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"Three things, if you do them, your life will change." Dr. 'Amir Wardani

Asalamu alaykum,

Dr. ‘Amir Wardani is the head of the fatwa training program here at the Egyptian Fatwa House. Today, in our class on “The Genius of Fatwa” he mentioned a million amazing things. However, this one, although simple in nature, motivated me to post it here.

“If you brothers do three things, inshallah, your lives will change and you will accomplish your goals. Just remember the word فرق Farq.

  1. Fa is for فرصة “opportunity” Grab it, when it jumps in front of you.
  2. Ra is for رغبة “Hope based on hard work” This speaks for itself.
  3. Qaf is for قدرة “Strength” Meaning, your ambitions will not arrive without hard work.”

Simple and straight to the point, I found this advice telling and hope I can live up to it.

Akhukum

Suhaib

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Suhaib Webb

Suhaib Webb is a contemporary American-Muslim educator, activist, and lecturer. His work bridges classical and contemporary Islamic thought, addressing issues of cultural, social and political relevance to Muslims in the West. After converting to Islam in 1992, Webb left his career in the music industry to pursue his passion in education. He earned a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and received intensive private training in the Islamic Sciences under a renowned Muslim Scholar of Senegalese descent. Webb was hired as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where he gave khutbas (sermons), taught religious classes, and provided counselling to families and young people; he also served as an Imam and resident scholar in communities across the U.S.

From 2004-2010, Suhaib Webb studied at the world’s preeminent Islamic institution of learning, Al-Azhar University, in the College of Shari`ah. During this time, after several years of studying the Arabic Language and the Islamic legal tradition, he also served as the head of the English Translation Department at Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah.

Outside of his studies at Al-Azhar, Suhaib Webb completed the memorization of the Quran in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He has been granted numerous traditional teaching licenses (ijazat), adhering to centuries-old Islamic scholarly practice of ensuring the highest standards of scholarship.

Webb was named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in 2010 and his website, www.SuhaibWebb.com, was voted the best “Blog of the Year” by the 2009 Brass Crescent awards.

Suhaib Webb has lectured extensively around the world including in the Middle East, East Asia, Europe, North Africa and North America. Upon returning from his studies in Egypt, Webb lived in the Bay Area, California, where he worked with the Muslim American Society from Fall 2010 to Winter 2011. He currently serves as the Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston’s Cultural Center (ISBCC).

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  • Assalaamu’alaikum,

    JAZAKALLAHU KHAIRAN!

    May allah give the ones whom do not have the opportunity, grant and guide them to this opportunity. May Allah Give the Mu’minin the رغبة. And I ask Allah to give us all Strength to stand straight, firm, and steadfast. I ask Allah to keep our deen stable and strong. And I ask Allah to keep us among the Muslims, and give us Guidence. Verilty our lord is Allah. Whome is the All knower and the All Hearer.
    ameen

    بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
    الْحَمْدُ للّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِين
    الرَّحْمـنِ الرَّحِيم
    مَـالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّين
    إِيَّاك نَعْبُدُ وإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِين
    اهدِنَــــا الصِّرَاطَ المُستَقِيمَ
    صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنعَمتَ عَلَيهِمْ غَيرِ المَغضُوبِ عَلَيهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّين

    In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
    Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds:
    The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful:
    Owner of the Day of Judgement.
    Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) was ask for help.
    Show us the straight path:
    The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not (the path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.

    ameen

  • Assalamualaikum,
    This sums up beautifully what i’ve been trying to explain to some students. Can I use this and qoute you?

    Walaikumsalam

  • Wa Alaikum Assalam Wa Rahmatullah

    #2 (Optimism) and #3 (Hard Work) are cherished in most cultures.

    The challenge is #1: Opportunity.

    Opportunities are abound just about everywhere, but the ability to notice an opportunity and then capitalize on it is “Taufeeq” from Allah alone.

  • Jazak Allah khayr Brother Suhaib I really appreciate the time you spend sharing great knowledge with us. I found this post really uplifting and motivating.

    InshAllah I will do my best to live up to it too.

    Fi Amanillah

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