Monday, July 16, 2018
Monday, July 9, 2018
This way of thinking is deeply flawed in so many ways. Scholarly knowledge needs to be supplemented with practical experience from a very early age. Most people learn best by doing, implementing what they learn in books and thinking about those issue in practical ways; Not only does one benefit from understanding day to day work better through formal learning but vice versa as well. One understands what one learns in books if one has accumulated practical experiences to compare the theories that one studies in school.
Work develops character. It teaches responsibility, the value of time, disciple, listening skills, following directions, organization skills, negotiating skills, communication skills, presentation skills, financial skills, political acumen, etc. One learns to depend on one's skills and abilities rather than support from society and thus learns to be a giver, rather than a taker. One develops a sense of community responsibility and learns leadership skills. Work engages the person in the practical world. No wonder, history attests that most self-made men started working at a young age. Muhammad (SWAS) was a shepard in his youth. Benjamin Franklin worked in the printing press when he was a boy. The world's leaders have not been those who graduated with the highest grades in university. They have been those that started developing practical skills early in life through work.
How can one develop the inclination and love of work in children from an early age? Children can be exposed to work quite early. They can be involved when the whole family volunteers to do simple tasks in which the children can work as well, like planting trees, or welcoming the general public to an open house in their masjid. In school, children can be encouraged to work for the Student Council or be the captain of their sports team. Children can be encouraged to publish books on Amazon or teach younger students. Boy Scouts are excellent means for children to be exposed to working together in a safe environment. There are many Muslim Scout troops in the world today. In school vacations, children can be encouraged to volunteer in the public library, recreation centers, as well as in masjid activities. Parents can motivate children to work early by paying them for some house chores. They can open youth bank accounts for them so that they learn to handle financial responsibility early in life. Mistakes made early in life will cost little but leave grave impressions in their young minds. Parents can further encourage children by motivating them to keep building their resumes at every opportunity they get.
Friday, December 1, 2017
O you who have believed, fear Allah and give up what remains of interest, if you should be believers. And if you do not, then be informed of a declaration of war against you from Allah and His Messenger. But if you repent, you may have your principal - thus you do no wrong, nor are you wronged (2:278-279)
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
2. Love reading and teaching.
3. Have a deep connection with the Quran. Know know how to read it, know the word to word translation, tafsir and the holistic concepts which it propagates. Memorize as much as possible.
4. Love to study the Seerah to glean pearls of wisdom to implement in our lives.
5. Do not watch TV, movies and soap operas.
6. Do not listen to music.
7. Are slaves of Allah - not wealth. Abdullah Vs Abdul Maal.
8. Do not deal with riba either in the bank transactions or how they finance purchases like houses, cars and university education.
9. Are not educated in the public school system.
10. Are not closed minded.
11. Are confident but not arrogant of their Muslim identity.
12. Value genuine relationships and keep in touch with people.
13. Have an abundant mentality - not a scarcity mentality.
14. Socialize by doing projects that benefit the Muslim community, rather than just socialize for the sake of socializing in dinner parties, etc.
15. Have high goals - for the dunya and aakhirah.
16. Have learnt Classical Arabic
17. Know how to deal with people of different backgrounds,
18. Understand Islam holistically, are committed to it genuinely and not for the sake of social conformity.
19. Know how to apply Islam is new situations or have a network of good scholars accessible who can suggest solutions. Are not shy of asking difficult questions.
20. Do not hesitate to do the right thing.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016
Sunday, January 10, 2016
One of the scholars once advised: “if you see someone carrying many glasses in a tray in an unbalanced fashion, do not even say that the glasses will fall. Indeed if you do so they will certainly fall.”
Try to reflect and write down only 3 things in your diary that you should give thanks about for that day on a daily basis. If you do this exercise persistently, your outlook, health, the quality of your life and the events that will proceed from it will all improve. Countless scientific experiments in the field of Positive Psychology have shown this to be true. See http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/in-praise-of-gratitude