Story No. 361– Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (as): Judgement based on biased perceptions

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean,” she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

 

Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

 

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this.” The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

 

And so it is with life. What we see when watching others depends on the purity of the window through which we see.

 

Apparently, the main idea of this Hadith of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (as) is that no act, whether good or bad, and no person should ever be undervalued.

 

“Let us wash our eyes; let us watch things differently.”

 

Reference: Selection taken from “Forty Hadiths”, by Sayyid Hashim Rasouli Mahallati, with additional explanations

 

 

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A single Cigarette Butt is barely noticeable, small, white, filled with tiny fibers. But a drop in a bucket they add up quickly.

Worldwide approximately 4.5 trillion Cigarette Butts are thrown on the ground annually 4.5 trillion Cigarette Butts weight 1.69 billion pounds.