Alhamdulillah, as a continuation of last year success, I am invited again by PPIMI to present another module with a hope to enhance the character building among the participants of those Malaysian students in UK and Ireland.
Last year, I Islamized – so to speak – the famous book of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teen, as a personal message to the participants and the dhuat in general, that Islam is an accommodative system to all goodness which by its nature has no brand of nationality. Even though the book was written by a pure American author, the concept which derived from a careful study of human character, appeared to be universal and very much compatible with the principles of Islam. It is us, the dhuat, that need to cultivate our creativity to make the dakwah fresh, attractive and more friendly to the current generation of Muslim.
That was my agenda for last year, and praise be to Allah for everything. The same module was presented to Malaysian students in Perth, Western Australia last August.
This year, I am working from the other direction. Yes, ‘self help books can really be the good source of dakwah. But I also want the young generation to realize that our rich legacies from Islamic tradition are also there to be benefited.
The challenge is that, some of those who are very 2007 in taste and thought, might feel that all those books which were so popular among my generation in late 80’s and early 90’s, are no longer relevant. Hasan al-Banna wrote about his time, and our time is different. Maududi was excellent for his era, but this era is different.
Yes… there are differences, but similarities are there more than we thought. Covey wrote books on human behavior and he found some difficulties in relating the behavior with the concept of Guidance. So 7 Habits was lacked of sense of Divine guidance in determining what is good and what is bad in our life. But books from our tradition are rich with the Guidance but they need some extra sense of humanity.
The 7 Habits received some injection of Islamic values, and this year I am trying to give the book Maaza Ya’ni Intimaa’ie Lil Islaam by Fathi Yakan, some elements of humanity. We Islamized The 7 Habits, this year we want to modernize Maza Ya’ni.
Hopefully the combination of both PUISI 2006 and PUISI 2007, participants will embrace the idea of appreciating goodness and always trying to look into the positive side of everything they found, East and West, Ameen.
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