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The next time you think about taking credit for something good March 21, 2011

Posted by ctwayfarer in Islam.
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… in your life or somebody else’s, think about the following:

مَّا أَصَابَكَ مِنْ حَسَنَةٍ فَمِنَ اللَّهِ ۖ وَمَا أَصَابَكَ مِن سَيِّئَةٍ فَمِن نَّفْسِكَ ۚ وَأَرْسَلْنَاكَ لِلنَّاسِ رَسُولًا ۚ وَكَفَىٰ بِاللَّهِ شَهِيدًا

Whatever good, (O man!) happens to thee, is from Allah; but whatever evil happens to thee, is from thy (own) soul. and We have sent thee as a messenger to (instruct) mankind. And enough is Allah for a witness. [Quran 4:79]


1. ANoor - April 30, 2011

Salamo alaikum, just stumbled upon your blog, I am a doctor too looking to work in NGOs and i found your writing informative, have been meaning to apply but somehow hold myself back due to one reason or the other. Had wanted to talk to people who had worked in there to actually get the idea, how do i know which NGO is for me?

ctwayfarer - May 1, 2011

Walaikumassalam wrwb

You’re the FIRST person to leave a comment on the blog! Thank you for visiting and reading!

As someone in a fairly early stage in my career path, I’m actually looking for an NGO to work with later myself. From my research, it appears that there aren’t any set criteria or anything. Just pick a group of people who seem to be doing a good job with their priorities. Of course, you might like the idea of joining a reputed one just to be sure. But eventually I guess, people do what they FEEL like doing wherever and with whomever. There are lists of humanitarian NGOs you can check out for your search. Try ReliefWeb and the like.

2. ANoor - May 2, 2011

Thank you so much for your reply,didn’t expect it so soon. ok i get it that you haven’t yet started with the NGO side, I have, though soon after graduation, its good but i agree things don’t go as good as you want them to.. its a bit complicated, and i don’t get it why things have to be so complicated when what people really NEED is so obvious and what these NGO s provide with, is hardly what ppl need. e..g what’s the point of saving ppl from a terminal disease which hasn’t assumed the status of an alarming spread and isn’t as threatening as the diseases which are killing people left right and centre? its insane, i don’t get it :S

ctwayfarer - May 7, 2011

Thanks again! I guess it’s all matter of understanding your priorities clearly and joining a bunch of other people who are on the same page as you. You don’t HAVE to work on a high Case Fatality Rate or similar issue in order to make a difference in the world. Even if you did, you would probably not see the grand results you’d envisioned in your mind.

A regular Ob/Gyn doing regular stuff to uplift the health of mothers, empowers them to play a more fruitful role in the way they bring up their children. I think a lot of this stuff and the happiness one gains is also dependent on niyyah.

OTOH, if you joined a large NGO such as MSF, they are known to triage problems at a global level. They might be doing life saving surgery in one region, while doing regular eye checkups in another. Things aren’t ideal for sure. But this attention to triage is something that I deeply admire about the group.

All I can suggest is that it’s great you have that spark in you. Very few people really do. Don’t lose it. Do what FEELS good to you. The opportunities to earn thawaab exist no matter what you pick. Just my two cents 🙂 . And Jazakallahu Khair for the thought-provoking conversation! W’salam.

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