All praise is due to Allah subhana wa ta’ala, Lord of the worlds.
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, my dear brothers and sisters.
Last year, for a teen program, I came up with a challenge to motivate the participants about their true khalifah potential. Using only the 9-letter word ‘POTENTIAL’, they had to find new words within that word without the use of a dictionary.
It became a challenge for them! It was amazing to see the sudden spark in their eyes as they furiously wrote down as many new words as possible. I gave them a time limit of 10 minutes and wow, did they deliver! Two 15 year old boys and one 15 year old girl came out tops with 80-90 plus words!
What was beautiful from this challenge was that the girl, who had been bored and uninterested in the program before, suddenly found herself being congratulated and look up to by her peers! From that moment on, the young girl participated in all the activities and guess what? She even joined a future program several months later!
I learnt from this experience that our children, require the chance to let their inner potential shine through. If we don’t believe in them first, then we can’t expect them to believe in themselves. We are, after all, their role models.
Oh, by the way, the number of new words that can be found in the word ‘POTENTIAL’ is now 130 and I won’t be surprised if that number continues to grow, just like our khalifah potential.