To Empower and Unleash
Grounded in Islamic principles and inspired by Islamic history, Momintum aims to inspire and motivate deep and multi-dimensional Islamic thought and motivate practical and pragmatic implementation of creative minds in community economic development.
The Leadership Agenda
Today, leadership (in organizations, business, marketing) has developed through study and synthesis of military strategies. Amazingly, in our tradition, our predecessors intrinsically built leadership into the tarbiyyah (development) process. The children of our sahabah and the earlier generations taught strategy and leadership just like they were being taught Quran through studies and reflection on the Seerah of Rasoolullah and our Rightly Guided Khulafa.
The term “leadership” is no longer limited to those who work in the field of management; rather it has now become an essential characteristic to have regardless of what field an individual works in. With disruption and constant change and growth industries are going through, leadership has become essential at all levels. Having this character is essential for those who wish to grow and succeed. From marketing one’s resume, to communicating in an interview, to negotiating a salary, to seeking a better and more lucrative opportunities, to building communities and enhancing public policy, leadership has become essential for the top performers.
The first of the great thinkers that originated the concept of “Momentum” in classical mechanics was Ibn Sina (Avincenna) during the Islamic Renaissance. Momentum is force or speed of movement. This isn’t really about classical mechanics. “Momintum” is about building massive unstoppable acceleration towards successful personal, social and entrepreneurial movements.
The Murabbi Model
In our glorious history, we find leaders being trained by Murrabis - select group of trainers, mentors, coaches and guides who developed young leaders through their experience, deep insight, and extensive multi-dimensional knowledge. A khaleefa’s son would have a murabbi as a daily companion, teaching him education and experience.
Murrabi encourages realistic and practical values that he gained through experience of a life time of living and helping others live those values. Murabbi is someone who has tested out and lived values and strategies and built a library of references as to what works and what does not. They walk the talk, and they demonstrate results.
Momintum endeavours to inspire through stories of our heroes without becoming bewitched and hypnotized, isolate understanding of principles, encourage deep insight, and ultimately motivate initiation, commitment, creativity, co-creation, and movements.
Spiritual development: To build a strong relationship with our Creator, to love Him and His messenger so that we may attain His love conduct all of our actions in alignment with the requirements of Allah so that we seek assistance in Him, seek refuge in Him, and call Him in our supplication for all of our needs.
Psycho-emotional development: To build a foundation of strong akhlaaq – unyielding in their standard – so to face any situation at any time with strength and resolve. This development is further about building a higher aspiration, where students are inspired and motivated by great leaders, without succumbing to the influences of the weak.
Financial development: Just like Rasoolullah took responsibility at the age of 8 by becoming a shepherd the objective here is to build a sound knowledge base in finances and to develop strength in that field so that our future leaders are of those who take responsibility and in that responsibility is the social responsibility of giving charity.
Social development: to spread salam and feed the people. To listen, understand, and empathize others to help them and influence them in the best possible manners. To inspire youth to create a society that is ethically and culturally coordinated.
Professional development: to inspire students to calibrate their dreams. To assist the youth to plot, decide and develop a precise direction in their lives. With a clear direction, motivation in the education part becomes easy, and hard work becomes a standard. Brave artists (leaders) passionate about their causes are willing to go through discomfort to accomplish something great.
Familial development: Isolating and inspiring a strong family life and to use family as moral support and reliance, all the while serving and returning back to the family. Our parents, siblings and family members have their rights. Our mother is so honourable that anyone that is associated with her is also honourable.
Excellence in ingenuity: Indeed, Allah has prescribed excellence in everything, and we should strive and help our young leaders to strive to be of the muhsineen. We hope to take excellence beyond mere consideration to ingenious thinking to coordinated actions.
Physical development: Just like Salman Al-Farsi said to his brother, “your body has a right on you,” the objective here is to give our body rights by making it strong.
Rasoolullah (peace and blessings be upon him) has said, in a hadeeth preserved in Saheeh Muslim, “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allaah than the weak believer, while there is good in both.”
Discipline and character before content.
Passion first! Imparting passion so we love for Allah and His messenger, love for practicing Quran and Sunnah, love for the deen, love for helping humanity, love for learning and development, love for initiating and solving problems ...
Passionate people enhance the civilization through their own projects, political movements, profitable businesses, community and economic solutions, lessons and classes, artistic expressions ... expression through the arts.
Bravery: to stand against injustice, to question the status quo, to defend Allah and His deen, to protect rights of humanity; to navigate through disruptions, to explore what the better choices might be, to make decisions, bravery to initiate, to apply willpower, to persist in face of skeptical authority. With bravery a person becomes critical, committed, creative, connected, and compelled ...
