Be Good

We will never be perfect human beings no matter how much we strive to be. However, striving to be perfect is not a crime…in fact, it makes you a better person than you already are. Here are three easy steps to being good.

Be Nice. 

This is perhaps a word we often hear as children. We end up creating our own little cliques from the beginning and exclude others from it. If we remember Allah, then we remember that we should always smile at others, be friendly and never bully or backbite (talk behind someone´s back). The Prophet (PBUH) said: “When you smile to your brother’s face, it is charity.”  Sunan al-Tirmidhî/Sahîh Ibn Hibbân (475 & 530) and Musnad al-Bazzâr. Smiling is a sunnah so reap its rewards. Even in Surah Baqarah, in verse 263, it is said translated “Kind speech and forgiveness is better than charity followed by injury.”

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Give. Share.

These two go hand-in-hand. Those of us who have something and can share it, should be willing to do so. Those of us who have something and can give from it to those who need it more than we do, should give (charity). Even in Surah Baqarah, in verse 261, it is translated,  “The parable of those who spend their property in the way of Allah is as the parable of a grain growing seven ears with a hundred grains in every ear, and Allah multiplies for whom He pleases and Allah is Ample-giving and Knowing.”

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Alhumdulilah. Allah Knows Best. 

We experience so many hardships in our lives that we often forget to contemplate on the good experiences we are facing for example, the breath of life. Alhumdulilah. Thank You Allah.muslim-prayer

Hardships are part of the test of our faith. Do we turn to him and say, Allah, you know best and you are the All-Knowing, or do we mope about and sob? I think we would prefer the first choice. Recap Surah Kahf, verses 66-82 when Musa (PBUH) accompanied a servant of Allah. The servant said to Musa (PBUH) to be patient in order to understand the events that take place ie. in verse 82,  it is translated that the servant said, “This is the significance of that with which you could not have patience.”

We find ourselves, sometimes, comparing our own lives to the lives of others, who perhaps have a little bit more than we do. This may lead to jealousy or envy, which is forbidden in Islam for one good reason…we need to be more grateful for what we do have in our lives.

How often do we say ´Alhumdulilah?´ One of the best times is when we pick up our hands to make dua (pray). Thank You Allah.

 

Are these three steps easier-said than done? If your faith in Allah is strong enough, then it is just plain easy. Be Nice. Give and share. Allah knows best so just say ´Alhumdulilah.´

Rumki Chowdhury
Rumki Chowdhury

Published Author, Poet and Journalist. Born in Bangladesh, raised in USA, lived in UK and now in, Sweden. Married and mother of two daughters, Alhumduilillah.

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