eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) photo was assembled by combining 10 years of NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs. The combined image was released on September 25, 2012

This is a copy of a speech given during an Induction Ceremony to the National Honors Society 2017, Kuwait Chapter by Dr. Mussaad M. Al-Razouki, an Hermes Society Member of Columbia University’s Business School (MBA) Alumni

About 13.7 billion years ago, a huge burst of energy created our Universe. Matter, space and time were initiated. Physics was born.

يالله…ادعو معاي كلكم: وقل ربي ارحمهما كما ربياني صغيرا



ربي َاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا

One more time

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

وَقَضَىٰ رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعْبُدُوا إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا ۚ إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُل لَّهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلَا تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلًا كَرِيمًا (23

وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا (24

For many of you, this is the first step towards achieving great things. But you must, absolutely must, pursue your passion. There are people who will tell you that life is too short, why bother striving? Well, they are right, life is too short, but where they are wrong is that they think because life is short you should have only one passion. One job, one passion, two mutually exclusive goals. Well, you have my permission to look them right in the face, to get up close and personal and tell them: you are wrong. That you are a member of the National Honors Society. Life is too short, so do it all! But do it well. Always seek quality over quantity. Don’t be two dimensional like the other 99.99% of people on this planet. Don’t just be some boring doctor بو صلعه, or just another engineer at the local oil company. Be a sky diving doctor. Be the world’s best pediatric neonatologist that also bungee jumps off a helicopter into an active volcano off the Chilean coast while Snap chatting: Losers focus on winners and winners focus on winning! #YOLO

“I am here to lead not to read”

Remember that nothing you learn in life goes wasted. While I no longer treat patients, I continuously use a lot of both the basic science knowledge and clinical medical training when assessing the latest healthcare technologies to invest in. Technologies that will truly sky rocket our species into a serene singularity free of diseases of the body and the soul. I use my love of history and ancient warfare to negotiate tough deals and make tougher decisions in the board room. I use my love of art and literature to inspire and motivate my 150 employees that depend on the choices I make.

‘Read’ is the first word in our Holy Qura’an.

If you can paint, then paint. If you’re passion about music, then play. If you are talented at acting or directing, then inspire. If you are terrible at Art, as I am, although I am quite good at Abstract Stick Figure Art, then write. Just pick up a pen, put it to paper (or pull up a keyboard) and write. There is power in the written word. There is a limitless potential every time you put pen to paper, brush to canvas or notes to rhythm. Your work is the only thing that will truly live forever.

شلونكم شخباركم شلون الاهل…بخير الله يسلمج

….الله يسلمج

I decided to thank her by saying (with a smile of course): Oh, did I mention that I got accepted into Columbia University, you know, that Ivy League University in New York that was founded in 1754, that graduated 83 noble prize winners اي والله and all thanks to the way you encouraged me on my first day in DC.

Go Bulldogs!

“The Way of the Future”