One day, Zahir was travelling in the train in Dubai, the man who sat next to him started thrusting the pillow into his bag as the destination was about to approach. Zahir said to the man, “We are supposed to leave them in the Train” The man looked at Zahir and gave a cold smile and continued thrusting the pillow.
Zahir sat there rest of the journey and didn’t do anything more to stop the man from taking the pillows along.
Here are a few reasons why Zahir didn’t do anything further:
- Our duty is to remind and warn people if they are wrong
- We must put our own safety and honour first. No need to create a scene.
- If we get an opportunity to stop something bad however small it might be we must do so. If the wrong person doesn’t listen to us and fights back just disconnect ourselves and remember that we have our own faults.
- In most of the cases people’s pride and ego holds them back from correcting their mistakes. If they are given some space and time they might correct themselves on their own.
- Whether people pay attention to our reminder or not, God will reward us for trying to stop that bad thing (Good intentions are rewarded).
- Remember, gentleness and mildness always beat severity and enmity
- Try your best and leave the rest to God
- Always know your limits and never exceed them
As the destination approached, Zahir started collecting his luggage. The man saw that Zahir was busy with his luggage and slowly pulled the pillow out and pushed it under the seat. Zahir saw all that and smiled. The man looked up and suddenly looked away to save himself from shame or embarrassment.
Do you think it is rude when people correct you? And what would you do if you were in Zahir’s place?