“Don’t you understand?”
(Surah Baqarah, 44)
We learn from this [Qur’aanic stricture] that the abhorrence of being neglectful of oneself whilst preoccupying oneself with others is not only evidenced by tradition. It is also logical. In other words, the intelligence, too, declares it to be abhorrent.
Be that as it may, the Aayat castigates encouraging others whilst not practising oneself. It also alludes to tracking other people’s wrongdoings whilst forgetting about one’s own misdeeds as being unethical. The need is for one’s sins and faults to be in front of one all the time and be concerned about their treatment. Where personal consideration is not adequate, refer to an expert [in the field of treating one’s spiritual sicknesses; an experienced and righteous Aalim of the Deen]. Sicknesses are not concealed from a physician on account of embarrassment or modesty as it is not possible to get treatment without revealing one’s condition. (Ashrafut Tafaaseer)