In Islam it’s considered a sign of respect to give your place to elder people if there is no place for them to sit. “Do good and people will follow you” heard this statement all my childhood but yesterday saw practical demonstration of it and loved it. As a Muslim it’s our duty to follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and also influence others to follow them because it’s the only way to lead a successful life here and life after death.
This incident took place when I was coming back to my home from office. I was traveling in bus which was full of passengers so there was no place to sit. An aged man gets into the bus but since there was no place to sit he preferred standing right at the door. After few minutes a young man offered his place to the old man. Now this young man was standing; few stops later place was again empty and young man sat there. After two stops again an aged man entered the bus and again this young man offered his place to the old man. Place was empty on the next spot and young man sat there.
Now comes the interesting part. On the next stop there comes two passengers in the bus; one was aged and one was around 40. This time three people offered their place to both the passengers. Now this is what I call real influence. At first no one was offering the old man his place but after the young man took initiative people thought that yes this is the right thing to do.
This is what I advice other people to do “Do good and people will follow you”. To observe this example try this practical exercise and you’ll feel the difference. While driving a car when you reach to any signal and it’s red light with no car in the surroundings. Just stop your car and observe the reaction of cars arriving after you. Trust me 4/5 cars will stop because you influenced them to stop. Do try this and let me know.