Lessons From The Life Of Abu Bakr (ra)
Channel: Zaid Shakir
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mentioning the name of the law,
he said he
placed over you.
If we reflect on this opening to two very important points that we can note.
First of all, actually three, actually men will limit ourselves to three, and then interest of time.
First of all, he is clearly expressing
the fact that he's not imposing himself on the
need, why they
have been placed ob,
ob, those familiar with the nature of the Arabic language though this is a verb in
the passive voice I've been placed amongst
So one of the principles of good leadership is that leaders do not impose themselves on those who follow them.
The prophets of the lion who was sentenced to 40 years among his people.
And he was never their leader
until a loss who had
called him to the prophetic office, and the loss of how what had elevated him to that position.
He wasn't a prophet. But he understood the nature of prophetic leadership,
the nature of leadership, that leadership, the nature of leadership that follows the prophetic
and that one is called to leadership.
And in that sense, all of us have been called
all of us
who respond to the call of the bride
and the call of all of the prophets
and specifically for us the call of
The point here,
the first goes on,
all on his toes.
Toes he was to that.
an Abu Bakr understood that he was chosen and placed in that position to accomplish something significant for this religion. And each and every one of us you view the fact that we've been chosen for this mission. We've been chosen for that.
We should do that. And understand that that Intel's responsibility.
All of you, our leaders are shepherds,
which is a an allegorical expression for leaders, the shepherd leaves his flock.
And all of you are answerable for
every individual Muslim. So we should understand.
We don't have to impose ourselves on people. We just have to assume the responsibility that Allah
has charged us with. And so I was assuming responsibility. Allah subhana wa tada had charged him with the people who are
encouraged and suggested and nominated for that offer.
The second point
and that is mentorship has to be approached with the spirit of humility.
And so that was an expression of his ability. Well, let's go
the best of you, when in reality was the best.
And people might dispute and even though they're fair minded, who would say this or that opinion has superiority of virtual
fairminded, who would definitely be in the top two or three,
for those who are,
deeply understand the virtue of Abu Bakr
and understand this close this book, the prophet to love it
and understand the nature of that Kostas gave him and then it is that he benefited from the personality, the training, the guidance, the orientation of the prophet SAW Selim, as no other human being who
has to be, despite that, he said, I'm not the best of you. So you approach his duties with the spirit of humility.
And this is critical for us. Because when we approach our situation,
with a spirit of humility immediately, this sends a message to ourselves and others, that we're not going to rely on our own power and resources. We're going to rely on the last time
because we all understand no matter how talented we are, no matter how virtuous we are, no matter how well connected, we are, at the end of the day, when we
and alone, none of us can do much. So personnel approaches leadership from a position of arrogance is indicating he or she will rely on their own power on their own
their own fallible house, whereas the person who opposes the situation with the spirit of humility understands that he or she is relying on the loss of the source of all power. And a lot of talent reminds us in that regard to or the Prophet rather, to reinforce that message, when
no one knows themselves.
except that a lot of
adults a person, no one can put them down.
A person exhausts themselves to their own physical resources, anyone can knock them down.
well as support me and help me to do that.
So again, this is a valuable lesson that's particularly relevant in the realm of leadership. There are some leaders that shy away from encouraging participation,
cultivate talent, because they see that talent as a threat to them.
Well, needle understands, it's not about him.
It's about the mission.
And the mission can always be better. The accomplishment can always be better. Good can always be great.
As one hardcover book on leadership, the title of the book Good to Great.
helped me to be great.
then Help me Help me to do what helped me to be better, because this isn't about me.
And this is about helping this religion to obtain the position and the status in the world that is occupied as the last message sent by Almighty God to humanity.
So he's saying don't accept mediocrity.
only accept excellence. Have you seen good help to transform that good into excellence?
This should be our attitude, some of us think there can be no improvement over what we might bring about. And because of that we seek to systematically exclude others
from encroaching on our territory for making something that we did, author
alterations for the pet.
That's not a formula for long term success. That's not a formula for breaking the formula greatness is what are
Good helped me to do better. The second thing we can point we can mention here is that he's encouraging participation. And that's another thing. That is the quality of good leadership and the act of the code of participation.
Because participation doesn't just happen. In many instances,
we can just say we're free. So we don't understand why the sisters aren't.
They can get involved, they want to
make they're hesitant
to be given a message to actively encourage them to get involved. We all know why the brothers from the barrio or the ghetto,
help You're welcome
is free, everyone can come get involved beyond the shora.
