Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Ramadan 2019/1440: Thought of the Day 9

The quote for Day 9 of Ramadan from my box of things to think about is:

“The best way to defeat someone is by beating him to it by politeness” ~ Umar Al Farooq (Radi-Allahu anhu)

As my aunt used to tell me, akhlaq (or good character) is not being kind to your friends, that’s easy, but to those that treat you unkindly. Of course, this is easier said than done, especially when the other party has hurt you or humiliated you. 

Of course, you could beat people with politeness in the way my grandmother used to. She had a knack of pulling out old stories at just the right moment to take you down a peg or two. All with love and affection.  I used to watch her do it often with my parents’ friends and was quite impressed with her skill.  I don’t think that is what is meant here though.

Replacing annoyance with politeness is no small act, but I find it doable when you do it for the pleasure of Allah (SWT) and with the intention of dawah.


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