Class Notes 2018-19 Student K age 15 – (actual note(s) from student(s))
(actual note(s) from student(s)) submitted within one week of class – Start date Sep 2018
(These notes are mostly unedited and represent a GISLA students understanding of the previous class the attended.) Student attend class on Sunday and submit their essay of what they learnt before the next class. Interestingly, as can be seen below the same class yields different lessons for each student even though the content of the class they hear was the same.)
Students graduate level 1 IF and WHEN they pass the Level one exam (some do it in 6 weeks and some take 3 years and counting…) and students from anywhere in the world can test out to pass and earn the GISLA Level one trophy)
Week 1 Last Sunday I learned to question the question before I answer. Instead of responding to “Are you full of BS?” with a yes or a no, I learned I must know the real meaning of the question before answering it. I also learned the value of achievement and power, and how to use those for good like Bill Gates does. Instead of making loads of money and using it for yourself, if you have the money to help make a change in the world and be selfless, you should do that. We are Khalifa of God, so our job is to be good, be good to others, and make the world good. With doing these good things, comes a drop of oil from the gallon attached to our back from birth. As we do more and more good, the oil drips out little by little.
Not only does God want us to do good, but He also wants us to pray five times a day. This is because He wants us to remember Him throughout the day, no matter how many good deeds we have or haven’t done that day. And when we do do these good things, we must also remember those who have done good for us. Mostly our parents. No one will ever pray for you like your parents do, and we should always remember that before it is too late.
Week 2 Last Sunday was my second class at the Green Stair Leadership Academy. During that class, I learned the metaphor of the “branch and tree trunk.” The metaphor is that the entire tree is religion. The tree trunk is Belief in God, which all religions have, while the branches are different religions. Off each “branch” is a smaller “branch,” which represents a different types of that religion (ex: branch from tree trunk=Christianity; smaller branch=Catholic, Protestant, etc).
Another concept I learned was how we learn from history. This means that we learn from things we’ve done or things that have happened to us in the past. For example, if you burned your hand on the stove yesterday, today you wouldn’t put your hand on the stove because you learned from history (burning it yesterday) that you shouldn’t do that.
Lastly, I learned about being God conscious. It is the concept that God doesn’t want you to pray 24/7, but rather He wants you to be conscious of Him all the time so you are aware of yourself and what you say and do.
Week 3 i last week’s class I learned the concept of living for your principals. Basically, one mustn’t only fight for what they believe in, but they must also demonstrate it. So, for example, if you say that girls must be treated equally, then you should treat girls equally to demonstrate what you say you believe in.
We also learned about the Decision Tree of Life, which is a metaphor for the choices you make in life and how they affect you.
The explanation is that God has written every variable of your life, you just have to pick which variable, or life choice, you want to make. These choices come with effects or consequences that God has also written (God knows what might happen: it’s your choice to decide whether it does or not). This also ties into physical laws— the laws/rules that God created which trigger physical events in the world. So, if you make the choice to put your hand in fire, God already knew that could’ve happened, and also knows the result of that action, which is you getting your hand burned.
Those topics also relate to the metaphor of the pen and pencil— the metaphor that states that some things in life are in pen, meaning they’re permanent and won’t be changed, while others are in pencil, which means they can be changed or controlled to go a certain way. Your birth is in pen, and can’t be erased, once you’re born, every step forward will be in pencil and you can pray for certain things to go certain ways in the future because they have to ability to be changed.
Week 4 9/10/18 Last week, I learned the 3 Ps: Power, Poverty, and Passion. The first P, Power, means that anyone will do anything for power. The point of poverty means that everyone who can do so must help the poor/poverty-stricken. Lastly, Passion means that if you can’t control your anger, it causes problems, because you aren’t able to behave rationally. The second P of poverty ties into the next lesson– the metaphor about Socks. The metaphor is that you can buy a couple pairs of really nice socks, or you can buy a lot of normal pairs of socks and help others who are in poverty and may need socks.
I also learned about the metaphor that Heaven is a “stadium.” To get in, you must believe in God and the seats in the back are the worst. The more good/good deeds you do (the more Khalifa, praying, etc.), the closer to the front you get, the closer to God, and the more likely you are to get into Heaven. Doing these good deeds also ties in with the “Bullseye” metaphor, which explains that you shouldn’t spend your life trying to hit the bullseye (doing one huge good deed). It’s better to do a little something good everyday to ensure you’re still getting points on the board (getting closer to the front of the stadium). The other way to get closer to the front of the stadium, praying, also has a metaphor tied to it: the metaphor of Soap. The explanation of the soap metaphor is that when you shower, if you shower with soap,it will maximize the benefit of that shower, so when you pray you should do wudu and everything else relating to prayer correctly in order to maximize the benefit of that prayer.
This also connects to the “Fast&Furious” concept– that you have to pray to and ask God for the extra “Nitro” boost, like they use in the Fast & Furious movies, to do better in life. However, you have to be doing the right thing and trying your best before you ask God for help.
And, when you do ask God for help, God will be more willing to give help if you have more “S-bucks.” “S-bucks” is a metaphor used to exemplify the “points” you get for praying and remembering God. If you continuously pray to God, and remember God, then God will be more willing to give you things you ask for because you always remembered God.
Lastly, we learned the concepts of good thoughts and bad thoughts, and the idea that if you think about doing something good or do something good, you’ll get the good deeds for it, but if you think about doing something bad, you won’t get any of the sins for it. You’ll only get the sins/bad deeds if you actually do the bad thing.
Week 5 (notes of class of 10/7/18 previous week)
Last week I learned that we shouldn’t do a good deed at the expense of someone else’s well-being. For example, you shouldn’t park your car in front of someone’s driveway when you go pray because there’s no spots left in the masjid parking lot. Because if it blocks the fire lane and the ambulance can’t get to them in time, that person might die because you parked your car to go do a good deed.
I also learned about the metaphor of the goat and sheep. It explains that a sheep, when being herded will continue on even when they see they’re going to get killed like those ahead of them. But, if a goat sees a sheep or another goat get killed, he’ll run away from the farm. Similarly, lots of us follow the rules, or just do what other people do instead of using our own minds to do what we know will help us. We should all strive to be more like goats in life and not just blindly follow what a person (whether or not they are influential) tells us to do.
Lastly, I learned that when you “feed your soul” by increasing your belief in God (through prayer, good deeds, etc.) you get benefits, or “S-bucks” that God recognizes when you need to ask Him for something. “S-bucks” is a metaphor used to exemplify the “points” you get for praying and remembering God. So, the more you pray and the more you rack up these “S-bucks, the more willing God will be to give you things you ask for.