Because I’m an English major, people assume I’m an avid writer, eating, drinking, and sleeping research papers because they are the joy of my life. When I clarify that my real interest in languages is a purely linguistic one, most walk away discouraged to search for the next victim, I mean, essay ‘editor’.
I don’t know why I majored in linguistics, but I do know why I continue to study it. In my senior year of high school, I made the istikhara prayer tens of times, and I thank God ten times that for guiding me to pen “English-Linguistics’ in the major field of my petition that one blessed day. Linguistics and zG hit it up ever since. This summer, Allah also blessed me with the opportunity to study Arabic in Jordan. I still marvel at the fortune of Abul Aswad Ad-Du’ali’s daughter; inshaAllah she gets the ajr for every human that benefits from her father’s work until the day of judgement!
While I was studying the linguistics of both English and Arabic, the question of purpose haunted me many a moment (especially before tests ;-), and sometimes I would navigate to my university’s list of majors, only to rule out every single one.
Even though my life is not yet over, I have already derived several benefits to studying what Allah wrote for me. I’ll expound upon these tomorrow God-willing. Until then, ponder upon your relationship with your language, and thank God for linguistics!
This was my way of breaking the barrier between my keyboard and the screen. See y’all tomorrow as I take on the postAday 2011 with God’s permission and help!