An Inspiration for Youths
By Yousuf Saleh - 31st July 2015
All Praise is due to Allah (swt) who is the Sustainer of all the Universe. May the peace and
blessings of Allah (swt) be upon Muhammad (saws), his family, his companions and all those
who follow him in righteousness until the day of resurrection.
Respected brothers and sisters at home, the aim of today’s khutba is to show especially to
our youngsters that prosperity lies beneath constant efforts and striving. A man who was
born in 1931 to a Tamil Muslim family in India in a non-Muslim Country. His father's name
was Jainulabudeen, who was a Muazzin of a mosque and a boat owner, and his mother
Ashiamma, a housewife and very religious woman.
The man came from a very poor background and started working at an early age to
supplement his family's income.
After completing school he distributed newspapers to
contribute to his father's income.In his school years he had average grades but was a bright
and a hardworking student who had a strong desire to learn and spend hours on his studies.
Later this man became the world renowned scientist. (His prominent role in India's 1998
nuclear weapons tests established him as a national hero). The people of India call him the
man “from boat to missile”the non-political man became India's 11th president. His term
was 2002 to 2007. Known as the People's President.he was so popular that MTV nominated
him for a Youth Icon of the Year award in 2003 and 2006.
Many of you may know whom I am talking about? He is A.P.J AbulKalam. Last Monday he
passed away at the age of 83.
Respected brothers and sisters at home, no one is faultless on this earth accept the
Prophets. Our main ideal person is our Prophet Muhammad (saw). But if we see in anyone
who achieved an extraordinary quality and which does not contradict the teachings of our
Prophet, Muslims are encouraged to follow themearnestly.A.P.J Abulkalam said his mother was so pious, after finishing her five times salah she used to
make long supplications with tears, and especially she used to make dua for her son. I would
like to mention some quotations from his Speeches:
He showed the key to fulfilment of the dreams. He said: “Dreams transform into thoughts
and thoughts result in action. Dreams are not those which come while you are sleeping,
but dreams are those when you don’t sleep before fulfilling them”
He has given the importance to joy in people’s heart instead of fighting. He said: “It is very
easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone”
He has taught us not to become hopeless and say, “I can’t” he said: “This is my belief: that
through difficulties and problems God gives us the opportunity to grow. So when your
hopes and dreams and goals are dashed, search among the wreckage, you may find a
golden opportunity hidden in the ruins.”
He found the beauty of religion in brotherhood. He said: “For great men, religion is a way
of making friends; small people make religion a fighting tool.”
He encouraged us to understand the reality of Excellency by saying: “Excellence is a
continuous process and not an accident”
To describe the nature of life he said: “Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by holding
your birthright to be a person”.
To define the reason of hardships he said “Man needs his difficulties because they are
necessary to enjoy success.”
To show the importance of sincerity he said: “Those who cannot work with their hearts
achieve but a dead, half-hearted success that raises bitterness all around.”
To describe the important roles of the parents and teachers he said: “If a country is to be
corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three keysocietal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the
To change the future he said:” You can’t change your future, but you can change your habit,
and your habit will change your future.”
His message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to
invent, to travel the unexplored path, to have courage to discover the impossible and to
conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that the young people must
work towards. This is my message to the young people.
“Learning gives creativity, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides knowledge, and
knowledge makes you great”.
Respected brothers and sisters at home, and my beloved youngsters. Please reflect on
these quotes of this great man to hopefully prosper in your life. Allah (swt) said in the
Quran ch-13 and ve- 11 “Undoubtedly Allah does not change the condition of a nation
until they change the condition within themselves”
May Allah grant us the ability to move ourselves to achieve the goddesses of both worlds.