Playing hockey for England and Great Britain, Darren Cheesman has been recognized as one of Britain’s most skilful and exciting players. He is also the owner and lead coach of DC17 Coaching. Combining his experience of being in an elite environment from a very young age and his many achievements in hockey, there is a lot one can learn about personal excellence, hard work, dedication, and success from this young and productive Muslim, masha Allah.
This is the second part of a series of three articles about how young Muslims can develop strength, courage and resilience in the face of peer pressure and bullying. Part 1 dealt with the impact of peer pressure and how you can stay firm. This part provides you with practical tips on how to deal with bullying.
“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” [Michael J. Fox]
Talking about bullying is not easy. The thought of someone innocent being mocked, ridiculed and belittled, a friend or classmate, a sibling, maybe yourself, fills our hearts with rage and indignation, and makes it hard to distinguish facts from emotions. Above all,
we want bullying to stop, but despite decades of anti-bullying programs and laws, the phenomenon has only increased, up to a point that one in four school children now report being bullied regularly.
The reality is that bullying has always been around, and will continue to do so. The early history of Islam has witnessed some of the toughest and most cruel bullies! Continue reading
How can cooking and baking be made into a productive hobby? How can ALL the family members get involved in a chore, which is predominantly considered the “woman’s area of expertise”? If yours is a family that loves eating out ALL the time, this article will provide insights as to why this habit might be dangerous, unhealthy and uneconomical all at once. Read on to discover how you could make cooking and baking a family adventure, involving the young and old alike, with an Islamic twist, that would help you earn rewards in dunya and akhirah In sha Allah.
Have Family Fun the “Halal Way”
Since most families these days are caught up with busy lifestyles and hardly get time to have fun together, baking and cooking something delicious and nutritious could be the best way to bond and build your relationships. You may include your extended family members in this activity too. Have a bake off or cooking competition!
Ask yourself this: if you’ve ever made a to-do list with priorities on it (for example, A, B and C priorities), did you manage to get to the ‘C’ listed items before more ‘A’ grade opportunities or potential disasters presented themselves?
Of course you didn’t.
And if you did get to those ‘C’ listed items, chances are you got to them because they suddenly started to rise up the ranks, becoming the more urgent ‘A’ and ‘B’ items because they were previously left unattended.
The problem is, a standard to-do list just isn’t enough to give us the agility to manage the various levels of complexity we encounter in our knowledge work – from immediate actions through to those things we could be doing, through to the wider, project-level tasks. Continue reading
Life as a student can be tough. You are faced with large amounts of study materials, countless assignments and challenging examinations. During this time, it is easy for things to get out of hand and when that happens, late nights and caffeine become your best friends!
To stay sane and on top everything during these years, proper time management and organization are a must. Thankfully, with all the great new technologies and apps being invented these days, everyone can become a pro at managing and organizing their time!
Take advantage of your smartphones and tablets and use the apps available to increase your productivity to get more done in less time. To help you get started, here are 5 great apps for students: Continue reading