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Showing posts with label Civic Education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Civic Education. Show all posts

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Principles and Ground Rules for Dialogue

I was going through one of those 'unsorted stuff box' I have been having for quite sometime, found this interesting book mark that explains (as it says) "Principles and Ground Rules of Dialogue". Been trying to figure out who gave this to me, not very sure, but I guess I must have picked it up from one of those workshops or training I have attended to.

Its not much, simply put and quite helpful if you really read them down. Its worth a share:

Principles and Ground Rules for Dialogue

  • The purpose of dialogue is to understand and to learn from one another; no one can "win" a dialogue.
  • All dialogue participants speak for themselves, not as a representative of others" interest. 
  • In a dialogue, everyone is treated as an equal; status and stereotypes are left at the door.
  • Be open and listen to others, especially when you disagree. Suspend judgement.
  • Identify and test assumptions - even your own. 
  • Listen carefully and respectfully to the views of other; acknowledge you have heard the other, especially when you disagree. 
  • Look for common ground.
  • Express disagreement with ideas, not the personality or motives; disagree without being disagreeable.
  • Respect all points of view. 
Cheers :) 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Lost customs of Maldivians. (Part One)

Ibn Batuta 
As like in any society, people in the Maldives have their own social customs, traditions and cultures, however, in time some of these customs got lost, perhaps in the hurdle of modernity. With the tourism boost in the 70's, came the influence of the western society. Some positive and some negative. 

I would like to talk about some of the old Maldivian cultures, that we do not follow anymore, forgotten or those that we may have known very little about. Of course these are very interesting traditions our forefathers practiced. 

I ll begin with Tangier traveler and Maldivian Chief Justice Abu-Abdullah Mohammed, the famous Ibn Batuta (1304-78). He writes:

"'The inhabitants of the Maldives Islands are honest and pious people, sincere in good faith and of a strong will; they eat only what is lawful, and their prayers are granted. When one of them meets another, he says God is my lord: Muhammad is my prophet: I am a poor ignorant being."

Monday, May 31, 2010

The ideal Muslim and his Community ...



Dr. Muhammad Ali Al-Hashimi offers more than 60 practical tips

An ideal Muslim:
  1. He is truthful
  2. He does not cheat, deceive or stab in the back
  3. He is not envious
  4. He is sincere
  5. He keeps his promises
  6. He has a good attitude towards others and treats them well
  7. He is characterized by shyness
  8. He is gentle towards people
  9. He is compassionate and merciful
  10. He is tolerant and forgiving
  11. He is easy-going in his business dealings
  12. He is of cheerful countenance
  13. He has a sense of humour
  14. He is patient
  15. He avoids cursing and foul language
  16. He does not falsely accuse anyone of disbelief
  17. He is modest and discreet
  18. He dos not interfere in that which does not concern him
  19. He refrains from backbiting and slander
  20. He avoids giving false statements
  21. He avoids suspicion
  22. He keeps secrets
  23. He does not converse privately with another person when there is a third person present
  24. He is not arrogant or proud
  25. He is humble and modest
  26. He does not make fun of anyone
  27. He respects elders and distinguished people
  28. He mixes with people of noble character
  29. He strives for people’s benefits and seeks to protect hem from harm
  30. He strives to reconcile between Muslims
  31. He calls people to truth
  32. He enjoins what is good and forbids what is evil
  33. He is wise and eloquent in his da`wah [invitation to Islam]
  34. He is not a hypocrite
  35. He does not show off or boast
  36. He is straightforward and consistent in his adherence to the truth
  37. He visits the sick
  38. He attends funerals
  39. He repays favours and is grateful for them
  40. He mixes with people and puts up with their insults
  41. He tries to make people happy
  42. He guides others to righteous deeds
  43. He is easy on people, not hard
  44. He is fair in his judgment of people
  45. He does not oppress or mistreat others
  46. He loves noble things and always aims high
  47. His speech is not exaggerated or affected
  48. He does not rejoice in the misfortunes of others
  49. He is generous
  50. He does not remind the beneficiaries of his charity
  51. He is hospitable
  52. He prefers others to himself
  53. He helps to alleviate the burden of the debtor
  54. He is proud and does not beg
  55. He is friendly and likeable
  56. He checks his customs and habits against Islamic standards
  57. He follows Islamic manners in the way he eats and drinks
  58. He spreads the greeting of salam
  59. He does not enter a house other than his own without permission
  60. He sits wherever he finds room in a gathering
  61. He avoids yawning in a gathering as much as he can
  62. He follows the Islamic etiquette when he sneezes
  63. He does not look into other people’s houses
  64. He does not imitate women.
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