In 2009, when RandomAlphabets was organizing Glee Flashmob Dance, I noticed that the young people who attended rehearsals had difficulty going home.
So we organized a system where, those who need transport home would pass their name and location. We’d then flash it on the projector for all to see. Then whoever is going or, passing the location, could offer a free ride. As a result, not just those in need were helped, but friendships were born and the energy for the project was even more positive.
Last year, I introduced the same system to Darul Murtadza. A weekly Majlis Ta’lim (Gathering of Knowledge), at Muaz bin Jabal mosque in Setiawangsa that takes place every Friday night. Ganee, also from Peace Meal did the prototype with them and those guys improved it even more in time for Beta testing. Click here to read more about that project.
It was finally time to introduce the same concept to Peace Meal and we finally did so few weeks ago. For the size, we didn’t need a Google Docs like system. So during a discussion with Ai’syah Mei Chen, also a Peace Meal volunteer, we came up with the card you see above – which we distribute at the beginning of the event.
Perhaps to add, this is what is meant by finding solutions for real problems. In today’s age of active participation in the social public sphere, there needs to be an increase in the thinking and exploration to solve real problems faced by the Muslim community too. Adapting with times is not just about fancy posters, or discussing gender issues, but can be as simple as sorting out something that people need.
I think this similar thinking is what is meant when he says Islamization of knowledge as propounded by Prof Al-Attas, although I could be quite inaccurate.