“O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?”
(Surah As Saff: 2)
Only if people convert their aphoristic sayings into actions, can they produce an enormous effect. People are exceptionally good in using “rhetoric”, however, their actions do not reflect their sayings. Actions, not words, are credible and empirical approaches to build trust.
Historically, the Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.W) changed the course of history through his good actions besides his aphoristic sayings. For this reason, Islam spread out from the Arabian Peninsula and enlightened the west and the east in short span of time. Had the companions of the Prophet (S.A.W) not proved by their actions in trade, commerce and teachings, Islam would have never reached to its pinnacle in such a short period. There are many religions and ethical systems in the world that are based entirely on sayings and no practical example has been set to follow the model. Therefore, these systems have diminished with the passage of time.
Similarly, people are inclined to believe what is seen rather than heard. Nevertheless, unseen phenomena might be true; however, everyone does not believe in unseen truths. For instance, the idea of earth’s roundness was not accepted until Christopher Columbus sailed towards the far west in the late 14th century. It was his this action that the University of Salamanca discarded the idea of earth’s flatness and recognized the unseen truth. Likewise, Dr. Iqbal saw a dream of Pakistan and Quaid-e-Azam fulfilled this dream practically by creating a nation-state.
In addition, politicians and motivational speakers use rhetoric in speeches to persuade masses. However, if they cannot convert their words into actions, it is unlikely to win the hearts of people. For example, everyone claims to bring change in Pakistan before the elections, but very little is expected from them after the election. That is why people have lost faith in democratic institutions. On the contrary, there are some politicians who have resuscitated the democratic institutions through their actions. Marther Luther King and Nelson Mandela were not only good orators, but they have also proven by mobilizing the masses and achieving success.
To sum up, what you do has a stronger impact on people than what you say.