Imagine your eyes a video camera, recording all that you see. Your lips a voice recorder recording all that you say. Imagine this “movie” being played wide screen on Judgment Day. But I now ask you, why imagine if that’s the case?
You may claim to be a Muslim, you may claim to be a believer; but is that truly enough? As humans, we always seek “more”. Whether it is in education, status, or wealth, we always want “more”. But why is it any different when it comes to religion? Why are we satisfied with the level we’re at with no desire to improve? Why do we compare ourselves to those we think are lower than us in iman, and convince ourselves that we’re good enough? Why don’t we seek –or want to seek– “more”?
There are three levels of faith: Islam, Iman and Ihsan. This desire for “more” is considered the highest level of them all. Linguistically, Ihsan literally means perfection or excellence. Likewise, it is of a Muslim’s responsibility to acquire perfection and excellence in not just worship, but in all aspects of life.
But the question is how do we attain this level of excellence? When the Prophet PBUH was asked by Jibreel (may Allah be pleased with him) about the meaning of Ihasan, he said, “That you worship Allah as if you see him, for if you don’t see Him then truly he sees you.”
We know Allah oversees all that we do, but unfortunately, we know it only in our minds and not in our hearts. If we did, would any of us think of committing a sin knowing He’s always watching? Would we use filthy language in our speech? Would we rush through our prayers? Would we simply mute the athan to continue watching a movie? Think about it.
Let us plant this concept of Ihsan in our hearts and witness our lives blossom with the love and fear of Allah SWT. And to make sure you’re always on track, ask yourself, “What will my movie be rated?” Because whether you like it or not, EVERYONE will catch the premiere on the day there is no shade but His.