For a while, I had a hard time understanding what the difference was between self-confidence and arrogance. I was always worried about going from low self-confidence to high, and then going too far and end up being arrogant.
Inspiration for this blog entry comes from two sources: the movie Good Will Hunting and college acceptance season. Both are examples for us to reflect on the opportunities we have and capitalize on them.
Khurram Murad has written a great book entitled In the Early Hours (a highly recommended read) in which he discusses the remembrance of God. He shares four points to help us remember God.
This installment of Real Talk will present examples to show why Muslims need to work as a team in today’s world. The concepts of embracing unity, accepting your role, sharing common interests, and serving as ambassadors of our religion will be mentioned.
This edition of Real Talk addresses the importance of taking every action we do seriously. Whether small or big, we are held accountable for everything we do.
A story was shared by my Professor last week, and I thought it said a lot about character. He talked about John Wooden’s acceptance of the Head Coach position for UCLA Basketball (GO BRUINS!). His character teach us many great lessons, and give a glimpse as to why he may have been so successful. I think as Muslims in particular, we can learn a lot from John Wooden’s story.
One of the most beautiful things I find about Islam is the ability to have a one on one relationship with God. We do not need someone to speak to Him on our behalf. Each one of us possesses the same privilege of reaching out to Him as we need. It is really a sacred relationship which no one else can barge in on.
At this moment each of us is looking ahead to better days, InshaAllah. We may be dreaming about finally landing that sweet consulting job. Or getting into that amazing law school. Or getting into ANY medical school. We are focused on looking ahead at our next achievement, our next goal. In this drive forward, it becomes easy for us to lose sight of our current blessings.
I sat, not believing what I saw or heard. Coming from UCLA, I thought I was the hot shot. That the other students here were just a formality. Yet time and time again, person after person, I was floored. Someone had a much better GPA, someone had more extra-curricular involvement, someone else had greater athletic ability — and some students had a winning combination of all three.
In this week’s edition of Real Talk, I will reflect on the pervasive act of judging others, something we struggle with constantly. No one is free of this sin. It is critical that we realize when we judge others, we are doing so in order to curb ourselves. Judging has a significant effect on the victims of the act.