Allah doesn’t see form, but action

In every community or society, of course there are various ways to measure and judge each other. We generally judge a person by measuring how much money he makes, wealth in the form of cars, houses, savings and assets, and so on.


Other measures that are often assessed are physical appearance and ethnic characteristics, such as height, weight, age, origin, language, skin color, or culture. However, humans naturally have little control and cannot choose where they were born, the color of their skin, or their wealth.


Hazem Said has been active in the Muslim community in America for more than 10 years and has held many different leadership positions. In his article, Said said humans actually have control over the decisions they make.


Those choices and decisions are a much better standard against which to judge progress and accomplishments in life. According to Said, a person controls what he believes, what he accepts and rejects.


Humans themselves choose their life goals and code of ethics to follow. Therefore, Said says our actions are the result of the decisions we make.


Because we ourselves decide what to do with our time, where to spend our wealth, and whether we want to be honest or not. “All our actions are the result of our decisions. Therefore, we must refrain from judging people, individually or collectively, based on their circumstances, appearance or class,” Said said.


On the other hand, Said says one needs to withhold judgment until they have educated themselves about other people, the values, beliefs, and actions that others take. In addition, Said said one should not feel special because of their own favorable circumstances, but should realize that the real measure is the decisions made and the actions taken.


According to him, before God, it is what is in our hearts and the actions that result from our decisions that distinguishes between us as fellow human beings. Said mentions the basis that must be taken in measuring and assessing each other refers to a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad.


From Abu Hurairah said, Rasulullah SAW said: “Verily Allah does not look at your physical and wealth, but He looks at your hearts and deeds.” (Narrated by Bukhari).


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