We all have bad days. All of us. Some weeks, we have them more than others. When we have these bad days, we often forget to be polite and kind to others. This politeness, especially when we’re not having a good day, is an important trait to develop and remember.
When we’re not in a good mood or are having a bad day, it’s easy to forget about everyone else and focus on our own anger, hurt, frustration, or whatever it is that may have put us in a bad mood. We often forget how our mood affects the way we interact with and treat other people. In our bad mood, we are selfish and are only thinking about ourselves and not others. This manifests itself in the way we treat people.
Regardless of our own mood, we should always be mindful of other people and how we interact with them. This applies to your family, friends, neighbours, and even people you see for only a few minutes, for example a sales clerk.
Don’t let your bad mood get in the way of being kind and polite. Islam is not just about whether we pray or fast or give charity, but also about the way we treat others around us, regardless of whether they’re Muslim or not. Treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and politeness, even if you are having a bad day. It doesn’t excuse your behaviour or give you a free pass.
So treat others how you would like to be treated. Because it’s another way to practice Islam, to please Allah, and just be a decent human being.
So the next time you’re interacting with people and you’re having a bad day, don’t forget to be polite.
A reminder for myself before anyone else.
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