Being A Leader Is Your God Given Responsibility

Allah has given you certain talents. So it is your God given responsibility to use them to the best of your ability. If that means you have to step up and take charge, demonstrate leadership, apply for that promotion, pursue that dream, then so be it. That is not arrogance. That is being confident of the abilities He has entrusted you with. By virtue of the story of Prophet Yusuf and how he saved Egypt, Allah teaches us in the Quran two qualities of a leader:

1) Know what you are doing

2)Sincerity- guard and nurture the talent Allah has given you

Prophet Yusuf stepped to up to take leadership of the treasury in Egypt not because of his obsession to the title, but because He wanted to save lives. His focus was on the greater benefit of humanity. That is true leadership- leadership for the sake of helping people, not for its own sake.

If you are someone who naturally takes charge, someone who other people look up to, they take your suggestions before they order something at the restaurant or buy a car, house, make an investment, then hold on to it. Use it for service of others.

( Taken from Nouman Ali Khan’s lecture on leadership) 


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