Video (shout out to Mariam, my classmate that made the awesomeness): Advice
A friend of mine once asked me for advice
She asked me for advice
On the deen* and its rites
Like did you get that, she asked me for advice!
But before my head got “too” big I thought twice
And remembered a true teacher’s advice
And not just any man -
the man nicknamed the Proof of Islam
the real man – Imam, Alghazali*
When his students asked for tips on this life and the next
He responded with basically a full text
And to paraphrase only some of his points
He said the wise get over themselves
And focus on their own deeds, their own spiritual wealth
They don’t sit there and put their actions on blast
Like I prayed 22 rakahs* and made 16 fasts*
The focus is inward, on the deeds done;
and not so you can instagram, blog, or even tweet
Rather so when you meet your Lord up above
Your actions were done out of sincere love
And nothing requires as much attention
as your pre-action intention
No input is more critical -
when it comes to the permissible
Than the recognition
Of your own submission
We must understand our motivation
Stop to assess our own condition
In every action and every situation
Was I thinking of me, myself, I?
Or a slice of my someones pie?
Or was I focused on attaining His pleasure?
And eternal treasure?
He also reminds us to remember our souls
For this life takes a painful toll
There’s a cost for every indulgence
And we cannot afford…
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