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 4 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 sahaaba radi Allahu anhum ajma’een.
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This is the reality of Islam. And that's why when the Sahaba went, and we shared the story is de la ilaha illa Allah, but it's one that pops up always, when he went to the Emperor, and Emperor said, Why have you come to DC for trade?
He said, in the most eloquent of ways knakal, we've come to, you know, legionary bad to remove the service. I mean, any bad, bad from worshipping the sermons. Isla de bear that back to worshiping the creator of the sense
of purpose. It wasn't a journey
as an ends, but it was a means. And even the data that they gave, there was a means to an end that embodies gender, and that success in the hereafter to see those angels of gender descent when you're about to breathe your last breath, to be those people who benefit, the greatest benefit of death.
and less equal to two hydro, to Panama to get the death of those only, that when they pass away, angels descend. And when they are in the greatest moment of fear, the angels comfort them and say,
don't be scared for what you did.
And don't be sad for what is to come. Be excited. Why?
Because Allah has sent us to give you glad tidings at this moment of death, the most scariest moment in our lives, to give you glad tidings of gender, the gender that you were promised.
This is the this is the deal we want to have. This is the end that's everything we do has to lead to us achieving that going to university can be a bad if it is a means to a noble act, that I want to support Islam by showing that we Muslims are the best pharmacists to become the best pharmacist and the best doctor, we are going to contribute to the oma
better than any person from any religion can. Why? Because Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us that we are the best. And Allah subhanho wa Taala made us from his oma understand that it's a responsibility. It's not just pride, that I'm a Muslim, from the Obama habits Allahu alayhi wa sallam, yes, you should pat yourself on the back, you should be excited. But understand that the higher the position you have, at being called the best is a very high position. The higher the position you have, the higher the responsibility. A teacher has responsibility in the school, but not the same responsibility as the headmaster is that also
the higher your position, the higher that responsibility.
So this is the message in a nutshell, brothers and sisters Alhamdulillah has caused my voice to last a little bit. But now that we've mentioned certain
acts of worship outside the five pillars of Islam, let me share with you
from the Sahaba or the Allahu anhu. Enjoy some stories. Remember, we said we're not here to talk about the qualities of a leader. But we want to talk about the micro aspect of this topic of leadership, which is you being a leader, you feeling that you are the best at what you're doing according to your capacity. You being a leader, it doesn't mean that you don't have the ability to lead a project, that you cannot be a leader in and of yourself
that you cannot die the death that we just described.
It doesn't mean that
let me share with you examples from the lives of the Sahaba or the graduates.
We said that we should aspire to be leaders in belief in worship, leaders in belief and worship.
The Sahaba of the Allahabad rebellion were leaders in this regard. Look at Abu Bakr
when Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam went for the Mirage and explained that he traveled in one night to be to look at this, and in the same night to the heavens and came back. And the corporation made fun of him and said this is impossible. We know the length of this jet. And we know the difficulties during this journey. It does not make sense.
And if someone told us today that they did it, it would not make sense.
It would not make sense.
the law rhodiola when he was approached by the isolators he said if Mohammed said it I believe it. It happened. This is email
Because from a man is believe that
you believe in the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala
and that Allah gives the miracles
he says if Muhammad said it, I believe it this is belief.
It's not a matter of does it make sense to buy my thing will lead? Is it belief? Are we leaders in billing? For do we question the shediac Yola, forgive us. Today some people question the Sharia.
They say, Why should I wash my hands and my face and my mouth and my nose and my ears? When I relieve myself?
It doesn't make sense. What's that got to do with that?
This is you will not be a leader in belief. And this is a very dangerous question.
The world leaders in belief, they knew that Allah gave them a mind.
But they believed that this mind has to be used behind the screen of the Sharia.
That we have emotion. And we have our mental intellect.
And we have belief. We have the Quranic instruction, and the message of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
So we use our intellect
to guide our emotions, but we use the Sharia to guide our minds.
Because Because the pattern and this is from the height of being a leader, so he was a leader in belief, he accepted the message.
And he did not for one moment thing that this is irrational. He said if he said it, it happened and I believe it.
