What’s an audit?
The Battle of Uhud was one of the most testing times for the Muslims of the time. The Prophet(SAW) was badly injured. Nearly 70 prominent early Muslims were killed in the Battle of Uhud, including Hamza (RA) – the uncle of the Prophet(SAW) and Mus’ab ibn Umayr (RA). Abdur-Rahman bin Awf received more than 20 wounds including damage to his leg causing a limp for the rest of his life.
Some years later, when Islam had flourished and the situation was far improved for the Muslim community, Abdur-Rahman bin Awf (RA) was about to break a fast. He was one of the most wealthy of the companions – the self-made millionaire who left Makkah with nothing. His servant brought him a good meal to break his fast but he (RA) held back, saying the following words:
Hamza was better than me and he became shaheed in Uhud.
Mus’ab b Umayr was with me in Uhud and he was shaheed and he was better than me.
But this world has opened its treasures to us – maybe this is our only reward.
On this, he began to weep worrying about whether he was going to be deserving of any reward from Allah(SWT), despite his many sacrifices.
Every one of us should look within and ask ourself – how have I used these blessings which I enjoy every day? Where do I stand with Allah(SWT)? How is my relationship with Allah(SWT) – is it secure? Can I rely on it when everything falls apart?
Look, think, ponder.
Will this moment be pleasing to Allah(SWT)? Reflect. Sit after salaah and ask yourself – will this be accepted?
O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and have taqwa (fear, mindfulness) of Allah. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.
– Surah Al Hashr 59:18
Allah(SWT) begins the Qur’an telling us this is a guide for the muttaqeen – those who have taqwa. So we should all seek TAQWA – but what exactly is it?
The balance sheet of life
Many of us are familiar with financial audits and our own self-reflection isn’t too different, as:
- Birth is your Opening Stock.
- What comes to you is Credit.
- What goes from you is Debit.
- Your ideas are your Assets.
- Your bad habits are your Liabilities.
- Your character is your Capital.
- Your happiness is your Profit.
- Your sorrow is your Loss.
- Your knowledge is your Investment
Even if we’re not financially minded, we all ask ourselves basic questions – do I have enough money for a Panini? Can I get those FIFA points? Can I make it home when the petrol light has come on?
Even a child can do it
A little boy went into a drug store, reached for a soda carton and pulled it over to the telephone. He climbed onto the carton so that he could reach the buttons on the phone and proceeded to punch in seven digits (phone numbers). The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation.
Boy: ‘Lady, Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?
Woman: (at the other end of the phone line): ‘I already have someone to cut my lawn.’
Boy: ‘Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price of the person who cuts your lawn now.’
Woman: I’m very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn.
Boy: (with more perseverance): ‘Lady, I’ll even sweep your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sunday you will have the prettiest lawn in all of Palm beach, Florida.’
Woman: No, thank you.
With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver. The store-owner, who was listening to all this, walked over to the boy.
Store Owner: ‘Son… I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job.’
Boy: ‘No thanks.’
Store Owner: But you were really pleading for one.
Boy: No Sir, I was just checking my performance at the Job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady I was talking to!’
Be true to yourself
When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you see a person of Jannah or a person who’s making their way slowly to Jahannum?
And be not like those who forgot Allah , so He made them forget themselves. Those are the defiantly disobedient.
– Surah Al Hashr 59:19
One day the son of the wazir (Khalifahs advisor) Muhallib, passed by Maalik b. Dinaar (rh) walking haughtily with a proud, affected gait. So Maalik b. Dinar advised: “Oh son! How good it would be if you gave up arrogance.” The man retorted “Dont you recognise me?” Maalik responded: “Why not! I know you very well. Your beginning was an impure drop and your end is a stinking corpse and your intermediate condition is that you walk around with filth inside you. On hearing this, Muhallib lowered his head and repented [Al-Mustaraf]
Sometimes the hardest person for us is to correct is ourselves. There is no shame in being wrong, the shame is in choosing to stay wrong.
A mistake that makes you humble is much better than an achievement that makes you arrogant.
Fix things between you and Allah(SWT). The time is now.
Look to your day ahead
Ramadan Reminder 2018 series – the Taqwa toolbox
- How to remain steadfast after Ramadan
- The importance of brotherhood
- Preparing for death
- Crying before Allah (SWT)
- Exerting ourselves in worship
- Take account of yourself
- What is taqwa?
Audit yourself – series