Channel: Fatima Barkatulla
Fatima Barkatulla reveals her 8 step formula for achieving what seems impossible!
Is there something you really want to do in life but it feels too difficult? Maybe it is making a certain amount of money, or reaching a certain weight or memorising the Quran. Sometimes the things we want the most can feel impossible to achieve. But there is a powerful 8-step formula to turn your deepest desires into reality inshaâAllah.
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Salam Alaikum This is Fatima barkatullah. And this is my story about how to achieve what seems impossible. 16 years ago when my son was born, my dream was for him to memorize the Quran. The problem was that we lived in northwest London in an area with no grand teachers, no have classes, and I myself was not the half of the Quran. We also couldn't move to an area where there were, the prospects of achieving my goal looked very bleak. Maybe I was being too ambitious, maybe the goal was too difficult or even impossible to achieve. In my situation, I dreamt of moving to a Muslim country with a perfect environment and a perfect teacher and a perfect last year and a perfect class
that would Usher my son to have success. But then I realized nothing was too difficult for Allah subhanho wa Taala to somehow make it happen, right? So I made the law, Oh Allah, you know, my dream, my intention to make my son the carrier of grant, I can't see how I will achieve this. But nothing is too difficult for you. So somehow let us be able to achieve our goal. I mean, once I had made the law, I took action and decided to take my son as far as I could take him with the knowledge and resources that I had at my fingertips. So by the age of six, he had memorized the last Jews of Quran, and he had read the Quran from cover to cover by reading with me at home. So I built the
foundations. Now he was ready to go to the next stage, but they didn't seem to be any way to take him to the next level. So I got resourceful, and I made a list of every possible resource or person I could call upon for information or help to help us achieve our goal. I phoned and emailed every contact, I thought might know some current teachers will have some leads, and I spoke to each of them passionately about my dream. Then I contacted every mosque in our vicinity to ask them, everyone was supportive of my goal, but no one had any real solution they could offer. Eventually, one person did get back to me and say that they knew and experienced his teacher, but that he lived
an hour's drive from our house, and we'd have to take our son to him for tuition, taking my son there after school each day, and then bringing him back would be no mean feat. It was utterly exhausting for us, and our son fall asleep on the way there only to have to wake up to the second shift of his education that day. But we pushed through that tough time. We spent money, we spent time, energy and effort and showed a lot how serious we were about achieving our goal. Our son began to thrive in his memorization, but the whole process began to take its toll on our family. One day, my husband had had enough, it was all too much. Our day was being spent in hours of traffic, trying
to manage all of our roles and care for our other children's needs as well. And things began to look bleak. Giving up looks like a very attractive option. Maybe we should just let him memorize when he grows up. He's done enough for now. But we decided failure was not an option. And maybe it was just a case of having to change our strategy to achieve our goal. My husband went into the local mosque and convinced them to start up for an HIV class. The musky man said they had been thinking of starting one but had been waiting for the right time, seeing how far my son had already come and that he would be their first student motivated them to take the plunge and start a small HIV class
and hamdulillah after the hardship came the ease. My son has since completed his HIV and hamdulillah. And the mosque has asked him to lead some of the tarawih prayers during Ramadan. Through achieving our goal, I learned that I could use the same eight key processes to achieve anything else I really wanted to and you can do so to number one, make sincere law number two, take positive action. Number three, build the foundations as far as you can with the knowledge that you have. Number four, be resourceful. Number five, push through the tough times. Number six, show Allah how serious you really are. Number seven, make failure not an option. And number eight, be willing
to change your strategy along the way in sha Allah after the hardship will come the ease and you will achieve what seems impossible.