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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Don't Follow the Crowd - be Yourself!

[Shaykh Aaid Al-Qarni] Do not transform yourself into someone else:
do not mimic others. Many are those that feign to forget their own
voices, movements, idiosyncrasies, and habits, in order to imitate
others in their ways. Among the consequences of such behaviour are
artificiality, unhappiness, and a destruction of one's own entity.

From Adam to the last born baby, no two people are exactly the same in
appearance. Why then should they be the same in mannerisms and tastes?

You are unique - none have been like you in the past and none shall be
like you in the future.

You are totally different from Zayd and `Umar, Amina and Sumayyah,
so do not force upon yourself the blind following and imitation of
others.

Go forth according to your own nature and disposition.

Be as you were created and do not change your voice or modify your walk.

Cultivate your personality by following what is found in revelation, but
do not render your existence void by imitating others and by depriving
yourself of your individuality.

Your tastes and preferences are specific to you and we want you to stay
as you are, especially because this is the way you were created and this
is how we know you to be.

The Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam said:

'And let not one of you be an imitator of others.'

In terms of characteristics, people are like the world of trees and
plants: sweet and sour, tall and short, and so on. Your beauty and value
is in preserving your natural state.

Our varied colours, languages, talents, and abilities are signs from our
Creator, so do not disbelieve in them.

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"... Allah never changes the condition of the people until they intend
to change it themselves.. ." [Al-Quran 13:11]

How perfect You are O Allaah, and I praise You. I bear witness that none
has the right to be worshipped except You. I seek Your forgiveness and
turn to You in repentance.

'Our Lord, give us good in this world, and good in the hereafter, and
safeguard us from the punishment of the Fire.'
(Qur'an, 2:200-201)

May Allah bless our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW), and His family, and
His companions,and all those who follow Him in truth. (Aameen)

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