Your Kind of People!!

There is an old parable about a man who was approached by a stranger. The stranger explained that he was new in town and asked, “What kind of people can I expect to find here?”

‘Well,’ said the man, “What kind of people lived in your home town?”

‘Oh,’ replied the stranger, “they were the worst. That town was full of cheaters, liars, and thieves. There wasn’t a good person among them.”

The man shook his head sadly. ‘I’m afraid, he said, “that the people here are much the same.”

A few minutes after the first stranger went on his way, another one came along. He too explained to the man that he was new in town. Again, this second stranger asked what sort of people he could expect to find there.

The man replied, “What kind of people lived in the town you came from?”

‘Oh,’ said the stranger, “they were the salt of the earth. You couldn’t ask for better people. Always ready to do anything to help you when you needed it. The finest bunch of people you’ve ever met.”

The man smiled and said, “That’s exactly the way I would describe the people who live here.”

After the second stranger left, a woman who had overheard both conversations came up to the man. ‘I don’t understand it’, she said. ‘How could you tell one man that the people on this town are terrible and then turn around and tell another that they’re among the best people anywhere?’

‘Because,’ the man replied, “you’ll generally get from people what you expect from them. If someone treats people as if he expects them to be cheaters, and liars, they’ll be. But if someone treats people as if he expects them to be kind and helpful, then what he’ll get from them.”

So, treat others the way you want them to treat you, and they will treat you the way you want. As there’s a Hadith:

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said, “Whoever wishes to be delivered from the fire and to enter Paradise should treat the people as he wishes to be treated.”

{Sahih Muslim}

As God is blessing you right now by placing into life, people who have the capacity to bless you with their friendship and love.

By: @AyeshaShoukat99 (MW Contributor)

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