Don’t Kill People With Kindness.
💐 In The Name Of Allah The Most Gracious The Most Merciful
💌 It is unreasonable to claim that you love a person and expect them to love you back when you purposely do the opposite of what they like or you refuse to take their commands seriously. Placing hashtags with certain catchphrases in social media posts and boycotting products from a particular country where Islamophobic acts are widespread do not suffice as proofs of your love for the noble Prophet Muhammad SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.
Some testify they love the Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam yet when his blessed name is mentioned they don’t bother demonstrating respect by saying “SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam” audibly. Others carry out actions which the Prophet Muhammad SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam warned against or never introduced, such as:
🚫 Celebrating birthdays, announcing “Eid Milad” to make birthday celebrations sound “halal”, intentionally delaying the obligatory prayers on a regular basis, decorating one’s walls with gigantic portraits of people or owning furnishings with images of living beings, drinking and eating with one’s left hand, neglecting the Sunnah etiquettes of entering the Masjid and not praying two Rak'ahs of Tahiyyat Al-Masjid before sitting, conducting extravagant weddings, forcing girls to marry whom they aren’t interested in marrying and then preventing them from being wed to the pious Muslim they’re in love with because of a “cultural” difference, feeling “shy” to wear Islamic clothes in front of non-Muslim acquaintances, partaking in sinful talks including backbiting, uploading selfies which gradually leads to toxic narcissism, ignoring salaams on purpose, and attending festivities of non-Muslims such as Halloween, V-day, and Xmas.
🌻 To be among those whom Allah the Almighty and His noble Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu 'alaihi love, try to make effort in copying the way he SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam lived his life - grateful to Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala so he remembered Allah a lot, patient during difficult moments, contented with a simple lifestyle, modest while generous whenever he could do charity, and treating people with a balanced combination of kindness and justice.
📖 Abu Huraira RadhiAllahu 'anhu narrated: The Messenger of Allah SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam came to a graveyard and he said, “Peace be upon you, the abode of a people who had faith. We, if Allah wills, will join you. I love to see our brothers.” They said, “Are we not your brothers, O Messenger of Allah?” The Prophet SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam said, “You are my companions, but our brothers are those who have yet to come (in the future, those who steadfastly support the beloved Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam without seeing him yet).” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, how will you recognize those people from your nation who have not yet been born?” The Prophet SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam said, “Suppose a man had horses with white blazes on their foreheads and legs, among horses that are all black. Tell me, would he not recognize his own horses?” They said, “Of course.” The Prophet SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam said, “They will come with radiant faces, arms, and legs due to the traces of ablution. I will arrive at the fountain (Al-Kawthar) before them. Some people will be driven away from my fountain, just as a stray camel is driven away. I will call out: 'Come! Come!’ But then it will be said to me: 'These people changed themselves (went astray committing acts of bid'ah) after you’, and I will say: 'Be off! Be off!’”
Source: Sahih Muslim 249
Grade: Sahih (Authentic) according to Muslim
📖 Anas ibn Malik RadhiAllahu 'anhu narrated: Allah’s noble Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam said, “None of you will have faith until I am more beloved to him than his children, his father, and all of the people.”
Source: Sahih Al-Bukhari 15
Sahih Muslim 44
Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (Authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim
📖 Malik RadhiAllahu 'anhu narrated: Allah’s noble Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam said, “I have left you with two matters which will never lead you astray, as long as you hold on to them: The Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet (Muhammad SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam) .”
Source: Al-Muwaṭṭa’ 1661
Grade: Sahih (Authentic) according to Ibn Abdul Barr
📖 ‘Amr Ibn ‘Awf RadhiAllahu 'anhu narrated: Allah’s noble Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam said, “Know that whoever revives a tradition from my Sunnah if it has died out after me, he will have a reward like those who act upon it without diminishing any of their rewards. Whoever innovates a misguided heresy (bid'ah) not pleasing to Allah and His Messenger, he will have a sin like those who act upon it without diminishing any of the people’s burdens.”
Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2677
Grade: Hasan (Fair) according to At-Tirmidhi
📖 Al-‘Irbad ibn Sariyah RadhiAllahu 'anhu narrated: The Messenger of Allah SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam prayed with us one day. Then, he SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam faced us and delivered an eloquent sermon that brought tears to our eyes and by it shook our hearts. It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, it is as if this is a farewell address. What do you instruct for us?” The Prophet SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam said, “I advise you to fear Allah, listen, and obey, even if an Abyssinian slave is put in charge of you. Whoever lives after me will see many conflicts. You must adhere to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the righteous, guided successors. Hold firmly to it as if biting with your molar teeth. Beware of (bid'ah) newly invented matters, for every newly invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance.”
Source: Sunan Abī Dāwūd 4607
Grade: Sahih (Authentic) according to Al-Arna’ut
Telling someone you love them is not supposed to be hard. When I was eleven, I figured that saying you love people out of habit meant you didn’t mean it. In the coming years I cut back on it, barely saying I love anyone. Not even my family, I would just nod back. “I love you’s” should be earned, should be used when warranted. I wanted to make them count. Eventually I stopped saying it all together though. Eventually I just, stopped loving.
When I was thirteen I was miserable. I didn’t say I love you anymore. I had no love to give. When you have no love to give, you have none for yourself. When you do not love you’re self, it eventually morphs into hate. I hated everything at that age. Myself, my family, my friends. It was all bad. This was a very rough time for myself. It didn’t help that no one ever said they loved me. If no one loved me, then why should I love them? Why should I give if the world won’t give back? I hated everything, I was not willing to love.
