About Me

Pen Name: Abu Dawud

Residence: Toronto, Canada

Formal Education: MSc. in Biostatistics, BSc. in Mathematics, working towards University of Toronto Certificate in Adult Training & Development 

Occupation: Methodologist

Other Activities: Teaching Arabic grammar (nahw), writing, reading books on Islam, personal development, and a certain genre of novels

Languages: English, Urdu, French, Arabic

History of this blog:

Life was straightforward. Get a good education, work hard, become a professional, marry, have kids (three so far), enjoy life, and most of all, preserve one’s religion. That paradigm of life, however, transformed in 2010 after meeting some brothers, reading some books, and listening to some seminars. 

There was more to life. It was about managing one’s self, expanding one’s potential, nurturing relationships, and serving a worthy cause. Success didn’t just depend on hard work, it also depended upon smart work, and about purposeful work. Financial prosperity didn’t just depend upon one’s designation, but also on the value he/she provided.  Life… was about growth. 

But that’s not the complete picture.

Growth had to be defined. It had to be guided by certain principles. It had to be supported. This is where experts in the field of personal development, such Stephen Covey, Jack Canfield, and Anthony Robbins, have played an important role. But there was another individual whose teachings were not being sufficiently acknowledged in the realm of personal development.

My Islamic teachers advised me that personal development is inherent in the sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad , for “In the Messenger of Allah you have a beautiful example.” [33:21] Therefore, I started examining his statements and his biography through the lens of personal development. As I was informed, many personal development principles were illustrated in the sunnah of our Prophet 

These paradigm shifts, or realizations, were so powerful that I decided to document them into the blog you are viewing, in hopes that my experiences can influence and benefit others.