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Thank you (Mohammed Almathil). I learned very much and enjoyed your (Nonprofit Management) workshop more than all the doctoral courses on Leadership.
This workshop was by far the most amazing and much needed workshop. The workshop and the instructor broke down many stereotypes associated to the Nonprofit leadership, management and organization. I learned that regardless of whatever the organization, the structure has to be there in order to make it a successful organization. And that one person cannot and should not do everything.
The Public Speaking Workshop by Mohammed Almathil was a great foundation for all current and potential public speakers. It truly enhanced their knowledge and skills in mastering the art of delivery and conveying the best public talk possible. The information was unique & the speaker was articulate and great at conveying such a technical message. It’s a must have class for all activist & leaders & an art that should be mastered!
The Destined to Lead workshop with Mohammed Almathil was a truly eye-opening session filled with several moments where I was inspired to go make a positive change in the world immediately. The information really helped visualize what I would like to do in my life and how I would do it, through the creation of a mission, vision, and values. I’d definitely recommend this as a workshop for any Muslim youth interested in making any sort of change.
The leadership summit, “MSA Leader’s: Legacy Builders,” with Mohammed Almathil exposed MSA leaders to leadership/management principles and techniques that are employed industry wide. It gives a new perspective to measuring success within our organizations and what we can do to better our organization and team. The structure and organization of the information was perfect as to not overwhelm us and allow maximum retention. I strongly recommend this summit to all MSA leaders who can attend! This is a must for your MSA!
After taking Mohammed Almathil’s MSA Organizational 101 workshop, I feel that it’s great provides personal and organizational development workshops that differ from the standard seminars that other institutes hold. These topics are far more relevant, needed, applicable, & useful for the vast majority of people. People were surprised at how the workshop went, because it provided a new lens of thinking that was very enlightening.
Mohammed is very well composed, organized, detail oriented and knowledgeable. He has a good command on the subject and executes it in an easy to understand flow. He is friendly and definitely a good source to get the proper training.
Mohammad Almathil’s event ‘Shoot for the Stars’ at the College of Staten Island was undoubtedly one of the best events we have offered our students. The topic of potential and self reflection is something that is lost in the rush of today’s society. Almathil was able to engage everyone in his workshop with his interactive sessions and group work. After the event, I personally felt empowered…
I thought the topic [“In Search of Certainty” by Mohamed Abutaleb] was well chosen and much needed especially by the student community. The way it was delivered was practical and personal enough to make an impact on those who heard it. His advice to take religion seriously and not flirt with it and how to balance deen and dunya will resonate with many for a while.
Very professional organization and ustadh Mohammed Almathil is a very kind, bright individual. When you invite OakTree to your university or your masjid, expect to be taught some extremely valuable long-term lessons! Being President of my MSA here at UAlbany, the “Time-Management Workshop” was an amazing investment. Ever since that course, I have been very strict with my time regarding how long a meeting goes, to making sure I take care of such and such paperwork. After the course, I couldn’t help but reflect on my time-management flaws. Thank you OakTree!
Brother Mohammed Almathil is an absolutely amazing speaker, teacher, and mentor. He knew how to make a topic like leadership, which people preach to students like us a lot, so engaging, fun to learn, relevant and related back to our Deen. His points were clear, and his tips were practical and easy to remember. He is very motivated, and definitely inspired me to go out and pursue my goals and dreams…
Enhancing your Influence: Expanding your Leader Within,” was by a long shot the best leadership seminar I have attended at the University of Minnesota. I understand now why Br. Almathil placed an emphasis on attending at least a few seminars every year. One thing that struck me was that he started exactly on time, despite the fact that there were a lot more people on the way…
The intensive two-day MSA Legacy Builders: Leadership Summit was a transformational weekend for the Drexel MSA board members. The presentations and activities were engaging, insightful and practical. Not only that, the summit served as a great platform for MSA leaders to share ideas and learn from each other. Lastly, the biggest mindset shift I had after listening to Mohammed Almathil was that we can only begin to lead others once we have learned how to lead ourselves. I strongly encourage other MSA’s to join future summits Insha’Allah. May Allah continue to bless the Oaktree Institute team who truly lead by example by being professional, efficient and timely!
The Destined to Lead workshop empowers aspiring Muslim leaders to reach their full potential. Mohammed Almathil is quite knowledgeable and is able to successfully use a combination of secular information and spirituality to instill effective leadership skills. The workshop is highly relatable to all ages and educational backgrounds. I highly recommend ‘Destined to Lead’ to all Masajid and Muslim organizations who aim for success.
The 1st Annual MSA Leadership Summit has completely reformed my idea of a good leader. The action-packed workshop was entertaining, exciting, and eye opening. It provided me with insightful information on the core characteristics of a good leader, and equipped me with the tools I need to become one. It taught us the most efficient methods on how to run an organization. My MSA board is now inspired and prepared to make major changes in our MSA; changes that’ll strengthen our MSA, improve our community, create tomorrow’s leaders, and make our job as board members a lot easier. I’m only disappointed we didn’t find out about Oaktree institute much earlier! It would’ve saved us so much time and effort.
