tape 7 – zach “mr. misunderstood”

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a) said: “Anger spoils faith as much as vinegar spoils honey.”

Zach Dempsey was the star student athlete. An over achiever in academics. He was one of the most beloved guys in school. Zach was known for being kind, smart, having great skills in sports, being rich and being the guy everyone wants to hang out with. 

However, there are many ways that Zach does not relate to his friends. His friends are all jerks and have no respect for women or how they treat them or talk to them. While Zach does not agree with the things his friends do, he still hangs out with them because he is an all-star player and the others are his team mates. Zach constantly feels like he must be part of “the jocks”.

By this tape Hannah had been through her fair share of hardships. One thing that kept her going was an anonymous compliment bag that was a part of her communications class. Everyday she would check her bag and get a different compliment. Those compliments were what she needed to help her make it through the day-to-day obstacles she was facing. Hannah and Zach got into an argument at lunch when Hannah was sitting alone. Hannah did not think that Zach had the best intentions so she yelled at him in the cafeteria in front of everyone, telling him to leave her alone and embarrassing him. After that, he began to steal her compliments out of anger. She would look in her bag, and it would be empty, upsetting her greatly. One day, Hannah had caught him in the act so she wrote him a note pouring her heart out to him explaining how much she needed those compliments and how it hurt her that he was taking them away from her. She watched as Zach read the note, crumbled it up, and threw it on the floor. It broke her heart completely. She thought she saw something in Zach that was different and thought that he could relate to how she was feeling. Instead, he was more worried about his status rather than facing the real truth.

“The repayment of a bad action is one equivalent to it. But if someone pardons and puts things right, his reward is with God…”(Holy Quran, 42:40)

Islam teaches us to always be the better person in any situation, especially when we may have been wronged. In this case, had Zach been the better person, it could have potentially saved Hannah’s life. So could have all of the other 12 people on the tapes, but we always need to remember that our religion tells us to rise above the situation whenever possible by practicing forgiveness.