Islam, Iman and Ihsan
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri
As Muslims, we have been given the appropriate technology, in a package, which explains our origin and destination.
And, this includes how to navigate our way to that end. To know that we have a spark within us which is not subject to space or time is to be a full human being awakened to the divine within.
Once the principle of ‘tawhid’ is accepted and you call yourself a muslim then only do you begin to enter the zone of transformation.
In this regard, the stages of Islam, Iman and Ihsan map an individual's spiritual development.
To proceed to the level of Iman one has to navigate with the use of a map, being the Qur'an, and apply the information we have been given, until it is in our hearts, and we reach that state of tawakkul (trust) where we are truly dependent on Allah alone.
This talk is interspersed with several ayahs which illustrate the various levels of spiritual development.
Some people have weak or no Iman, some have selective Iman and there are others who believe they have full Iman.
It is the latter group which is constantly tested.
In a state of Iman one is in gratitude, regardless of outer circumstances.
Iman and A`mal (action - implicitly means 'good' action) go together.
There can be no Iman without A`mal.
The Qur'an repeatedly makes reference to the fact that our Din is based on Tawhid (Divine Unity) and Akhirah (the Hereafter).
Submitting to the message will improve one's character, conduct and quality of life.
There are clear and strong warnings about hidden shirk (association with Allah) which is like searching for a black ant on a black stone on a dark night.
Shirk is unforgivable and we are urged to watch out for it.
Ihsan is that ultimate state where all one's thoughts and deeds will be by Allah, for Allah with no trace of ego. Verses in the Qur'an which relate to this are described as being pure light.
Key Words: Islam; Iman; Ihsan; Tawhid; Shirk; A`mal; Tawakkul.