As Muslims living in the modern world we have to interact. Today is not a time for isolation. The world needs good people to step up and make a stand, have a voice and be a power of good, and as individuals our faith increases when we live Islam, not just talk about it.
This means obtaining an education, finding a career, doing voluntary work and mixing with the people who come our way. However, this does not mean simply soaking up the attitudes and behavior of those around us. Everything has its limits and in life, we have to know ours.
Once we realize that our role is to be part of what is happening around us, we have taken the first step. If there is harm or injustice we have to do our best to remove it and help make a change.
How to Be Positive?
If there is poverty we have to give. If there is ignorance we have to advise. And at all times we have to be patient, friendly, sincere and God-fearing. We do not live in a perfect world and it is obvious that there will be times when we will meet with ridicule, and even hostility.
Unfortunately, this kind of behavior even happens within the Muslim community, especially if we are campaigning against cultural attitudes and behavior.
What should we do? First, we have to keep our course. We can do this if we know ourselves; what we are trying to do and why we are doing it. Second, we have to recognize when our efforts are fruitless and be able to humbly and kindly just walk away. Third, if we have another chance to return to our endeavor, we should jump at the chance.