How's Monday treating you all? I was slow getting out of bed this morning, I don't think I slept very well since it's midday and I'm still fatigued. I'll sleep well tonight inshAllah. How awesome does that Oreo pie look?! Now onto the topic at had....
Humility...what exactly does this word mean? Simply put, it is having a modest opinion or view of one's self aka not letting your ego get the best of you. The word pride comes to mind when I think of humility. Pride CAN be a good thing, in it's proper time and place but we should never, as Muslims, let our pride or ego come before humility. Now, I'm not saying lets all feel down on ourselves and never feel accomplished but to always have a mindset that you can do more, especially when it comes to Islam.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was and is still the best example of humility for us. He never let his position as a prophet and great leader "go to his head". He gave more than he ever received and never asked for anything in return. Here's a great example of the Prophet's (PBUH) humbleness:
"Related by al-Bayhaqiyy, at-Tirmidhiyy, and Ibn Majah from the route of Abdullah who said: The Prophet (PBUH) lay down on a mat, which left some marks on his skin. So I began stroking my hand over his skin so that the marks would disappear and said: O Messenger of Allah, please give us permission to put something on the floor for you to sleep on without leaving such marks on your body?
The Prophet replied: 'Keep the worldly pleasures away from me, and keep me away from them, for the lifespan of one in this world goes so fast that it is similar to the time a riding person would spend to rest in a shade under a tree after which he has to leave and continue his journey."
The root of the Prophet's humbleness came from his love for the hear-after and not for this world. He lived everyday for the next.
I encourage us all to read and reflect on these stories of the Prophet (PBUH) and to become more modest and humble everyday. Just when you start thinking you have accomplished it all or are better than someone think of a story like the one above and reflect upon it. We can all use a little reminder.
Please share an authentic hadith that illustrates humbleness.
In what ways do you think we can all become more humble people?
May Allah bless you all.