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The End of Sufyani Army (the ‘Islamic’ NATO)

قراءة أخرى للحدث الترامبي السعودي قال الله تعالى في كتابه العزيز ( واذا أردنا أن نهلك قرية أمرنا مترفيها ففسقوا فيها)

 ترامب شخصية مترفة وحكام السعودية مترفون وكل المدعوين مترفون بحسب التشخيص القرآني… يريدون عزل الاتباع الحقيقيين لمحمد وآل محمد عن الإسلام برعاية ترامبية صهيونية وإرادة وهابية… ويتزامن هذا الحضور في شعبان ذكرى ولادة المنقذ الإنساني والرجوع الثاني للسيد المسيح ع… وجزء من الخطة الإستراتيجية لهذا الحلف حصر داعش في منطقة صحراوية تقع جنوب الأردن والجزيرة العربية..وتجييش الجيوش باتجاه النجف والكوفة وكربلاء وسائر مدن العراق الشيعية  وبيروت وجنوب لبنان وطهران وصنعاء والبحرين ودمشق والمنطقة الشرقية في الحجاز والقضاء لكل ما يمت لعلي والحسين بصلة..إنه كرنفال الفساد الثاني لبني إسرائيل في أوج متعته وقوته وشهوته الدموية ويبدو ان صاحب الفكرة والمخطط لها كيسنجر اليهودي ومن خلفه تحالف غني وقوي ودولي كبير.. فهل سيكون الأمر وما ستؤول له الأمور ابتداء الحتمية التاريخية والفرج القريب للأرض.. حيث الصحراء وخسفها وبدايات بروز سفيانية علنية  أقوى من سفيانية الماضي؟! فالجيوش التي ستتجمع في الصحراء تريد ان تكتسح مناطق الشيعة المنتظرين لامامهم مع السيد المسيح والتي يتوقع منها خروج الجيوش لمناصرته  والاحتفاء به ومساعدته في نشر العدل والخير في الأرض واتساع رقعة الفرج لتشمل كل الأرض برها وبحرها.. فإذا عجز المؤمنون عن إحداث تغيير نحو سبل الله وإصلاح الأمور فإن الطبيعة ستنتفض لإعادة الأمور إلى نصابها وبدء مرحلة ما بعد الطوفان والمؤتفكات وقوم تبع وفرعون وغيرها من الأمثلة التي ساهمت الطبيعة بريح صرصر عاتية وفوران التنور والاغراق وغيرها.. بل وعطلت حتى بعض العلل كالاحراق في طبيعة النار حين ألقي فيها الخليل ع وصارت بردا وسلاما.. إن للبيت رب يحميه أحكم عبارة قالها وصي عيسى ع عبد المطلب حين أمر أهل مكة للصعود إلى الجبل لعدم قدرتهم على مواجهة أهل الفيل وراح هو يسترجع نياقه من السالبين.. فكانت في الصبح الابابيل.. إنها حتمية تاريخية. انظروا إلى الحدث السريع وكيف ستتفاعل الأمور.. فنحن المجاهدون في كل أماكن الظهور وشريط ومسيرة العبور المقدسة إلى الكوفة ما زلنا على ما قرأناه من دعاء العهد وفي الثبات والمقاومة والتضحيات فنحن منتظرون ايجابيون ولسنا سلبيين.. وكل مقومات الأرض الطبيعية معنا.. والله ينصر من نصره.. ونقول للمجتمعين في الرياض أليس فيكم من رجل رشيد؟ ألم تؤمنوا بالحتمية التاريخية وتعتبروا بما جرى على فرعون وهامان وجنودهما الخاطئين؟! الأحداث تتسارع وبكل قوة والأمور تسير نحو مقتضيات الحتمية… مجرد رأي… مع عدم إخضاع الرواية للحدث ولكن ملامح الحدث تؤشر أكثر من غيرها للحتمية القرآنية والله مدبر الأمر من قبل ومن بعد …

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Love you #Mamma & #Papa | #FamilyDay #UN | @WorldWeWant2030 #SaveSouls #ShutDOWNarms

Dear NGOs, please make your utmost effort to shut down manufacturer producing arms and stop arms trading and top presidents making profits on behalf of our blood. 