[The] Nonprofit Management Workshop with Mohammed Almathil was a great foundation for all current and prospective Muslim leaders. It truly enhanced their knowledge, understanding and skills of how to run a nonprofit organization. The information and hands-on activities were unique and clear. This is a must take class for all Muslim leaders who aspire to enhance their leadership skills.
The Youth Director Training with Mohammed Almathil was a great foundation for anyone interested in leading a youth program. It truly gives you the tools needed to develop and implement a youth plan for your center. Mr. Almathil was engaging. The material was delivered in a unique and practical way.
I really enjoyed this lecture on leading with mercy because it was so applicable to the everyday life of normal college students. Though the examples and stories we heard were from the time and character of the Prophet (pbuh), we learned how we can embody these lessons and traits and be successful in our lives today. Perhaps the best thing about this event was that it was very interactive and engaging by way of activities. I would recommend all young adults to take part in this event because it will leave you with practical goals to start implementing right away in order to excel in all walks of life.
My team and I contacted Oaktree Institute so they may teach our members about how the Prophets of Allah dealt with hardship. I expected it to be a simple lecture, but the speaker, Mohammed Almathil, taught us how to understand prophetic leadership by action. He began teaching us through various activities and got the whole crowd hyped up. He brings about a style of teaching that is so innovative and effective.
The Oaktree Institute Summit for MSA Leaders was a wonderful experience. It was a great way for us to learn what it means to be leaders and how we can be of great benefit in and out of our communities. I really love the fact that the Oaktree staff practiced leadership by not only being on time but also making sure everything was prepared for us. The organization was excellent. They are true leaders and I pray that Allah puts more Barakah into Oaktree and its members Ameen
The inaugural MSA Leadership Summit was a blast. My team member and I were able to absorb so much practical means of leading others not only in the MSA but in life generally. Not only was the Summit very informative but it was also very Interactive due t o Brother Mohammed Almathil and his Oaktree Institute team of leaders through all the workshops we participated in that allowed us to think on our feet and work with one another Utilizing every resource possible.
The MSA Leadership Summit was great [and] there was a lot of valuable information I took away from it. The summit provided a means to networking with other MSA and for bouncing ideas off one another. Various times during the summit I found myself scribbling down ideas that I plan to implement in our own MSA. The most valuable skill I took away would be the people skills. I learned how to be an effective, compassionate leader who motivates her team and gets positive energy flowing. I also definitely benefited from the diversity aspect of the training. It was very eye opening and I realized there are certain people our MSA had not been catering towards. Alhamdulillah, we have taken that into account for our planning for next semester and we hope to be more inclusive in shaa Allah. Thank you to all the staff and instructors who helped put the weekend together! Alhamdulillah, our team bonded during the weekend, we learned great leadership skills, and I definitely feel more confident for the coming semester!
The MSA Leadership Summit was truly a unique experience. We learned valuable leadership skills and got to connect with young Muslim leaders from all over the country. I learned the importance of setting detailed goals along with many other techniques to make sure that you are being an effective leader and an efficient organization as a whole.
“The MSA Management workshop taught by Brother Mohammed Almathil was amazingly beneficial MashaAllah! We learned key ideas about centralization and setting a strong foundation for our E-Boards so that we as an E-Board, and most importantly our members, would prosper from what the MSA can provide us all with. Insha’Allah, if we follow the guidelines given to us at the workshop, we will be able to set the base for the next generations of E-Boards to come and prevent them from reinventing the wheel every year, JazakAllah Khair, Oaktree Institute, for providing us with this opportunity. May Allah always provide us with more Ameen!”
The first annual Leadership Summit with Mohammed Almathil was definitively the best opportunity for me to take, as a person who wants to develop leadership qualities. This event helped many individuals from different parts of the world become better leaders, starting with themselves, and then with others. The information presented was very helpful, direct, and practical. As a matter of fact, if anyone would like to know the essential tools of how to make oneself a better person and leader, I recommend that they attend this workshop.
Mohammad Almathil’s College Repair Session created an urgency for us, young Muslims students to step up our game, excel in our fields and become not just leaders but exceptional leaders, who are the movers and shakers of our society. His session was very informative, engaging and eye-opening. Through these motivating workshops, many students are now motivated to progress, lead and make a difference in their communities. I am blessed to reap the benefits from the Leadership Summit and I ask Allah to bless this initiative and all those who worked hard in making it successful. JazakumAllahu Khairan.
Before I attended the Summit, I had a vague idea of what it meant to be a leader. One thing that stood out to me was the idea of limiting beliefs. These limiting beliefs don’t allow us to accomplish what we want to accomplish because they are the negatives thoughts we tend to attribute ourselves with. “Because you defined yourself as not doing well, then you never get anywhere.
