Untapped Potential

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We All Have “Something”

“I wish I could be like you.”

“I don’t think I am any good.”

“I have no talent.”

A believer is always hopeful and optimistic, no matter how bleak the situation may appear to be.

Who am I but a boy with ideas and thoughts to share?

I am sure there are many, many, many more out there better than me, with greater ideas and deeper thoughts to share.

Allah entrusted human beings, us, with the world.

“And when your Lord said to the angels, ‘Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority.’ They said, ‘Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?’ Allah said, ‘Indeed, I know that which you do not know.'”

(Surah al-Baqarah, Ayah 30)

“Indeed, I know that which you do not know.”

Allah would not have given us the position of authority over the earth if we don’t have the “stuff” for it. The angels doubted us once and we may even doubt ourselves from time to time, but Allah believes in us.

What better motivation is there?

Therefore, I have no doubt that every individual can contribute positively to the society and to the world. I refuse to believe that Allah created a human being to be totally useless, unless the individual him/herself makes no good use of his/her life.

I believe the potential is there, but like precious gold, it is buried deep.

“You will find that people are mines [of gold and silver]. The best of you [before Islam] in the time of ignorance are the best of you in Islam if they have understanding [of the religion].”

(Sahih Bukhari)

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