Smith College – Balancing Study and Religion
Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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the topic is very given to the by you guys. So, very interesting topic balancing, study and religion.
My question is, do we need awareness what exactly we mean
want to say to you a couple of things before we begin the first one is
that you must all suffer from one of two things,
the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
Second one is,
factor Allah subhanho data into the equation because he is in it anyway.
By equation I mean every life position we take, factor Allah into it, because he is in it.
When we say factor Allah we just this please Allah or not so simple as that.
If it pleases us, I will do it. If it doesn't please Allah, we don't do it if you don't know whether it is Allah or not.
Third thing I want to share with you is this very nice quote of Alexander, who said, people do not decide their futures. They decide their habits, and their habits decide their futures.
Another wonderful quote from somebody else, he said, We don't rise to our expectations, if all to our systems
and that's why the whole focus on discipline and structure.
The last one.
Selective obedience is disobedience. Because when you are selecting what obey and you're automatically selecting what you want to disobey, so select your obedience is disobedience.
Versus I want to ask myself a new is why are we here?
By here? I don't mean this room at this point. I mean, on the earth, what? Why will this college? Why am I here? What I do?
That's a very fundamental basic question. It's a very existential kind of question, which I think is very important for us to answer for ourselves.
The reason I say that is because the degree of clarity that we have on that question will determine all our speech and actions.
And it also makes choices that much easier.
If we are clear about why we exist, why we are in a particular place, then choices become easier, because obviously, you will choose those things which support the reason why you exist.
There are three critical things in life, which I call my so called Secrets of Success.
Clarity of goal, a strong routine,
and conscious learning and thoughtful practice.
Both clarity is critical because again, the same thing, the degree to which I am clear about my goal, to that degree, I will use and leverage my resources.
Nobody in the world
without exception, has unlimited resources,
whether it is money, whether it's agendas, whether it is time whether it is knowledge or anything, no one has unlimited resources, we all work with limitations.
the degree to which I am clear on my goal in life what I want to do to that degree, I will be able to focus my resources in the best pitch. So glad your second one is a strong routine.
A routine might seem restrictive, but some people might think oh, I'm moving my feet
I would believe this is the key to fantastic productivity is a strong schedule
is struggling. The third thing is conscious learning and thoughtful practice. I say conscious because learning is like breathing. Everybody, everybody learns.
The question is do we do that consciously? Do we retain that learning to use that learning? Or is it something like breathing we just have
as I mentioned, here, all of this is rooted in the bedrock of Thailand of Mala, my connection with Allah
Almighty of it.
So what to do?
First and foremost, write down your goal.
And my submission to you is that you must write your goal
in not more than five words. I did it for words. But my words, come on, if you find that you have used more than five words, it means your thinking is not clear enough. To go back to the drawing board, things are more, how will I define my goal in one sentence of fibers, then right, if nice and big, got letters,
and stick it up, where you can see all the time.
Second one is create a strong routine and follow it.
In my book, the first part of our routine is as soon as you wake up in the morning, make your bed.
Make your bed. How many of you make your bed when you wake up with 1234? Fantastic. Those who don't go to that.
Make your bed. I'll tell you why. Because it's a very, very big, I mean, I went to boarding school from the time I was six years old.
Right through great work. And that's the first thing that taught us, man, six year old kids growing up to be implemented. And the best thing about that is
that you make your bed and then you have to day. And maybe the day doesn't go as well as we want it to go. So when you come back in your room in the night, it wasn't a great day, or believing at that time. The last thing you want to see is a messed up bed.
So at that time you go there is a fantasy, that is my paradise. Whatever they had, it's a nice, clean lead. So always think of it.
And then the rest of it your routine. What time do you wake up? What do you do after you wake up and so on? I'll give you that. I'll give you a checklist, which Welcome to use. Conscious learning and thoughtful practice come with what I call journal writing.
journal writing is, in some ways, like a diary, where it's not exactly a diary in the journal. The learning journal as I call it is not just the diary and not saying My dear diary is for a date I went and met in person it is full of German writing is focused specifically on learning what lessons did I learn on that day. So in your journal, you have a page for each day. And on that page, you write the lessons that you learn in that day, never more than three.
