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Poetry: indecent exposure

“None of you can be sound in faith, till you love for your brother what you love for yourself”

Ḥadīth of Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him) found in Bukhāri and Muslim

The above ḥadīth is probably one of the most commonly used amongst Muslims. It holds so much wisdom and often used when reminding the community to give charity and being mindful of the condition we give to others, or the manner we treat others. Being my month of introspection, I evaluate every part of who I am when thinking and thanking my Creator, when in solitude, with my husband, with my children, and with every person I engage with. Naturally, a terrible habit has come to light, which I am determined to work on. I find myself very often caught up in innocent and frivolous remarks regarding others, especially when I am unhappy with their services or if they have done something that I find inappropriate. More so, this frivolous exchange becomes a regular routine at most social gatherings and it becomes so easy to get sucked into it. Reviewing my bad habits, this is the one I detest the most because it is probably one of the greatest injustices we do to ourselves and towards others.

You are probably wondering why I used the ḥadīth above, but this ḥadīth particularly serves as a reminder that I need to be aware of my actions towards others which includes honoring their integrity as much as I would like my integrity to be honored and respected when I am not in their company. This ḥadīth goes a long way in every aspect of who we are and how we treat and interact with people. We all need to take heed and be mindful of our words.

May Allāh conceal our sins on the Day of Reckoning as we make extra effort to conceal the sins of others.

“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”

Nabi ‘Īsa (Jesus) may peace be upon him

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