Monday, December 17, 2012

What you personify is what you should become

You might have seen a young Pakistani boy fly a fighter jet using his hand, or drawing aircraft sketches on his notebooks. He imitates a pilot. He is thrilled by the sound or image of a fighter jet. He has, what psychatrists call, personified himself as a fighter pilot. The level of association surpasses every boundary and attains the rank of janoon, or craze. Such men, as per experts of mind & body, can only performed extraordinary things in their respective fields; who like crazy scientists "do not wish to go home from their work." Who want to do that thing whole day, 24/7, in one way or another.

The role of parents is not to come in their way, assuming the passion is not unIslamic or unethical. The role of school is to aid that passion by giving them opportunity to play such roles. It may be in form of an activity where the student can live that character. For instance, if a girl wants to be a teacher, she be given apron, a class and students to teach to. A student given all authorities of a principle, and is trained what to do on working day, and then given the task to run the school.

This way of learning is most effective. Its hands-on knowledge. When they grow up and actually come to perform these roles, they'd have confidence to do it inshaAllah.

We should ask our children to solve our daily problems. If the gate cannot be locked from inside, ask them for a solution. Encourage them. Even if you know solution, make them to think, so that they can become problem solvers.

(These were some of the thoughts I gained from the company of my mentor Dr. Agha, who's trained in psychiatry from Royal College of Psychiatry, UK.)


  1. True, but I cant help but think that these are such stereotypical occupations. What if a girl wants to be a pilot? Where does our society stand then in harboring our kids' passions.

    I think we have a long way to go, but at least this is a start :-)

  2. There are many women fighter pilots. I won't be apologetic here. Dr S H Nasr has explained the difference in role of genders in Islam as a PS article in his book, Islamic Life and Thoughts. I do recommend you read it, it's very short. 1.5 pages.

    By stereotypical if you mean occupations picked up from the environment, then i believe there's nothing stereotypical about it, but it's just like picking things up from the pool of possibilities. One can blame of it being less imaginative though.

  3. Few articles and a video on theis bifurcation of genders into two poles in Traditional society. i know it is less relevant to your point about societal stereotypes, but ultimately Traditional societies do not seek to spread stereotypes rather ideas and institutitions, roles and spaces based on Higher Principles.