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  1. maashÁllah, inspiring article. jazakÁllah khair.

    I esp. liked the point about how NOT to discipline. so many times i’ve seen parents take the tough stance – thinking their child will work harder or understand things better – yet they question themselves when the child is older – as to why he/she didn’t gain more education or get a better job.  in the long run, these parents are hurting their children more then they think.  having lots of knowledge does not mean that that person will have a better job – emotional contribution – is a must – if the child cannot socialise and is emotionally unstable things may be very difficult.

    Also – liked the fact that we have to teach our children (and i think adults should have similar experiences) of seeing how things are in all places on earth – i.e. different cultures, backgrounds, and diff. religions.  Not only does it reinforce our own beliefs it helps us to become better people.

  2. There is always best articles here to improve my life, but then a week goes and I am downgrading to where I was. And forget it unless if I read it again…

    Help with that?

    • Well, I think it is important that you try to stay in contact with like minded people who would encourage you and support you in your pursuit of excellence inshallah. You need those who can help you replenish your enthusiasm and your motivation.

      Also, read biographies for successful and accomplished people in business, science, arts etc. These biographies will open your eyes to discovering your own potential and learning how to be successful. 

      Subscribe to blogs and groups where you interact with like minded people, motivate others and let others motivate you.  

  3. Thanks a lot dear Ahmed for your article. I agree with your opinion. Would you kindly focus on why muslims are poor and unlettered? If one is a  really a good muslim ,he or she must be literate with an excellant life. Allah(SWT) promised that if you are on HIS term , he will protect you in every respect. Do you muslims are not in terms with Allah’s(SWT) direction or Prophets(SAW) sunnah. I see muslims are far away from knowledge, the knowledge Allah has created for the mankind

    • Well, Irshad, there are so many reasons behind poverty and lack of pursuit of knowledge in Muslim and non Muslim societies. I think we all have to work to change this reality. We all should try to influence those around us and motivate them to pursuit of knowledge, science and excellence. We all should strive to help Muslims understand that pursuit of science and knowledge is a cardinal Islamic value. All the problems that Muslims suffer from are somehow related to the fact that  we didn’t follow the 1st word in the Quran which is Iqra (it means read and it symbolises pursuit of science and knowledge). I think it was Malcolm X who said: “if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem”.  

  4. Jazak Allahukhair for this article. Very important message.

    Can you share some books that you’ve benefited from? (Top 10, maybe?) Jazak Allahukhair

    • Salam Hiba
      I read in every field, I don’t limit myself to religious books as all kinds of science and knowledge are from God. God orders us in the Quran to investigate nature, to watch his creation etc. Quran encourages us to explore all areas of science and intellect. I try to read and learn all the time. I download ebooks, audiobooks and documentaries in my phone so that while driving, walking or even eating, I can still be learning. I think we should all do that as you can imagine the amount of time that we waste sitting idly in traffic or waiting for the bus etc. This is time that God will hold us accountable for. It should not be wasted. It should be used to the max. We live in the information age. Ignorance is a crime. And knowledge is cheap. There are so many wonderful sources for knowledge around us. These are some useful websites You can watch useful and enlightening documentaries for free here I like documentaries by John Pilger and John Perkins.  You can get free ebooks and books in many languages for Muslims, Non Muslims and New Muslims here You can get free audio books here 

      Online library here 

      Plenty of free ebooks in Arabic mainly but there are also English and French here I guess 

      • Asalamu ahlaykum;)

        Jazzakah lahukheir for this article and all these sites you just provided. I don’t even want to look at the TV anymore. This is exactly what i needed. Alhamdillah. Thank you;)

  5. “Read” was the first word to be revealed from the Qur’an. This tells you to gain knowledge. Knowledge = Islamic Knowledge + Worldly Knowledge.Knowledge is in hierarchy. For Muslims; Islamic knowledge is first and then worldly knowledge that will let you help the world.

    Through Islamic Knowledge; we built our character, prepare ourself for Hereafter and for this dunya and help the world; worldly knowledge facilitates that goal.

