Arif Kabir


Ever wondered what was the difference between an ordinary person and an extraordinary person?

It’s just that one remained ordinary, while the other went the extra mile, making him extraordinary.

Sounds too simple to be true? Take a quick look at the famous personalities around us. Whether they are famous in the field of politics, sports, acting, or any other prolific career, they usually got there by simply putting in the extra time that others didn’t. In politics, anybody can theoretically run for an elected position, yet we only ever see two or three people, out of hundreds and thousands of people, run to get elected for a government position. This is true not only in politics, but in almost every type of leadership and working capacity. Roger Staubach, a businessman and Hall of Fame quarterback, once said,

There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”

If you find yourself along the extra mile and look around, you will notice that there are only handful amounts of people . You essentially become a pioneer, carving out undiscovered lands of Barakah and opportunity for others to follow. Every step that you take in this extra mile is a historic first in its own right.

“Come in”, Shaykh Haroon Baqai said.

I walked in slowly, shaking from head to toe. I had only applied for the Hifzh School a few days ago, and now I found myself entering his office for a scheduled interview. Alhamdulillah, it went smooth and after answering a few questions and memorizing an Ayah from Surah Saad and reciting it to him, the interview came to a close and I quickly sprinted out of the office in relief.

By the grace of Allah, I was accepted.

For the next few years, I went through an indescribable experience with a close knit of friends. It was truly a time that clearly solidified my identity and clarified for me my purpose in life. In light of these  experiences, I have observed that there are certain qualities that are essential in one’s quest to memorize the Book of Allah:

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