Exterior vs. Interior

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The title of this blog is one that could possibly describe a salesperson’s way of introducing the details of a particular vehicle to a customer,  or a hardware store could carry paint with these words labeled on it and of course these words could also describe what a designer is illustrating to his/her readers in a written column found in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine. However, these words took new meaning to me as it described an experience I had at a beauty salon. As I was “patiently” waiting for the sister to get ready to trim my hair, I had a moment of self-reflection in the mirror.  As I sat there in front of this huge mirror, my first thoughts that came to mind was that Allah knows his creation. Our exterior look is just a shell, a coating, a picture frame that means something but that in reality is so seperate from our interior.  The saying of “don’t judge a book by its cover” can take on many meanings and it is unavoidable.  Everything we observe, we interpret. Don’t assume a person is one way because of the way they look. Don’t condemen the person in a bad way until you have got to know them. You see a teenager with scruffy clothing,  brightly coloured dyed hair and you think he looks like a drop-out but you find out he is actually someone who does charity work in his spare time! You judged him wrongly by the way he looks and he is actually better than what you thought of him. The interesting experience I had was one that transmitted a message that every culture has ascribed uniforms of style and appearance to themselves as a whole, to their subgroups and then of course to the individual.  Thus, that interior has a conscience; a quality of  good attitude and thought, which helps us think straight and tell right from wrong.  Our conscience should inspire justice, good manners, humility,honesty, sincerity, and all that is most righteous. That conscience is also an inspiration from Allah as it is mentioned in the Qur’an, in Surat ash-Shams:

And the self and what proportioned it and inspired it with depravity or taqwa, he who purifies it has succeeded, he who covers it up has failed. (Surat ash-Shams: 7-10)

Above all,  every individual from the moment of gaining consciousness, is responsible for what Allah inspires him with and what his concience tells him.  Everything around us bears the evident signs of Allah. The perfect balance and harmony of the universe and the living beings within it, is the most powerful indication of a supreme consciousness. Our conscience has no choice but to acknowledge that all is the work of Allah, the one and only Creator.

We made everything on the earth adornment for it so that we could test them to see whose actions are the best. (Surat al-Kahf: 7)

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by carimuslima on July 10, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    Mashallah sis!!!! I really like this post you know that’s so true. If a Muslimah doesn’t wear hijab she is judged as being loose or as a disbeliever. When in actuality Allah is the only One who knows whether she is a believer or not. Same thing with hijabis or niqabis. We are commonly associated with being religious and very pious just by our outward appearance, and from experience the stereotype also falls through the cracks.

    Great reminder really, Allah knows what we all intent and what’s truly in our hearts. So great reminder the next time we want to assume things about a person based on outward appearances. Hugs Chika 😉 xoxoxo

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  2. Assalaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu sister,

    Mash’Allah another great post! It’s true anyone can put on hijab! I covered when i was a christian, however, we all know that didn’t cut it. Though, it is an obligation for us as Muslims too. Still, we don’t know what’s in the person’s heart.

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