I have this nasty habit of thinking that anyone that disagrees with my way of thinking must be an idiot. If they just listened to me and did everything my way, the world would be a much better place.
Of course, intellectually, I know this can’t be true. But something deep in my soul believes that really, I am better than most of the people I come across.
I chose to experiment with Islam to help correct my arrogance. The term “Islam” is often interpreted to mean “submission to God.” I believed that a religion built on submission could surely help me develop some humility.
- Islam was founded circa 7th century CE by the Prophet Muhammad in what is now Saudi Arabia. Muhammad is considered to be the final prophet of God and that the Koran was revealed to Mohammad directly by God.
- Though the term “Jidad” is often interpreted as Holy War, it is also now used to refer to the internal spiritual struggle we all go through.
- At a talk about religious views on capital punishment, an Imam said Islam is okay with capital punishment, however, if the sentencing judge executes the wrong person, he would be punished in the after-life. It is one of the more creative “checks and balances” rules I’ve heard of.
In a Modern World...
One of the self-help genre’s favorite topics is “building confidence.” We read articles and take seminars and learn how to become more confident and to convey confidence or watch TED talks on the virtue of power poses. But taken too far, confidence leads to arrogance. Perhaps we can learn to counter-balance this trend with the ancient Islamic remedy of humility.
My 30 Day Experiment
My Practice: Pray five times per day