Friday, November 20, 2015

Walking In His Footsteps: #MadeOfGreat !

inspiring journey to greatness
“Wash all of the filth away & alter my dead heart
Make me alive again, give me a fresh start
So change my heart please and wash the filth away
Don't leave me drowning here alone and astray…”
- Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmed (DB)
There comes a time in life when you feel all time low , dejected and find reasons to cry all the time. No? You are lying if you haven’t experienced something such as this feeling of what I call ‘the dead heart’. One might have a good job and a happy family yet find it strangely sad and lonely in the inside. That’s the ‘dead heart stage’ . The heart’s beating but its dead. You can hardly feel anything . And this is the stage where you look up for every little detail of motivation passed into your way. Thanks to my father for he introduced me to that particular person who from head to toe is undeniably #MADEOFGREAT!

For a person to be motivated it is not needed that they meet . Inspiring views and change of heart can be done by many means be it by a book or a movie! So the first person who struck me when Tata Motors wanted us to write about it was him- Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmed(DB), my mentor, my teacher and my life saver! He was the one who dramatically changed my views and sent me in a different direction on the way to my inspired journey.
Thinking of the past there may have been one or two people or a handful  who changed my life. But he was the one who left a n impact so great that life without meeting him would mean useless. Perhaps it started when I read his book on collection of discourses ‘Potions for the Heart (Dawa e Dil)’ . Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad is one of the leading mentors in the present era. He retired from his position as an electrical engineer at the age of forty to devote himself entirely to change lives of people. That’s not all .He regularly travels to more than thirty countries transforming the lives of people all over the world.
On his visit to Bangalore I left no stone unturned to get a glimpse of the great man who had influenced me for years. It was during this time that I met him , though for a very short period of time, it had the life changing effect on me. The moment my eyes saw him  I fell in love with him . Everything about him was breath taking. A saint with serene beauty and the profound reflection of peace in his voice along with his manners and simple bodily movements reflected unspeakable attractions. He was in Bangalore to give a lecture and it was this lecture that had the life altering transformative effect on me. His speech on life and positivity uplifted me in a way that it made a huge difference in how I viewed myself and my own potential. In fact, I felt he was the person who believed in me that I could change and was made for great things, when no one else ever thought of doing so. This had a life changing knock-on effect which set off an astounding chain of events which led to discovering my life purpose and made seek excellence!
Khutbate Zulfiqar
I do wish I could get just another chance to meet him. I have read almost all of his books till date and listened to all of his lectures. My parents and my near and dear ones were deeply struck by the positive change in my behavior and attitude after I met him. His teachings instilled in me a sense of determination and vision. Such was his impact on me.
Everyday I thank God that I have known such a wonderful person. Everyday I make it a point to read at least a few pages from his books and they have helped me uplift in my life’s downturns every single time.
I believe a person without someone to look up for motivation when he needs the most is like a ship without a rudder which is left to the mercy of the winds.Thus, it is necessary to remain attached to someone who your heart labels as a person ‘made of great’.
madeofgreat campaign by tata
I am happy to have known that Tata Motors chose Lionel Messi as their Brand Ambassador ! Its good to see two of the best brands getting attached. This combination of undeniable talent and a Company whose foundation is made of great :) With Lionel Messi, 4 time winner Argentina captain associating the brand , the youth is definite to follow the footballer’s footsteps, hence its an epic move by Tata motors! The footballer himself believes in breaking all limits and pushing harder to achieve success and that is what Tata Motors thrives for! I hope together they are able to inspire many more!
Temme what you think of Tata Motor’s association with such a great player who is a winner through and through and is an icon of success and greatness for many. Pssst..your witty and creative comment can bag you a delightful gift voucher worth INR 750 /- ;).. What are you waiting for?
Until next time,
Najm Nisa


  1. Seems he is a great person from what you say. Are his books available in English? I'd like to read too.
    A Rat's​ ​Nibble

    1. Yes his books might be available in English even online ! You'll love them for sure dear :)

  2. Nice post.. I am a huge fan of Messi and trust Tata Motors as I myself own a car from Tata ! good luck to the brand and wishing them all the best for their new venture with the soccer player.

  3. I love soccer and have always looked upon Lionel Messi as legendary player who knows what works for him on the field ! he is a man with a goal and a man who fought every hindrance and climbed up the ladder of success. The Indian audience no doubt loves this international player! With Tata Motors roping in such a great player they have hit the bull’s eye and this step of theirs will surely prove to be a stepping stone in reaching out more and more people internationally! This association with Argentina player should be marked a HIT ! I am loving it!

  4. The story of a Legend in himself - that's how I will describe it in a short sentence. Very well written with the pics which enhances the simplicity yet greatness of the Man..Salutations and very happy for you to have got inspired and bringing out your best in life.

    My answer: Tata is a name which any and every person can rely on for its honesty, commitment and perseverance. Lionel Messi is a legend who has carved his name in history books with total dedication to the game, simple living and improvisation which is seen with each game he plays. The association of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi as their Brand Ambassador will definitely give an edge to the Tata group over its competitors solely because the brand Ambassador also holds the same reputation of not letting his fans down ever, like Tata Motors who have given the best to the world over the decades. Its an exemplary association par excellence.

