Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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In Al Hamdulillah salat wa salam O Allah, Allah Allah, Allah Allah He was happy
Allah tala in the law of Morocco, saloon Island, Libya, you will Edina amanu sallu alayhi wa sallam Otis Lima Allahumma salli ala Sayidina Muhammad Anwar Ali Muhammad, comas Allah Allah, Allah Allah
Allah, Allah Muhammad, Allah Allah Muhammad Kamara, Rahim Allah Allah.
Before we begin the session, the third session out of inshallah four sessions,
detailing the leadership lessons from the life of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam,
I want to make one thing very clear and that is that there is intrinsically a difference between a Muslim
presenting and talking about
the life of Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam and a non Muslim doing the same.
Many Sierra's of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam hundreds of them have been written over the years. In modern times, also there are several good Shiraz orsola hlsl, and
some of them
detailing his whole life, some of them detailing some aspects of his life that have been written by Muslims and non Muslims. One of the one of the more famous ones of the recent ones is the book on leadership of Mohammed Salah Salem, written by one of the most famous leadership coaches and trainers in the world, a man by the name of john Adair
and john Adair spent
many years in
the Arab lands, and therefore he was exposed to Islam and to Muslim culture
and to Arab culture, and he has written also about the leadership of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam. However,
there is a big difference in how a Muslim approaches this subject and how a non Muslim even if he is writing very complimentary things which john Adair did, and which also there are other.
Maryanne Chanel, for example, who was the head of Islamic Studies at Harvard, and other people, Karen Armstrong, for example, who have written on the sphere of Solomon, they have written very complimentary things and they have written they've done a very good job with regard to the sealer, but there's a very big difference. So the big difference is that one the Muslim writer, and the Muslim,
the Muslim Student of the Sierra
is talking about somebody who is part of his faith, somebody who he believes in somebody who he follows somebody who he believes was guided by Allah subhanaw taala that is of the Muslims inshallah, this is my Akita and also the nephesh Allah Allah Azza wa sallam was the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that he was the Messenger of Allah, Allah, Allah Allah, that he was guided by Allah subhanho wa Taala in every single thing that he said and he did, that he did not do anything of his own volition, anything of his own wish and pleasure.
And Allah subhanaw taala said all of this on my end that one in Hawaii in Hawaii lava you hi and Sahaja, Allah subhanaw taala said that he whatever he says comes from the way and he does not say anything of his own desire. So this is our belief and this is my belief and I know that this is your belief inshallah, that there is no nubby after Mohammed Salah Salem, and therefore, he is the last and final messenger that he was guided by Allah subhanaw taala, that he was infallible and he did not make any mistake and he could not possibly make any mistake because he was guided by Allah subhanho wa Taala number one part of our belief, number two part of our belief is that
solemn came with guidance and came with the way of life, not for the Arabs alone or for any group alone, but for all of mankind. Not for his time, but for all time. So it is our
Clear belief that this is what we believe that he came with guidance for everybody. And he came with guidance for all times till the Day of Judgment. Now, when a non Muslim author approaches the same subject, the non Muslim author does not approach the same subject with these beliefs and this is becomes very clear when you read what they have written, even though what they write is complimentary. they approach the the the life of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam as the life of an Arab leader, who was a great leader. He was a great tribal leader, that he was he came for the he claimed to be a prophet.
Not was a prophet, he claimed to be a prophet, he claimed to have received the Word of God.
Not that he did receive it, he claimed this is his claim, the more to say claim the claim may be right, the claim may be wrong, right? Maybe a false claim. We don't know this. And that's that is their approach, their approach is that such plus their approach is that in any given situation, yes, Mohammed Salah Salem
took a particular action. Mohammed Salah Salem, ordered a certain thing Mohamed Salah Salam decided in a particular way, but this was one way there could be many other ways, which could be better, which could be equally good, and so on and so forth. Third thing that Mohamed Salah salam, when he took certain decisions when he said certain things, there was also his own personal desire involved in that by him saying that Allah said so was maybe his way of just convincing people it was really his own wish, but he put it in he put the wish in the words of God, because then people would not challenge it. Now, this is the kind of approach that comes. Now they call it objectivity, in my
view, being objective is to see faults where there are faults, being objective is also to recognize perfection when there is perfection.
There is nothing objective about imagining thoughts.
So therefore, I want to make this very clear that when I am speaking about Allah is Allah Allah Azza wa sallam in terms of his leadership, in terms of his leadership lessons that we can learn I am not talking history, I am not talking leadership theory. I'm talking about the guidance of Allah subhanho wa Taala given to his messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, from the basic foundational belief that whatever he did was as a result of the guidance of Allah subhanho wa Taala whatever he did was absolutely correct and there could not be any better way of doing that. And the third is whatever he did was not from his own wish and his own desire, no matter what it appears to
anybody else. But whatever he did was for and purely for and as a result of the Hong Kong of Allah subhanho wa Taala I think this is very important for us to keep in mind and remember and recall, and not get sidetracked when we look at the issues of the Sierra as we understand them.
Do a quick recap of the lessons number one complete certainty in his belief
number two, no compromise with regard to his message number three, putting himself on the line in terms of facing of difficulties number four, resilience facing facts with absolute faith in success number five, the goal always comes first before personal preferences number six, living his message not merely preaching it walking the talk as it were, Number eight, taking risk
that was number seven, Number eight, sacrificing the long term for the short term number a nine magnanimity and forgiveness number 10, transiting and transitioning from person led to process driven and the last one number 11 succession planning and leadership development. These are the lessons that we have been going through one by one at hungry lab, and today we will look at lesson number eight, which is risk taking, taking advantage of the unexpected.
The best example of this from the Sierra is the Battle of butter.
Now we know the whole history of the Battle of bother, it's not my intention to go into all the details of this incident. But very shortly In brief, what happened was that the barrage of mockery
They actually gathered together
a lot of wealth, most of which was confiscated wealth from the Mahajan. The Muslims when they left Makkah and they went to Medina, the koresh misappropriated and confiscated their wealth. So they took all this money, all this gold,
and of course some of their own. And they gave it to him before he became Muslim, or the alano, and sent him off, and I was away and went to Syria, or to Sham which is the correct word Syria is not the correct word, because the land of Sham was what consists today of Syria and Lebanon, and Palestine, and Jordan. All of these together, found the milk of Sham. So I was away and went to sham. And his mandate was to come back with weapons and armor and all the means for a war against the Muslims in Medina. That was the purpose of this caravan of ours.
