Happiness is all that matters

Its uncharacteristic for me to hate, but sometimes I am engaged in a fleeting moment of the emotion, catalysed by thoughts of a painful moment in my life. And then the  time comes when I realize that I’m not such a person, to hold so much ill-feelings towards a person that I actually hate them. I’m just waiting for myself to be completely free of that attachment. Things happened for a reason. “Every person that comes into our lives come for a reason, some come to learn and others come to teach”. I have experienced both, and a colossal change occurred in my life post-departure. 

 In the weeks following the conclusion of what was, I thought I would never get through this. The vacuum that existed in my life seemed bottomless and days seemed gloomy, despite the sunshine. But now, I do believe that our lives have gone on, just as normal. I am content and look forward to what lies ahead. Life sometimes comes to a pause, its up to us to resume the journey. We heading in different directions, and I no longer will question what could have been. All that matters is that we happy.

 I have formulated goals for my future, and will strive hard to work towards achieving it. Its been said that one of the best gifts to a person, is dua for them without them knowing. And that’s what I give of myself, dua and best wishes. And forgiveness of course…sometimes we don’t realize our mistakes and never will, until someone points it out to us. However, its best that I leave things as they are. Hold no grudges, and walk on in life. 

Respect leads to peace

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As a society and amongst our youth, we are moving towards social degradation instead of developing and improving our lives . I have noticed for the umpteenth time that we have no respect for other cultures or religions. Respect should be inculcated in our youth, not just towards our elders but towards other people, irrespective of how we may differ from each other. Being different is not a criteria for us to insult and taunt other people.

We fail to realise that we are all composed of the same matter. It is not our outside appearances that count, but what lies deeper down inside, our hearts. Have you ever noticed that a person with conventional beauty, but who has a cold personality is not at all attractive? While someone who may not be that beautiful, but who is warm hearted, generous and always pleasant to be around is so much more attractive. When we delve into the gist of it, we are all the same. The feelings that we experience are homogeneous, irrespective of whether we originate from the Africa, India or America, whether we are Muslims, Christians, Jews or Hindus.

We need to foster a culture of understanding and respect in all of humanity, not just the youth. At times the behaviour that people exhibit is a reflection of the kind of background that they come from and the type of people that they are surrounded by in their home environment.

We always question why the world is turning out to be so full of hatred and enmity. This is one of the reasons. Respect is fundamental to the structure of peace, and we fail to possess this quality. The emphasis on respect is important both from an Islamic as well as secular perspective.

I have touched upon this subject numerous times during my studies. Apart from the economic benefits of tourism, it also serves to unite people worldwide. Tourism involves the interaction of people from different backgrounds, lifestyles, religions and race etc and the importance is on developing relationships between one another in an attempt to promote peace worldwide. Never forget that wherever we may be in this world, the behaviour that we exhibit towards others is an indication of the type of people that we are. And at the same time, in an indirect way we represent our countries and religions.

It is important that we strive towards understanding people from an international point of view. We need to educate ourselves about other people. This can be done through higher education or even simpler, by doing research, reading a lot of literature about various cultures, lifestyles and religions and even interacting with people and showing an interest in them. A little knowledge goes a long way and a kind word or smile to someone can have a major impact on their lives. Lets try to make the world a happier place, even though it may be in a small way. There’s one common factor among the majority of us, and that is to live in peace. Let us make a concerted effort to work towards this.