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In Muslims We Trust
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The importance of trust in building communities
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Something that will never stop surprising me is the lack of trust between Muslims. 

I’ve seen Muslims trusting blindly non-Muslims about work, just to become extremely suspicious when it’s done by a Muslim. 

While there’s nothing wrong with trusting other fellow humans, I would also love to see Muslims trusting each other. 

The Prophet (PBUH) was known as the trustworthy even before Islam. 

Who would believe in him if he was known as a liar or a cheater? 

Imagine you’re living at the time of the revelation and the Prophet (PBUH) knocks at your door. You open and he tells you:

“You know what just happened? God sent me a message and I spoke with an angel; do you want to join the Muslim community?” 

The first thing you’ll think about is not the message or the source of the message but the one who carries the message.  

You would say: can I trust this person? 

That’s why trust is so important. Because without it, you can’t build a community.

So how can we change this?

 

I’ve never liked hearing things like “if only Muslims were united, we could do this and that”. 

This is just a way of passing the blame to someone else and refusing to take responsibility

The work for building a community starts at the individual level. 

I’m not naïve to believe that tomorrow, we’ll have a worldwide community that includes all Muslims. 

But having micro-communities around the world is doable. 

Communities of 3, 10, 100, or 1000 people, that show what is possible when individuals work together. 

Muslims are craving success stories and inspiration. 

Our history is filled with heroes. But what we need the most are modern days heroes- ordinary Muslims that do extraordinary things. 

Today, any Muslim can start a community around his or her interests. 

There is an audience for anything you can think of: economics, politics, humanitarian, culture, arts, research, agriculture, ecology, civil rights, media, medicine, sports, Islamic sciences… 

Whatever our interests are, all we need to do is to signal ourselves to the Muslims with the same interest. 

We don’t need to concern ourselves with the Muslims caught in divisions. 

We want to focus our energy on the dreamers; the believers who want to make change happens. The ones who prefer to take action than staying spectators. 

Few Muslims trusting each other will do a better job than many Muslims who don’t. 

We can’t change the Muslim culture, but each of us can change a small part of it. 

And it starts by changing ourselves and sending signals to people like us to join the circle. 

In Muslims we trust. But most importantly, in God we trust to get anything of importance done.