Monday, April 2, 2012

Muslim Monday: Straw vs Log

As humans we tend to be very judgmental of one another. From the way we dress, the cars we drive, the foods we eat (or don't eat), our education (or lack thereof) - it never ends.

We all make assumptions and pass judgment based on our perceptions - which are oftentimes wrong (we have no way to account for another person's inner thoughts/struggles). More importantly, however, is our inability to spot our own shortcomings.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "A person sees a straw in the eye of his brother, but neglects to see a log in his own eye." {Ibn Hibban}

Once a friend whom I hadn't seen in a long time asked me, "What happened to you? You got big!" (Using hand gestures to indicate I have expanded width-wise... and no, I'm not exaggerating - this actually happened)

I gave a partial explanation for my significant weight gain (medication). I also respectfully explained her comment was inappropriate. Amusingly, this person has weight issues of their own - a classic case of straw vs log!

We easily notice and sometimes comment on {myself included} the faults of others - but what about our own faults? The next time we find ourselves being judgmental let us take a moment to reflect on our own imperfections!

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