The best feeling ever is hearing a non-Muslim say, “No no, I know a Muslim personally and he/she is nothing like what the Media depicts.” – Be that Muslim.
Some of the best, most lovely people I have met in my life are in fact non Muslim. You don’t have to be Muslim to be kind, merciful and have basic human concern for each other & our planet. However, the main difference between Muslim and non Muslim is striving for the sake of Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla.
Being a good Muslim is not only about praying and fasting or giving charity. It’s also about being a good person, keeping a clean heart, having good manners, amazing character, not judging others and striving to be the best version of you.
“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with this world”
– Paul Farmer
If you reflect on this matter it strikes a chord at how absolutely true it is. There are people living in the First World who believe ‘ignorance is bliss’ and there are those living in desperate conditions, only dreaming to have a life like yours. For example:
– The 1 in 5 adolescent girls around the world that are denied their right to education.
– The 15 million girls that are married under the age of 18 every year (that’s one every 28 minutes)
– The 640,000 women and 400,000 children trafficked each year.
– And the 88% of women across the world that do not have access to sanitary products.
Not to mention, all the animals forced to perform for human entertainment, or the lack of humility for animals welfare in general – especially in Muslim countries.
I think a very important
forgotten Sunnah is “Verily, there is a Heavenly reward for every act of kindness done to a living animal.” – Prophet Muhammad Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam.
Don’t tell them you are Muslim show them you are. Show them in your character, in your smile, in your optimism, in your courage & in your spirit.
To be a successful Muslim one should strive to Pray right away, stay calm & composed (in all situations), reflect on your own faults instead of others, mend hearts & spread love, keep your Ibadah private (don’t show off), be humble always – you are where you are because of Allah subhana – don’t be arrogant, speak the truth, spread positive news.
Never ever underestimate a small good deed. Even Smiling is Charity, working to provide for your family is a form of Worship… Islam is so easy, don’t over-complicate it.
“We did not place difficulty in this religion.” Surah 22 Ayah 78; Holy Qur’an.
A well known Islamic Scholar, Ibn Al-Qayyim once said, “Perhaps you might be asleep while the doors of the Heaven are knocking with tens of supplications for you by a poor person you aided or a sad person you made happy or a distressed person you brought relief to. Therefore, do not underestimate being good at all.”
Be good to people not because they deserve it, but because you are Muslim and everything you do should be for the sake of Allah. Forgive people for Him. Mercy people for Him. Help people for Him. Be polite in your sadness, classy in your pain and grateful amidst your tears; for sorrow – just like joy – is a gift from God.. it will last only for a little while then depart carrying with it the details of its visit.
Even if people criticise you, insult you or dislike you – it is none of your business. This is a reflection of their own character, not yours, and you do not have the right to insult or dislike any human being or living thing. Our Prophet Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam told us, “It is forbidden for a Muslim to curse anything, be it an animal, person or lifeless thing.” & he also said, “You do not do evil to those who do evil to you but you deal with them with Forgiveness and Kindness.”
May Allah guide us to be better Muslims and follow the footsteps of the Prophet of Mercy. Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam.