English PeaceNews September Edition
Knowing yourself is for a better world!
If sometimes you feel confuse, unconfident, or even feel like useless, be sure that you are not alone. All people, including me, ever had the same experience like there is unsolved problem with our own self. We would see our problem is caused by external factors, people around us. But, actually the problem is from our own self.
I ever had a girl student in Islamic Boarding School. She always annoyed with the joke of her teacher or her friends about her black skin color. Even while her friend told her “sweet soya sauce”. For her, those jokes make her being angrier and snivel. But, it was her past. Now, she doesn’t feel unconfident again with her black skin color after learning about accepting herself. The 12 basic peace values help her how to accept herself and make her realizing that her respond to her joke’s friends and teacher and her perspective in seeing herself were wrong.
She internalizes the supreme value which talk about everyone is created with their own uniqueness. In the Al-Quran, Allah SWT said “We have certainly created man in the best of stature.” (At-Tin: 4). From this verse, we can decide that if there are some weaknesses in our self like the skin color, height or weight, or kind of hair, actually all of that shows the uniqueness of us from God to all His mankind. Allah is the Creative Creator. He creates all mankind uniquely and different to show the beauty of diversity. Imagining, if all people are similar, like the skin color, the face, the shape of body, it will be lees beauty, right?
So, now we don’t need to regret our different physical condition. It’s grace from Allah SWT which we must be grateful for. Those are uniqueness and our special identity which will make the world more attractive.
And the most important is to knowing ourselves deeper. Because “Who is knowing his self, he shall know his God.” Seeking the weaknesses is important, firstly the negative attitudes, not about the physic appearance, to be changed being positive and better. Regretting the physic condition will waste your lifetime useless. Being grateful and seeing them positively will be better than remorse them. And this is for the better of our life and the world.
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