Guidance in Disguise

Hidayah (guidance) doesn’t only repeatedly approach us from external factors, it is instilled within us as part of our system too. It’s our fitrah (natural inclination towards good), it is innate and intuitive.
This is why before or while committing a sin one feels a sense of remorse, a sense of regret or a pin prick depending on our individual level of iman (faith). This results in an ongoing secret battle within one’s self, where one is convincing one’s own self to disobey Allah.
We choose to suppress the light of khair (goodness) while feeding the desires of our nafs (lowly self) in an attempt to keep it sated.

However, despite having fed the nafs, a sound heart remains restless. This hidayah (guidance) is programmed to act like a mentor, to help us stay on the right track.
Those who finally succeed in suppressing this inner voice eventually choose to avoid all those factors that might provoke this internal flicker of light to brighten and renew their sense of restlessness.
So, the next time you find yourself convincing and reasoning yourself against the inner hidayah, warn yourself against the enemy that resides within you and gear up to do the right thing. This, my friend will be your key to liberation, bi izn Allah (by the will of Allah).

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Maria K. Siddiqui

Maria is an artist, counselor and art therapist in training.