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Peaceful Message

The history of the wars of Islam which sprang out of its wish to direct mankind to the right path if all peaceful means towards that end should prove ineffective. They were not motivated by any ambition to exploit or vanquish a people by any military commander, for they were, in a word, wars waged in the way of Allah SWT. Not only this but clear injunctions & rules were also laid down for the conduct of these wars.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW admonishing the Muslims said, "Go in the name of Allah SWT to fight in the way of Allah SWT; kill him who rejects Allah SWT; fight but do not commit a perfidy, nor mutilate, nor kill a child." (Muslim, Abu Daud & Tirmizi). Also no man except he who carried arms against the Muslim army was to be killed. Nothing was to be destroyed or ruined, nor anybody's honour violated. No mischief or evil was to be encouraged, for "Surely Allah SWT does not love the mischief-makers."

History bears witness that the Muslims upheld …

Most Influential Person

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From the 100, a Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in HistoryMichael Hart's choice of Muhammad SAW to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels. Of humble origins, Muhammad SAW founded and promulgated one of the world's great religions, and became an immensely effective political leader. Today, thirteen centuries after his death, his influence is still powerful and pervasive. The majority of the persons in this book had the advantage of being born and raised in centers of civilization, highly cultured or politically pivotal nations. Muhammad SAW, however, was born in the year 570, in the city of Mecca, in southern Arabia, at that time a backward area of the world, far from the centers of trade, art, and learning. Orphaned at age six, he was reared in modes…

Success

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Success Stories When you think “millionaire,” what image comes to mind? For many of us, it’s a flashy Wall Street banker type who flies a private jet, collects cars and lives the kind of decadent lifestyle that would make Donald Trump proud.

But many modern millionaires live in middle-class neighborhoods, work full-time and shop in discount stores like the rest of us. What motivates them isn’t material possessions but the choices that money can bring: “For the rich, it’s not about getting more stuff. It’s about having the freedom to make almost any decision you want,” says T. Harv Eker, author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind. Wealth means you can send your child to any school or quit a job you don’t like.
According to the Spectrem Wealth Study, an annual survey of America’s wealthy, there are more people living the good life than ever before—the number of millionaires nearly doubled in the last decade. And the rich are getting richer. To make it onto the Forbes 400 list of the riches…

Lean Production System

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The Toyota Lean Production System (TPS) emphasised the role of leadership in the manufacturing system. In TPS, the leader should implement three major tasks; i) to go and see, ii) to ask why and iii) to show respect to others. These were the key tasks of leaders in the manufacturing plants, and by implementing the system, Toyota has emerged as one of the market leaders in the motor industry.Let us examine each of the tasks. The first was for the leader to go and see for himself the actual conditions, problems or issues faced by staff members and consumers. A leader should not place a barrier between him and the people, or try to avoid meeting those under his/her leadership.This is indeed very true. A leader should not lose touch with his staff members.He should always mingle with them and try to understand and appreciate their predicament.A leader should not shy away from the public, or create an exclusive environment in which he only meets or mixes with certain elite groups only. Pem…

Estate Planning: Will

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According to a Hadith, it is not right for a Muslim who has property to bequeath to pass 2 nights without having his will written down. And, in another Hadith, a Muslim who has made a will is he who dies on a clear path (having peace of mind), on a recommended practice, on being fearful of Allah SWT wanting martyrdom & he dies forgiven.

A Muslim preparing to have a will needs to know some basic rules. He must keep in mind the concept of wealth ownership in Islam, namely, all wealth belongs to Allah SWT & man acts as trustee. As such, he cannot will away according to his wishes.

2 basic rules are:
1. He cannot bequeath to his legal heirs. Legal heirs are those who have a fixed share of the deceased's estate according to Faraid, &
2. Bequests shall not exceed 1/3rd of the estate after settling debts.

Ma'al Hijrah 1430H

Salam Ma'al Hijrah 1430H. The Islamic new year is much more relevant for the Muslims since the hijrah means moving from a worse phase to a better phase: in terms of believing/spiritual matters, financial aspects, politically, socially, etc.