Sometimes the active message has to be presented by those in charge, break down barriers of exclusion that we might not even be aware of. Because in communication, there are two sides. So from our side, we might not see something from the other side that might be very visible, and very real. To them message of encouragement has to always be present,
get involved and help me
and the air district
leaders who first of all, they don't even admit the possibility of error.
They definitely don't encourage someone to point out their mistakes and fix them. Because they see that as lessening them and lowering them. And this theme of the people
philosophy if I do wrong Shut up.
correctly, you get shot.
more civilized cases thrown in jail.
The example and the model has given us
a set to
sit back and allow my errors undermine this religion and to undermine the work that we were both safe with viral profits a lie he was
presented in less than the sterling light that it should represent in a world of darkness. Don't be satisfied with that straightened me out, fix the problem, then again, get involved. And criticism definitely has to be encouraged as more than putting up suggestion box on the wall
as the activity occurred, and it has to be accepted. And there has to be offers in the spirit of constructive, constructive spirit as they say constructive criticism, not just trying to intentionally undermine someone
try to make the overall effort better, because none of us
who think or believe that we're trying to do something for them.
None of us
is going to outlive this
problem process of the Senate.
is fuqaha pads
go through history, all the great leaders, the great teachers, they pass, but it's learned absorb. So we have to understand if that doesn't drive home the point is them is bigger than us.
So the challenge for us in the question about what can we contribute during our time on this?
So this is
what can we contribute? Now? What can you do for us?
ask not what your country can do for you rather ask what you can do for your country. And we can paraphrase that he got it from Aristotle, so we can borrow it from him. And given an Islam
as not was loved can do for you rather ask what you can do for them? And if you're not doing anything, then that's the answer to why we
have the answer. Why Allah subhanho wa Taala is it helped
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we're not for a deletion and repetition in the Quran and Duncan would have understood it.
But this deletion is repetition.
So in total law doesn't need help.
And tofu Dino law,
if you help the laws, he will help you
can do to help you
as what you can do to help
people who have been programmed into a certain type of Americanized version of religion.
So you try to make dollar to them. First thing they say is you know what your economic program?
You know, you got it, you got any job
in an economic program that will help your economic situation by teaching you to avoid Riba by to spend half of your income on alcohol or drugs, by teaching you
to engage in credit spending
is a path to salvation is known as a path to justice in the world is known as a path for equality and brotherhood.
Love is all about
what can we do to strengthen this religion, so I can be a stronger force for brotherhood and a stronger force for justice and a stronger path to salvation for people losing their souls to the most frivolous and irrational thing.
if you have a lot of religion, he will help you. So know that
can do for yourself.
Back is teaching us it's not about me.
God helped me do better, because it's about making Islam better. If I do wrong, this straightened me out, because it's about helping us to go straight and helping this mission not to be lost to the work
Until I take the right security, the rightness owed to him.
So again, this day is not about me, is about these weak people is about the poor people. And all of us have to be mindful of this message. All of us, the poorest of us, are part of a very small privileged class. Living in America, North America, Western Europe.
It's a privilege class.
If you think you're not in that privileged class, consider how you got here today.
What percentage of people on the face of this earth own an automobile? If you think you're not in that privileged class book at your waistline,
what percentage of people on the face of this earth are shopping around for diet,
this company is trying to find some food period, we're trying to find a way to get rid of the results of too much food
in a privileged class. So as members of that privileged class, and as Muslims, we have to be concerned
about the rest of the people out there in this world.
with me, until I secured the rights.
And again, this is
because we want
to give in Divine help, and you're giving your substance based on sustenance, rather, based on how you treat the weekend or amongst
the weekend, or the weekend or pass the pistol. How are we treating them?
What are we trying to
think about the
insha Allah as the one who is wrong with you? is weak with me until I take from him the right that he owes to others.
And the message here amongst others, is that
should it intimidate a Muslim?
We should see the strong of this world being weak.
And we should see ourselves as trying to what the law will. So
I want as strong with you as the week with me until I take for the ride.
And we should be trying
to take the bike
because you know the medicine of injustice in this world.
We have a world food prices
even affecting America
causes rationing rice
because all the farmland is being taken up to grow corn and soybeans can a
a world full price.
And if you don't believe me, the cover story of Time magazine magazine two weeks ago must be true.
So we have to begin to think of solution.
People have to starve so we can pack up our cars.
tearing down the rain forests and burning those trees. For more carbon let's say
Ohio as your reality free store carbon and biology one to one or even before that sixth grade. You don't have to get to college. The trees take the oxygen out of the air or the carbon dioxide out of the air and they give out oxygen. So what is it that carbon is stored
burned and then is released back into the atmosphere and more carbon is released by burning the rain fire force
It will take a century to even up the ratio
the time is up so