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This blog has been designed most for the benefits of my students. I am interested in spiritual intelligence because I believe it leads to happiness and resilience. If you want copies of my published research (conference papers or articles in journals), feel free to contact me.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Making 70 excuses for others

Aiman Azlan makes a point that is essential to understand the Islamic perspective on communication.

Friday, November 23, 2012

MOTIVATION: Do what you love

THIS IS NOT PART OF THE HAPPY IN ISLAM PROJECT - This video is related to the chapter on motivation. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Soft launch of Productive Teens project

Well, this post is the unofficial launch of the Productive Teens project. I am working with Tuan Fazrul Ismail at Total Success Sdn Bhd to modify the Happy in Islam project for the benefits of schools. The aim is to help teenagers think about their Islamic identity so that they may have more productive and happier lives. So far, I have received the help of my students taking MGT4820 (see photo). They have recorded several videos that will be uploaded soon to You Tube. These videos is the sharing of students who got themselves into social trouble, rediscovered Islam and got out of trouble. The purpose of the videos is to show that a) changing is possible and b) showing how to change. Soon, I will be looking for a technical director to coordinate the shooting of videos and ensuring good quality (especially the sound). If students taking MGT2010 are interested to help out, do contact me.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


THIS IS NOT FOR THE HAPPY IN ISLAM PROJECT - Next week, we will talk about leadership. This famous video shows what happen if there are no leaders .....

Monday, November 5, 2012

No arms, no legs, no worries

THIS IS NOT PART OF THE HAPPY IN ISLAM PROJECT - This video is to view before the classes on Understanding Human Behaviour. We can focus on what we want but don't have and on what we can't do .... or we can focus on what we do have and what we can do. As the Prophet SAW said, to be grateful, we need to look at those who have less than us.....

Masters of Management: feedback on mid sem

I am marking your papers. Regarding question 1 ("Are you satisfied with your goal setting and time management?"), I am quite surprised to see how many of you feel that you are satisfied with your current goal setting and time management skills. It is one of the irony of personal self-development that when you are satisfied with your skills, you stop improving them. When you are not satisfied with your skills, you will continue to improve these skills..... To use an analogy, improving your skills is like walking up stairs. If you walk a few stairs and then look back, you think, "Wow, I am good. Let me take a rest." Other people will keep up walking up.

Another soft skills session