So now it was sort of when they when I was young was returning with this caravan.
Also, la sala salon,
learned about this, and he decided that
they would go and raid this caravan and take over this caravan and all this material from Abuja. So it so happened that Assad was in Madrid. And he immediately made an announcement.
And he said, Whoever is ready, let's go.
So therefore, many times when we read about his battle of mother, and we hear about the 330, or 314, whatever number of Sahaba, who went with Rosada, salaam, sometimes people get this mistaken impression that that was the number of Muslims that is that that's not true. That was not the number of was the number of Muslims at that time was much, much more than that. But they were not there at the time when they left
the house and
they were in their in their own settlements, people were many other people who are away from machines and away. And therefore when they left, the two things that are that stand out about the Battle of other one is the number of people very few. And secondly, they were not were armed. Now they were not being well armed also was not as a result of great poverty or great deprivation. It was just that people were there, they just went with their personal arms in the poor, it was the the it was a norm and it's it is a norm in in most places that men, they part of their dress is their weapons. Right the part of the dress of the man. This was one of the things in in society which we
seem to have forgotten. There are three things that distinguish a man from a woman.
One is a beard.
The second one is a weapon. And a third one is a turban.
And today the only people that we see who actually demonstrate this manliness are the people who we know as the Sikhs
and that is why in India you don't even call the man sick. You call him Sardar Ji
intrinsically you give respect to the manager that is he is the Salah he is the is the Amir. And that's not sufficient. He's a Sardar Ji, even more respect. Why? Because it looks like a man.
Right? The same size, the same sick if he cuts his hair and just saw the dough nowadays, they become very modern, some of them so if he cuts his hair, he shaves his beard, and he's walking around, you don't even know he's a Sikh, you know, indistinguishable, you don't know who he is. And it's very interesting and slightly tragic that the Sikhs got their dress code from the Muslims.
But really, the Muslim seems to have abandoned his own Discord.
So we have problems with beards. And we have problem with turbans. People don't have to wear a turban. I don't know why. And of course, weapons, let's not talk about it.
So the point is,
so the Sahaba who were there is one main with rasaan. They immediately they got ready, and they left. So now when they left they had of just a few people and they were not particularly well armed. They had just their personal weapons with them. But when they left, the whole idea was that we are just going to read a caravan. We are not going for a war there is no battle that has to be fought, and therefore we really don't need all these weapons and all that. So let's just go
And then left.
Now when they got close to mother,
Teresa lasala received intelligence that Jan had
he had information about this bot this battalion from Medina. And so I was a VR took a different route
altogether. And he actually went to the coastal route he went from where now, Jeddah is and he went off to Makkah.
The second thing that I was, I did and this is also information I received was he sent a man, the moment he heard that Mohamed Salah Salaam left Medina to attack his caravan, he sent a man to Makkah, he sent a fast rider to mancano, fast capital. And he said, Go and tell the people of Makkah, that Mohammed Salah Salem is attacking this caravan, and all their wealth will be lost. So let them take action.
Now this man was very dramatic. So he raced into Makkah. And he came into the Central America where they are. They're the Aramis he made his camel kneel, he cut the nose of the camel. So it was blood everywhere. He took off the camel saddle and turn it upside down, he tore his shirt and he threw mud on his face. And he started screaming. And he started screaming, and he said, everything is lost, and the caravan is gone. And I was aware of all your wealth is lost, or people amacher What are you doing, and so on and so on. We made such a racket, and it's such a big torture that, that the whole of Makkah
rose up in great anger, because first of all, they felt they thought that everything is lost. And secondly, they felt that, you know, this is something which is bad, which has happened. So they started preparing for war. And now this was serious business, this was actual war, they are not talking about battle, they're not talking about, you know, reading caravans, this is actual, we are out and we finished this.
So Abu Jamal who was the leader of this, at that time,
got in the in this whole thing, and he got involved, and he started preparing for battle. So now
Meanwhile, I was away and escaped, so that as soon as I got information, that the actual query that they were pursuing, which was the caravan, which was lightly guarded, if anything, really didn't have, you know, much to say, this caravan has escaped. And what they are now facing is the actual army of the forest, they actually facing warriors with all war preparations.
So I am giving you this whole scenario to show the issue of risk taking. And as your risk taking begins with the fact that, number one, an opportunity presents itself. Number two, that this opportunity, which presents itself sometimes can suddenly take a very different turn altogether.
So very new situation now presents yourself you first had an opportunity, which was clearly an opportunity for gain, then you get a second, second, the situation changes. And now you've got a situation, which is a double edged sword.
There is potential opportunity for gain. But there's also potential opportunity for great destruction.
What is the opportunity for gain in this case, the opportunity for gain here obviously, is that if they can beat that army of fresh, then they would have won a very significant victory. But on the other hand,
there's every likelihood that instead of them beating the Army or chorus, the chorus can completely wipe them out. And then that's the end of the story, as it were.
So what do you do in that situation? What do you do in a situation where you entered a
thing with one perspective,
thinking that there is something happening or going to happen in a particular way. And you discovered that the whole situation now is flipped upside down. And there is a completely new angle to this whole thing. And there is a suddenly where there was either no danger or very little danger, you now have a situation which is enormously crazy and obviously dangerous.
So what do you do? What would you do in that situation?
Let's see what Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam did.
The first thing that he
did was that he took stock of his resources.
So what he did was that he called a council of all the people. The entire group was with him.
And he explained the situation to them very clearly.
The whole thing
He didn't hide anything from them. He explained the whole situation to them very clearly. Then he asked them, What is your opinion? What do you think we should do? He said we have two opposite two situations two options. One option is we go back to Medina we came to read the caravan, there is no caravan. So we go back.
There's one option, he said, The other option is that we go to bother and we face this army operation.
So two options.
