Picture: At the Grand Mosque in Yemen’s capital Sanaa ahead of the holy month of Ramadan on June 17, 2015.

An 80-year-old man who still gets up at 6 AM every morning

He volunteers at a local community centre where he spends each morning monitoring the car park for 2 hours. He does this so that he can talk to all the kids who park there for school each day.

His mission?

Encourage them. Bless them. Be there for them. Speak positivity into their lives.

The next 2 hours of his morning he spends reading and memorising the Qur’ān.

But he challenges himself every single day.

He’s currently obsessed with completing his Hifz.

Then the next hour he spends writing anything that comes to mind.

He does all of this by 11 AM each morning.

When I asked him why he followed this routine, he responded, “What else am I going to do? Go play Scrabble with all of the old people?”

At 80 years old he’s still young.

He’s curious.

He’s eager.

He has a burning fire inside him.

He’s younger than most 20-year-olds.

What did you do before 11 AM today?

Most of you reading this are wandering through life.

Most of you are older than that 80-year-old man, because being old isn’t a time of life, it’s state of mind.

You’re consumed with worry, doubt, self-distrust and fear.

It’s paralyzed you from taking action.

If you are seeking the Qur’ān, take it off the bookshelf.


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Written by Qari Mubashir Anwar

Qāri Mubashir began reciting the Holy Qur’ān to admiring audiences in public since the tender age of 10. He began memorising the Holy Qur’ān when he was around 12 years old, struggling down the path to successful completion over several years. He eventually completed memorisation in Cairo, Egypt (2006) where he was authorised in recitation. He sought knowledge and counsel from many legendary reciters at the time including the Chief of Reciters Shaykh al-Qāri’ Ahmad Muḥammad ‘Āmir (May Allah grant him mercy) and Shaykh al-Qāri ‘Abdul Rāziq Ṭahā ‘Ali from the Masjid Imam Hussain and Khikhiya Mosque (Cairo). Qāri also studied the Arabic language at with Ustadh Rabi’ in Cairo.

He then began studies in Law (LLB/LPC) at the University of Liverpool and the University of Law. Whilst doing so he also began teaching and studying the Deen. Formally beginning studying the Islamic Sciences (Dars-e-Nizami) in 2007 under the guidance of Shaykh Muhammad Ramadan al-Azhari (Australia), Shaykh Muhammad As'ad Sa'id as-Sagharji (Syria) and other world-renowned scholars gaining Ijāzah in various Islamic sciences, disciplines, and texts. Qāri has always dedicated his time towards educational, social, business and charitable organisations/projects since 2007. He has been teaching Qur'ān, Hifdh, Tajwid, Arabic and Islamic Studies in one way or another for 16 years.

In 2011, he was recognised as being within the most highly creative 6% of the population by a market research agency. He has channeled his creative talents into writing, graphic design and video editing, singing, and teaching. He is the author of “The Promise of Ten” with other books on their way. The founder of How To Memorise The Quran, The Blessed Hub, The Homeless Hub, and is involved in other initiatives and companies within the UK such as TODAYSMYDAY, a creative agency. He was also a founding trustee at The Urban Sanctuary, former Chief Product Officer and now Chief Learning Officer (CLO) and teacher at Quran Academy. Currently, he is also a lecturer in Tajwid at Minhaj College, Manchester and Imam, and Khateeb at Minhaj-ul-Quran Int. Mosque, Manchester.


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