In biology, we are taught that healthy cells make a healthy tissue. Healthy tissues make a good organ. Good organs make a properly functioning system. And finally multiple functioning systems make a perfectly healthy human being.
Similarly, developing a great ummah starts from the very basic stage, which is creating a great individual, which in turn, creates an exemplary muslim family. When these families live harmoniously with each other, it constitutes to a great society, and finally, an outstanding nation.
Just like the building bricks. If each individual brick is strong and perfectly shaped, it'll make a beautiful building. If it is made from defected bricks, there's no doubt that it'll result in a crooked wall that will collapse at any time.
It's simple math. When you make yourself better, you make the world better too. It all starts from ourselves.
As the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy put it, "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Be the change you want to see in this world. Personal growth is always intentional. Nobody improves by accident.
Quoting John Maxwell in his book, 25 Ways to Win with People, “Making yourself more valuable is not an entirely selfish act. When you acquire knowledge, learn a new skill, or gain experience, you not only improve yourself, but you also increase your ability to help others.”