I’ve come to an understanding. Through experiencing and reading. That is; It’s much easier to be selfish than to be kind. It’s much more ‘convenient’ to quickly rush to work than to stop and help someone on the street. Perhaps we’ve not even noticed the things around us because we’re so focused on us.
Whoever has done a good deed will have it ten times to his credit, but whoever has done a bad deed will be repaid only with its equivalent- they will not be wronged. [Qur’an 6:160]
God knows us people. He says it himself. He knows our temperament, our struggles, our thoughts, what drives us. He knows the whispers in our heads that we may not even acknowledge. All it seems we need to do is believe and try. We’re not expected to be perfect. We’re just expected to fight the struggle to be good. A jihad of love if you like. Not just love our people. Love EVERYONE. Love ourselves.
Accepting everyone, every person. Look at the hearts of people before looking at their deeds. I sometimes think as a community we reject people based on a small bad thing they’ve done, ignoring all the good, yet god himself says the good is heavier. I think we need to make ourselves more accepting towards people. Evil will always be there, but I truly believe that good will always be stronger. Whether you see it now, or not. It’s better for the self to know you’re doing good. When we do good, we feel good. That’s what’s important – to know you’re trying. You may not be perfect but you’re trying. You’re not praying every Salah on time, but you’re trying.
Taking one step at a time! Everyone’s on their own journey, don’t make them feel bad for trying. Boost them to be better. Accept their pace, and push them. We need to start making better choices on what we put our minds to. We need to start thinking openly, lovingly, god- consciously. Not angrily, selfishly and exclusively
Take a minute to notice people around you. Clear your mind, walk a little slower, think a little less, try to be more open, more loving. You’ll be surprised at what you notice when you start to actually look.