The Value of Faith,Unity & Trust

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Helen Keller

In pre-modern times, human beings used to live in scattered places and they were dispersed  all over the world. Oblivious of the existence of other societies living in far away lands, each community was living in isolation from each other. Of course this isolated way of living made sense at the time since resources were scarce and hostile groups could strike any time. By living this way they thought that they were protected. Contrary to their belief, their way of life caused various problems for them. They became easy prey, prone to constant attacks by hostile forces as well as wild animals.

Later on people realized the strength in living collectively and that they were safer living in close proximity to each other as that increased their chances of survival and calls for reinforcements.The value of unity to society/nation is not something that is being realized and appreciated now, it actually goes back many generations-maybe it goes back to the beginning of time.

Unity is an integral pillar that keeps people and nations cohesive. A nation that is not united is vulnerable to many forces. It can be easily manipulated and destabilized  by outside forces. Divided they can be easily disintegrated and played against each other. United they are strong and become a force that has to be reckoned with. There is a Somali proverb that says: “ Ilko wadajir bey wax ku gooyaan” literally translated it goes like this: “together the teeth can cut“. The moral of this proverb is that “unity is power”.

Nothing in life is steady. It is like a roller coaster. It has many highs and lows. Through the chaos and unpredictability of life the one thing that can save a person is faith. An individual that doesn’t have faith in something that is greater than him/her can’t simply function effectively. He/she may go with the follow in rosy times but when hard times come – and surely they will, that person will surely crumble emotionally.

True tests in life only come in challenging times. That is when you are emotionally challenged. That is when doubt creeps in your head and your judgment is clouded. You are outside your comfort zone. you are in an unfamiliar territory. At that moment uncertainty becomes the only constant in your life. This is the moment you come to grips with the frailty of being a mortal being. You realize that you can’t find answers and solutions for all the things that you seek to understand and solve.

Hence, this is the moment when faith in a higher power most likely comes to your rescue. If you are a person with faith you will have a better chance of tackling your problems in a balanced manner. You will be more resilient and be in a better position emotionally to manage the situation. You will be able to give your best shot at things and accept your limitations. Even if things don’t go according to your plan you will at least be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Trust also plays a major role in the development of a society. When people have trust in each other, in their leaders and in the system the society becomes more stable. I know trust is an intricate concept as it doesn’t automatically come to us. Like all other things in life, it needs balance and constant fine-tuning. Trust is not just given, it has to be earned. When individuals trust each other, communication becomes effective and straight forward. Similarly, when there is a mutual trust between couples, they tend to understand and cooperate with each other more and as result of that enjoy a healthy relationship.

A dear friend of mine once told me that “your personality is 50% of who you really are and the other 50% is what people think of you”. Today we are in an era where perception is everything. People judge you before they even set an eye on you. If your business and dealings are not honest and are perceived as not trustworthy then you simply lose face and get relegated to the recycle bin of history.Trust is a great facilitator of things. Where there is no trust, there is cynicism. Therefore, we should  try to trust but always trust with care!

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23 thoughts on “The Value of Faith,Unity & Trust

  1. your writing, idea and the content is too impressive…i really like your articles……keep up the good work

  2. I agree with Mariam wholly. Abdul Qadir has improved in his writing and thought skills and how he presents them on paper and verbally, of-course. He is impressive~!
    Keep up the hard work and passion, which should drive your hard work…

    Anyways, do keep in check certain grammatical and other errors like in the fifth line: “believe” to “belief” and never put a full stop after an exclamation mark. God-Speed bro… Congrats on good work, once again! 🙂

  3. Nicely done abdul-kadir. Im impressed. It definitely makes you wonder about those things. I agree with you on one thing for sure, placing trust in people is hard but i find its getting a whole lot more harder to gain trust these days.

    • yeah. I couldn’t agree with you more. cynicism is increasing everywhere in the world. we just have to keep going… Hiba what do you think is the best way to gain someone’s trust?

  4. I like the quote on personality where 50 percent is what others think of us and 50 percent what we think of ourselves..but to be very honest in a society that is so focused on the outside of a person,material thinking and craving for status,honour and money i think we should reduce the outside influence to zero and rather go on with our lives with the following 100 percent of how I percieve myself should be according to the way of Allah and the attributes He sent to us through the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W. The moment we do this we will inshaAllah see Allah’s hand in everything and become a better society and this will help build better relationships with others..So be the change you want to see in other’s..don’t point at anyone..but look at yourself first.if we all start practicing this everyone will be good and automatically society will recieve the blessings of Allah.inshaAllah…
    By the way great article bro..was a good read like always..keep up the good work

  5. I just loved the following part…

    “True tests in life only come in challenging times. That is when you are emotionally challenged. That is when doubt creeps in your head and your judgment is clouded. You are outside your comfort zone. you are in an unfamiliar territory. At that moment uncertainty becomes the only constant in your life. This is the moment you come to grips with the frailty of being a mortal being. You realize that you can’t find answers and solutions for all the things that you seek to understand and solve.”

    so true and so real… and honestly I love this kind of life… you’ve put them into words beautifully…
    on the other hand I disagree with your stance of believe….

    “Hence, this the moment when faith in a higher power most likely comes to your rescue. If you are a person with faith you will have a better chance of tackling your problems in a balanced manner.”

    what i see is that you’re converting your believes into words here.. not the reality… but i have a right to disagree … right ???
    you know what I believe ? I believe that the more the person is a believer, the more his logics are “Illogical” … you know… these kind of people, at the people I’ve came across, put every thing and every problem on to what they believe in… and here comes the strange part… the more one is a believer, the more he have to deal things regarding believe… he/she might have to deal with more illogical or spiritual things then of a person with less believe…. so I conclude that in Quran it is said that everyone will face the situation (or ALLAH deal with everyone) according to what they believe in…

    here’s my honest opinion… I hope at least you’ll appreciate my honesty…

    Regards,
    Hafi.

  6. wonderful article abdulkadir saxiib very impressive and i like special ( True tests in life only come in challenging times. That is when you are emotionally challenged. ) i honestly agree this statement .. keep it up brother nice work my truly brother abdulkadir

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  9. Really strong words with the simplicity and conveyance of words at its peak nice going…n that Somalian proverb was awesome…Hope to see u adding more Canines to these Somali teeth of urx 🙂

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