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  • Mapping Out a Life Battle Plan: The Four Quadrants of a Man’s LIfe

    Mapping Out a Life Battle Plan: The Four Quadrants of a Man’s LIfe

    In the journey of a man’s life, the importance of having a structure plan cannot be overstated. Just as a warrior enters battle with a strategy, a man should approach life with a well thought out plan encompassing all crucial areas of his existence. This is where the concept of mapping out a life battle…

  • The Lone Wolf Fallacy

    The Lone Wolf Fallacy

    Somewhere along the lines of popular culture and movies, We Men have been convinced that being a lone wolf is somehow masculine and a sign of strength. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve actually mentioned this in my upcoming book. I’ll admit it, I took the bait hook, line, and sinker. I convinced…

  • What’s Your Legacy?

    What’s Your Legacy?

    I was fortunate enough to spend the day with Dr. Shadee El Masry in Dallas this weekend. In one of his talks he talked about friendship and being with people that you aspire to be He mentioned the stories of the Prophets Yusef and Musa, and their journey through what they learned. Isn’t that what…

  • You vs. You

    You vs. You

    Men of the Stronghold Let’s talk about the biggest enemy in your life second only to the devil You… I’d rather be sore everyday from working out than to be prediabetic or suffering from heart disease I’d rather feel disappointed due to failure in my life than to never have tried in the first place…

  • The three components of  change

    The three components of change

    Why do we use battle plans? Men of the War Council should know that there are three components of change 1. Direction 2. Action 3. Time Time: If you are in your car, and you don’t know where to go. What do you do? You turn to your GPS. But even your GPS needs two…

  • I don’t have time for success!

    I don’t have time for success!

    “Ali, I don’t have time or money for the War Council” Really? Let’s break it down The average person spends 2 to 3 hours a day on social media Mindlessly scrolling through a bunch of BS and mentally ill auto babble The average person spends 3 to 4 hours on Netflix a day The average…

  • The Buffalo vs. The Cow

    The Buffalo vs. The Cow

    Whenever there is a storm, these two animals react totally different from each other When a cow senses a storm, it runs away from it. When a Buffalo senses a storm, it runs towards it Allah says in the Quran “And on the earth are signs for the certain [in faith], and in yourselves. Then…

  • The misery of mediocrity

    The misery of mediocrity

    Surely, most of us have read the stories of the prophet ﷺ and the companions around him. I have a question. Which one of them was mediocre in their life? Which one of them was satisfied with doing the bare minimum in every aspect of their lives? Pause for a moment and just contemplate this…

  • “I can’t” The new F word

    “I can’t” The new F word

    As a young boy, I grew up in a house where saying “I can’t” was the same as saying any curse word. I can remember the first time I said that in front of my father. I was only seven years old as he grabbed me by my shirt and said, “what did you just…

  • Divorce Hurts…

    Divorce Hurts…

    I’d like to share my experiences when I got divorced After the normal shock, self judgement, and overall sadness that comes with it. I went through all the emotions. Relief that it was over. Sadness cause of what we had lost. Anger, which I think is ego related. Add to that, a touch of doubt…