My cousin Moosa’s speech for his GCSE English Speaking assessment. Masha Allah, it really inspired me. Edited a little, at his request, by sincerelysadia dot WordPress dot com.
When Miss announced to us that we were going to do speeches, I, like many others here, had been shocked. Speechless, even, [pause] especially upon hearing that it was going to be for our actual GCSEs.
So there I was, surfing through the internet, reading some examples of speeches, stressing out a little. Then I thought: why don’t I just talk about inspiration and what inspires me, since I’d been reading many great speeches, trying to find inspiration. When people are inspired, things – like words – just seem to flow.
The Oxford dictionary defines inspiration as:
“The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something”. So what do I find to be mentally, and spiritually, stimulating?
There are numerous people who inspire me, and I’d like to talk about some of them today.
Firstly: Khalid bin Walīd. A great warrior who had fought alongside the Prophet (PBUH). And also: Muhammad Ali, Khabib Nurmagamedov, and many more. Notice a pattern there? Great Muslim fighters who inspire me to keep pushing the limits, just as they did.
And let me also tell you about someone who inspires me greatly, whom I didn’t mention in that list.
My name is Moosa, and I was named after the Prophet Musa (or Moses). A great prophet, who, through God’s grace and favour, had been very powerful. Even though he had to overcome many hard challenges but he did not let this hinder his belief in God. He did not let any of these challenges put him down. We all know the story: he went to the pharaoh with the message of God, but the pharaoh challenged him, refused to believe him, and behaved arrogantly: he was a tyrannical abuser. Then came the ‘days of suffering’, and the Pharoah remained arrogant. However, Musa had been successful in leading the people to freedom, and in helping to end their suffering.
If Musa had simply resigned to his circumstances, ‘accepting’ that the pharaoh and his army would outnumber him and his people, or that the pharaoh was simply a hard person to make change their mind; if Musa (AS) had allowed this to diminish his faith, would he have saved all those people; would he have been such a great prophet?
He exhibited, despite all the seeming ‘odds’ against him, due trust in God. And God made the sea split for him. The Qur’an is filled with metaphorical messages for us: even when, to human eyes, there had been ‘no way out’, God made for him a way.
This story teaches me and reminds me to not have fear of those who might ridicule or persecute me and to not let what other people say bring me down. It also reminds me that whatever happens, God is always with me and is always watching over me. This just gives me more confidence that I can do whatever I put my mind to because I will always have God by my side.
The Quran states in Surah 20, Verse 46:
Qaala laa takhaafaaa innanee ma’akumaa asma’u wa araa
This translates to: He (God) said: “Fear not: for I am with you: I hear and see (everything)”.
So what does this mean for me? What do I aspire to be? Personally, I want to use the strength and power I have, to help people somehow. I want to be there and save lives just as the prophet Musa and all those who inspire me did. So what can I do? What can I be? I want to put myself out there, even in the face of danger, to save lives, using the strength and power that I (by God’s grace) have and that I hope to build upon. I want to be a good role model, and lastly I want to inspire.
Life is quite often a struggle, but usually, what it takes to ultimately emerge victorious is inspiration. So: I leave you with the following questions. What or who inspires you? Why do you think this is the case? And, in light of this, what, who, are you inspired to become?