When I turned fourteen I went to a new school. One where I didn’t know anyone. I changed my style, I changed my hair, I even started going by a new nickname. This was a new chance, this was a new start. And this new person, people loved her. She was happy. But still, she never got attached, never said I love you.
At fifteen, I told my now best friend I love them. I still remember that conversation. I was so sure of it. i don’t think I’ve ever had a friend like this before. They just make me feel comfortable, like I don’t need to be looking for things to hate. I started being kind. Everything about me got softer, lighter.
As a seventeen year old, I had a ton of friends. Good friends too, not the kind you wait until you can graduate and never see them again. I loved my friends, I had a book with doodles and stuff we all contributed to, and now it is my prized possession. That year I also got gifted a rock with a smiley face drawn on it. It’s my happy rock, I keep it with me at all times. I drew a character, a small triangle with a face and stick figure arms and legs. His name is, ironically, Legs. He is to this day a symbol of hope and positive things for me. I draw him everywhere. All of this was during a very rough time in my life. But throughout it, I had all these things that I loved. All these people that I loved. I was so scared that it was a bad thing. That someone was going to get hurt.
At the end of my senior year, eighteen years old, I realized what romantic love was. That shit was not fun. It was too late, in the end, all of that time where I was trying to figure out how to love made it so I couldn’t actually handle it until too late. I still think about her often, even though we don’t talk anymore. (Not by my choice, she just, stopped messaging back. Guess she found better friends.) it’s fine. I eventually got over it to the point that I look at it as a lesson.
That lesson, I’m realizing at nineteen years old, is that having love to give is worth it. I’d rather get hurt than not feel at all. I live with kindness and love for the world in my heart. I finally am who I was trying to be at fourteen. I am her, and it feels good. It feels good for only good thoughts to come to mind when I see someone. It feels good to not take pleasure in hurting people, like my friends at thirteen taught me to. It feels good knowing that when people think of me, they think of kindness. (Had a friend once legit compare me to Mother Teresa with evidence to back it, which I had no idea how to respond to but it made me cry.) It was hard, but I made myself who I wanted to be. I may not always be kind to myself, but I really try to be. Because I have love to give, even to myself. Even to strangers, even if it’s just a smile or a compliment.
Sometimes, on particularly bad days, I pretend twelve year old me is watching. I pretend she’s listening in on my thoughts. And I try to be better. For her, for me.
((3/3 Pokemon asks…and, I guess thats all of them for now, it was fun though! :)
am i a kind person or is my kindness actually weakness bc i’m scared of getting hurt by acting unkind
a novel my me
Just a little positivity🙃
now to decide where to hang it…
With what shall I confront Jehovah? [With what] shall I bow myself to God on high? Shall I confront him with whole burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will Jehovah be pleased with thousands of rams, with tens of thousands of torrents of oil? Shall I give my firstborn son for my revolt, the fruitage of my belly for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O earthling man, what is good. And what is Jehovah asking back from you but to exercise justice and to love kindness and to be modest in walking with your God?
To the city the very voice of Jehovah calls out, and [the person of] practical wisdom will fear your name. Hear [the] rod and who it was that designated it, O YOU people. Do there yet exist [in] the house of a wicked one the treasures of wickedness, and the scrimped eʹphah measure that is denounced? Can I be [morally] clean with wicked scales and with a bag of deceptive stone weights? For her own rich men have become full of violence, and her own inhabitants have spoken falsehood, and their tongue is tricky in their mouth.
There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.
Rachel Joy Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, wrote this in her journal:
“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”
What would my life be like, if I could go out of my way to spread love, compassion, and kindness to everyone I meet? How would I feel? I am sure Mandy would tell me that I would feel amazing–beautiful, happy, full of purpose and full of life.
To set it as a priority “to make life beautiful for others,” is such a wonderful way of living life. After all, life is short in the grand scheme of things, and to focus on making it a better place for others, goes on to make it a better place for everyone, including ourselves. The love we spread comes full circle back to us and fills our hearts and souls with lasting joy.
Today’s Challenge: Bring beauty into the lives of others today.
Questions to consider:
How can the love, compassion, and kindness you show to one person, affect others?
What are some ways in which you can make life beautiful for others?
What are some of the potential positive effects of doing so? Are there any negative effects?
For further thought:
Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.
“The worker honey bee knows nothing but his Queens love, that is why he makes her something as sweet as honey.. he works through the days busy, busy like a bee never knowing pain. Never knowing sorrow, only true contentedness and maybe even a little happiness thrown in.. all I’m saying is if a bee can be so sweet like that, so can I. I think we can learn a lot from the world around us just by looking around and I also think that nature tells us that we need to respect women to the fullest extent. They bring life, a special kind of beauty that isn’t found anywhere else in the universe.. women in nature are respected and cared for, I have no clue why in humanity they are treated like less than a dog when a dog is so very sweet too. But anyways, you should know that whether it be a dog or a Queen bee, I want to get primal with you baby cakes.. these primal ass urges I have to make you smile with the sweetest honey I can muster.”
I’m a honey bee working on your sweet smile - eUë
My blessings were other people.*
So: Thank you!
*The other 1% were things that wouldn’t exist without other people
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
I’m honestly too nice and some of you don’t deserve it
Joe Biden is a decent, kind-hearted man. The photos are of him hugging and comforting two young men…a black youth, and a kid with Downs Syndrome, who ran up to him as he was walking away. Joe held him and told him he loved him. Joe is a good, decent, compassionate man. He will help us heal this nation more than any of you think.