And the plot of trying to tell Abubakar against Allah Allah He was
When we look at worship, we see Abu Bakr radi Allahu Allah, as a leader in worship, he was
knowledgeable with the Quran.
the most in terms of the Quranic recitation, and this we extract it from the fact that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam commanded Abu Bakr to lead the believers in prayer.
And that same Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, You,
Nikita Villa, they are the one who is the leader in Salah is the one who is most knowledgeable. But the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala or is most read with the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala
Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, this is the criteria. And based on that he chose Abubakar viola, which means Abu Bakar was the best in worship as well.
And one of the acts of worship is the recitation of the Quran and knowledge of the Quran. So he was a leader in belief, as was the Sahaba. And he was a leader in worship, as was the Sahaba.
We said from worship is spending in the park of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Are we leaders in this regard? I said, we're not talking about the macro your ability to manage a team and be a leader, but being a leader in and of yourself in that which is specific to you, from the acts of worship? is spending in the path of Allah? Are you a leader in this regard? Are you a person who sees or you are one who is See?
Which category Do you fall into? Are you a person who makes things happen? Are you are you a person who watches things happen? Or there's a third category based the third category, there's a person who says, what happened.
We will deeply write it. We've seen those people say, Oh, I don't know what happened. What's going on? I missed it. I didn't do it. I didn't watch it. Please tell me what happened. So are you a leader? Are you making things happen? Or are you watching things happen? Or are you saying what happened? Who are you?
From the Sahaba of the Allahu Allah Bajrang, we discussed Abu Bakar and how he was spending to free the slaves who were being persecuted or to bring those who are being persecuted by the courage after they accepted Islam.
But then we have the Allah during the time of drought.
When trade was was at its lowest and food was at the lowest supply
of man wrote the law when a great businessman comes to him 300 laden camels is my memory serves me right from Sharia law is to be checked.
300 laden camels
and the people are excited that Illa Illa camel with us
Load full of amenities. So they go to him and say it was mad. For every dollar, we'll give you $1, La Ilaha, Illallah, 100% profit.
Whatever this camera is worth, we'll give you $1 for it, meaning it's 100% profit. And he said, No, I've been offered more. So they said, okay, for every dollar $2 200% profit. And he said, No, I've been offered more. And this is this is not like the businessman of today, where you tell them look, you know, send it to me at this price. And he might say, well, ah, he might cost prices this much, but
it's not the case.
It's often more you offering me 10,000 pounds in my cup is offered more, but no one's offered him anything. You're the first buyer In fact, Allah protect us it forgive us. This is awesome man.
He says, I've been offered more, and he's telling the truth. So they said, for every dollar three cents of every dollar I apologize
for every day, for he says no. For every day on Fridays, I've been offered more. So they get together and say Who on earth can offer him a 500% profit. So the community gets together and say, who is the culprit that has done this. And they all say this person is not from us. So they go to him.
And they say, we have a consensus amongst us that this person is not from amongst us. So who is this person that has offered you more than five data hubs to one and he said that I've been offered not five, but 10 to one for Allah subhanho wa Taala has promised to multiply
the one that he spent in his part by 10. These camels are for live in
La ilaha illa Allah at the most desperate of times, here is a leader in the banner of spending in the path of Allah subhanho wa sallam selflessness, that selfishness a visionary, knowing that what I am doing is a means to an end.
They know why they are doing things to Allah. And look at us born upon Islam and Eman. They were born upon chick, and Cooper yesterday they were worshipping idols today in a law in the law and giving away 300 Ladies and camels for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Now, imagine this. This is what happens when a man enters the heart. This is what happens
when you can believe that
he was held up when to obey the law consent to the seven heavens and back in one night, when it's totally irrational.
