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Sunday Diary VI – Memories of SEKEM Founder Ibrahim Abouleish

Scientific Research

Ibrahim Abouleish emphasized that at present, scientific research is considered the biggest challenge. A scientific mindset, that is not limited to theoretical understanding is a necessity to everyone in a leading position. He visualized his conviction by talking about people that have a firm belief in God, praying to him but do not act accordingly. This is a dead belief that does not bring anything new into the world. But in today’s world, we need to act on the foundation of theoretical science in order to be successful and innovative. Science is the most important tool to connect a vision to reality. If we do not want to make use of harmful fertilizers, for instance, we need scientific research to find alternative solutions.

Interpretation of the word of Ibrahim Abouleish by Dr. Amina Taitoon

From time to time, we invite our readers to share the memories of Dr. Amina Taitoon. The Alumni Unit Manager at Heliopolis University regularly wrote down her reflections on what SEKEM’s visionary Ibrahim Abouleish expressed during the Sunday meetings.

The so-called “Sunday meeting” is one of SEKEM’s traditions that was initiated by its founder Ibrahim Abouleish, and is now continued by his son and SEKEM’s CEO Helmy Abouleish. Every week, all employees gather to share and discuss ideas on SEKEM’s vision and mission in order to deepen the understanding of the meaning of sustainable development and the application of its principles. The meetings usually begin with the audience singing, followed by a music performance, because SEKEM believes in the power of arts to broaden the horizon and elevate the soul and mind.