In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

All Ghaith Krayem


The vexed issue of Islamic leadership

One of my favourite lines on leadership is one that was penned but never uttered.  John Fitzgerald Kennedy, in the speech that he would have given had he not been assassinated in 1963, had written: “Leadership and Learning are indispensable to each other.” It’s a quote I’ve had recourse to think much on over the last few weeks as I have watched the leadership debate play out, again, within the Islamic community. All western theories of adult learning are built on a process of self-awareness and reflection – the Islamic principle of ‘Mahasaba’ – and are based on the 70/20/10 rule.  The principle says that 70% of learning actually happens through experience, 20% through exposure and only 10%...

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Israeli Justice

9 June 2010 In the days post the murders of the Free Gaza activists the Israeli PR machine went into overdrive using there usual MO – we are the victims and are entitled to defend ourselves.  What they quickly found out was that the majority of the international community, putting aside the US and its almost manic neurosis when it comes to criticising Israel, wasn’t buying what they were offering for sale.  It really is a bit of a long bow to draw to claim that crack commandos who are trying to take control of civilian ships in international waters can claim self defence when those civilians try to stop them.  But Israel is persistent if nothing else and this effort will continue. But what...

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Which City is better – Sydney or Melbourne?

  In today’s Fairfax press there is another one of those ‘which city is better’ stories.  It must be the alternate month because this time around Sydney has come out ahead of Melbourne.  I don’t get hugely excited by these stories because a) they’re usually pretty vanilla and reflect the interests of whoever commissioned them and b). rarely use criteria that I have any particular interest in.  But this got me thinking – I’ve lived in both major cities and as a Muslim living in Australia, which city did I myself prefer?  Disclaimer : this is obviously going to be pretty subjective and the judge’s (that’s me in case you forgot) decision will be final and no correspondence shall be entered...

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