When Muhammad Alshareef started his DiscoverU program, I honestly was not very interested. In fact, in one of his early marketing e-mails, I informed him of my dislike for the manner he was approaching, because it was so much like other self-help or marketing programs. It was, more-or-less, off my radar for quite some time.
I should say, at this point, that there are few people that I respect as I do Muhammad. I am not shy to say that I consider him almost as an older brother, except for the fact that that statement might make it seem like we’re especially close. I suppose it’s fair to say we are, but I am sure that there are a large number of people that can make a similar claim, and several amongst them that have far more right to do so! Needless to say, I have always respected him, not just for what he has done with Khutbah.com, AlMaghrib Institute, his numerous lectures & khutbahs (both pre- & post-EmanRush), but for his serious approach to truly Islamic progress & development. More than once he has given me excellent advice that I took to heart. Again, I am certain this is a situation shared by many others.
Therefore, when my wife mentioned to me a conference call/session with Muhammad regarding topics relating to Islamic finance (an issue of great interest to both of us, as we’re starting a new life together, walhamdulillaah), my interest was obviously piqued. And, given that my wife was already involved, to some degree, with DiscoverU (in as far as she was receiving the e-mails before I was), I decided that it was worth my time to take another look. I signed up at DiscoverULife launch site and I got the information for it. As it happened, my wife was unable to attend the session in full (this is only further complicated by the fact that she is still in Malaysia – that’s an entirely different story), but I was greatly pleased at the topics discussed – everything from getting out of debt to financing your education in a halaal way to investing your money in a halaal and smart way. This was something I could get into, and as this short session was supposed to be indicative of how DiscoverULife (an extension of the original DiscoverU idea, not entirely sure of the completely distinction yet) would be, as well (i.e., a preview).
There’s another session tonight, in shaa Allaah, and I’m getting ready for it, and I’m looking forward to it as well. The topic for this one is Joy of Clarity, and Yasir Qadhi will be on the line as well.
I have to say, I am surprised at myself at being so caught up in this, but I have been struggling with myself a lot lately, and seeing as how one of the goals of DiscoverU/DiscoverULife is to help one learn how to reach one’s goals (and, of course, how to set them in the first place), the timing is perfect. I think it would be inappropriate to miss this opportunity, for both myself and my wife. Maybe it’s just Muhammad’s NLP working on me, but I am enthusiastic about enrolling in this program, at least initially, to see where I can go from here, in shaa Allaah. Allaah knows that I need more work in being focused and achieving goals, so I have to at least try.
More later, in shaa Allaah.