Reading…You may not even read this…but I can try.

16 Dec

“What time does it start? Where is it? Are you sure? Can you send me the information again, I lost the email. I can’t find the text. Sorry Bro/Sis, I just didn’t have time to read it.” But is your apology sincere? Could this be prevented? We seem to assume that the person on the receiving end of excuses and then an apology is your Personal Assistant, and their life rotates around keeping you informed.

We seem to have developed a habit- a habit that relies on others, a habit that causes laziness and a habit that is fundamentally disrespectful to a Muslim brother or sister or non-Muslim, who has actually taken the time out to try and inform you in the best way possible about an event, information or reminder regarding Islam or something in general-the least we can do is actively READ and respond where necessary.

A long time ago I heard a teacher at school say ‘ treat others how you want to be treated,’ a basic principle that needs to be applied today, so if you expect someone to read your information then please do the same- it will in sha Allah (God Willing) save time for everyone in the long run!

What provoked me to write this piece is answering the same question about ten times a day- Alhamdulillah (all Praise due to Allah) Allah is testing my patience and in sha Allah some will read this fully, each word, each sentence, and absorb the information.

Reading is a skill that should and can be developed- all too often we assume that if our eyes have skimmed over a few words we understand what’s being communicated- in sha Allah this ‘habit’ doesn’t affect the way we read our beloved Quran!

If anyone has got to this sentence in the article I would like to take this opportunity to say Jazak Allah Khair for taking the time and hope it is beneficial in some way.

Take time to read and remember the one minute of your attention is in response to the carefully considered words and time of someone else who has put in thought to ensure the message reads well and is delivered to you in the right way.

Sometimes we take the most obvious things like our eye sight for granted.

(Please forgive me if I have caused any offence, this is also a reminder to myself)

Moral Story:

Did You Thank Allah for Your Eyesight?
A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”

The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.”

What he had written was: “Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it.”

Do you think the first sign and the second sign were saying the same thing?

Of course both signs told people the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

“It is He, Who has created for you (the sense of) hearing (ears), sight (eyes), and hearts (understanding). Little thanks you give.”

[surah Al-Mu’minun; 78]

 

~ Matters of the World

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