And the reason you want to or you know you want to receive those is because you are going to pick the three most important lessons that you learn for that day. Otherwise, it becomes like a laundry list right? Like 60 things and you know, you can have a very blunt
so very important. And finally, create metrics for every
measurement. Because what we don't measure, we don't know what we don't know we cannot control what we cannot control. We cannot improve
it biggest we measure. So if I say I had a good day, what is the meaning of that? If I say I was I had a lousy day. What does that mean?
This is what the learning journey looks like to take a take a notebook, draw a line down the center of the beam on the left side. What happened on the right side? What did I learn?
123. Right. Now, you don't have to write details across because you're the only one who's going to be reading your agenda. So write concisely as long as you understand what we're talking about. That's enough.
Let's say what happened three things right side. What did I learn from what
this is based off and then of course, the next one is therefore, what would I do differently to what
would be the purpose of learning is to continuous improvement then this comes from this
concept of using bad behavioral science, which is every call and hiring a model of adult learning.
The model is that we have an experience like we have experienced now, you invited me here and I will give you about
balancing study. And really,
this is a concrete experience.
After this is over,
you think about this.
And I love the term they use reflective observation, which means, in your mind is like you're playing a tape of this and you're saying this is what I did? What could I have done differently this is what I said what other options did I have this is how she also spoke to me this is how I reacted was that the best reaction should I have responded is general reacting and to others was reflective of the vision in their mind right. And then and this is the key the core, which is abstract conceptualization out of this, you form a concept. So watch
this happen, my thoughts on this, I would have done this this way that will so on. So what, what did I learn that that is what goes into your learning gather the concept, right?
The last one is you're doing all this to prove yourself therefore active experimentation, what will I do differently going forward?
So very simple, very neat concept. And you're gonna get get all this later, oh my God, but it has to be implemented.
Which brings us to the
first part of the government what is the meaning of religion, music, balancing religion and study. So what is it? In this context we're talking about is so what is Islam?
a way of life. Islam is the method of living our lives in this world.
It's a method that is made and designed to make us with us in this world and with Allah when we win.
So my submission to you therefore what has been has been
man has really been some of this our man, right?
So it's not how you do that.
It's like this job work life balance if you don't have some work life balance.
So I'm going to provide an oxymoronic job because what do you mean your work life? What is life?
What is the bottom line? Right? So what is the balance?
So in terms of really, this is the platform is like, either completed the OS is the operating system on which everything is balanced.
So how are you going balancing what's medium matters? Think about.
Now, why is that?
Because Allah subhanaw taala who would Islam? I mean, I'm not sure I need to choose for you is that?
What does that tell you? It tells me that I'm not one of
you love me enough to choose and give me a way of life, which makes me a winner in this life, and the next
because I'm not as needed, right?
The deal is for who was last
and last Friday, was our GIS, he has no needs.
So when I become a winner who wins I will
but it will avoid Islamophobia.
Why do I need also because my life and this includes life in every aspect, my intelligence, my life, my meaning, my actual living life, my resources, my wealth, my influence my education. Everything is a trust from Allah.
Allah Subhana Allah give it to me for a reason.
We are not just animals. We don't just we are mammals. But other than that we are not animals.
And we want to just go and eat and drink and
Do whatever and who is the purpose?
What is the purpose?
And on that we will be held to account for almost immediately
which is why we have to ask ourselves this question is hey, what do I feel about Abba?
What do I feel about?
The Why must you feel anything at all what Allah
because Allah subhanaw taala told us in the Quran in surah Quran in the second iron, which I decided in southern Asia,
Allah there is an interval movie known under the name your Allah Who ID that guru who were either to the a daddy
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Allah said any very believers, men and women are those who when Allah subhanho wa jal as mentioned before them, their hearts move Why did their hearts move with the all and glory and majesty and love of Allah and when the eye of Allah are recited before them when the ayat of the Quran recited before them or when they see the eye or the signs of enhancement or validation that even increases and the result of these two things, what what behaviors are what follows and they have our full their complete and total trust in Allah
now question therefore ask ourselves is what happens to me when I hear the name of Allah?
Does anything happen a dog
so let's do a test.
I'm going to recites a broad view
I want you to focus within yourself on your heart
if it's easier to focus by shutting your eyes shut your eyes
whatever you wish but focus in your heart and see whether anything is happening to
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Those of you who are not on the menu you can look up look up the point is this is allow us to add our data introducing himself to us.
