Monday, July 13, 2015

Have A Meaningful Aidilfitri - Tomorrow in The STAR

“Kekayaan tidak dinilai daripada banyaknya harta tetapi kaya jiwa.”
Allahyarham Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (1931 – 2015) 

Let us be Moderate: Why choose the better meaning?

In our Wesak day message, we elaborated the third point of the Ten Principles for a Moderate Malaysian. In this advertisement, we are happy to share the fourth principle. We hope you look forward to the upcoming six.
Principle Number Four.

I will always choose the better meaning and always see all problems as opportunities.  Even if someone says hurtful words, I will see it as an opportunity to know what is painful in the other person’s heart.

1.     Why choose the better meaning?
The Quran suggests that those who choose the better meaning are those who are guided and understand better. Positive thoughts create positive actions. Therefore, those who are positive can appreciate the hikmah in any situation. When we see the good in a person, we open the door for cooperation. When we see the good in every situation, we open channels for new opportunities.

2.     How to listen to another’s heart?
Pay attention to the third conversation. When two parties communicate, there are three conversations happening at the same time. The first one is the visible words and body language. The second conversation is happening in your own head. The third conversation is in the other person’s mind. Listening to the third conversation is key to know what is in the other person’s heart. We start with practicing empathy and silencing the second conversation. Only then can we begin to better understand why the Malays are sensitive about the special position and the Chinese and Indians are unhappy with the word pendatang.

3.     How can this principle contribute to moderation?
This principle helps us move forward by providing a mechanism to mitigate problems, rather than adding fuel to fire. A nation with diverse religious, ethnic, and cultural background as well as uneven socioeconomic distribution such as Malaysia, is bound to face many challenges. When we, however, choose the better meaning and listen to each other’s hearts, we will find solutions and move forward.

At zubedy, our programs draw strength from shared values and traditions. We believe that at heart, all Malaysians want good things for themselves and for their brother and sister Malaysians, simply because our nation cannot prosper as a whole if some of us are left behind.

You and I, we must always choose the better meaning and be Moderate Malaysians.

Let us add value,

Have A Meaningful Aidilfitri.

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