World NGOs have marked all sorts of days except #SaveSouls #ShutDOWNarms

Mothers and fathers loosing their sons for the sake of homeland, dignity and higher purpose, do still need them when they get older. Their sighs for missing them and longing to see them in the morning or coming back in the evening, hearing their voice aloud filling all the corners of every room at home – this missing will burn their hearts and wish they had died years and years before they received that bad news- our lions buried. Criminals immunity. Top NGOs silent. Aids flow. Cash money granted. Oh, no. There is a big misunderstanding here. We need not your money. We need that you kill warmongers greedy and lust to  make more money. Our lands is not a chess. Not a monopoly. Not a plastic world lamp 🌍 by which you decorate your office and salon plotting where to conquer next. Our lands are ours. Stay overseas. Stay relaxed. The Creator has provided the little worm stuck on a stone in a vast ocean its food supply to stay alive, grateful and teacher for us to get satisfied. This universe has made especially for humans who well behave and get more excellent even from pure angels. This universe is made especially for us to behave as humans – animals and plants, water and winds, birds and lions have all been to serve our needs not greediness and bank credits, not our posts, statuses and signatures. We are hear to love our mums and dads, support brothers and sisters, form that beautiful tie and unity and be radiant of beauty in the wider net. We are hear to inspire and reflect- reflect Allah’s beauty, purity, mercy and and and.


I am sorry mums and dads; your eyes have been full of burning tears and all are deaf. 

I can hear your cries deep in your hearts; heal from remote and ask God exceed the arrival of the Mahdi and Jesus whether we deserve or not. 

Intervene and proper our wishes and have Your plan that covers all what we need; let us not lost, not missed; not injured, sick or buried in the jungle of criminals while we seek to touch the wings of your angels and swim in the river of your life in peace, in harmony in love. 

You have sent me here and told me that ab African is a brother to Arabian and Arabian to European and do on and on. 

Dear God,  intervene now Abd heal the hearts of mothers first; dads’ next and mine the days that follow so that I enjoy triple of what I thought. Dear God! Mum the first and I am the last. 



Fatima al Khansa 

فاطما

والعشق لفاطمة بنت محمد 

اولنا محمد واوسطنا محمد وكلنا محمد 

صلوا على محمد وال محمد 

#Yemen #Bahrain #Lebanon #Iraq and the whole world 🌍 

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Iraq is praying the Salat of #Victory

Let the whole world see.

Let the world who weaponised and funded Da’ish see.

Here are the 

#Followers of #Prophet_Muhammad 

#Shia of #Imam_Ali 

#Soldiers of #The_Lord_of_Reformers_Husain 

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 انا هنا وعد علي لميثم ولو على جذع شجرة  – تغطية مباشرة / قناة كربلاء الفضائية

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Greetings and Respect to Supreme Lady Fatima 

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Somewhere in the Streets of Karbala | في مكان ما في شوارع كربلاء 

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World’s Biggest Pilgrimage Now Underway, And Why You’ve Never Heard of it!

 24 November 2014 | Updated 24 January 2015

Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi Faith Leader, Lecturer, Author of “The Lost Testament”

It’s not the Muslim Hajj, or the Hindu Kumbh Mela.. Known as Arbaeen, it is the world’s most populous gathering and you’ve probably never heard of it! Not only does the congregation exceed the number of visitors to Mecca (by a factor of five, in fact), it is more significant than Kumbh Mela, since the latter is only held every third year. In short, Arbaeen dwarfs every other rally on the planet, reaching twenty million last year. That is a staggering %60 of Iraq’s entire population, and it is growing year after year.

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Above all, Arbaeen is unique because it takes place against the backdrop of chaotic and dangerous geopolitical scenes. Daesh (aka ‘Islamic State’) sees the Shia as their mortal enemy, so nothing infuriates the terror group more than the sight of Shia pilgrims gathering for their greatest show of faith.

There’s another peculiar feature of Arbaeen. While it is a distinctively Shia spiritual exercise, Sunnis, even Christians, Yazidis, Zoroastrians, and Sabians partake in both the pilgrimage as well as serving of devotees. This is remarkable given the exclusive nature of religious rituals, and it could only mean one thing: people regardless of color or creed see Hussein as a universal, borderless, and meta-religious symbol of freedom and compassion.

