1. Compare themselves to others
It is true that we Muslims compare ourselves with others and then we find ourselves wanting. We conclude that we are inferior and hence completely useless and we are worthless and we are of no consequence.
The strange thing is that most of these doubts and Satanic whisperings are baseless. When these objections and doubts about Islam and Muslims do have actual weight then in those cses the weight is really zero.
For example Islam did not keep its momentum in science and hence in technology and hence in military and hence we lost in a big way to the west. There is weight in this argument but the weight is really zero.
We do lack in science and technology but that is easy to compensate for if we only gave it a try. Just think of the oil resources of the Ummah and take off from there.
2. Judge themselves[/quote]
This too is true. We Muslims keep judgeing ourselves and we judge ourselves unfavourably. That is self defeating and it contributes to lack of confidence and hence courage and that in turn becomes cowardice and timidity.
3. Dwell on the past[/quote]
Dwelling on the past can be very debilitating for an individual but it can also be used for the better both in individual as well as community level. Glory of the past of the Ummah can be a wonderful motivating force and we Muslims must try the tap its potential to the full.
4. Waste Time Feeling Sorry for themselves[/quote]
This again is a debilitating factor for individuals and unfortunately we are indulging in the same at the group level - the Ummah herself. The world has been made for us we must take charge, if not of the world then of ourselves as an Ummah.
5. Passively Wait Life To Improve[/quote]
This is amongst the densest problems of Ummah. We wait for Allah SWT to do the needful - as if this world is Allah SWT's test and not a test for us. May Allah SWT forgive me for saying this.
Nothing happens without doing and we better start solving our problems. We msut make a beginning somewhere in a small manner and build upon that. We have been passively waiting for things to happen for a long time. This must come to an end we must become an active Ummah.
6. Shy Away From Change[/quote]
We do shy away from change and by now we are petrified of it. We got to change that. We have to take initiative to face the change and hence the world.
7. Avoid (Calculated) Risks
This too is true about us an as Ummah - we simply are not enterprizing.
We got to give up our comfort, laziness and inaction.
8. View Failure As The End Of The World
There have been many notable failures in the life of Ummah in recent times, unfortunately that time extends into five centuries. And we have taken those failures as the end of the world. The result is that the world keeps encroahing upon our life space constantly.
[quote]9. Live By Other People's Standards
How completely and utterly this is true!
We think of the west at the standard and in that act we simply give all of our power to them.
[quote]10. Give Away Power
UN should decide about Palestine.
USA should decide about the action to be taken against terrorism - not Muslims who have been defamed by that curse.
The western countries should take the Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
Every such action begins by giving away our own power.
We become the losers.
[quote]11. Try To Please Everyone
This is mainly relevant for individuals but we face this problem at the Ummah level too.
We are trying to please the west in general and the US in particular and we can see the consequences at many levels - psychologican, economic and social.
[quote]12. Avoid Rejection
So what if the west does not like our values?
Try to stand on your own feet.
[quote]13. Demand Perfection Of Themselves