“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” – William Shakespeare
While we can argue that Yusuf Mohamed falls into all three of these categories, the last phrase truly defines where he is today. Standing at the helm of Islamic Relief South Africa, Mr. Mohamed takes the notion of ‘greatness’ and zealously amplifies it.
The life we meticulously plan for ourselves isn’t always the life Allah has ordained for us. Yusuf can firmly validate this thought because ten years ago, he would’ve never imagined himself as the local CEO of one of the world’s most well-recognised and highly-acclaimed humanitarian agencies.
The Cape Town born-and-bred altruist defines himself as three things:
- A traveller,asnarrated in a Hadith of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), explaining that we should reside like travellers in the temporary abode of the world, with all actions targeted towards gathering provisions for the journey to the Hereafter.
- An activist, as he constantly reflects on his purpose in this world and tries to make a positive difference in the lives of everyone he encounters; and,
- A father,who has the loving support of his three wonderful children and wife.
Graciously accepting the CEO position at Islamic Relief South Africa in December 2016, Mr. Mohamed cherishes the opportunity to contribute in any way he can with the capabilities Allah has given him. Yusuf has the strong belief that “meaningful change starts with yourself.” He doesn’t sit in the passenger’s seat in life’s kinetic carriage, but rather opts for a more purposeful and proactive approach – Full article here
This is our 2nd interview with Yusuf Mohamed – listen to the first one here.
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