Sunday 12 May 2019

Ramadan 2019/1440: Thought of the Day 7

The quote for Day 7 of Ramadan from my box of things to think about is:

“Stick to the truth even if the truth kills you” ~ Umar Al Farooq (Radi-Allahu anhu)

Of course, it takes courage to tell the truth in every circumstance, but I believe that real courage is being completely honest with yourself. To own up to your mistakes, to accept your weaknesses, to turn a spotlight on the stories you tell yourself to feel ok.  These things are so very hard, but something that is essential for me to have any self-respect or to be able to trust myself.

There may be times when I don’t have the courage to speak up or bite my tongue instead of telling the blunt truth, but I have always been adamant that I will tell the truth to myself.  No matter how unsavoury, painful or the consequences.

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "When a person tells a lie, the bad smell that comes out of the lie keeps the angels one mile away." (Tirmidhi)

“O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.” ~ Quran 4:135

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