from believe towards knowing

“This Murid has something special” Maulana Sheikh Nazim

Sheikh Hassan from Naqshbandi Sufi Order in Spain mashallah (eng/espanol) precious!

from believe towards knowing


Ihsan is an Arabic term meaning “perfection” or “excellence”. It is a matter of taking one’s inner

faith (Iman) and showing it in both deed and action, a sense of social responsibility born from

religious convictions. In Islam, Ihsan is the responsibility to obtain perfection, or excellence, in

worship, such that Muslims try to worship God as if they see him, and although they cannot see

him, they undoubtedly believe that he is constantly watching over them. That definition comes

from the Hadith of Gabriel in which Prophet Muhhammed states, “Ihsan is to worship God as

though you see Him, and if you cannot see Him, then indeed He sees you”. 

Ihsan, meaning “to do beautiful things”, is one of the three dimensions of the Islamic religion:

Islam, Iman and Ihsan. In contrast to the emphases of Islam (what one should do) and Iman

(why one should do), the concept of Ihsan is primarily associated with intention. One who “does

what is beautiful” is called a Muhsin. It is generally held that a person can only achieve true

Ihsan with the help and guidance of God, who governs all things. While traditionally Islamic

jurists have concentrated on Islam and theologians on Iman, the Sufis have focused their

attention on Ihsan.