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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


Dean Smith Leadership Principle 1 July 12, 2006

Posted by humairah in Activities, Learning from personalities, Management, Skills Development.
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The Reciprocal Law of Loyalty

“If you ever need me, call!”

Thought for the Day: If you are loyal to people, they will be loyal to you.

Game Plan

  • Put people first
  • Accept others unconditionally
  • Care for them over a lifetime
  • Be honest with everyone
  • Have empathy for all
  • Care for people who produce the profit

Team Practice

  • What does loyalty mean to you?
  • How do you demonstrate loyalty in your personal life?
  • How do you demonstrate loyalty @ work?
  • What can your organisation do to foster loyalty among customers, shareholders, and employees?

Coach Smith said, ‘I loved to win, and hated to lose. Yet for years I struggled with something internally. We would play poorly and win, and I’d feel great. We’d play well and lose, and I’d feel terrible. That didn’t make sense to me’.’If two of your children were playing tennis against each other, would you really care who won? Is winning all that important in the scheme of things? No. That’s why I’ve placed compassion above competition. I want to win, but caring for people is much more important to me’.

Putting people first
Everything meaningful in life flows out of relationships. Coach Smith would not let even the dean or chancellor interrupt him when he was in a meeting with one of his players. He made them feel very important. That’s the reciprocal law of loyalty- If you are loyal to people, they will be loyal to you.


Leadership- The critical difference May 28, 2006

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By Brian Tracey

Staying in the zone
Remember, in order to become a leader, you start with an 'A'. Now all you have to do, is keep it. If you've been eating a lot of junk (out of the zone), you're just one step away from the right zone- Eat a healthy meal. Similarly, in order to become a leader, all you have to do is work hard to keep your 'A'- You already have it.

The qualities of leadership

Clarity of vision
Leaders have vision. They can see the future, and they have a long-time perspective. They have the ability to visualise an ideal future. Everyone close their eyes, imagine this room goes into a time warp. 5 years later, you open your eyes. Something wonderful has happened- Your whole life has been perfected. All your dreams have been fulfilled, and all your goals have been achieved- What would it look like? Where would you be? Who would you be with? How well would you be doing? How much would you be earning? How fit would you be? What would your children be like?
This a critical question to answer, because:
1. 5 years have passed, and this is what you'd be.
2. If you're absolutely clear on what you want, you'd be exponentially closer to your goals 5 years from now in reality.

Strategic intent: Where would you want to be in 5-10 years. What kind of a person would like to be?
If you can define that today, you develop long term perspective.

Clarity is very important. Unlike Columbus- when he reached America, he didn't know where he was. When he got back, he didn't know where he went. And this is how most people are when they goto work. A successful person is like an arrow. He knows where he's heading. He can see the direction.

Think about the future
Leaders think about the future. This is one of the characteristics of superior people. Average people think about reading the paper, watching TV, and so on.

Emerson said you can tell how big you are by the type of things that irritate you- such as, the candy on your pillow, or the government corruption. What pre-occupies you?What are your values? What do you stand for? What do you believe in?
Recent studies show they know who they are. You don't need to tell them. Non-leaders are a little bit to the left, or to the right.
Leaders have a mission- It's the galvanising force in your life. A mission is your ideal future condition. You are the president for your own company, and you need a mission for your own life.
'I am an outstanding professional in my field. I'm the best amongst my team. I am intensely service oriented. I'm liked and looked up by all those around me.' Keep comparing yourself to your mission. Leaders set very high standards for themselves. Am I living upto the best that is in me? Your mission is to do something best with your life. You can hold up your mission and keep comparing yourself to it. You just need to use a fraction of all the potential that God has given us to make a difference around us.