Dignity and honor

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 

25:72
And [they are] those who do not testify to falsehood, and when they pass near ill speech, they pass by with dignity. [Qur’an, 25:72]

 

One of the things that I really love about Islam is that it teaches you to be dignified and to have a sense of honor. And I really feel it when reciting this verse. Allah talks about the characteristics of the true servants of the Most-Merciful. And of them is that when they hear ill speech, they pass by with dignity. They have a sense of self-worth, of what is right and what is wrong, and of what it means to be an honored child of Adam. It’s not just about not doing wrong. But it’s about not even polluting your ears with wrong. So they pass by with dignity. They don’t indulge.

 

A few verses preceding it:

 

25:63
And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace, [Qur’an, 25:63]

 

Beautiful. They walk upon the earth easily, meaning with tranquility and humbleness. And when ignorant people address them in a harsh way, they respond with words of peace. You can only do that if you are at peace internally. You don’t need to react to every single thing. When you do react, your reactions are measured. And that is because you understand that you are a servant of the Most-Merciful. That Allah has honored you and loves you. So you know that no one can harm you.

How can we achieve this internal peace? Turning to Allah of course. And then understanding where our reactions are coming from. Usually they come from a desire for approval, control and/or security. Once we pinpoint that, we can let it go. Because no one’s approval matters except of Allah’s. No one has control and no one can give security except Allah. So your desires are creating emotions that drive your reactions, but the root of it is a desire. And once you let go of it, you can truly be a at peace.

May Allah make us true servants of the Most-Merciful.

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