The Barakah Culture Cards serve as a training tool for professionals and teams to help them identify the mindsets, values, and rituals that promote barakah culture in their personal & professional lives. The purpose of the cards is to engage professionals and teams in a learning exercise that is both visual and hands-on and makes the concepts of living a Barakah culture more tangible and real.
Each deck contains 17 mindsets, 17 values, and 17 rituals that are drawn from Quranic verses, sayings of Prophet Muhammad , and Islamic tradition that promote Barakah Culture in a person and team.
It is our goal that with these cards, we can equip individuals and organizations with the tools to have a meaningful conversation on how to adopt Barakah Culture in their lives and fight the madness of ‘workism’ and the Hustle culture.
Getting the Cards
How to use the Barakah Culture Cards for yourself or team?
There are several ways to use these cards, and you can use your imagination and creativity to come up with even more imaginative ways to make the most of these cards for learning and training purposes.
Below is our recommended way to use the cards:
Step 1: Give each individual a set of cards.
Step 2: Ask each person to go through all the cards and divide them into 2 piles:
PILE 1: Place here the mindsets, values, and rituals that you’re currently adopting/implementing in your life.
PILE 2: Place here the mindsets, values, and rituals that you need to work on (or adopt in the future).
Step 3: From PILE 1, pick 3 mindsets, 3 values, and 3 rituals that are MOST important to you (this is not to say that the rest are not important, but these 9 cards are your non-negotiable ones, no matter the circumstances you face in life).
Step 4: If you’re playing these cards with a team, share your top three mindsets, values, and rituals with the rest of the team and explain why. This would lead to eye-opening discussions on what’s most important to each individual team member, and how all team members are complementing each other on Barakah Culture.
Step 5: From PILE 2, pick ONE mindset, ONE value, and ONE ritual that you’ll focus on as an individual in your personal/professional life in the next 3 months.
Step 6: If you’re playing these cards with a team; after everyone shares their one mindset, values, and rituals that they need to work on. Decide on what would be the ONE mindset, ONE Value, ONE Ritual that you’ll work on together as a team.
STEP 7: REGULAR CHECK-INS.
At this point, the exercise is over, however, to ensure that Barakah Culture becomes part and parcel of your personal and professional development, it’s important to set up regular “Barakah – CheckIn” days with yourself and team to discuss the progress and challenges of adopting Barakah culture in your personal/professional lives.
A FUN AFTERNOON WITH BARAKAH CULTURE CARDS
Here is a fun and educational way for using the Barakah Culture Cards in your organization.
- Divide the team into 2 teams: Team A and Team B.
- Place one deck of cards face time in the center of the room divided into the 3 sets of mindsets, values, and rituals.
- Ask for a representative from team A to come forward and pick one mindset, one value, and one ritual from the deck.
- The Challenge: They have 1 min to get Team A to guess what is the mindset, value, and ritual they picked up without saying those 3 words! They can give clues or share a story, but they can’t use the 3 words they picked up.
- If Team A gets the 3 words correctly, they get 5 points. If they can’t guess all 3 words correctly by the end of the 1-minute challenge, Team B will have one chance to guess the 3 words and get the 5 points.
- Switch to Team B and repeat the challenge! The team with the highest scores wins the game.
The keyword here though is “play”. We want people to engage with these cards as a playful, yet meaningful and thoughtful, exercise.
Additional Discussion Prompts
- Connecting Barakah Culture Cards to Issues: Identify issues affecting the team and organization. Connect the cause of the issue to a lack of any Barakah Values, Mindsets or Rituals. Discuss actionable steps.
- Connecting Barakah Culture Cards to Experiences: Ask team members to share one Barakah Mindset, Value, or Ritual which they learned through experience and the impact that experience had on their personal and professional development.
- Connecting Barakah Culture Cards to Family: Identify a card that represents a Value, Mindset or Ritual you have learned from a parent or grandparent, or that you have taught to your children. Share the value and what it means to you / your family.
We’d Love Your Feedback
We’re excited to release these Barakah Culture Cards globally and we can’t wait to hear stories from individuals and teams on how these tools have helped them bring tangible success, motivation, and Barakah in their personal and professional lives. To share your story (or any feedback) you have with these cards, please email us at [email protected] with the subject line: Barakah Culture Cards.
All praise is due to Allah for enabling us to produce these cards and peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad who is the embodiment of Barakah and role model for the Ummah. The following Productive Muslim Company team members and partners were involved in the development of these cards: Dina Basiony (Author), Aneesah Satriya (Designer), Mohammed Faris (Editor), Quratulain Tariq (Illustrator), Khadijah Alston (Logistics Coordinator), and Mohamed Hendi (Printing & Production). The cards are still a work in progress and we’d love your feedback to keep improving the quality and content of these cards with Ihsan.