When you are different, people may laugh at you, they may judge you, they may avoid you and they may not accept you and dislike you At that point, you may start to hate yourself and hate the reason behind your difference but there are just one case when you would be feel proud that you are “different”, When you choose willingly to be “different”…. It is when you are one of the “strangers”.
Prophet Muhammad (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam) talked about it in the famous hadith:
“Islam began as something strange and will return as something strange as it began, so give glad tidings to the strangers.”
You would start to feel that you are a stranger among your own people just because you are “different” from them. You are different because you are clinging firmly to your Deen and insist to follow Qur’an and Sunnah. This is why, whenever people laugh at you , just smile because their mockery would bring you closer to Allah Whenever people judge you, just be patient … you will have a meeting one day in front of the Most Just of Judges.
Whenever people avoid you, don’t feel lonely, Allah is with you. Never care about the people who don’t accept you and dislike you, remember the Love of Allah is the only fortune which enriches you.