Begin With Yourself

The good you want others to do
Must begin from yourself too *
None but a few
Has this view

We want others to behave
By not being this world’s slave
We criticize and look down
When red they painted the town

To the other dude
We have this attitude
As we think we are already good
A place for us at the heaven’s foot

We judge others by a simple look
Oh! This man must be a crook
And yes! This girl is cheap
Don’t forget my neighbor is a creep

Just that easy we picture others to be
Least we forget in Islam that shouldn’t be
Yes, enjoining good and prohibiting evil
Don’t be easily swayed by the devil

In Islam there is a method
Even Rasulullah (pbuh) shows no hatred
The way to the heart is through kindness
The actions, the words point to politeness

Who are we to judge others when we are not sinless?
A good advice is not pointless
And Yes! Others will show their gratitude
If it is done sincerely and with the correct attitude

The message here is not for you to stop advising
Even there is a saying
“Judge yourself before judging others”
As human we are ‘birds of the same feathers’

Mistake done by a stranger
Must be corrected without showing our anger
The good we show others
Will be rewarded by Allah in a way or another.

Yes! Begin with you
Start being true
Don’t contradict
As only Allah gives the final verdict

Penned by Qalamuddin 23/7/2010

* Begin with Yourself
Transcribed from: Gems and Jewels | Compiled by: Abdul-Malik Mujahid | DarusSalam

A man went to Ibn ‘Abbas radiAllaahu ‘anhu and said, “O Ibn ‘Abbas, I want to enjoin people to do good and forbid them from doing evil.” Ibn ‘Abbas said, “And have you reached that level?” He said, “I hope that that is so.” He said, “If you do not fear to be exposed by three verses of Allah’s Book, then do so.” The man asked, “And what are they?”

He mentioned this verse:
Enjoin you Al-Birr (piety and righteousness and each and every act of obedience to Allâh) on the people and you forget (to practise it) yourselves.” (Baqarah 2:44)
And then asked, “Have you applied the implications of this verse?” He said, “No.” Ibn ‘Abbas then mentioned the second verse:

O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful it is with Allâh that you say that which you do not do. (As-Saff 61:2-3)

After that he asked, “Have you applied the implications of this verse?” He said, “No.” He then mentioned the third verse regarding Shu’aib alayhi salaam:

“I wish not, in contradiction to you, to do that which I forbid you.” (Hud 11:88)

And then he asked, “Have you applied the implications of this verse? He said, “No.” Ibn ‘Abbas said, “Then begin with yourself.”


As usual you have done a very good job.
keep it up.
jazakallah for sharing this wonderful poem.