Truth Be Told
Truth Be Told: We pray Islam, we dress Islam and we eat Islam but tell me how many of us actually live Islam?
Islam is a way of life. We can’t say we’re of Islam, if our habits and mannerisms don’t suggest it.
We strive every day, but what is any of it worth if we’ve hurt someone’s feelings, or we gossip or perhaps we discriminate against someone for something that is out of their control, like their looks or their ethnicity.
Who decides on the genetic make up of a person? Now if you’ve found yourself ridiculing and/or discriminating someone for this reason, you’re in fact mocking a creation of Allah. How will you justify yourself to Him when He questions you?
We’re all up in arms when it comes to our government, past and present, when it comes to our rights but what about the rights of others that you discriminate against?
It’s okay, you don’t have to admit it out aloud, but you know it’s there.
Discrimination is more than just race.
Truth Be Told: How many of us willl admit to have been less enthusiastic about a religion, language or financial status of another?Is it of Islam to judge someone’s true value based on their net worth?
We won’t confess it, but we’ve all, at some point, looked down our noses at the cashier, street sweeper, domestic or car guard.
Let me tell you, they could have done something, even as non Muslims, that was greater to Allah than your judgmental opinions.
What does Allah and our Beloved Nabi(SAW) tell us about pride? Now if pride the size of a mustard seed is already admonished imagine where we stand with our current egos?
We are told we won’t enter Jannah yet most of us swank in our designer threads and luxury cars, carrying our pride on our oversized heads.
The King and his servant shall be buried in the same cloth, so if our Allah won’t differentiate between us, who are we to segregate ourselves?
We don’t realize how our thoughts tarnish our Salah, Ibadah and our efforts to gain the Rahmah of Allah. Its sad and very frightening too.
We can’t say we’re of Islam if we hurt people. When their heart cries out, your name is etched in there, and Allah knows it even if they don’t utter it. Are you ready to answer to your Creator for those tears?
We can’t say we’re of Islam if we harbor jealousy and envy of another person we deem more “successful” than us. Each of us has our own understanding of success but true success is defeating the demons within us that makes us feel this animosity towards another.
Maybe they worked or prayed harder than you but irrespective of the circumstances leading up to their ‘success’, a true Muslim will know that each and every day, as you rise, your rizq for the day has already been written for you, can you be resentful of what Allah has chosen for another?
If we all looked a little closer and deeper into our own thoughts, emotions and souls, instead of someone else’s life, looks or status, then we shall perceive our own true worth.
When will we understand that the things we say, do and chase in this world to gain prestige willl be completely useless in our final destination? In the Aakhira your piety and character alone will give you the prominence you seek in this world.
Your ultimate judge, Allah, knows your heart already. Will He be pleased with you? Are you happy with what He sees? Or are you worried?
If you’re worried, then change your way of thinking, because this hateful world can indeed be changed, one ugly thought at a time!
Be the change you want to see in the world.