    #1 most important thing for our children is character development.  Prophet PBUH said, “a person can reach a high status in the hereafter by his good character though he may be weak in matters of worship, and he can also go down to the lowest part of hell by his wicked character. (Abu Dawood) 

    #2 Give them worldly knowledge as the articles explains. 

    We all know desire to do good doesn’t necessarily lead to good; our mind can easily trick us into doing bad by convincing us its good. We need set of rules that can guide our behavior; a systematic way of thinking; These rules will have to be applicable in every situation; weave out bad decisions; and universally apply to all situation. These rules and guidelines come from Qur’an and Sunnah. We use rules in Qur’an to develop pious character. It is important for us to realize Islam is not just about ibadah, it’s a very practical religion. One who can study Islam and learn to apply its teaching in real life situation will be successful. 

    Once these children have their character solid; stopping their success is inevitable; they will come out to be very successful human beings; they will excel in science; math; marriage; community; dunya and the hereafter.

    Jazakullah Khair, Nabeel Noor, Chicago, IL

  6. It is of important to note that the first five verses that initiated the revelation of Glorious Book of Islam، Holy Qur’an، is squarely emphasizing the inestimable importance of education and also explaining different faculty of knowledge to mankind in general and muslims in particular. So that the knowledge would not be taken with frivolity.

  7. Bismillah,ir-Rahman,ir-Rahim.
    Ashahadu An Laa illaaha illal llahu
    Wa Ash Hadu Anna Muhammadan Abdu Hu Wa Rasooluhu
    ”I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah
    who is without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) is the Rasool.”
    “O Allah, Shower Your Peace upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have brought peace to Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious. O Allah, Shower your blessing upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious”.
    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam, As-Salaam Alaikum!
    My Name is Khalid U.Ibrahim. I am in need of your (Du’a) Prayers for ALLAH’s Help and Protection.Ya ALLAH! enable Me to be Grateful for the Favors that You have bestowed on Me!Ya ALLAH clean and purify our Hearts and Souls in this Life.O Allah! I seek Protection with You from the Evil of what You have Created. O Allah, I seek Protection with You from the Evil of sins and from being in debt)(Ya ALLAH!) O ALLAH! I Beg of you to Bestow on us (the Believing Muslims) a Home, a Home of Safety, Security and Peace in this World Life, Out of the Reach of Your Enemies and Out of the reach of my and also Grant us a Home of Safety,Security and Peace in the Life Hereafter,Out of the Reach of the Fires of Hell!.(Ya ALLAH!) O ALLAH! I Beg of you to Increase our Faith and Devotion, and to Bless us with Peace in our Hearts and Souls.(Ya ALLAH!) Please Forgive All The Believing Muslims,(Ya ALLAH!) Please grant All the Believing Muslims the Best in this world Life and the Best in Hereafter, and(Ya ALLAH!) Please Protect us(the Believing Muslims) from own Nafs, and(Ya ALLAH!) Please Protect All the Believing Muslims from the Evils of this world{O ALLAH No One in this World cares! No one in this world!O ALLAH No One in this world cares!} (Ya ALLAH!) OALLAH! I Beg of you for the means to do good, and to avoid evil, and Bless us to Love the poor, and I beseech you forgive us(the Believing Muslims whom Believe in You O ALLAH and the last Day) and have mercy on us. And When you subject the people of the World to trial,O ALLAH have Mercy on us! O ALLAH have Mercy on us, Protect us from being affected by it.(Ya ALLAH!) O ALLAH! I Beg of you, your Love and Protection,and the Love of those who Love you, and Grant us the Love of all such actions that will bring us closer to you, with our Love and Devotion to you.(Ya ALLAH!)“O ALLAH, please bring us out of this darkness of illusions and honour us with the(Nur) light of understanding and comprehension, O ALLAH open to us the doors of your mercy! and bestow upon us the treasure of your knowledge and wisdom by your mercy O the most merciful of thoes who show mercy.”(Ya -Ar hamar Rahemeen!”Ya -Ar hamar Rahemeen!Ya -Ar hamar Rahemeen!)

