The Ideal Muslimah v.4
Guess what came in my email inbox today?
I was quite amused actually. I’m sure the organisers had good intentions when organising such an event. I just couldn’t help but think of the last discussion when it comes to beauty contests. I hope the prize includes books and a voucher to Hejab Iran or something haha.
It got me to thinking on who I might want to nominate and the first person I thought of was my Original Spiritual Comrade. Its a bit tricky though because she now wears the niqab. ;)
Then I realised that hey, thats a great excuse for me to get on with my next Ideal Muslimah post so here it is. Keep these in mind when voting for your choice of Muslimah Anggun ya? Hehehe.
From the chapter of “The Muslim Woman and Her Community/Society”.
She is easy-going and does not bear grudges.
The Muslim woman does not bear grudges, and resentment has no room in her heart, because Islam has uprooted hatred from her heart, extinguished the flames of anger, cleansed her soul of enmity, & planted the seeds of sisterly love, tolerance & forgiveness.
Islam has uncompromisingly declared war on ignorance, tribalism, hostility, enmity & revenge, and has made forgiveness, tolerance, love & kindness dearer to the hearts of Muslim men & women. Allah SWT says:
“Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden whose width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the righteous – those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity, or in adversity; who restrain anger, and pardon all men – for Allah loves those who do good.”
Surah al-Imran 3:133-134.
This praise is for those who restrain their anger and do not bear grudges, who have raised themselves to the level of forgiveness and tolerance, which is a high level indeed, and very difficult to attain. None can reach it except those who are pure of heart & have shed the inclination towards hostility, enmity & revenge and thus earned the right to reach the level of ihsaan, and Allah SWT loves those who do good (al-muhsinoon).
Through this noble teaching, Islam was able to penetrate the hearts of the believers, and cleanse & purify them, so that hearts that had been dominated by anger & hatred became hearts that were filled with love & devotion.
One of the most striking examples of this miraculous change of heart is the story of Hind bint ‘Utbah, whose heart before she embraced Islam was filled with the poison of hatred and enmity towards the Prophet SAW an his family & Companions. When she embraced Islam & faith penetrated deep into her heart, she came to the Prophet SAW and said : “O Messenger of Allah, there was no family on earth that I would have loved to see humiliated more than your family but from this day on, there is no family on earth I would love to see honoured more than your family.” (Fath al-Baari, 7/141, Kitaab Manaaqib al-Ansaar, baab dhikr Hind bint ‘Utbah.)
For the sake of Allah and His Religion, blood feuds will be forgotten, hostility will vanish, those who previously hated one another will become friends, and the inclination towards enmity will be uprooted.
In the most brilliant fashion, the Qur’an raises the human soul to this difficult, high level. It states that the one who has been treated unjustly has the right to defend himself an resist oppression (an eye for an eye), but it does not allow the one who has been wronged to be overtaken by the desire for revenge. Rather, it gently leads him or her towards the level of patience, tolerance and forgiveness, and states that this is something that takes a great deal of determination & willpower:
“And those who, when an oppressive wrong is inflicted on them, (are not cowed but) help and defend themselves. The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives & makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah: for Allah loves not those who do wrong.
But indeed if any do help & defend themselves after a wrong (is done) to them, against such there is no blame. The blame is only against those who oppress men with wrongdoing & insolently trangress beyond bounds through the land, defying right & justice: for such there will be a Penalty grievous.
But indeed if any show patience and forgive, that would truly be an exercise of courageous will and resolution in the conduct of affairs.”
– Surah as-Shuraa 42:39-43
MasyaAllah.. so beautiful la. That is one gem of a Muslimah!
May Allah help us & make us one of them insyaAllah. Truly, it is not easy to be nice to someone who has been horrible to you. But time & again, WWRD? What Would Rasulullah SAW Do? :)
What a beautiful example we have. May Allah help us to share His teachings & purify our hearts & beautify our character and make it as beautiful as Rasulullah SAW’s character. AMIN!
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Here’s to some of the Muslimah Anggun in my life,
I miss my Amorians! :(