Allah, in the name of, the Most Affectionate, the Eternally Merciful
Personality Development Program
Contribute to humanity by develop a God-oriented personality!!!
تعمیر شخصیت پروگرام
ایک خدا پرست شخصیت کی تعمیر کر کے انسانیت کی خدمت کیجیے!!!
The Quranic Strategy for Personality Development
Allah, the Almighty says in Quran:
كَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا فِيكُمْ رَسُولاً مِنْكُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْكُمْ آيَاتِنَا وَيُزَكِّيكُمْ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمْ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمْ مَا لَمْ تَكُونُوا تَعْلَمُونَ ۔
As We bestowed Our favor upon you when We sent among you a Messenger of your own who recites to you Our revelations, sanctifies you, teaches you the Law and the Wisdom, and teaches you that which you did not know. (Al Baqarah 2:151)
The Almighty Allah sent His various messengers to guide the humanity. The mission of these prophets is called “Tazkiya Nafs” in the Quran which means “purification of souls” or simply “personality development”. The concept of “Purification of Souls” means that a human personality should be purified from all types of physical and moral filth. The intellectual, emotional, ethical and practical aspects of a personality should be transformed in such a way that the person becomes a good human being. Instead of a harmful character, (s)he should become a constructive person for other people.
In this verse, the Quran has described the procedure of this “personality transformation”. It has two major points:
· A person should recite the verses of God i.e. Quran. (S)he should become a faithful slave of God by reading God’s message. It can be achieved only by reciting the Quran. The person should recite the Quran by understanding its meanings. Reading the Quran without understanding its meanings is like reading a medical prescription without understanding and following it.
· A person should be educated. The syllabus of this education has been described as “Al-Kitaab” and “Al-Hikmah”.
The religion given to the humanity by the Almighty through His prophets has two major components i.e. “Al-Kitaab” and “Al-Hikmah”. The former stands for the “Divine Law”. By their spirit, these laws were common in all divine religions, but their form contains certain minor adjustments according to the specific conditions of different ages. The Torah is a collection of these laws. The Quran calls it “Al-Kitaab” due to this reason.
In addition to this divine law, “Al-Hikmah” is related to the religious creed and moral character. The word ‘Al-Hikmah” refers to the “Divine Wisdom”. A person’s views and personality may contain impurities. The Divine Wisdom purifies it. The Gospels depict this wisdom. The Gospels are described as “Al-Hikmah” by the Quran.
The Quran is the final testament revealed by God. It is a comprehensive collection of the Divine Law and the Divine Wisdom. Prophet Muhammad (صلی اللہ علیہ واٰلہ وسلم) certified the set of rituals commenced by Prophet Abraham (علیہ الصلوۃ والسلام). The objective of these rituals is to purify the outer and inner aspect of human personality. Prophet Muhammad further commenced a few rituals to this set of rituals transferred by various generations of Prophets.
This set of rituals is called the “Sunnah” which purifies the body and the soul of a person. If we study the life of the Prophet in Hadith literature, we will find the education of this Divine Law & Wisdom was his primary task. The Hadith literature is full of Divine Wisdom whose source is the same as that of Divine Wisdom of the Gospels.
The method for personality development as established by these Prophets is that people should be taught this Divine Law and Divine Wisdom, so that their personalities are sanctified from all types of material and moral filth.
Prophet Muhammad (صلی اللہ علیہ واٰلہ وسلم) was the last Prophet sent by God. After the end of Prophet hood, till the end of this world, religious scholars are responsible to educate people. All activities related to Islamic Call in the world, are based on the education of this Divine Law & Wisdom.
If we are interested in developing our personality, we should learn the Divine Law and the Divine Wisdom. It is the mission of this “Personality Development Program”.
(Author: Mubashir Nazir, Review by: Muhammed Umar Khan)
Think about it!
· What is the difference between “Al-Kitaab” and “Al-Hikmah”.
· Describe the Quranic Strategy for Personality Development in a paragraph.
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Unit 1: Relation with God & His Prophets
In the name of God, the most Beneficent, the Eternally Merciful | The Treasure’s Map | The Month of Ramadan: What to achieve? | The Prophet’s Love | The Basic Premise of the Religion | Who is like You? | Pure Monotheism I | Pure Monotheism II | Who deserves the Paradise?
Unit 2: Elimination of our Negative Personality
How to get rid of Poverty? | The Report of Transparency International and a Hadith | Justification or Admitting One’s Fault | Artificial Colors of Glamour | Religious People & Ostentation | Character of Ancient Religious Leaders at Jerusalem | Attachment to a Group is irrelevant for Success | Successful Life | The Revolution Occurred! | Form & Spirit | Jealousy & Modern Testing Techniques | How to overcome Procrastination? | The Difference between an Extremist & a Moderate Person
Unit 3: Development of our Positive Personality
The Quranic Strategy for Personality Development | How to get rid of Poverty? | Character builds the Nation | The Sermon of Mount | Success: What is it? | Success Secrets | A Positive Attitude affirms the Life | Road Block | Thinking after Writing! | Trust is Golden | Getting off to a good start | The Lesson of Arnold Schwarzenegger | Unlocking the Gates to Success | Admitting One’s Fault | Top 10 Qualities of Excellence
Unit 4: Relationship with Human Beings
Unit 5: Our Responsibility, Vision & Mission
The Love of Prophet Muhammad with Knowledge | Traditional Mentality | Strange Similarities between Christian & Muslim Histories | The Relationship of Revelation & Intellect (Part I) | The Relationship of Revelation & Intellect (Part II) | The Problem of Aurengzeb Alamgir