So he said, What is your call on this? What do you say?
Now one after the other, the mohajir own among the Sahaba. They stood up, and one after the other. So Dr. Salah please lead us and we are with you, and we will support you and we will fight for you and we will fight with you.
rasaan kept asking the question again and again, one by one.
So when he asked this question for the third or the fourth time, sad bit, Martha Delano, who was there with him, he stood up and he said jasola It seems to me that you want us to answer this question. Who was the US? The US were the answer of Medina?
And also why xlsm said yes.
Now why was he interested in the answer as answered his question for what?
Because he had a deal with the answer which was restricted to Medina itself.
The original via the original agreement that also la sala Salam had with the anzar in the Bible, acaba was for what to protect him were in Medina.
Now they are out of Marina.
They are outside Medina, number one, number two, their deal was to protect him if he's attacked. Here as of now he's not being attacked.
The other one attack again, he went out I was aware was not attacking Medina was when was not attacking him, he went out there and
so here is a situation where you are not being attacked, yet you are out
of Medina and second situation is you are not in the boundary of Medina you are outside Medina, what will you support? Will you not support?
society showed up and he said he also lied seems to me that you want us to answer and he said yes. And sad minmatar the alarm and said jasola you lead us and we will follow you.
Even if you take us to the top of a mountain and tell us to jump he will jump.
He said whatever you say we will do.
Now, if you think about this, this is the first step to take with regard to
What are the first step? take stock of your resources?
Because then you know exactly where you stand. Who is supporting you who's not supporting you? What can you do with this in this situation? Number two, reinforce the agreements.
If you had a deal with somebody reinforce that deal he does that still does that deal still valid or not valid? Let's get this clear, because you are now going to take a risk. And you don't want to end up taking a step and turning around for support and you find there's no one behind you.
Because the deal that you thought you had is not valid anymore. So take stock of that and ensure that the deal still holds true.
So, they went to Bala
and now they said let us company indicated a particular place.
One of the Sahaba given is Adriana Viola
this order of years to camp in this particular place is this Hong Kong from Allah subhanho wa Taala or is this your own opinion? And also Rosa Sallam said this is my opinion. So he said in which case please permit me to express my opinion, I have a different opinion from this
area say what what is your opinion? And he said jasola I suggest that we can behind the welds so that the water is in our control
and the source or something like that? And he said yes, that is do that.
So second big lesson in terms of risk taking. Once you have thought about your resources, take advantage of those resources. You got good people who can think so don't put them in a situation where you say just do what I tell you shut up. I'm not interested. No, that's stupid because you have people they are intelligent, they've got some knowledge, let's take advantage of their knowledge. You still have the power of veto, you can still say thank you for the advice. I don't think we'll follow that. Just do whatever you can say that. But if the advice is good, 100 law, so therefore you're creating an atmosphere of openness
And trust, where people feel free to say what they want to say to you.
So they can, behind the words,
inspected the battlelines Inspector, whatever equipment there was, and so on and so forth. Because now as I told you, the deal is very different. It's not the same deal that they came for originally, there is no caravan ready. Now you're actually facing warriors, you're facing the courage. And these are people who are known, noted that the big warriors, they were weapons and the what, all the armor and so on the requirements for battle.
So he did all of that, inspected everything. And then he went, they had they had made a small,
like a tent for him, not not a 10. But it was an open sort of shed, he went and stood there in Salah
he went and stood there. So he went there. And now having done all that you could do, having taken care of all the material means at your disposal. Now what you do, you go and stand and connect with Allah subhana wa tada
and see the door of
the famous door all of us are familiar with this draw from
the last line of the door and what is the last letter of the law? He said, if these people perish, there will be no one on the face of the earth to worship you.
Think about that is saying Oh Allah, if these people perish, there will be nobody on the face of the earth to worship You know, why is he saying that even though there are Muslims in India
because of the NaVi himself is killed.
If the people with the NaVi are killed, then what hope does that religion have
so solarize Allah salon stood and he made to Allah subhanho wa Taala
when he stood and made what Allah subhana wa Taala What is he doing with regard to the ASVAB that he has, he's delinking himself from that. disconnecting himself from the material and connecting themselves to the
want to I want to remind you on myself,
that Salah is as bad
Salah is Allah as Babel, Allah
everything in this world is as bad as this world is Darrell as Bob
will be make this big mistake many of us we think that somehow Salah is not as bad the moment is as bad we talk about material things.
material things are as bad
but things which are not material are also as bad.
The courage in your heart is as Bob
you might have a lot of material but you've got no courage.
So you run away, you don't take any action you are still oppressed and you accept the oppression but you will not stand up against the oppression because there is no there is no you know what no gets
your money, your money, your position and so on, so on, but you have no guts. So if you don't have any guts, then all that money and all that position does not do you any good.
Whereas you have somebody else who does not have the money in position, but they have guts and they are able to achieve things that you cannot achieve because you have no words.
So therefore, Salah is as bad Salah is as Babel, Allah, it is the highest of as bad
and that is what xlsm did.
He connected with the highest I was back.
And he made this door and he said Oh Allah, here are the kurush when the arrogance seek to deny and speak lies against your messenger and he said Oh Allah, support us with the help you promised me. Allah word is small group of Muslims to perish. No one in the whole world would remain to worship you.
And we are saying the Help You promised me which where is this help? And what do we know about the self is another one of the many DeLisle about the ye rare but low
resource masala means to receive two kinds of a warrior motto which is in the Quran, which we recite in Whitney in Tel Aviv and other ye. Allah spoke to his w in a way that Allah knows best.
And he would intubate is Debbie and informants Debbie and support is the way and convert is the way and
we don't know this is between the rock band is up
Allah subhanaw taala promised him eight and now he's invoking this promise and he's saying Oh Allah, you promised me this eight. So now is the time please send this eight.
And Allah subhanaw taala mentions the Quran then what happened? Allah subhanaw taala says that then resent sakin on them. And then we send rain on them. And because of the rain, they got fresh,
they washed and they were able to make Udo and they got freshened up, and water collected for them. And because of the rain, I don't know how many of you have seen the actual battleground of whether you should go and see this.
along the line, I went to see it once it's on sand. And you can think and think about is in the sand, it's very difficult to walk and it's difficult to fight and anything. But because of the rain, the sand got firm.
