By: Raeesa Patel
Of all the teachings of Islam, Ihsaan seems to be the forgotten treasure. Ihsaan is derived from حسن which means “the beauty that is seen”. The very idea of Ihsaan is linked to the concept that human beings are beings that recognize beauty. Something within our build up innately recognizes things that are beautiful. Our eyes single out beautiful things in our surroundings; things that make us smile; that create feelings of warmth within us.
As human beings, we subconsciously realize the truth of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam’s words that “Allah is beautiful” [Sahih Muslim] and so we find ourselves inextricably drawn towards that which takes our breath away.
They understood the lesson of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam when he said, “Allah as mandated excellence (Ihsaan) for all things”. [Sahih Muslim]
To deliver Ihsaan is a promise that the Muslim makes when he undertakes a project or dealing. It keeps him focused on all that is good, just and kind. It transcends him from the bestial qualities that make him an erring human.
Ihsaan sets the bar higher for the Muslim so that mediocrity is never an option. It guarantees that a job be done to perfection, that people be treated with kindness, that the law be just, that business dealings be honest, that animals be afforded their rights, that the weak be protected and that the powerful be honourable.
This is why the Ummah of today is so very feeble compared to the generations that preceded us. People are measured by what they produce and for the past century, we’ve produced sadly little.