Praise be to Allah, who taught
man what he does not know, and blessings and peace be upon his Messenger, the teacher of nations.
I hope that my speech to you today be fruitful and advantageous to all intended
I am so pleased with the
invitation addressed to me by MoFAIC to co-write this letter. There is no doubt, however, that this happiness would also
be greater when readers of this article gain the desired benefit from my experience, parts of which are to be
mentioned briefly on this page.
What I will present to you today is merely a simple summary that briefs the
basic rule for what I have learned from field experiences in terms of
"learning and training" during my government work and when I have
devoted myself to entrepreneurship. Please allow me to use direct guidance
sentences, only for the benefit of my beloved readers. For us to learn,
to understand, to perceive, and to master, we have to put aside our material
ambitions, take away our desire for fame and superiority and leave all that behind.
We have to get free from all these ambitions and their accompanying obsessions.
The social position, and your intellectual attachment to it, cannot accompany you
while you seek knowledge. Learning cannot
find its way or become deep rooted into your brain when the mind is possessed
by anxieties of reaching high positions. Hence, dependency should be the first
adopted strategy for an individual to become a true learner.
The overwhelming ambition of
fame, money, and position; as associated
with social compliments and constant pursuit of opportunities; will leave you with
no time to invest in learning. This will not keep any space in your mind for memorization, analysis or even reaching logical
conclusions, no matter how many lessons you go through, and no matter how much
information you experience during your day.
The times I have spent with
groups who are lower than me in grade are to be considered the best for me to receive
learning and training. It was the time where I found myself automatically
falling off the heat of the "raging life" to the calmness of moments,
when information flows in classroom, enriched by discussion to breed new
information and deep ideas. On the contrary, the moments of learning and training,
I have spent with groups or individuals who hold positions equal to mine are no
more than wasting time in discussions where each part tries to prove that they have knowledge more than what others have.
It also happened that we sometimes departed from the goal for which we sat in
that room to end up with leaving the room with nothing new to report.
It is noteworthy here that no matter how knowledge, grades, or level of education
you reach, you will remain ignorant of the secrets of life and universe. No
human being before you has been able to capture all courses of science and
knowledge. Do not let the little information you have gained make you feel that
you have acquired all knowledge you need"… (Of knowledge it is only a little that is communicated to you”, (AL-Isra
Some people who have left public jobs or technical professions and turned
to business may believe that they no longer need to receive any kind of
knowledge or training as their work is mainly based on seizing opportunities, using
compliments, holding agreements, and proving presence in markets. However, such kind of people have missed the
fact that the good understanding of business environment and its vicissitudes
do require learning. The dealing with such environment also requires ongoing
training to gain success in business world and keep up with the terrible speed
of this world transformation.
I have endeavored in this piece
of writing to introduce to you a basic rule that can be summarized as the
“In the moments you spend for learning
and training, forget any ambition other than gaining knowledge and practical
advantage. Try to turn all your material and moral gains into bridges that can
assist you reach the resources of knowledge. Try always to be convinced that
you are still a scholar of knowledge no matter how old you are and what
position you hold.”
HE Saeed Mohammed bin Murshid Al-Maqbali
UAE Ambassador to the Union of the Comoros
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation