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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Repentance: a management's perspective

Its Ramadhan, 30 minutes before Subuh and I am thinking about repentance. I guess that many people do not appreciate religion because they see it as 'irrational'. But when you look at Islamic concepts and you trace them back to psychology, you find that they make a lot of sense. Fasting, for example, is not just about 'cutting food'. It is about changing your behaviour. When you have fasted and you start praying, it's normal to start thinking about repentance. Repentance is about analysing yourself, identifying the good and the bad and throwing away the bad. Although people repent after the prayer, I believe that analysing yourself is much easier before the prayer. If you are serious about repentance, a good technique is to have a little notebook. Spend a few minutes answering the following questions:

1. Why am I Muslim? Is it simply because I was born in a Muslim family?

2. If I were to die today, would I be able to justify all my behaviour to Allah?

3. If the answer is no, which behaviour would I have problems justifying?

4. Which aspect of my character would I like to improve?

I personally find that reading religious books is a good way to trigger ideas. For the last 10 days of Ramadhan, I plan to read a series of books about Aqidah - specifically about the Day of Judgment, the questionning in the grave, the descriptions of Paradise and Hell, what happens at death and so forth - to stimulate my thinking.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Management from an Islamic perspective (MGT4820)

The date for the mid-semester exam for MGT4820 has been set on Monday 20th September. Date and venue will be confirmed. There will be three essay questions, you need to answer 2.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The USA is the poorest country in the world

Here is website that should make Muslims think. The USA is so poor that it cannot afford to pay for its military campaign around the world. So how does the USA do it?

Well, every week, the US government sells US Treasury bonds to finance its budget deficit. All interest-based banks in Malaysia buy US Treasury bonds as part of their investment portfolio. If you have RM 100 in a non-Islamic bank in Malaysia, a portion of that is invested in US Treasury bond ... which is then used to pay for the American war effort. Only by having an account in an Islamic bank do you avoid this trap of financing the US government. Go to:

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Red bead experiment (part 5 & 6)

As I mentioned before, the final video is excellent because you understand the whole point to the series of videos

Red bead experiment (part 3 & 4)

Continue watching, the facilitators make fun of many management practices ....

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Red Bead Experiment (part 1 and part 2)

Watch carefully. If you fully understand this experiment, you will understand a lot about management. Feel free to discuss this experiment in any essay questions on the exam.....

Another soft skills session