Concrete will – this is a phrase that I think will stick with me forever now that I’ve heard it once.
Care Bear has been listening to Nouman Ali Khan’s tafseer lectures for the past two weeks for her tafseer lessons. I instructed her to take detailed notes, and today I had her teach me what she learned from the lecture using the notes she had taken. I was impressed with how much she seemed to enjoy this activity, and how she prided herself on further explaining when I would ask exploratory questions.
Towards the end of explaining the tafseer of Surah Takwir, Care Bear mentioned that the prophet does, and the believers should, have “concrete will.” I asked her what this means and she further explained that it is a person that will do what they wish, even if those around them try to stop them or convince them otherwise.
I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be great to feel like I have a concrete will?” When I asked Care Bear, she agreed it would be something worthy of working towards.
What does it take to have concrete will? I suppose the first step is having concrete belief in what you wish is actually the right thing. Well, hopefully it’s that and not just being stubborn! One of the biggest strengths we can have is knowing that Allah’s pleasure is greater than anyone else’s. Married people do many things to please their spouse, even if they can’t see them, and would never do otherwise because they believe so firmly that it’s the right thing. Why should our relationship with Allah be any different?
In sha Allah that lesson imprinted on Care Bear as much as it did me. At the very least, she will get the reward for teaching it to me in sha Allah. Isn’t it amazing when you child begins to become your teacher?