For Wednesday Ritual Quotation , I chose this quote from Malcolm X, inspired from his autobiography that I started reading a month back but didn’t finish it yet, I am more busy in blogging these days and reading posts from WordPress Reader than my own list.
Malcolm X was a strong leader with a great vision,unfortunately he didn’t live long enough to write many books but what he left is worth reading! It somehow gives me that strength that I am looking for,his words are empowering which compels for the need of self-respect and most essential ,everyone’s right to freedom! . He lived for it and died for it.
Most of his quotes are about freedom and equality , I really like this one as it showed his empathetic side and greater understanding for human nature!
We should not be in a hurry to blame others or categorize people into good or bad just because they are doing things differently than us or they don’t do what we do , or think like we think .We do not know the ground realities what has shaped their behavior and personality.People do change with time even if they are doing something wrong today, they might correct it tomorrow. Some learn things faster and others take time to understand and implement in their lives ,but the fact is everyone is on a learning process .What we were few years before, We are not the same person anymore.Allah has guided us ,to be wiser and a better human being( from example of people around me, I see them learning and evolving or at least making an effort ),
If I form an opinion about a person that he/she is bad based on their thoughts/actions today , I am forming a barrier between me and them. I am restricting myself to love or be kind to them as I do for others who agree with my thought. Of-course, I do not wish evil for them but somehow in a deeper sense of being an equal in creation I am violating my basic principle of treating others well., or if I am being nice to them on outside ,do not like to make people feel bad, my heart is still not with my behavior.It is our perception about them which stop us from being good to them,inside out.
So don’t give in to the urge of categorizing people in your mind, be kind to everyone and be nice , it is part of being you ! You might meet them tomorrow as better people or not,Allah knows.Do not make your behavior a reflection of theirs, because it is your OWN precious possession that you will carry forever.
(In response to Writers Quote Wednesday event held every Wednesday on Silver Threading, Link->)