It was the period of slave labour when a rich man was beating badly his slave for a minor offence. The slave took the beating smilingly as if it had no bearing on him. He has been used to this ordeal many times before.
Around the same time, Muhammad Nabi happened to walk in front of the house. For a moment he stood silently watching and he continued his path. Looking at this the rich man stopped beating the slave instantly. He then decided to go to Muhammad Nabi’s house.
Muhammad Nabi by then has been deeply engrossed in his personal chores. The rich man after reaching Muhammad Nabi’s house bowed before him and took his seat. After sometime in a relaxed manner he began the conversation. He said to Muhammad Nabi : ” I was beating my slave ; you saw that ; yet you didn’t say anything and left. I felt embarrassed if I had lost my rights to punish my slave.”
Muhammad Nabi replied : ” Yes, he is your slave. We should not forget that we are all slaves of Allah “.
This made an impact on the rich man who realising his mistake left the place politely. Not much is needed to say how he would have treated his slave after this incident.
People in general are good at finding the faults of others, but their efforts to correct the erring individual do not however match their desire to find mistakes of people. Only little effort is needed to correct the erring individuals.
Despite the abolishment of slavery world over there exist many still with an attitude of fancied superiority. Every individual is one of billions in the world. The opportunities and support received have made us economically well equipped. Those who did not receive or missed these opportunities are the ones still languishing in unpleasant conditions. These are not however permanent. Society needs to inculcate this understanding in everyone. But people still approach these situations based on their age and experience without full understanding.
For anyone to be on his high horse in itself is a sign of mental disease. Thinking always about the next step of growth to hit the high spots swiftly these people many a times get depressed in life. Some are even driven to the state of committing suicide. This does not mean that nobody should grow. When our opportunities and support gain momentum we should be able to make healthy changes in our relationships with others too.
What can anyone do ? When we notice defects in our families and neighbours we may suitably try to correct them in a healthy manner. Whether we have the right to correct something or not has to be first ascertained. It is a self evaluation cum experiment. If it is lacking in strength we should move forward to improve our strengths and then engage in action. The part to be played by the person to be corrected is more important than the part played by the person to correct one. Hence, it is important to first make the circumstances amenable to make the person feel the right to be corrected. Those in high positions should be experts at these. You just look at those families and their offices. It will be like the Garden of Eden with flowers blooming all around.
From the above incident of Muhammad Nabi let us now understand how we should be able to bring about that change.
For a moment think what would have happened if Muhammad Nabi resorted to lending advice to the rich man when he was beating the slave. The rich man would have described the slave’s wrong act in detail. He would have tried to justify his act too. He would have insisted that what he did was right. Muhammad Nabi also would have made some Observations and left the place.
Muhammad Nabi’s reaction in the above manner would have left only the justice of the rich man to be discepted. But Muhammad Nabi’s ‘SILENCE’ has caught not just the attention of the rich man but made him think too promoting justice for both the parties.
Muhammad Nabi’s stance is clear : ” that the rich man does not have any right to beat the slave “. What words failed to do, ‘SILENCE’ establishes here. As expected by Muhammad Nabi, the rich man stopped beating the slave ; then he thinks ; and while thinking he does so from the point of both parties ; Muhammad Nabi achieved this.
To make others think as above is the special and sweet moment in life. To make that happen is the responsibility of the learned.
The rich man gains courage to meet and present his case to Muhammad Nabi. At that point Muhammad Nabi establishes his superiority and humility. “Just as Allah does not beat us for our mistakes, so do we also need to treat our slaves.” If you spend the time entirely to punish others there will not be any time left to love and correct others. Muhammad Nabi also makes everyone learn that no-one is superior to any other in this world. Only approaches like this will make even criminals turn a leaf in their lives.
What Civil Rights Activist, Martin Luther King Jr said : ” A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus “, is perhaps the best words for all times and for all people.
” Dieu avec nous “
Sunday, February 28, 2021 – 9.31 a.m. (IST)
Tudbit : ” Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence ” – Thomas Szasz.