And so the feet was set from
and then Allah subhanaw taala sent
the Quran is over 1000
And all the details of the Battle of other and how enemies Allah xlm estimated the number of the enemy and so on very interesting stories we wrote, we won't go into all that here but read the surah
Allah subhanaw taala said we helped you with 3000 Malaika.
Imagine just think ask this question to yourself, why does Allah have to send 3000 angels to fight 1000 men
to destroy this entire universe, to destroy everything?
How many angels are in it? What
is a very solemn, all that he is going to do with the hug of Allah subhanaw taala is to say,
brother, God, everything, like blowing out a candle everything is wiped up. So one Angel can wipe out everything.
Why 3000 angels for a bunch of course,
the 3000 angels are not for the crash. The 3000 angels are forests or masala
they are to show the shadow of the Nabhi the position of the messengers of Allah.
Allah does not send one injuries or 3000 angels. This is my enemy.
That is the locker of the Navy.
It is the honor of the Navy. It is the prestige of the Navy, that 3000 angels come led by none other than jabril alehissalaam.
And this arrow saw this, they said we saw the Malacca and they said gibberella Sarah was on a white horse. And he said he was wearing a white turban. And he said the tail of the turban was horizontal in the breeze. It was like this in the breeze. They were descending from the heavens with such speed.
The detail of his turban was originally in the brief in the wind of the descent. And he said we saw the sun the sun shining on the tips of their Lance's
and many xaba reported they said that when they were facing the enemy, and there was this
enemy soldier in front of them. And as I was there, I lifted my sword
and the man's head fell off.
And there was a birthmark on his neck.
And the sort of hologram said that was from the sword of the melee. Because they were using swords of fire.
And they were using whips of fire
and the Sahaba hurt them. And that was one of the disguise also what the leader of the crush was Oh, English
because the police was the one who egged him on and who encouraged them and he said I am with you.
Come with me and I am with you and I will support you. And what did he say Allah subhanaw taala mentioned that
he believes that I can see what you cannot see.
And he said I am out of here you are on your own.
And that is the nature of a bliss. That is the nature of bliss, he believes leads us to the pit of the fire. And then he walks away
and he says it's your problem is not my problem. Hello Mooney 101 moussaka said don't curse me curse yourself.
Sibelius saw demonic and he disappeared from there.
And then of course as we say the rest is history. bother was a glorious victory for the Muslims 70 of the leaders of the Christ were killed.
Among them Abu Jamal
and many others,
the man who used to
torture say that our beloved Ben Ravana
he was in this battle. And it was a funny story because he didn't want to go in the first place. He was very heavy used to the fact that they didn't want to go for the battle.
And one of the other leaders have the courage one of the one of the one of the very big enemies of resources.
He came and he threw some coal at him and he said, Go and sit in the kitchen and make and cook the food without like a woman. He said, you are a woman you are not a man.
So we have been called got very charged up with that he decided to go and in bother when he
faced the enemy. He was a clever man. And he was used to be a friend of mine now for the lung. So he saw after a while now, and he went and surrendered to visit take me as your captive.
Because then I will have your protection take me as your captive and you can ransom me for a lot of money and undermine him now. He agreed and he took him as a captive. But Allah subhana wa dalaras destiny for him was different. So Beloved, when Ross vilano.
And beloved when
he went with his sword, and after about him now said he's my captain, he said, he said captive no captive I don't care is that if this man lives,
He said if this man lives as I cannot live.
So if shoved aside, I'm not alone at that time had also collected seven pieces of chainmail armor,
which was his variable. So Beloved, when the robot started shouting, and he said here, this enemy of Allah,
and other people gathered and he pushed aside after a while now and I'm someone who knows all his armor well down somewhere, Azhar and will have arrived killed. Why, because
now lessons, the three major lessons
that we learn from the Battle of bullet.
The first one is that the ability to see potential advantage in a high risk situation, the leader must have judgment, to assess the risk and see if it is worth facing. And this is a very big issue with sometimes people take risks, and then it doesn't pan out, and they actually end up in a very bad situation. So it's a question of not just taking risk is not gambling,
do understand this. Taking risks is to assess the risk and to consciously decide to do certain things. It's not a question of gambling. Because in gambling, if you lose, you lose everything. And therefore it's the difference between taking risk and gambling. So there has to be a different balance between getting overly extended, and losing out on major potential gains by so on the one hand being overly extended, and on the other hand, being overly cautious so that you lose all potential advantages. So both are not desirable.
The second issue is the ability to see the advantage and correctly assess the chances of success.
And that's a very major requirement of the leader. Now, judgment is a factor of two things, especially for the Muslim judgment is a factor of his experience. And his faith on Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Judgment is not independent of either of them.
Your experience in life, as well as your faith in Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Second big lesson, in terms of risk taking from the Battle of other is the importance of consultative decision making. The issue of shora the issue of mushara
that it's essential to take people into confidence, if you want them to commit to your cause.
People will not commit to something that they are foggy about that they have no idea about that they are that they don't have enough information about.
So it's essential for the leader is to share all relevant information and he must be prepared to trust his people. And he must be prepared to put his own credibility on the line.
The people who followed the socialism into bother, were not following a battle plan. They were not following a good strategy. They were following Muhammad Sallallahu sallam.
Do you understand that even though they they, they knew the battle plan, they knew the strategy. They understood what was involved. But they were not. They were not in there for that reason. They were there, because they were following Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
So having enough credibility among your people, that they will actually follow you is a very critical requirement of
And to do that, it's very important to focus on the certainty of success. A leader has to be unreasonable in in his expectations, sometimes
the ability to see success when there are no signs of it.
If you remember, when we talked about resilience, I told you about this what is resilience to face the brutal facts, but never lose hope in ultimate success?
When you're facing the brutal facts, the here and now, is there any sign of success in the brutal fact? No, that's why we call them brutal facts. These are net negative situation.
