Oh, That’s Not My Standard!

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Standard? Class? What comes to mind with these words? How standard conscious are you? How do you define standard? Well, one thing’s for sure: this term ‘standard’ is something that has made our lives quite difficult. “I do not wear such clothes, they are not ‘branded’.” “I won’t send my child to this common school, it does not match up to my standard.” “ I won’t befriend that person, look! She’s not well dressed and pretty.” “I won’t go to this common shopping place, hospital, this is not my standard.” And it goes on.

In a nutshell, we usually define standard in terms of ‘money’. Designer wear, branded shoes, houses decorated by interior designers, this is how we define our ‘class’ and by ‘we’, I mean majority of people. Ashfaq Ahmad writes, “No man befriends a poor man”.  Now let’s have a look on the other side of the picture.

It is not wrong to define standard, but it is so in the way we do. Why not have a standard of morality? Why not have a standard of politeness? Why not have a standard of helping others? Why not have a standard to earn an honest living? Why always looks? Why not character?

I am a Muslim (Alhamdulillah!), and so are most of you, but just saying so is not enough, it demands practicality. Islam does not define ‘standard’ this way. It preaches, “No man is superior to other, except in the manner of piety.” Not only Islam, all religions preach these values similarly; that we are not to treat ourselves or others differently based on wealth or any other grounds we have established as such, but as a Muslim, it is only natural that I speak of Islam and what I know of best.

Allah has made us with some purpose. He has not sent us to ‘judge’ others and define ‘standard’ centered at materialism. Have you ever thought are your deeds up to the standard He demands? By deeds, I merely do not mean prayers; I mean the attitude towards His creation too. What if Allah rejects me on the Day of Judgment saying, “Your deeds are not up to MY standard.”? It’s indeed something to be ashamed about for a whole lot of us. No matter which brand we wear, no matter how splendid our house is, we are all here for a few numbered days and will all end up in the same grave, under the same soil.

Now consider, would you like yourself to be judged on the scales you judge others? Of course not! So, next time before uttering this statement, “Oh! That’s not my standard!”, think again.

I repeat; it’s not bad to have standard. Compete with others in terms of goodness, politeness, and piety not in terms of dresses, brands and looks. Not only as a part of religion but these are universal ethics common to all. I’ll end by these words of Sheikh Kammaluddin Ahmad (a religious scholar):

 I want just a passable level of ‘Deen’,
but I want the highest level of ‘Duniya’.
I want the best car I can afford,

I want the best home I can live in,
I want the best degree I can have,
I want only the best, best, best possible thing in the world.
That may not have been a problem,
if you also said you wanted the best  you could possibly have in ‘Deen.’
Do you have the best possible ‘tajweed’ you can have?
Are you praying the best possible ‘Salah’ you can pray?
Do you have the best possible ‘haya’ you can have?
Do you have the best possible ‘taqwa’ you can have?
 ”

Think about it!

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I am Khizra Naseem. I am a passionate photographer who loves to capture anything that appeals to the heart and eyes. My major domain is natural photography. I believe pictures speak louder than words and convey a strong message. Photography can play a great role in reforming the society. So, let’s join hands to make this world a better place to live. You can follow me at Google Plus.

57 Comments

  1. Neelam Shahbaz

    October 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Khizra you have done great job :-) ( y) Ma Shaa Allah its really nice yaar :-)

    • Khizra Naseem

      October 16, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you so much Neelam for appreciating my effort! Stay tuned to int3ger for more!Keep on giving feedback! Your feedback is valued!

  2. Bushra Anjum

    October 16, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Very well written. Looking forward to more such posts from you.

    • Khizra Naseem

      October 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you so much for your valued feedback Dr.Bushra Anjum! I’ll try level best to come upto your expectations. Together we can make this world especially our dear than dearest Pakistan a better place to live.

  3. Ameera Arif

    October 17, 2014 at 9:39 am

    @khizranaseem this is such a good article :)

    • Khizra Naseem

      October 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Thank you Ameera for your valued feedback! Keep on giving feedback. Your support matters!

  4. Aysha Iftikhar

    October 22, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    this is a great and humble piece of writing. really helpful! its great to see kids going the right way. KUDOS!

    • Khizra Naseem

      December 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Thank you so much Ayesha for your valued feedback! Keep on giving feedback!

  5. IMTIAZ ASHRAF CH.

    October 29, 2014 at 5:18 am

    GREAT

    • Khizra Naseem

      December 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you so much for your valued feedback! Keep on giving feedback!

  6. Maryam Khan

    January 22, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    You are a brilliant writer.

