Jun 13, 2019
The plight of the refugee is both timely and
Often when covered in the news, headlines focus on the sheer
number of refugees in the Middle East, North Africa, Central
America… The number is so vast, it can be hard to relate to and
Today, you’ll hear the story of one little boy. First, how his
life was interrupted and shattered as he was displaced from his
home. Then, how his hope drove him and his decedents to an inspired
life. This episode is for you if you could stand to better
understand the plight of individual refugees or if you could use
inspiration to reach beyond your current circumstance to something
- "Like most first-generation immigrants from war-torn,
impoverished countries, my father overcame great struggles when
coming to the United States."
- Sometimes obstacles are incredible opportunities.
- It took a long time for Bassam to recognize the hero in his
father because he was so humble and didn't share his
- United Nations Resolution 181 created Isreal, carving out land
to place displaced Jewish people after World War II. Learn more
- The most memorable story his father shares is watching the
destruction of his town of Lydda through a blitzkrieg-style
- Days later, his family was marched out at gunpoint for 20+
miles, barefoot with only the belongings they were able to
- Bassam's father remembers his father taking the key to their
home promising they'd return. They never returned but the key
represented what they lost.
- How did your father imagine a world better than the one
that currently exists? Partially from his life in his
former town, partially from his readings but really a belief deep
- Bassam's grandfather + father disagreed for decades. His
grandfather, a realist, wasn't trying to take away a dream but was
trying to provide for his family + a realistic future for his
- Ripple Effect: Bassam's grandfather didn't
understand the ripple effect of putting positive thoughts in those
- You're not stuck. You can do anything you image
- How you act and what you do affects everyone around you.
- Bassam's father worked hard to beat the odds, earning the top
score on the high school exit exam in the Kingdom of Jordan and a
scholarship to the American University of Beruit to study
- You can't measure the heart inside
- After immigrating to the United States, Bassam's father became
a proud citizen of "the country that gave him a chance."
- Before his death, his grandfather finally told his father he
was proud of him.
- "Live the world through their eyes. Everyone should be
understood in their circumstances."
- Without hope, you don't go anywhere. You have to have hope and
a belief. Aspire to aim higher.
- Get Dr. Bassam Hadi's book about the life of his
father The Road to Nablus here.
DR. BASSAM HADI'S LIVE
1. What is the best book you’ve ever
read? Atlas Shrugged by Ayn
2. What is a characteristic or trait that you
possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited
3. Your house is on fire, all living things and
people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one
item. What would it be? My Bible.
4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a
gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long
conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it
be? Jesus and I'd ask, "could you please tell me what
would unite the three major religions?" He may respond, "does it
matter what or who I am? Love another, worship the Lord, and do
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever
received? Always try to see the world through the
other person's eyes.
6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old
self? You're not as great of a person as you think
you are and you're going to need a lot of help along the way.
7. It’s been said that all great people can have
their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to
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