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The ‘I don’t care’ Charter

 

By Qudsia Mall

I don’t care when you are getting married,
if you should or ever will, that’s your prerogative and it’s none of my business.

I don’t care when or if you intend to have kids or hate them, it’s none of my business.
“Part of the perfection of one’s Islam is his leaving that which does not concern him.”[Tirmidhi]

I don’t care how much you earn, how special you believe that makes you, It’s your beliefs & actions, not wealth that makes you worthwhile.

I don’t care what you look like, it’s behavior, not dress or looks that makes you beautiful or worthwhile.

I don’t care about the color of your skin, I care about the colors of joy I feel around you, for the fairest of skins can be overshadowed by dark clouds of pride.

I don’t care about your size or how much you weigh, the size of your heart is all that matters and the only weight I care about is my scale of good deeds on yawmul Qiyamah (day of judgement).

I don’t care where you live, how big it is or what you live in, I care about how big your heart is and how many people you can fit in there and what you’re willing to share, even if you live in a hut.

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Generosity is near to Allah, near to Paradise, near to the people, and far from the Hellfire. Miserliness is far from Allah, far from Paradise, far from the people, and near to the Hellfire. An ignorant generous person is more beloved to Allah the Exalted than a stingy scholar.”
Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 1961

I don’t care about your degrees, career or profession, I care about how you make people feel in your presence, and more importantly how they feel in your absence.

I don’t care about who your father is, or who you’re married to or who you know, I care about who YOU are, what you’ve worked hard to achieve and what you stand for as an individual.
The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, Except him who brings to Allâh a clean heart (Ash-Shu’ara 26:88)

I don’t care how much ritual Ibadah (salah, Dhikr, fasting) you perform for Allah, that’s your business and a matter of sincerity. Does that worship bear any fruit in other forms, like honesty, keeping ties of friendship kinship, mending broken relationships, keeping your word, kindness to animals, compassion to the creation old and young, a simple smile and a good word?

Ibn Umar reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to the people. The most beloved deed to Allah is to make a Muslim happy, or to remove one of his troubles, or to forgive his debt, or to feed his hunger. That I walk with a brother regarding a need is more beloved to me than that I seclude myself in this mosque in Medina for a month. Whoever swallows his anger, then Allah will conceal his faults. Whoever suppresses his rage, even though he could fulfill his anger if he wished, then Allah will secure his heart on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever walks with his brother regarding a need until he secures it for him, then Allah the Exalted will make his footing firm across the bridge on the day when the footings are shaken.”
Source: al-Muʻjam al-Awsaṭ 6192

I don’t care how many sins you’ve committed, there is no sin that can’t be wiped away with sincere repentance even if they were numerous like the foam on the sea. Except dying upon shirk because the master of the day of judgement said so. (4:116)

I don’t care what your surname is, what family or caste you belong to or which language you speak or which gaam or village you originated from, we all came from Adam عليه سلام and the best of us, is the best in taqwa( Allah consciousnesses through belief and deed) and if these things matter to you then you are following the sunnah of iblees who was the father of racism when he said to Adam ‘I’m better than you’. So don’t even try to pledge fake solidarity with Palestine, Syria, Burma or anyone. If you can’t unite with your Muslim brother who isn’t from your village, You belong in your village.

‘All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety (taqwa) and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.’ Last sermon

I don’t care how ‘educated’ you are or how much ‘knowledge’ you have, if you knew enough, you’d realize there is still so much to be learned and this would humble you. The more knowledge you gain, the greater the responsibility to act upon it and teach it.

“…Those truly fear Allah among His servants are those who have knowledge (Ulema).” [Al-Fatir: 28]

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