Friday, June 5, 2015

Face criticism to succeed!!


Allah created human beings as a mixture of doing good and bad deeds. There isn’t anyone set foot on the earth that doesn’t sin & always does good and who always sins & doesn’t do good. Without understanding this reality, shouldn’t consider ourselves as superior over others and there is no one free from weakness & criticism

The biggest plot of Shaytan as well as human being drawbacks is that, man takes pride of himself for the reward earned through his prayer, good deeds and social activities. Shaytan made him to forget the sins he committed in the past & present; Human beings has this kind of weakness as well.

So to write off the weakness and attain perfectness, we should possess two main qualities–

   1)      Self Awareness and
   2)      Taking advice from others

If anyone of the two misses, then weakness wont part away from oneself at any time
Self Awareness is that we evaluate our self, understand the weakness and parting away from it

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: « ما أنعم الله على عبد من نعمة فعلم أنها من عند الله إلا كتب الله له شكرها قبل أن يحمده ، وما علم الله من عبد ندامة على ذنب إلا غفر له ذلك قبل أن يستغفره ، إن الرجل ليشتري الثوب بالدينار فيلبسه فيحمد الله فما يبلغ ركبتيه حتى يغفر له »

Prophet (PBUH) said: For the favor bestowed by Allah (SWT) to His creation, and if he believes that this is from His Lord, then Allah rewards for his thankfulness before he praises Him
If a man feels sorry for his action that he committed, then His Lord forgives before he seeks repentance
A person buys a garment for one dollar & wears by praising his Lord for it, then Allah forgives that person’s sins before the garment reaches his ankle

Taking the advice from others –
Accepting our drawbacks identified by others and work on to eliminate it
It’s the act of righteous people to know their own weakness

Once during the rule of Umar bin Khattab (RA), due to some men’s passion to offer huge Mahr for their wives in marriage, it affected other males as they couldn’t afford such huge
"`Umar bin Al-Khattab stood up on the Minbar and said, `O people! Don’t exaggerate concerning the dowry given to women more than 40 Uqiyahs, if so then it shall belong to Baitul Mal. He then went down the Minbar, but a woman from Quraysh said to him, `O Leader of the Faithful! You prohibited people from paying more as dowry for women' He said, `Yes.' She said, `Have you not heard what Allah sent down in the Qur'an' He said, `Which part of it' She said, `Have you not heard Allah's statement,
وآتيتم إحداهن قنطاراً

(And you have given one of them a Qintar)' He said, `O Allah! Forgive me...' He then went back and stood up on the Minbar saying, this woman was correct and I erred, so I take back my previous order

Once during the rule of Ali (RA), a man enquired about a ruling and Ali (RA) gave his opinion. That person replied the Ali’s explanation isn’t right and said his opinion. Then Ali (RA) said that you’re right and I had erred.

There is always an intellect above every intellectual person

The lesson from above instances is that there is no one in face of the earth free from criticism and mistakes. So those who accept constructive criticism with open mind, pure-hearted and tolerant nature will remain in the hearts of people forever and will be successful. Those groups & individuals who doesn’t heed to such criticism, not even their traces will remain

Some suggestions for those who could identify the errors of others:
  1)      Don’t degrade or disgrace others while pinpointing their mistakes     
  2)      Shouldn’t indulge in the business of backbiting always, if so then credibility will be lost
  3)      Should discover the positives as well
  4)      Should say exactly what he finds to the concerned person and shouldn’t manipulate
  5)      Also instead of finding faults with others, should examine us and correct ourselves

  The one who is close to his Lord, wouldn’t search for others mistakes. Instead think about his own weakness and rectify it

Thank You

Arabic Translation Centre (ATC)


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