    You can choose my answer as the best if you feel I described it all well.. :)

  5. A great post, indeed.

    Well, coming to answer for the association of TATA Motors with Lionel Messi is not a surprise since both have been amazing field players in their own grounds of roads and football field respectively. All the hard work of the years and the continuous efforts towards improvisation with each passing day by the two has been amazing and this is what brings the two legends together in association of each other. This shall be inspiring others to come forward and compete in healthy manner, which would aid in good quality deliverance.

  6. very well expressed

    And, here’s my answer for the legendary assioction between Tata Motors and Lionel Messie:

    Tata motors being the first Indian brand to associate itself with an international sports icon is truly being envied!. Yes! When two people with identical qualities merge, the brand power increases enormously. Just as expected Tata Motors is tasting it by the reach and vibrations it has created with its association with Lionel Messie.

    With both’s determination, dedication and power to conquer in their respective fields- their collaboration is surely a big hit and #madeofgreat indeed

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  7. Indeed a nicely written post. I wish you good luck for the contest
    Here is my answer
    The association of Tata Motors with Lionel Messi is that of two greats. Lionel Messi has been exceptionally talented who with his hard work, determination and sacrifices has got better and tougher in his chosen sport so is the Image, reputation and quality of TATA Motors that have transformed brilliant ideas into masterpieces of engineering and created a brand and products that we are so proud of as Indians. Lionel Messi has transformed his body and the mind body co-ordination into a masterpiece of precision and excellence it would not be wrong to say that Lionel Messi is the TATA Motors of sports where as TATA Motors is the Lionel Messi of vehicles both giants in their own spheres driven by the drive to excel and lead by example. So Lionel Messi is the best choice for becoming the brand Ambassador for TATA Motors

  8. A well written article! The way you have portrayed Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmed is wonderful indeed. He must be a living legend. World needs more people like him - who really love fellow human beings and work towards changing their lives.

    My answer:

    Tata Motors have rightly chosen Lionel Messi as its brand ambassador. This is a winning combination!
    Deserves applause.

  9. Your post defines #madeofgreat to the hilt. Goodluck for the contest
    My answer is:
    Authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation are the pillars of strength on which TATA have built a brand that has put India on the global map. It is a brand that has stood the test of time just like Lionel Messi who tackles opposition on the field with his skill,agility,strategy,brilliance and raw power to reach and score a goal so has been the track record of TATA motors who has become a brand leader and a global giant. These qualities make TATA Motors and Lionel Messi perfect partners who stand for the same set of values thus Lionel Messi is the perfect brand ambassador to represent TATA Motors.
    Hope my best to be a winner here; do contact me for the prize at
    fingers crossed

  10. Your post describes #madeofgreat so well that it has winner written all over it. Good luck for your entry.
    Here is my answer.
    Like minds think and act alike looking at the track record of TATA Motors it has stood the test of time and built a business that was built using bricks of hard work on a foundation of trust. Authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation are the trademarks of brand TATA Motors. These same qualities are present in Lionel Messi who with his immense talent has made a mark for himself on the international football field .Facing all hardships he has worked hard toiling on the fields and in training sessions facing injuries and pressure to come out trumps and be a winner. Thus these two greats Lionel Messi and TATA Motors are made for each other .There association is a bond of two legends
    In case you pick me a winner my email id is :
    Fingers crossed :)

  11. Tata Motors' association with Lionel Messi spells a significantly notable alliance that will steer the company towards favourable benefits. I always acknowledge Tata Motors as a distinctive name in Auto industry, which will not let the success 'larger-than life' elude from its fate now with a timeless guild with iconic figure Messi. I don't see this union of Tata Motors as an aspirational effort for garnering some quick publicity and evoke specific reaction from myriad crowd with Celeb branding, but is rightly an embellished handshake for keeping up the pace to get to the pinnacle of success graph. To sum things up, I am joyous to see the brand and the star uniting for 'One in a Million' #madeofgreat power-packed drive ahead :)

    Shilpa Bindlish

  12. Yours is a very well written post your .Its is a very nice description of #madeofgreat
    TATA Motors is a brand associated with performance, endurance and excellence. These words are also synonymous with Lionel Messi who plays as a forward and weaves his magic on the football field.Just as Lionel Messi is considered the best footballer in the world ,TATA motors which is Indias premier automotive manufacturer gives wheels to the people of India with its wide range of vehicles. Both believe in excelling in whatever they do and set examples for others to follow. They compliment each other as both are reliable trustworthy and leaders thus Lionel Messi is the natural choice as the brand ambassador of TATA Motors

  13. He is the BEST BEST BEST person anyone could have written on! Take a salute for the wonderful write up Aap! ^_^> :D

  14. Mr Ahmed seems like an amazing man! thanks for sharing his story with us.. I am looking forward to reading hisbooks now :)
    Joseph Campbell said: "We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us." I feel that this is what Messi did, he went with the flow and became the legend he is today! Tata Motors also has gone from strength to strength to create a legacy like theirs! hence my answer is that with these qualities, they were meant from each other and have met now as destiny wanted them to :)