Developing a creative mindset

May 15th, 2012 @

What does it take to be creative? Does creativity happen automatically? Is creativity best achieved singlehandedly? How can we develop a creative mindset? What can I do if I live in a negative environment? Muslim creativity shaped the modern world. In his book, Civilization: the West and the Rest, Niall Ferguson quoted, “the West owes [...]

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Justice – the foundation of peace

March 16th, 2012 @

Peace and justice go hand in hand. History taught us that the absence of justice often leads to oppression, corruption and crimes. An Arab writer once said: “If the minister and his delegates rule despotically, and the judge on earth is unjust in his judgments, then woe, followed by woe after woe.” Perceived injustice can lead to [...]

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What motivates you?

February 17th, 2012 @

To escape the revenge of the Pharoah for mistakenly killing an Egyptian, Musa (AS) left Egypt for Medyan. It took him a few days to reach his destination. Exhausted, he rested under a tree. Shortly after, he noticed two girls, standing at a distance from a group of men, awaiting their turn to get some [...]

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Is there any reward for Ihsan except Ihsan?

January 17th, 2012 @

Ihsan is an Arabic word which can be broadly defined as perfection and excellence. But this word carries a deeper connotation. It is considered to be the highest level of human possibility. Ihsan is defined as “that you worship God as if you see Him, for if you don’t see him then truly He sees [...]

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Work on your strength

December 15th, 2011 @

Do you feel that you have chosen the wrong field of study or you are in the wrong job? Ordo you feel your talent is not being used at work? If your answer is yes, then you are not alone. According to a Gallup survey, eight out of ten employees worldwide say they are unhappy at work  because [...]

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Focus on strengths, not weaknesses

December 15th, 2011 @

The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) was a great leader who developed the people around him to excel to their greatest potential. When he died, each of his companions was a great leader in his own right; many of them could have become khalifa. The proof is that they went in every direction and took the message [...]

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Be a solution, not a problem!

November 17th, 2011 @

If you were the captain of a ship and found yourself in a situation similar to Nooh (AS) where you have all types of animals on board, but your ship is overloaded and about to sink, what would you do? If you start throwing rabbits, beavers and other small animals, your ship would keep sinking. [...]

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What is behind persistence?

October 22nd, 2011 @

He was an orphan, his father passed away before he was born and his mother died when he was just a little kid. He was brought up in modest surroundings with no formal schooling; he was illiterate. He spent his teen years as a shepherd. Later in his life, he was given a big mission [...]

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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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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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