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On the Path of Responsibility

The Responsibilities are Knowledge: Know the details of the responsibilities in order to know what your duty is, and, also, know its importance so that you will react with it and strive towards achieving it.

"Be engaged in the thing that you will be responsible for ", so, whoever becomes busy with something of less importance, wastes the most important…there is not enough time in life for marginal matters that are not of great importance. Monotony and dullness kills the spirit of responsibility…try and change the method of your relationship with responsibilities, and not to be a standstill in a certain condition. Because being at a standstill and blind imitation will turn responsibilities into a heavy load that a middle age man cannot carry.

Do not delay your responsibilities because they will accumulate and at last will become difficult to discharge. It is reported in a hadith: "Beware of stalling, because it is a river where people sink". Deal with responsibility with an open spirit, as if you are the one who drags it to yourself in order to be able to discharge it as expected. Loving responsibility makes your product improve.

Responsibility has an effect on man's personality; the more time that is spent on discharging a particular responsibility, the more mature your intellect will be, and, likewise, so your power of resistance, experience and knowledge.

Laziness and weariness are enemies of discharging responsibility: "Beware of laziness and weariness, because a lazy person cannot fight for right and a bored man cannot seek his rights." Laziness, inactiveness and lukewarmness in discharging duties is a great block in discharging responsibility.

The collective spirit in discharging responsibility helps in reducing its burden; helps in inventing, as well as feeling the responsibilty in achieving common missions which bring far goals closer. Reading the Holy Qur'an and authentic hadith encourages one in discharging his responsibility. But what are they? How can we deal with them? How can we accept them with an open heart? How can we understand the present and future outcomes? Thus, it is necessary for young Muslims boys and girls to depend on these two sources in order to know their responsibilities.

Adapted from the book: "Youth Aspiration Towards Responsibility" by:  "Al Balagh Foundation"

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