Day 22: Measure and seek counsel

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Aya of the day:

35:8

Then is one to whom the evil of his deed has been made attractive so he considers it good [like one rightly guided]? For indeed, Allah sends astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. So do not let yourself perish over them in regret. Indeed, Allah is Knowing of what they do. [Surat Fatir 35:8]

Lesson of the day: Measure and seek counsel
How many of our evil deeds have we seen as good? It is very very frightening to assume we are doing good when in actual fact it is something that is displeasing to Allah. This is why it so important to to try to measure our actions against the Qur’an and sunnah, seek counsel, be humble and have an open mind. Imam ash-Shafi’i said: “My opinion is correct but the possibility of error exists”. He also said “Never do I debate a man with a desire to hear him err in his speech, or to expose the flaws in his argument, and thus vanquish him. Whenever I face an opponent in debate I silently supplicate, ‘O Lord, help him so that truth may manifest itself in his heart and on his tongue. If it be that the truth is on my side, may he follow me; and if the truth be on his side, may I follow him.’” Of course, it is important to then be steadfast on the truth once we have made the determination by seeking counsel and taking advice, but the point is to humble ourselves and listen so that we may be able to determine the truth or what is the best course in any given situation.

We should follow this philosophy in whatever we do to ensure that we are always taking ourselves to account and trying to do things in the best way for the sake of Allah- and not simply what we want to be right. May Allah to help us to our actions as they really are.

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