There's nothing in that situation, which shows that I will ever succeed. But yet I have this completely unreasonable belief in the fact that I will succeed. And that is required that's very much required. That's also very much required in order to inspire people because nobody will follow a leader who himself is doubtful.
In any given enterprise, if you want a bunch of followers, and they say, Well, you know,
how certain Are you do you think will succeed? Well, you say, Well, you know what, I'm not sure, maybe we will fail,
maybe we'll all die, maybe everything will be destroyed, but I want you to follow me or they say you know what?
Why don't you go and see what happens then you tell us
right? So a leader for example, when I once I was making the standard bearers Academy presentation somewhere to a particular group, and they asked me, What is your contingency plan if this if this project fails.
So I said this project, inshallah will not fail,
that brands have failed.
We don't we're not doing this to fail. We're not doing this with a contingency for failure.
So it is very important sometimes to be very, within quotes, unreasonably optimistic.
And that happens only if you have complete and firm belief in what you are doing in your strategy, and in the hell balls vannatta.
Because without that, all positive energy will go away. And it will, it will be replaced by fear.
And do remember,
there's only a very small difference between fear and excitement.
Excitement is fear, that anticipate success.
And fear is fear that anticipate failure. That's
the same thing. Exact same feeling.
Exact same feeling.
Lesson number three.
internals faith and connection with Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Because to me, ultimately, leadership is the ability to stand before your Rob and to ask for his mercy and to know, not believe, no, that he is listening, that He will answer that he will help without an iota of doubt.
Without an iota of doubt.
I am asking my rub and He will give me
the lie that insha Allah
no doubt whatsoever.
And incidentally, this is one of the conditions of God. And make dua with complete Yaki that Allah will give it. Don't say I will make it I don't know maybe Allah will give me a love or not, you know, Allah subhanaw taala said,
and I in sunny appdb
I am voicelive as he expects me to be.
Right. So very important to have this faith and as I told you, sometimes this faith seems to be unreasonable doesn't matter. Don't worry about that. You're not convincing anybody This is between you and Europe.
And with Allah subhanaw taala. There's no reason
unreasonable because Allah subhanaw taala is free from all boundaries.
Allah subhanaw taala is not constrained by anything.
And when you are completely unconstrained then there is no question of reasonable and unreasonable anything is possible.
Can this whole building turn into gold? Yes. If Allah wishes, can grass grow out of this marble floor? Yes. Without a doubt,
can I fly? Yes, without a doubt.
For example, start flying you might all die with something of shock. But you know, is it possible? Yes, it is possible if Allah wishes
without a doubt, and that's the issue of faith.
And therefore it is very important that we build this connection with Allah. Because without that there is no ultimate success. This connection with Allah is absolutely critical. And how do you build his connection with Allah,
through obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala this fragment in the of imagination in the minds of Muslims where they feel that they can live their lives according to their own will and pleasure. Yet Allah will be pleased with them yet Allah will answer their prayers
that is bunkum.
That is a pipe dream.
That is many other things which I cannot mention here because I'm sitting in images
were many ways of expressing my opinion about that belief. Allah subhanho wa Taala listens to the obedient and Allah subhanaw taala is angry with the disobedience.
To obey Allah subhanho wa Taala is to do what Allah subhanaw taala wants us to do without complaint without argument without rebellion without using your own desire and wish Allah subhanaw taala said to the women wear a hijab and a hijab is supposed to cover your all your hair so that they are not visible completely like this, only the face and the hands. Other than that the rest of the body must be covered as a mark of your dignity and honor.
Now you say well, you know what, I don't like this fashion statement. When you decide you want to connect with Allah or not. You don't want to connect with Allah, that's your problem. But the fact is one day you will face Allah, then what do you do?
Allah subhanaw taala said, worship me. And do not join anyone with worship.
When you worship me, don't join any partners with me.
But we want to cover all our basis. So we worship Allah but we also want to cover this base and this base and this base. So you want to also go to this darga or you want to go to that nakaba you want to go and ask for help here and help there and so on. La quwata level it doesn't work like that. doesn't work like that.
taqwa is essential. hotellihuoneita key in the legal Godavari Buffy
dakwah heda is for the moutoku Hidayat will not come. Guidance will not come if you have no taqwa
and taqwa is obedience to Allah subhanho wa Taala without question without any argument. And the second way of connecting with Allah subhanaw taala is to had youth stand in the night.
Stand in the night before Allah subhanaw taala learn to build a connection with Allah subhanaw taala
we come to the next of the
which is just sacrificing short term gain in favor of long term benefits.
The finest example of that is will they be? Again it's a
amazing story of all that happened.
Again very quickly.
Very briefly, thumbnail version of it
had a dream in which he saw himself making Amara with the Sahaba. So he announced and he called people and he said we will go to make Amara
and he invited people and 1400 people went with him.
And there were people from Medina people from some of the outlying tribes and so on.
And they were going forward. They were not they didn't have the weapons with them.
Some of some of the people including our Catalano, they advised us Ross Ross on this. They said Let us take the weapons with us and said no we are not going to fight. We are only going to make Cobra so once again they only had the personal weapons with them. They did
Have any weapons of war.
And when they reach this place called who they were, they were stopped
by the crush and they were told that we will not be allowed to enter Makkah and you will not be allowed to make Amara you have to go back this year.
smart enough to try to go and negotiate with the kurush
automatic Nirvana delana went and he didn't return.
And there was a rumor that he had been killed.
So Rasool Allah is Allah Allah went into the encampment of the one Raja
over the family of his mother. And he went and he sat there under a tree, which is called and he took bio from people which is called bio Ridwan.
And Allah subhanaw taala sent down the I said allies forgiven those who
gave Bharat rasulillah salam under the under the tree and Allah subhanaw taala said the hand of Allah is above the hand of Nova rasa de la vida him is above the head above their hands. And Allah subhanaw taala sent down all those beautiful eyes with regard to wizard one and in by third one the bad aerosolized took was a buyer for war. And he said, that was the buyer that people will fight until the until fight to the fight to the end, if necessary, in order to defend the faith and to defend themselves.
So all of this happened.
