Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I Luv Islam

It was a busy weekend but we just couldn't miss it. We didn't know the speaker, but reading his background was enough to convince us that it is going to be an enlightening and inspiring talk.
Our heartfelt thanks goes to the team of iLuvislam who extended the invitation for us to attend the program.

The keynote address was given by the CEO of Kumpulan Karangkraf Sdn. Bhd, one of the leading publishing house in Malaysia. A humble man with cheerful exterior, Dato' Hussamuddin bin Hj Yaacub shared with us, an audience which consisted of mostly young generation, about his life journey. He singled out his parents as the one who played the fundamental role in designing his success.
"The reading habit that my parents inculcate in me was the basic foundation that makes me who I am today", he said. And he continued on describing his childhood and how reading became his main source of knowledge and creativity in solving problems.

Imran Koyube, the president of iLuvislam gave an impressive presentation after the keynote address.
Subhaanallah...May Allah give him the strength to continue in his endeavor in using the media of iLuvislam to infect the young generation with the love for Islam. Viral daawah was the term that this former medical student coined to describe the method that he used to spread the beauty of Islam through media. The message of Islam was spread through the cyberspace like a virus infecting our computer. His love for Islam is clearly demonstrated in his work through iLuvislam, and I was deeply moved when he said that the only driving force behind it is the promise of Jannah from Allah. MasyaAllah...

When the invited speaker, Sheikh Yawar Baig took the stage after Imran's presentation, he began with a prayer for Imran, a special prayer that pierced deep into my heart. The learned sheikh said,"I pray that you'll continue to be sincere in your effort and always remain connected to Allah, and may Allah protect you from the evil of wealth and fame". It made me realized that in our journey, not only that we have to aim for success but we must also seek protection from the danger of success.
Sheikh Yawar Baig gave a very inspiring talk. I've learned so much from him within a relatively short time. He stressed on the importance of education in producing excellent leaders. It is very unfortunate that nowadays education is reduced to gaining knowledge and acquiring paper qualification for a chosen career, to make a living. The main purpose of education is to build character, hence education is for life not merely for a living.
While Dato' Hussamuddin kept on stressing that success is by design, not accidental, Sheikh Yawar Baig continued in the same tone that successful leadership is the result of investing thoughts, time and resources consistently in pursuit of a vision that spans generation.
We cannot simply be nostalgic about the glory that the Muslim once had in the eyes of the world, but the time has come for us to create new history. We forgot that Islam came not to imitate others, but to set standard. A standard that would ensure success not only in this world but more importantly in the hereafter as stated in the Qur'an,
"Certainly you have in the Messenger of Allah an excellent exemplar for him who hopes in Allah and the latter day(hereafter) and remembers Allah much" (Al-Ahzab:21)
Our standard had been set to such a noble degree as portrayed by our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW.

Again, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Wan Mohd Firdaus Wan Yusof, the Head of Events and Training of iLuvislam who sent us the invitation email.
May Allah blessed all your effort and guide you always. It was definitely a very meaningful day for us.

Note: The above posting gave a very brief content of a leadership program organized by iLuvislam. I am aware that it doesn't do enough justice to the intent of the event, but I certainly hope that it has given you an impetus in the credence that learning never ends.

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