Al Jamea Tus Saifiyah Team brings pride to the State of Gujarat

In the 7th edition of National Archery Championship 2016-17 held in Kadappa AP, the Dawoodi Bohra team from Al Jamea tus Saifiyah Arabic Academy (Surat) participated under Gujarat State banner. Team Members included Mustafa Shakir, Akberali Sadriwala, Aliasger Yamani and Husain Chiba

The Team bagged 6 Medals in all.

5 Medals (silver) won by Mustafa Shakir

1 Medal (silver) won by Akberali Sadriwala

Al Jamea Tus Saifiyah Team at the 5th National Indoor Archery Championship

THE BIG QUESTION

Many years ago I began asking the question, “Why is it that some people are more successful than others?”

The most important answer surprised me, as it surprises most people. It is simple. Your success is based on what you do, the results you get, and how quickly and efficiently you achieve those results. It is not based on what you say, wish, hope, or intend to do at some time in the future. Success is only based on what you are doing right now in this moment. As Henry Ford said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.”

THE MOST VALUABLE ASSET
What is your most valuable asset? According to the Harvard Business School, it is your reputation. Your most valuable asset is what people say about you. In fact, it is everything. Think about companies like Apple and Google. Their reputations are so excellent that they are world leaders in the products and services they offer.

GETTING THINGS DONE
The most important part of your reputation is your ability to start and complete important tasks, to get things done, and to be known for speed and dependability. This will do more to make your happiness, health, success, and wealth than any other facet of your reputation that you can develop.

WHAT IS YOUR MAIN GOAL IN LIFE? According to Aristotle, behind every goal there is another goal until you finally reach the main goal, which is to be happy. Everything you do is an attempt, successful or not, to achieve happiness in some way. In fact, you can measure your level of success by what percentage of time you are genuinely a happy person. This is more important than all the money and accomplishments in the world.

THE ACHIEVEMENT OF HAPPINESS
How do you achieve happiness?
In its simplest terms, happiness is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal. It is only when you feel that you are moving step by step toward the accomplishment of something that is important to you that you feel genuinely fulfilled and happy. Everyone wants to be a “winner.” They want to be seen and thought of as a winner by others. How do you achieve this?
Simple–you win!

WHAT Is WINNING?
In running when you cross the finish line before any of the other runners, you win. In life you win when you start and complete your most important tasks on time and, ideally, before anyone else – you cross the finish line first. As a result you feel wonderful about yourself. Your brain releases endorphins, nature’s “happy drug,” which gives you an overall sense of peace and well-being. You feel like a winner.

GET STARTED AND KEEP GOING
In its simplest terms, your ability to get started and to keep going until you complete those things that are most important to you and to your company is the key to winning, to happiness, to a great reputation, and to success in life.

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A Story on Criticism

Once upon a time there was a painter who had just completed his course.and painted beautiful scenery. He wanted people’s opinion about his caliber and painting skills.

He put his creation at a busy street-crossing. And just down below a board which read -“I have painted this piece. Since I’m new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokes etc. Please put a cross wherever you see a mistake.”

While he came back in the evening to collect his painting he was completely shattered to see that whole canvass was filled with Xs (crosses) and some people had even written their comments on the painting.

Disheartened and broken completely he ran to his master’s place and burst into tears.

This young artist was breathing heavily and master heard him saying”I’m useless and if this is what I have learnt to paint I’m not worth becoming a painter. People have rejected me completely. I feel like dying”

Master smiled and suggested “My Son, I will prove that you are a great artist and have learnt flawless painting. Do as I say without questioning it. It WILL work.”

Young artist reluctantly agreed and two days later early morning he presented a replica of his earlier painting to his master. Master took that gracefully and smiled.

“Come with me.” master said.

They reached the same street-square early morning and displayed the same painting exactly at the same place. Now master took out another board which read -“Gentlemen, I have painted this piece. Since I’m new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokes etc. I have put a box with colors and brushes just below. Please do a favor. If you see a mistake, kindly pick up the brush and correct it.”

Master and disciple walked back home.

They both visited the place same evening. Young painter was surprised to see that actually there was not a single correction done so far. Next day again they visited and found painting remained untouched. They say the painting was kept there for a month for no correction came in!

