A Human Weakness
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | January 16, 2017
A general weakness of us humans is that we think that the good things that we have are because of our own efforts, and we blame others for us not having the things that we do not have but want. A disastrous consequence of this is that we fall prey to false pride in our abilities, on the one hand, and to false complaints against others, on the other.
Actually, we shou...
Gift of Nature
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | January 09, 2017
The Prophet is reported to have said, “A man will not be let go on the Day of Judgment until he has been asked concerning four matters.” (Tirmidhi) One of the things about which he will be questioned is: ‘His youth and how he spent it.’
Apparently, this hadith refers to how one has spent one’s youth. But if you reflect deeper on the matter, you will realize that...
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | January 02, 2017
Complaining is a very deadly thing. It is the habit of complaining that is at the root of various social problems. When several people live together, it is but natural that they will have differences, which are often then allowed to turn into complaints against each other. These soon get transformed into enmity, abuse and a never-ending cycle of hatred.
After Making a Mistake
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | December 26, 2016
Often, people make a mistake, and then add to it by making yet another mistake—the mistake of trying to justify their first mistake. But what they should actually do on making a mistake is reflect on and seek to discover why they made that mistake in the first place. If you don’t do that, and, instead, you seek to justify your mistake after making it, you rema...
Patiently Facing Annoyances
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | December 19, 2016
Abdullah ibn Umar reports that the Prophet once said, “A believer who engages with people and is patient when he faces annoyance from them shall have greater reward than he who neither interacts with others nor remains patient at the troubles caused by them.” (Musnad Ahmad, hadith no. 5022)
A person who lives all by himself, without any social intercourse,...