The Barakah Culture Cards is 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 [SAW] 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.
Where to get the Barakah Culture Cards?
- Download the cards here.
- Order our high-quality Barakah Culture deck of cards for yourself and team from our online store here and get them delivered to your address (alternatively, if you book a productive Muslim workshop for your team, each participant will get a free deck of 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
The following activity was inspired by Dubai Islamic Bank’s Shariah Department team who spent a Thursday afternoon engaging the Barakah Culture in a fun and educational way:
- 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.
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 on firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Barakah Culture Cards.