Moral of the story:
-It is easier to criticize, but DIFFICULT TO IMPROVE. So don’t get carried away or judge yourself by someone else’s criticism and feel depressed……
Criticism: Take it With Pinch of Sugar! Critics are Useful till you Limit Them to positive lessons only! Always put your heart into your work and do yourself a favour to keep yourself always inspired, since surrounding people are enough to do demotivating job.

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My time with His Holiness: Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhannuddin RA

By: Muffazal Lakdawala

What makes a man stand out from the ordinary common man the Aam Aadmi. Is it who he is born to?  Or how he leads his life or how he reacts to situations he is faced with… I believe true leaders of men are made here on earth, by their words, thoughts and actions.  They don’t necessarily do different things, they just look at things differently from you and me.

One such man I knew was His Holiness Syedna Dr Mohammed Burhannuddin, leader of the Dawoodi Bohras. A community of peace loving people, mainly businessmen and traders — I was very fortunate to be involved in his medical care over the last 5 years. Imagine treating someone who was 102 years old, had a massive following and someone I was taught to pray to since I was born. He, in short, was the closest human form of God I knew of, and here I was operating on God himself. It was not only challenging but also an intimidating experience.

Let me start from the beginning….

I was a kid no more than 5 years old running behind his car as were scores of others screaming Moula Moula only for him to catch a fleeting glimpse of me through a half opened car window. I believed that if he even so much as looked at me I would be blessed. I would attend his sermons during Muharram and Ramzaan religiously. The qualities he had even then were kindness, charisma and patience which lasted with him till he breathed his last. He treated kings, presidents, men of honour with the same grace as he cared for the underprivileged.

Years back, my parents had got an interest-free loan from him to pay for my medical fees and my books in first year of MBBS came from a library of old books, which was something the community ran. A fact that probably he would have never known. That the man who would operate on him years later actually became a doctor thanks to one of the innumerable charity initiatives he ran. Like me, there would be millions who would have benefitted from his generosity.

Today with God’s grace, I am Chairman of the Institute of Minimal Access Surgical Sciences and Research Centre at Saifee hospital and the Director of the Department of GI, Minimal Access and Bariatric surgery at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute Gurgaon. I have had the honor of performing live surgeries in almost all Asian countries and the privilege of operating on a host of dignitaries, politicians and religious leaders across religions.

5 years back, when I was in Taiwan when I got a call from Dr Moiz — who happened to be His Holiness son in law — seeking my opinion and advice for a medical problem he had. It was 2.30 am then. I stumbled out of bed and called back just to make sure I was not dreaming. He had the means of seeking the best of medical opinions from across the world so I was elated that they sought my opinion. Dr Moiz is a man of few words, the backbone and shadow of His Holiness for the last 15 years or so. I believe that the Syedna was blessed to have a son in law like him he was a picture of selfless devotion to just one cause — his father in laws health and wellbeing.

I gave my advice to the best of my medical ability which differed for some other opinions at that time. Mine turned out correct and that’s what got the family to trust my judgment even more. Managing him was –I believe– one of my toughest assignments to date. It was a test of my medical skill and risk taking abilities. I had to treat him like any other normal 100 year old man still remaining cognizant of the fact as to who he was.

As it would be with any patient but more so a VVIP secrecy was of utmost importance. There were times when my mother had called to say that she had heard that His Holiness was not well did I have any clue. My answer almost always was, “Mom I have no clue…” when at that very moment I could have been standing right in front of him.”

I visited him late at nights or early mornings so that nobody saw me as that would have set tongues wagging with all sorts of stories. When he reached his 100th birthday, I was elated as I felt I had played a small part in getting him there. I particularly, remember this one instance on his birthday when he had stepped out to meet his followers. He was not particularly in the pink of health but had a promise to keep to the millions who were there to catch a glimpse of him. If you happened to even glance on the newspapers and saw the sea of humanity at his funeral, you would know what I was talking about. I realised then as to how difficult your life can be if you have a God like status.

All credit to the man himself. He was patience personified in the worst of times, always smiling through all the pain.  If I enquired on how he was doing he would want to know how was my day and if my father was well. I had the rare opportunity to hold his hand without being pushed around sitting alone by his side. I was indeed privileged and blessed. In his son Mufaddal Aliqader — I have seen many a quality his father possessed, poise, grace and kindness. It is my belief that he shall lead this community forward in this era with the same vision his father had done in the past.

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