A Simple Thought – Friday, 27th August 2021

Having faith

Conspicuously lost n the hustle and bustle of life, is the ability for us to feel the faith in Allah (SWT). For many, achievements are about how good they are, and failures are about how worse off they are. And rightly so, since the World Order University constantly rolls out curricula that have emphasis on self praise and gloat, as well as social relative success, not to mention how success is then defined.

Catherne Pulsifer, author and motivator suggests thus ‘Faith is unseen but felt, faith is strength when we feel we have none, faith is hope when all seems lost’

Indeed, it is clear that the sophistrical argument that is designed to keep us away from having faith, having failed, has redirected the same faith onto others. Meaning that modern day life – society and business, et al, teaches us how we should have faith in others and ourselves becuase it knows that a human heart requires to have faith, except that the faith in the divine is continuously eroded through material toxicity.

Allah (SWT) proclaims in Sura Al Ahzab V3 ‘And put your trust in Allah, and Allah is sufficient as a disposer of affairs’

That is perhaps the biggest take-home lesson that we have from the great event of Kerbala, where Imam Husain (AS) and his small caravan, demonstrated utmost faith and trust in their Creator, and in the process became the most celebrated saviours of the message brought by the Holy Prophet (SAW). If we treat our daily challenges and battles, without prejudice or self-gain, as they did their monumental sacrifice, then perhaps we can start claiming that we have faith in Allah (SWT) and love in our hearts for his most chosen servants.

About the author

Mohamedarif is a marketing professional and educationalist with a penchant for writing as a hobby since childhood. As he experimented writing about sporting events at first and then current affairs, he quickly developed a skill for observation of his environment and began to write on reform topics, especially in connection with the community. To further feed his pursuit of writing, he founded several newsletters and bulletins at his school and at the Husayni Madrasah in the 1980's, all the time learning from others already in the field not just about writing, but also about pre-press and production processes. He was also the editor-in-chief of the Knowledge Magazine in 1995–1996. A decade later, importing a flurry of ideas into his new home, Nairobi, he first founded a two page community newspaper then became a regular writer of the Friday Faculty before establishing the Community on Friday, a fully fledged Madrasah magazine in 1996. And while his writing at the community continued, he simultaneously started writing for a business weekly, pairing in with his newfound role as a marketing professional. During his time in Nairobi, he wrote several speeches for sitting chairmen and presidents while also giving some himself, developing his concurrent role as a public speaker and trainer.

With changing times and a decrease in advertising sponsorship, as well as a fall in overall readership, Mohamedarif transformed this publication into an electronic blog. Thus was born the Community on Friday in its present format.

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