Perhaps the Zionists/Jews are sending a rather terrorist message to the Palestinians/Muslims in ushering the Islamic new year by bombing them using their air power/supremacy - killing innocent people in Gaza. They are not interested in peace but use aggression/terrorise to massacre the Muslims/Arabs/Palestinians. Is OIC doing anything about it or the UN/US cares about it? They only care if their cities/peoples are bombarded or terrorise by the Zionists/Jews.

There is no power save the Divine Powers of Allah SWT: La hawla wa quwata illa billahil 'alail 'aziim.

Business Plan in 2 Pages

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1. Vision: How do you visualize your company in the future? Where are you going with it? What will it look like in 5 years? Describe your idea in a manner that captures the passion of the idea.
2. Mission: Why are you in this business? What's your passion? Why will customers buy this product or service?
3. Objectives: What are the goals? What accomplishments must you achieve to be successful? List your goals in specific terms, with targets & time frames.
4. Strategies: What has made your business successful to date? What will make it successful over time?
5. Plans: What specific projects & actions will be taken this year to achieve the objectives?

Millionaires Secrets

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The secrets of self-made millionaires. It’s a quick and inspiring read. “Many modern millionaires live in middle-class neighborhoods, work full-time and shop in discount stores like the rest of us,” writes author Kristyn Kusek Lewis. “What motivates them isn’t material possessions but the choices that money can bring.” She goes on to describe five millionaires and the lessons that can be learned from them:Set your sights on where you’re going. Have a vision. Think big. And remember that everyone has to start at the beginning. Even Warren Buffet had to invest $25 before he could make $25 billion. Set lofty goals, and then begin taking small steps to reach them.Educate yourself. Read books and magazines. If you don’t know how to do something, research the answer. I’m amazed how much of my financial success is attributable to simply reading personal finance books. Many of them say the same things. Once you’ve read enough of them, the advice begins to be burned on your brain. Remember: k…

Millionaires Secrets

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The secrets of self-made millionaires. It’s a quick and inspiring read. “Many modern millionaires live in middle-class neighborhoods, work full-time and shop in discount stores like the rest of us,” writes author Kristyn Kusek Lewis. “What motivates them isn’t material possessions but the choices that money can bring.” She goes on to describe five millionaires and the lessons that can be learned from them:Set your sights on where you’re going. Have a vision. Think big. And remember that everyone has to start at the beginning. Even Warren Buffet had to invest $25 before he could make $25 billion. Set lofty goals, and then begin taking small steps to reach them.Educate yourself. Read books and magazines. If you don’t know how to do something, research the answer. I’m amazed how much of my financial success is attributable to simply reading personal finance books. Many of them say the same things. Once you’ve read enough of them, the advice begins to be burned on your brain. Remember: k…

Rich People's Financial Blueprint

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17 ways in which the financial blueprints of the rich differ from those of the poor and the middle-class. Rich people believe: “I create my life.” Poor people believe: “Life happens to me.” (This is HUGE. Every successful person I know is control of her life. Unhappy people are constantly complaining to me how this, that, or the other thing prevents them from doing something.)Rich people play the money game to win. Poor people play the money game to not lose.Rich people are committed to being rich. Poor people want to be rich.Rich people think big. Poor people think small.Rich people focus on opportunities. Poor people focus on obstacles.Rich people admire other rich and successful people. Poor people resent rich and successful people. (This is important, too — it seems to hold true among my friends.)Rich people associate with positive, successful people. Poor people associate with negative or unsuccessful people. (Another important one.)Rich people are willing to promote themselves a…

The Keys of The Treasures

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The Keys of the Treasures of the Heavens & Earth

There is none worthy of worship except Allah SWT
Allah SWT the Almighty is the greatest
Allah SWT is the glorious & praiseworthy &
I ask Allah SWT for forgiveness.
There is no power to do good & no strength
to be saved from evil except with the grace of Allah SWT.
He is the First & the Last.
He is the Apparent & the Hidden.
He is the Ever-Living who never dies
He imparts & takes away life.
There is blessing with Allah SWT the Almighty
He is the Ruler over everything.

