By Jeewan Chanicka
Self, today, I remind you to let go of the insecurities that cause you to see less in people. Instead, see your own beauty and actively search for the beauty in others. In so doing, you will allow light into your soul and encourage beauty to adorn your path. The path to God is wide; respect differences, learn from them and leave judgement to God alone.
I always wonder why you want everyone to be like you sometimes, do what you do; believe what you believe.
You see Self, the only way to be the best you, is to acknowledge the gifts and talents of others. If all we think about is us and what we want, we will never be able to see the beauty that exists in others around us. We are so quick to invent boxes, to label people. In our community- Sufi, Salafi, Tablighi, Wahabi…the list is long and extensive. Is it really necessary? Can we not agree that the path to God is wide and that each soul’s journey along it is different but we are walking towards the same goal? Can we not build a foundation upon the beauty of our diverse perspectives?
It is disheartening that there are so many people with so much time to sit and talk about other Muslims, expose their flaws and try to show how they are “bad Muslims”. I often wonder why we cannot unite on the principle- “Work together on what we agree and excuse each other on what we disagree”? Shouldn’t we be humble because we know we are not perfect and despite others’ flaws and mistakes, they may actually be better than us in some ways? Or is it the fear that others may be excelling in some areas or be better than us in some ways, the reason for your judgements?
I am not talking about the beauty in Muslims alone; I am talking about the beauty in ALL of God’s creation. After all, it is God WHO ordained diversity, painted us in different colours, graced us the ability to speak in different tongues. Who are we as people to sit as judge and jury on His Divine Decree. Is there a need to judge people who don’t believe what you do? Who understand life differently? Shouldn’t we be humble enough to see the good in those around us and leave judgement to God alone? If you know already, that in the end, we go back to Him, why do you need to put in your “two-cents”?
The last time I checked, God did not need our assistance nor did He need a partnership. You can really keep your judgement to yourself.
Walking on the earth with humility does not mean denying your gifts and talents because you should. However, it also means to open your heart to include the talents and gifts of others. This paves a path for Love, Respect and Brotherhood instead of sowing seeds of Hatred, Intolerance and Arrogance.
So Self, today, I remind you to let go of the insecurities that cause you to see less in people. Instead, see your own beauty and actively search for the beauty in others. In so doing, you will allow light into your soul and encourage beauty to adorn your path.
Beauty and Light attracts more Beauty and more Light.
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