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Know yourself - assess your character


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The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. But how do you measure character and sincerity? This week we implement a baseline assessment on character using the evidence-based VIA survey

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Know yourself - assess your character

  1. 1. The most important and core base of any ʿibādah is … Ikhlaas (Sincerity)
  2. 2. ‫ا‬‫َّل‬ِ‫إ‬ ْ‫ا‬ ٓ‫و‬ُ‫ر‬ِ‫م‬ُ‫أ‬ ٓ‫ا‬َ‫م‬َ‫و‬ُ‫ب‬‫ع‬َ‫ي‬ِ‫ل‬ْ‫ا‬‫ُو‬‫د‬َ ‫ا‬‫ٱَّلل‬ َ‫ين‬ ِ‫ص‬ِ‫ل‬‫خ‬ُ‫م‬َ‫ين‬ِ‫ٱلد‬ ُ‫ه‬َ‫ل‬ َ‫ء‬ٓ‫ا‬َ‫ف‬َ‫ن‬ُ‫ح‬ْ‫ا‬‫و‬ُ‫م‬‫ي‬ِ‫ق‬ُ‫ي‬َ‫و‬‫ا‬‫ص‬‫ٱل‬ََ ‫ة‬‫و‬َ‫ل‬ َ‫ذ‬َ‫و‬ ََۚ ‫ة‬‫و‬َ‫ك‬‫ا‬‫ٱلز‬ ْ‫ا‬‫و‬ُ‫ت‬ ۡ‫ؤ‬ُ‫ي‬َ‫و‬ُ‫ين‬ِ‫د‬ َ‫ك‬ِ‫ل‬‫ٲ‬ِ‫ة‬َ‫م‬ِ‫ي‬َ‫ق‬‫ٱل‬ “And they were not commanded except to worship Allāh (being) sincere to Him in Religion, inclining to truth and establish prayer and to give Zakah. And that is the correct Religion.”
  3. 3. Ikhlas is the core of Tawhid “Ikhlās is doing an act of obedience for Allāh’s Sake, not wanting any religious benefit, nor avoiding a worldly calamity, nor wanting to be respected and esteemed by the people.” - Imām Al Izz b. ʿAbdi Salām (raḥimahu Allāhu)
  4. 4. “So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.” [Al-Kahf 18: 110] Ibn Katheer (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “ ‘Let him work righteousness’ means, that which is in accordance with the laws of Allaah. ‘And associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord’ means, worship in which he seeks the Countenance of Allaah alone, with no partner or associate.’ These are the basis of acceptable deeds: it must be sincerely for the sake of Allaah alone, and correct according to the sharee’ah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).” َ‫ر‬ َ‫ء‬ٓ‫ا‬َ‫ق‬ِ‫ل‬ ْ‫ا‬‫و‬ُ‫ج‬ ۡ‫ر‬َ‫ي‬ َ‫ان‬َ‫ك‬ ‫ن‬َ‫م‬َ‫ف‬‫ۦ‬ِ‫ه‬ِ‫ب‬ۡ‫ل‬َ‫م‬‫ع‬َ‫ي‬‫ل‬َ‫ف‬ ً۬‫ا‬‫ل‬َ‫م‬َ‫ع‬‫ا‬‫ا‬‫ح‬ِ‫ل‬‫ة‬‫ـ‬َ‫ص‬َ‫َّل‬َ‫و‬ِ‫شر‬ُ‫ي‬ۡ‫ك‬ِ‫ب‬َ‫ر‬ ََِ‫د‬‫ا‬َ‫ب‬ِ‫ع‬ِ‫ب‬ۤ‫ۦ‬ِ‫ه‬ َ‫د‬َ‫ح‬َ‫أ‬
  5. 5. So how do you baseline and measure character?
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  7. 7. Record your results in the order of survey outcomes
  8. 8. Time capsule Re-take the test at the end of the course and review progress