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 22, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you so much, Maryam. Your feedback is my oxygen. Keep on giving feedback! Your feedback is valued.

  7. Muhammad Musa

    January 22, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Your article truly shows the materialistic lust increasing in the society.
    I appreciate you on choosing this topic.

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Thank you so much Musa, for appreciating my effort. Keep on giving feedback! Your feedback is valued.

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you so much Musa for your valued feedback!
      Stay tuned to int3ger!

  8. Fauzia Imtiaz

    January 22, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Wonderful piece of writing!

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 22, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      Keep on giving feedback! Your feedback is valued.

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you so much Fauzia for your valued feedback!
      Stay tuned to int3ger!

  9. Hira Naseem

    January 22, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Very nicely written.

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 25, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you so much Hira for your valued feedback!
      Stay tuned to int3ger!

  10. Nahal Shoukat

    January 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Your article truly depicts the garb of materialism in our society. Well written. :)

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 25, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you so much Nahal for your valued feedback!
      Stay tuned to int3ger!

  11. appy chalke

    January 22, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Amazing Khizra….your writing echo the depths of your thoughts. Well done.

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 25, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you so much Appy Chalke for your valued feedback!
      Your feedback matters a lot!
      Stay tuned to int3ger!

  12. Aniqa Saleem

    January 22, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Great Work Masha Allah… Amazing article!!
    Keep it up Girl :)

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 25, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Thank you so much Aniqa for your valued feedback!
      Stay tuned to int3ger!

  13. otina

    January 22, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    photographer or writer dude mashallah where do you hide your diverse talent
    dont deprives us & share it love it

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Thank you so much Otina for your valued feedback! I would love to share my thoughts and photographic work with you.
      Stay tuned to int3ger!

  14. Rifaf

    January 23, 2015 at 12:49 am

    This Blog is very Much needed in this Selfish World..Brilliantly Written..Keep it up.

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 25, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you so much Rifaf for your valued feedback! Keep on giving feedback!
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  15. melody

    January 23, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Great article ….. shows true colours of this world

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you so much Melody for your valued feedback!
      Stay tuned to int3ger!

  16. Hira Naseem

    January 23, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Keep it up! (y)

  17. Mariya Javaid

    January 23, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Great article…(Y)
    Depicts the true picture of our society,,

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 25, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you so much Mariya for your valued feedback!
      Stay tuned to int3ger!

  18. Mehroash Zaheer

    January 23, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Absolutely loved it right from the topic till the last word.

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 25, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you so much Mehroash for your valued feedback!
      Stay tuned to int3ger!

  19. Mahnoor Ahmad

    January 26, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Well written piece! Tells us of the real face of society which we tend to ignore! We, due to our standards tend to forget equality just like our Prophet said ” None of you is a true believer until he choses for his brother that which he choses for himself” All we have to do is remember these good things and put our standards at a back point :)

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 27, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      I agree. Thank you so much for your valued feedback!

  20. Mahnoor Zia

    January 27, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Khizra, I salute you for writing such an awesome article. Loved every single word of it.

    • Khizra Naseem

      January 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you Mahnoor. Your words are so honoring. I salute you back for liking. Thank you. Keep on giving feedback!

  21. Ayesha Talib

    February 7, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Well done! (Y)

    • Khizra Naseem

      February 9, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you so much Ayesha!
      Keep on supporting.
      Your support matters!

  22. Raza Ahmed

    February 7, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Keep it up. :)

    • Khizra Naseem

      February 9, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you so much Raza!
      Keep on supporting.
      Your support matters!

  23. Sidra

    February 7, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I am proud of you. Good job.

    • Khizra Naseem

      February 9, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you so much Sidra!
      Keep on supporting.
      Your support matters!

  24. Eisha

    February 7, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I loved every single word of it.

    • Khizra Naseem

      February 9, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you so much Eisha!
      Keep on supporting.
      Your support matters!

    • Khizra Naseem

      February 9, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you so much Eisha!
      Keep on supporting.
      Stay tuned to int3ger for more!

  25. Aqsa

    February 13, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Thumbs up!

    • Khizra Naseem

      February 18, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Thank you Aqsa for your feedback! Stay tuned to int3ger for more!

  26. Farha

    February 13, 2015 at 6:44 am

    I am glad that finally somebody has pointed out the bad things that exist in our society. Well done, Khizra.

    • Khizra Naseem

      February 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you Farha for your feedback! I am glad that you have liked my effort. Stay tuned to int3ger for more!

  27. Khadija

    February 13, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Brilliant piece of writing.

    • Khizra Naseem

      February 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you Khadija for your feedback! Stay tuned to int3ger for more!

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