THE EXISTENCE OF GOD ALMIGHTY SHOULD
BE CONSIDERED FROM FIVE PERSPECTIVES
‘ Holy Prophet’s (pbuh) companion Umar, may Allah be pleased with him said, “While we were sitting with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, one day a man came up to us whose clothes were extremely white, whose hair was extremely black, upon whom traces of travelling could not be seen, and whom none of us knew, until he sat down close to the Holy Prophet peace be upon him, so that he rested his knees upon his knees and placed his two hands upon his thighs and said, ‘Muhammad, tell me about Islam.’ The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless with him and grant him peace, said, ‘Islam is that you witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and you establish the prayer, and you give the Zakat, and you fast Ramadan, and you perform the hajj of the House if you are able to take a way to it.’ He said, ‘You have told the truth,’ and we were amazed at him asking him and [then] telling him that he told the truth. He said, ‘Tell me about iman.’ He said, ‘That you affirm Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day, and that you affirm the Decree, the good of it and the bad of it.’ He said, ‘You have told the truth.’ He said, ‘Tell me about ihsan.’ He said, ‘That you worship Allah as if you see Him, for if you don’t see Him then truly He sees you.’ He said, ‘Tell me about the Hour.’ He said, ‘The one asked about it knows no more than the one asking.’ He said, ‘Then tell me about its tokens.’ He said, ‘That the female slave should give birth to her mistress, and you see poor, naked, barefoot shepherds of sheep and goats competing in making tall buildings.’ He went away, and I remained some time. Then he asked, ‘Umar, do you know who the questioner was?’ I said, ‘Allah and His Messenger know best.’ He said, ‘He was Jibril who came to you to teach you your deen’.”
Thus to be a Muhsin is to be an embodiment of perfection, of sincerity in worship, of good ethical conduct.
By going through the noble Quran and the noble tradition of the Holy Prophet peace be upon him, we can see that the word “Al Ihsan” refers to three different meanings:
- Al Ihsan as supreme spiritual aspiration “to worship Allah as if you see Him“, as defined in the very famous saying of Prophet Muhammed with Angel Jibril (pbuh).
- Al Ihsan as good behaviour, i.e. a social behaviour of kindness, “kindness to parents, relatives, neighbours, orphans, the poorest etc.”
- Al Ihsan as an act of excellence; “Allah loves that when one of you accomplishes a work, that he accomplish it with excellence“.