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Attitude… August 19, 2006

Posted by humairah in Expression, General.

It is the “advance man” of our true selves.
Its roots are inward but its fruit is outward.
It is our best friend or our worst enemy.
It is more honest and more consistent than our words.
It is an outward look based on past experiences.
It is a thing which draws people to us or repels them.
It is never content until it is expressed.
It is the librarian of our past.
It is the speaker of our present.
It is the prophet of our future.

-John Maxwell, author of Attitude 101- What every leader needs to know


Khurram Murad- A Visionary Leader among Da’is August 17, 2006

Posted by humairah in General, Learning from personalities.

Khurram Murad was born in Bhopal, India in 1932, and migrated to Pakistan in 1948. He studied civil engineering at the University of Karachi (BEng. 1952), securing 1st place in the University, and went on to study in the University of Minnesota (USA) (MSc. 1958), he worked as a leading consulting engineer in Karachi, Dhaka, Tehran and Riyadh. Associated Consulting Engineers Ltd., with which he worked as a chief engineer and resident director, was responsible for the initial design and electrification of the extension of the Masjid al-Haram, Makkah and Khurram Murad played an important role in the formulation and implementation of the plans for extension of the Haram.

Murad’s thinking on what Muslims and Muslim leaders must do in the West was the contextualisation of the Islamic Movement. It is┬ásummarised below:

  • Ultimate mission of the Islamic movement: The Islamic Movement is an organised struggle to change the existing society into an Islamic society based on the Qur’an and SUnnah and to make Islam, which is a code for entire life, supreme and dominant, especially in the sociopolitical spheres.

  • Leaders of the Islamic Movement must not be constrained by ‘historical’ Islam. As Allah says in the Qur’an: O ye who believe! Be ye staunch in justice, witnesses for Allah, even though it be against yourselves or (your) parents or (your) kindred, whether (the case be of) a rich man or a poor man, for Allah is nearer unto both (than ye are). So follow not passion lest ye lapse (from truth) and if ye lapse or fall away, then lo! Allah is ever Informed of what ye do. [4:135]

  • Local Muslims must be involved: For it is only the locals who have the power to change the society into an Islamic society

  • Communicate using the same frame of reference as the target audience, such as emulating the examples of previous prophets, but conveying the message in the language understood by the followers.

  • Focus on contemporary issues. Different Prophet’s had different focusses, suc as Prophet Nuh on the issue of caste and class differences, Prophet Hud on imperialism and Prophet Lut confronted permissiveness; may the peace and blessings of Allah (swt) be on them. Make the message relevant to what’s degrading society today- pornography, nuclear proliferation, environmental degradation, etc.


-Taken from Leadership- An Islamic Perspective by Rafik Beekun and Jamal Badawi