How can I change the world?

How can I change the world?

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits,
I dreamt of changing the world.

As I grew older and wiser,
I realized the world would not change
and I decided to shorten my sight somewhat and change only my country.
But it too seemed immovable.


As I entered my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt,
I tought to change only my family,
those closest to me,
but alas they would have none of it.


And now here I lie on my death bed and realize
(perhaps for the first time)
that if only I’d changed myself first,
then by example I may have implement my family
and with their encouragement and support,
I may have bettered my country
and who knows I may have changed the world.


Inna Allaha la yughayyiru ma biqawmin hatta yughayyiroo ma bianfusihim

Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls).(Quran: Surah Ar Ra’d 13:11)

by Uzma Saleem (Toronto)


5 thoughts on “How can I change the world?

  1. Great post. i wish if only people of Pakistan could understand this Quranic wisdom. All the time i see people blaming politicians and then they do the same what these politicians are doing on the massive scale.

    As you pointed out, changing own self is the key. This change brings great strength among people and with the help of this strength they can come out of their houses and fight against evil.

  2. As true as reality could be.

    GEO will not change the future of Pakistan, neither will Musharraf or BB or Nawaz Sharif or Qazi Hussain OR Imran Khan for that matter. They’re all but different faces of the same body that has kept throwing the fate of innocent people of Pakistan from one’s hands to the other’s and vice versa. They don’t give a damn about Pakistanis or their future, all they need is to acquire power, loot the hard-earned wealth of the citizens and either be forced on exile or be self-exiled in order to spend the wealth they amassed during their reign.

    None except the Pakistanis themselves can change their own fate. When we litter the streets with our own hands, when we spit red liquid everywhere, when we quietly steal electricity, water; when we receive interest on our PLS accounts, when we let enlightened moderate TV channels enlighten our children and our guests – we are doing nothing less than what all the self-proclaimed leaders of Pakistan have so far been doing, except that they do it at mass level and we do it at an individual level.

    Following Islamic teachings closely is the only path to success, the rest of the ideologies, logics and intellectual approaches will be completely unacceptable on the Day of Judgement.

    O’ my Pakistani Muslim brothers, realise one thing from every corner of your heart, that Pakistan was obtained in the name of Islam, and Islam should be its constitution and the way of life for its people. I might sound like a hardliner when i say this, but believe me, the Muslims of India, the students of Aligarh were all hardliners when their one and only slogan was:

    Pakistan ka matlab kia? LA ILAAHA ILLALLAH !!!!



  3. Lecture by Daniel H. Johnston.

    Have you ever needed to forgive someone?

    At one time or another we have all been hurt in our relationships. Some hurts are minor such as personal slights or embarrassing moments. Other hurts are more profound as with acts of emotional or physical abuse.

    In either case the reaction to the hurt is to sometimes say, “I will never forgive.” Maybe you have made this statement. If you have then consider this question, “When you don’t forgive, who suffers?”

    What happens when you don’t forgive? Often you will think about the hurt. Events of the day remind you. You might see the person on the street and remember what they did. Someone mentions their name and the hurt is rekindled. A song on the radio stirs the embers of the pain. You might work with the person or even live with them. Everyday you may be reminded of what happened.

    Once reminded, you start thinking about how bad it was. How, unfair. How you didn’t deserve it. You are filled with anger and resentment, or sadness and loss. You say again, “I will never forgive.”

    At this point who is feeling bad? Who is miserable? The answer is “You!”

    What is the other person doing? Most likely not busy thinking about you. They may not remember what happened or even know you were hurt. They may not care that you were hurt. They are feeling fine.

    However, you keep thinking about, “How bad it was.” Your lack of forgiveness is only hurting you. You end up miserable. What would happen if you were to forgive? Who would get better? Again the answer is “You!”

    You must remember that, “Forgiveness is always for you.” You don’t forgive for the other person. You forgive so you can get better. Forgiveness is a letting go. It is freeing of yourself.

    If this is true, then why is forgiveness so difficult?

    It is difficult because it can seem like “giving in” or being weak. We don’t want to be weak, so we don’t forgive. It can seem like an approval of what happened. We may worry that forgiving might be an invitation to be mistreated again. Also, not forgiving can give you sense of power and control through the holding a grudge.

    Not forgiving and holding a resentment is like having a wound which you check everyday to see if it is healing. Everyday you open it up to look and sure enough it is not any better. To heal from a wound you must stop checking on it everyday. To heal from hurt you must stop reliving it everyday.

    Remember, forgiveness frees you. It recaptures the energy that you were giving away in sadness, anger, and revenge. Forgiveness also empowers you. It puts you back in charge of you.

    The forgiveness choice is, ” Do you want to be bitter or better.” Keep holding on to the pain and you will be bitter. Make the better choice. Learn to let go. Learn to be a forgiving person.

    Best Regards,
    sadiq ahmed
    Microsoft Corporation
    Redmond, WA 98052-6399

  4. We all have to read quran with translation and hadith then not need any article to convince .
    This drawback of muslims that inspite of reading our books we read whole world articles and books and then someone object and some not.
    BY reading and practical on quran and hadith the we can do evry thing for this world.

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