Some of the best conversations I have had are with strangers I have met on an aeroplane. Often times, I am travelling alone and end up chatting to the person next to me. One woman I met told me there is good and bad in everyone. At first, I thought she meant there are good people and there are bad people. Afterwards, I realised she was spot on.
We all have the potential to be good or bad. The choice is ours. No one is born bad, no one is born with a “bad gene.” Our upbringing, environment and surroundings impact who we are. But in the end, we always have a choice.
Sometimes bad things happen to good people and vice versa, but when you have Faith, when you have Islam – you focus on you.
You don’t look at the people who artificially have so much more than you & you don’t look down on those who have next to nothing compared to you. Your perspective is a healthy balance in between.
An old man was teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old man simply replied, “The one you feed.”
You have to evaluate where you get your information from, if any at all. Do you grow and challenge yourself on a daily, or on a yearly? Do you wait for tragedy to strike before you think about your life and where it’s headed. Are your morals helping you or simply passed on from your ancestors. Are you happy with who you are. Not your house, your car, your material things. I mean you as a person, if you were to look in the mirror and see your soul would you feel content?
When was the last time you helped a person in need? When was the last time you visited your mother? Are you trying to better yourself? Which wolf are you feeding?
These are important questions. The wise person is he who takes himself to accoutn before he is taken to account. It’s not about how much money is in your bank account, wealth is but another Test. It’s not how much money you have that matters, it’s what you do with it that counts.
“Do you love your Creator? Then love your fellow beings first.” – Prophet Muhammad Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam.
He had so much compassion and love for the poor. He demanded equality between all human’s regardless of wealth, status or Faith.His love for the poor was so deep that he used to pray: “O Allah, keep me poor in my life and at my death and raise me at resurrection among those who are poor.” [Nasai]
May Allah grant us enough Riqz (provision) to help others, afford ourselves and never ask anyone for anything and always be grateful for what we DO have instead of what we could have…