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Enriching lives Living the purpose of our lives

Enriching lives by Mirza Yawar Baig

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Enriching livesLiving the purpose of our lives

Two QuestionsIf you woke up tomorrow and there were no mobile phones, would you feel a loss?Ask non-Muslims, If you woke up tomorrow and there were no Muslims and no signs of Islam, would you feel a loss?Who are we benefiting?

Aal imran 3: 110.You [Muslims] are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoinal-Ma'ruf(all good) and forbidal-Munkar(all evil), and you believe in Allah.


For the peopleTo benefit all people

Rasoolullah saidThe best of people are those with the most excellent character. (Tabarani, Sahih)The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind. (Daraqutni, Hasan)The best of people are those who are best in fulfilling (rights). (Ibn majah, Sahih)

Baqara 2: 254. O you who believe! Spend of that with which we have provided for you, before a day comes when there will be no bargaining, nor friendship, nor intercession.

It is not a sign of health to be profoundly adjusted to a sick society. ~ J. Krishnamurthy

Action defines us Abu Saeed al-Khudree(RA) said: I heard Rasoolullah say, Whoever sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then hate it in his heart and that is the weakest of faith.[Muslim]

To do nothing is a sickness, not an option

Benefit the whole worldAbdullah ibn Mas'ud(RA) was once asked, Who are the living dead?He replied,Those who never enjoin something good and never forbid something bad.A Muslim is recognized by the goodness he creates

Enriching livesBy sharing

Born to shareWe share air, water, food, knowledge, space and dont run out of it as long as we dont hoard or try to profiteer from it. As long as we share, we all benefit.

Happiness is the product of sharing

What??Change our TeachingChange our TrainingChange our ThinkingThree critical changes

How??Integrated TeachingVocational EducationEntrepreneurshipThree Strategies

Change our TeachingFrom knowing to doing

Change our TeachingFrom teaching stuff to teaching applicationFrom testing memory to testing understandingFrom enforcing compliance to encouraging creativityReward best question not best answer

Integrated TeachingWhy do we need it?

Education todayRandom information crammed without reasonTested on random recallNo focus on showing relatedness of one to anotherNo focus on application in lifeAfter 15 years of full-time study students graduate knowing little and with no life skills

Bring the Quran aliveIntegrated teaching

Allah said

Quranic methodAal Imraan 3:190. Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for people of understanding. 191. Those who remember Allah standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, AND think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): Our Rabb! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted are You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the punishment of the Fire.Allah used AND

Why this method?Islam recognizes that all knowledge is from Allah and that the purpose of knowledge is to recognize our Creator and fill our hearts with His awe and majesty (Khashiyatullah)The natural result is to connect to Allah

Project: OceansBiology: Marine plants & animalsPhysics: Displacement floats shipsChemistry: Why is sea water salty?Geography: Navigation, Orienteering, sailing, QiblaHistory: Maritime history of nations, colonial dominationTrade: Routes, goods, cultural exchangeTafseer: Ayaat relating to OceansFiqh: Mathaail related to sea water, food, travel etc.Hadith: Ahadith related to the seaSeerah: Stories of Seerah and Sahaba about the sea

Living knowledge to be applied in context

Two Oceans How does this happen and where is this?Furqan 25: 53. And it is He Who has let free the two seas (kinds of water), one palatable and sweet, and the other salt and bitter, and He has set a barrier and a complete partition between them.

Project: Mountains

Geology: Isostacy of mountains: Stabilizing effect on tectonic plates minimizing earthquakesGeography: How mountains effect climateBiology: Mountain flora & faunaHistory: How mountains affected history of nations

Mountaineering: Physics of balance, load, atmosphereTafsir: Ayaat related to mountainsSeerah: Mountain of UhudHadith: Ahadith related to mountainsDraw lessons from all of these to connect to Allah

Class OrganizationMultiple teachersStudents of multiple agesAccess to technologyAsking good questions

Challenge conclusionsEncourage critical Analysis Encourage healthy debateEncourage solutions

Focus on understanding, application, innovation, creative problem solving

Proactive contributionImpose creative constraints

Change our TrainingFrom pure academics to practical skillsVocational trainingSocial entrepreneurship Empowerment, compassion, solution

Vocational TrainingEquip every school with Vocational Training facilitiesEvery child must be able to work with his handsProvide employment to artisans, mechanics, engineersTake pride in dignity of labor

Entrepreneurship Interest free loan to set up a businessSell the products they makeUse proceeds to create problem solving initiatives for the deprived

Practical training in entrepreneurship

At a National LevelNational Entrepreneurship UniversityNational Venture Capital FundAnnual Award for Best Social ProjectPoverty eradication through entrepreneurship

Change our ThinkingFrom good for me to good for us

Change our thinkingFrom saving to creating wealthFrom finding a job to creating jobsFrom buying to buildingFrom hoarding to sharing

Possessions add cost not value

Master or victimIts your choice

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Window of opportunityIn the life of every man and woman comes a time when they have a unique opportunity to make an impact and influence others. When it closes your life is over, even if you remain aliveOur window is open now

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The Essential TruthLiving life is about making choices:Choosing to be a victimOr choosing to be a master Both stances are subject to the same givens of society, environment, organization etc.But have very different implications in terms of your development and happiness

FIMA KuwaitParticipant WorkbookYawar Baig & Associates38Life is all about making choices. We choose to be Victims or we choose to be Masters. Both choices are subject to the same boundary conditions.But they have very different implications on our development and satisfaction.The characteristic of Masters is that even when they may temporarily be in a Victim situation, they quickly ask themselves the key question:Okay so what can I do about this situation? This question is the key to taking a Masterful stance in life.

Whore you?VictimsComplain about what happenedThink of excusesBlame othersLose hope & give upPerish MastersSay, what can I do about it?Think of solutionsOwn responsibilityHave courage to try new waysWin, even if they failChoose wisely because it is your life


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