Reflections

Eid Reflection: Allah is Beautiful and Loves Beauty (The Beautification of Man by God)

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud radiallahu ‘anhu reports that the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,

“No one will enter Paradise who has an atom’s weight of pride in his heart.” A man said, “What if a man likes his clothes to look good and his shoes to look good?” He said,

 Allah is beautiful and loves beauty. 

Pride means denying the truth and looking down on people.” [Related by Muslim #131]

I recently attended a Fiqh of Beautification course whereby the Sheikh mentioned this Hadith at the beginning. And as I walked to and from the Eid prayer, observing people in their Eid garments, it popped back into my head. Eid is a time of celebration for Muslims worldwide as we gather to commemorate Ibrahim’s submission to God when he was commanded to sacrifice his son (A post on this coming soon). Seeing Muslims from different countries wearing their respective cultural clothes not only filled me with joy but appreciation for the beautification that Allah SWT has given us through clothing. One of the notable things from the course that I attended is that whilst we have guidelines in Islam for men and women on how to dress, Allah SWT loves for us to beautify ourselves in manners that are pleasing to him.

In the Qur’an, Allah SWT proclaims,

O Children of Adam! Assuredly We have sent down on you a garment to cover your private parts and garments for adornment. However, (remember that) the garment of piety and righteousness – it is the best of all. That is from God’s signs, that they may reflect and be mindful.

 Al-Qur’an 7:26

Not only has Allah SWT created us in the best of forms but he has also granted us the means to adorn ourselves. I want to finish off with a segment from Nouman Ali Khan’s Shame series on Bayyinah that has always stayed with me. When reflecting on the story of Adam and Hawa AS after their encounter with Shaitan, and their descent to earth, he mentions that:
“Clothing is a divine gift. Qur’an is revelation from the sky, it’s a gift from Allah. Rain is a gift from Allah. Angels that come and make dua for you are a gift from Allah. Clothing is part of revelation. It is is a revealed gift.”
It is important that we couple the external clothing with the internal clothing of righteousness. As mentioned in the ayah above, piety and righteousness are the best forms of clothing and I pray that Allah SWT grants us all Iman that endears us to him, Ameen.
Hope you all had an amazing Eid and a belated Eid Mubarak from my family to yours! 
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