Perhaps They are Better Than You

“O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them…”

{Surah Al-Hujurat verse 11}

Never belittle another human being! There’s always a chance that they could be so much better than you think. We don’t know what good deeds people have kept a secret. ✨

We need to stop being judgemental. Instead, we should encourage each other to become better Muslims by showing kindness and compassion to everyone we meet. Even if they are not at their best stage in life right now, they can still become better than you tomorrow. 🌺
We should love for others what we love for ourselves. Imagine if the tables were turned. Would you like it if someone mocked your daughter, brother, sister or son?

Despite our differences, we all have feelings. The hurtful words you say can scar a person for life. You may have heard the saying, ‘what goes around, comes back around.’ Make sure to watch your tongue because one day, your words might come back to bite you or someone dear to you.

The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us to stop evil whenever we encounter it,
“Whoever among you sees an evil action, then let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart – and that is the weakest of faith.” (Sahih Muslim)

By taking sensible physical or verbal action, we can prevent the situation from escalating. The key is to be respectful in action and firm at heart.

Let’s go through a scenario to help our understanding. One day, we see a close friend smoking a cigarette. We all know that smoking seriously damages our health and it goes against the teachings of Islam. What could we do to change this situation? You might take the cigarette from them and put it out. You may remind them of the dangers of smoking and advise them not to do it. But if you are not able to do that, you must dislike the action they are doing.

Did you notice that we didn’t hit, swear or curse at them? We showed genuine care and concern for them. We hate the sin, not the sinner. The nature of a sin will always be evil but the sinner has the ability to improve.

Moreover, we should never spread rumours or carry tales about people when we find their flaws. All of us will make mistakes; it’s a fact of life. If you sin differently, it does not mean your sins are better. You may laugh at them now, but perhaps they will repent and became better than you. You could be making fun out of a person who Allah loves! Perhaps Allah has written paradise for this person and you may not know it.The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“No one who has an atom’s-weight of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.” (Sahih Muslim)

How ashamed of yourself would you be on the Day of Judgement to see your good deeds amount to dust because you deemed yourself to be better than others? In the hereafter, your arrogance will be of no benefit. This is something we all need to think about before we point fingers and mock other people.

Next time you find a person being ridiculed, instead of joining in and making them feel worse, be the one to put a stop to it. ⛔️

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