Responsibility: to make choices despite the societal trends, to explore what is right, to become self-directed, self-reliant, self-starting, initiative, interdependent, creative, innovative, expressive, and life-long students.
Analysis over memorization: we believe learning to connect and analyze knowledge and information is more important than collecting the knowledge without understanding and little application. We hope to develop the ability to explore the Quranic themes, objectives, and develop a framework and modusoperandi through contemplation, study, and comparison (rather than mere memorization). If we teach passion, ethics, and inquisitiveness, they will seek out the data and info.
Hacking: eager experimentation to discover something new - the willing to roll up the sleeves to figure things out.
Forward leaning posture requires decision-making skill, pressure of responsibility and bravery to move forward. Bad decisions aren't a product of lack of access to information, but inability to navigate through the data, synthesize complex data, and inventing new ideas and concepts through data.
Learning to navigate through the rapidly changing world: building confidence to tackle and ability to address complex problems, practical application of theories, and launching long lasting movements. Our aim is to build a mindset that has an entrepreneurial spirit, critical, committed, creative, connected, and compelled in nature.
Leadership involves initiative in the connected world with an unclear map: Instead of trivia, focus on understanding the sweep of history, being able to visualize the repeating cycles of conquest and failure and having an innate understanding of underlying operation of the world. Instead of teaching facts, focus on caring, goal setting, engaging, speaking intelligently, planning, making good decisions, and leading.
Extensive reading and reflection: for those who are serious, reading is a opens doors for growth and reflection allows organization of thought and expression of ideas.
Accelerated and Deep Learning
Practical & Pragmatic: We cover content that are immediately applicable to the student in their daily lives. Each week students gain unique principles for religion, character, and strategy that it is applicable to them in the daily lives.
Inspirational learning through stories, narratives, illustrations, and practical examples to set up an attitude of success and pragmatism. Students remember stories and anecdotes and will be remember principles through those stories.
Instigating deep understanding through multi-sensory coverage that employs various intelligence; visual, auditory, tactile, dialogue, & mobility. There is reading, speaking, discussion, debating, arguing, writing, drawing, and even physical mobility for character integration and co-creation.
Participative & developmental: Under guidance of our coaches and mentors, students will learn to research; present & share; contribute & participate with dialogue, discussions, and debates; and even apply with case studies & practicums.
All of this and more, with help of Allah and your du'as. Insha'Allah.
We aren’t about simple education. We desire action, massive action to be precise. While the empowering session is to build leadership personality within a student, unleashing revolutions is to put forward an unstoppable energy to give back to the family, community and society at large.
Our vision is to the develop leaders that serve humanity by solving human problems based on prophetic values from Quran, Sunnah and Seerah of Rasoolullah. Everyone is a shepherd; the purpose of the vision is to empower everyone to take leadership in the process of building a strong community regardless of their positions.
It shouldn’t really be surprising. Zombies are in fact everywhere already. We didn’t need biological viruses or parasites to infect the population’s minds and break down willpower. But the disease is still a manmade product that eats away the mind over a period of a decade. It sucks out passion, obliterates ingenuity, and eliminates willpower.
Zombies are the perfect population to serve the capitalist needs of an industrialist economy – zombies make obedient workers to produce, and spineless customers to consume. Power can be exerted over them quite effortlessly. A zombie promptly obeys authority, follows precise directions without deviation, and they are quite expendable – pay them for the time they are needed and replace them when their jobs can be done cheaper, mechanized, outsourced, or eliminated.
You can survive amidst them, assuming that you are already not one of them. But only a zombie would think about personal survival and neglect the collective decay of the community and society that he lives in. I don’t think this article is really about killing zombies as much as it’s about liberating them; more importantly, this is a discussion about changing the current system of indoctrination.
Entrepreneurial vs. Industrialist:
If power is at the heart of industrialist system, the modern schools are exactly founded upon that – to control the students and give power to the state where the teachers are middle managers. Schools do not have the resources to coach you (or your kid) through discovering your passions and dreams, or develop skills to pursue passions, or develop your mind to critically develop or assess your strategies.
No. Schools are meant to produce mass uniformity based upon minimum standards. Your worth is in congruence to answer keys and grades that everyone else is subjected to. The learning objectives are broken down into measurable units (what isn’t measurable is ignored) that is pushed as trivia without any analysis or coordination. The subjects are isolated without any sort of harmonization and relevance.
Industrialized system of schooling doesn’t have the resources to jump-start those who are a bit “behind”. It can’t go out of the way to nurture those who are “slow”. It’s just easier to bring everyone up to a lowered average instead.
