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20 Things the Most Respected Bosses Do Every Day

May 1, 2016

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Source: Inc.com Author: Bill Murphy, Jr. Think about the best boss you’ve ever had. Maybe you’re fortunate, and we’re talking about the person you call your boss today. Maybe it’s someone you recall fondly from years ago. (Maybe you don’t have a boss–good for you!–but I’ll bet you’ve had one at some time in the past.) […]

Chobani gives ownership stake to employees

April 27, 2016

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Stephanie Strom, New York Times NEW BERLIN, N.Y. — The 2,000 full-time employees of the yogurt company Chobani were handed quite the surprise on Tuesday: an ownership stake that could make some of them millionaires. Hamdi Ulukaya, the Turkish immigrant who founded Chobani in 2005, told workers at the company’s plant here in upstate New […]

Lessons for life: US NAVY Seals Admiral’s Commencement Speech

December 26, 2015

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This University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address - Admiral William H. McRaven is one of the best speeches about life strategies for everyone including in the workplace. Enjoy.

Brave French Muslim Policeman Executed While Trying to Stop Terrorists in Paris

January 10, 2015

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Anne Penketh, The Guardian Newspaper It was a Muslim policeman from a local police station who was “slaughtered like a dog” after heroically trying to stop two heavily armed killers from fleeing the Charlie Hebdo offices following the massacre. Tributes to Ahmed Merabet poured in on Thursday after images of his murder at point blank […]

Former US President Jimmy Carter’s Speech at the 2014 Annual Convention of ISNA

December 2, 2014

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Former US President Jimmy Carter gave a wonderful speech at the 2014 Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America. He is a great leader who has accomplished much especially since he stepped down from office. His speech focused on human rights:

Muslim Football Players at the 2014 World Cup

June 16, 2014

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“I am to my servant as he expects of Me, I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in his heart, I remember him to Myself, and if he remembers me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly better than his…” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Muslim Woman Is One of Three to Win 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

October 7, 2011

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Tawakkul Karman’s Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize Speech in Oslo One of the most moving speeches I have listened to. This is the complete acceptance speech of Tawakkul Karman from Yemen, the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as its youngest winner to date. Karman, a 32-year-old mother of […]

U.S. State Governor defends nomination of Sohail Mohammed as a Supreme Court Judge

August 7, 2011

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LittleGreenFootballs.com PATERSON—A lawyer who defended Muslims detained after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was sworn in as a New Jersey Superior Court judge on Tuesday, as Gov. Chris Christie called those who criticized his nomination ignorant. The appointment of Sohail Mohammed, 47 years old, angered some conservatives, who said they were concerned about the influence […]

Core Principles of Islamic Leadership: Empathy and Compassion Towards All

June 5, 2011

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Rafik Beekun, Louay Safi and Iqbal Unus, www.theIslamicworkplace.com Now has come to you a Messenger from among yourselves: it grieves him that you should experience hardship: ardently anxious is he over you: to the Believers is he most kind and merciful. (Tawbah 9:128) We sent you merely  as a Mercy for all humanity. (Anbiya 21:107) […]

Why Islamic Leadership must be competent

May 21, 2011

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Rafik Beekun, theislamicworkplace.com Many Islamic community organizations, masajids and businesses are often characterized by leadership lacking  any vision and the requisite skills for the job.  As a result, masajids have been reduced to mere prayer halls,  community organizations lack a sense of direction and do nothing really well, and businesses are characterized by nepotism, favoritism […]

How to build confidence in yourself as a Muslim

May 16, 2011

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Rafik Beekun, the Islamicworkplace.com, updated May 22, 2011 Self-confidence plays a critical role in self identity and how we carry ourselves.  It can affect our job performance, our involvement in the community, and even our success/failure in finding a spouse, Insha Allah. The cardinal principle of self-confidence in Islam is the concept of Tawakkul, one’s […]

The Islamic Perspective on Excellent Leadership and Good Governance.

