Channel: Sajid Ahmed Umar
Series: Sajid Ahmed Umar - Leadership
This Lecture titled ‘Leadership’ is the second in a series of lectures conducted in the ‘Making Our Mark’ UK Tour. Leadership was a talk done in Bristol UK.
Sheikh Sajid highlights the importance of the qualities of a leader and focusing in on them and inculcating them into our lives, so that we strive to be excellent in all our roles and responsibilities be it as a parent, spouse, employer, child etc
Life lessons are extracted from the life of Rasulullah (saw) and the sahabah (ra).
Part 3 from ‘Leadership’ in the Making our Mark UK tour series deals with the core concepts and qualities of being a Leader, and these qualitites that were prevalent in the life of ,the ultimate Leader , a perfect example – Rasulullah (saw).
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topic is leadership. And we could discuss it in terms of what the Guru's today in leadership, defined as being a leader, they discuss qualities of leaders.
There's very different books and they describe many different qualities. Some say they should be 10 qualities, some say they should be 14 qualities, some add the qualities of a leader to 21. And I've contemplated this point as I read and by Allah, I've managed to see those qualities present in the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam anyway, because he was the ultimate leader, and it was all there. And why not when Allah subhanho wa Taala said laqad Cadillac v rasulillah. He should have said that in Bahamas Allahu alayhi wa sallam is a perfect character example for you a perfect example
sallallahu alayhi wasallam
Some say you need to have the concept of delegation just as an example some say confidence, some say
commitment and the ability to communicate and so on and so forth. And this was present let's just take delegation, for example. This was present in the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. For before he passed away, he delegated the right to lead the Salah, and whenever Barker gave it to Omar, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that allied is Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam refuse that early the Salah Abu Bakr did the Salah to have a look.
What was the there was this delegation, that when he did this, this was a means for the oma understanding that after Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam the next leader should be
the cow. What a leader he was, how he nurtured them by just one act. Pamela must have had a heart attack against us with a
look at his refusal to delegate refusal to delegate a leader knows how to delegate so he delegates Abubakar,
but he refuses to delegate to a Buddha for the
positions of authority. And he tells
me that you are a soft person. You don't have the ability to deal with a dispute between two people.
And he said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam don't look for positions of authority for it will end up being a bit of regret for you in the hereafter. There's certain people that cannot manage those positions, because he was not delegated at all.
And then look, how Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam delegated armory last in the Battle of that SLS.
he delegated him as a leader. And then army was joined later on by Abubakar to Laverne and Barbara De La Hoya. And we all know them and the honor that Allah subhanho wa Taala gave them we know that Allah declared Abu Bakr radi Allahu Allah, as a person of honor in his book, it's all to do with Allah subhanho wa Taala said, Well, I tell oldfather living comosa the Messiah soon have an edge about a consensus that further here is talking about Abu Bakr
a matter of whose honor yet Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam left
Laos as the head of that particular group, La ilaha illAllah. Now, this doesn't mean that he was better than Omar, and better than Abu Bakar Allahu Allah. And this is a lesson as a footnote, as a footnote, because whenever we learn from the Sierra, whenever we learn, we should contemplate and ponder this is a lesson that was better than I did. But it's a lesson to us that sometimes those who are less honorable than others can take positions of leadership amongst us, it doesn't mean that if they take the position of leadership that they are the most honorable No, it just means that they the most capable.
So in this particular
expedition, Laos was the most capable and this is delegation, which shows the leadership of Muhammad Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
He went to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam because it does cross the mind. The spider law, I am left in charge in the presence of Abu Bakr and Omar Abdullah.
So he went he thought I'm more beloved to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So he went to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and asked him, but who is the most beloved to you? So he said,
he says, No, I'm not asking you this. I'm asking you with regards to the men said.
He's he was set straight yet but it's naturally just the level it would compete. The in La Bella gathers with them in
the crux of the point is that was the loss of Allahu alayhi wa sallam was a leader. And he could delegate to sharing with you examples they say you need to be a delegated to be a leader who has a better delegated and Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. They say you need to be a communicator,
who was a better communicator than Mohammed Salah Allahu Allah, he was sending them. Let's take the example of the Bedouin that urinated in the masjid of the Sahaba episodes. And Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asked them to control themselves. In fact, he asked them to let him finish
his urinating in mosquito nets. And he says let him finish. And then Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam calls him and explains to the reality of the place in a softer tone and a diligent way. And this person
goes on to ask Allah subhanho wa Taala, only to have mentioned, Allahu alayhi wa sallam and him and nobody else. That's how he appreciated the way Allahu alayhi wa sallam meant this communication. And even then, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam corrected him and said, Look at what
you have, you have made narrow something that is vast the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala is vast. Allah best encompasses everything. He said, You have narrowed something, which is extremely vast.
