Remember, don’t try to perfect your body, perfect your heart. It is from your heart that all value comes from. So purify your heart and seek help from Allah. Indeed He is the best of helpers!


Monday, Ramadan 15, 1440 AH (May 20, 2019)

I begin in the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all creation. May Allah extol the mention of the Prophet in the highest company of Angels and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, his Companions and all those who follow him exactly until the Day of Judgement.

Dear brothers and sisters! To Allah, the best hands are those raised in repentance and worship. The best tongues are those moist with sweet and guided words. The best actions are those of charity, guidance, prosperity, help and good innovation (not in religion). The best hearts are those that remember Him and love for His sake. The best feet are those that walk to Him and create a path for others. The best ears are those attentive to His call and that relay the message to others. The best eyes are those that see the hereafter and paint it for others. The best minds are those that have the knowledge of His greatness and share the wisdom. The best in character are the thankful and merciful. The greatest in strength are those with humility. The strongest are those that have a bond with Him. The bravest are those who sacrifice their lives for the freedom of future generations. The best of sinners are those who repent. The best in conduct are those who love Allah and His creation. And the biggest winners are those who prostrate and worship Him Alone. But the biggest losers are those plagued with disbelief. With evil actions and constant sinning. Who mock at the righteous. Who are hypocrites and transgressors. Who murder and rape. Who backbite and instigate. Who associate partners with Allah. Who fornicate and vandalise. Who go against the commandments of Allah.

Now where do you stand? In Shaa Allah you are a light illuminating with knowledge and righteousness. May Allah make us believers destined for Jannatul Firdaus, and May Allah make us part of those who advocate freedom and good things. Ameen.

Allah the Almighty says:

“”And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful.” [Qur’an, 3:104]

Remember, when you were nothing, Allah the Most High declared to the world: I’m going to create a person who is perfect. I’m going to create a person who will worship me alone and will remind the world of my greatness by their good manners and character. They will do what I ask of them. They will make a difference in this world. They will strive to earn paradise by perfecting their character and gaining knowledge. I will reward them abundantly for their efforts. They will be tested on numerous occasions but my help will always be near them. Never will I give them more than they can handle. They will be tested and fall short of my standard but never will my mercy leave them, for my mercy extends to all my servants who call on me. Indeed, anybody who receives my mercy is purified to their original state.

That is you my Muslim brothers and sisters. You are perfect because Allah the Almighty created you. As Allah the Most High says in the glorious Qur’an:

“He is the One Who has made perfectly everything He has created: He began the creation of human beings with clay, And made his progeny from a quintessence of the nature of a fluid despised: But He fashioned him in due proportion, and breathed into him something of His spirit.” [Qur’an, 32:7-9]

You are created perfect and will be renewed to perfection, as long as you continue repenting to the all-merciful. Allah says in the glorious Qur’an:

“O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” [Qur’an, 39:53]

Allah further states:

“And when those come to you who believe in Our verses, say, “Peace be upon you. Your Lord has decreed upon Himself mercy: that any of you who does wrong out of ignorance and then repents after that and corrects himself – indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful.” [Qur’an, 6:54]

Remember when you were nothing, Allah the Almighty decreed your whole life and gave you all that you need to live a satisfying and fulfilling life. He carefully proportioned you and provided you with talents and abilities to carry on with specific tasks in this life. He chose for you, your parents, birthplace, and sustenance, to make your striving glorify Him. You did not chose for yourself, for he created you when you were nothing. He has planned every major event for your life. You cannot miss your destiny. It is there to meet you when your time comes. The only thing that you can miss is paradise, by your actions and speech. Therefore, understand your destination by traversing your journey in the best way. You are accountable for your future, nobody else is. Make it great therefore!

Throughout time, many people have told us how to live our life. They have the perfect plan for our life. They know what makes us happy and what is right for us. The moment we disobey their perfect plan, they judge us as “bad people,” and label us Imperfect.

Don’t let anybody tell you that “you are not perfect.” Nobody but Allah the Most High can judge you. Nobody is superior to you except in piety and good manners. Nobody can make you feel inferior but yourself. You are equipped with knowledge and blessings to reach the highest level of paradise if you choose to do so. Nobody can stop you but yourself. So make your striving worthwhile and continue imploring Allah for help. Ignore the assessment of men and seek Allah’s guidance. He, only Him will purify you in the way He knows best. So seek Him in prayer and prostration, and be patient.

Respected brothers and sisters! In today’s time, people are judged by their nationality, religion, tribe, region or skin colour. People stereotype because they are people. That’s what they do.They have always done so. But I want to remind you that, one of the greatest men who walked this earth would disagree with all those people. Before He died, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in His last sermon stated:

“All mankind is from Adam and Eve (Hawwa). An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.”

Let’s learn from the best role model, the last Prophet of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Free yourself from hate and racism. Don’t stereotype. Judge people’s character, not their skin colour. Realise that what you see is not what it is, for you cannot see what is in people’s hearts. Only judge in matters of trust but leave the ultimate judgment to the All-Judging, Allah. Know that you cannot please people but you can please your creator. As long as your actions are in good standing with Allah, wallahi you have nothing to fear.

Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Don’t judge your form. Allah says in the glorious Qur’an:

“We have indeed created humankind in the best of molds.” [Qur’an, 95:4]

You are perfect therefore, and Allah created you the way you are. You have nothing to be ashamed of. Your body has needs and you must satisfy them with due measure. No quality in you is greater than your morality. Whatever your flesh desires can be controlled by you, and be forgiven by the all merciful. You are not to judge your body for you did not create it. You can only judge your actions and how you respond to them. How you respond to your body’s temptations is your battle. Make your battle victorious therefore.

When you feel worthless, realise that it is a passing phase. Your value is not in your body or feelings, but in your heart. When you feel low, know that no desire is greater than your morals. Nothing can overpower you. You are in control. Realise that you may not be able to control your thoughts but they don’t define you; your actions do. Guard your tongue and perfect your actions therefore.

Remember, don’t try to perfect your body, perfect your heart. It is from your heart that all value comes from. So purify your heart and seek help from Allah. Indeed He is the best of helpers!

And the perfect knowledge belongs to Allah the Almighty. My last prayer is all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessing be upon our Prophet, his Family, his Companions and his Brothers till the Day of Resurrection.

We ask Allah the Most High to strengthen us in this blessed Month of Ramadan, accept our fasts, and reward us with His forgiveness and the highest place in Paradise. Ameen.

Written by Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.