Just as the value of a diamond is judged by four C’s, our value will be judged by four S’s:
1. Sincerity and whether we are striving for Him alone or for other motives.
2. Suppressing our impermissible inclinations and desires when they burn most strongly within us or we are pressured towards sin by outside influences.
3. Adherence to each and every sunnah, whether related to the internal (e.g. not harbouring malice) or external (e.g. dressing).
4. Steadfastness on the above three and on all injunctions of Deen.
Remember, a diamond does not form overnight. Similarly, we will have to remain firm and dedicated, and in time, Allah Ta‘ala will bless us with His acceptance and transform us into diamonds.
Also remember, it is through volcanic eruptions that diamonds rise and reach the top. Likewise, the extremely difficult tests and trials of life that we sometimes suffer are the ‘volcanic eruptions’ that will make us rise and reach the top. However, these tests will only serve as stairways to success if we pass them through remaining patient and steadfast.
Once we become true diamonds, we will shine with the noor of Islam. We will see the radiance in our own lives and will become beacons of guidance for others as well. We all have the potential within us. All that we require is determination, perseverance and guidance.
May Allah Ta‘ala transform us all into the gems of this Ummah, aameen.
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