لا يغير الله ما بقوم حتى يغيروا ما بأنفسهم
Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change themselves… (Surat alRaad: 11)
This part of the ayah always gets to me. So many times we tend to point out the problems in our society, we don’t like this, we don’t like that, we want change, we look for change, we vote for change.
But why can’t we work on changing ourselves?
It is, and should be a whole community effort. If everyone looks at themselves, changes themselves, starts it within, the ummah will change, the problems we face will change. People, and as a person living in an arab country, tend to only look into the fault of others. We judge wayyy to much, we want everyone around us to change, but we really need to realize that when we work to change ourselves, when every person works on themselves, that is what will make the big difference.
We sometimes ask, why is our ummah at such a sad state these days? How will Allah change our condition when we have so many hearts that need changing. So many people who need to work on themselves.
Its like what Ghandi says ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.‘ Its so true, because changing our condition, our hearts, the way we treat each other, it will cause a big affect on our community and to our society. We expect so much, we look for so much, but at the same time we don’t want to work one bit on ourselves, why is that?
So lets start with ourselves. Change yourself, don’t worry about others 🙂 We can’t keep relying on someone else changing, we really need to start taking responsibility.