April 30, 2011

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Professor Muhammad Abdallah Al Buraey, King Fadh University, presentation in Sydney, Australia (and commented upon  by Professor Rafik Beekun), theIslamicworkplace.com In choosing excellent leaders and making appointment of public officials, only merit matters, nothing else. [Note from Rafik Beekun: clearly as indicated by the Qur’anic quotations and ahadiths cited by Professor Buraey below, “merit” is […]

Kodi Azari, Persian-American Surgeon, Performs First Western Hand Transplant

April 20, 2011

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Margarita, Spotlight.vitals.com A young mom from California tragically lost her hand in a car accident and has been living with a prosthetic while taking care of her daughter. Dr. Kodi Azari and a team of 20 surgeons and supporting staff was able to successfully complete a 14 1/2-hour transplant surgery at the Ronald Reagan UCLA […]

Farooq Kathwari–CEO of Ethan Allen and Great Business Leader

April 19, 2011

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By Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — “Pashmina! Pashmina!” The CEO of one of the largest U.S. furniture chains, determined to introduce a visitor to his beloved cat, is calling in vain out the doors of his stone-and-stucco mansion on the water here. He quizzes his driver and the landscaper on whether they’ve […]

How Good Are Your Time Management Skills?

April 16, 2011

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Source: Leadership Resource Center Note From Rafik Beekun: This is a small excerpt of an excellent site on Time Management which also includes a questionnaire to self assess your time management skills. Busy leaders have two options on how to structure their work day: to be reactive to meet urgent demands, or to be proactive […]

Online Islamic Management Course now being offered at Islamicity.com

January 13, 2011

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Bismillah hir Rahman nir Rahim – In the name  of God the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful Announcing Good News Jan 7, 2011 – Anaheim: Islamic Shura Council of Southern California is pleased to launch an online leadership and management course tailored for the current and future leadership of Masajid and non-profit organizations. “Masajid ought […]

Muslim Youths Feeding the Homeless in San Antonio

December 28, 2010

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Please also see the article about the Northern Nevada Muslim Community feeding the homeless during Thanksgiving.

Heroic, female and Muslim

December 16, 2010

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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, New York Times What’s the ugliest side of Islam? Maybe it’s the Somali Muslim militias that engage in atrocities like the execution of a 13-year-old girl named Aisha Ibrahim. Three men raped Aisha, and when she reported the crime she was charged with illicit sex, half-buried in the ground before a […]

Why ARE so many modern British career women converting to Islam?

October 28, 2010

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Daily Mail Reporter,  October 28, 2010 Eve Ahmed Much of my childhood was spent trying to escape ­Islam. Born in London to an English mother and a ­Pakistani Muslim father, I was brought up to follow my father’s faith without question. But, privately, I hated it. The minute I left home for university at the […]

Muslim First Responder after the 9/11 terrorist attack speaks up

September 1, 2010

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Thank you, New York Times, For Your Editorial: A Monument to Tolerance

August 14, 2010

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Thank you New York TImes.  You got it right in this editorial about the Muslim Community Center in Lower Manhattan. It has been disturbing to hear and read the vitriol and outright bigotry surrounding the building of a mosque two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. […]

Good Samaritan 101: Mayor Bloomberg Stands Up For Muslim Community Center Near Ground Zero

August 3, 2010

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Commentary from Rafik Beekun: Mayor Bloomberg, who is of the Jewish faith, stands up for the Community Center near Ground Zero–one more reason why Muslims should draw a clear distinction between Judaism and Zionism. As for myself, I have friends from many faith-based communities and we respect each other’s faith and try to dialogue as […]

Muslims Rising Against Terrorism Globally

June 23, 2010

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BBC Radio U.S.A. India Pakistan United Kingdom This part 1 of 8. Please go to Youtube.com to view the remaining parts. Canada Middle East

ABC News: One Man’s Fight Against Islamophobia.

