Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Speed and Slow

"Speed is from satan." (Tirmidhi)

"The Last Day will not be established until …time will pass quickly." (Bukhari)

"The Last Hour will not come before time contracts, a year being like a month, a month like a week, a week like a day, a day like an hour, and an hour like the kindling of a fire." (Tirmidhi)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Powerful Teaching

I am currently enrolled in a certificate program in adult training and development, at the University of Toronto. Still have a couple of courses left. I took it because I felt that my passion lies in teaching, and that this program would give me the credentials, contacts, and guidance I needed to pursue such a career path. AlhamduliLlah, Allah opened a door for me to complement my academic training with real work experience by working as a teaching assistant for a reputable online Arabic program. 

The challenge for me, as it is perhaps for all instructors, is to keep the students motivated, engaged, and committed. Without a motivated/engaged student, the transfer of knowledge between instructor and student won’t occur. There are so many reasons for lack of motivation/engagement, and here is sample of them:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Giving advice, and Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil

We all impart advice and guidance on a regular basis, whether it be to our children, colleagues, spouse, or even strangers. And if done properly, it can be a virtuous act, for the Prophet  said, "Religion is sincere counsel." (Muslim), and Muslims have been commanded to "enjoin good and forbid evil" [3:104].

If done improperly, however, the act of giving advice, or enjoining good and forbidding evil, can result in more evil. If the advisor/admonisher is boastful, condescending, lengthy in speech (i.e., lecturing), causing embarrassment to others, backbiting, or presumptuous, the advice does more harm than good.