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The Essential Arts

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"As you do, so shall you be rewarded." Prophet Muhammad

Realize, as you project yourself, so shall you be perceived.

The art of navigating the road of life is not to be a victim of what happens to you; but rather to be an architect of the road and making things happen.

The art of problem-solving lies in your attitude and approach to the problem; think positively, often the problem lies in how we look at things.

The art of positive thinking is to have a positive image of yourself not by proclaiming your goodness in words but proclaim your goodness in deeds.

The art of being you-nique is not in how you appear but rather in letting what you do and how you do it be a reflection of what you are.

You are the only "you" that there is; no one can think with your mind, speak with your voice and smile with your face, cry with your tears or act with your body but you. So be the best "you" that you can be.

As you choose good, decent and pleasant people to associate with, make yourself deserving of those associations. (Would you befriend "you" if you were someone else?)

The art of speaking is not in the volume of words or sound but rather in the wisdom of the content. (Do not say all that you think and think carefully of what you say).

The art of criticism lies not in succeeding to find faults, but in finding a means whereby the fault is realized and corrected.

The art of disagreement is not in being hostile and adamant but in being able to disagree without being disagreeable.

The art of joyfulness is not only being happy yourself but in increasing that joy by bringing happiness to the lives of others.

The art of inspiring is to uplift others by suggestion and demonstration rather than by injunction and dictation.

The art of social living is not to appear better than others but in bringing out the best in yourself and facilitate bringing out the best of others.

The art of solitude is not only in occupying yourself when you are alone but in enjoying the company of the one you are alone with.

The art of personality is to commit yourself to being of benefit to the world and occupy yourself with so much striving to improve yourself that you have less time to criticize others.

The art of life is not passing time in this world (see Quran 57:20), but is to be like the candle recognizing the inevitability of death while bringing light to the world as it is consumed.

The reality of life is change, the challenge of life is to live it to its full, the lesson of life is its temporariness, the wisdom of life is to learn from the past and leave a better world for the future.

Sadullah Khan was the Director of Islamic Center of Irvine. He has presented lectures on Islamic Civilization at California State University at Dominguez Hills. He is a frequent lecturer for the Academy of Judaic, Christian and Islamic Studies at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles). He is also an advisor to the Chancellor's Committee on Religion Ethics and Values at UCLA and serves as Director of Muslim Affairs at USC (University of Southern California).

You can watch his lectures on Empowerment at IslamiTV

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HAMED ISLAHI FROM AZERBAIJAN said:
Excellent! Best article on guiding our life. If we show the true Islam like this, everyone would appreciate Islam. May Allah guide preserve the writer. Allah has gifted him with the art of conveying Islam in most beautiful manner.
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AMEEN.
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IMRAN CAMR FROM SOUTH AFRICA said:
Fantastic article; to the point and inspiring.
May Allah bless the author
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ABDUYAH FROM AUSTRALIA said:
MasyaAllah.Beautiful message of Islam in words of wisdom for readers to internalise & realized
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AMINA FROM MOROCCAN said:
Good article
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MOHSIN KHATIB FROM IRAQ said:
This beautiful article touched my heart. This is what Islam is all about. Shukran
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FREDERICK AHMED GUNTHER FROM GERMANY said:
I am amazed at the depth, clarity and articulate capacity of Shegh Sadulah. Every article I have read of his, every lecture on your site of his is inspiring and motivational. This article captures the essence of our being human and being Muslim.
We need at least one Sadula in every country for Islam to really be seen for the beauty that it is.
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MURTAZA ALI FROM USA said:
Alhamdulilah
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MARIAM said:
I loved this uplifting article.Good, basic Islam.
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CLEO FROM UNITED STATES said:
The Essential Arts article is the most beautiful, to the heart article I have read. It touched me because the world seems so cold and non-caring. I am new in Islam. I don't speak Aribic. I am studing the language. I love Islam. For the first time in my life I found Allah, its truth, and justice. And most of all the peace I have found. I wish the whole world would understand, and see what peace is and discover Allah, one god for mankind. Thank you for the education and a way to learn threw the computer.
I am the only muslim I can find in this area. So the education means a lot to me.
Islam is beautiful.
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AZHAR KHAN FROM AUSTRALIA said:
Its articles like this that make me proud to be a Muslim. You have captured the essence of a Muslim. This is how every human should be. More importantly be aware that these qualities are attainable. In a world that constantly reflects on the negative, this article certainly provides you with some excellent alternatives, whilst leading you to the ultimate roadmap for success, i.e. the Quran.
May Allah bless you for your contribution.
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