While serving others, we often forget ourselves. Picture these conversations:
- “Mom, please, cook Biryani for me.”
- “Honey, make sure to pick up my clothes from the dry cleaner and pay the bills.”
- “Mama, you have to help me with my science project. I need to submit it tomorrow.”
- “Beta, please get my doctor’s appointment, and I need these medicines today.”
- “Begum Sahibah, the detergent is over. Please get some for the laundry.”
- “Please send in the article that was due. We can’t wait any longer.”
“It’s ready; I will e-mail it to you by afternoon.”
- “Ma’am, you have a parent and teacher meeting tomorrow morning at 9:00 am sharp. Please be there.”
“Yes, I will. Thank you.”
- “Madam, the milk delivery man wishes to meet with you.”
“Tell him I am coming.”
If this is the usual conversation that you hold every day, you can pause and take a deep breath. Sit down and read this.
Once the Prophet (sa) held Umar ibn Al-Khattab’s (rtam) hand, and he told the Messenger of Allah (sa): “You are dearer to me than everything except my own self.” The Prophet (sa) replied: “Umar would not be a true believer until he loved the Messenger more than everything including himself.” Umar thought for a moment before confirming: “By Allah, you are dearer to me than my own self.” (Bukhari)
From the above Hadeeth, we can gather that after loving Allah (swt) and our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sa), it is okay to love ourselves.
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