Who is a perfect mentor? Who do you call a perfect mentor? What does he do? Why is he needed? Guidance comes from teachers and parents too. Leaders also guide as well as friends—are they all perfect mentors? ‘You do not sin.’ The man was now confused.
Many people will answer with these words ‘Someone who is pious, devout, a worshipper.’ But there are many devout, pious people who do not fault in their prayers—many of them sitting around you. Are they the perfect mentors? ‘The perfect guide is one whose worship is not just for the public, but comes from his heart, for God alone. His goodness and piety are genuine, not just an act,’ opined another. ‘In your circle of friends, you must surely know at least one such person who is a true worshipper, whose goodness and devotion are completely trustworthy. So is such a person the ideal guide?’ After a quiet pause, someone else spoke up. ‘It would be a person whose speech has the impact to change others’ lives.’ ‘The impact is there—in the words some people say, or others write. An actor on the stage, a journalist in his columns may have that impact, but does that make them the perfect guides?’ ‘The ideal mentor would be one who can prophesy, who has mystic powers and can predict the future,’ said another. ‘Many of us have dreams that portend the future or give us some indication of what’s to come. Some people can pray to seek knowledge of the future; some have very strong sixth sense and can feel coming dangers. Who is the perfect mentor then?’ asked Dr Sibt-e-Ali. He repeated his question after a spell of silence. ‘Who could be a perfect mentor?’
Salar began looking at Dr Ali in a perplexed way. ‘Can there be anyone other than Dr Ali who is the perfect guide? If so, who could it be? Who was it?’ he thought. The same thoughts echoed in the minds of others present there. Dr Ali was watching each face and slowly his smile faded. ‘The perfect mentor is one who is the paragon of perfection—perfection that is the composite...
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