Islam is active engagement. Serious, painstaking, deliberate, total engagement — in everything we do.
It is mindfulness at its best and fullest.
Islam is doing everything we do well and to the best of our human ability.
And Islam is about acquiring all the education, all the training, all the know-how and all the wherewithal to be able to do everything we do the best way it can be done.
Islam and sloppiness do not mix. Islam is not doing things in a perfunctory, cursory, halfhearted, lackadaisical manner.
And that is the essence of the Sunnah of Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, if you ask me.
For, Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, produced the last word of excellence, elegance and “Human Perfection” in everything he touched.
And then he said:
“Allah has made it a requirement for you that you do well and wonderfully everything you do.”
“Even to the point of slaughtering your animals,” he said.
And he called it Ihsaan.
The Hadith Sharif, which is recorded in Sahih Muslim, reads in part as follows:
Innallaha Katabal Ihsaana Alaa Kulli Shayi.