Hamid Khan, PhD, Professor of Management, wrote the following valedictory to Our Lady of the Lake University after his retirement:
“Everything has changed lately. Everything. I never thought that writing a valedictory speech would be so difficult. But COVID took away the spirit within me. These are trials and tribulations with which we (and the whole humanity) are being tested. The Test: The test is given by Allah (God) in the following way:
“Have we not ‘enlarged your chest’ for you, oh Muhammad?
and removed from you, your burden,
which weighed heavily down your back,
and raised high, your fame?
So, verily with hardship, there is relief.
Verily, with the hardship there is relief.
So, when you are finished with your preoccupations, then stand up for your Lord’s worship
and to your Lord alone turn all your hopes and aspirations; and give invocations.”
Quran Chapter 94 Verses (1-8)
The Answer: The answer is also given by Allah (God) in the following way
“1. By Time 2. Verily, man is in a state of loss. 3. Except those who believe and do righteous deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience.” – Quran Chapter 103 Verses (1-3)
“Such a story calls finally for a declaration of faith. I believe in the power of cooperation of men *(and women) of free will to make men *(and women) free to cooperate; that only as they choose to work together can they achieve the fullness of personal development; that only as each accepts responsibility for the choice, can they enter into that communion of men *(and women) from which arise the higher purpose of individual and cooperative behavior alike. I believe that the expansion of cooperation and the development of the individual are mutually dependent realities and that a due proportion or balance between them is a necessary condition of human welfare. Because it is subjective with respect both to society as a whole and to the individual, what this proportion is, I believe science cannot say. It is a question for philosophy and religion.” – Chester Barnard, the functions of the executive