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Whence The Shadow Looms over Followership? A Brief Perspective, in Light of High Demand for Good Leadership.

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In a world where discussions on leadership dominate the realm of self-help books, thought leadership, and social media content, the significance of being a good follower often gets overshadowed. While effective leadership is undoubtedly crucial, the essence of good followership should not be underestimated. In fact, being a good follower holds immense value and plays a transformative role in personal growth and the success of any endeavor.  In this blog post, we aim to shed light on the importance of good followership, challenging the prevailing narrative that places all the emphasis on leadership. By understanding and actively implementing the qualities of a good follower, we can create a harmonious balance that fosters collaboration, enhances leadership effectiveness, and ultimately leads to the flourishing of individuals and communities. The Follower Being a good follower entails embracing certain qualities that contribute to the overall success of a group or organization. Firstly,

The Fellowship of Lasagna, A Plot Twist, and The Really Untold Story of the Lord of the Rings

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Council of Elrond from the "Fellowship of the Ring" . Law and Liberty. In the rugged depths of the Misty Mountains, overwhelmed by the haunting aura of treacherous mist, a small, emaciated creature named Gollum scuttled along. His beady eyes were fixated on one precious thing, his heart's utmost desire. But unlike the One Ring, which had consumed his existence for centuries, this time his craving was not for power, but for something far more delectable - a steaming block of tasty lasagna. Preciousss ... only available at Legasi Jalan Rambutan . Unbeknownst to Gollum, fate had played its hand, transforming the narrative of Middle-earth's destiny into something whimsical. The One Ring, which he had lost to a certain hobbit named Frodo, had been substituted by this tantalizing dish - an occurrence neither wise nor fathomable. From left: Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee) in 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King'

The Prophetic or Sunnah-based Food a.k.a. "Makanan Sunnah" Advertising Dilemma and How to Fix It

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To those unfamiliar with the term, the word  Sunnah  is usually a reference made to our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ - be it his sayings, actions (including his approvals), and practices. Hence, when it is used in association with the term 'food' (i.e. " makanan Sunnah "), it can lead to diverse interpretations and unintended use.  Thankfully, a few academicians have already attempted to raise this issue and unravel the possible meanings of " makanan Sunnah ", especially from the community context 1 - from where the term was "coined", and they are: All food that is derived and mentioned in al-Qur'an and al-Hadith (Prophetic traditions) - this context and meaning has been the primary understanding amongst the Muslim masses in Malaysia; All food that brings goodness and  maslahah 2 (brings benefits and wards off harm) to mankind whether it has been mentioned in al-Qur'an, al-Hadith, or in neither of them. This definition, no doubt, is derived