  8. Assalamualaikum! This is so important because the Muslim lectures on Youtube they almost denounce studying science! They make it seem like studying science is a waste of time and that we should drop our science degrees and get Islamic degrees instead!

  9. assalamu alaikum! this is so important to me and other Muslim brothers and Sisthers will be say may allah reward your abounders

  10. Assalaamu alaykum,

    Only recently I’ve started to ponder over the direction of the Ummah within the world, and I’m currently reading on “The Moors In Spain, Stanley-Lane Poole”, so far a very thought-provoking, eye-opening book on Islamic history in Spain, who the Moors were and what they brought to Europe, definitely recommend it to anyone interested. After only reading the preface I began to think about where we are lacking, and how, regardless of intentions, the Asian communities in the UK (where I’m from) are/were on to something when they advised their children (ordered them to some people lol) to become doctors, pharmacists, or at least IT consultants. I say that because they were aiming high, something that I think the Muslim ummah seems to lack in when it comes to dunya, balancing it with the deen, which I do believe wholeheartedly is important, but then without being able to able to function in society, progress, achieve and provide, by the will of Allaah.
    Without being a positive, valuable asset to the community and wider society I think we are missing a trick. Especially when looking at Moorish Spain and how it was the epicentre of education for the rest of Europe, they brought with them science, botany, astrology, mathematics, amongst other things, bringing Europe out of a dark age where basic hygiene was so low that England was rife with disease, people lived amongst squalor, threw out their waste into the street and covering with straw.

    Bringing it to a more recent time I look at the Muslim countries that contract outside of their own population due to lack of knowledge, why is this? Why is the focus of the Ummah one-sided when it comes to the type of education? Why do charities and organisations focus majorly on providing food, which is obviously an issue, and keeping the population dependent, rather than turning the focus towards education, so generations can progress and start to tackle the source of the issue or at least part of it.

    As a Muslim I’ve been led to believe we should be an example to mankind, whether that’s in manners, character, faith or general living, so shouldn’t we as an ummah be aiming high in all aspects. There is a major focus on educating ourselves in Islam, but a lack of focus on academics, how can we progress and thrive if we are behind the times in education, how can we be innovative in countries that have different lifestyles, different environments, if we don’t even learn the foundations of agriculture, construction, science, mathematics, who are we kidding?

    We receive bad press, slander, insults, physical violence, but none of this is new, this has always been the case, the only difference I see now is rather than those that are held in high esteem speaking of the accomplishments of Muslims from history, the benefit of Muslims in the world of education, such as algebra, nowadays this is less of an occurrence, and I feel it’s because we have no representatives in the fields that can be referred to, acknowledged or even mentioned as a having a beneficial, positive impact on the progress of our societies.

    I’m sure there are many factors and reasons of why it’s not an easy thing to change, but upon thinking about it I did a search, and viola came across your article. I was pleasantly surprised that the thoughts were already out there, and I wanted to say Jazakallaahkhair for having this available to the public, I think it’s important that we start gearing towards the balance of deen and dunya, educating our ummah, and the wider population, Muslim or not, academically and religiously i.e. the Dawah of Islam, the true meaning, what it is, and giving a defence of our deen against the rhetoric that is currently circulating amongst our societies pushed by the media and their cronies.

    May Allaah guide me and you and help us be a positive, beneficial asset to our communities, progress and deen whilst we are here, giving a more recognisable and less cowering stance against current times. What I mean by that is in the media they post stories of Muslims clearing snow, helping old ladies, feeding the homeless, which obviously is very good ma sha Allaah, yet we’ve been doing these things for years, and it’s almost an expectation of any community but especially the Muslims when you consider our 5 pillars and one of them being charity right?! These stories seem to be a poor portrayal of the Muslims within society, as though we are incapable of things that make big impacts to the communities, finding solutions and leading by example, even though it does happen, but with the media being the media, clearly these aren’t the focus of them, yet it also seems not to be the focus of us.

    Br. Isa Muhammad