Why Know Your Self?
إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّى يُغَيِّرُواْ مَا بِأَنْفُسِهِمْ [الرعد:11]
Surely, Allah does not change what is in a people until they change what is in themselves. (Surah Ar-Ra’d:11)
Awareness, insight and introspection is an important part of human development and growth. For without it, we’d function on an autopilot subconscious, oblivious to how we present ourselves and how we affect others and our environment.
A big part of our actions and behaviours are reflective of our core beliefs, automatic thoughts, feelings and intentions.
Rasulullah (ﷺ) said:
إنما الأعمال بالنيات وإنما لكل امرئ ما نوى
“Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended.
Fret not, though… the Seekers will be guided to what they seek. Allah promises that:
وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا
Those who strive in Us, them We do lead to Our paths – (29:69)