Normal Is Overrated
Why be plain?
Are you satisfied with just being an average, run-of-the-mill Muslim?
Or do you desire to be something different? Do you desire to be an interesting Muslim?
Normal is overrated. The world is full of normal people doing normal things living normal lives waiting to die normal deaths.
There’s no reason for you to settle for normal. You can be different. You can be INTERESTING.
Let me show you how.
One of the most important attributes a Muslim can have is confidence. Confidence alone can set you apart from most of the rest of the world.
Being confident does not mean being arrogant. It means being assured of yourself. It means knowing you can get things done despite the objections of others.
Were it not for confidence, could the Prophets (peace be upon them all) have carried Allah’s message to the people?
No body likes a know-it-all.
But everyone likes a person with knowledge. People with knowledge can help solve problems and offer solutions.
The most important type of knowledge you can have, of course, is knowledge of Islam. Whatever level of knowledge you currently have, you should continue to seek more.
But beware of useless knowledge. There are many people who seek knowledge for knowledge’s sake. That’s the wrong attitude. Instead seek knowledge to help others and share it with them.
Islamic history is beneficial knowledge to have. Knowledge of subjects like The 4 Righteous Caliphs and the Islamic perspective of the Crusades teach us important lessons about earlier generations of Muslims.
Too often people just don’t care. It’s understandable, but regrettable. We are so wrapped up in what’s going on in our lives, that we just don’t have time to help others.
But if you want to be an interesting Muslim, you should care about the struggles and difficulties that others are having. Use the knowledge we have above to help those who need it.
I talked recently about the importance of building character in Islam. It is imperative that Muslims exhibit the highest level of character we can attain.
Unfortunately, too many Muslims have pretty bad characters and are not righteous at all. But that doesn’t mean you have to be the same way.
Continuously work on building your character and strive to become a righteous Muslim.
Being daring goes hand in hand with being confident.
Is there a business you want to start? Is there a career you want to pursue? Is there a plan you want to put into action?
Assuming your business, career, and plan are all halal and beneficial, you need to get started on it immediately. Even if it’s just the planning phase.
We are often encouraged by family, friends, and society to play it safe. Don’t take risks. Don’t rock the boat.
Can you imagine what would have happened if Khadijah (RA) said that to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)? What if she told him, to play it safe? To keep his “visions” a secret?
Alhamdulillah for bold, daring Muslims.
Who wants to be around a depressed person all the time? Misery make love company, but that’s only until they find someone more interesting.
Smile. Be happy. Have a positive attitude.
People naturally gravitate towards a happy, positive person. If you want to be an interesting Muslim, you should be that happy and positive person. Besides, we’ve all heard the hadith about a smile being charity.
The world is full of “yes” men and women. Don’t be like that.
This doesn’t mean that you should always seek controversy. It means you shouldn’t be afraid to call a spade a spade and tell people the truth. Of course, you should do so in the most diplomatic manner possible.
Remember the hadith:
Whoever among you sees an evil should stop it with his hand, and if he cannot then with his tongue, and if he cannot then with his heart, and that is the weakest of faith.
You don’t want to be the weakest of Muslims, do you? Of course not.
Get out there. Get involved. Do something positive.
How are you going to be an interesting Muslim sitting behind your computer or in front of the television all day? You gotta be active.
Are there projects at your local Masjid or Islamic Center that you can help with? If so, then you need to get out there and get involved. If that’s not your thing then be active with your family. There are lots of things you can do to be active.
This is different from the above point. Being proactive is the opposite of being reactive.
Most people are reactive. They wait for things to happen to them and then they react to them. But you can be different.
Try to anticipate the challenges and difficulties you, your family, your friends, and your community may face in the future. And then prepare yourself for them.
use Prophet Yusuf (AS) as an example. He interpreted the dream that famine would strike Egypt and he advised the king on how to prepare for it. That’s being proactive! That’s how an interesting Muslim should be.
Nobody’s perfect. And that includes you.
Know when you’re wrong. Know when you’ve made mistakes. And own up to them.
The average person is petty and vindictive. They are afraid to admit guilt because they don’t want to lose face.
But if you’re an interesting Muslim, you won’t have to worry about that. You’d have enough confidence that you would have no problem admitting when you’re wrong.
Of course, you can’t be wrong all the time. But if you’ve gained the knowledge I talked about above, you won’t have to worry about that.
These are just a few steps you can take towards becoming an interesting Muslim. I’m always on the quest to becoming a more interesting Muslim myself and I’d love to hear your suggestions.
If you have any tips on how to become an interesting Muslim, please leave them in the comments below.