnest

refl1.jpgAssalaamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

I was recently asked to ‘reflect’ on my experience working in an office as a trainee lawyer. My instructions were to, “think about what you have done, analyse the strengths and weaknesses, comment on how you could improve and then link it back to the ’socio-political’ context” - whatever that means!

So whilst I was ‘reflecting’, I wondered how many of us, as Muslims living in England, reflect on what is happening in our lives; whether we analyse our strengths and weaknesses and whether or not we link it back to the Akhirah (Hereafter).

Generally, as Muslims we have easy access to Islamic material, i.e. talks, literature, events, etc, and alhumdulillah (all Praise belongs to Allah) there is no shortage of such things. Whether we are reading online Islamic blogs, readings hard copy Islamic books or attending the Masjid to do our prayers and listening to talks and sermons delivered by scholars, it has to be said that Allah has made it so easy for us – alhumdulillah.

However, we must not fall into the trap of being people who, having access to all this knowledge, are not acting upon it. Indeed, one of the questions which will be put to us on the Last Day is the question asking us how much we acted upon the knowledge that we acquired.

That is why the importance of reflecting and taking stock of the life that we are living, compared to the life that Allah wants us to live, shown to us by our dear Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), cannot be underestimated. If a person does this then he will see his strengths and weaknesses and will realise what he has to do to improve. And if he does this, then he will relate his life in this temporary world to the eternal life he has to live in the Akhirah.

And the great Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) always taught us to remember the everlasting nature of the world that we will enter after we depart from this temporary abode, and taught us that we should be ever vigilant in our preparation for it.

So this then completes our exercise on reflection. May Allah give us all the Taufiq (Divine Aid) to reflect upon what we learn, read, hear and speak about. And may Allah give us the Taufiq to use our reflections to make us more pleasing to Him in every single way. Ameen.

Ma’as-salaam

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