Secrets of Success

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The secrets of success in comparing alternative designs are to obtain sufficiently realistic data & to use an appropriate method of economic analysis. These seemingly simple requirements are not satisfied without some careful effort; there are many examples, published & otherwise, which violate these principles & therefore produce results which are likely to be misleading. The scope for error multiplies with the size & complexity of the alternatives; short-cuts & doubtful assumptions may be tolerated for low investments in small items of equipment, but are liable to produce serious errors when entire ships or major systems are being compared. Some of the most common pitfalls include:
1. Emphasis on costs alone rather than the difference of income minus costs, i.e., profit;
2. Failure to recognize that the engineer is usually more concerned to evaluate differences correctly than absolute values;
3. Failure to distinguish between differences which separately influence …

Leadership

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Go for it. Go to be a leader. 1. “Leadership is a relationship between those who aspire to lead and those who choose to follow”.
2. “Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal”.
3. “Leadership is the influencing process of leaders and followers to achieve organizational objectives through changes”.
4. “Leadership is the behavior of an individual… directing the activities of a group toward a shared goal”.
5. “Leadership is the influential increment over and above mechanical compliance with the routine directives of the organization”
6. “Leadership is the process of incluencing the activities of an organized group toward goal achievement”
7. “Leadership is a process of giving purpose (meaningful direction) to collective effort, and causing willing effort to be expended to achieve purpose”
8. “Leadership is the ability to step outside the culture… to start evolutionary change processes that are more adaptive”
9. “Leadership is the pro…

Sales Manager

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What Does a Sales Manager Do?
Like all managers, the Sales Manager also has to plan, organize, motivate & control. Ho does all this in relation to salesman.

He therefore sets sales objectives, which are derived from marketing objectives. These sales objectives are the total sales volumes which is broken up into individual product sales figures. Productwise volumes are given to individual territories & even sometimes for individual customers. The salesman has then to achieve this target which is also called a Sales Quota.

The Sales Manager, together with his salesmen, is able to derive monthwise sales figures in units and RM (dollars) & sales per customer in an area, in units & RM (dollars) per month for each of his salesmen's territories.

When working out the individual product volumes to be sold, the sales manager will naturally keep in mind 2 important factors:
1. What sales are achievable based on market conditions;
2. Which products need to be sold more because of th…

Scientific Discourses

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In his discussion of the Quran, Bucaille emphasizes three important points:a)First, there is nothing in the Quran that contradicts modern science;b)Second, there is no mention of some of the false beliefs that people had at that time of the Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, concerning the creation, the universe and science in general; and,c)Three, there is no way that the Prophet Muhammad could have known at his time many of the facts alluded to in the Quran.For the sake of brevity, though, it will be possible to discuss only one verse in some detail here demonstrating the “scientific miracles” of the Quran.[1]Upon reading the Quran, one topic that catches many a reader’s eye is the discussion of the creation of the human within the womb of the mother. God says in the Quran:“We created man from an extract of clay. Then We made him as a drop in a place of settlement, firmly fixed. Then We made the drop into an alaqah (leech, suspended thing, and blood cl…

SWOT Analysis

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SWOT Analysis StrengthWeaknesscapability of developing own various ship modelssecuring various standard shipsexperienced product plannersOptimal structural planning and decorative design layoutcapability of accepting various technical demandsLarge docks for building big shipshigh-loading cranelarge block assembly linesettlement of indigenous product designexperienced technologies for running the plantrelatively high automationinsufficient product differentiation (low vibration, ;low noise, quality of painting, optimal M/A etc.)compared with plants in China, some have lost cost competitivenessOpportunity factorThreatening factorNo.1 shipbuilding record expected for a time being in container and tankerIncreasing replacement demandHigh quality, high capability and various technical demand increaseregulation of old aged ship usereinforcement of environmental protectionlosing cost com…

Millionaires

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10 Things Millionaires Won't Tell You