“Perhaps a sin that humbles you is better than a good deed that makes you arrogant.”
– Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
While I was on the subway today on my way to work there was an homeless man who entered the train at one point and made his way to sit on the bench in the middle of the car. As I sat there with my headphones on listening to Azam Ali, I watched as many of the other passengers got up and went to move to the other end… some even moving to the next car to get away from him. I remembered a story I once heard.
One day a seeker of knowledge in Yemen walked along the streets beautifully dressed with his shawl, turban and clean impeccable set of robes. The student passed by an old man carrying a cart full of waste upon his shoulder and a thought of disgust occurred in the mind of the student. The man turned to him and said, “Verily! this is nothing compared to that thought you harbor in your mind!”
Imagine– If whatever ill-thoughts and intentions we hold inside our hearts were manifested upon our faces and bodies? How would we appear to the others? Just some food for thought… chew on that.
Our Lord! You truly know all that we may hide in our hearts, as well as all that we bring into the open, for nothing whatever, be it on earth or in heaven, remains hidden from Allah
رَبَّنَا إِنَّكَ تَعْلَمُ مَا نُخْفِي وَمَا نُعْلِنُ وَمَا يَخْفَى عَلَى اللّهِ مِن شَيْءٍ فَي الأَرْضِ وَلاَ فِي السَّمَاء
Surat al-Ibrahim 38
– Shams Al-Ghayeb