15 Diseases of Leadership

Here, the Prophet ﷺ defines leadership by its responsibility, not position. The focus is shifted away from the structure and towards the individual. By generalising the definition of leadership, He ﷺ is equating the characteristics found in each of them regardless of the level of authority given. If one cannot lead justly or effectively in their household, they will not be able to lead justly or effectively as a statesman. As such, it is essential for us to understand the notable qualities and the common pitfalls engendered within leadership so we are effective wherever Allah places us.

Sincerely Famous

Imam Shafi was one of the greatest scholars in human history. But what is most remarkable is the sincerity in which he pursued it all: “I wish that people could benefit from this knowledge without any of it being associated to me” (وددت أن الناس انتفعوا بهذا العلم وما نسب الي شيئ منه) [Ihya Uloom…

Excuses

We’ve all been there. We’re trying to motivate ourselves to get involved in the community (da’wah) but we’re confronted by endless barriers for why we shouldn’t. From self doubt to prioritisation issues, the list of reasons for why we stay away never seem to end. Many of these thoughts often run through my mind when trying to motivate…

Quran Club

A year ago, we began the Quran Club, a project among 20 friends to encourage one another to read Quran Daily. The idea was simple: we send half a page of Quran every day along with the audio via facebook, twitter, email & whatsapp. That person then reads it in their own time.

The idea quickly caught on and 20 people became 10,000 and counting spread across the world.

Surprise!

Alhamdulillah, one of the sweetest moments in my life (no pun intended 😊) Yesterday, as I was working away in my room, my nephew (4 yrs old) comes in and offers me a chocolate egg. His mum had given him a bag of 8 and he was going round giving them out to the 6…

Jumu’ah

Guest post by a friend who wishes to remain anonymous It’s a tired cliché that we miss the beauty around us every day. Just as we might watch our Mum hang out the washing a thousand times and never once see the love that underlies her movements, we often miss the beauty inspired by our…

Mawlid Musings 2014

By Rahat Siddique It’s my favourite time of year again! As per tradition, I will be posting a daily reflection related to the Prophet Muhamamad ﷺ to honour Rabi al-Awwal, the month of his blessed birth. The intention behind this is two-fold; firstly it allows me to learn more about the Beloved ﷺ with respect to…

Aspiration

“The aspirant needs four things: 1) A luxurious mount, 2) An expansive house, 3) A fine garment, and 4) A radiant lamp. The luxurious mount is patience; the expansive house, intelligence; the fine garment, modesty and piety; and the radiant lamp, knowledge that benefits. My counsel to you is to uphold oaths, allegiances and promises. Guard the…

Sacred Lands

My last few hours in these blessed lands before my month of travel comes to an end. Seems soooo long ago since I headed off to Morocco, and there have been so many adventures along the way. I remember telling my friend as we were setting off “I want to visit people, not places”. For…