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Chessboard of Life


This blog is in continuation of my previous blog The Rise of Spirit

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The teacher of Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Jaffer-e-Sadiq progeny of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), has said in one of his sermons for the moral and social development of the children;

‘A child’s age should be divided into three stages. From 1 to 7 years of age; treat him like a ‘King’, from the age of 7 until 14 treat him like a slave and from 14 until 21 treat him like your adviser and after 21 years, leave him into the society. He would be an ideal citizen of the society’.

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The reason for various treatments meted out to the kids in these ages is elaborated as under:

When a child is born, he is exploring the world, so we need to give him full freedom to understand the world his own way. From the age of 7 until 14 he is going through physical transition, and at this premature age, his chances of getting involved in bad habits are very high. So we need to treat him as slave, so that we can make him understand the intricacies of life the right way. From the age of 14 until 21, we need to treat him as adviser, because by remaining under severe suppression during his adolescence period, he has lost his self-confidence and now is the time to help him regain his lost confidence so that when he goes into the society, he would be a perfect citizen because he has got the right kind of training until the age of 21 years. This may have been the reason that in many countries of the world the age of adult franchise is 21.

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In order to convey the message through the pics, I tried to look for kings and queens in the Roman empire and I did find quite a few pics but it was difficult to recognize who was king and who was adviser as the crown worn by both was little bit different and a layman could not recognize it easily unless he has an idea of history, apart those pics could not convey the ‘message’, I was trying to portray. Same was the case with King, Queen and Jack in cards. They can easily be recognized through the pic, who is who but again the ‘message’ was not easy to convey through the pics.

The beauty of this concept can easily be depicted through chess pawns. The King can only move in the squares adjacent to its own square. Its analogy is that a kid up to the age of 7 years can not leave the boundary wall of his home unless accompanied by his parents.  A pawn has to move only in its own column one square at a time, unless attacked by the opponent, it is like a boy aged between 7 and 14 has to be kept under strict vigilance if we need him to grow as a responsible citizen. The queen of the chess can move one square or multiple squares in all the directions, be it vertical, horizontal or diagonal. It is like you have to give an adult boy full freedom to choose and decide his own life after 14 years of age. He be given the status of an adviser in the family, so that he gets trained to live and lead his life after 21, the way he wants his life to be, rather than being dictated by elders of the family. He is unique and is now in a position to decide on his own, his destiny. 

Since knowledge is ubiquitous by virtue of the internet, the age bracket given above can be reduced from 0-6, 7-12 and 13 to 18. That could be one of the reasons why the governments have reduced the voting rights to its citizens from 21 to 18 years.

Sajjad Hussain

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Eduaction, Ethics, Humanity, Philosophy, Self development, Symbolism, Vision, Wisdom, Writings

The Rise of Spirit


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Since I started teaching Ethics, my mind started boggling to understand the meaning of life. During this awkward (in the eyes of many of us) journey of exploring the ‘SELF’, I came up with the idea, being shared here under:

The idea of writing this article came into my mind while I was engaged in a discussion with one of my friends Mr. Yousuf Ali Mehmood on the life, death, spirit, soul and body. I am putting my thoughts herein for your critical inputs.

In mathematics, when we want to draw graphs in two dimension, we draw X and Y axis. On X-axis, we have independent variables and on Y-axis we have dependent variables. X-axis is drawn horizontally, whereas the Y-axis rises vertically up.

There are two types of dreams, the dreams, which we see in the night, and day dreams. The dreams in the night are beyond our control, so we can put them on X-axis. The dreams which we see during day time are very much in our control i.e. they are dependent, so we can put them on Y-axis. In other words, we can say that the dreams which we see during day time are not dreams; they are our plans which we want to implement in our lives for success. When anything is done using proper planning, the chances of success rise.

When I look at my own body, I see quite a few things which are dependent and others are independent. My heart and lungs are independent of my acts, whereas my eyes and hands are very much dependent on me.

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If I manage to use those body parts, which are dependent on my actions, effectively, I am bound to rise.

Our age is dependent on time and as such we can put it on X-axis and our mental capability, which is very much dependent on us, can be placed on Y-axis. So, as we keep making use of our abstract mind to explore the world around, we can see what is otherwise invisible to our naked eyes.

Previously, all the jobs advertised, demanded people with high IQ. Various researches have now revealed that people with high IQ fail miserably in their professional career, whereas people with low IQ but high EQ, excel in organizations. That is one of the reasons why, people from the lower tier of organization are promoted to higher level only after having gone through soft skills training, wherein they are trained for maintaining a balance between IQ and EQ.

Research has also shown that, while making decisions, men think rationally and females think emotionally. All the living beings are created in pairs, so are humans. The wedlock of man and woman is like marriage of rational (IQ) and emotional (EQ) thinking, the outcome is SQ (a new born baby is as pure as spirit).

If this model is applied on the management model where there are three tiers of management i.e. operational, tactical and strategic management. We will have the following model for understanding the significance of IQ, EQ and SQ.

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The teacher of Iman Abu Hanifa, Imam Jaffer-e-Sadiq, progeny of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), has said in one of his sermons; A child’s age should be divided into three stages for the sake of his moral development, to make him/her a responsible citizen.

From 1 to 7 years of age; treat him like a ‘KING’, from the age of 7 until 14, treat him like a slave and from 14 until 21 treat him like your advisor and then leave him into society and he would a responsible citizen.

