Having completed the categories of shirk and Tawheed. Shaykh Bin Baaz continued on with “Al Ihsaan”.

Linguistically ihsaan (إحسان) means to do something well, precisely, etc. It is the opposite of “إسائة” (Isaa’ah) which is to do something badly.

According to the Shariah it is:

“To worship Allaah as if you see Him, but know that you do not see Him, rather He sees you”. This definition is the single pillar of Ihsaan.

 

The religion is of three levels, the highest of them is Ihsaan, then below that is Eemaan, then the lowest level is Islaam. We see these 3 levels clearly in the famous hadith of Jibreel, in which Jibreel asked the Prophet Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa sallam to inform him regarding Islam first, then Iman and finally about Ihsaan. And this is where the Islamic definition of Ihsaan is derived from.

At the end of the hadith the Prophet Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa sallam said to the Sahabah “That was Jibreel. He came to teach you your religion” which shows these three levels encompass the religion in its totality.

The level of Islaam is for everyone who makes the statement of the shahada. The Munafiqeen came with the first level, however they did not reach the second level of Eemaan, i.e. they did not have the belief in their heart.

Allaah says in the Qur’aan regarding some Bedouins:

{The bedouins say: “We believe.” Say: “You believe not but you only say, ‘We have surrendered (in Islam),’ for Faith has not yet entered your hearts. But if you obey Allah and His Messenger (SAW), He will not decrease anything in reward for your deeds. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”} (49:14)

 

Ihsaan is of types:

– Towards Allaah subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala: by worshipping Him alone as if you see Him.

– Towards the Messenger Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa sallam: by following his sunnah.

– To the creation (Parents, Family, Neighbours, Animals, etc): by dealing with them in a good manner. Just as occurs in the hadith recorded in Sahih Muslim :

“إن الله كتب الإحسان على كل شيء”

Which means: “Allah has prescribed Ihsaan upon everything”.

 

Being a person of Ihsaan grants you the “Ma’iyah” of Allaah. i.e. That He is with His Slave, as He mentioned in His Book:

{Truly, Allah is with those who fear Him (keep their duty unto Him), and those who are Muhsinun (good-doers).} (16:128)

And likewise His Saying:

{And verily, Allah is with the Muhsinun (good doers).} (26:69)

Likewise you earn the Love of Allaah:

{Truly, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers).} (2:195)

Allaah also says regarding the Muhsinin:

{For those who have done good is the best (reward, i.e. Paradise) and even more} (10:26)

The scholars of Tafsir explain that “even more”, in this ayah, is to see Allaah in the Hereafter.

 

For more details of this lesson please listen to the audio BaarakAllahu Feekum.