Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam also said: “When you think of speaking about the faults of others, look at your own faults first.” (Kashf al-Khifa)
We learn of the loftiness of the condition of the person who examines his own faults. Our elders were filled with this quality.
Hadhrat Muslihul Ummat Shah Wasiyyullah rahimahullah used to read this couplet regularly: “I was criticising others, but no sooner I opened my eyes, I found my heart to be densely filled with faults and defects.”
Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Sahib rahimahullah conveys the same theme as follows: “The moment I opened my eyes, my own position and rank fell down before me.”
Look at the superb words of Bahadur Shah Zafar rahimahullah: “When we were not mindful of our own condition, we continued looking at the faults of others. No sooner we set eyes on our own evils, we did not consider anyone else to be evil. O Zafar! Do not consider such a person to be a human no matter how intelligent he may be, if he is not mindful of Allah when in comfort, and not fearful of Him when angry.”
May Allah Ta’ala enable all of us to see our own faults and make the way easy for us. This is most certainly easy for Allah.
Adapted from the book: ‘Confession of sins’ by Hadhrat Maulana Qamruz Zamaan (Hafizahullah)