Why you have never heard of it probably has to do with the fact that the press is concerned more with negative, gory, and sensationalized tabloids, than with positive, inspiring narratives, particularly when it comes to Islam. If a few hundred anti-immigration protestors take to the streets in London and they will make headlines.. The same level of airtime is awarded to a pro-democracy march in Hong Kong or an anti-Putin rally in Russia.. But a gathering of twenty million in obstreperous defiance of terror and injustice somehow fails even to make it into the TV news ticker! An unofficial media embargo is imposed on the gargantuan event despite the story having all the critical elements of an eye-catching feature; the staggering numbers, the political significance, the revolutionary message, the tense backdrop, as well as originality.. But when such a story does make it through the editorial axe of major news outlets, it creates shockwaves and touches the most random people.

Among the countless individuals inspired by it, is a young Australian man I met several years ago who had converted to Islam. Evidently, no one takes such a life-altering decision lightly, so upon inquiry he told me it all started in 2003. One evening, as he was watching the news only to be drawn by scenes of millions streaming towards a holy city known as Karbala, chanting the name of a man he had never heard of: “Hussein”. For the first time in decades, in a globally televised event, the world had caught an glimpse into previously suppressed religious fervor in Iraq.

With the Sunni Ba’athist regime toppled, Western viewers were eager to see how Iraqis would respond to a new era free from dictatorship persecution. The ‘Republic of Fear’ had crumbled and the genie had irreversibly escaped from the bottle. “Where is Karbala, and why is everyone heading in its direction?” he recalls asking himself. “Who is this Hussein who motivates people to defy all the odds and come out to mourn his death fourteen centuries after the fact?”

What he witnessed in that 60-second report was especially moving because the imagery was unlike any he had ever seen. A fervent sense of connection turned human pilgrims into iron filings, swarming together other as they drew closer to what could only be described as Hussein’s irresistible magnetic field. “If you want to see a living, breathing, lively religion, come to Karbala” he said.

How could a man who was killed 1396 years ago be so alive and have such a palpable presence today that he makes millions take up his cause, and view his plight as their own? People are unlikely to be drawn into a dispute (much less one that transpired in ancient times) unless they have a personal interest in the matter. On the other hand, if you felt someone was engaged in a fight over your right to freedom, your prerogative to be treated justly, and your entitlement to a life of dignity, you would feel you had a vested interest and would empathize with him to the point where conversion to his beliefs is not a far-fetched possibility.

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The Ultimate Tragedy

Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is revered by Muslims as the “Prince of Martyrs”. He was killed in Karbala on a day which became known as Ashura, the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram, having refused to pledge allegiance to the corrupt and tyrannical caliph, Yazid.

He and his family and companions were surrounded in the desert by an army of 30,000, starved of food and water, then beheaded in the most macabre manner, a graphic tale recounted from pulpits every year since the day he was slain. Their bodies were mutilated. In the words of the English historian Edward Gibbon: “In a distant age and climate, the tragic scene of the death of Hussein will awaken the sympathy of the coldest reader.”

Shia Muslims have since mourned the death of Hussein, in particular on the days of Ashura, then, forty days later, on Arbaeen. Forty days is the usual length of mourning in many Muslim traditions. This year, Arba’een falls on Friday 12 December.

Long Trek

I travelled to Karbala, my own ancestral home, to find out for myself why the city is so intoxicating. What I witnessed proved to me that even the widest-angle camera lens is too narrow to capture the spirit of this tumultuous, yet peaceful gathering.

An avalanche of men, women and children, but most visibly black-veiled women, fill the eye from one end of the horizon to the other.The crowds were so huge that they caused a blockade for hundreds of miles.

The 425 mile distance between the southern port city of Basra and Karbala is a long journey by car, but it’s unimaginably arduous on foot. It takes pilgrims a full two weeks to complete the walk. People of all age groups trudge in the scorching sun during the day and in bone-chilling cold at night. They travel across rough terrain, down uneven roads, through terrorist strongholds, and dangerous marshlands. Without even the most basic amenities or travel gear, the pilgrims carry little besides their burning love for “The Master” Hussein. Flags and banners remind them, and the world, of the purpose of their journey:

O self, you are worthless after Hussein.
My life and death are one and the same,
So be it if they call me insane!

