Upcoming events of Learn to Learn, L2L Club and Society of Iqbal Studies (SoIS)
The innovative solution for individuals, organizations A 3-hour workshop by
Khurram Ali Shafique, Winner of the Presidential Iqbal Award for Iqbal: an Illustrated Biography (2006) Iqbal categorically stated that the
ultimate ideal of Islam was spiritual democracy. He did not explain the concept
because he didn’t need to. Back in 1930, the concept was widely
understood not only within the Muslim world but also outside – especially in
America. It goes to the credit of the subsequent generations that they have
completely obliterated this cherished ideal which had been upheld by so many
cultures as the only hope for their future – i.e., our present.
The purpose of this workshop is to
show that the ideal has survived in Pakistan against all odds, and can be
redeemed for achieving spectacular success personally, socially, politically
In this three-hour workshop, we shall
try to understand the concept of spiritual democracy through interactive
exercises based on the writings of Iqbal, Mary Parker Follett, C. R. Das,
Waheed Murad and many others.
Rediscover spiritual democracy from
primary sources and regain hope.
Date: March 30, 2013. Timings: 3-6pm.
Location: Ahsan Memorial, 201/O Block 2 PECHS, Karachi.
For directions and map visit follow the link
Charges: Rs. 1000/=, Students: Rs. 300/=
is conducting regular school sessions during weekdays: Monday-Thursday 8:30am to 1:15pm and Fridays 8:30am to 12 noon. This program is a structured, formal and a more extensive version of the Sunday=Funday program that is only held on weekdays.
- Weekday Program is an intensive program that provides coverage of all the eight "multiple intelligences" through projects and activities in a planned fashion.
- Kids come regularly and trained and dedicated facilitators work with them on developing their inter- and intra-personal skills, mathematical and logical skills, arts and crafts skills, verbal skills, physical and kinesthetic skills, rhythmic skills, nature appreciation skills.
- Members display the literary club activities at the Hyde Park activities such as qirat, kasauti, naat, poetry, riddles, story telling, book reading, drama, and other improvisations.
- Arts and crafts club activities nurtures their creative ideas.
- Science/Maths Club develops sciences, mathematical and logical skills using experiments in lab settings.
- Research and development Club develops their reading, writing, computer and exploratory skills.
- Unique feature of this program is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills through group activities and emphasis on volunteering and initiative taking.
Society of Iqbal Studies (SoIS) series of workshops is typically conducted on a Saturday or Sunday. Details of the workshops of the upcoming workshops are given on these pages. SoIS members would be pleased to know that the program the series has again been started after the return from sabbatical of Mr. Khurram Ali Shafique
Previous SoIS Events
SoIS workshops started with nine questions raised by Iqbal in Gulshan e Raaz e Jadeed (Zabur e Ajam) and nine books of Iqbal which were covered in detail in a series of workshops. Khurram Ali Shafique in his distinctive style interprets the links between each book collection of Iqbal and each of the nine questions. Each workshop highlighted the themes and distinctive style that Iqbal used for each of the collection. Of particular interest is his connection of past events with the emerging future. Each work of Iqbal and his thought is living and inspiring the events occurrence in the future. These links are explored in detail in these workshops.
The idea of "consensu literature" that inspires the people vs literature that promotes despondency and disillusionment is a central theme through which Iqbal, Rumi, Nizami Ganjwi and others of the past are linked with influentials like Hasrat Mohani, Zafar Ali Khan and Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar during pre-partition, poets and literati like Hafeez Jullandri and Agha Hashar around partition and new genres like films of Waheed Murad and detective fiction of Ibne Safi in the post partition period, in a wonderfully architected thesis distinctive of Mr. Khurram Ali Shafique.
First session in this series was on Asraar e khudi. The discussion then got extended and spread over four sessions. Followed by another four sessions on Ramooz e Baykhudi. There had been several other programs related to or inspired from Iqbal's conception of history, culture and society specifically dealing with the role of literature and political narratives in building consensus among the masses by directing their energies and thinking towards positive aspects of life and inspiring them and giving them confidence in their abilities and potential.