In the name of Allah the most Compassionate the Most Merciful, the master of the day of reckoning. May the peace and blessing of the almighty God be upon our noble prophet Muhammad bn Abdullahi (SAW), his house hold his companions and all those who follow his footsteps until the day of resurrection (i.e the day of kiyama).
One very important issue that always baffled me in past few months is what I intend to share with all and that is Life after school what are challenges that await a graduate. Not until such issue was address by an intellectual scholar before I come appreciate their a lot of challenges out there but it all depend on how much you prepare for the challenges.
To introduce this concept, I will start following strictly what has been put together a scholar during a programme organized by MSSN UDUS tagged “LIFE AFTER GRADUATION” I will like to put this as definition of the term graduation. The term graduation means moving up or something more advanced. While a graduate is a person who has been awarded a first academic degree or successfully complete a degree or course in tertiary institution or its equivalent.
On the other hand LIFE means a particular type or aspect of people’s existence. During the school life a lot of things are there to limit the freedom of an individual as a student. A student is surrounded by authorities with different rules and regulation day in day out. A student is always under tension of academic stress such as assignments, test and examinations and extra curricular activities as the case may be. A student leaves in a small environment where people easily recognize and identify one another with very limited exhibition of one true characters.
The School is an institution of learning, a place of acquiring vast experiences, as people of different background, different tribe and culture, different language, different geographical location and different religion are brought together to achieve a common goal. Therefore student life is easily influenced to become good or bad by the peer group and close associates.
Despite all these, the challenges are much more in the larger society. There are immediate challenges and there are challenges that come after you reach certain level in life of these challenges includes:
Challenges of NYSC Camp, Struggle to get yourself fixed in any organization, High expectations and demands, Struggle to get stabilized, Expectation from the larger society to mention but few.
The greater challenge lies on the intension of a person after graduation. Because it is clearly mentioned in the glorious Qur’an (Q3:152)
“Among you are some that desire this world and some that desire the Hereafter…”
It I s quiet unfortunate today yarning and aspirations the youths in the various institution of learning is to graduate and become something in the larger society purposely to loot public funds and gather wealth that include money, flashy cars and big mansions without any justification. Not considering the masses and other below them in the larger society. Greediness and selfishness over whelm their mercies and compassion right in the school before graduation.
CHALLENGES OF THE NYSC CAMP
If one is lucky enough to escape with his/her faith from all forms of evils and side attraction that are indeed deluding, very disastrous and catastrophic in the universities, polytechnics and colleges, the last and final trap is set up in the NYSC camp, one of the most devilish and JAHANAMISTIC activity introduced into the life cycle of every child who at least ones in his/her life has attended a high institution of learning and obtain a degree or HND certificate within or outside the country.
A lot of atrocities and transgression beyond bounds are being promoted in the NYSC camp. For such kind of attitudes Allah (SWT) has these to say;
“Verily, those who like that (the crime of) illegal sexual intercourse should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the hereafter. And Allah knows and you know not.” (Q:24:19).
It has been an adapted culture of our people today to remain jobless despite the available skills. Our youth solely rely on government to employ them into the available sectors, which is in most cases not available at all. And even in the situations where they are available they are not sufficient enough. Our youth are so much reliant upon the government for job placement.
After all, when we reflect back to the statement of God the Almighty in the glorious book of Islam, Allah encourage us to be self reliant and productive. Where He says:
“And we brought forth iron where in is mighty power (in matter of war), as well as many benefit for mankind , that Allah may test who it is that will help him (His religion) and His messengers in the unseen. Verily Allah is All- Strong, All-Mighty. (Q:57:25).
In the above verse of the Qur’an, Allah (SWT) encourages the believers to be productive through the use of natural resources at their disposal, collectively and at individual level in order to assist the course of Islam. That is why when you go by the history of Islam, you will find out that most of the prophets and messengers of Almighty God have their skills and occupations to keep them busy and self reliant. Which provide them with courage to stand firm and fight against all form of corruption, injustices, abominations and transgression against God.
For instance, prophet Muhammad (SAW) was a shepherd (he rear animals) and he was also a business man. Musa (Mosses) (AS) was shepherd, Dawud (David) (AS) was a Tailor, Yunus (AS) was a fisherman, Yusuf (Joseph) (AS) was a shepherd. So if these men of God , men of high esteem extreme respect and dignity could adopt a particular skill as a major source of lively hood, why not we.
It is indeed our greediness desire to be extremely rich within no time that blocked the youths from searching for a lawful means of lively hood. As young graduate one must be mindful of the kind of job we he/she for.
And in the event one happens to get a job, Islam should be our priority. Allah the most high said;
“But seek, with that (wealth) which Allah has bestowed on you, the home of the Hereafter, and forget not your portion of lawful enjoyment in this world; and do good as Allah has been good to you, and seek not mischief in the land. Verily, Allah likes not those who commit great crimes and sins, oppressors, tyrants, mischief-makers and corrupters. (Q:28:77).
Moreover, try to look for a job that Islam and Muslims need representation the most, if you are capable and qualified.
HIGH LEVEL OF EXPECTATIONS
It is obvious to obey, honor and respect your parents even if they are not Muslims, not to talk of when they are Muslims. They suffered with you from the infant stage to maturity; they took adequate care of your feeding, clothing, medication and shelter. The enrolled you into school and took care of your registrations and other logistics related to that. Allah (SWT) said;
“And we have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years, give thanks to Me and your parents. To Me is the final destination.
But if they (both) strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not ; but behave with them in the world kindly, and follow the path of him who turns to Me in repentance and in obedience. Then to Me will be your return, and I shall tell you what you used to do. (Q:31:14-15).
For further readings read also in the glorious Qur’an 2:83, 4:36, 17:23 etc
STRUGGLE TO GET SETTLED AND EXPECTATION FROM THE LARGER SOCIETY
Marriage is another stage of advancement in life after graduation that is of paramount importance. Making a better choice of a life partner is an essential part of a successful life after graduation. Your failure to get the best and the most desirable couple is always resulting endless problems in life. Some times it leads to divorce and that brings about a broken home the effect of which will manisfest in your family most especially ones children upbringing.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) explained in a sound tradition that most people married for sake of family background, beauty/handsomeness, material inclination or religion. But he cautions us, warn us and advise us to go for religious sake is more lasting than the remaining. Because all can expire except religion. Therefore we oath to be careful in selecting our spouses.
To this end honour is given to the most high who have make it easier for me to reframe this article. The article was presented at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto by Mallam Nasir Abubakar Kigo at a one day programme organized by the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria. I felt the need to reframe and publicize this article for the sake of young graduate who were not opportune to be there, though without the consent of the author, but I pray to Almighty Allah to make it worth reading and appreciable and applicable in our lives.
Jc. (Hon.). ABDULHAMID MUSTAPHA