Self-Esteem and Islam – Part 2

And the Qur'an says...

The principles of Islam nurture the development of positive self-esteem as it corrects our thoughts, feelings and actions, teaching us to elevate ourselves from the ‘lowest of low’ to developing a sense of discernment and inclining toward the most ‘ihsan’ (beautiful) way of being. Islam decreases the discrepancy between the ideal and the perceived self. The goal of tazkîyah (self-purification) is to make one be and do the right thing in the best of ways and to strive for excellence, with the belief that you are doing it for the pleasure of God.  It encourages you to realize your potential of becoming the representative of God, toward which aim mankind was created.  This belief is powerful enough to make you develop a positive self-esteem.

The Qur’ân tells us that mankind has been created with dignity, honor and with the potential ability of being the ‘highest of highs’:

Sûrah al Isrâ 17.70
“Now, indeed, We have conferred dignity/honor on the children of Adam.”

Sûrah at Tîn 95.4
We have indeed created man in the best of moulds.”

Though human beings can become “the lowest of the lowest,” the Qur’ân declares that they have been made “in the best of moulds”, having the ability to think, to have knowledge of right and wrong, to do good and to avoid evil.

The Qur’ân teaches us that the only criteria for measuring worth is righteousness and piety with the resulting sense of peace and contentment.

Sûrah al Hujurât 49. 13
“O Mankind, We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous of you”

According to Islam right belief and right action go hand in hand, one without the other doesn’t cut it.  It is only when action follows belief that you feel right.  There are more than 100 verses in the Qur’ân that associate right belief and good acts together.

Sûrah Maryam19.96
“On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, will (Allah) Most Gracious bestow love.

Sûrah al Ankabût 29.7
“Those who believe and work righteous deeds, – from them shall We blot out all evil (that may be) in them, and We shall reward them according to the best of their deeds.”

Sûrah Sâd 38.28
“Shall We treat those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, the same as those who do mischief on earth? Shall We treat those who guard against evil, the same as those who turn aside from the right?”

Sûrah Ghâfir 40.58
“Not equal are the blind and those who (clearly) see: Nor are (equal) those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, and those who do evil. Little do ye learn by admonition!”

Sûrah al Bayyinah 98.7
“Those who have faith and do righteous deeds, – they are the best of creatures.”

From the Islamic perspective, right thoughts/beliefs followed by right/good actions makes one feel good, peaceful, content… ie: positive self-esteem.

(Now on to Part 3…)

By Amanda Adhami


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3 Responses

  1. hi n assalam u alaikum.
    these r ever perpitual effort taken by honorable by Amanda Adhami.
    i hereby request her to keep cotinue her such true and enlightened teachings n sharing contiue…… though people reward r award u r not but do it ever as possible 4 the sake of allah almighty who sees u n definately award u the best u do the 70 times best u accomplish….thanks

  2. Assalamu u alaikum. Nice job snd so many things to learn from these lines and everyone to try to apply in our lives,all the best for this great work and for the future time.inshah allah .thanks

  3. ESTEEM = E xclusively S pecial T raits E ncompassing E motional M anagement.

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