It’s strange how Allah created this world networked so that the only way to get, is to
give. Want respect? Give love. Want influence? Give support. Want wealth? Give
quality. Want wisdom? Give time. Want clarity? Give thought. Want power? Give
service. Want peace? Give justice. What you have in your hand is the harvest. What
you plant is the seed. Hang on to what you have and that’s all you’ll have. You want
more? Then plant what you have. Give up what you have so you can get more. That’s
the only way to get more. So you see this is not utopia. It’s hard reality. Even if you
want to see it as pure selfishness the rule is still the same.
I have never considered what I know as my property alone. Nobody owns knowledge
and it increases only when you share it.
I believe that all knowledge is from Allah. I know something because others shared
their knowledge with me. So I share what I know freely. The theory of planting. One
result of this philosophy is that I haven’t made a cold call in 10 years. All my business
is either repeat business or client referral. I have a highly credible group of friends
promoting me. Now what’s the value of that eh? More later on my philosophy of Give
to Get. If you want a secular name for it try Newton’s 3rd Law. I call it Islam. Same
principle. Allah made it. Newton discovered it.
GIVE WHAT YOU HAVE
TO GET WHAT YOU NEED
Plant seeds for whatever you want to harvest. So ask yourselves what you want to
harvest. Then plant those seeds. I believe that the seed that leaves my hand does not
leave my life. It goes into my future and multiplies. And unless it leaves my hand it
can do nothing. So anything that leaves my hand and gets planted in my life is my
seed. Anything that I retain in my hand is my harvest.
We need to be able to give up what we have to get what we have been promised.
Nothing leaves the heavens until something leaves the earth. When we give Allah
what we can see, He gives us what we can’t see.
Only ‘Winners’ are rewarded in life. So every time we ask for a blessing we get a
difficulty. Difficulties don’t come to harm us. They come to open the doors of
blessings for us. If there was no Goliath, David would have remained a shepherd boy.
Believing that you can get without giving is fantasy. That’s how the family got
destroyed in several capitalistic societies. That’s why the present financial crisis in the world. Peopl e
trying to get for themselves and others be damned. The world does not work that way
you see. The formula is, you want to get, then give. You want a bag of grain, then
plant the handful that’s in your hand. If you don’t plant you can’t harvest. Simple.
But we have been conditioned to believe that life is not simple. So we need to break
out of our conditioning and re-think all the stuff that we’ve been brought up on.
Credits: Sheikh Yawar Baig