Depleted Magnetism

By: Nader

Ever avoid that one person who always seems to be successful in making you feel like a total hypocrite? Sure, they’re only reminding you to do good, and that is a part of Islam, right? Well, kind of. They may hear you, but trust me, they’re not listening.

You don’t avoid them because of their reminders. You avoid them because of their approach. You can have two people offer you the exact same advice, but you’re more likely to accept the advice from the one who isn’t a jerk.

So by mercy from Allah , [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him]. {3:159 Qur’an}

In the life of the Prophet ﷺ you find humility and understanding. The Prophet ﷺ was gentle with the people. He ﷺ would advise them in private. He ﷺ would listen to their problems and offer practical solutions. He ﷺ was empathetic. We lack that ability today. We need it now more than ever. People are confused. I know, because I see it in the faces of the youth I encounter. They don’t know what to believe anymore, and are inundated with information (most grossly inaccurate) about Islam. There are two types of reactions to confusion:

  1. Attain knowledge to minimize that confusion
  2. Move further away from the source of that confusion

Don’t be that person who pushes others away from Islam. Be that person who draws them closer to Islam with wisdom and beautiful preaching.

Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance. {16:125 Qur’an}

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