And the chorus send two or three different people first to try to negotiate. And again, I'm not going into all the details. inshallah, when we do the Sierra lectures, you will see, you will hear those details. Once again, we have done we have been over them before. But just now it's enough to say that eventually in the end, there was a man called soybean, our, who was sent as the negotiator on behalf of the College, as well whenever was a very intelligent man. He was a very clever man. He was also a man who had a lot of experience in negotiating.
He had been to the courts of the two major empires of the time he had been to the court of the Roman Emperor, the Byzantium emperor was dying, and he had been to the court of the emperor of Persia. So he had he had a lot of experience and so on so forth.
And they sat down and they said, Alright, so we will make a treaty between the Quran and Rasul Allah, Allah Allah. So when this treaty was being made, and even avatar was Alon, who was the man who was writing this treaty, and also rice Allah is I was Allah started dictating the terms of this treaty.
So it began by saying, treaty between courage and Muhammad Rasul Allah.
So soil whenever I say, look, we can't go further. Because if we accept you as Rasul Allah, then there is there is no, there is no dispute over what's the issue that
he said, this is our problem. Our problem is that we don't accept you as the Messenger of Allah.
So what should we do? He said, Well, we know the name of your father. He was Ross Abdullah. So between chorus and Mohammed Abdullah
Soares de la COVID Oliveira with Oliver Delano, he said about Rasul Allah and right Muhammad Abdullah
and Oliveira Allah Allah when avatar Rolando, he said my Eman is that you are the Rasul of Allah. So how can I rub that out?
How can I run out what is my Akira
salsa lesson took it from him and he said, he rubbed it out himself. He said, Show me where any laboratory
now imagine the situation I want you to I always say this when whenever we are telling these stories of the Gambia or stories of the Sahaba are stories from the Sierra, sigh as much as possible to put yourself in that situation. It's not a it's not a story being told for the entertainment value of it was to put yourself in that situation.
Who are we talking about?
We are talking about people who are chivalrous people who are brave people who are warriors. People who are free men.
They were not the slaves or anybody.
These people are being made to subject themselves to a treaty that they have
very unhappy about this and why must we agree to these terms
and the terms of the treaty, this is only the beginning, the term of some, for example, some of the terms of the Treaty of Arabia. One was that if a Muslim reverts and converts to the polytheistic religion and goes off to Makkah, then he will be given protection by the Quran and the Muslims cannot do anything about that. But if one of the people of Makkah converts and reverts to Islam and comes to Medina, he must be handed back to the Quran
you cannot give him protection and you cannot give him video you have to give a give, you have to give him back to us. Now, what kind of it is is completely, you know, unequal terms.
You actually asking him to hand over a Muslim back to the non Muslim back to the chorus so that they can torture him and they can kill him if they want.
And the grid
and see the
monitors into the test oil is one of them. We'll come to that in a second. Now, when I agreed to all of this, the zabo they're all very unhappy about this whole thing. There was no one in among the Zavala alum who liked this treaty. No, I liked it.
Now over Catalano being
that was his, you know, temperament. He actually went and questioned.
He went to Santa Monica jasola. You will not the Nabi of Allah, you're not the Messenger of Allah.
Allah, Allah, Allah said, Yes, I am the messenger of Allah. He said, are these people not wrong? And are we not right? And yes, they are wrong. And yes, we are right. He said then why must we agree to this unequal treaty? So let us fight We will fight and whatever happens happens, let Allah subhanaw taala decide between us and them.
Why must we accept this treaty? The opposite I am guided by my rub and my Rob will not abandon me.
So America top left and he went to our city for the run. Our city is one of the it's an aside, but it's important for us remember, he was the person who does our respected more than anyone else. He was the halifa of Rasulullah sallam. He was the chef of the Sahaba. He was the Mufti of the Sahaba. The Sahaba used to go to him to ask for opinion to ask for rulings all through their lives.
goes to our city. He said, he says to him, he said, Is he not the Messenger of Allah? Our city said yes, he is the Messenger of Allah.
Allah says, Are we not right? And are those people not wrong? Our city Hassan said yes, we are right and they are wrong.
And then our other law says that Why must we accept this treaty?
our workers said our stop talking. He said shut up.
He said hold the stirrup of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with both hands.
He said he is guided by his rap and his rap will not abandon him.
Many years later,
Abubakar Cydia delana says
he says he was during his time during the demo and he was clever. He passed by a group of people who are sitting and talking. And he overheard somebody say something about a worker and compare it to over the top and saying that over balcatta implying that
was a great man that this was a conversation going on in that group of people
said an hour There are no turn around. He went back to those people and he said what do you say? So they repeated the what we said, he said the witness.
He said I say to you that I am willing to sacrifice all my good deeds, and all the good deeds of the entire family of Amr for one day and one night in the life of our Casa de coeur de la
one day in one night. I'm willing to give up all my good deeds and all the good deeds of all my family for one day and one night in the life of a worker so
they asked him which day and which night, he said the day of the year and the night in the bar the night in the cave during hijra in the bar. So
then he said
that since that
He said I have freed slaves. And I have fasted, and I have prayed and I have given sadaqa and I have made Toba and I continue to make Toba and I asked my Rob to forgive me for questioning his Navy.
This Incidentally, one of the ways of making power you make away by by doing good deeds in the Senate, you saved us a lot smarter said the good deeds. They wipe out the bad deeds. So Martin Luther said, I have freed slaves and I have sacrificed and I have given sadaqa and I have done braid and worshipped and so on, asking Allah subhanaw taala.
Ever since that day, in Libya, where I question is W
See the test of Allah. This treaty is being written, the treaty has been written it has not yet been signed.
But who turns up in the camp of risala the son of
God Allah subhanaw taala tests.
Allah subhanaw taala could have sent somebody else he would have sent you know, a neutral man from the sun, the very son of soil when our swell when our son had accepted Islam as well when our ad had confined, immediate imprisoned him
and he had punished him and tortured him. And this man broke free. And he escaped and he did not know this whole thing happening in Libya. He just heard that Osama was camped out let me go to Rosa Salah. He didn't even know his father was there. When he turned up when he came there, what is the zzS his father sitting there and swear whenever the minute he saw his son is that Rasul Allah Allah give him back to me.
