Jamadi Awwal 1424 H
Volume 16-07 No : 199
Camps \ Workshops
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Sadathullah Khan through his workshop presents Islam in the manner
Change is the universal phenomena and a law of nature. As the time changes the new generation attitude and perception towards Islam also changes. The need is to present Islam in the manner and style the younger generation can easily identify with.
Sadathullah Khan editor of Islamic Voice has started a trend of presenting the Islam with the help of modern management and psychology by organising Islamic workshops. It’s a fusion of modern management theories and Islamic ideology.
In the second week of June for the first time Sadathullah Khan organised and conducted a three days workshop exclusively for Muslim men in Mumbai, earlier he has conducted over eighteen workshops in Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai, Mangalore, Bangalore and in Mumbai for women in ten months. The utility and importance of the workshop can be gauged from the fact that Mumbai based Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) sent their entire staff and teachers of International Islamic School managed by it. Even the chairman of IRF, Dr Zakir Naik, an eminent International Islamic scholar attended the workshop for a day.
Slew of Islamic organisation conducts the workshop and training camps for Muslim youth. But what make’s Sadathullah Khan workshop different is the style of presentation. Instead of traditional and orthodox way of presenting Islam, a modern approach is taken where the participants is made to discover his true self from false-hood that will bring bliss, joy and peace in life.
Sadathullah Khan does not resort to giving lecture but make it interactive where participants are asked to share their experience and views. The emphasis is on the application of Islam, the knowledge of which the participant already knows. The objective says Sadathullah Khan is to coach them with whatever they know, how they could apply and lead a powerful and responsible life.
“The entire focus of the workshop is on bringing in the transformation from within rather then imparting knowledge” says Sadathullah Khan. “The approach taken is that creator has made every human innocent and pure. It’s the experience and environment, which makes them, acquire bad habits and ill feelings, which make their life miserable. I coach them to revert to their original state and attain peace and happiness in life”.
The real life situation is analysed with the help of the Prophet (Pbuh) hadith and participants are guided to bring about the transformation required in their nature or their style of functioning.
During the three days of the workshop Sadath focus is on the relationships. He believes that healthy relationships lay the foundation for the peace and tranquility in life. “Many a times its non issues which start the tension in the relationships and make life miserable. Islam emphasis on forgiveness. Through the teaching of the Prophet (Pbuh), participants are made to realize that even if their near and dear one intentionally or unintentionally hurt them they must forgive them which in turn revive the stained relationship leading to love, peace, and harmony” he said.
The participants are made to undergo Paradigm shift through various exercises so that they get motivated to affect required transformation in their life. So that their outlook towards life is according to the teachings of the Prophet (Pbuh). Owais Patni, CA, LLB, attended the workshop and found it helpful. “Though its lengthy its very effective. It’s a unique way of presenting Islam and helping participants to overcome their shortcomings”, he said.
Eminent psychiatrist Dr Abdul Karim Naik who attended couple of sessions of the workshop said that the need of the hour is to promote such concept of presenting Islam in the way young generation easily identify with. “ The advancement in the Management, Psychiatry and Psychology, can be used to impart the teachings and values of Islam in young generation. As they are educated, the young generation demands are more and they needed to be coach accordingly”, he said.
Haseeb Shaikh an engineer attended the workshop on the strong recommendation of his wife who attended previous one for the women. “My wife was all praise for the Sadath’s workshop. It helped her a lot. That’s why she insisted that I too attend it. It helped me too in many ways” he said.
As the popularity of the workshop increases Sadath has been invited to hold such workshop at far of places as, Bhiwandi, Ratnagiri, Surat, Calicut, Nagpur and Andaman Island. He says that “I have experimented and come out with a model. More work is needed so that this can be replicated by Islamic organizations”.