The word “ihsan’ in Arabic means ‘good and proper.’ It is a way to carry ourselves. How we conduct ourselves. How we respond to something or someone. The aspiration is to provide the best respond at any given time.
The thing is, I don’t always feel like it. If I don’t fancy a thing (or someone), or I simply am not in the mood for something, I could feel myself hesitating, or even disliking it (or them). This creates some dilemma. On one hand, I want to give the best response. On the other hand, obviously, I don’t, really. Hence, I am unsure of how I need to respond.
But I recently discovered a trick. Whenever I feel the hesitation arises in responding to some persons, I go inside, and I ask myself: “What if it were you?”
Because with you, I know I always want to give my best response, happily. With you, I am always being the best of me, perhaps the true me. So I close my eyes for a moment and ask that question to my heart, “what if it were you?”
Then I shall know what to do. And that, will always be my best response.
Remembering that conversation when I was given this food for thought: “Would you do that if the Prophet were standing before you?”
12 Rabiul Awal 1434H