From my point view, a good muslim is not measured by how well he knows his religion, but how much he practices it.
I may know a lot about genetics but that doesn’t make me a good geneticist when I have never applied my knowledge anywhere. To be good at something, you need experience.
What I mean by the word “experience” above is not of the things that you’ve done in the past such as your glory, your faults, etc. Moreover, it’s by experiencing the determination of “moving towards to becoming a good muslim”.
To me, Quran verses are never to condemn anyone; be it to the believers or non-believers..(Justin Beliebers? :D). The intentions in each ayat are not to make one feel distress or angry, but to make us feel challenged. Challenged to what They have dared. They tell us to do good and we are then told that the results will be as such. And if we do bad, penalties are as such and such. The consequences of the dares are told beforehand. It’s a book of guidance. Dare to do good or to be bad, you bear the consequences yourself.
I don’t mind if anyone wants to use any ayat Quran or hadeeth to correct others. But I think the best way to show it is by leading the example. If you start preaching about something but you aren’t even following your preaches, then it’ll be hard for people like me to take the advice from you. Because I won’t see any correlations between the two. And frankly, it irritates me. Ngehehe..:P ..If you want to preach the opposite of what you’re doing , then after you preach, stop doing it instantly. Then only I can be like “whoa…that’s awezome…”
I like it when someone shares their opinion in a way that their intention is to share their knowledge and not to show off what they know-(in a mean arrogant way). Some people I observe like to slam others using ayat Quran/ hadeeth without knowing the asbab ul nuzul and without having great knowledge of what they are saying. They only know the surface of the story and they use some verses/hadeeth and start preaching like they’re God. Come on man. You’re just a small fry who reads a book or two. To acquire knowledge, you need good teachers too. (it rhymes!)
Be humble in sharing knowledge. That’s the moral story of my post today. That’s what I intend to say. And a reminder to all (including me): even if you have repented, don’t criticize someone who has not. You were in their shoes once. Instead of condemning, why not show some love and care?