Be what you need to be

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When it comes to being a startup, you have already decided what you wanted to do and have leaped the distance. Your are at your mark and needs to start off with a pace you dreamt off but it is not always the same way as you realize it. Times are difficult, competitions are strong and never ever think for a second that you are the only ones with brains and what ever you came up with can never be materialized by someone else. Your brains worked on the idea and your heart had been busy picturing it in reality for you so you can perceive it and act on it.

Believe in what you have started and stand the ground. No one else can understand what you started as you do. Your idea, Your baby! Be protective of your idea and keep the whole model intact. Distractions in your way to your goals are normal but every single path should lead to the same ending, your goal. The best thing about being an entrepreneur if you have brought up an idea which is new is you can play around with it as you want and the audience will not have any idea of right and wrong so it gives you that freedom which you had dreamt of and explore; so it gives you an edge over others. It does not necessarily mean that to be an entrepreneur your idea needs to different and never tried before sort but seek what the consumer would like. I often come across people having a ton of ideas and infact very useful ones but they end up in the bin because this idea is the same as something already in the market; so what! Be innovative and explore something new in the same idea which might be more attractive and unique but do what you always wanted to do. Be what you are. Self meanings and self believe is what would push you to be who you can be. Explore yourself and assess your limits, evaluate your being and the take the first step of belief and the rest would flow under your feet. Life is a river that flows to provide, depends how much you are able to fetch for yourself. If your approach is small you would get a mug full and if you think  big you would get a barrel full.

Assess, evaluate, believe and decide. As it says that the heavens lays down its plans for you if you are aware of what you personal legend is.(paulo coelho)

What’s Wrong!

Its 14th August and its 12 am, I have been changing sides in my bed for the last one hour trying to go to sleep because I have to get up for sehri and then go to office but honestly I couldn’t sleep. I just kept on reciting every Surah of the Quran I remembered to help me go to sleep but couldn’t succeed. The thought of living in a country where the worst possible people are ruling us wouldn’t let me sleep. The thought of I doing nothing in the worst of time for my country would not let me sleep. I am doing nothing just trying to go to sleep in my comfy bed with the AC on on top of my head and I am wearing a comforter in the month of August trying to cope up with the cold I am feeling from it. Shame on me and shame on my so called patriotism which I showed for the last few days by sticking a flag pin in my shirt over my heart. The flag that has given me hope , the flag that gives me my identity, the flag that enables me to call myself a Pakistani but what am I doing for it? I am going to tell you what I am doing for my country.sab_say_pehlay_pakistan__by_rebel561

I wake up every morning at a time when the sun is at peak as it is summer. I don’t offer Fajr prayers because I go to bed so late because I watch movies on TV all night. I go to my office do my job at which I am good at and I try to be the best but still I perform the same old routines daily. Discuss current issues with a few colleagues of mine about the the situation in the country. I offer my Zhur prayers in the office during lunch time and sit there till 5 when I am off to home. I get home, get a warm well come and change into something comfy and sit to watch more tv. I watch tv till something comes up with friends and I go out with them. Normally we talk about history and Islam and do speeches about the current issues and how bad the government is running this country. During the time if I get the chance out of my busy schedule of watching tv I offer asar and maghrib prayers. It gets dark, time for dinner mom calls me for it and I eat the best food my father puts on the table for me everyday through his hard work and I am off to bed again. Not to sleep but to watch more tv. And then I am off to sleep to wake up the next day for the same routine again.

U get it people?

Do you see Pakistan in it somewhere. I have put a sketch of my daily routine in front of you now place yourselves in my place and sketch up your routines. Is there Pakistan in it ? I am most definitely sure it is not  there. Why is it not there? I don’t know but something has come up on me and I am feeling very very p***** off at myself at this time.

I don’t know what has come over me. This isn’t the first time though but this time its something very strange. I have committed many sins, I have not been a good Muslim but this over passes everything. I feel like if I am not doing anything for my country I am committing the biggest sin of all. I feel like committing Gunah-e- Kabira.  Am I the only one here feeling this way for my Pakistan which has given me so much. The mother land which has given me identity, which has given me my freedom, the education, which has given me every luxury one can imagine in life; a home, a car, a job, money, that’s all because of this country and not some guy who is sitting on the thrown ( I would call it) or not some organization which has given me the job its not them it’s the country people the country our home land our mother land Pakistan, Pakistan, PAKISTAN.

I am sure its not just me but countless people in our beloved country might be thinking the same way at this time and I pray to Allah that they do the same what I am going to do (laterWinking smile).We need to think for our country. We need to put Pakistan in the daily routine of ours not by debating amongst each other about the corruption and current affairs and stuff but to think positively and optimistically. Nothing has gone wrong to such an extent that cannot be reversed. Many nations have come back from the state no one thought they could recover from but they did and so can we. We have everything we need here especially the brains and the motivation to bring a change in to the system. Our constitution is still here, our institutions are still here doesn’t matter what state they are in at this time. We have the guidelines in our constitution to run the country and most of all we have Quran and Sunnah to show us the right path to follow. We have the best brains and man power. We have the best resources any country would want to have, we have the best intellects, the best aalims, we have the best scientists, we have the best students who graduated from foreign universities with distinction even the western world cant believe, we have the best policy makers, we have the best economists we the best educators, we have the finest journalists and we have the best army to protect all of above. What we lack in is faith and patriotism.

Faith (Eman): yes we do not have it. We have strayed so far from our religion and our believe in Allah that we do not see the light anymore to which we should go and achieve the glory of which Iqbal dreamt for and Jinnah fought for. We have to follow Quran and Sunnah. We do not need anything else believe me. I have started listening to translation of Quran though my knowledge and understanding is vey mere but the things said straight forwardly in Quran and the directions given are enough for us. All we need to do is to study it. It shows a young man its path in life and it explains his role in the society in such detail that one does not need anything else. We need to follow Sunnah in our daily life and this whole society would become a model one. Though it is tough as our so called busy and worldly daily routines does not allow us to do so but that is not an excuse, we have to, that’s the only way. The biggest interest of todays young person as far as Islam goes is to talk about the Qiamat. It fascinates them. The symbols, prophecies which have been full filled and others which are still to come. But no one is preparing for it. All I am trying to say here is that to become a better Muslim or a better Pakistani one needs to follow the directions given to us in the Quran and one needs to follow the life style of Muhammad PBUH.

Patriotism: yes we do not have that either. Our patriotism awakes when Pakistan is playing a cricket match or when its this day of the year i.e 14th August and that is not for the country, it is just a mere excuse to go out and play havoc in the streets and run bikes with out their silencers on or show off to your friends how much Pakistani they are.

Come on people that’s not what the time demands from us. We are on reverse here. Nations which came into existence after us are way ahead of us. The non Muslim states are following the laws of state mentioned in the Quran to run there system believe it or not and here we are sitting on our bottoms with the mobile phones to our ears and fingers and doing nothing.

What we need to do here is to come out any way one can men and women, young or old, educated or not, privileged or not. Raise your voice either way you can. Start promoting the ideas of change in your home, in your street, in your university, in your community of friends, in your city. If you are one like me from a middle class or from an elite class who are privileged enough that their fathers or relatives are sitting on the controlling chairs you need to come out with your voice high just for this country. This country needs us more than ever my brothers and sisters, WAKE UP.

What change are we talking here? lets throw a light on it in the next post as this would get too long to be read with interest.

I would like you to see this video of Quaid e Azam:

read the subtitles carefully.

The way Jinnah Wanted us to be
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