WHERE ARE THE LEADERS?

Democracy in practice

slavery.

Today as I write this (July 18, 2016) a coup happened in Turkey but the people defeated it. So democracy apparently has more meaning in Turkey than it had in Egypt. But now what? And what really is the position of democracy in the Muslim world?

A brief, even cursory look at the history of Muslim rule shows that after a brief period in the Khilafa Rashida where the first two Khulafa were ‘elected’ by a group of leaders, in the period of the third Khalifa fault lines appeared and it all fell apart leading to his assassination and the installing of the fourth by force. That was contested and resulted in a huge amount of entirely preventable bloodshed and the nature of Khilafa changed from elected leadership (not in our conventional sense but still elected) to hereditary kingship which became the norm and remained that way until 1923 when the institution of Khilafa itself was abolished; the instrument of it ironically being a Turk, Kemal Pasha a.k.a. Ataturk. We had good and bad kings, called ‘Khulafa’ in this entire period but not a single one was ever elected. They were all hereditary monarchs, until even the title of Khalifa was abolished and the Ottoman Khilafa was dismembered and the pieces distributed to loyal allies of the Western powers who destroyed the Khilafa and who were content to be called Malik (king) instead of Khalifa. The Ottoman kings also used the term ‘Sultan’ and not ‘Khalifa’ though the institution was still called the Khilafa.

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If I were President Erdogan

The Situation: They tried to kill me and topple my government. They failed. Allahﷻ helped me and I was able to provide the leadership for my people to come out into the streets. Allahﷻ caused even those who opposed me to support me. Truly I witnessed the help of...

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Interpreting Reality

Where and how do I begin? To speak from the heart, yet not reveal the grief, confusion and anxiety that it is filled with. Grief at the rapidly deteriorating situation all over the world where human life seems to have lost all value. Confusion as to why this sudden...

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Marrying for josh, not hosh

Question: I want to get married to this man in my university who says that the best thing for him is to get married to get out of the temptations that surround him. He is still a student on scholarship and has no income or career. What is your advice? Answer: جزاك...

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In search of peace – Really??

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/ca/cb/67/cacb6796d4ddabb912c0198b3fcf0b55.jpgWhat is required for peace to prevail?Anything done with a clear intention and according to a system gives value added results. Take the case of calisthenics – weight lifting – to...

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Dilemma of the Revolutionary

This is a thought-share primarily for South African leadership who may be interested in an outsider’s view of the changes happening in their country. I have taken the liberty of adding my comments on what I believe will be helpful to do. I am not preaching to anyone....

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Entreprenuership is not about business

In the world of entrepreneurship and startups, which I inhabit and have some claim to, we say that you can’t succeed in your startup until you make a significant personal commitment. Most successful entrepreneurs deliberately had no Plan B (second option if the first...

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What does it take to lead a Muslim organisation?

This is a follow up to my earlier post..Don't lie to yourself..which focuses on the reality of the leadership of Muslim organisations. I've enumerated here what I consider critical criteria for leadership success. Recommend you read my book: Hiring Winners.Criteria...

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Don’t lie to yourself

There is a belief among a large number of Muslim organizations that they are very successful and are on the path to change the world. From my perspective of having been in the area of global leadership development and my experience of working with major name...

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Police Ride Along

I was on holiday in Florida this September (2015) when I heard of the Ride Along program that several Police Departments offer all over the United States. This is an initiative to encourage Police Public Partnership so that people can see life from the other side of...

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Medical Ethics? Who is she?

Of late we have been having an interesting and involved discussion on the subject of medical ethics in India, especially in so-called corporate hospitals involving also doctors in both private practice and government service. Interesting and involved because everyone...

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Where do you stand?

http://www.dailysabah.com/columns/hatem-bazian/2015/08/17/books-and-reading-in-the-muslim-world-a-serious-crisisA friend sent me the article above underlining perhaps one of the most pernicious diseases of the Muslim world – a lack of concern for knowledge. Reading it...

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Punishment ISIS style is NOT ISLAMIC

Someone commented on the incident of the ISIS hanging up two boys by their wrists for a day or more because they didn't fast in Ramadan. Below is the comment and my answer.Assalamualaykum.Overall, the ISIS seems a covert American operation to consolidate territory in...

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Words – It’s only words – Or is it?

Don’t underestimate the importance of words. In the famous words of Mark Twain: 'The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.'Words touch the heart, move the soul and inspire the spirit. Words...

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Parenting can’t be outsourced

The biggest challenge of parenting is to accept that we are facing a world that is very different from the one we grew up in. This is true irrespective of which country you live in with the additional complexity of a rapid destruction of walls between cultures. The...

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ISIS – Isn’t Isn’t

The faulty logic of the ISISPreface: Religion is the last resort of the scoundrel...as the saying goes...refers to the tendency of some unscrupulous people to twist religion to justify their own nefarious activity. Genghis Khan famously gave a "sermon" in Bukhara...

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Who decides on gender equality?

Gender inequality a product of culture, not religion: Study. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwuIXDvCALet me begin with a disclaimer in the best modern tradition of writing that I accept that there's gender discrimination and that women invariably get the short end of...

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All hands on deck – it’s time to stand together

There is a tendency in reporting and speaking about things like the deplorable so-called cartoons of Charile Hebdo and other similar things and say that they are offensive to a certain group of people. I consider this an insult to my humanity and my sensibilities as a...

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Udai Pareek, my mentor and friend

Udai Pareek – the most powerful thing I learnt from him was to give without asking for a return. And I have followed that principle all my life. Who else in this world writes a book full of tried and tested psychometric tests and gives it away?I first met Udai in 1983...

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