Posted by: adeepershadeofsoul | October 2, 2009

The Spiritual Trap

One of the worst things that unfortunately happens to all of us from time to time is that we get comfortable with where we are.  I don’t mean that in terms of material comfort but in terms of where we are spiritually.

One of the biggest…what I like to call “spiritual traps” is complacency.  I consider this term to be an evil one.  It is my enemy, and I have to battle it on a daily basis.  Complacency is when you feel like you’re okay.  You feel like…well you know, you feel like Alhamdulillah I’m a good person and Alhamdulillah I’m a good Muslim and Alhamdulillah etc. etc. etc.

Complacency derives from a kind of self satisfaction or self assuredness.  And it creeps up unbeknownst to us like a blank ant, crawling on a black rock, on a dark night…sound familiar?

Now I’m not saying that we should be constantly belittling ourselves either, or maybe belittling is not the right word.  We shouldn’t always be self loathing either, or at least we shouldn’t be self loathing in public.  Now I’m rambling…let me get back to the point.

My point is that complacency or having this feeling in our hearts that spiritually we’re okay and that we no longer have to push ourselves to grow, is not a quality that was present amongst the companions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.  And it was definitely not a quality found in the Prophet peace be upon him.

They were always worried about themselves, the state of their hearts, and their actions.  They were the best of the best, yet they cried profusely out of fear from facing God’s punishment either in this life or the next.

So if they never felt okay, or felt as if they’ve arrived at this higher spiritual plane…why do we?  Why do we feel like we are where we need to be?  Why have our days of learning and growing come to a crashing halt?  Why is it that now that we’ve scratched the surface of learning about our faith, we no longer feel the need to dig deeper?  Or to get stronger in faith?

Why?  It’s because we’ve fallen into the spiritual trap of complacency.

And I ask Allah (God) to never allow us to become complacent with our spiritual growth.

I ask Allah to make us like the companions of the Prophet peace be upon him and push ourselves to grow day in and day out until the time comes to go back to our Lord.

Ameen.

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