۱۹ تیر ۱۳۹۹ | Jul 9, 2020
ramadan

اَللّـهُمَّ حَبِّبْ اِلَيَّ فيهِ الإحسان،

O Allah, on this day, make me love goodness,

وَكَرِّهْ اِلَيَّ فيهِ الْفُسُوقَ وَالْعِصْيانَ،

and dislike corruption and disobedience,

وَحَرِّمْ عَلَيَّ فيهِ السَّخَطَ وَالنّيرانَ

bar me from anger and the fire [of Hell],

بِعَوْنِكَ يا غِياثَ الْمُسْتَغيثينَ .

by Your help, O the helper of those who seek help.

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The Meaning of Good Deed [ʾiḥsān]

The Arabic term “’iḥsān” is usually used to refer to “charitable donations and work”. However, it also has a broader sense which encompasses just “any good deed” and even intentions for doing good deeds in the future.

In this sense, good deed is far more superior to “justice” in the Islamic sense of the word. Within the Islamic teachings, justice [‘adl] is defined as fulfilling one’s obligations and duties and receiving all they deserve as their rights. whereas, iḥsān involves doing much more than one’s actual duties and taking much lesser than what one rightfully deserves.

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