'Me, Myself & I' is a line I grew up hearing in song lyrics, movies, celebrities uttering and mostly, amongst friends, work colleagues and family. The concept of only thinking about ones feelings, needs, pain, wants used to come so naturally; 'who cares if everyone else failed their exams? Aslong as I've passed, I'm safe!' - 'I don't care about anyone's feelings I need to focus on myself, my mind, my body, my image and what makes me happy.' - Does it sound familiar? Well, thats definitely how I sounded in my late teen/early 20's. And my thoughts, decisions, actions were also based by this concept without even realising.
I was chitchatting with two very bright 15yr old Muslimahs who both sat proudly with their hijabs, abayas, loose jumpers and no make-up! They were confident and both outwardly and inwardly Muslim 🤗 I loved them. We spoke in length about this kind of attitude and I asked, 'How can one think of anyone else if their only concern is about themselves?' They agreed, 'you have to step outside your zone to see everyone and everything around you in order to help/feel for others,' I continued. The love for the Muslim #Ummah
is far greater than loving ourselves, infact we have to love Allah SWT and His Messenger more than ourselves! Only then would we rush to submit to the Deen of Islam. It will hurt us if we see the Ummah hurt, it will make us overjoyed when we see our Ummah no longer suffering; liberated. One must really question the feelings one has for themselves; is it beyond what it should be? Should our love be bigger and envelope the Ummah we belong to? Subhan allah Islam truly cultures us to be better collective beings, caring and 'loving for your sister what you love for yourself.'
Until we truly understand that the obsession of 'Me Myself & I' is not infact, Islamic - one will continue to exhaust themselves with just themselves and the people/things that are only important to them. Allah SWT has made Islam a collective Deen. Let's embrace this collectivity and work in helping everyone. Not. Just. Me. But. We.
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