A Simple Thought: Monday, 8th August ’16

A simple thought from The Community on Friday: Teaching children the art of humility is perhaps the best gift we can give, for it is in this trait that they will find success and solace. Humility is defined as the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc. What we now teach our children sometimes in the name of ‘life skills’ and at others self confidence disguised, is to be loud, showy, street smart and generally aggressive.

There is a natural thought process behind this philosophy, mostly borrowed from the concept of the survival of the fittest. However, as the world now sees, when each person is obsessed with the question of his own survival, he or she tends to overlook the needs and wants of others. Humility is that reality check that reconnect the dots of our origins to our end. No wonder the best place to touch upon humility is the cemetery, where hitherto real people have been reduced to names on a tombstone. When one comes across familiar names and the surrounding sand and dust, abuzz with creepy and crawly creatures, they would be forced to walk the earth in humility.

For all this teaching to happen, grown ups need to stop talking too much and instead remain silent to facilitate the derivation of lessons at the graveyard, we need to ourselves show by example our humbleness, free from the baggage of our superior knowledge, wealth or beauty and in fact work harder to ensure others are not negatively affected by our conduct.

Once we can learn library silence in a cemetery, we will realise how mosque too is not an avenue for business deals and vain talk, we will then start paying attention to the society around us with true intentions to solve problems. At this stage, the first step of silence in Kabrastan seems a tall order, as indiscriminate group talking, business discussions and vain talk dominate right next to the graves, much to the disappointment of the dead muslims who are expecting us to pass a good deed, a prayer.

But again, to us, they were not as good as we are…

This initiative is made possible by the kind courtesy of Abu Baseer Eye Clinic, Bande Khuda Sponsors, G1 Security, Highways Car Hire Ltd, Max Fries, Meadows Academy, SD Dental Clinic & Ceramic Lab, SokoniAdvertiser and Xpress Rent a Car, and for the ISAALE THAWAAB of Marhumeen of Bhimji and Nayani Family and Marhuma Sarubai Abdullah

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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