The other day, I received a mild shock when I saw this “Dear Brother” address form in one of the letters -- nameless, impersonal, distant, almost cool, if not cold.
EVEN THOUGH, Allah bless them, the writers generally -- or let me say, “perhaps” -- do not mean any of this.
But the shock came from the thought that one of “our people” -- those who work with us in this business of “Working for Allah,” was using it.
Then I realized it was NOT them really. Even though we are all part of the same work and same human and Islamic brotherhood and sisterhood.
And it was a relief.
Other people have an excuse -- all kinds of excuses -- to speak to people that way, but we don’t. Not those of us who have committed to work with people for Allah.
MORAL OF STORY:
Take the trouble to find out who you are talking to. Then address that person by name, and in a personal way, and with a great deal of warmth and respect.
How much time and effort will that take?
Those are our traditions and culture. That is what we gave the world -- and will do so again.
So, always try to reduce distances among people.
Small and simple things. But, Allahu Akbar, how important they could be!
A most simple thing indeed. But it’s likely impact and implications could be significant.
© 2012 Syed Husain Pasha
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