Our struggles define us

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A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a minor opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any advancement. It seemed as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further so the man decided to aid the butterfly. He grabbed a pair of scissors and clipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged effortlessly. However it had an enlarged body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly expecting, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand which would then be able to support the body. However neither materialized! In fact, the butterfly would spend the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It would never be able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste,  did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were Allah‘s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly in to its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

At times struggles are precisely what we need in our lives. If Allah allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

I asked for Wisdom……..Allah gave me problems to solve.

I asked for Prosperity……Allah gave me brain to think.

I asked for Courage………Allah gave me danger to overcome.

I asked for Love……….Allah gave me distressed people to help.

I asked for Favours………Allah gave me opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted……..I received everything I needed!

“So blessed be Allah, the best of creators!”
Sura The Believer (23) verse 14


There Is No Hope Of Doing Perfect Research: Do You Agree?

There is no hope of doing a perfect research (Griffiths, 1998, p.97). Everybody does research with a certain perspective which depends upon the person’s personality. Every person has his or her own exclusive desires and purpose. People do research in order to accomplish something, to fulfill the needs, and achieve the target.

Research can not be done with a person’s characteristics influencing the result. A person can not become totally impartial to his surroundings; it’s hard to fully ignore your likes and aversions. Research can never be unbiased, personal judgments will always influence it and cause it to have inaccuracies. Thus, it is agreeable that there is no hope of doing a perfect research

A person can not be faultless; researches are mainly done on a Trial and Error principle there will always be some condition which might be overlooked. This imperfectness in the research leads a man to go for perfectness in the field of interest and accordingly, it lays foundation for additional research. These endeavors by a person for additional research provide answers to the questions that were left unanswered. But given the individual factors like: prejudice in data collection and analysis of data, intelligence; research has forever remained in the pipeline of perfectness.

Research is a method to investigate new knowledge and improve what we have already learned. Its dependent on the mindset of the person’s who are carrying out the research. It’s a reflection of their views. Hence, it can never be wholly accurate.

The aim in perfect research is always of achieving the targeted conclusion; without raising anymore questions from the outcome. This may not be probable in any category of research. For example, a team of ten people are working on a research with the result expected in a week; it means the judgment skill of all the ten people in the team has led them to conclude the research in a week. The motivation, operational plan and strategy implementation of every person would have varied greatly.

Now, for the same research a different team with a diverse mindset will take a different strategy which might help them complete the same research in three days. The strategies used by each group will be varied and the results of their research would have some identical, but some special results. As the research will be the manifestation of a specific group of people.

Lastly, research can never be perfect, there is always a chance of an observation a researcher might have missed. No one is perfect and consequently, no research can ever be perfect. Humans are constantly evolving, discovering and developing. Researches are also done by humans, and therefore, can never be perfect. Unfortunately, there is no hope of doing a perfect research (Griffiths, 1998, p.97)