This is Allah talking about himself. This allows manager introducing himself.
So what do you do with your heart and mind?
our greatest resource, our greatest strength will Allah
or do we access it?
We accent district
that's the question
they were coming back from one because one
and they were very tired. So they stopped in a grove of countries. And it read
and this are all kind of scattered.
And the lay down the street
and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam in says you and they lay down on your tree
and his sword we hung it up on the tree
and he fell asleep.
And what are the enemy?
He saw this. He stated
he took his sword he stood right above it. This is the forest reserve lying enemies to right around him. He put the sword at his throat and he said yeah Mohammed
who will save you from me now
he's got his
sword on his throat
he said yeah Mohammed
who will save you from me
and so as a result
he said oh MA
The man started shooting
the sword federally that
Brazil has become swords. He put the sword on the man's neck and he said Who will save you from me now
and then man said you are very
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you accept Islam
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they say as soon as you're Muslim
you accept Islam is a dope
but he said this man is under my protection
our greatest resource
so anytime you're stressed
anytime you're fearful
I'm not saying oh the only
ask the developer
asked me the call on me. I had an answer.
Allah did not put a condition that he shouldn't be in Moodle.
Then you should be you will have also
and you should be pure. Then you should be you should have your head covered or you should be facing the fibula are usually sitting on your cell and no conditions ogone
you're going through difficult times.
Because whatever is happening is happening with knowledge
he sees better than you or I can see he knows better than you or I can
because he can do
what nobody can
this is the meaning of travel
it's all about printing connections, the connection with Allah and all connections take time
they take engagement
you want to be friend with somebody you have to spend time with
you have to give time to the relationship you have to engage
you can't have a total friend and I don't see that I see that once a year no
so four things make this into your routine your routine break
and then decide what to choose upon activity
wake up one hour before the time of fire starts the timer starts at around four no 525 30 So wake up at 4am Passport which is uptime. Rate 100 to run through iTunes so you can pray to work after 468 Whatever you want to bring. So pray Titan and then read one Joe's Watseka Quran everyday
second one always always always without exception on halal
as far as meat is concerned and that means the via between hand slaughtered by animals with not unslotted If it is factory machine store it is not allowed no matter who puts Allah
I wish I didn't have to say this
but this is what happens to the ones they come in in the commercial world if we just put a stamp
because they want to sell the stuff they don't care about your your spiritual
we are what we eat.
I'm reading a book out called on
it's our the Vikings.
And it's a book on our cavity.
And the latest archaeological technique that they've got is called isotope analysis.
With isotope analysis they can take a skeleton which is 2000 years old
and they can do an analysis which will tell them what this person used to eat through their life which means that they ate certain kinds of food and then they change their diet it shows
in the bulls after 2000 years and talking about physiological changes
what do you think he does with the Spirit?
What is not only about food what is not only about the body food also on the Spirit
never eat anything which you are not sure about if you are allergic to something and somebody said you know what, maybe there is your Atrazine in this some people are allergic to nuts right?
I mean the fruit cannot be already production because we're not human.
So if somebody says maybe there is you won't go here, right?
Because if the person is wrong you die
that's not a good point.
So never eat any meat that is not a we had spotted that you know about you don't know what onboarding is you will die will be
your life and your spiritual welfare is not is worth more than once you can like yes
no interest based dealings.
Don't borrow Roselyn
number three, fulfill all right, whatever Allah made obligatory is obligate Hamdulillah we started with dreams rather visions 111
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may God as if you love
and as you can see
in the payments have you formatted the rate with a ceramicist or the seller.
This is a list which you mentioned
on my next video, what is inside here? He said untangled Allah gotta gotta
I'm your worship Allah as you can see, even if you cannot see what it is
so that's the daily schedule. As I mentioned, you wake up one hour before Voyager and great ideas. And
number two, exercise very, very important. Both aerobic and strength, which you're not doing bodybuilding bodybuilding to make big muscles is just muscles supple suppleness and muscle tension and bones. Both strength will not come unless you do that, especially women don't do this.
Right? It's not a question of weight and losing weight and get up this is a question of your head.
If something can be put into a bottle, and given us if it is 10,000 steps
that's my wife.
