“There is a magic power in your own hands. Take your vital decisions—they may be grave and momentous and far-reaching in their consequences. Think a hundred times before you take any decision, but once a decision is taken, stand by it as one man.”
Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The Course is designed to facilitate the thought process of bringing social change through a change in an individual’s perception of his/her worldview. It explores the interconnected elements of History, Art, Spirituality and Politics strictly from the point of those who created Pakistan and thus had a significant role in shaping the destiny of the world we now live in.
The course will also explore the similarities and connections between the self-development of an individual and the evolution of a nation or a community, and how lessons learnt at one place can be applicable to other places or people.
Who can benefit from this course?
The course does not require any previous knowledge in the related disciplines whatsoever. This course is for you if you wish:
- to look at the world and yourself from the point of view of those who created Pakistan
- to achieve a higher degree of self-realization through the vision of those who created Pakistan
- to bring a change in society and yourself according to the guidance left behind by the pioneers of Pakistan
- to see the deeper connections between various spheres of life, from a point of view that has played an important role in directing the course of recent history
- to lead the society effectively in any sphere of life
Format and process
This is a basic course with five modules. Each module is delivered through video lectures, “while-watching questions”, blog posts, discussions with fellow participants through blog comments, and interaction with the course developer through emails. Additional activities for reinforcement and follow-up are also available on an optional basis for willing participants.
The course is essentially self-paced, requiring approximately 3 to 5 hours per week. There is also an opportunity for discussions with the course moderators or the main developer of the course about anything that might seem ambiguous or needs further clarification.
The duration of the course is 10 weeks, and it is offered twice a year in winter and summer. The third run is starting on Friday 13 January 2023.
- PKR 20,000 (or the equivalent in another currency)
- Special introductory offer: PKR 10,000 (or the equivalent in another currency) if you get registered by Sunday 13 November 2022
The participant will receive a certificate of completion (soft copy) signed by the resource person after answering all the while-watching questions on the course online platform. There is no additional fee for receiving a soft copy of the certificate after completion of these requirements.
1. Jinnah’s Pakistan up to 2026
From the point of view of Quaid-i- Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, our history from 1887 to 2026 ought to be divided into seven stages of twenty years each. The first module introduces the participants to these seven stages, with parallels and connections with world history.
2. Simorgh: Mysteries of the Muslim Renaissance
The seven stages of the current phase in history, introduced in the previous module, signify a process of evolution which can best be understood through the ideals presented by the most popular writer of each stage. The second module aims at introducing the participants to these writers and their respective ideals in their true cultural context.
3. Ten Political Principles of Jinnah
The third module consists of ten political principles through which the shared ideals of a society can be transformed into tangible realities within a given timeframe.
4. The Philosophy of Iqbal in 9 Simple points
The fourth module presents nine simple points for understanding what has been described in the previous modules, i.e. the collective evolution, the significance of shared literary ideals and the effectiveness of certain political principles. The nine points which help us grasp these realities are also the essence of religious and philosophical thinking according to Iqbal, as seen in this module.
5. Conscious evolution: education for the future
The final module aims at preparing the participants for practically implementing what they have learnt in the other four modules.
Khurram Ali Shafique is best known as an Iqbal scholar (the only one to have won the Presidential Iqbal Award three times). The course has been developed by him on the basis of his ground breaking research.
Registration and contact
Participants making the payment from Pakistan may contact Topline Publishers, Office 3, Bright Corner Apartments, Opposite Askri Park, Off University Road, Karachi. Telephones +92-21-34937440 and +92-321-3870876
Participants paying from outside Pakistan may use the Paypal link that will be provided on this page soon.
For details and queries, write to [email protected]