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The Courage to Undo

It's not easy to admit a mistake but undoing it is even more difficult. It  requires courage and 'thick skin'.

Fears like, 'What if I make a mistake again?' ' People will never take me seriously again' paralyze the mind.

Images of people gloating "Told you ha!" appear on the mind screen, zapping the energy out of you.

This is the time when you have to be courageous. Do what you feel is right and leave the past and future to Allah.

Let Umar's letter in these difficult moments guide you through the storm..

Let not a judgement you rendered yesterday, and that you have later reflected upon, receiving guidance towards the correct view, prevent you from restoring a right. Rights are ancient and cannot be annulled. Restoring a right is far better than persisting in error.

The letter of the second caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab (d.23/644) to Abu Musa al-Ash’ari, (d.44/665) his  governor of Basra.

"جو فیصلہ تم نے کل کیا، پھر تم نے اس میں دوبارہ غور کیااور تمہیں صحیح بات کی ہدایت مل گئی ،تو وہ   پہلا والا غلط فیصلہ تمہیں حق بات کی طرف لوٹنے سے مانع نہ بنے۔ اس لیے کہ حق  قدیم ہے، اور حق کی طرف لوٹنا باطل پر ڈٹے رہنے سے کہیں بہتر ہے۔" دوسرے خلیفہ عمر بن الخطاب (متوقع 23/644) کا ابو موسیٰ اشعاری کو ، (د..4.4 / 65 his65) اپنے بصرہ کے گورنر کو خط