No pain, no gain
I read with interest the article “No growth without challenges” ( May 30) by Abdulateef Al- Mulhim. The writer has pointed out an important thing. It is correct that people who receive everything on a silver platter or who don’t struggle in the early stages of their lives tend to take important things in life for granted. There may be exceptions but generally it is true for many people. This phenomenon is not unique to Saudis. It is part of human psyche. We usually value things we achieve after hard labor.
Of course that does not mean that the Saudi government should withdraw the foreign scholarship program. Young Saudi, men and women, should understand that their government is going out of its way to facilitate their studies in the Kingdom and abroad. It is their duty to pay back their country by studying and working hard. The problem, in my opinion, is that the youngsters are not made to understand the importance of work. In addition to that they should be trained in such a way since their childhood that no work is beneath their dignity and that there is no short cut to success. In order to achieve success, we need to take one step at a time. One’s nationality should not be seen as the only criterion for success. Most of the successful people in the world who made a name for themselves started from scratch. Former US President Bill Clinton during his student life worked as a clerk and learned so much from that experience. This is just one example. Schools in the Kingdom should organize lectures and talks on these inspiring stories of famous people. deprive them of their hard- earned money. In addition to that there are many socalled scholars who deliberately raise controversial issues to drive a wedge between Muslims and later gain from this unfortunate division.
I believe that the reason behind the success of such elements is our lack of Islamic knowledge. Unfortunately, we Muslims read the Qur’an without properly understanding its true meanings. It is very difficult for such conmen to befool an individual with sound religious knowledge.
We perform religious rituals without understanding its true purpose. It is unfortunate that we don’t even understand the true meanings of even the five pillars of Islam. Instead of understanding the basics, we are more tempted to raise controversial issues.
Khawar Jamal K.L. Khan