- A surface which reflects a clear image.
Yeah, I totally needed to clarify that phone screens, oven doors, shiny spoons and glossy cupboards all count as mirrors. Suitably, whenever you are able to distinguish the features that grace your frontage, you will be obliged to read the relevant Dua (image attached).
C’mon, don’t tell me you can walk past your replica without a safety test, making sure everything is where it’s supposed to be (I’m blaming it on that “Look-I’ve-Got-Your-Nosie” game adults (?) played on us). I’m talking from personal experience. Until recently (could be one month, could be one week. You’ll never take me alive!), I’ve had to look into the mirror while putting on my niqaab. Which I’ve been donning for coming up to a year, Alhamdulillah. My point is, mirrors are indispensable.
To look into a mirror isn’t Haraam. In fact, reading your Dua while looking into the mirror, counts as practising a Sunnah of our Rasool (S.A.W). However, that doesn’t give you free reign to obsess over it.
‘Beauty gets the attention, personality gets the heart.’ Dear, if you articulate that only ugly people say that, I’m going to start believing them when they declare a person either gets gifted with beauty or brains. Wake up. Yes, hello, smell these roses. Because congratulations! I realise you have them Kylie Jenner lips without doing the challenge, but that’s not enough to make me befriend you.
Marhoom Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel [RA] used to quote a poem:
“We looked into the mirror for blemishes on the face,
But we did not look at all the blemishes of the heart.”
And therein lies the beauty (pun intended) of the Dua. Allow me to translate (No, really, I insist).
“O Allah, You have beautified my features, so beautify my character as well.”
The Dua itself serves as a reminder that Allah gave you your beauty. Allah created you. Reciting it regularly automatically generates the subconscious thought of it being the wonder of Allah every time you see something pretty. It doesn’t end there. Keep in mind, Islam is complete. Looking at our reflection shows that we’re conscious of maintaining the beauty of our appearance and physique. There has to thus be a greater sense of consciousness in maintaining the beauty of the spiritual heart.
Worry about how attractive your Iman is. Pride, jealousy, lying, cursing, interest, anger; all of those knock together a vision worse than the Grinch (it’s possible). If you want to be entirely lovely, you need to get rid of those unsightly qualities. You’ll want attributes like piety, generosity, forgiveness, tolerance and honesty. What better way than to ask Allah to beautify your character while at the same time making Shukr to Allah for the physical body that he has given you? It’s not even difficult, you’ve got to admit.
For the first couple of days you might need a reminder. Stick a Post-it or Print out on the corner of every mirror (honestly, Pinterest probably already has some diy’s to help) as a prompt. It’ll soon flow naturally from your lips, InShaAllah.
Take note: Hazrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Ishaq [DB] emphasises that we need to be aware of every Sunnah we practise on. So when you have to gaze at your mirror image, read your Dua and make the intention of practising on a Sunnah.
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,