Inspiring and Educational Readings for Yaum e-Ali, the Birth Anniversary of Hazrat Ali (a.s.)

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Introduction: The birthday anniversary of Hazrat Imam Ali (a.s.) is commemorated on the 13th Rajab. This festival is celebrated by the Shi’te communities and is observed as an occasion to reflect upon the life and teachings of their first Imam. According to the Shi’a doctrine and tradition, Hazrat Ali  was the foundation (asas) of the institution of Imamah. His designation (nass) by the Prophet upon the Command of Allah (al-amr), to guide the believers after the termination of the institution of Nabuwah is central to the Shi’a theology. The Imam’s function is to continue the teaching (ta’lim) and interpretation (ta’wil) of Allah’s Final Message after the demise of the Prophet.

Today, the Shi’a Ismaili Muslims, in addition to the celebration of Yaum e-Ali, commemorate the birthday anniversary (Salgirah) of their present living Imam (Mawlana Hazar Imam), His Highness…

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Introduction to Risk Management

Risk Management has numerous definitions usually based on the context in which it is being discussed among these are: “Risk management is formal process that enables the identification, assessment, planning and management of risk.” [1](Merna and Al Thani 2010) COSO ERM defines enterprise risk management as a process designed to identify potential events that may … Continue reading Introduction to Risk Management

Saudi Writer Badryah al-Bishr: Be the Action, Not the Reaction


The popular Saudi writer and TV commentator Badryah al-Bishr appeared at this year’s Emirates LitFest, where she talked about the explosion in production of Saudi novels, how she deals with controversy, her latest novel, and more:

By Sawad Hussain

badriya1Badryah al-Bishr is a Saudi writer whose last novel Love Stories on Al-Asha Street was longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2014. Through her fiction, newspaper articles, and television programme (Badryah on MBC), she explores the position of Saudi as well as Arab women as a whole in contemporary society. Her views have generated much controversy, as though she is poised and elegant, she does not mince her words. Hend Saeed of the Dubai International Writers’ Centre – which ran a reading and discussion group session on Al-Bishr’s novel in the lead-up to the festival – moderated the session.

The following are excerpts from her session at the Seventh…

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Warren Buffet’s Wisdom on Hiring, integrity

"Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: Integrity, Intelligence and Energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you". (Omaha World Herald, 1 February 1994) "I want employees to ask themselves whether they are willing to have any contemplated act appear on … Continue reading Warren Buffet’s Wisdom on Hiring, integrity


Ethics, through beliefs and values form the building blocks of organisational behaviour. Values and beliefs are part of the cognitive sub-structure of an organisational culture. Values are intimately connected with moral and ethical codes, and determine what people think ‘ought’ to be done. For example, individuals and organisations that value honesty, integrity and openness consider … Continue reading THE BUSINESS VALUE SET – RIGHTS AND DUTIES


ETHICAL CRITERIA: ‘NO DIFFERENCE THEORY’  The law is the most important source for ensuring that consumers receive a fair deal from retailers and manufacturers. The various health and safety laws have ensured substantial improvements in working conditions for employees. Contract law entails that employers no longer have complete freedom to make contracts or in many … Continue reading AN ANALYSIS OF ETHICAL CRITERIA IN BUSINESS DECISION MAKING


SUBJECTIVISIM – IT IS UPTO THE INDIVIDUAL The ethical theory that moral judgements are “up to the individual” was based on the concept of self-realisation expounded by among others F.H Bradley (1846 -1924), who claimed that there is a ideal self to which each individual strives to achieve. It is also supported by the existentialist … Continue reading PHILOSOPHICAL SCHOOLS WHICH PROVIDE A BASIS FOR BUSINESS ETHICS