What is zebra crossing? By definition from the Wikipedia:
"A zebra crossing is a type of pedestrian crossing used in many places around the world. Its distinguishing feature is alternating dark and light stripes on the road surface, from which it derives its name. A zebra crossing typically gives extra rights of way to pedestrians."
This morning, as I was driving in the campus on my way to my office, I saw three male students standing at the road side right in front of the zebra crossings, preparing to cross the road. On comings car are coming ahead from far, and I myself was not speeding .... Why don't these gentlemen here cross the road when they are already standing right in front of the zebra crossing???
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The answer is simple, they are not confident to cross as the traffic might not give way for them to cross. I stopped my car just before the crossings, signalled them to cross, with a thankful face, they hurriedly began to cross ... seeing them crossing, the oncoming traffics slowed down to make way for them to cross the road. In less than 5 minutes, I started to continue my driving to the office.
Turning into my office building was another zebra crossing. And this time there were two girls trying to cross the small lane. As they were at the zebra crossing, I stopped to make way for them. They walked lazily, laughing, giggling, poking their friend and taking their own sweet time to cross the road, while I am losing patient waiting for them to cross the lane.
These are two real life scenarios of what is happening in our Malaysian culture (sad to say).
(1) Motorist passed their written and practical driving test but never bothered to practice all the good things that they have learnt.
(2) Pedestrian do not have the guilty conscience or show of gratitude to the motorist who give way for them to cross.
It's all about attitude .... it is something that we seems to be lacking. Being a Muslim, especially, Prophet Muhammad SAW had taught us the correct (mahmudah) and the wrong (mazmumah) attitude. This is part of mu'amalah between insan (human beings). Why do we chose to ignore the teachings? The teachings want us to always be nice to people and animals alike. Not by any way harm and troubled others. And ... on the Day of Judgement, we will be asked for every single things that we have done. Do not think that this small doings will not be recorded.
إِذَا زُلۡزِلَتِ ٱلۡأَرۡضُ زِلۡزَالَهَا (١) وَأَخۡرَجَتِ ٱلۡأَرۡضُ أَثۡقَالَهَا (٢) وَقَالَ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنُ مَا لَهَا (٣) يَوۡمَٮِٕذٍ۬ تُحَدِّثُ أَخۡبَارَهَا (٤) بِأَنَّ رَبَّكَ أَوۡحَىٰ لَهَا (٥) يَوۡمَٮِٕذٍ۬ يَصۡدُرُ ٱلنَّاسُ أَشۡتَاتً۬ا لِّيُرَوۡاْ أَعۡمَـٰلَهُمۡ (٦) فَمَن يَعۡمَلۡ مِثۡقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ خَيۡرً۬ا يَرَهُ ۥ (٧) وَمَن يَعۡمَلۡ مِثۡقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ۬ شَرًّ۬ا يَرَهُ ۥ (٨)
When Earth is shaken with her (final) earthquake (1) And Earth yieldeth up her burdens, (2) And man saith: What aileth her? (3) That day she will relate her chronicles, (4) Because thy Lord inspireth her. (5) That day mankind will issue forth in scattered groups to be shown their deeds. (6) And whoso doeth good an atom's weight will see it then, (7) And whoso doeth ill an atom's weight will see it then. (8)
It's the promise that Allah made in surah Al-Zalzalah (1-8). Every single things that we do are accountable for and will be displayed to us on The Day. Let's be a better person. This is a reminder to myself and it hopefully it may become reminder to your goodself as well.