Quickreads: Better to Work and Fail Than to Not Work At All

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.  -Theodore Roosevelt “Man in the Arena” Speech given April 23, 1910

It’s easy to let critics (or haters) get the best of us. It’s easy to see the mess of politics, disunity, conflict, and negativity inside Islamic organizations and run away. It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and not be involved.

It’s a lot harder to roll up your sleeves and try. And it’s even tougher to be okay with trying and not succeeding 100%. We’re accountable for our efforts, the results are up to Allah (swt).

“The believer who mixes with people and endures their injury is better than the person who does not mix with people nor endure their injury.” – Prophet Muhammad (saw), Adab al-Mufrad

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Omar Usman is a founding member of MuslimMatters, Qalam Institute, Muslim Strategic Initiative, and Debt Free Muslims. He is a regular khateeb and has served in different administrative capacities in various national and local Islamic organizations. He works full time in the corporate field, is a PMP, and certified Leadership Trainer through the John Maxwell Team. You can follow him on on Twitter @ibnabeeomar, and check out his latest project - The Fiqh of Social Media.

Omar UsmanQuickreads: Better to Work and Fail Than to Not Work At All

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