Working part-time can make you the envy of your friends. You get to work flexible hours and spend more time at home and with your family. You get to do things on a weekday that most could never dream of, right?
Wrong! The truth is that working part-time can make you more stressed out and possibly feeling more overworked than a full-time worker.
Integrating part-time work and other responsibilities is one of the biggest hurdles faced by part-timers. Shifting from one role to the next takes some doing.
In the book: Work and Life Integration: Organizational, Cultural, and Individual Perspectives, Kossek and Lambert claim that to make part-time employment and role integration work for you, a mental shift is required, both by you and those around you, and in some cases even your employer. It is therefore necessary that you address the space and time that you need to work efficiently in each role so that you can fulfill your obligations. Continue reading
“Stop the world! I want to get off!”
Can you relate?
This can be a very overwhelming feeling. You see, our humanity has this flaw that you will not find in other creation. We want to do all things, all at once! Multi-tasking, they call it. Supposedly a super human trait; but is it really? If so, then why do we need multivitamins and supplements to help us stay awake and alert? Why do we not get our proper 6-8 hours of sleep required to keep our bodies healthy? Why are so many of us suffering from stress and depression?
We do not function optimally because we do not serve our purpose. What is our ultimate purpose in life? Serving Allah (glorified and exalted be He) and His deen (religion).
“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” [Qur'an: Chapter 51, Verse 56]
There comes a point in our lives when we wake up in an unfamiliar room and realise that the pages of our life’s book have led us to the next chapter. Moving out of home: be it for college, or to a hostel for entrance prep or because of marriage – anything that will require you to make big changes in your lifestyle.
And more often than not, it’s very difficult to adjust. A new place brings new challenges, and quite possibly new frustrations, and the fact that you’re leaving behind all of your memories often does little to brighten your mood.
It may be that the hot water boiler is never working, the weather doesn’t cooperate with you, or the mosquitoes see you as an all-you-can-eat blood buffet. The drastic change can take a toll on you, emotionally as well as mentally, and the vulnerability gives shaytan an easy access to messing with your mind. It’s times like these we need to give ourselves a spiritual makeover, because as they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, physically as well as mentally. Continue reading
As Muslims we should always be working towards getting closer to Allah (glorified and exalted be He). That is after all why we were created: to worship Allah (glorified and exalted be He) [Qur'an: Chapter 51, Verse 56].
Learning Arabic can be viewed as one of the ways we can grow closer to Allah (glorified and exalted be He). Insha Allah this article will look at why Arabic is so important in our lives, and also outline some practical tips to get you started.
Modern Standard Arabic or Classical/Qur’anic?
Of course there are two forms of Arabic: Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Classical Arabic, that of the Qur’an. You need to decide why it is you are learning Arabic. What do you hope to get out of it? The ability to converse with other Arabic speakers? The ability to be able to read the words of Allah (glorified and exalted be He) with complete understanding? Continue reading