Not yours

It isn’t about ‘My land’ or ‘Your land’, but rather, ‘We are a part of this land’, and will someday return to it.

“From this very earth We created you and to the same earth We shall cause you to return, and from it We shall bring you forth to life again.” (Qur’an 20:55).

Change isn’t easy – don’t force it.

Don’t be the storm in someone’s life. Be the breeze that spreads the seeds of change.

Trying to change someone without their will is not only fruitless it is painful. We are all trying to do our best and most of us think we are doing things the right way. So forcing them to see your way as the right way is futile. Instead work on yourself and let the world around you get better.

Just like “there is no compulsion in religion” (Qur’an 2:256) let their be no compulsion in being. Let the proofs be clear as day and people will aspire to be like you.

Peace requires Courage

Peace requires courage. Away from all the voices explaining why their side is right, oppressed, or ethical. Peace, goes beyond the commotion, it goes beyond picking sides. It is being able to hear the other person speak before combatting them with an answer. It is seeing the other side as equally human, equally in the right, equally fragile. It requires the ability to see the enemy through an altruistic lens of forgiveness, empathy, and vulnerability.

The Prophet, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was sent as a mercy to all of humanity – not just to the Muslim ummah but also to those who had once been against him (PBUH). Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Never aspire for confronting your enemies (in a fight). Pray to God to be among those who seek living peacefully with others.”