Finding Your Passion And Using It To Benefit Others

“For many of us who have come from holding a group- or personality-centered attitude about Islam, we may still be struggling to “find ourselves” as we have been busy focusing on someone else’s personality and trying to fit a mold that made us an ideal follower of that person. Being part of a group is okay, but we need to ask ourselves whether we are part of this group for the reason that it is enabling us to evolve or for the reason that we are receiving an emotional benefit because we don’t really know what else we should be doing. We need to step back and reflect on who we really are; what are we passionate about, what are our talents? Of course we should all look to the Sunnah of the Prophet to understand what it means to be an ideal Muslim, but we should also look to his community to understand how he appreciated and cultivated the various characteristics and talents of individuals within his ummah. Was Bilal not the mu’adhdhin; was ¢Umar not known for his stalwart attitude against the opposition of the Prophet? Abu Bakr was a man of compassion and companionship but also an impeccable leader and genealogist. Al-Zubair was valiant if not a little overly tough and his sister-in-law ‘Âishah was a scholarly, enthusiastic youth. Khadîjah was wise, dignified, and intuitive; Nusaybah bint Ka¢b was a warrior; and Abû Hurayrah had a fondness for cats in addition to his fondness for collecting Hadith. Ibn ‘Abbâs was an incredible scholar.”

Making the Heart Spiritually Fit

“Having a heart that is free of disease is paramount. We should not be content to merely call ourselves Muslim and perform daily worship; it is dangerous to assume that outward acts alone are enough to keep our hearts strong. Let us look at some ways the heart can be kept in spiritual-Olympiad condition.”