Hassan said look, we haven't yet signed the treaties or what does that matter?
He said What does that matter that signing is means nothing It says your word and my word and we have agreed and that's it as far as I'm concerned, the treaty is done.
And he said if you don't hand over this man to me then there is no treaty.
So salasar object to the sun as well. Whenever is that go with your father.
He's an Arizona they will give an imprison me. They will torture me. Maybe they will kill me.
have supper but go with your father.
Now as they were taking him and see them see the hikma
as they were taking him seven Amara delana was so upset with this whole thing. He walked close to the sun as well with our and he said to him, my sword is loose in my scabbard. He made his sword loose. He said the sword is loose, take my sword and kill your father. Then escape.
He said take my sword and kill your father and escape.
But as an observer whenever he knows I'm not killing my father.
I will not kill my father. See them see the hikma. Only Allah knows what is to happen in the future.
Who was such an enemy of Islam and who did all of this whole thing in the area. This man became Muslim.
And during that time of advocacy, there are no during when he became halifa. And immediately there was at that there was people becoming more thought everywhere. People in rebellion everywhere tribes refusing to pay zakat. At that time, the governor of Makkah was up who was appointed by
the governor of Makkah went into hiding.
He was so afraid of the whole atmosphere and Mecca that he went into hiding. So Halloween ama was the man who came and stood in the harem and he called out to the people and he said do not go against the Hong Kong of nummy sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He said do not go against the halifa of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam
and it was his oratory. It was his whole you know position that people listened to him the soil when our single handedly held maca together when the army himself was running away
and swear when our hell Makkah together and maka did not rebel.
That was the headmaster Allah subhanaw taala intended to take from this man even though at the time we are talking about this man was not a Muslim, he was an enemy of Islam. He was doing all sorts of things to to, you know to
defeat realized in his aims.
The treaty was written and Allah subhanaw taala sent down his column.
Fatah de Fatah Han Allah.
Allah subhanaw taala said today we have given you a great and manifest victory.
The treaty was written everything was done.
Does the market delegation left and that's it.
Raja Raja announced and he said to the Sahaba, he said shave your heads and slaughter the animals that you brought for sacrifice. We are going back from here.
And for the first time, the Sahaba did not obey
did not refuse to do it, but they did nothing. They just sat, they did nothing.
See the hickmott
rasulillah salam did not repeat his command.
He said that only once. He did not repeat his command. But his face his blessed face became red with anger.
He stood up and he went into steps.
He loved them and he went into his tent. Now Masai Mara, they allow on our mother, she was in the tent, and she asked efficiency as well What happened? We are looking angry. And he said, My oma is destroying itself.
He said, my own mind is destroying itself.
Now why is he saying houmous destroying itself?
Yes, disobeying of the Navy is covered.
disobeying of the Navy is covered.
And therefore if somebody is dissolving the Navy
He has he has left Islam. So he said, my alma is destroying itself.
So she said What happened? He said, I ordered them to shave their heads and slaughter the animals and they're not doing it.
And this is where the hickmott comes in. This is where wisdom comes in.
masala Mara, delana seriola. They are not bad people. They're not rebellious. They're not disobeying you.
She said, this is shock. This is just shock. So she said,
you go out now and you do what you told them to do.
You demonstrate it and they will inshallah follow you.
And de la sala Salaam, this is also the greatness of the leader that he accepts advice. He didn't turn on when turned on Warren says to me, you get why you I get why. What are you telling me, you advising me?
He didn't do all this. He accepted the advice. And he went outside.
And he ordered an audio guide on how to get the Gamble's that he had to slaughter. And he asked the person to shave his head. And moment, the minute he started, all the Sahaba got up and they followed suit. And everyone did that. And the writers of this year, they say that cheers mixed with blood.
And these are not tears of weakness. These are tears of frustration, tears of anger. They were weeping. And when they were shaving the head, sometimes the scalp would be cut and blood would flow. And he said tears mixed with blood. And the Sahaba were weeping and they were saying Why did this happen to us what is happening here? And that's what I said, sent the the the way in the hatanaka tamo Bina Allah said we've given you a manifest victory. What victory was this
was a final testing point.
Because after all, the VM Medina was never attacked.
Libya was a final testing point. It was a treaty that was supposed to last for 10 years. But in the second year after the treaty, Allah subhanaw taala opened macabre Surah Surah Allah
they actually live by that treaty only for one year, and a few months. But because of that treaty for that one year and a few months, the Tao of Islam was freely done all over Arabia.
There was no danger from the price.
The Muslims didn't have to fear going anywhere. And because of that the doors open.
And whereas in who they were there were a further 1400 Muslims when Fatima cap and there were 10,000 Muslims.
The army was almost 10,000 people
would they be able to test and what was the test? It was a test of Savannah Ivana
Veronica robina illegal muscle.
It was a test for the Sava, will you hear and obey without question?
Will you hear and do what you are told to do? Even if you don't like doing it? Even if you don't agree with the action? Will you still support my interview or not?
I remind myself and you let us ask this question to ourselves. Today when a hobbyist comes before us, they've got 1001 comments about it.
Do I have to do this? Is it necessary? Was it
The habit of resources lm did he actually order it and so on and so on and so forth. And those were those days and these are these days and Allah May Allah forgive us all sorts of arguments.
This is not the Shan of the Muslim. This is not the position of the Muslim, the Muslim does not argue.
When the hokum is given when the order is given, when the nubby commands the Muslim obeys, he obeys. Well, if he likes it, he obeys. He understands it, he obeys if he dislikes it, he obeys if he does not understand it, he obeys.
And that was the test that test was Will you obey, even if your heart is telling you not to do that, even if it is something which goes completely against your grain? Even if it is something which is making you intensely unhappy? Will you still obey my Nabhi without question, and the Saba is one like Allah image when proved that yes, we will obey the Nabhi we will not go against what the Navy said, We gave him our word that we will obey Him and we will obey Him.
And the moment that was proved on a smarter agenda, and he said this is the biggest victory have given you the biggest victory, manifest victory for automobile.
As I told you, the second year after that Allah subhanaw taala opened the doors of Makkah, and sola sola Salaam, entered Makkah as a victor.
