Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala Shafi lambier Eva mousseline, Mohamed Rasulullah, sallallahu alayhi, wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam doesn't even curfew and cathedra Mavado.
Everyone sisters, James Adams, the man who coined the phrase American dream,
he said, There are obviously two education's once you teach us how to make a living, and the other, how to live.
Surely, these should never be confused in the mind of any man who has the slightest inkling of what culture is.
For most of us, it is essential that we should make a living
in the complications of modern life and with our increased accumulation of knowledge, it is doubt it doubtless helps greatly to compress some years of experience into far fewer fewer years by studying for a particular trade or profession, in an institution, but that fact should not blind us to another namely, that in so doing, we are learning a trade or a profession, but are not getting a liberal education as human beings.
transpose this, to the here and now to what we, you and I are attempting to do here by starting this after school program.
You are the frontline, the guards on the frontiers of the soul, keeping it safe from the depredations of modern society and the corruption. It likes to call values.
Your work will protect not one, not two, but three generations. It will be thanks to your work, that generations of Muslims will remain Muslims and not be lost in the false glitter of the modern world. And when you meet Allah subhanaw taala he will reward you in keeping with his majesty and Grace Inshallah, I want to begin by emphasizing the importance of what you are doing, teachers, children, and parents. We are all partners in this. Thank Allah subhanaw taala because he chose you to lead work with joy because there is nothing you could do which has more value.
That is why I say education is for life, not merely for a living.
If they're buzzworthy, Alon Omar reported that also Allah is Allah sallam said, two eyes will not be touched by the fire.
An eye which has wept out of the fear of Allah subhanaw taala and an eye which has spent the night guarding in the Cause of Allah.
You are those eyes,
who are guarding the frontiers of the spirits of us and our children.
You are those eyes
and your teaching will inculcate in them that love
and the honor and majesty of Allah which will make them shed tears
for the fear and love of Allah subhanaw taala in the night.
I ask Allah subhanaw taala to make the Bashar of this hadith true for you in your lives.
Perhaps it has never been possible for so few to do so much for so many.
The after school program is not about teaching a bunch of kids some basic things about Islam. It is about molding three generations and helping them to write their own destiny. It is not about them. It is about us.
It is about your vision as you teach them. Constantly ask yourselves what am I seeing here?
Remember the story of the famous story of three bricklayers.
After the Great Fire of 1666 that leveled London, the world's most famous architect of the time Christopher Wren was commissioned to rebuild St Paul's Cathedral. One day in 1671 Christopher Wren observed three bricklayers on a scaffold. One crouched one half standing and one standing tall, working very hard and fast.
Customer and asked the three bricklayers the same question he asked the first one.
What are you doing?
The bricklayers replied I
I'm a bricklayer, I'm working hard laying bricks to feed my family.
The second bricklayer said, I'm a builder and building a wall.
But the third bricklayer, the most productive of the three, and the future leader of the group, when he was asked the question, what are you doing? He replied, I am a cathedral builder. I am building a great cathedral to the Almighty.
We are building something much more valuable than a building. We are building ritual law,
men and women of Allah subhanho wa taala.
I want you to keep this in mind.
And when you look at those children, I want to look at I want you to look at them in that light, not as what they are now, but as what they will become thanks to your input into their lives.
It is our mission in this backdrop, to prepare our children to become Muslim role models, exemplary citizens in their communities, and a blessing to their families and neighbors to connect them to Allah subhana wa Tala and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, so that they become walking, talking models of the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu.
to inculcate in them, a love for the Quran and Sunnah, so that they see the benefit of living by them by living and demonstrating this in our behavior to inculcate in our children, Islamic values, habits, attitudes, high moral and ethical standards, forgiveness, and patience. First, let me speak to the teachers and volunteers. May Allah subhanaw taala bless your intention and effort and may it be heavy in your skills.
Parents don't usually think of their children as their most precious assets,
responsibility maybe, but not assets or investments in their own lives, here and Hereafter. If they did, and I wish they would, we wouldn't have parenting by iPad or iPhone. Parents would invest their time and their energy and their emotion in their children. Here in our matter, everyday, parents will give you their most precious assets to more in any way you like. Or think about that.
How does that make you feel? Children are a trust and Amara which we are answerable for. We ask Allah subhanaw taala for his help to do justice to this among
you have been chosen by Allah subhanaw taala to create your own sadaqa jariya
and you will be rewarded for every letter you teach and every second you spend doing it. You're every second in the mcta with Ava, I want you to think of your choice to be a teacher or volunteer in this light. That way, you will really appreciate what Allah subhanaw taala chose for you. That is why all of us who are here in the mcta must work together only for Allah subhanaw taala sick knowing that he is watching and knows what is in our hearts. We must work for his pleasure alone.
Nothing else. This is something to keep reminding ourselves every day. Especially when we are faced with difficulties, conflicts or any hardship.
remind ourselves that there is nothing else we could be doing. Apart from the actual worship of Allah subhanaw taala which could be more valuable for us
we must remind ourselves and each other every day. For this I suggest daily five minutes.
Not more. Stand up meeting no chairs where we remind ourselves about the statement of Allah subhanaw taala in Surah Lhasa do it every day. No matter how artificial it feels. Knowing that it is shaitan who is making it making you feel that it is artificial.
