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Unformatted text preview: tudent, "Stand up, O so-and-so" is better than to say, "Stand up, O student!" Even when responding to a telephone call, which is more beloved to you? For one to respond to you saying, "Yes" or "Hello"? Or for one to say, "Hello, dear Khalid!" or, "Hello Abu `Abdullah!"? No doubt, the fact that you hear your name rings bells in your heart. It has become a tradition that after I deliver general lectures, many youngsters come to me to shake my hand and to thank me. I am therefore always eager to repeat the phrase, "What is your name? Who am I speaking to?" 176 Remember names 26 I say this to everyone I greet, to show that I care for him. Hence, everyone of them responds to me, saying, "I am your brother, Ziyad", or, "I am your son,Yasir" and so on. I recall that once when just after a great number of youngsters greeted me and left, one of them came back to ask me a question. The first thing I said to him was, "May Allah prolong your life, O Khalid!" He rejoiced and said, "Praise be to Allah! You know my name!" People often like to be called by their names. It is well known that all policemen wear name plates on their shirts. I recall that once I gave a lecture in a garrison town, and many policemen came to me to greet me after the lecture. I noticed that one of them kept going back and forth, as if he wanted to greet me, but was too shy to walk through the crowd around me. I turned to him, looked at the name plate he had on his chest, extended my hand to him and said, "Welcome, dear so-and-so." His face changed and he was amazed. He extended his hand to shake mine and, said with a smile on his face, "Wow! How did you know my name?" I said to him, "Dear brother, we must make an effort to know the names of those we love." This had a great effect on him. Many people feel a sense of satisfaction due to this, and wish that they also remember the names of others. There are many reasons why some people cannot recall others' names. One of them is the lack of concern...
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- Spring '12