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Assalamu alaikum dear sisters.
just a thought.. we mentioned in another post how with 1.8 billion Muslims in the world, we are sure to find varying levels of faith .. varying levels of practice.. things that you and I may not accept are "normal" for others, while things you and I hold dear show us as uptight lol.. or things we do, others view as "not enough"
so I started thinking.. we all have our shortcomings. we all have our sins and our demons against which we fight.. we all try to do our best, ( at least we try, or hope to try) .. some of us might even think we are doing enough.. while, what we feel as an accomplishment, may be somebody else's shortcoming.. confusing? let me put it in another way: a person fasts Ramadan and three days each month extra: to him that's an accomplishment.. masha Allah. another fasts every Monday and Thursday of every week. when he cannot fast, he will do the minimum of three days a month, to him, that is a shortcoming, doing less. another example: a person ( like me lol) finishes the Quran ONCE in Ramadan. and considers this a good accomplishment. masha Allah. another finishes the Quran five to seven times.. finishing it once, for the second Muslim, is seen as a shortcoming. because they are used to doing much much more.. ( not judging others, but how they see THEMSELVES)
someone who fasts ONLY Ramadan , no extras, and does not finish the Quran even once.. might feel that just doing the minimum is an accomplishment.. while to the other person who does a bit more, feels like they failed if they did only the minimum..
so it is all subjective, how we view ourselves and what we do, and how we view others.. so let's all strive to learn from those who do more, and not to compare ourselves to those who do less.. let's work on OURSELVES, and NOT judge those who do less than us, because to them, and their knowledge, circumstance, or ability. it is an accomplishment..
know what I mean? what do you ladies think?
Love and salaam (peace)
(proud2bmom3: Muslim Moms-- Owner.