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Belal Khan – From Video Games to Video Dawah, His Journey…

[Interesting People]Interview Series

We talked about how he got started with computers and other nerdy stuff.

Selling chocolate to strangers to building a profitable website about video games and comics to finally becoming a professional with video dawah. Starting Leechon Films.


Belal Khan – Digital Marketing, Leechon

Nahyan Chowdhury – Host


Timeline of the Interview:


0:25 – Selling Chocolate To Strangers (and finding that fun)

3:05 – Coaching with Sh. Muhammad Alshareef and Going Pro in 2006 with Leechon

3:55 – Failed Business Idea…

6:55 – 1st Website and Video Experience

8:30 – Successful Video Dawah Project…where it all really began

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What I learned from taking the WRONG train

I was coming home on the subway (underground train system in Toronto), reading a book. It’s around a half hour train ride from downtown to my station, so I “feel” it’s time to start wrapping up. Looked up outside the window, the colors and ambience seems off…it was different.

Wrong Subway
Wrong Subway

“Arriving at Islington station,” I hear from the loudspeakers.

Realization. I got on the opposite train and arrived at the “West End”. Add 1-hour to the train ride because I was going the wrong direction for 30minutes.

Crap! was my initial reaction, but then it turned into a smile, then a light chuckle as I looked back at the paperback book in my hand; Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly

Obviously, I had to now run out and get over to the other train…

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Flow is about that feeling you get when you’re totally “into” something, and you have almost no sense of your surroundings. Like a NASCAR racer going 200MPH is hyper-focus because one mistake can smash his car, having one of those “super- salahs” (probably during Ramadan) where you’re listening for the meaning of verses, etc. or even when you’re researching online and keep at it for hours without notice.

We’ve all experienced it, but mostly out of fluke rather than consciously putting all our focus in and keeping distractions out.

Dr. Csikszentmihaly (pronounce that name) says, “the mark of a person who is in control of consciousness is the ability to focus attention at will, to be oblivious to distractions, to concentrate as long as it takes to achieve a goal, and not longer. And that person who can do this usually enjoys the normal course of everyday life”


The ability to focus attention at will” – that’s talking about a skill you can develop, not random moments of inspiration.

Few other factors that come into play, in a nutshell, are: Challenge and Practice. There has to be some challenge in completing the task, it’s not happening while you wash 3 dishes. For the salah example, it’s way different if you’re just going through the motions for Isha by yourself than praying at the masjid and the imam starts reciting a surah you’re currently trying to memorize. As for practice, “It is not enough to know how to do it; one must do it”.

Why it Amused Me

It was very interesting to me that I entered the flow state while reading the book Flow. See there’s a lot of noise and movement on the subway, but I’ve been waiting to finally read this book and tuned it out. I was also practicing to increase my reading speed, trying to break the 400wpm (words per minute) block.

On top of that, the announcements went out for all 14 stops (twice for each one actually), I didn’t realize anything until it felt like my stop (Warden Station, opposite end that train).

In any case, the extra hour did help me finish like a quarter of the book.


I recently visited my notes on the book and put some of it to use.

Mainly, picking out a task that needs focus for at least an hour straight and is interesting enough that clock-checking isn’t needed. It resulted in finally editing and restarting on making videos. (Of course, also writing a blog post after a year…)

Click here to watch on YouTube

Did the part about Flow make sense?

It’s kind of an abstract concept…


T4T = Tools for Time (Management)

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Time “Well” Wasted – Best Places [Part II]

Time "Well" Wasted - Best Places
Time "Well" Wasted - Best Places

[Part I here]

We can’t always be on high gear right?

So recovery and taking breaks are critical to being productive.

This is for good for when you’re in between tasks, just taking your mind off things, or simply learning something interesting.



YouTube – Edu-tainment: (Educational and Entertaining)

@GoogleTalks – presentations by various experts; authors, leaders, marketers, politicians etc.

*iGNiTe – Spreading the Knowledge of Innovators, 5 minute presentations on many things.  (I ‘discovered’ it recently and it’s fantastic)

*Leechon Films – dawah vids (super-trailers for AlMaghrib Institute, speeches etc.) social media training, other good stuff with ma man Belal Khan

*UmmahFilms – with short reminder videos by “Baba Ali” and interesting projects he’s working on

KhalifaKlothing – Islamic lectures, dawah videos etc.

YouTube – The Fun & The Funny:

*FailBlog – oh man, one of the best channels there 😀

*Happy Tree Friends – short cartoons; looks can be deceiving…


*TED – Ideas Worth Spreading – a wealth of knowledge by world renowned experts, high quality and short presentations (One of my favorites)

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