A man once verbally abused Abu Zar Ghifaari (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the illustrious Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He replied to the man’s insult with the following words: “Brother! There is a steep and rocky road between me and Jannah. If I pass through safely, then your insult means nothing to me. But on the contrary, if I fail to cross that path and hence I am prevented from reaching Jannah then indeed I am worthy of insults much worse than what you have mentioned.” (Nafhatul-Arab Pg.13)

Lesson: Every now and then we complain about the insults of some family member, the verbal abuse of our enemies and the negative remarks of our ‘buddies’ that we become victims of.

Let us remember! When a Formula 1 driver’s concern is to reach the finish line first, he doesn’t care a ‘damn’ about petty issues on the side of the track. Similarly our destination is Jannah, which we hope to reach safely. Hence we need to focus on the ‘track and the finish line’ ignoring those remarks, insults and abuse. In this way we will secure our own happiness and safety, otherwise we will spend all our time in trying to ‘shut up’ every barking dog without even reaching our destination safely.