Al-Baqarah 263-284

Al-Baqarah 263-264

A kind word and forgiveness is better than a charitable deed followed by hurtful words: God is self-sufficient and forbearing. Believers, do not cancel out your charitable deeds with reminders and hurtful words, like one who spends his wealth only to be seen by people, and not believing in God and the Last Day. Such men are like a rock covered with earth: a shower falls upon it and leaves it hard and bare. They will gain nothing from their works. God does not guide those who deny the truth.

These are the reminders I was craving in this search through holy texts. The admonishments to treat each other with kindness, to watch the way we speak and act, and to show respect and consideration for other human beings.

According to Pew Research there were 2.2 billion Christians and 1.6 billion Muslims in the world in 2010. That’s at least 3.8 billion people who have a holy text admonishing them to be kind, and yet, I am actively seeking reminders of human kindness in this world and the commands of our holy figures to treat each other respect in order to help counter-act the cruelty and awful treatment that dominates my news each day.

“All that the heavens and the earth contain belongs to God.” (Al-Baqarah 284a)

I’m not a believer myself, of any religion. But perhaps our world would be a better place if we believed, and if we obeyed the commands of the holy figures. Treat the world as if it belongs to one whom we respect, and treat other people as if they are the beloved of someone to whom we give honor and praise.

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