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Jack of All Trades, Master of None

by | Nov 22, 2020

Nowadays, specialization is of the essence. Why? Because you can’t know everything about everything. Therefore, you get experts in all fields; which is a good thing. You don’t want a general practitioner executing open heart surgery or a self-proclaimed contractor rewiring your home. These are just like most areas that require specialization. However, the drawback of all this is that Jack becomes irrelevant.

Someone who is polyvalent in many domains was considered as an essential service before; Now, he has become obsolete. This is if we are talking professional-wise, but as a volunteer, you are the perfect fit. And when I mean volunteer, I don’t just mean for a non-profit organization, I mean helping in general.

if you know how to help your neighbor put up a tempo car shelter, run a food drive for your local food bank, lend money to a friend, stop on the side of the road to change someone’s tire, give a coffee to a homeless person, help an elderly person carry his groceries… then you are a Jack of all trades. in Islam, you could say that Jack is the best card.

The Prophet (ﷺ), said, “The most beloved people to Allah are those who are the most beneficial to people…”

Al-Muʻjam al-Awsat 6192

Basically, your worth is not measured by how long you pass in the mosque, how many extra prayers you do or how often you fast (that does not mean not to do them). Just that it is of greater substance to help someone in need.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “He who removes from a believer one of his difficulties of this world, Allah will remove one of his troubles on the Day of Resurrection; and he who finds relief for a hard-pressed person, Allah will make things easy for him on the Day of Resurrection…”

Riyad as-Salihin 245

So the moral of the story is Jack trumps Ace… in the afterlife!

The Essence of Islam

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

If anyone is a betting man, he knows that most of the time he will lose; it is a question of numbers. Winning every time is improbable and practically impossible. When flipping a coin, you have one chance out of two of getting it right. 50%, not bad; but repeat it four times straight; not too confident, are you?

Let’s transpose that example to the prophet Muhammad; he got every single verifiable (with our limited knowledge to date) phenomenon right. Not only he got them right, but most of them are also explained; not just enunciated or left for interpretation. Let’s say there are about 20 scientific/natural phenomenon (Actually, more have been mentioned and others left out since a multitude of authors have done a better job than me explaining them. Plus, 20 seems like a pretty round number, and we don’t want to sound boastful either) that were elucidated 1400 years ago, by an illiterate Arab that had no aspirations to science whatsoever… When you do the math: ½ at the power 20 is ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½. That gives you the possibility of 1/1 048 576 of getting it right. That is less than one in a million probability; becoming less and less a betting man…Keep in mind, considering that the questioning is in a yes or no format; true or false to a given question (without formulating the solution and adding all the explanation that comes with it in the Quran and Hadith).

The thing is, it is not because the prophet Muhammad was an expert in astronomy, geology, chemistry, nuclear physics, biology, botany, entomology, oceanology, or even historical science that he got it right all the time. It is because the only thing he got right out of all of this is that he wholeheartedly believed in Allah. All these, verses, signs, scientific phenomenon were not explained or tackled by the prophet Muhammad; they were brought forth by Allah, the All-Knowing.

And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 59)

Faith

the process of belief