A smile, the word thank you, what does it cost? Nothing ! Yet it embellishes life, like a ray of sunshine!
Well, to be honest those are not my words. That’s actually a comment that I received from Mr Bernard TRITZ, who owns the blog Actu-Prod-Solaire. And this is the third in a series of articles that I have made from comments that I have received on my blog.
Mr Bernard is one of the many people I am grateful for liking my blog Towards A Better Life and making it a success. He has this to say about my blog.: I like this site, it perfectly matches the expected WP standards, I mean, the ones visitors should find, and come back to often!
I thank Mr Bernard for those kind words and have created this post to show my gratitude.
I also agree with what he has said in his comment about a smile. Indeed it is a blessing for both the person who gives as well as who receives it, without costing anything.
I think a smile can put Covid-19 to shame, as it is more infectious. But, instead of sending a person into self-isolation and quarantine it can improve your health and win you friends. Smiling not only offers a mood boost but helps increase endurance and reduce both blood pressure and pain.
My call to action to my readers today is: Keep smiling. You don’t know whose day you are going to brighten with it. That person may be needing it the most and will bless you in their heart in return.
Many people don’t know about it, but a smile is considered to be an act of charity in Islam.
In one of my recent posts I had posed the question ‘Does Black Lives really Matter?‘, after Derek Chauvin, was sentenced for killing George Floyd. The former Minneapolis Police Officer was sentenced to 22 and a half years in jail last month. Chauvin faced 40 years in prison for the 2020 death of Floyd in custody during an incident that sparked massive protests.
It won’t be wrong to say Black lives do not matter much for the US authorities, as is evident from the sentence given to Chauvin. And although ‘All Lives Matter’ is a slogan that is associated with criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement, I would like to emphasize say here that the slogan does not mean the same for me. Black lives do matter as we have all been created by the same God, irrespective of our color or race.
So what do I mean by All Lives Matter?
When I say all lives matter I want you to understand that: 1) You should value your life and use it for a constructive purpose: As an individual who has been made unique by God you need to understand your worth. It important that you appreciate whatever your Creator has blessed you with and express gratitude to Him for everything. 2) Give importance to the lives of others, including the black and minority group people. This is because each one of us has been blessed by special qualities irrespective of color or race. In fact, as a Muslim I believe that God will judge us all by our deeds rather than our wealth, color or race on the Day of Calamity when He will raise us again after our death.
Marty Rubin has said in one of his quotes, “Every human life has infinite value and to destroy even one is a crime against all humanity.”
Finally allow me to say that according to the Holy Quran, any person who wrongly takes the life of another or kills an innocent person is as though he killed the entire human race; and whoever keeps a soul alive, it is as though he kept alive the entire human race.
In case you are thinking why I am telling all this after all the protests over Floyd’s death have ended since long and even Chauvin has been sentenced, let me say that we should always remember that all lives cant matter until black lives matter.
Here is an article from my WordPress friend who owns the blog Hill Study Center. In the article, the author discusses the old saying ‘Age is just a number,’, which according to me means no matter how old you are you can still enjoy your life without hurting the feelings of others.
The best part of the Hill Study Center article is where the author asks who owns time? and then says God, the creator of heaven and earth. Even Islam universally views time as created. It is God’s handiwork which, like all Creation, is under the command of God, who Muslims call ‘Allah,’ the one who is worthy of all worship and praise.
God is not bound by the constraints of time, as He is eternal. The Holy Quran says the Almighty God just commands “Be” and it is. This is how He also brought Jesus Christ into being, although Mary remained pure and untouched by men throughout her life.
And although I have earlier said that age does not matter, my advice is to learn to give proper value to time and act your age, in order to maintain your dignity. It is best to take aging gracefully while enjoying life at the same time.
May God bless us all with good understanding so that we may learn the value of time and make the best use of it for this world and the hereafter.