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Salaam,

Some people mumble. Others repeat nonsensical sayings they just don’t understand.1284026458391pjJ

Whatever the reason, we’ve bastardized parts of the English language.

The 15 word and phrases below often come out incorrectly. Let’s set the record straight.

1. For all “intents and purposes” — not for all “intensive purposes”

If you say “for all intensive purposes,” you mean “for all these very thorough purposes.” That doesn’t make any sense. Continue Reading »

Salaam,

Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “How amazing is the case of the believer; there is good for him in everything, and this characteristic is exclusively for him alone. If he experiences something pleasant, he is thankful, and that is good for him; and if he comes across some adversity, he is patient, and that is good for him.” [Muslim]

Allah (swt), the Most Merciful, has created situations in our lives, such that by having strong faith and positive attitude we can earn immense good. But the Satan on the other hand tries to make us despondent and negative and make us forgetpray
the favors of Allah. Satan makes us focus and zoom in on minor difficulties and disregard the billions of Niyamat our Lord has bestowed on us.

What is Patience and how to develop it ?

Sabr (Patience) is the ability to endure pain and difficulty with self-control, forbearance, calmness and equanimity having in mind the reality that the current life is fleeting and the true life is the life of the hereafter.

We learn from Hadith that it is the most virtuous people who go through the most trials. It is the Prophets who endured the greatest hardships. Allah (Exalted and Majestic) gives us trials and difficulties to the extent of our piety and thereby helps elevate us. For even in this worldly life, no one can become a doctor or an engineer Continue Reading »

Salaam,

We communicate with people on a daily basis, and what’s better than learning some important types of etiquette that could improve our daily interactions! I personally worked as an elementary school teacher in Sharjah for a period of time. After Allah blessed me Transitionwith my third child, I couldn’t get back to work and I didn’t miss the work environment much except for a few wonderful things that used to happen. I reminisced all those small, lovely things and especially remembered the peace greetings.

The school where I used to work, being an Islamic one, had the full Islamic greeting instilled in its students from an early age, so whenever I used to enter any classroom and utter the greetings of peace, the entire class would reply, ‘wa’alaykum as-salaam warahmatul laahi wa barakaatuh’ (and may the peace and blessings [of Allah] be upon you) in unison.

It was so beautiful, so pleasing to the ears and I had taken it for granted! Though I knew I could not have that many duas showered over me now that I was at home, I made a mental note to use every talking/meeting opportunity (provided the kids weren’t crying or in tantrum-mode) to say the full greeting to everybody with the hope of receiving the same beautiful greeting; Continue Reading »

Salam,

Many people think they’re stuck in boring, unfulfilling careers. In fact, 70 percent of workers are disengaged at work.

Research confirms people find more purpose in their work when they change how they want to approach it. More importantly, it’s not how your employer assigns your work, but it’s how you approach the work you’re assigned that can greatly influence whether or not you have a fulfilling career.

If you’ve been feeling like your job has been less than fulfilling, it could be a sign it’s time to search for deeper meaning in your work. Here are six ways to make work more satisfying without having to quit your job:

1. Change your perspective

Perspective is everything when it comes to finding fulfillment in your work. If you’re feeling negative about your job or simply lack the motivation to accomplish anything, a change of perspective could help you improve.

Make a list of the positive things about your job and think back to why you accepted the position in the first place. This will serve as a reminder about why you have your job and what you can do to bring that passion back into your work.

2. Switch up your tasks

We often lose meaning in our work because of monotonous schedules and completing the same tasks over and over again. When you begin feeling this way about your work, it’s a sign it’s time to switch things up.

The approach you have to your daily tasks will impact the fulfillment you receive from your work. Try completing your most important tasks in the morning and leave your less demanding tasks for the afternoon. You can also redesign the way you approach each task and find new ways to complete them.

3. Build new relationships

The people you work with can make or break the experience you have with your company. If you feel like your job has been lacking in developing meaningful work relationships, consider seeking out a mentor or becoming a mentor to another employee. These relationships will add more value to your job and you’ll have another person you can relate to at work.

4. Create a new goal

Work can become dull when we don’t create new challenges or goals for ourselves. By creating goals, we force ourselves to improve as a person and develop our skills. In fact, goal setting is a great way to find out what you really want out of your job and discover new ways to make those goals happen.

For example, you’ve procrastinated at work, create a goal to become more efficient. You’ll find this goal rewarding because you’ll accomplish more tasks and create time to explore additional projects at work.

5. Change the way you communicate

Instead of relying on email and text messages, why not pick up the phone or even talk in-person? When you’re cooped up in your office without face-to-face interaction, it can be easy to lose meaning in your work. Consider making the effort to have more conversations to create meaningful communication with your coworkers.

6. Take note of the purpose you already have

Instead of focusing on the gaps you can’t fill or the bridges you haven’t crossed, focus on what you can accomplish in your current job. Sometimes it’s easy to become discouraged at work when you feel like you haven’t moved forward. However, if you focus on what you have to offer and the things you’ve accomplished, you’ll find much more meaning in your career.

Finding more fulfillment in your career isn’t easy, but it can be done. All it takes is the motivation and passion to rediscover your purpose in your career. Every individual deserves to have a fulfilling career, but it just takes patience to find more satisfaction. So if you’re one of the 70 percent of workers who aren’t happy at work, hopefully some of these tips will help you find more fulfillment in your career.

What are some ways to add more fulfillment to your career?

Source:  www.levo.com

Assalamu Alaikum Warrahmatullahita’ala Wabarakatuhu!!!

A few tips on business writing…….

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I took many writing classes in college but perhaps the most useful was one focused on business writing. My classmates and I spent a semester editing example after example of rambling or confusing letters, memos, and other professional materials. Here are seven bits of simple advice for clear and concise writing.

1. Limit prepo1286652059QzpG96sitions when possible.

If you don’t remember what they are, here’s a list and primer. When overused, prepositions can weaken writing and contribute to wordiness. For example: “The meeting on December 1 about the budget” is sharper when written “The December 1 budget meeting.” Also watch out for prepositions following a verb, such as “come up with” or “find out.” Instead, you could use “generate” or “determine,” respectively.

2. Avoid “very.”

It smacks of laziness and indicates your sentence needs Continue Reading »

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