Don’t HATE, But APPRECIATE!
One of the main reasons of people, specifically Youth, not following Islam is that we people (and that includes all of us) are too quick to ridicule a person over the “little” good that he does. Let me explain what I mean.
There are 2 cases:
A person (say X) is following a Sunnah, and another person (say Y) sees him and asks why are you doing this? When person X replies that he’s doing it because it’s Sunnah, instead of saying something like “ma sha Allah may Allah help us all follow more Sunnahs,” the usual reply is “But that (any other example) is also a Sunnah and you’re not following that. Why are you following this and not that?”
I mean seriously? If a person is following Sunnah A and not Sunnah B that does not mean that he should stop following Sunnah A too until he starts following Sunnah B! This doesn’t even make sense logically! 1 good is better than NO good!
Person X is not doing something obligatory and when there comes a time to do something else that is also obligatory, person Y starts mocking him. An example is that person X does not get up for Fajr regularly, and he’s playing cricket and the Maghrib Azaan starts. Now he tells his teammates to go for prayer and they say no let’s finish the match first. If he insists that brothers it’s Salaah time we shouldn’t be playing cricket, Salaah is more important, they start mocking him that “oh you don’t wake up for Fajr and now you’re so worried about Maghrib?”
AGAIN, a seriously messed up logic. If a person is doing 1 wrong, that does not justify that you tell him to do ANOTHER wrong! That would NOT make things better but would only worsen the situation.
This is present to some extent in all of us. When we’re doing something of OUR OWN interest, and our friend tells us to follow Islam at that time we would immediately start embarrassing him by reminding him of his shortcomings. That oh you don’t do this and you don’t do that why being so righteous right now?
Let’s fear Allah in this regard. What if that person does a sin because of your words? What if he leaves a Sunnah or a FARD at that moment just because it suited YOUR DESIRES?
“And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty.”
Surah Al-Maeda, verse 2
May Allah help us all understand and implement this in our lives completely and bless the Messenger (SalAllaahu Alaiyhi Wasallam) who taught us the most beautiful of manners, Ameen.
Posted on April 19, 2013, in iLook and tagged appreciation, Azaan, desires, evil, fajr, friend, good, person, piety, religion, ridicule, shortcomings, sin, sunnah. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.
Ameen. Baarak Allah feek! The reminder was much needed as I’m sure a lot of us may have been discouraged from doing the right thing only because of this negative attitude.
Ameen. jazakillah khayr and yes, sadly, this is a very common thing these days.
Lemme give you a very minute example of this. The Molvi Sahab in our mosque at GIKI got highly impressed by my poetry (he’s a knowledgable person too ma sha Allah). Now a professor comes to him regularly to study and the professor is a very good person too. But yesterday when Molvi Sahab told him about me for the first time and introduced me, the professor said ahan English main poetry. Then he said aik “shayr” ko English main kya kehtay hain? I said verse I guess? That’s what I call it. He said no wo tou aik Misra hota hai, shayr ko kya kehtay hain? I’m like I don’t know that then sir. And he goes “hah lo ji ye poetry karta hai” or something like this. And for a moment I was like wow just because I don’t know the English of a word that means I’m not good enough for poetry? lol
Then he said it’s called a couplet as far as it’s in my knowledge. I said ah yes perhaps that’s it. Anyways later he did appreciate it a lot after hearing me but I was thinking how quick are we to judge and mock others? If I wasn’t kinda “immune” to all these little comments (because of understanding and accepting the nature of men by experience), I might have thought of him badly.
We’re all culprits in this. We need to change our own habits first. Need to control our tongue as we don’t know what thing we say might hurt another person (as in some cases this mocking gets pretty serious).
May Allah help us all..
Ameen. I’ve always referred to it as a stanza, but that is usually the equivalent of a paragraph in poems. Besides, the technicalities and names only aid in the process, doesn’t mean one isn’t qualified to write poetry. But, yes, we’re all guilty of the crime. Quick to highlight one’s faults and seldom appreciate what’s good.
SubhanAllah. May Allah save us from being a fitnah and a cause to steer others away from Allah.