- One lamp to the other.
- Close fist with open fist.
- Choose the easiest way out of the options.
Today’s lesson came from one of my colleague, I have been facing some issues on which I have been working on. It has been 3 years or so since I have been working in my present organization, and recently started to have sedentary sittings with him.
It’s mine and my other colleagues admiration towards him (Masha Allah, Alhamdolillah and In sha Allah Taalah) that the way he tackle with the issue has led me to write this blog post.
This is was second major sitting with him, when I was stuck up with something big, and in each of my issues, he came up with some very simple, logical, practical and objective driven answers.
When we are finished, I asked him the secret ingredient/s of his simple magical trouble shooting tip.
He said, before I start anything or is involved in any issue, I recite the following Quranic Verses:
سُبْحَانَكَ لاَ عِلْمَ لَنَا إِلاَّ مَا عَلَّمْتَنَا إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْعَلِيمُ الْحَكِيمُ
“Glory be to You, we have no knowledge except what you have taught us. Verily, it is You, the All-Knower, the All-Wise.”
Reference: Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow) Chapter 2, Verse no. 32
He said, The most important thing is to give everything into the Hands of Allah Subhan Waa Taalah / God. Once you are submissive to HIM, you will realize, how things started to work out for you.
Secondly, As per the teachings of the Last Prophet of Allah Subhan Waa Taalah / God Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him, is to choose the easiest option out of the available choices. He said, when you are submissive and gave everything to Allah Subhan Waa Taalah / God to help you, your mind comes up towards either the exact solution or different options comes up in front of you. You just has to choose which is the easiest amongst the choices.
That’s the secret ingredient of his simple trouble shooting tip.
He carries on and gave me one more great advice, which I would like to share for my future reference and for everyone.
He said, my father advised me, if you light one lamp, from another lamp, the light of the first lamp will never fade out, similarly, when you share knowledge with others, it will never fade out, instead it will grow. He further gave an example, if you close the fist of your hand with something, what lies in the fist will remain, but if you open it for everyone to take what’s in it, you will end up not only giving what you have but also in receiving more as well.
Similarly, when you share knowledge it will never be reduced but enhanced unlike wealth. If you give it to someone, you will be left at one time with nothing, but if you spread the knowledge, it will remain with you forever.
He said, in our profession which is Finance and Accounts and generally as well, people have a natural tendency, to hide things, not to share so that others with benefit, he said, if someone is destined to be in my seat, he will come irrespective, I share something with him or not.
That comes to my final lesson of the day, Don’t read Quran or any other book the way it is, apply what’s written in it, in your practical life, only than you will get the charm and benefit of it in real life, which is THE “Art of Applying Knowledge”.
So today’s lesson for me and for everyone is:
- GIVE SUBMISSION TO ALLAH SUBHAN WAA TAALAH / GOD BEFORE EMBARKING INTO ANYTHING – SMALL OR BIG TASK.
- HAVE FIRM FAITH AND BELIEVE THAT IT’S UPTO ALLAH SUBHAN WAA TAALAH / GOD TO DIRECT YOU TOWARDS THE SOLUTION. EFFORTS REMAINS IN YOUR HAND!!!
- SHARE AND SPREAD KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT SEEKING ANYTHING IN RETURN.
- KNOWLEDGE WILL NOT DECREASE LIKE WEALTH.
- APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN OR READ.