Narrated `Abdullah bin `Umar: I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying, “People are just like camels: out of one hundred, one can hardly find a single camel suitable to ride.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

Imam Bukhari put this hadith under the chapter: The Disappearance of al-Amana, i.e., the trust. Fulfilling our obligations to Allah and others and taking care of what Allah has entrusted us with, e.g., our faith, our bodies, our families, our time, etc., as well as what people may entrust us with: this is the minimum needed to be a decent, responsible, mature person.

Unfortunately, a small percentage of all the people in the world meet these requirements, but we should always be striving towards that. Ask yourself, do I fulfill my religious obligations (assuming one knows what those obligations are in the first place)? Am I trustworthy? Can people rely on me? Is my word as good as gold? Too many people want to change the world but can’t even make good on their responsibilities to their immediate family and community.

 

Daniel Haqiqatjou

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