I walk six miles a day.
And I'm 70 years old.
So there's no reason why you can't do that
yesterday, I want you to by the way minus 66 degrees below
and I come from
there's no such thing as as horrible as Oh, he says there's only
So unless you're
exercising very, very important.
And then upon the rest of the day. I know scheduled I was the last time I was in common was this summer in Bennington gardens in Vermont. I was there for the two month intensive course which of course in graphic language. I was staying in a dorm
and I know all of our current schedules.
So not all of them followed.
All sum up contact when international Great Britain. Under this country, there's no restriction you can pray anywhere you like
write your journal every night. And then before you go to bed, make sure you have to
do the Afghan right. And those of you who don't have that wonderful they will respond to call history or Muslim which has already occurred in the morning in the 90s What is the principle
do that we will have a beautiful peaceful sleep. You will be protected your sleep you won't get back into stuff.
And then you wake up.
As far as eating is concerned, one meal a day
is more than
one meal, one meal in particular.
Maybe a snack in the middle of the day maybe and afterwards. A snack is not like a steak
I want to end with
my gift to you and I call this the power of one.
And what's the one one degree more
to excel in life. You don't need to do a lot of hard work one degree more.
And 99 degrees water is hot and 100 degrees water boils. Boiling water produces steam and steam and power and
and 99 degrees you have hot water
at 100 degrees
one degree warmer
in 2012 in the men's 100 meter race in the Olympics, Suzanne boards
got the board when
the difference between the gold medal and normally I'm not talking about Golden silver or gold or bronze gold medal and no medal winner difference was point two five seconds. One what was
in the Indy 500 car race in 2015. The difference between the first place and the second place was 1/10 of a second 0.1 seconds. The difference in prize money was 1,000,006 Seven rupee does not
one degree or less.
So only one degree separates the good from the grid.
We've been growing up and growing or
there is a short window during which we
You have the opportunity to make a difference. Once that window shots are live is effectively over, even if you remain alive,
that window is over for you now.
Don't do that.
What differentiates the lion from the antelope, the same thing that differentiates normal life from
the same thing that differentiates the leader from the rest and that is focus.
Normal life at best units, laser cuts through steel
what's Focus, focus is the art of ignoring
what is otherwise hopeless social media
if you want to get what you never had, you have to do what never did if you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.
results come from actions and actions that define you
your life and you are responsible for the results.
You are now aware
and you have a goal to target for that one degree goal. Right.
So let me tell you on the path to success, there are five realities that you must face.
The bedrock of everything is quality.
Quality in every aspect of my life, the way I dress, the way I talk, the way I walk, the way I deal with people, the way I study the wherever I talk to outside, quality in every single thing this is the meaning of Islam. This is the meaning of luck. This is the meaning of manners.
Allah subhanaw taala said about his Nan visualiser of interest Allah.
He said you are on the best of character. He didn't say you pray the most, you do the most because
your character is the best.
And I love this Gucci family slow there's a quality remember brought up to the prices for what
we become what we think our mind is like a fertile field. It doesn't care what you plant in it, but it will return to you whatever you plug in.
You plant rice you get rice we plan to eat, you get me to plant rice, you want me to look at
number two attitude.
What does that mean?
It means that present circumstances, do not decide if you will succeed or fail. Only define where you need to start. So it doesn't matter whether you're rich or poor, which country you come from and whatnot water, all it means is, you know where you need to start.
I love the definition of our wages. And she said when you come to the end of the light of all that you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown. Faith is knowing that one of two things will happen there will be something to stand on, or you will be drawn out of
Number four goals, what kind of goals and extraordinary work because it is in the nature of extraordinary goals. We inspire extraordinary effort.
Nobody rises to low expectations. He will write to my expectation. Somebody standing at the base camp of Mount Everest does not need a motivational speech. The mountain motivates him
with perseverance, what perseverance
to rise every time you fall, to fall five times you rise six times.
Success is nothing more than this rise every time.
And that's why myself to say we all look for role models. But I remind myself, it's not important who you want to be. What's important is who wants to be
I want to end with this motto of mine which I met myself and I give this to as my gift. I say to myself, I will not allow what is not in my control to prevent me from doing what is
I will not allow what is not in my control.
To prevent me from doing what is
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