(Is the Quran influencing our character today or not? If yes, how? If not, why not?)
Does reverting back to the Quran make a difference in how I conduct myself? The answer , dear Dr is an emphatic YES!!!
Why can I make this claim?
1. Instead of bursting out in a tirade when one of the kids transgressed, now I address the issue calmly with the guidance of the Quran and stress that actions have consequences.
2. Now I am free of the fear of the so-called punishment of fire, but when I do something, I evaluate it against the Quranic laws and whether it is a benefit to society.
3. I do not have to look over my shoulder to see who is watching, because my conduct should always be Quranic.
4. Rule in car - All papers leftovers kept inside until we get home to be dispensed with properly.
5. Walk away from discussions that hurts society.
6. Respect to my employer and striving to be optimally productive.
7. During difference with wife, do not shout anymore. Discuss issue politely and amicably.
8. Rules of the house is not blindly enforced but reasons explained.
9. Avoid confrontation with N2I.
10. I am not always right.
11. Not all N2I is bad.
12. Learnt to love and appreciate my non Muslim relatives. Previously avoided contact with them.
13. Concentrating to instill good corporate values in children in place of "mathab values"
14. Recognizing and appreciating the good values of other systems.
15. Just being born muslim does not make me better than any other citizen. The difference is my conduct.