By: Maryam Amir
How frequently have you not felt beautiful or attractive or good about your looks?
Prophet Yusuf – Joseph (peace be upon him) was given astounding beauty. And yet, as Imam Ibnul Qayyim notes, his beauty was a root reason for why Yusuf (peace be upon him) was imprisoned.
What got him out of prison, elevated his rank amongst people and put him in one of the most powerful positions of the country? It began with interpreting the dream of the King – Knowledge.
God is beautiful and He loves beauty, as the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ taught us. But God’s beauty standards aren’t defined by society and knowledge is what raises our ranks.
Your scars, your stretch marks, your blemishes, the bags under your eyes- every piece of you tells the story of the fight you put up every single day; the sacrifices you’re making, the obstacles you’ve overcome.
When you don’t feel beautiful on the outside, ask yourself: What knowledge and character can I gain to beautify what matters most – my heart?
“Verily, God does not look at your appearance or wealth, but rather He looks at your hearts and actions.” – Prophet Muhammad ﷺ