بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
ثُمَّ سَوَّاهُ وَنَفَخَ فِيهِ مِن رُّوحِهِ وَجَعَلَ لَكُمُ السَّمْعَ وَالْأَبْصَارَ وَالْأَفْئِدَةَ قَلِيلًا مَّا تَشْكُرُونَ
“Then He proportioned him and breathed into him from His [created] soul and made for you hearing and vision and hearts; little are you grateful.”
[Al-Qur’an – Surah As-Sajdah (The Prostration): 9]
An Assessment Table
From the above ayah, I am reminded that Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) has blessed us with faculties. One way of thanking Allah is to use the faculties given by Him in the ways which please Him.
I decided to assess myself in light of an Assessment Table which I created for myself. This helped me analyze the use of the blessings given to me by Allah and decide whether I used them in His way or not.
There are some activities in which I use the faculties given to me by Almighty Allah in displeasing Him: like using my hearing for listening to music while I work out, or when I use my ears for some juicy gossip or some slandering, like when I use my eyes to see things on TV that I am not supposed to, or when I use my heart to justify or make excuses for doing something wrong. Also, I use my heart to satisfy my nafs and go against the wishes of Almighty Allah.
As soon as I begin indulging in gossip or begin to complain, I need to remind myself that my tongue is a blessing from Allah and it should only be used to say things that please Him most.
I seek refuge from Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) from seeing no evil, hearing no evil, and feeling no evil! Ameen.