You beliefs become your reality. Your Brain cannot tell the difference between what’s imagined and what’s real.” This is something I need to work on. Attending the workshops have defiantly allowed me to explore my areas of weakness and improve on them.
The MSA Leadership Summit was truly a unique experience. We learned valuable leadership skills and got to connect with young muslim leaders from all over the country. The best part of this summit was probably the instructor himself, Mohammed Almathil was a very knowledgeable, kind, and inspirational man. From him I learned the importance of setting detailed goals along with many other techniques to make sure that you are being an effective leader and an efficient organization as a whole.
The workshop with Mohammed Almathil is a significant event that will contribute in developing my skills as a person and as a leader within the Muslim community. From the first step, I notice very professional organization, communication and the way of delivering the message of becoming a leader. Within my first encounter with members of Oaktree Institute, I felt welcomed and part of a family that will support me along my road. Thank you Oaktree Institute!
Asalaamu Alaikum! For my testimonial, I would like to say that this leadership summit (MSA Leadership Summit 2015) exceeded my expectations. I have seen Br. Almathil speak in many different occasions over the past few years, and this was by far the most beneficial. I found that it was so much easier to retain information and remember things he said by his use of acronyms, and I made sure to write down every single one he used so I can consult in MSA meetings and in life in general. My favorite activity had to have been the puzzle activity because it really showed how important it is to collaborate with others who might have skills you can use in order to make projects more efficient. The best advice I took away from this summit was to increase your innovation by 15-30%. This can literally be used in every aspect of my life, and I have already been implementing it ever since.
JazakAllah khair for this amazing experience, and I hope you continue this for years to come insha Allah for others to benefit as much as I did!
“Do not lose yourself while trying to be selfless.” This quote by brother Almathil was by far one of the most powerful excerpts of the many at this year’s summit. We were all reminded that as leaders we still have an obligation towards ourselves and to become better leaders we must first better ourselves. Alhamdulillah, all of the brothers and sisters in that room this past weekend have done amazing things for their community but I know that personally I can and should do more for myself. Leaders are always learning, leaders are always improving. Jazakallah khair to the Oaktree staff for putting this summit together. I cannot even begin to list the many lessons I learned at the summit.
The Legacy Builders Summit that I was blessed to attend was by far one of the most influential and compelling workshops that I’ve ever been to. Bro. Mohammed Almathil’s session on learning to identify which types of Muslims there are on campus and strategies to attract them to the MSA was very important. I was able to take these skills and apply them to my own MSA.
Mohammad Hasan’s presentation on limiting beliefs was very eye opening for me. I realized how much I was holding myself back because of my own limiting beliefs that maybe I wasn’t good enough to lead. Combining that moment of realization and Mohammed Almathil’s inspiring and detailed “Youth Change Makers” presentation, I now know not only what to change about myself as a leader, but how to change as well.
I walked out of the leadership summit with rich knowledge on how to better serve my MSA, and a greater confidence in myself as a leader, and for that I’m beyond grateful.
The Friendship in Islam guest lecture delivered by Mohammed Almathil was an invaluable session for the youth in attendance. The information was delivered in an effective and engaging way, and all the advice was practicable and actionable. Students left with a clearer focus on how to achieve their goals and manage their relationships.
“The 6th Annual Battle of the MSAs with Mohammed Almathil gave me the opportunity to learn interesting information about the history of Islam. The competition taught me to be a good team member, how to speak up, as well as get others in the team engaged in the activity. The lecture given by Mohammed Almathil helped me, and others, look at life from a different perspective. His style in lecturing is very motivating and the audience was clearly touched by his words. In fact, I caught a few girls tearing as they were listening to his words. I recommend that everyone attend his events, especially youths, because he teaches right from wrong in a positive way. Some lecturers tend to bore young Muslims of the newer generations, but Mashallah everyone seemed to love Mohammed Almathil. May Allah reward him for his effort to have a great impact on people.”
“The ‘Friendship in Islam’ event with Brother Mohammed Almathil was great Alhamdulillah. It helped bring to light many aspects of life which we tend to ignore and not think about. It was great for us as medical students to help guide us to a way to better manage our time and be able to balance family, friends, school, clinicals and free time. It was absolutely wonderful working with Oaktree Institute and look forward to working with you in the future inshallah.”
The Destined to Lead Workshop with Mohammed Almathil proved to be extremely helpful for my future career and what I want to do in life. This workshop showed me how important it is to figure out my vision for my career/life and to work towards it immediately! I learned that I should stay focused and not busy myself with things that won’t contribute to my vision. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity and would love to see other people benefit from it as it is worthwhile!
“The Destined to Lead workshop empowers aspiring Muslim leaders to reach their full potential. Mohammed Almathil is quite knowledgeable and is able to successfully use a combination of secular information and spirituality to instill effective leadership skills. The workshop is highly relatable to all ages and educational backgrounds. I highly recommend ‘Destined to Lead’ to all Masajid and Muslim organizations who aim for success.”