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Work to Reduce Distances

DR.PASHA | October 22, 2012 | Section: Articles | 668 reads

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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.


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

Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional 
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