Take charge of your learning

September 15th, 2011 @

Whenever I participate in career fairs, the most frequently asked question by high-school students is “How much money will I make as a medical doctor or engineer or lawyer?” For them, the main, if not the only, criterion of choosing a career is how much money one can earn. This way of thinking comes from [...]

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Education from an Islamic perspective

September 14th, 2011 @

The word “education” in Arabic is tarbiya which comes from the Arabic root words raba and rabba. Raba means to increase the physical size of things. Allah says “… and (further), thou seest the earth barren and lifeless, but when We pour down rain on it, it is stirred (to life), it swells and it [...]

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Patience and Perseverance the Key to Success

August 15th, 2011 @

Allah (SWT) says: “And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint, – none but persons of the greatest good fortune.” (Quran 41:35). In this verse Allah is telling us that no one will succeed in this life or the hereafter except those who have patience. These people, Allah tells [...]

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Do you know any alternative to patience?

August 15th, 2011 @

Patience does not mean waiting and doing nothing. Patience means accepting the things we cannot change, and doing our best to change the things we can, while understanding that the results we want may take some time to come. The source of patience is our faith and our submission to our Lord. Therefore, patience is [...]

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Excellence in Service

July 15th, 2011 @

All organizations, whether for profit or not-for-profit, exist to provide a service to their customers or constituency. Successful organizations understand that their long term success is very much dependent on keeping and growing their customer base or constituency. They also understand that their customers or constituency will only remain loyal to them as long as [...]

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Be just in all your dealings…

June 15th, 2011 @

It is related by Mohammed ibn Jafar, a companion of the Prophet (PBUH), that a Christian delegation came to the Prophet (PBUH) and said, “O Abu-l Qasim, send one of your companions with us, one in whom you are well pleased, to judge between us on some questions of property about which we disagree among [...]

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Handling Conflict

June 15th, 2011 @

Conflict always exists. All of us experience it. We disagree with our brothers and sisters at home and we disagree with our managers and peers at work. The only people who probably do not experience conflict are hermits.  The truth is we cannot eliminate conflict. The only thing we can do about it is to [...]

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Jihad – the Pre-requisite to Organizational Success

May 15th, 2011 @

The word “Jihad” is one of the most abused words in the Arabic language. Jihad simply means to struggle or to exert one’s utmost effort or to sacrifice all that is at one’s disposal, including one’s life and possessions, to do good deeds and resist the temptations to do bad ones. This noble act has [...]

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Jihad – The Greater Struggle

May 11th, 2011 @

Jihad is an Arabic word which can be broadly defined as making an effort or struggle to get things done. This word is the subject of widely conflicting views, both from within and outside the Muslim community. The meaning of Jihad has been hijacked by certain groups (Muslim and non-Muslim) and given exclusively a military connotation [...]

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Compassion in Organisational Development

April 15th, 2011 @

Muslims are taught to always start any activity they engage in with “In the name of Allah the Compassionate, the Merciful”. Allah has 99 names describing His various characters. Why choose to mention these particular two when starting any activity? This is simply because Muslims cannot engage in anything, big or small, without compassion and [...]

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