The message recalls an epic recited by Abbas, Hussein’s half-brother and trusted lieutenant, who was also killed in the Battle of Karbala in 680AD while trying to fetch water for his parched nieces and nephews. With security being in the detrimental state that makes Iraq the number one headline in the world, no one doubts that this statement is genuine in every sense.

Free lunch.. And dinner, and breakfast!

One part of the pilgrimage which will leave every visitor perplexed is the sight of thousands of tents with makeshift kitchens set up by local villagers who live around the pilgrims’ path. The tents (called ‘mawkeb’) are places where pilgrims get practically everything they need. From fresh meals to eat and a space to rest, to free international phone calls to assure concerned relatives, to baby diapers, to practically every other amenity, free of charge. In fact, pilgrims do not need to carry anything on the 400 mile journey except the clothes they wear.

More intriguing is how pilgrims are invited for food and drink. Mawkeb organizers intercept the pilgrims’ path to plead with them to accept their offerings, which often includes a full suite of services fit for kings: first you can a foot massage, then you are offered a delicious hot meal, then you are invited to rest while your clothes are washed, ironed, then returned to you after a nap. All complimentary, of course.

For some perspective, consider this: In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, and with worldwide sympathy and support, the UN World Food Programme announced delivery of half a million meals at the height of its relief efforts.. The United States military, launched Operation Unified Response, bringing together the massive resources of various federal agencies and announced that within five months of the humanitarian catastrophe, 4.9 million meals had been delivered to Haitians. Now compare that with over 50 million meals per day during Arbaeen, equating to about 700 million meals for the duration of the pilgrimage, all financed not by the United Nations or international charities, but by poor laborers and farmers who starve to feed the pilgrims and save up all year round so that visitors are satisfied. Everything, including security is provided mostly by volunteer fighters who have one eye on Daesh, and another on protecting the pilgrim’s path. “To know what Islam teaches,” says one Mawkeb organizer, “don’t look at the actions of a few hundred barbaric terrorists, but the selfless sacrifices exhibited by millions of Arbaeen pilgrims.”

In fact, Arbaeen should be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in several categories: biggest annual gathering, longest continuous dining table, largest number of people fed for free, largest group of volunteers serving a single event, all under the imminent threat of suicide bombings.

Unmatched Devotion

Just looking at the multitudes leaves you breathless. What adds to the spectacle is that, as the security conditions worsen, even more people are motivated to challenge the terrorist threats and march in defiance. Thus, the pilgrimage isn’t a mere religious exercise, but a bold statement of resistance. Videos have been posted online showing how a suicide bomber blows himself up in the midst of the pilgrims, only to have the crowds turn out in even greater numbers, chanting in unison:

If they sever our legs and hands,
We shall crawl to the Holy Lands!

The horrific bomb blasts which occur year-round, mostly targeting Shia pilgrims and taking countless lives, illustrate the dangers facing Shias living in Iraq, and the insecurity that continues to plague the country. Yet the imminent threat of death doesn’t seem to deter people – young and old, Iraqis and foreigners – from making the dangerous journey to the holy city.

It isn’t easy for an outsider to understand what inspires the pilgrims. You see women carrying children in their arms, old men in wheelchairs, people on crutches, and blind seniors holding walking sticks. I met a father who had travelled all the way from Basra with his disabled boy. The 12-year-old had cerebral palsy and could not walk unassisted. So for a part of the trek the father put the boy’s feet on top of his and held him by the armpits as they walked. It is the kind of story out of which Oscar-winning films are made, but it seems Hollywood is more concerned with comic heroes and with real life heroes whose superpower is their courage and commitment.

Golden Dome of Hussein

Visitors to the shrine of Hussein and his brother Abbas are not driven by emotion alone. They cry be reminded of the atrocious nature of his death, in doing so, they reaffirm their pledge to his ideals.

The first thing that pilgrims do upon reaching his shrine is recite the Ziyara, a sacred text which summarizes the status of Hussein. In it, they begin the address by calling Hussein the “inheritor” of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. There is something profound in making this proclamation. It shows that Hussein’s message of truth, justice, and love for the oppressed is viewed as an inseparable extension of all divinely-appointed prophets.

People go to Karbala not to marvel at the city’s landscape – lush with date palms, or to admire the mausoleum’s physical beauty, or to shop, be entertained, or to visit ancient historical sites. They go to cry. To mourn and experience the angelic aura of Hussein. They enter the sacred shrine weeping and lamenting the greatest act of sacrifice ever seen.

