I begin by starting with the heart of beginnings,
for it is the highest and noblest of beginnings.
Have courtesy with God, the High and the Majestic,
by practicing modesty and humility--
dejected out of shame and humility
humbled in awe, imploring Him--
by giving up your designs for His,
emptied of covetousness for what His servants have,
by hastening to fulfill His commands, and by being wary of
the subtle encroachment of bad manners.
If you—the spiritual aspirant—realize your attributes of
servitude, you will then be assisted with something of the
attributes of the Eternally Besought.
Realize your abject character and impoverishment, and you
will gain dignity and wealth from the All-Powerful.
There is no salvation like the heart’s salvation,
given that all the limbs respond to its desires
Through my readings, I discovered that humility is often praised in poetry and by all the different sages, even outside the religion of Islam, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said that God elevates a person who is humble for the sake of God, but whoever tries to exalt himself, God debases him. For me personally, this is a reminder and an encouragement to actively think about my own humility in this world and before God. I hope this time of the year calls us all to reflect and establish our intention for a better year ahead filled with personal growth that leads us to having more purified hearts.