A young personal perspective: I must admit, in the early stages of my religion (deen), I was trying to convince everyone to believe like me! Co-workers, family, and friends. Then time passes, and I began more in-depth studies on its History makers, events and our Creator’s Merciful Speech. Also enrolling in school for a Bachelor of Science in Business, was a game changer. I joined a nonprofit foundation, whose mission is “Teaching Life Skills, to Replace Social Ills.” Where here internalizing scripture and the Prophet’s mission, converting it into working strategies for community service and leadership development.
Upon reading this next verse is how my compulsive perspective began to re-iterate itself…
“For each (such person) There are (angels) in succession, Before and behind him; They guard him by command of Allah. Verily never Will Allah change the condition Of a people until they Change what is in themselves…” Quran 13:11
Reading this then and even quoting it now, tells me I have no real control over no one except; my own self, deeds and actions. These verses enlightened my senses then and expanded its comprehension, to better view life’s critical decisions. The highlighted phrase, takes my imagination into a more surreal realm of understanding. It confirms what the Creator has created and commanded for me, so I am to respect what he has commanded for the next person as well, (If I have’em, then you have’em too!).
An immature perspective: Having an immature perspective with good intentions, also paved an empathetic understanding for those who discard my deen, and not acknowledge its authenticity, historic presence and its place among the Abrahamic faiths. Though I never have problems with pastors, ministers and/or rabbis who have attended seminary school for theology; there exist a few who still thinks the world is flat.
What evolved my personal perspective were studies of relevant facts and authentic literature, and asking for a more firm heart to understand universal laws for navigating through life.
For the past 15 years, I have embraced a world of education, social experiences and civic leaders of various faiths; people who are socially striving to re-adjust society’s unfair practices for a stronger public life. Compared to someone of equal time, who have not expanded their studies and/or enrolled into a seminary school, for a more deeper school of thought. Only spreading “their” word based on desires and not established, accessible public knowledge. Learning more about Abraham’s family – is a requirement before challenging the next, over his spiritual relation and denying common peace-building practices and principles between tribes.
A more mature perspective: Education, Education, Edu-ma-ca-tion is a very necessary enhancer for embracing one another. Academia is not the only way, but at least attend a class under someone with a more balanced knowledge and have experience in the world. Step out your comfort zone for open dialogues and if push come to shove, GOOGLE IT (a sound source pls)!
Developing new relationships through a filter of empathy will make a difference in this new paradigm of American culture. In fact the following comment is necessary for our reflection..
“In 2007, California, Hawaii, New Mexico and Texas had the highest concentrations of minorities, followed by Nevada and Arizona. While some states, such as North Dakota, remain overwhelmingly white, it’s clear that, on the coasts and in the Deep South, America is returning to its early roots as a panethnic nation.” Revised book Uncommon Common Ground pg. 35
Understanding this, we are upon a new page; faith leaders will have to be more diverse in thought, for having a more balanced and effective community relation. Understanding the next man or woman, has always required a higher more comprehensive ethical encounter. In closing, I am comfortable with my gifts, confident about my faith’s knowledge; and always seeking to expand but not contradict the Creator’s Merciful Criteria in our books. So, tell me “Why Do You Wanna Convert Me?”
Wisdom Wednesday are thoughts for social conversation and the sharing of honest opinions, ideals, and Wisdom. All of us have a value worth sharing; it may motivate another to stop, continue and/ or begin a certain process in our personal or social development. #tohavevision