A Simple Islamic Guide to Mentoring [SlideShare]
Just over ten years ago, I found myself a mentor.
That first mentoring experience led to many great things in my life.
It was the beginning of a journey of discovery and possibilities but equally filled with uncertainties and fear. Yet, I learned more about myself and others than I did in Uni or through other experiences in my adult life.
I didn’t set out to get a mentor, but looking back now I realise that’s just what it was. It wasn’t something I would have typically done given my personality type but there was an itch within me that wouldn’t go away. It only got bigger and most disturbing.
I admit it wasn’t an easy move. But it was so worth it.
Once I made the first move, my mentor stayed firmly by my side – through many silly and embarrassing actions to moments worth celebrating. I can’t believe it’s been so long but today, I strive to be that kind of mentor and more with all those I support in life – whether personally or professionally.
Through mentoring, I found courage and inner strength. And a bridge to personal growth, awareness and positive self identity.
Mentoring is a bridge to positive change and growth.
Are you thinking of mentoring? Here’s your simple Islamic guide to mentoring
Mentoring may mean many things to different people depending on the situation from which it is viewed or experienced.
Basically, it is having someone (a mentor) to teach, guide, support and push you (mentee) out of your comfort zone and towards achieving your important goals.
For me, it was a role model ~ someone with the skills and knowledge I could benefit from. And who challenged me to look inwards and answer some difficult questions on life, and in doing so realise my life vision and gain self confidence.
I received advice, guidance, support and emphatic listening for my personal development as well as for business growth. This helped me beyond the inner whispers and discomfort I felt.
I present you with a slide share presentation of a guide to mentoring from the Islamic perspective.
Simple Islamic guide to mentoring and a successful mentoring engagement.
A touch of mercy
Being a youth and personal development mentor has been very rewarding and life changing for me.
Many years ago, I got myself a mentor in trying to take care of an itch. And it led to many great things – from accelerated learning; building a great network and relationships; to finding a purposeful passion and serving the Ummah.
It was an experience that brought about whole development from the inside to the outside. In addition to nurturing a beneficial relationship, building great rapport and maintaining a strong self identity.
Many opportunities have followed for positive change.
Through the years, it was only natural that I found myself in many rewarding supportive roles. My mentoring goal and mantra is that of dealing with others with mercy and kindness as believers should.
With mercy and kindness, relationships which involve support can become more blessed and blossom greatly.
Anas ibn Malik (ra) narrated that the Prophet (saw) said, “By Him in Whose hand my soul is, Allah does not bestow His mercy except on a merciful one.” They (the Companions) said, “All of us are merciful.” The Prophet replied, “Not only that each of you has mercy upon the other, but to have mercy also upon all people.”
(Abu Ya`la; authenticated by Al-Albani)
Have you ever been involved in a mentoring relationship? How did you find it? If you haven’t, are you thinking about it?