Moments with the Qur’an #16
Channel: Sajid Ahmed Umar
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Surah Yusuf teachers us what to look out for when promoting people to positions of leadership & authority.
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh My dearest brothers and sisters in Islam welcome to episode number 16 moments with the Quran for today's moment we continue with surah Yusuf. And in particular,
the latter part of the story we're now Yusuf Alayhi. Salam has this audience with the king, because the king is highly impressed with him, given how he interpreted the dream. And not only did he interpret the dream, but he was so excellent that he laid down the way forward. So during this conversation, Yusuf Alayhi Salam says, As Allah tells us in sort of use of our ledger, I'll Niala hawza kneel out in the heavy
use of alayhi salam, he puts his name forward, he says, make me in charge of the storage facility. Now this is a massive position here, right, you're gonna have the status of being a minister, right? And you're gonna have executive authority, you're gonna have finances, you're gonna have people under you, you're going to manage this excellently because it's seven years of rain than seven years of drought. And during the seven years of drain, you got to make sure everything is planted. Well, everything is harvested, well, everything goes to plan, even things are measured proportionately. How much are we going to use for now? How much are we going to store for later, and so on and so
forth, he puts his name down, he says, you know, give me this role put me in charge of this matter. And I'm letting you know that I am.
heavies. I am trustworthy, and I am knowledgeable. So here's heinola, we learned two important qualities, whenever you consider someone for a position of authority that has an executive nature to it that they have, they have many things that they can do without any checks and balances, they should be number one, trustworthy, and number two, knowledgeable, trustworthy and knowledgeable. In terms of, well, let's focus on trustworthy and knowledgeable, why trustworthy, before having knowledge. Well, if you have knowledge and you don't have trustworthiness, then you are going to end up oppressing people. And oppression is not just darkness, but darkness is on the day of pm as the
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us. And your position is to bring about a good result, not a bad result. If you're going to oppress people in the role, you have knowledge about it, but you just need a trustworthy person in terms of the responsibility that is upon you, you're going to bring more harm. So the role is not you are not deserving of the role. Right? So here we have the lesson of being trustworthy and being knowledgeable, somebody is knowledgeable, they don't have trustworthiness. They're not qualified, somebody who's trustworthy, they don't have knowledge. They're not qualified. But although this is a better situation, because someone who doesn't have
knowledge, you can train them up. You can build them up, you can teach them, right, it's the trustworthy aspect that is so fundamentally important, especially with roles of executive authority. Now, if we look in other parts of the Quran, for example, in the story of Musa alayhis salam, Elisa Elisa Lam had is sitting with the man from madeon, after Musa alayhis salaam assisted his daughters, right in that setting, obviously, it was established that Musa alayhis salam is trustworthy because of how excellent he was with with these daughters to the extent that it is said that when you know, he was going to their place, then by default, he would have to walk behind them. But rather, he
said, I'll walk in front of you, and you don't even have to speak rather throw pebbles to the right or to the left, but cattier and others mentioned this, and based on where the purpose and and I'll change my direction, so panela This is a man who is extremely trustworthy with other people's daughters. So imagine how you will be with their property. So the daughter says to the Father, yeah, Betty, Steve, oh, my dear father, hire him in the hydro minister. Jokowi. I mean, indeed, the best person you can hire is someone who is able his co he has strength, right. And he's, I mean, he's trustworthy. Now this was a different role. Musa alayhis salam wasn't being hired to have a role of
authority with an executive nature, but rather he was hired to manage the livestock and and and so on and so forth. It was a laborers kind of role. So he needed to be he needed to have physical strength. So they know he was trustworthy. And now they can see he has physical strength. So she highlights the qualities for the Father, the best person you can hire for this role is someone who has the physical ability and someone who's trustworthy, he is trustworthy. So we see trustworthiness having is a common denominator across the story of use of and the story of Musa also in the story of Solomon alehissalaam. When Musa alayhis salam Raja, he requested for the throne of bilities to be
brought to him and a mighty Jin said, I can bring this throne to you before you stand up from from where you sitting. And then he says, In the la de la COVID. I mean, indeed myself with regards to this role of bringing that throne before you stand up I am. I am strong enabled and I'm trustworthy. Meaning I'm not telling you something from Faraj. I'm not telling you something from emptiness. I'm telling you something from experience, and I'm being truthful, and I'm honest, I can do it. And I'm letting you know that I have the physical ability to do it as well. And I have confidence in my ability to do so. So Subhanallah here, we see the concept of, of being physically able, being a
common denominator between the stores.
In Sulaiman alayhis salam and the story of Musa alayhis salam, because both these roles required,
or both these roles were laborers, right? So, if the role is laborers, you need someone who is able and trustworthy. If the role is one of authority, you need someone who is trustworthy and knowledgeable in terms of ability, they're going to have people, they're going to hire people, if he has knowledge, he's going to hire the right people who will give him the ability. So this is an important lesson, brothers and sisters in Islam, that we learn from Surah Yusuf, in conjunction with other stories in the Quran, but in particular, in terms of roles of authority, if you're going to promote someone and that role is going to have some form of executive nature to it. Make sure that
person is trustworthy, trustworthy and not just knowledgeable. It's not just about having a track record in terms of ability to deliver in terms of the processes of the role, but also having a track record to deliver in terms of the responsibility of the road. And Allah subhanho wa Taala knows best I love you all for the sake of Allah until another moment Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh