Should I do what I love or what I am good at?
This is a common question I have heard over the years of doing da’wah and being involved in youth development and empowerment.
The reality is for years, as is on record, I have had the belief that a Muslim especially should do what he/she is good at, and not follow their passion. It is my sincere belief that If you do what you are good at; it will become your passion.
I developed this understanding by pondering over myself as a Muslim and the fact that Allah has made my first teacher the Messenger (Peace and blessings be upon him). It is undeniable that the Messenger (SAW) came to this world as a ‘giver’ and not as a ‘taker’, and this fact should be a mighty inspirer for us and the basis upon which we build our thoughts, aspirations and conclusions.
If you ponder, you will come to understand that following your passion carries the ‘taker’ paradigm as the happiness and contentment derived from your activity will come from all that your activity does for you as opposed to what you can do for it. You essentially become a ‘taker’. In retrospect however, if you do what you good (skilled) at, even though it may not be your passion, you will come to realise that you are an actual ‘giver’ in your activity and you will come to experience a life satisfaction that the ‘taker’ paradigm could never provide, because your happiness will derive from your innate core of being able to help and benefit something else. It is my belief that this type of satisfaction will then become a catalyst towards breeding a more substantial passion never experience before.
Brother and sisters, things do not happen to Muslims! Rather Muslims happen to things 😉
Follow what you good at and be a giver and become someone that ‘happened’ to the world 🙂
I love you all for the sake of Allah.
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Your brother, Sajid Umar