April 22, 2010

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ABC News

Good Samaritans: Malaysian Muslims Protect Churches

January 10, 2010

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Islamonline.com Muslim groups in Malaysia are offering their help to prevent any further attacks on Christian places of worship amid a spree of attacks on churches in the multi-ethnic, Muslim-majority Asian country, The Star reported on Sunday, January 10. “This is an offer of peace and goodwill,” Nadzim Johan, the executive secretary of the Muslim […]

Torture in Abu Dhabi by Royal Family Member: Guilty or Not Guilty?

January 10, 2010

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Rafik Beekun Islam is strictly against torture. Here is what a Royal Family member, Sheikh Issa Bin Zayed, did to an Afghan man because he suspected him of having overcharged him in a grain deal for about $5,000. Video 1 Video 2 Video 3–if you understand arabic For more information, please go to this site: […]

Transparency International 2009: Muslim-majority Countries Among the Most Corrupt on Earth

November 17, 2009

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Thansparency International 2009 The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) table shows a country’s ranking and score, the number of surveys used to determine the score, and the confidence range of the scoring. The rank shows how one country compares to others included in the index. The CPI score indicates the perceived level of public-sector corruption in […]

Thank You to the Heroes of Fort Hood

November 13, 2009

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The First Officers to Respond to the Shooting – Sgts. Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd – are interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. Were it not for these brave heroes, the massacre at Fort Hood would have been much worse. Thank you. Part 1 of 2: Part 2 of 2: Heroes were at every turn during Fort […]

Army Muslim Chaplain: No Hostility Since Fort Hood

November 12, 2009

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NPR Please click here to listen to the interview of a U.S. Army Muslim Chaplain after the tragic events at Fort Hood.

Pakistani Police Work On Despite Taliban Threat

November 6, 2009

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CNN ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — Assistant Sub Inspector Anwar Ali starts his day with a prayer. He needs all the help he can get. Anwar is a police officer — part of Pakistan’s increasingly vulnerable “thin blue line.” Pakistan’s men in blue are a police force under siege. When he sets out for work on […]

Indian Muslims Denounce Terrorism

November 4, 2009

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Al Jazeera Some of the most influential Muslim scholars in India have passed a resolution condemning all forms of violence in the name of Islam. The Deoband is an influential Islamic school inspiring tens of thousands of religious study centres across the world, which some say has even inspired the Taliban’s ideology in Afghanistan. Prerna […]

Islamophobia: Muslim Interns Infiltrating Congress?

October 28, 2009

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The above video is referring to the attack by four Republican Congressional Representatives on Muslim interns in Congress and on CAIR. Please click here to read about the unjustified attack by these lawmakers. Rep. Ellison Speaks Out Against Muslim ‘Intern Spy’ Hunt [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STSqmcs-Y_U]

Thank you, President Obama, for your kind wishes for Ramadan

September 17, 2009

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President Obama wishes the Muslim world a blessed and happy Ramadan

Obama’s Timely School Speech Stresses Student Responsibility

September 8, 2009

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A brilliant, down-to-earth speech from our President to our nation’s students. Speaking at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., President Barack Obama tells students about his schooling while urging them to work hard and commit to their education. This is the kind of speech Muslims need to hear from their leaders around the world given […]

US Airline frisks former ex-president of India, Abdul Kalam

August 6, 2009

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Anger as Indian ex-leader frisked Tuesday, 21 July 2009 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8160698.stm India’s parliament has been in uproar after it emerged that former president APJ Abdul Kalam was frisked before boarding a flight to the US. Several MPs have condemned reports that Mr Kalam was made to wait, take off his shoes and undergo a body frisk […]

Obama nominates Abdul K. Kallon to serve on District Court Bench

August 1, 2009

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THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE July 31, 2009  President Obama Nominates Abdul K. Kallon  and Jacqueline Nguyen to Serve on the District Court Bench  WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama nominated Abdul Kallon and Jacqueline Nguyen to United States District Court judgeships.  “These nominees have dedicated their careers to […]

“A New Beginning”? President Obama Addresses the Muslim World

June 4, 2009

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Please click here to download the transcript of President Obama’s speech in Cairo.