This is what happens when a man enters the heart brothers and sisters and we become leaders in and of ourselves. Look at Abu talha probably Allah. When Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed the ayah
then piety will not be ascertained until you spend from that which you love, which is Beloved.
now, don't give from the worst of your wealth, gift from the best of your wealth, that which is more beloved to you. Just like today, what happens when our child is failing in school? We send them to Madras. We send them to
you know go to go study is that we we send the worst the Allah forgive us. We don't take the child who we see as the most intelligent and say I'm going to invest this child for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala
when we spend, we spend the worst we're not in need of this. These clothes, I don't need it anymore. I'm throwing it away. Let's give it a challenge. In fact, let's wait for the month of Ramadan and give it them because it's better. This is good. This is what we're not saying don't do this. But we say become a leader. become a leader
says oh prophet of Allah
Subhana Allah. There's a garden, which is beloved to me. It is beloved to me with this ayah it's alive is Rasul Allah He
took an action to Panama. This
immediate answer to the core of alight is Rasul Allahu alayhi wa sallam. inshallah, today we have insha Allah, that inshallah inshallah is of two types yes or no, when somebody tells you in sha Allah say which one the yes or no, because what happens is sometimes you tell somebody donate because inshallah inshallah yes or no. Which are you talking about? Please clarify now, so we don't bother you next time. Right? No, there was the Java is the Java and this is Islam, Islam. What is Islam it is this lab to submit to the will of Allah.
Hello attallah in the moment that you live in,
what does Allah subhanho wa Taala want me to do right now? If it is beloved to Allah, I will do it. And if it's not, I will stay away from it. These are the examples 300 latent cameras at the time of drought in the most difficult of situations is for Allah and His role, not even a case of Let me ask the interior ministry,
right? To ask my wife at home, I have to make much better, right? Everyone was clear, because even the wives who upon the same vision, and this is another thing which we could have said yesterday when we discuss visions, that when you get married, marry a female who shares your vision.
So that when you doing things she feels fulfilled,
if you share the same vision, when she's doing something you happy, why? Because she's working towards the end Do you want to achieve and when you do something, she's happy? Why? Because she knows that you are helping her achieve what she wants to achieve this fulfillment.
This fulfillment when you outspending in the path of Allah, or traveling for the sake of Allah, she's not sitting at home saying I've been neglected by the husband. She's not saying I've been neglected by my husband. Why? Because she feels fulfilled. What you're doing is helping her achieve, she has a purpose in her life. You have a purpose in your life. And what you're doing is helping me and what I'm doing is helping you La ilaha illAllah. She doesn't say I'm stuck at home looking after the kids while you're out there. Why? Because she knows by me doing this, that can happen. And that happening helps me see the end that I would like to see when I'm about to pass away. Do you see when
you have a shared vision, what happens?
It even brings life to our marriages and fulfillment. For those who are getting married, Take heed. And for those who are married, don't start saying oh no, I married the wrong woman or the woman saying I married the wrong man. No, that's not the intention here inshallah, you can draft visions that are shared because marriage is give and take, right?
much rain, we're leaders in spending in the park of Allah.
In Daraa, they were leaders as well. We shared the example of the man who went to school and said we came to remove that event.
From chip in to toe hate, from oppression of religion into the justice of Islam, and from darkness into light, La ilaha illa Allah,
they will lead us down.
Even when they were dying, they were giving down. That's how they will need to sit down. We all know the famous story of
when he was passing away. And
he was bleeding to death after the fire worshiper stabbed him when he was about to touch a lateral fracture.
And as he's bleeding a young boy from the community walks up to see him and has his throat hanging below his ankles
or dragging on the ground. Or is bleeding to death is more important matters. Like setting up the shoulder that's going to decide who the next is going to be. But here we have Amara, when this boy is working away, he turns to him and says yes. Oh son of my brother.
Indeed it is.
It's from you being more pious to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
It will make your job last longer.
In the most perfect way, even when he's dying. He's observing the dour in the best way.
Oh, son of my brother. He didn't say Oh, crazy. brat, or mad person or sinful person.
son of my brother, what beautiful words you dying and you have time to still look after the pillars of the hour. And he joined between the religious instruction and instruction that makes sense to your mind.
Because the religious instruction it's it's from you being more pious. And this is from something more beloved to Allah. And in case that doesn't make too much sense. But understand it's
dragging it on the ground, it will become filthy.
And he's bleeding to death. Look how they will lead us in doubt. Even on their deathbed they were inviting to Allah subhanho wa Taala and the son of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam it wasn't a case of procrastination. I will do it when tomorrow.
And they say tomorrow never comes.
They never waste the time there was St. Java. They were leaders in it. They were making it happen, not letting others make it happen.
They were people who saw what people who are just seen in character. They will need us