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Sunday, 26 February 2017

YOU ARE SPECIAL: Be A Man To The Mankind!

You Are Special!
Don’t Under-estimate Yourself!
With God’s Help
You Can Conquer Anything!

Show The World You’re Unique!
Be A Man To The Mankind!
Lead By Example!

(M. Javed Naseem)

وَلَقَدْ كَرَّمْنَا بَنِى آدَمَ وَحَمَلْنَاهُمْ فِى ٱلْبَرِّ وَٱلْبَحْرِ وَرَزَقْنَاهُمْ
مِّنَ ٱلطَّيِّبَاتِ وَفَضَّلْنَاهُمْ عَلَىٰ كَثِيرٍ مِّمَّنْ خَلَقْنَا تَفْضِيلاً
“We have honored the sons of Adam;
We carry them on the land and sea; gave
them for sustenance good and pure things;
and conferred on them special favors,
above a great part of our creation.”
(al-Quran 17:70)

You are special, very special! Allah Himself created you and you are carrying His Spirit as long as you are alive in this world. Do you ever realize and appreciate that?
Look at yourself! Look at each and every part of your body and try to figure out how it functions! It has marvelous ways of working, highly organized function, amazing technique, incredible energy supply channel, and fantastic immune system. Even after thousands of years the experts are still struggling to uncover the marvels of human brain, body and soul.

وَفِى ٱلأَرْضِ آيَاتٌ لِّلْمُوقِنِينَ وَفِيۤ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَفَلاَ تُبْصِرُونَ
“And in the earth are signs for those
whose faith is sure. And also in yourselves.
Can you then not see?”
(al-Quran 51:20-21)

The experts cannot reach your soul and that’s where the real thing lies.
We generally say that it’s in our heart that we have the connections with our Creator; from there we transmit and receive the messages from the Divine. Allah wants us to observe and learn lessons from His signs in the earth, in us, and pay thanks to Him.
We all make mistakes in life, as we are forgetful, sinful and weak.  We cannot sometimes resist the temptation. The devil is too strong for us but with the help of God we can fight him and escape from his traps. We need to turn to God.

فَأَمَّا مَن تَابَ وَآمَنَ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحاً فَعَسَىٰ أَن يَكُونَ مِنَ ٱلْمُفْلِحِينَ
“But as for him who shall repent and believe, and
do right, he haply may be one of the successful.”
(al-Quran 28:67)

Here is a beautiful story, I read the other day. A speaker was talking to the audience in a seminar. He took a $20 bill and held it up in his hand. He then asked the audience,
‘Who would like to have this $20 bill?’ Many people raised their hands as it was free money. The speaker said, ‘I am going to give this money to one of you but first let me do this.’ He crumpled the currency note, made a small ball of it, and asked, ‘Who still wants it?’ Still many hands were up in the air.
‘Well,’ he replied, ‘what if I do this?’ And he dropped the $20 bill on the ground and started trampling it with his foot. Then he picked it up, all crumpled and dirty; and asked the people:
‘Now, who still wants it?’ Still the hands went up in the air.
‘You see my friends,’ the speaker continued, ‘You have all learned a very good lesson today. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.’ It is the same with us all.

Many times in life we are dropped, crumpled and trampled in the dirt by the decisions we make or by   the circumstances that come our way. We feel as if we are worthless, down and dirty.  But no matter what has happened, or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are YOU – special, very special, very valuable! And don’t ever forget that in life!
Whether we realize it or not, everyone we know in life is very special, even the people who really make you mad sometimes. They all cared about you at some point – and that needs to be appreciated.  Always look at the bright, positive side. Being positive is very healthy.

It’s absolutely normal for us, Muslims, to believe that we are connected with the Almighty and when we talk to Him, He always listens. He is the source of success and mercy for us, here in this world and in the Hereafter. We cannot do without Him; therefore, we’ve got to keep Him in our lives.  When we bring Allah into our lives, we are guaranteed success and prosperity.

وَتُوبُوۤاْ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ جَمِيعاً أَيُّهَا ٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
“… And turn unto Allah together, O believers,
in order that you may succeed!”
(al-Quran 24:31)

Therefore, when we repent and get back on the right track, we become ‘special’ again and do not lose our value. How, in the world,  can we lose our value when Allah Himself created  us  and  sent  us  down  in  this  earth  to  seek  His bounties and mercy?
When Allah created Adam, He told the angels that He had created His viceroy on earth. Therefore, you are Allah’s deputy here in this world. So, make it worthwhile!

فَٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّالِحَاتِ لَهُمْ مَّغْفِرَةٌ وَرِزْقٌ كَرِيمٌ
“Those who believe, and do good works,
for them is forgiveness and a rich provision.”
(al-Quran 22:50)

(Translation: “You are not meant for the earth, nor for the skies! The whole universe is created for you, not you for it!”)

All we need to do is to remember Him, pay thanks to Him, take care of our obligations towards Him; and be nice and good to other folks. We should do the best, at least, on our part. When we do good to others, we actually do good to ourselves. And as a bonus, the Lord Almighty also grants us rewards in this world as well as in the Hereafter.

وَٱللَّهُ يُحِبُّ ٱلْمُحْسِنِينَ
“… And Allah loves those whose deeds are good.”
(al-Quran 3:148)

(From my book “You Are Special”, published: 2010, duly edited.)


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