This word is definitely a combination of a few words i.e. ‘i h s a n'</strong But in reality, the word has immense worth of depth in it, numerous pages can be written about it. but the meanings and its applications can never find true justice.When one take this word to heart and start acting on it then this word is nothing but filled with layers and layers one after another and the true layer is yet to be found. This word is that profound!
No one can explain this word better then our own Lord. His Action of Ihsaaan starts from the womb of a mother. He starts giving us food, shelter, warmth and mercy. He give relief to the cries of an infant. When we put our hands into the gentle hands of our care taker then, immediately the relief arrives.
The life continues, the child grows up , the creator blesses him with family, water to drink, plenty to survive, friends to love, education to explore, air to breath, sky to see, earth to enjoy , consious to contemplate, parents to pamper and much more. In return what does He want? His Ibadah, His obedience, His worship. And what we do in return? Can we pay Him His dues just for His one 'Ihsaan?' Is it too much to ask ? Is it not pure Ihsaan from the Creator?
Everyday we waste food. Ask yourself how much food do you leave on the plate if not how much food you throw out everyday even from someone else's plate. Did God take the food away from us ? No! Every day we are still blessed with variety of food and we enjoy way with same joy and crave……………Is this not Ihsaan from our Lord?
In Quran Allah used this word many times. in Surah Younus
Chapter (10) sūrat yūnus (Jonah)
For them who have done good is the best [reward] and extra. No darkness will cover their faces, nor humiliation. Those are companions of Paradise; they will abide therein eternally
For them who have done good i.e. ihsaan, will have no darkness, nor humiliation. Today how many times we have been humiliated in front of the whole world, in front of many, in front of our own children , in front of our own spouses or in front of the whole crowd, how many times some bitter words pierces us like a dagger and we are doomed in darkness. The clouds of despair and darkness overcome us and we feel like the world is a deep dark dungeon for us , there is no light, there is no escape, there is no refuge, there is no where to hide, there is no shelter, but for a few moments imagine the humiliation of that day and darkness of our deeds.
Their eyes humbled, humiliation will cover them. That is the Day which they had been promised.
But is that darkness and humiliation is better then off that day. If you swallow the undigested words, if we seal the lips from throwing the fire of fierce words in return, we can be saved from the darkness and humiliation of that day. We have to decide which humiliation is better. The humiliation of some mere words is nothing as compare to that day .It is really nothing.
Remember Ihsaan of Yusuf how he forgave his brothers and honored them even though they threw him in the well, they departed his beloved father from him , they were the cause of his father’s lost eyesight and after all that, that they called him a stealer. Can we forgive someone who did this to us? but he did ihsaan. This word contains some real gems and treasures which can never be revealed without acting upon it,without experiencing the beauty of it.
Then Ibraheem’s ihsaan was not an easy one to forget also. His father was with those who wanted to burn him . In fact, he was thrown in fire infront of his real father. Can we imagine the greatness of his character? He was leaving the city after the bitter betrayal of his own blood but he still prayed for his forgiveness. Where can we find this kind of ihsaan?
Our history and heritage is full of stories of ihsaan. Now think about our lives, how much we have painted our canvas of life with this act of ihsaan . It is not easy to throw flowers for someone who throws fire on you . It is not a piece of cake to come up with a clean plate day in and day out especially if we have been penalized by the same person everyday. Nevertheless, to come up with ihsaan in our dealings with certain people is a daunting test but Allah assures you through this ayat:
Sahih International: And We did not send before you, [O Muhammad], any of the messengers except that they ate food and walked in the markets. And We have made some of you [people] as trial for others – will you have patience? And ever is your Lord, Seeing.
Will you have patience?
Your Lord is asking you. Will you have patience? the one who does ihsaan from the time of birth till death, the one who does ihsaan from waking you up to feeding you a morsel, from giving you strength to bow down in front of Him till you feel the ray of sunlight and sense a moment of joy and feel the true peace and tranquality. Will you not do ihsaan for Him? This can only be possible if we know the reward of ihsaan is nothing but ihsaan from our Lord in this world and in hereafter also.
Chapter (55) sūrat l-raḥmān (The Most Gracious)
Is the reward for good [anything] but good?
khilaya jis rab nay tugh ko pilaya aur bolna sikhaya
hua tera wajood us ki waja say is dharti par samaya.
phir kiya hui teri taabay daari us ahsaan kay badlay
mana kay asaan nahi logo kay nishtar baharay lafz sahnaa
nahi hai asaan har berukhi ka jawaab khushdili say dayna
magar yeh bhi to soch kay kitna dafa teray rab nay tugh ko sanbhala’
kitnay shikwon kay jawab may us nay tugh par rahm naa chora
kitni nafarmaniyon ki bawajood tujh say tera rizq naa choota
yeh tera rab hai aur us kaa ihsaan nahi to kiya hia
Us nay to rab ban kar dikha diya ab tu yeh bata kay tera ihsaan kiya hai