When we reflect on our character, conduct and behaviour we should realise that we may not be angels, but we are not absolutely worthless either. We are somewhere in-between. That gives us hope and scope for improvement and betterment. It makes us realise that we are far from perfect and there is a lot that we can improve on. When someone offers us good counsel and advice, then we should be receptive of that advice and realise that we have areas of improvement. How can we improve if we do not even accept that there is anything wrong with us? Acknowledgement and acceptance are the first steps to self-reform. We should follow in the footsteps of ʿUmar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb رضى الله عنه remembering his words ‘May Allah have mercy on a man who gives me a gift of my errors.’
[This short excerpt is based on a lecture entitled ‘Traits of Hypocrisy Part 5’ delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Friday 17th January 2020].