Enjoy your life (under construction)

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  • Enjoy your life (under construction)

  • Do not cry over spilt milk

    Some people believe that the traits they have been nurtured
    on, which they are recognised by and which have left a certain
    impression about them on the minds of others can never be
    changed. They surrender to this thought, just as a person would
    surrender to the fact that he cannot change his height or skin
    On the other hand, an intelligent person thinks that to change
    one’s nature can perhaps be easier than changing his clothes.
    Our nature is not like spilt milk that cannot be scooped up again.
    Rather, we are always in control of it and there are certain ways
    in which we can alter it, and even the way we think!
    Ibn Hazm mentions in his work Tawq al-Hamamah a tale of
    a famous Spanish businessman: There was competition between
    him and four other businessmen and as a result, they disliked
    him. They were therefore determined to aggravate him. One
    morning, he left his house to go to his workplace, wearing a
    white shirt and turban. One of the four businessmen met him
    on the way. He greeted the Spanish businesman, looked at his
    turban and said, “How beautiful this yellow turban is!”
    The businessman said, “Are you blind? This turban is white!”
    He replied, “No, it is yellow! It is yellow, but it looks good.”
    The businessman left him and moved on until he met the
    second of them. He greeted him, then looked at his turban and
    said, “You look handsome today! Your clothes look fine! Especially
    this green turban!”
    The businessman said, “Actually, the turban is white.”
    “No, it is green,” he insisted.
    He replied, “It is white! Go away from me!”
    The businessman walked on, talking to himself, and every
    now and then looking at the flank of his turban to make sure
    that it was indeed white. He reached his shop and opened up the
    lock. Meanwhile, there came to him the third of the four businessmen
    and said, “How beautiful this morning is! And especially
    your clothes, they look fine! And your beautiful blue turban only
    adds to your good looks!”
    The businessman looked at his turban to ascertain its colour,
    then rubbed his eyes and said, “Dear brother! My turban is
    “No, it is blue. But the important thing is that it looks good,
    so don’t worry!” the man said, and left, as the businessman began
    to yell after him saying, “The turban is white!” as he looked at his
    turban to ascertain its colour once again.
    He sat in his shop for a while and couldn’t take his eyes off
    his turban. Meanwhile, the fourth person came and said, “Greetings!
    MashaAllah! From where did you buy this red turban?”
    The businessman shouted, “My turban is blue!”
    He replied, “No, it is red.”
    The businessman said, “No, it is green! Actually, no, it is white!
    No, it is blue, or black!” He then laughed out loud, then screamed,
    then began to cry and then started to jump up and down!
    Ibn Hazm said, ‘Thereafter, I would see him in the streets of
    Spain. He had gone mad and children would pelt stones at him.’
    If these four people, by using their skills, were able to change
    not only the nature of the person but also his mind, then how
    about the tried and tested skills that are supported by revelation
    which a person can put into practice in order to become closer
    to Allah?
    Put into practice whatever good skills you come across and
    you will be happy.
    If you say to me, “I cannot.”
    I would say to you, “At least try!”
    If you say to me, “I don’t know how.”
    I would say, “Yes, you do!”
    The Prophet said, “Knowledge is only gained through
    learning, and clemency is only gained through perseverance.”
    A point of view...
    The hero is the one who goes beyond his ability to improve
    his skills, until he becomes able to improve, and perhaps even
    alter, the skills of others.

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