Reasonable doubt vs. Certainty:
So the students are indoctrinated to accept and obey, while the new professional life is about questioning the status quo, questioning the advertisers and marketers, questioning political claims. Growth and innovation comes from the ability to question, and questioning comes from the minds ability to create reasonable doubt. How is an industrialist school suppose to impart that when its aim is to establish one perfected methodology, a single step by step approach, that is assessable, testable, measureable (and in no way or form significant).
Committed vs. Burdened:
Learning is something that you do, not something that is done to you. As one of my childhood friends told his parents, “you can send me to school, but you can’t make me learn.” What would happen if the students committed to learning? Would they choose to spend their spare time in stupor and trance in front of electronic media, or would they choose to become smarter?
The barrier to learning is no longer information and resources (consider Khanacademy, Udacity, Slader, etc). The only barrier now is the decision to learn and motivation. What we need to do is amplify their drive and nurture their dreams.
But when a student lacks determination and interest, whose fault is that really? Maybe the teachers fooled themselves into thinking that the student lacks natural aptitude, skills and genes, and drive, and motivation. Maybe in having that attitude, it sucked away the passion to learn. We can no longer use these cheap excuses of blaming.
Passion vs. Fear:
When commitment is missing, fear must be amplified to control a mass; conformity must be added and passions must be destroyed. Why passion? Because, people with passion are dangerous – they question status quo and challenge authority. It’s hard to fit the passionate into a system of conformity.
So the result of the current system is that the students become so apathetic that they lose interest in caring for their own development. The society, including parents, discourages dreams and passions and encourages the safety net of compliance. The society was raised upon fearing risks and that’s what they teach the future generation as well.
If the students become passionate about learning, they would develop their own forward leaning posture in their own development and progression that would be a lifelong habit of learning, expression and innovation, bravery and creativity. When students take responsibility they become fast, flexible and focused to start their own movements, companies, and projects. When the students become brave, they stand out and take chances that cause other people to connect with them.
Creative vs. Trivial:
When students are passionate about something (basketball for example), they immerse themselves into everything about the object of that passion by learning everything about it. They learn the names of all the players, and all their details, game strategies and it’s usually on the tip of the brain.
Passion should precede learning. What do schools do – teach all the facts first. They teach you history of a subject, ask you to memorize everything about it, quiz you about it, drill you on it, and test you. No one loves a subject because of this; it’s in spite of this. I wonder if they even want you to love learning or just become submissive to the system.
Teaching has become a medium for delivering facts and information, aggressively testing for trivia, while avoiding issues of practicality. Trivial are things that are predictable with reliable processes for problem solving. Why is multiple choice used so widely when it is “a test of lower order thinking for lower orders” (in the worlds of the inventor of Multiple choice questions). You can’t calibrate dreams by jamming testable data into student. Problem in an industrialist school is that individual passion is hard to scale.
Academics are only means to an end. Education should be about perspective and understanding. Instead of symbol manipulation (in math for example), education should be about relating that to the real world. Real learning happens in bursts that occur in places or situations that out of the ordinary and that motivates dreamers who are engaged and committed to learning on a regular basis.
Section review: When was multiple choice tests invented?
a. 1914 by Fredrick J. Kelly
b. 1941 by Fredrick J. Kelly
c. 1914 by Horace Mann
d. 1941 by Horace mann
Dumb vs. Stupid:
What would happen when faced with a question you couldn’t possible look up the answer to? This is in fact the future of our economy. There are no maps; what is left is ability to be usefully wrong in order to figure out the right.
While dumb is not knowing what you are suppose to know, stupid is making bad decision while you know. Schools attempt to equip you with knowledge, but never really teaching how to deal with it. Solution to being dumb is information, which is readily available at everyone’s fingertips. Information is not the future, ingenuity is. Everyday bad decisions aren’t a result of lack of data or lack of access to it, it’s the inability to synthesize complex ideas and invent new concepts.
If knowledge is dots, we should teach connecting dots as opposed to collecting dots. The dots can change, but analytical skills will always come in handy. We cannot drill infinite knowledge into the population. But, if we teach our students to be passionate and inquisitive, knowledge will follow.
Reading vs. writing:
Reading leads to more reading and writing leads to better writing. Reading is a opens doors for growth and writing allows organization of thought and expression of ideas.
Leadership vs. Faux Leadership:
Leadership isn’t something that is just given to you. It is a gradual process where you incrementally take more responsibility years before you are given actual authority. Instead of exposing students to the pain and learning that comes from actual leading and living with the consequences of their action, we create simulations where they merely pretend to lead in an environment with a well created map. Ultimately, we only encourage well scripted leading without practical experience of dealing with pressure.
Can our students think fast and slow? Can we make people into life hackers who passionately experiment to discover something new, and are willing to roll up their sleeves to figure things out – on their own?
