In a world where we’re bombarded with images of the “perfect person”, it’s easy to forget what to be perfect is really like. We compare ourselves to abnormal, unnatural figures that we’ll never achieve. We look up and there’s a billboard picturing a dangerously thin model or a guy with muscles that shouldn’t be in the places they are. We force ourselves to look away, yet as soon as we turn around, there’s another picture on a bus with the same carbon-copy figures. Girls, and boys, are pressurized to conform to these images by any means possible. Is there any wonder why society is in chaos?
So how can we achieve perfection? We can’t. But what we can do is accept ourselves for who we are- a beautiful creation of Allah (swt). Free ourselves from chasing the illusion of physical perfection.
Islam teaches us that perfection belongs to Allah (swt) and Allah alone and that our level of piety and goodness of character is what separates us from one another. So next time you look in the mirror, instead of thinking “why can’t I look like that?” remember the Prophet (saw) du’a:
“O Allah, You perfectly created me, so perfect my character.”
Because we have Allah. We don’t need products telling us that “we’re worth it”.