Do not transform yourself into someone who you are
not: do not mimic others. Many are those that feign to forget their own voices,
movements, idiosyncrasies, and habits, in order to imitate others in their
ways. Among the consequences of such behavior are artificiality, unhappiness,
and a destruction of one's own entity.
From Adam to the last born baby, no two people are
exactly the same in appearance. Why then should they be the same in mannerisms
You are unique - none had been like you in the past
and none shall be like you in the future. You are totally different from X or
Y, so do not force upon yourself the blind following and imitation of others.
Go forth according to your own nature and disposition.
(Each [group of] people knew its own place for water) (Quran
(For every nation there is a direction to which they face,
so hasten towards all that is good)? (Qur'an 2: 148)
Be as you were created and do not change your voice or
modify your walk. Cultivate your personality by following what is found in revelation,
but do not render your existence void by imitating others and by depriving
yourself of your individuality.
Your tastes and preferences are specific to you and we
want you to stay as you are, especially because that is the way you were
created and that is how we know you to be. The Prophet (bpuh) said:
"And let no one among you be an imitator of
In terms of characteristics, people are like the world
of trees and plants: sweet and sour, tall and short, and so on. Your beauty and
value is in preserving your natural state. Our varied colors, languages,
talents, and abilities are signs from our Creator, the Almighty, All-Glorious,
so do not disbelieve in them.