Quickly three lessons we've already begged for Maghreb. For the leader, it is essential always to keep the goal in sight and be willing to make everything subservient to the accomplishment of the goal.
The goal was a vow of Islam.
And even though who they were was a very difficult thing. We all talk about the fact that though there was a difficult thing for the Sahaba to accept, put yourself in the position of what do you think was his position?
Here was the man who was an AVI of Allah who was accept who's getting ye from Allah subhanaw taala. Here was a man who promised these people that they will do hombre?
And he went there and now he is the one who got tell them we are not going to do we're going to come back. What can What do you think does that who is credibility?
Who likes to do this? I just promised you I will do something and now I can deliver what I promised.
And among the many, many, many proofs of the divine message of Ross Ross, the fact that he was divinely guided is what they be. Because no one other than an abbey can do that.
Anyone else would have rebelled.
Only an abbey.
And that was the the toughness and therefore when we talk about the thing was difficult for the laptop to accept. And this one, it was the most difficult one to accept was for us rasilla. himself.
But he accepted Antoine de la gave this great victory. And that's why the leader insists on his own record or on on his own esteem needs. Often the long term
need of the mission, the long term benefits of the mission gets sacrificed. May Allah forgive us. It This is very commonly seen in many places.
People allow a whole mission to go down the drain because I must be in the seat. I must not have to move from my seat,
even as the mission goes down the drain.
And that's why I say ego is the shackle in your mind. It's not the shackle on your ankles, it's the shackle in your mind.
Lesson number two followers must be willing to trust the leader and stand by him even if he does something that they don't like at the time or don't understand fully. This is another very big fault with the Muslims today. This is one of the many reasons but one of the big reasons why this room is so divided.
We expect our leader to be like
that, how is that going to be possible?
Yes, he will try to follow us so we'll try to do his best. But is he going to force Yes.
Our help our support to leaders is always conditional.
Now, when I'm saying unconditional support, I'm not saying that you don't talk to the leader, you don't give advice to the leader. You don't disagree verbally with what the leaders are just saying Do you obey the leader or not? And his obedience to the leader is an absolutely critical requirement of leadership. And that's why sometimes when people ask me or say for example, in my presence, they say that Muslims have a leadership crisis. I tell them Muslims do not have a leadership crisis. Muslims have a followership crisis.
Muslims don't want to follow
people say today we do not have a belief at all Muslim in and I say no, no, you're wrong.
Today we have 1.5 billion qualified of the muslimeen. Because every Muslim is a halifa himself.
He takes his own decisions, he does not want to follow anybody. He will not follow any ma'am he will not follow anyone, nobody, I must decide on my own.
The whole of what a level it is, well, not the one I live in they, they followed the Imam.
They followed the mayor, they did not go against the mayor.
Even when the decisions were very tough.
Just to give an example, again, without going into the details of the whole thing, and without all of these incidents individually, they should be discussed and they should be, you know, we should, we should reflect on them and so on. But just to give you an example, over delarue sent Villa with Laura Delano
to where Khalid bin Khalid was commanding an army with the instruction and there was a complaint against guarded memories and so on. So this was I'm not going into all those details. But the instruction given was called the people called Khalid bin Khalid in front of the people who are the people, the soldiers of Khalid bin Khalid, who under his command,
right, the call the people call Khalid bin what is in front of the people take off his turban and tie his hands with it.
And then dismiss him and give the command to obey the bin obey them in Java.
Ba went and as I told you, I won't go into the details of the whole work at the very interesting rocker.
But he went and he actually carried out discovered and he said I have completed the government of the RBI
now see the the beauty of the Sava is that whenever you tell the story, you have no alternative but to send blessing on every single one of them.
We said blessing on bill Allah Delano for carrying out such a difficult command of the for these people who was who was Khalid been wanting to belong, hadn't been wanting to belong was the man standing next to me and fighting for each other's lives, who saved my life in battle. He is the man under whose command I have fought. He was my general.
You're not talking about names. These are people who were so close they will give a closer the brothers, the people who are personal relationship with each other like a wish today we cannot even imagine. Yet when the commander of the army has given. He goes and does that.
He is the commander of that whole army that entire army would have obeyed him quite a bit when he had said to hell with this command. I refuse to. I refuse always come on, turn around. We are going to Marina and we will take over Medina. That army would have a very high bullet.
He could have declared a separate state he could have gone into rebellion he could have rebelled against the halifa.
He could have said if you want to dismiss we do that in a graceful manner. What is this public humiliation? Why are you doing that? He could have said oh he did not say anything. He did not say a word.
He came and stood there took off his turban is stood there talking about a man was a warrior of a kind that the world has never seen.
In the Battle of Mata the same Holly dibner valida. Delano. He broke seven swords in the during the course of the day.
And finally the eight sword that stayed with him was a Yemeni broadsword a huge piece of iron.
And he fought with that till it became dark.
He stood there without a whimper.
It took off his turn the tide his hands he did not complain, didn't say anything why he is obeying the meal.
The secret of the Muslims was the obedience to the Amir.
But today we don't want to be anybody.
So very important for us lesson number two once you have elected a mayor that Aamir must be trusted implicitly.
Not constant doubting, not constant questions. Trust, make your choice intelligently. And then trust the mirror implicitly. And if he tells you to do something, do it. Don't keep arguing. Don't keep arguing. Don't keep on you know wishy washy things and constantly doubt it debilitates leadership
and third lesson.
In order to win in the long term. It is often necessary to sacrifice temporary or short term gains. Every one of us must suffer from two kinds of pain. What is that? The pain of discipline, or the pain of regret? What's the meaning of pain of discipline, sacrificing short term goals. If you don't want to suffer from the pain of regret, which is
Not getting your long term goal, we have to sacrifice short term goals, even though sometimes this can be very painful because it will include sacrificing of your ego needs in the process. Remember, if you want the arrow to travel far, what do you need to do? Pull it back. The further back you pull the arrow the further forward, the arrow will travel. Just like my locker we break for Maverick non shala and then we'll come back after horrible Salalah Hannah bill curry Mara Holly he was happy he made the rock motyka