Eternal Beauty via His Pleasure

~Rise with His Pleasure~

And keep yourself (O Muhammad SAW) patiently with those who call on their Lord (i.e. your companions who remember their Lord with glorification, praising in prayers, and other righteous deeds) morning and afternoon, seeking His Face, and let not your eyes overlook them, desiring the pomp and glitter of the life of the world; and obey not him whose heart We have made heedless of Our Remembrance, and who follows his own lusts and whose affair (deeds) has been lost. [Quran, Surah al Kahf, 18:28]

 

Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah,

Like any other day, I went to MuslimMatters.org and found something for the first time that stirred me deeply.

It began something like this and I’m going to pick a few paragraphs which I fell in love with:

In His eyes, she was beautiful. He understood all that she did in order to attract His attention. He knew that she only thought of impressing Him, that she had taken His preferences as her own and that she was trying in every possible way to surrender to them. He noticed every tiny detail that she so carefully arranged in her appearance for His sake alone. He kept account of her progress and He appreciated every one of her struggles. He admitted that still had a long way to go, but He thought her sincerity was endearing. No, she wasn’t perfect on the outside and definitely far from perfect on the inside, but all that she was doing made her, in His eyes, beautiful.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

…At least, that’s what she had heard. She had decided that Allah, God, was her Beholder. She then realized that she could not define beauty herself or let anyone else define it for her. She had come to the conclusion that He was the only One to please, so she embarked on the journey of discovering what beauty was in His eyes. As she learned day by day, she practiced day by day. She slowly started to beautify herself according to His standards.

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She had already defeated her desires and placed His definition of beauty over her own, but it was overcoming the opinions of the others, those who saw her and interacted with her, that was most difficult. Their thoughts would turn into words, and sometimes the words would get too loud to ignore.

Some of what they had to say would hurt. Some of them came from strangers, some from her friends, and some even from her family. Deep down she knew that what He thought was beautiful meant more to her than what they thought was beautiful. She had to detach from them completely. She knew what true beauty was and that she wanted to appear beautiful in His eyes, not in theirs.

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She learned that He is enough for her and that all of her strength comes from Him.

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She prays that she will die with His beauty. She prays that she will be brought back to life and live forever with His beauty. She prays that she is beautiful, in His eyes. (these were my favourite sentences)

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A lot of brothers complain that sisters who are well-covered have also caked their faces with make-up. While that’s a legitmate concern, being a lady myself, I know how hard it is to prevent oneself from using make-up especially in the age I am now. Some sisters hide their make-up somewhere where it is difficult to find in the morning when they get ready for university or work, while others stop buying it all-together. It reminds me of how I once was invited for an ‘Eid dinner where all the mothers had very young kids, most of them barely four years old. Out of them, I don’t think it will be difficult to guess what the little girls were playing with! They all were playing with toys that looked like house-hold appliances such as iron,washing machines,food processors etc. My favourite amongst them all was Rumaisa (a beautiful grey-eyed, thick-eyelashed little princess) because she knew all the duaas and some short surahs at such a young age of four and also because Rumaisa was the name of Umm Sulaym RA. Mashaa’Allah, may Allah SWT bless the little girl always.Ameen. I asked her what she was making and she could hardly speak , and she exclaimed excitedly (and very confidently) that she was making ‘spinach-celery-salad-soup’, that’s exactly what she said. It was hilarious but a huge heart-melter. The other little girls were helping each other wear necklaces as if that was the most important activity in the world! The two of them ended up arguing for a necklace…hehe. It was extremely cute how each of them flaunted their necklace once they wore them.

So my point is that these 4-year olds who did not know how to speak were so interested in house-wifely activities and looking pretty that it seems that it is built within the nature of women  to beautify themselves. If it is Jihaad for brothers to lower their gaze, I feel it is extremely difficult for women to not use make-up especially if they like using it. Some women are naturally not inclined towards using it in public, alhamdolilah for being one of them but at certain instances those women also get led astray by other women around them!