The Sahaba did this all the time. Even as the last thing that Medallia's as Allah subhanaw taala said was killed in the Quran tenfold we need. We need reminders and reminding is beneficial for us all.
Allah subhanaw taala took an oath by our most valuable asset time. A non renewable resource which can neither be bought nor sold nor created nor exchanged. Time is life and about it. We will be questioned. The last round of data said while US intelligence analytics you
lol Aveda, Ivan Oh, me too. Sorry, Hattie. What I was always happy when there was gonna be some alerts around it that I said, by Alison, by the time where did he mankind is a loss except those who believe in Islam and do righteous deeds, and advise each other to be to be on the truth and advise each other to have patients.
In my view, success or failure in a school doesn't belong to the children, but to the teachers. Children don't succeed or fail. Teachers do. If a child fails to learn, it is our failure not to change. Just think about that. If you are training a golden eagle to hunt, and at the end of your training course, the eagle cannot fly, the eagle cannot hunt, whose fault is it? Yours are the Eagles.
But in our insane world, the child is made to suffer not here, not in the school, we will own our responsibility and do what it takes to ensure that no child ever fails. The easiest way to understand this is to think of yourself as a coach of a soccer or football or any other sports team.
Vince Lombardi was a great coach, because the Green Bay Packers won every game.
There is no such thing as a great coach who still fails to win whose team cannot be
taken from Vince Lombardi sport.
The title of that is what it takes to be number one. He said, winning is not a sometime thing. It is an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't win. You don't do things right once in a while you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. There is no room for second place, there is only one place in my game. And that is first place.
I have finished second twice in my team in my time at Green Bay. And I don't ever want to finish second again.
Every time a football player goes to ply his trade, he's got to play from the ground up from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That's okay. You've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart with every fiber of your body. I firmly believe that any man's Finest Hour and this means man or woman, any man's finest hour. His greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exalted, lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious.
What Vince Lombardi is advising
is what I advise you on myself is that we must focus on the process. Yes, being goal focused is necessary. But without focus on the process, quality will get compromised. And that means you will not score the goal. You won't score. So focus on every detail of every class every single day. Stand outside your class for a second, sit yourself. Today, I will teach like I've never taught before. Then walk into the class. Focus on every child every day. Please feel free to come up with new ideas to teach better to make teaching and learning fun to create an atmosphere where children love to come to school, and are sorry when they can't hear we will reward children for their successes. But
we will also reward teachers to honor and acknowledge that the child could not have succeeded without your effort. It is for us to ensure that the reverse never happens that the child does not fail because you failed to do what the child needed in time.
That means we catch learning difficulties early and spend the time and effort necessary to help our child get over it.
I deliberately use the term our child for that is what they are. And you are in loco parentis to them. They are your sadaqa jariya like they are for their biological parents and you didn't even pay their bills. You are their spiritual parents. Allah subhanaw taala gifted them to you. Let us thank Allah subhanaw taala for this and show our gratitude
to the parents of the children
I say that parenting is your responsibility. That is why Allah subhanaw taala gave you the honor that he gave you. teachers and schools are an aid. They are there to help you not to supplant you are to become substitute parents. Therefore, you must support teachers and the school by ensuring that your child lives in an Islamic environment at home, where what he or she is being taught, is reinforced in practice. Remember that children listen with their eyes. They do not care what you say until they see what you do. When they learn the DUA before eating, they will see that you are being recited at home before you eat. When they learn not to eat doubtful food, they must feel comfortable
with the food that you feed them at all.
When they learned that they must honor their parents, they must see you honoring your parents, their grandparents, when they are taught that Backbiting is haram and to guard their tongues from bad language and profanity. They must see that example in their homes. When they are taught that the when they are taught the importance of Salah and the Masjid. They will see you going to the masjid for the fall. And see you praying the Hadith and Sunnah at home. They must hear their parents reciting Quran at all. Remember that you are your children's first and most important role models. Ask yourself what kind of role model you want to be. That's the only choice you have. You are
already a role model.
Decide for yourself, whether that is a positive thing, or a negative thing as far as your children are concerned.
We encourage the parents to participate in their children's learning. We will have ala carte for parents and others in the masjid during school time. So please come to the Halacha and polish up your knowledge don't just drop your kids and go away. Stay. There is no shame in learning. But it is embarrassing if your children are more than you. We are most grateful to the teachers who have volunteered to teach they need your moral support. I hope you will give it I said you let us make this the best after school program that ever existed on the face of the earth. Aiming for anything less is not worth doing. Let us aim to become benchmarks for anyone who wants to run an after school
program anywhere in the world. We will teach them what to do and how to do it by demonstrating it ourselves by doing it ourselves and demonstrating it not to show them but to show Allah subhanho wa Taala
that is work. Not because someone is watching or because we are getting paid. But because our work is our signature. It is our face. It is our honor. It is who we are. And it's our legacy, our southern Nigeria. I want to close by sharing with you my motto, I will not allow what is not in my control, to prevent me from doing what is in my control. I will not allow what is not in my control to prevent me from doing what is in my control. I ask Allah subhanaw taala General for his help and what his mercy and grace are some Allah Allah Allah will carry while Allah He was a member
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