The reason for various treatments in these ages is elaborated as under:

When a child is born, he is exploring the world, so we need to give him full freedom to understand the world his own way. From the age of 7 until 14 he is going through physical transition, and at this premature age, his chances of getting involved in bad habits are very high. So we need to treat him as slave so that we can make him understand the intricacies of life the right way. From the age of 14 until 21, we need to treat him as advisor, because by remaining under severe suppression during his adolescence period, he has lost his self confidence and now is the time to help him regain his lost confidence so that when he goes into the society, he would be a perfect citizen because he has got the right kind of training until the age of 21 years. This may have been the reason that age of adult franchise used to be 21.

Now again applying this theory in the context of communication.

Any information is first considered to be data and applying it on the age of a child, during his early days into life everything is data for him. When he gets into the second phase of his life, this data is converted into information. After adolescence, he is now in a position to understand and relate information with his real life situations. So this information is now transformed into knowledge. When the child has gone through this rigorous training cycle of playing with data to convert it into information and then making relationships to make sense out of this information to convert it into knowledge makes him get ready to change the world through his wisdom. This wisdom coupled with his vision for life would develop his SQ.

Now if we apply all these concepts on the Management Model given above, we can see that if an ethically trained individual takes charge of an organization, he would change the whole organization into a socially responsible corporate giant, as Ethics has a boomerang effect.

Another aspect worth noting is that we have been made dependent in all aspects of our life and this dependency shows that if we work as a team we are bound to rise organizationally and spiritually.

There are still a lot of concepts intertwined within the article which need to be researched.

Continued in the next blog titled Chessboard of Life.

Sajjad Hussain

Eduaction, Ethics, Humanity, Philosophy

Life as EYE see


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Since I started teaching Ethics, my mind started boggling to understand the meaning of life. During this awkward (in the eyes of many of us) journey of exploring the ‘SELF’, I came up with the idea, being shared here under:

According to Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection, we are a progeny of animals. Animals do have some IQ, but when they are trained to a certain level, even the wildest of beasts behave in a tamed manner, but their (animal’s) inner beastly instinct returns sometimes and they behave as they are supposed to, even after being trained to behave properly.

Same is true with humans, almost all the babies when born they do have a reasonable understanding of the world around them, due to their inbuilt IQ. After having gone through the process of learning through observation, parents, environment, and friends etc. they are trained to behave in a particular manner but whenever they get a feeling that they are not being watched, they do as they are born with i.e. their natural instinct which has an animal inside. Instead of calling them animals I am giving them a more refined name ‘PEOPLE’.

People have a ‘mob mentality‘, when they are together they behave, as animal herd behaves, instead of thinking and choosing the right way, they move in the direction of the mob as animals do in a herd.

The herd needs to be led by dogs beside it, same is true for a leader, he either has to lead from the front or act as a watchdog so that the people following him are under his command and control and behave, as they are told.  Though at times having control on a mob is way too difficult even for a leader.

PEOPLE are trained to become MAN through training, making use of the IQ they have been bestowed with. The journey from PEOPLE to MAN is a two way traffic, why is that so, because the moment people come to realize that they are not being watched, they behave as ANIMALS, so they need to be trained (educated) on a continuous basis so that by virtue of continuous learning they should develop in themselves the capability to leave that vicious circle of selfish behavior (mob mentality) and become MAN.

In a nut shell, to cover the journey from PEOPLE to MAN, making use of the IQ available to PEOPLE, they be trained to become MAN.

The journey continues…..

As said earlier, the journey from PEOPLE to MAN is a two way traffic, so there is always a possibility that MAN can become part of PEOPLE, if he does not intentionally try to remain MAN. It is an arduous journey, specially remaining in the position of MAN.

Those of us who manage to acquire education, they develop in themselves a tendency to remain in the position of MAN and most of them continue to be MAN till the end of their life unless they get some kind of inspiration and some solace from the shackles of earning a livelihood for themselves and their families.

Middle management or the tactical management is the position where they (MEN) are given opportunities for training to develop emotional quotient (EQ). Basically the people who train these managers were previously called trainers but actually, they are supposed to be inspirers. This inspiration develops in them emotional stability and based on this capability they are more in control of their emotions than any one around. For which the inspirer (trainer) has to be more in control of his emotions, only then can he be an inspiration for the attendees of his session.

This EQ acquired through inspiration leads MAN to the level of a HUMAN. Now he instead of thinking more about himself, he is concerned with the PEOPLE around him. But his concern is more self-centered, as he likes to be portrayed as a thorough HUMAN. He is only willing to give what is extra, he will first try to fulfill his own needs and wants, and what is left, he will share part of it and save the rest for the rainy days.

There is no harm in it as long as his self-centeredness is not harming PEOPLE around him. By continuously being in the position of HUMAN and making enough out of his available resources and potentials, he comes to realize the fact that life is not what he is seeing, life is beyond. That’s the point where he comes to understand the true meaning of life that life is not something living for oneself, it is loving, caring and sharing with others. This realization culminates only when he starts giving to the PEOPLE rather than taking from them.

He starts sharing everything that he has, irrespective of any reciprocation, that’s the stage of self-actualization, which elates a MAN from the level of HUMAN to HUMAN BEING. This is where he comes to realize the fact, what differentiates him from PEOPLE to MAN and from MAN to HUMAN and from HUMAN to HUMAN BEING.

The word HUMAN is a combination of MAN and HUMILITY and when a MAN becomes HUMAN and realizes the purpose of BEING alive, makes him a HUMAN BEING, which develops in him spiritual quotient (SQ), which gets him close to Almighty Allah when HE instead of asking the MAN to do what HE likes, asks the MAN his wish, so that HE can fulfill his desires.

Sajjad Hussain