What Do Your Actions Say About You?
When we say we believe in Allah- what does that mean? How do we affirm our belief in God? Sometimes we get so caught up in appearances- what we think “holy” looks like that we forget, and how “good Muslims” should look that we lose sight of some more important things. Then we begin to judge people based on how they look and how “Muslim” they are and then start to decide whether we feel they should have a “space” at the table.
At one point a group of Arabs approached the prophet peace be upon and said “we believe” and Allah tells us in the Qur’an, “don’t say you believe, instead, say that you’ve submitted and know that iman has not yet entered your hearts”.
In a hadith of the prophet pbuh said that Iman is something that resides in our hearts and is proven by our actions.
So if we mute out the voices that make us focus on how things should “look” and ask ourselves, “what do my actions say about my beliefs” this can be very telling. This does not mean, that we can simply say- “I believe” and I feel this in my heart and it’s enough. Instead, we need to recognize that, IF we believe, then by following what Allah asks of us, then Iman will fill our beings and we will begin to truly know Allah.
The only one who knows what resides in our hearts- is each of us and Allah. No one else can tell us what is in our hearts.
Sometimes we also get caught up in doing things to be seen by others. It is why we must remember that “actions are judged by intentions”. So when we do what we do, we need to ask ourselves, why?
Are we doing it to be seen?
To appear to be pious?
To make people think we really care or are active?
This is what takes us back to –what are my actions telling of me? Who are my actions for? It also means that sometimes people will not be happy with me. However, as long as we know that we did what is right, that we stood up to make change, to help others and we know that we did it for Allah- then we don’t have to worry about what anyone else thinks or says. Instead we can rest because we have a clear heart.
This Ramadhan, let us focus on making sure that whatever we do, we do it for Allah and reflect on our actions to make sure they are in-line with our beliefs.
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