In short, there’s more to a caked face. There’s a story behind it. Probably a story of struggle or a story of low self-esteem. Sometimes it’s the ‘age’ in which they want to experiment with how they look. Therefore, the Muslim society should empower these women with alternative solutions like letting them use make-up if they really want to, at home or in an  all-girls party. Of course, the limitations have to be met but in every scenario, if you say something’s haram, then provide a halal-route for expression and not raise eyebrows if they are willing to have a halal-route.

But above all, we should remind these ladies about what He prefers in an Amatullah. While it’s a struggle, they will get rewarded for it inshaa’Allah if their intention is correct. It’s beauty in His Sight we as Muslimahs should be concerned about. It’s the adornment of Al-Hayaa’ or modesty that gives Noor to a Muslimah’s personality and makes her stand-out in His Sight when everyone around her is deluded. It’s that protection she should seek in His Laws that guard her from the Shayateen amongst the men and Jinn. It’s His Love that we should yearn for and not the love of humans.

And a woman who obeys Allah SWT in the correct manner and with the correct intention, she will be promised eternal beauty! Yes ladies, something we all wish for as some of us go through the pains of growing up in our teens with all that acne and later on with the emergence of those wrinkles once some of us hit the later 40’s.

Let me define Eternal beauty for you:

The situation of the believing woman in Paradise will be better than the situation of the hoor al-‘iyn; she will be higher in status and more beautiful. Several ahaadeeth and reports have been narrated concerning that, but none of them can be proven to be sound. But if a righteous woman from among the people of this world enters Paradise, then she will do so as a reward for her righteous deeds and as a honour from Allaah to her for her religious commitment and righteousness. As for the hoori who is one of the delights of Paradise, she has only been created in Paradise for the sake of someone else, and has been made the reward for the believing man for his righteous deeds. There is a great difference between one who enters Paradise as a reward for her righteous deeds and the one who was created as a reward for one who did righteous deeds. The former is a queen and a princess, and the latter, no matter how beautiful she is, is undoubtedly lower in status than a queen, and she is subject to the command of her believing master for whom Allaah created her as a reward.

–Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: Does the description of the hoor al-‘iyn include the women of this world?

He replied: It seems to me that the women of this world will be better than the hoor al-‘iyn, even in outward appearance, and Allaah knows best.

[Fataawa Noor ‘ala al-Darb]

Woah that’s a relief! So we’ll inshaa’Allah beat the Hooris in beauty with our acts of obedience out of which one is to shun from beautifying ourselves when we go out inshaa’Allah. Now that’s definitely an incentive. Alhamdolilah.

 O Allah beautify our inner appearance (our ikhlaq and level of Taqwa) as you have beautified our outer appearance. Make us  not of those Muslimahs who weigh their beauty according to how others appreciate it. Instead, make us of those who weigh their beauty according to how we obey You. Ya Muqqalib-al Quloob, make our hearts only concerned with Your Love so that people who pursue us first would have to find You to find us. Ya Rabb, forgive us of our transgressions in our appearance and how we may have not respected the respect You gifted us with. O Allah, adorn us with extreme modesty(Al Hayaa’)that even the Angels are shy of us when in our company. Please protect us from the Shayateen amongst the men/women and jinn and let not one of them provoke us to disobey You. And most importantly, resurrect us with those with the most radiant faces because of how their faces always turned towards You in Dunia for Your Approval at each step. Liberate us Ya Rabb from the shackles of our Nafs and shower us with Your Extreme Mercy because it’s You we turn for Help and it’s You Only we wish to love. Finally, please Allah make us Muslimahs which give rise to stronger generations of Muslimahs who take not a single breath without Your Approval and without securing Your Pleasure.Ameen.

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One Response to “Eternal Beauty via His Pleasure”

  1. Walaykum asalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

    Ameen but I have done nothing, so I pray He rewards me through the Vastness of His Mercy and not by my efforts…for the quality and quantity of my efforts both are insignifianct to what many Muslims are doing and have been doing.

    Indeed.
    JazakAllahu khayran.

    -UmmS.

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