Covid 19: All we need is PATIENCE

In this difficult time combating Covid 19,  the only ammunition we can rely on is PATIENCE.  There are no other ways except for stay put where you are and seek Allah’s help through Patience and Prayers.

Surat Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – سورة البقرة

وَاسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ ۚ وَإِنَّهَا لَكَبِيرَةٌ إِلَّا عَلَى الْخَاشِعِينَ

And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah ] | QS 2:45

Sufficient for us is Allah, and He is the best disposer of all affairs.





“you are nothing, nothing, without a good team”

“we are leading not following”

Anna Wintour


Creativity and Leadership

As much as possible I try to make things easy for others. Why? Because I believe when we make things easy for others, in return, Allah will make things easy for us.  Allah’s reward is the great reward. The followings are the hadith and verse taken from the Quran about  making things easy for others.

The Prophet (pbuh) would order his Companions to be easy upon the people. He told Muadh ibn Jabal and Abu Musa al-Ashari when sending them to Yemen;

“Make things easy for the people, and do not make it difficult for them, and make them calm (with glad tidings) and do not repulse them (making them flee).” (hadith recorded by al-Bukhari)

Allah SWT is the all seer of his servants (QS 40:44) and Allah SWT will not burden a soul except within its own capacity (QS 2:286). Righteousness is refraining from inflicting harm and aggression towards others and ourselves. The Quran says: “Cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression.” (QS 5:2)


Just bought a new book entitled Kaizen.  Kaizen is the Japanese method for transforming habits one small step at a time.  I have not read the book and it is still nicely wrapped.  But what intrigues me is that a colleague from Academy of Islamic Civilisation, UTM wrote a beautiful quote on his FB wall which has a similar meaning .  The quote is

Hidup jangan berlari

Cukuplan kita berjalan

kerana hidup ini bukan perlarian

tapi hidup ini adalah perjalanan

(Credit to PM Dr Ajmain Safar)

Sifat-sifat golongan yang berjaya menurut  Al Quran, di antaranya ialah :

  1. Beriman kepada Allah Ta’ala dan seluruh rukun-ruku keimanan.
  2. Bertakwa kepada Allah dengan menjunjung seluruh perintahNya dan meninggalkan segala laranganNya.
  3. Memelihara hubungan dengan Allah Ta’ala dan hubungan sesama manusia seperti mendirikan solat dan member infaq kepada manusia.
  4. Beriman kepada Rasul dan memuliakannya, juga menolongnya, serta mengikut nur (cahaya) yang diturunkan kepadanya (Al-Quran).
  5. Berada dalam jamaah dan melakukan dakwah amar makruf dan nahi mungkar.
  6. Berjihad fi sabilillah dengan harta dan jiwa raga serta bersabar menghadapi perjuangan.
  7. Memiliki sifat-sifat keimanan yang sempurna iaitu  memelihar solat dan khusyuk dalam solat, berusaha membersihkan hartanya (dengan menunaikan zakat harta itu); menjauhkan diri dari perbuatan dan perkataan yang sia-sia;  menjaga kehormatannya, menjaga amanah dan janjinya.

Semoga kita menjadi hamba Allah yang berjaya.  Aamiin

Interpersonal Intelligence

According to Gardner, Interpersonal Intelligence is the ability to understand other people: what motivates them, how they work, how to work cooperatively with them.  Successful salesperson, politicians, teachers, clinicians, and religious leaders are all likely to be individuals with high degrees of interpersonal intelligence.

Interpersonal Intelligence includes the capacities to discern and respond appropriately to the moods, temperaments, motivations, and desires of other people.

Daniel Goleman, 1995. Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam Books. Page 44.

I am intrigued to know whether the Quran has ever mentioned about emotional intelligence and therefore I searched for the info on the google. To my amazement, there is a paper entitled ‘UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE LIGHT OF QURANIC WISDOM AND PROPHETIC TRADITIONS’ which I would like to share here.

‘People who are emotionally adept – who know and manage their feelings well, and who read and deal effectively with other people’s feelings – are at an advantage in any domain of life’.

‘People with well-developed emotional skills are also more likely to be content and effective in their lives, mastering the habits of mind that foster their own productivity; people who cannot marshal some control over their emotional life fight inner battles that sabotage their ability for focused work and clear thought’.


Daniel Goleman, 1995. Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam Books. Page 38-39.

Academic intelligence offers virtually no preparation for the turmoil – or opportunity – life’s vicissitudes bring.  Yet even though a high IQ is no guarantee of prosperity, prestige, or happiness in life, our schools and our culture fixate on academic abilities, ignoring emotional intelligence, a set of traits – some might call it character – that also matters immensely for our personal destiny.

Daniel Goleman, 1995. Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam Books. Page 38.

In a sense we have two brains, two minds – and two different kinds of intelligence: rational and emotional.  How we do in life is determined by both – it is not just IQ, but emotional intelligence that matters.  Indeed, intellect cannot work at its best without emotional intelligence.

Daniel Goleman, 1995. Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam Books. Page 32.