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Itqan: Reaching Perfection
Transcript of Itqan: Reaching Perfection
Whatever You Do, Do it Well
Islam requires; rather it demands that whatever we undertake to do, we do it really well. There are no half-hearted measures in Islam. No sloppy, shoddy work. If you are a Muslim, and you do something, you have to do it well. But unfortunately this is something many of us have forgotten. This is one of those important lessons of our culture and history that we need to re-learn. When we do something, whatever it may be, those looking at our work should be able to say: “Ah, a Muslim must have done it!” That is how our Aslaaf (our predecessors) used to be, and that is what we need to become. Excellence and superior performance need to stop at us. Our dedication and commitment to our work will not only let us progress further in work, but will earn for us the blessings and mercy from Allah (SWT). The Prophet (SAW) said in a hadith,
Turn Your Bad Habits into Good
People with negative attitudes always utter words of discouragement to themselves and to those around them. Rather than achieving excellence in what they do, they continue to criticize, condemn, complain and make excuses. They always complain about not having enough time, enough resources, and enough opportunities. They usually have very low self-esteem of themselves and lack confidence in themselves. And what they love to do is to give up halfway and let go of responsibilities. They also love blaming others for their own shortcomings and weaknesses
Iman or faith should propel a person to work in as perfect a manner as possible, be it for welfare of this world or for the afterlife. When doing anything at the level of itqan, our attitude always remains positive. We do not become complacent and we do not become selfish. Therefore, we do not have to doubt the quality of the work we produce. A society having itqan in its work ethics is more proactive, more responsible, and more sensitive towards others. Doing something without itqan leads to an attitude of mediocrity or taking things for granted. This attitude prevents a person from achieving any kind of success. We need to educate ourselves, our families, and our children to avoid this mediocre attitude. Success does not come by doing things half-heartedly.
Itqan: Reaching Perfection of Action
An Islamic Perspective
Itqan means to strive for perfection, without sacrificing the quality of the work one is engaged in. Itqan is a criterion for achievement and excellence, which comes through working hard and not giving up.
“Indeed Allah loves one who when he does a work, he does it with itqan.” In other words, Allah is pleased with the person who when he performs a deed, he executes it with excellence. Itqan in this hadith refers to the attitude of being careful, meticulous, diligent and excellent in carrying out responsibilities and tasks. If a person is willfully negligent, waists his or her time, then of course this person will incur the displeasure of Allah.
As a community, we must always look for ways to improve our situation. We must discard any poor image of ourselves, and our work ethics. Do we make appointments and not stick to them? Do we make promises and not fulfill them? Do we undertake a job and settle for poor performance by not working hard enough? We have to strive to change this general image of Muslims. Good practices and work attitudes of other communities should be good examples for us. Of course, we are fortunate to have the best guide and the best model is our beloved Prophet (SAW). We can change and improve when we truly desire to do so, and when we make sufficient effort to do so. The Qur’an tells us that our situation will not change for the better, if we do not put in any effort to change it ourselves.
A Community's Role
The Prophet said
”Allah loves to see one’s task done at the level of itqan (excellence)"
(Sahih Muslim 1976)
1. It is not being a perfectionist like google translator would tell you!
2. Reach your optimum level of performance
3. Mulsims do not settle for mediocrity
4. Be the best at what your doing
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