Perfection belongs to God Almighty. It does not, cannot and should not belong to anyone else. Otherwise, they will all be Gods, a contradiction in terms and a meaningless expression.
For, by definition, God is someone who is “Perfect” in every conceivable way. And God is and can only be one. Otherwise, there is no God. Period.
And yet, having been created by that same Perfect God, and blessed by him with whatever skills, abilities and qualities he has bestowed upon me, it becomes virtually impossible for me to touch anything and not to seek to nail it as they say.
That is, not to do anything I do in a way, and to a level and standard, that does not leave a single stone unturned. That does not cross every “t” and dot every “i.” And makes you say, well, it looks like I cannot do much else with it.
And that includes doing whatever Allah allows and directs me to do, including the writing that I do from time to time.
Every time I sit at the computer, and write something, I ask myself:
Is everything the way it should be? Is every word, nay, every letter, in its place? And as it should be? And is every punctuation mark?
And is every fact, every bit and piece of information and every data point as accurate as possible?
And is every argument as sound, and is every conclusion as valid, as it should be?
How have my own Nafs and my Hawaa, and my own implicit biases and predilections, shaded and shaped what I am saying?
Overall, is the piece that I have written as “humanly perfect” as it is possible for a piece of writing to be, even though perfection is never our lot at any level?
I am driven to think it is becoming harder to meet those standards. Mainly for paucity of time, and the rush of life, and the demands that tend to pile up from every side.
But an Aayat comes to mind.
And what does it say about our Iman, or about our relationship with Allah, that the world we live in, our own personal life I mean, can accommodate and handle only one or two Aayats at a time! And that is all that is given to us in our hours and hours and hours of daily living?
The Aayat is this:
Sa-Yaj’alullahu Ba’da Usrin Yusraa!
What an Aayat! Allahu Akbar! Like every other Aayat in the Qur’an!
“Don’t let all the hardships break your spirit.
Better times are just around the corner.”
And to think there may still be people around in this world for whom Allah and Allah’s Book may not be enough or sufficient!