But in retrospect, look at the story of the lady known as Emma love me when she committed a crime, and the people got together, to look for somebody to intercede on her behalf, so that the punishment for it does not take place. And they knew that they are your loved one was beloved to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam so they sent him to intercede at the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam either stirred voice, not a rude voice,
but a scolding voice but in a stern voice said a Tasha he had the dilemma. Are you seeking intercession in a matter that is considered a head? A prescribed punishment by Allah subhanho wa Taala. He says what law he thought.
If my daughter had stolen, she too, would face this punishment. This was
so he was a great communicator. So Allahu alayhi wa sallam. In any case, my intention is not to talk to you about
the qualities of leaders because not everyone is engineered to be a leader. Not everyone is engineered to be a leader, right? We know, there's this test today known as the Myers Briggs examination. And people, people's characters are marked, so that leaders or organizations can have an idea of the strong points and weak points of certain people. So they're placed in the correct places not everybody is born to be a leader. And that's rightly so and not everybody is born to be a worker. And that's rightly so, because if everybody was leaders who would do the work, and everybody was workers who would lead them, right.
So my aim is not to discuss the qualities of being a leader because this would exclude those who are not naturally engineered to be a leader.
But my aim is to discuss this concept from a wider perception and perspective.
And that is
your ability to be your own leader, and your ability to become a leader.
In matters specific to you
becoming a trendsetter in matters specific to you, such as worship of Allah pedagogy,
such as adherence to the student of Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wasallam, such as everything that is considered good. Today we have a false understanding of the bad. We think worship is the five pillars of Islam.
He has, these are the pillars of worship, but not all of worship brothers and sisters. Because worship is defined as Jeremy
law, a universal term that encompasses everything which is beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala, such as belief and worship, such as spending in the park of Allah subhanho wa Taala, such as Dara, such as being humble, such as conformance to the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah, such as competing with one another, in your journey to Allah subhanho wa Taala
plus is worship, smiling
is worship the Salaam and greeting is worship. The food that you are a means of placing in the mouth of your spouse is worship. nurturing the upbringing your children is worship, going to work every morning is worship running
is worship. Sports can be worship. If we looked after our intentions, and I shared this message yesterday, and actually had, as I said, the theme of our series will have to encompass certain messages. running across different talks always can be worship. If your intention behind going to work is to be a person that can give sadaqa and support Islamic projects and the spelling of Islam. And to praise halal food in the mouths of your family. This is worship.
Have the left for Islam and the disbeliever who goes to work it's not worship for them. Because the aim behind work is to make ends meet.
Remember, I said it's your right to be the best?
If you don't say that it's your right to be a trendsetter. How can your going to work be an ends?
Just as the disbeliever going to work is an answer for them. You should have a more noble purpose. It's a means to an end. What is the end?
So how can you tie the simple act of life and make it an act of worship? That you go to work every day and every step of the way in every second spent going to work and working and coming back you make it a means of making your skills of good deeds heavy on the day of and boom your agenda. Trees are growing for you in gender palaces are being built for you. Gender schemes are being delivered for you in general, but you're going to learn how by being connected to your purpose and your vision. But I'm doing this for the sake for the sake of Allah subhanho wa jal and the sake of agenda, this is why I'm doing it. I'm not just doing it for the sake of it.
Who can become depressed building the agenda, people say I'm depressed, my job is depressing. Your job is depressing, because it's an enemy sort of means to me. That's the problem. That is the problem. There is no real purpose behind. Your soul is not being fed.
Your spirituality is not being fed you spending most of your day looking after your external, not your internal.
When you fix your intention, your normal activity in your day becomes a means of feeding your eternal because you've tied it to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
As the scholar once said,
there was a rich man who complained that I'm so rich, but I can't sleep at night, and I'm depressed. I have everything but I'm happy to share her advice and said, because you haven't tied what you love to the one who you should love.
If you tie what you love to the one who you should love, it will become beneficial for you. Your spirituality will start eating and drinking and come alive because brothers and sisters we're not bodies. We're not bodies only. We have a spiritual side. When you're depressed is because your heart is depressed. Your heart is hard. Your spirituality is hard.
Allah subhanho wa Taala grant is the understanding