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Black & White

I was convinced I was right and he was wrong, and he was just as convinced I was wrong and he was right. The teacher decided to teach us a very important lesson.



He brought us up to the front of the class and placed him on one side of her desk and me on the other. In the middle of the desk was a large, round object. I could clearly see that it was black. She asked the other boy what colour the object was. White, he answered.
I couldn’t believe he said the object was white when it was obviously black! Another argument started between my classmate and I, this time about the colour of the object. The teacher then told me to stand where the other boy was standing and told him to come where I was standing.
We changed places and the teacher again asked us what the colour of the object was. I had to answer: white. It was an object with two differently coloured sides and from his viewpoint it was white. From my side it was black.
We need to stand in the other person’s shoes and look at the situation through his eyes in order to truly understand their perspective. Many a time, each person argues his or her viewpoint based on valid arguments. By understanding their reasoning, we can save a lot of acrimonious and heated exchanges and come to an amicable agreement.

Hadeeth Newsflash

Reported by Abu Hurairah (RA): The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Allah, the Exalted, says: `I will contend on the Day of Resurrection against three (types of) people: One who makes a covenant in My Name and then breaks it; one who sells a free man as a slave and devours his price; and one who hires a workman and having taken full work from him, does not pay him his wages.''' [Al-Bukhari]

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