Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullah
I write this, as a personal statement.
As a Muslimah and a mother living in the West I founded MuslimChild.ca not only as a solution for me personally but also as an effort to promote the subtle strength of our religion Islam. With that said, I continue to use it as a tool in the hopes that we as an Ummah can apply the basic teachings of Islam to better our lives, to aim higher, raise our standards of self, and ultimately embody the true nature of a Muslim: the one who submits to the Will of God, and be at peace, InshaAllah.
Presently, I’m plagued by the anger, hurt, jealousy, and just straight up stupidness (I know, stupidity is the word, but it just doesn’t quite encompass it all) in the world. I find it harder and harder to let go of the negativity and can feel the hate drowning me inside (is it just me?). While this may be the case, I know as believer, we must have a solution somewhere in our religion. The Quran is a gift to mankind for all time, not just the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him). I firmly believe it holds the solution to all of our problems.
So ... here’s an ayah/verse I pondered over:
And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.
There is so much strength in this verse, so much wisdom and guidance, SubhanAllah. I thought we could apply its wisdom to our ailing selves and rise above the trend of negativity that society at large is setting. It’s true, as a whole we all desire goodness but out of defensiveness we avoid giving it, thus contributing to the problem. The cycle continues and worse, it’s growing.
I must point something out, in the Western culture we are inadvertently taught that showing kindness when someone shows any sign of aggression is being a “punk” (better known as coward in the English dictionary). If someone says something even remotely offensive then we are told, “don’t just take it – fight back! ‘Else you a punk.” Wisdom will say otherwise. A bully is only a bully because they thrive off a person’s weakness; their fear to speak up and be better than them. A punk stays quiet and hides; a believer rises and offers better than they received. The goodness they give will work to unsettle an aggressor’s consciousness - no matter who it is. The life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon us) showed us this to be true, over and over.
I hope we can take the wisdom and power in the Quran and use it to fight our battles with success, and not actually dig a larger hole.
This is my attempt, all I can do is start with me, but I hope by sharing, others will too. Ultimately the decision lies with each of us….. so I leave this with you, the breakdown: