The beauty of life as a Muslim is that we already have a revealed,proven template for excellence.Excellence in Islam is just not a measure of material wealth.Very far from it. Not just limited to the 'Here'.The 'hereafter' is equally important, if not more important.In Islam we need to aim for excellence in both the 'here' and the 'hereafter'.That is ideal.
When Tariq Ziad some 1300 years ago crossed the treacherous Strait of Jabal Tariq into southern Europe, he then burn down all his long boats and never looked back. That single act of burning his only 'bridge' back to Morocco was indeed a paradigm shift for barbaric Europe.The early Muslims brought renaisance and civilising influence there.
Now and in the past 200 years the Europeans, and my God, lately even the newly, almost self declared 'Imperial' Americans, have repackaged the Message and busily shafting down our parents'throats, our throats and in future, our children's and children children's throats, their 'corrupted and debased values.Wrongs become right and right become wrong. Political correctness more important than truth and justice. All topsy turvy.....
Nonetheless, Steve Covey's 7 habits of Highly Effective People is a superb, albeit ,semi Jewish, semi secular world view of looking at things. In the 60's we had Carnegie and Reverend Norman Vincent Peale[ my guru in my 'lonely' 'standard 4' days as I was orphaned early in life ].
We have here a young man, 'Ustaz Hasrizal' who has 'Islamised' Stephen's Coveys 7 Habits.We need not reinvent the wheels. We just need to reorient ourselves to look at knowledge through the Islamic world view:"Rabbana atina fiddunya hasanah, wafil-a khiratihasanatan wakina azabannar"...God, give us excellence in the 'here' and 'hereafter',remove us away from the 'hellfire'...This in essence is the Islamic world view: EXCELLENCE in the "HERE" and the "HEREAFTER".
One can be a billionaire or PM or, both a PM and a billionaire, but if one's 'hereafter' is not taken care off in the 'here', one is worse than a pauper!
We, young and old , all of us, need to reinvent and refresh ourselves, and insyaallah, make that quantum leap to success in the 'here' and more importantly, in the 'hereafter'. Enjoy the tapes........
Dr Nik Howk
"This life of the world is but a pastime and a game. Lo! the home of the Hereafter - that is Life, if they but knew."...[Surah Al Ankaboot , 29 : 64]
"...O my dear son! Lo! though it be but the weight of a grain of mustard-seed, and though it be in a rock, or in the heavens, or in the earth, Allah will bring it forth. Lo! Allah is Subtile, Aware. (16) O my dear son! Establish worship and enjoin kindness and forbid iniquity, and persevere whatever may befall thee. Lo! that is of the steadfast heart of things. (17) Turn not thy cheek in scorn toward folk, nor walk with pertness in the land. Lo! Allah loveth not each braggart boaster. (18) Be modest in thy bearing and subdue thy voice. Lo! the harshest of all voices is the voice of the ass. (19) See ye not how Allah hath made serviceable unto you whatsoever is in the skies and whatsoever is in the earth and hath loaded you with His favours both without and within? Yet of mankind is he who disputeth concerning Allah, without knowledge or guidance or a scripture giving light. (20) And if it be said unto them: Follow that which Allah hath revealed, they say: Nay, but we follow that wherein we found our fathers. What! Even though the devil were inviting them unto the doom of flame? (21) Whosoever surrendereth his purpose to Allah while doing good, he verily hath grasped the firm hand-hold. Unto Allah belongeth the sequel of all things. (22) And whosoever disbelieveth, let not his disbelief afflict thee (O Muhammad). Unto Us is their return, and We shall tell them what they did. Lo! Allah is Aware of what is in the breasts (of men). (23) We give them comfort for a little, and then We drive them to a heavy doom. (24) If thou shouldst ask them: Who created the heavens and the earth? they would answer: Allah. Say: Praise be to Allah! But most of them know not. (25)"
Habit 4 &5