Is It Necessary to Be Perfect in Islam?
Everyone knows among us that there isn’t just one type of student in the class. Some students work hard and succeed. On the other hand some work hard and fail but keep trying their best.
Others just try to pass. And then there are also those who don’t study much, thinking that they will get lucky on exam day, so they fail.
I have never met someone who works hard to study but realizes that they will not get 100% marks on every exam. And then gives up or doesn’t even show up on exam day. Because school isn’t all. Or you say it may be nothing. Every assignment counts when you’re trying to get a good grade.
Not About Being Perfect
The concept in our religion is the same way but Satan doesn’t want us to know that. He tries convincing us that if we are not worshiping Allah in a perfect way, then it is the same as not to worship him.
So if someone isn’t praying all five prayers, when they finally stand up to offer a prayer, Satan will make them think, “With whom am I kidding? I never pray when I’m supposed to. Why would Allah accept my prayer now?”
In the same way, when a woman is thinking of wearing the hijab but doesn’t cover up perfectly or sins in certain ways, Satan will make her feel like there’s no point in wearing it.
These are only a few examples, but the concept applies to pretty much everything that a Muslim do.
Good Deeds Win Over Bad Deeds
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
Allah the Almighty said: “If my servant just wishes to do a good deed but he doesn’t do, then it is recorded as a good deed for him. And if he does it, then it is recorded as minimum ten good deeds and multiplied up to seven hundred times.
On the other hand, if my servant wishes to do a bad deed and he doesn’t do, then it is not recorded for him. And if he does it, then it is recorded as a single bad deed. (Not more than that)” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
This Hadith Al-Qudsi shows the mercy of Almighty Allah. Because good deeds count up to maximum seven hundred times more than bad deeds. We’re really left with no reason to think that because of our bad deeds, our good deeds won’t count.
Allah Almighty says: “Surely, the good deeds will drive away the evil deeds. That is a reminder for those who are aware.” (Quran 11:114)
Absolutely No Room for Frustration
If Satan (or our own mind) is trying to convince us that there’s no point in trying to do a certain worship because we are not good enough. Or because we’re sinners. Then, we need to remind ourselves that Allah’s mercy is greater than any good or bad that we could do ever.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“All children of Adam (peace be upon him) are sinners, and the best of the sinners are those who repent.” (At-Tirmidhi)
There is no one in the world who doesn’t commit sins. Nobody is perfect, and we don’t know who is closest to Allah among us. All that Allah expects from us is a sincere effort, and honest repentance when we fail or commit sin.
Society expects perfection, but Allah doesn’t. If we can just keep that in mind, it will be much easier for us to get close to Allah and do all the things that He loves