"O ye who believe, fear God and let every one pay attention to what he has done for tomorrow (hereafter); and fear Allah, verily Allah is acquainted with what you do. "(Surat al-Hashr: 18)
Every believer is required to always improve the quality of his charity. To improve the quality of charity, muhasabah (evaluation) is very necessary. Without muhasabah, there will be no improvement in the quality of charity. Therefore, muhasabah became the main personal character of the Believer, as confirmed in the verse above.
Umar bin Khattab, a friend known as Amir al-mu'minin, once reminded Muslims of his very popular words, "Hasibu anfusakum qobla an tuhasabu." Reckon yourself before you are taken away.
Muhasibi, a Sufi and a great ulama who mastered several fields of science, such as hadith and jurisprudence. His full name is Abu Abdillah al-Haris bin Asad al-Basri al-Bagdadi al-Muhasibi.
When he was asked about a number of matters relating to the matter of the muhasabah. "With what kind of soul is taken away?" He replied, "The soul is taken away with reason."
He was asked again, "Where did the reckoning come from?" He replied, "The reckoning came from the fear of shortcomings, things that were harmful, and the desire to increase profits."
Muhasabah in the view of Muhasibi, inherited added value in thinking (basirah), ingenuity, and educating to make decisions faster, expand knowledge, and all of that was based on the ability of the heart to control it.
When asked, "Where is the source of the delusion of mind and heart to abuse themselves?" He replied, "The delay was caused by the heart. In such circumstances the heart is very dominated by the power of lust and lust which then controls reason, science, and argument. "
When asked, "Where did the truth come from?" He replied, "That truth comes because of our knowledge that Allah SWT is Hearing and Seeing. Knowledge is the basis of truth and truth is the basis of all good deeds. Because of the ability and strength of that truth, a servant can improve all his good deeds and virtues. "
Muhasabah is a mindfulness to guard against betrayal of lust through the process of seeking strengths and weaknesses. Because of that, muhasabah becomes a light in the heart of everyone who carries it out.
Therefore, the momentum of the turn of the New Year should be used as a means for Muhasabatun Nafsi (self-evaluation) for various deeds that have been done, so that life is better and more meaningful before Allah SWT. Wallahu a'lam. (*)