Meshed vs. Isolated:
Leadership involves initiative in the connected world with an unclear map. The future is micro organizations, with individual leadership that leverages work of a small innovative team. Future is about doing what cannot be mapped or scripted. Future is about being a linchpin with scarce skills and scarcer attitude. The future requires bravery – to make mistakes and fail and to persist in face of negative criticism. The future requires building connections (while in school we are constantly graded on working in isolation).
We are persistently isolating students with homework, exams and writing with very isolated group projects. The accountability is individual not group. Ability to connect and work with others is essential. No competent doctor tries to figure out a complex issue on his own – not even House.
We are in the connection revolution where value isn’t increased by productivity (produce more goods at a cheaper price to sell more with mass marketing), but by increasing connections – with people, data, businesses, machines. Scarcity has been replaced by abundance – abundance of information, networks and interactions. What is necessary now is ability to connect and bravery to do so.
Responsibility vs. Deniability:
Deniability is the ability to say that the outcome and results are not your fault. The students definitely aren’t being challenged to take any. We have to make something different and in order to do so, we have to make it differently – we have to change the process. We can’t switch the vision unless we also switch the mission and objective, and we can’t switch the objective unless we also switch the method.
Willpower vs. Obedience:
No matter how much obedience we desire from our youth, blind obedience is never a good thing. What would really matter is to raise up individuals who are unyielding in their ethics, effective in communication and interdependence, ingenious in efficiency, and excellent in leadership. They would be aware, caring, supportive, committed, creative, innovative, informed, incisive, insightful, improvising, independent, integral, initiative, strategic and so much more.
Persistence in the face of skeptical authority is a powerful ability. We need builders and artists in our economy. They are people who are passionate. What is required for them is to go through the discomfort to accomplish their goals – and that is based on willpower (not compliance or obedience).
To the youth ... Mediocrity is boring.
We want you want to unleash a ruckus – yes, a rumpus, a riot, an uproar (while you are still respectful). You want to unleash movements and revolutions. You want to bring about change that transforms and reforms and revolutionizes our ummah.
We want you to become dangerous fearless innovative leader. It’s no longer about going nowhere by following rules, and direction, and the pack. It’s time to speak up, it’s time to challenge conventions, it’s time to stand up for what we believe in, it’s time to fight mediocrity.
We want you to challenge that persistent and resistant status quo that our culture fights so hard to maintain and hold on to. The illusion of deniability is hollow. Leadership is no longer a choice! It’s an obligation … when only a few blocks away there are people without food to eat, and kids without parents to take for them, and …
This is not about great ideas, this is about making things happen. We no longer have the choice to do nothing. Faith is what we do. Faith is confirmed by the actions we take.
You are not a movement waiting to happen … You’re a revolution at the brink of being unleashed!
You are a leader and we are here to make sure of that!
Creating a compelling future for you...
... and you family, your organization, and your community.
Some sample courses:
How to launch a movement:
Leadership and People Management.
Movements are essential to thrive. When you, your organization, your community ceases to move and drive forward, they come at risk for becoming irrelevant and eventually unnecessary. Movements require leadership that empowers a community. This leadership creates an upward spiral inclusive of continuous improvement, development, and creating & seizing opportunity. At every level there is a crowd waiting to be led. They are tired of mediocrity and all they need is connection – connection to a leader, to one another, to an idea. They need you – to step up your game.
How to change the world:
Economic Geography, Problem Solving, and Change Management
When there is a pandemic of poverty, lack of access to basic education and health care, and environmental problems … when there are people in the world without food and children without parents, leadership is no longer an option. You have to become caring, critical, committed, creative, and compelled.
A New Vision for Dawah in the West
When you taste the sweetness of faith, you feel compelled to share it with the world bring them the same type of freedom from the pressures of this world to the peace in obedience to Allah. If you concentrate our resources on a few key areas, you can drive dramatic and exponential change. You can transform people, their behavior, their beliefs. Just give them the right kind of motivation.
Touching hearts and reaching souls:
A New Definition of Da'wah in the West
On the road to success, you need essential company and relationships, that support you while they follow you. Rasoolullah spoke about his beloved wife, Khadejah, “She believed when people rejected, she said I was saying the truth when people were saying I was lying, when people held their money from me, she gave me all of her wealth, and Allah gave me all my children from her.” How will you deal with your colleagues and community so that they love you, and remember you, and pray for you? And how can you inspire them, that they support your cause in the way of Allah and dedicate themselves to you because of your dedication to Allah.
Igniting Innovation and Creativity:
Ideation, Entrepreneurship, and Venture Analysis
Principle Centered Approach:
Based on the Love of Allah and His Messenger
Command like a Chief:
Art of Thinking Strategically
Governance and Compliance:
Run your nonprofit like an authentic and genuine boss.
How to free yourself from the mundane:
Unleash your awesomeness onto the world.