Thinking about my future

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I sat on my bed after Fajr and thought about last nights discussion. I’m in my final year of studying and as the cycle goes, the next step after this is to find employment. Well, that is how it usually works, unless I decide that I want to get married and be a housewife. Its already my fourth year out of school. The choice to study through correspondence is one which I have no regrets about. Initially, I was a bit skeptical about it and did consider going to study at a campus several times. Thanks to my Creator, I have managed to get this far and will continue to work hard and put in as much effort as possible. Although I have missed out on a social life at campus, I have learned a great deal of things being at home and being in the presence of my mother. These few years have been very special to me and I know that once I leave this sanctuary, I will never get back what I currently have. Thinking about the plans for my future, I began questioning myself. What is it that I really want out of life??? I think that this is a question of significance which pertains to all of us, especially the youth. If we don’t know where we want to go, how will we get there? Is it enough to let life take its course, or is it up to us to shape our future?

Undoubtedly, if we want something in life we need to make an effort to achieve it. We cannot sit back and wait for things to happen or wait for the good to come to us. Something of great importance I believe, is to set goals for yourself. Ever since developing my own study system, I have realised that I cannot go on in life without having goals. They do not necessarily have to be big. Even the achievement of small goals are enough to keep the torch of hope and motivation burning. Every small goal that you have achieved inspires you to move on to the next one. It is an inspiration to continue working hard and eventually to achieve even the greatest of our goals. There is no feat too big or too challenging for us. We merely need to approach it in a positive manner, work hard towards it and pray for guidance and success in what we do. We often do not realise our potential, until we apply ourselves completely.

With this is mind, I realise that it is time I start deciding what I would like to do next year. For the past few months I have been praying that my Creator should make it such that my knowledge is used in the right path. It should be used in a way that benefits humanity and the kind of work that I get involved in should please Him greatly. I know that it is not merely enough to make this dua and just wait to see what happens. I need to make an effort and consider the options out there.

Thanks to Allah, I have been approached by Islamonline.net to write articles for them on a section called Muslims for Humanity. I have no previous experience of writing for any publication, website etc. One of the major challenges is that I am not equipped with the necessary resources from which to extract information to be used in the articles. However, I will try my best to complete the assignments that are allocated to me. And if logically I am sure that I will not be able to undertake a particular assignment then I will inform them of it. Its of no use making false promises when I know that I won’t be able to deliver to them what is required of me.

For my first assignment, I have been given the task of writing on a Muslim volunteer making a difference in the field of charity work and also successful in his social and career life. His age should be in the range of 18 to 29, focusing on his charity activities.

Alhamdulillah, I have been fortunate that I met a very cooperate guy who works for Islamic Relief. I approached him via Facebook and he has been extremely helpful. I even spoke to him yesterday and he said that I can come in to the office one of the days and he can explain to me what exactly they do and perhaps I can get involved in this way. I am very pleased with this and I hope that this can be the beginning of something very important in my life. I have always been attracted to the idea of doing social work. In highschool we made a few attempts at this through the Biology Society and I truly enjoyed the few activities that we did. Although I may not be directly involved with it initially, knowing that I can assist them in even a small way will bring joy to my life. After all it is something that would please Allah. I pray for guidance in all that I do in my life and hope that I will find my calling soon.

Return to Cyberworld…Jodhaa Akbar

Our bandwith for the month got depleted last week Sunday morning. At first, I was extremely disappointed and wondered how on earth I would be able to survive without the Internet, and more importantly without Facebook. This unexpected turn, I realised had turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The past week has been Internet free (for most of the time anyway, since I logged on from my phone occasionally). I cannot begin to describe the benefits that it held for my studies. I concentrated so much better and have learnt tamed my temptations to log on to Facebook at every possible moment. I’ve set a quota for myself and hope that I can stick to it:)

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What a wonderful Sunday. After many weeks we finally went out for the day. I miss last year’s innumerable outings. I cannot find any specific reason for us staying in so often lately, but today was quite a change from the normal, mundane week-weekend routine. We went to watch ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, which was approximately 3 hours and 45 min long. Great movie, but a bit too lengthy! No doubt, I was captivated and interested to know what the next scene held. Outstanding performances by both the lead roles, as well as other supporting actors. The movie was set in the 1600s AD. A time where there were kingdoms, royalty, palaces and continuous battles. The attention to detail was astounding and I don’t think that this movie would have been as appreciated if I had watched it at home. One of the main themes of this movie was the love that grew and flourished between a Muslim and a Hindu princess. It is the story of an epic romance between Mughal Emperor Akbar and Rajput Princess Jodhaa.I’m not going to delve into the details of the movie, since I’m experiencing some eye complications (perhaps watching such a long movie was not such very soothing to my eyes). One of the things that stood out for me in the movie was the behaviour of the women. They lives were modest in every approach. I love the way they lift their veils over their faces and lower their heads when walking through the palaces. To some people my opinion may seem absurd. But there is a serene beauty in the way they conduct themselves. When comparing it to the way we live, then only will one realise their beauteous actions. They could have done this out of fear or respect. However, the way in which the movie is portrayed, the latter seems to take preference.

Another one of the very profound actions which I admire is the way Princess Jodhaa carried out her religious obligations. She carries out these actions timeously and with so much of zest and love. Although she is of a different religion, her actions can still inspire any woman and especially a married woman to emulate her dedication and faith. Personally I feel that a wife who is religious and righteous in her ways is one of the greatest qualities that a man can find in a woman. To me it is these are qualities which are truly admirable, and I aspire to be such a woman!