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Negotiating VUCA Through the Words of Kipling’s IF

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Sun, 23 February 2020, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | English
Ihsan Institute Singapore
Ustaz Mohammad Hafiz bin Kusairi

Fees: $15 (normal ticket), $8 (student ticket)

To recognize challenges in contemporary times and avoiding decadent traits and upholding praiseworthy ones.

About this Event
Rudyard Kipling wrote the poem If in 1896, inspired by a military action undertaken by an English nobleman. A closer look into Kipling's life; a roller coaster of achievements and tragedies could have perhaps contributed to the wisdom presented in this particular work. Nevertheless, this poem has provided a rich array of advice that was not only pertinent to life in the 1900s but also to current times whereby individualism and self-entitlement have become both celebrated and necessary human traits.

The supposedly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUGA) have made these traits and their likes shamelessly exalted by Man. Beyond the worldview of man himself; ironically associated with imperialism and Orientalism, this poem is most beneficial to those who approach it with the wisdom of the Arabic saying: Observe the spoken, not the speaker.

This 2 hour session therefore will be using Kipling's If as a premise to appreciate and subsequently inculcate within one's self, praiseworthy traits already enshrined in the Qur'an and Prophetic Traditions that has increasingly become diluted by the increasingly selfish pursuits of Man.

Main references from:

Rudyard Kipling's If
Al Nubdhah Al Sughra by Al Habib Abu Bakar Al Adni Bin Ali Al Mashur translated by Shaykh Ahmad Saad Al Azhari
Shaykh Ahmad Saad's lecture: Imam Ghazali's Formula on How to Take Your Life Back (2018) Shaykh Ahmad Saad's lecture: Holding Onto Something: The Pillars of the Time (2019)
Shaykh Ahmad Saad's lecture:Too Soon to Despair: Reflections on Tawbah in the Age of Attractions (2019)


Ustaz Mohammad Hafiz Kusairi is also responsible for overseeing the provision of beneficial educational content for those attending Ihsan Institute's programs. Having benefitted from scholars who are able to connect the richness of traditional approaches to sacred knowledge and manifesting its values in the increasingly volatile world such as the late Kiayi Kassim and Syaikh Ahmad Saad Al Azhari, Hafiz sees the pertinence for Muslims to be consistently active in the pursuit of beneficial knowledge and striving to illuminate society with praiseworthy actions in their respective capacities.

When not teaching modern Southeast Asian history in a local institution, enggaging with youths through various movements or organizations or delivering talks, Hafiz spends his time reading books on modern history or teaching pedagogies, catching a film online or writing short stories and commentaries for publications who do not mind his honest opinion.


Tickets available here: 

Date: 23 Feb 2020, Sunday
Time: 5-7pm
Venue: Masjid Al-Falah


Al-Falah Mosque

22 Bideford Road #01-01 Singapore 229923


Ihsan Institute Singapore


Ustaz Mohammad Hafiz bin Kusairi


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