Monday, May 31, 2004


Purity of one's intention is of paramount importance. Review your intention from time to time, and do a reality check of yourself. Fulfillment of purpose comes only with the pure intention.

Building consensus, even if it may be against your own wishes. If you feel strongly about something, make every effort to convey this to your team, using the Islamic method of persuasion. If the majority is not with you, do not consider it a loss of confidence in your leadership; rather a triumph of the the process of Shura.

One of the most important components of islamic work. A failure to develop, strengthen and maintain brotherhood is an immense failure of the group, despite other dazzling achievements. Love your brother, and in his weaknesses see a reflection of your own weaknesses. Do not attempt to get back at him, no matter how bitter you may be.

This sense of worship in everything that you do is the foundation for excellence. Strive to do the best, even if your task is trivial. And be like the Prophet Ibrahim, whose first prayer upon raising the walls of the Ka'bah was "Our Lord, accept this from us. Verily you are the Hearer, Knower."

Sound advice can only be of benefit to both the giver and the recipient. Sound advice must be given with a sense of humility and a deep conviction that the advivce is good. "Talking down" to your brother, enumerating his weaknesses and publicly humiliating him are not traits of the sincere Islamic worker.

Obedience and following the decisions of the majority, even if it is against your personal opinion. This can sometimes be difficult, but necessary to preserve the unity of the group. By Ta'ah we do not mean the kind of blind obedience given to a leader; rather, it is following a course of action that has been debated, pondered upon and deemed best for the group.

An objective evaluation of yourself and others around you, with the sole intent of better performance. This is not a blame game, so do not go away feeling that someone is blaming you. Be positive and embrace any opportunity for improvement.

And Allah knows best.


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