Congressman Ellison Acts Against Irresponsible Lending and Unfair Credit Card Gimmicks

May 7, 2009

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From Congressman Keith Ellison’s Newsletter Irresponsible lending practices and lax regulation by the Bush Administration were driving forces in the collapse of the financial markets and the largest number of home foreclosures since the Great Depression. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, my focus is on preventing this from happening again. This means […]

Strengthening America: The Civic and Political Integration of Muslim Americans

May 7, 2009

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released the findings of its independent Task Force on the civic and political integration of Muslim Americans on June 26, 2007. “Strengthening America” calls for Muslims and non-Muslims to work together to create full and equal opportunities for Muslim Americans to participate in American […]

CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter Seeking Development and Programs Coordinator

April 30, 2009

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CAIR   CAIR-LA is looking for a dynamic, energetic individual to lead several key programs. JOB DESCRIPTION: This person will be responsible for developing and managing programs, publications, interns, and volunteers for CAIR’s office in the Greater Los Angeles Area. This person must also be able to research, apply for, and manage grants. The ideal […]

Internships with the US State Department

April 30, 2009

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Muslim Democrats Internships with the US State Department The US State Department is offering several Internships that provide a wide range of programs to accommodate all types of students. The two current programs that are featured by the State Department are the Cooperative Education Project and Stay-In-School Program. 1. The Cooperative Education Project is an Internship program […]

Professional Muslim Women in Great Britain: To Be or Not To Be?

March 1, 2009

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Please click here to listen to the audio of the plight of professional Muslim Women in Great Britain.

Video Preview: Improving the Effectiveness of Islamic Boards of Directors

February 15, 2009

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Boards of Islamic Organizations need to improve their level of effectiveness, and this lecture details both the problems associated with the boards of masajids, and how to resolve them Insha Allah. Please see description of the “Islamic Management Series” in the article below. Sample Preview: Improving the Effectiveness of Islamic Boards of Directors Please feel […]

Video Preview: Business Ethics from an Islamic Perspective

February 15, 2009

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Please see description of the “Islamic Management Series” in the article below. This lecture on business ethics is based on my book, Islamic Business Ethics. Sample Preview: Business Ethics from an Islamic Perspective Please feel free to order the Islamic Lecture Series either from my e-store or from the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California […]

Video Preview: Conflict Management in Islamic Organizations

February 7, 2009

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Are you a Muslim having conflicts with others either in an Islamic organization or at home? In this lecture, I will, Insha Allah, help you understand the difference between positive and negative conflict, the causes and consequences of conflict and how to handle conflict using the Seerah of the Prophet (s). Please see description of […]

How are your coaching skills as a leader?

February 5, 2009

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Harvard Business School Publishing One of the best ways to boost your employees’ skills is to coach them. But coaching isn’t easy. Use this tool to learn how effective a coach you are. For each question rate the frequency with which you perform each action. Please click here to assess how effective you are at […]

Obama extends a hand to all faiths, including Islam

February 5, 2009

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Excerpt from President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast: We know too that whatever our differences, there is one law that binds all great religions together.  Jesus told us to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” The Torah commands, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.”  In Islam, there is […]

Video Preview: Strategic Planning & Implementation in Islamic Organizations

February 2, 2009

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This video clip is from the “Islamic Management Series” DVD set, and is based on my book “Strategic Planning and Implementation for Islamic Organizations”. Both my book and the DVD set are available from my online store. The DVD set alone is also available from the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.

Video Preview of “Islamic Management Series”

February 1, 2009

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Please see description of the “Islamic Management Series” in the article below. In the first module of this lecture, I am trying to explain the core of an Islamic perspective of leadership. Sample Preview: Leadership from an Islamic Perspective I will be, Insha Allah, adding more sample previews from some of the other modules later […]