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Do you treat yourself the same way you would treat your best friend? Would you ever show your best friend disrespect or unkindness?
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself” (Bukhari, Muslim).
This hadith assumes that we already love ourselves. But do we really love ourselves?
When your best friend is going through a problem, you would show him/her your support and caring. Do you show yourself support and caring when you have a problem?
Islam teaches us to show each other kindness, patience, compassion, and forgiveness (Quran verses 4:36, 90:17, and 2:109). Don’t you think that we should show the same”¦to ourselves?
The holy Quran describes one man as being “unjust to himself” (18:35). This means that we can be unfair to ourselves.
The next time you start to feel badly about yourself, why not remember to be your own best friend? You are a person too!