It is as though every person has established a personal relationship with the man they have never seen. They talk to him and call out his name; they grip the housing of his tomb; they kiss the floor leading into the shrine; they touch its walls and doors in the same manner one touches the face of a long-lost friend. It is a picturesque vista of epic proportions. What motivates these people is something that requires an understanding of the character and status of Imam Hussein and the spiritual relationship that those who have come to know him have developed with his living legend.

If the world understood Hussein, his message, and his sacrifice, they would begin to understand the ancient roots of Daesh and its credo of death and destruction. It was centuries ago in Karbala that humanity witnessed the genesis of senseless monstrosities, epitomized in the murderers of Hussein. It was pitch black darkness v. Absolute shining light, an exhibition of vice v. a festival of virtue, hence the potent specter of Hussein today. His presence is primordially woven into every facet of their lives. His legend encourages, inspires, and champions change for the better, and no amount of media blackout can extinguish its light.

“Who is this Hussein”? For hundreds of millions of his followers, a question this profound, which can cause people to relinquish their religion for another, can be answered only when you have marched to the shrine of Hussein on foot.

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14 important leadership lessons from Imam Ali’s letter to Malik al-Ashtar

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14 important leadership lessons from Imam Ali’s letter to Malik al-Ashtar

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When one reads this masterpiece, it would not even seem too far to suggest that this letter could solve the world’s problems in its turmoil today; it should resonate with any human with a conscience that is alive. It is no wonder then that Kofi Annan, secretary-general of the United Nations at the time, referenced it in a statement on the fiftieth anniversary of the declaration of Human Rights. The beauty of this letter is in the fact that it is universal, timeless and can be applied in any walk of life, whether you are in a position of leadership or not.

Here are 14 pieces of advice from the letter that we can all implement, especially if you are in a position of leadership.

1. Even if you are a leader, you are just a servant of God

“This is what Allah’s servant `Ali, Amir al-mu’minin (commander of the believers), has ordered Malik ibn al-Harith al-Ashtar in his instrument (of appointment) for him when he made him Governor of Egypt…”

Imam Ali opens with pure humility. Although the leader of a vast empire, Imam Ali reminds everyone that there is no power except God and that he is nothing but the servant of God. Imam Ali is often the master of bringing people back down to earth and he does so in a subtle way here by reminding himself of his position. This is God’s chosen leader on earth yet he is humbling himself before his Lord. Even later in the letter, Imam Ali reiterates this and says not to consider yourself too powerful, because there is a bigger Power above you. It doesn’t matter if you are a CEO of an international company, remember your Lord and this will humble you.

2. Know your audience

“Then, know, O Malik, that I have sent you to an area where there have been governments before you, both just as well as oppressive. People will now watch your dealings as you used to watch the dealings of the rulers before you…”

Imam Ali reminds Malik not to forget previous leaders. When you enter a new environment, it is imperative you are aware of what you are following. People may be sceptical towards you because you are going to be another let-down or, alternatively, you will not live up to the greatness of the previous person. Imam Ali is reminding us not to take the people’s scepticism to heart. Instead, it should motivate you to be better than what was before you.

3. We are all humans that make mistakes; be forgiving

“They are of two kinds, either your brother in religion or one like you in creation. They will commit slips and encounter mistakes. They may act wrongly, wilfully or by neglect. So, extend to them your forgiveness and pardon, in the same way as you would like Allah to extend His forgiveness and pardon to you…”

He then says arguably his most famous quote, but what he says right after should not be ignored. The first part of this quote should be imprinted outside every place of worship. Imam Ali takes off the lenses that separates people based on religion. If we aren’t linked through religion, we are linked through humanness. When one realises this, it is then we can treat each other with respect and mercy. Regardless of what worldview you belong to, you will make mistakes. Imam Ali says to be a forgiving person because we all want God to be forgiving towards us in light of our mistakes. We must mirror the attributes of God to our human capability.

4. Remove negative people from your circle

“The one among the people under you who is furthest from you and the worst of them in your view should be he who is the most inquisitive of the shortcomings of the people, because people do have shortcomings and the ruler is the most appropriate person to cover them.”

Imam Ali says that these people are no good for you. We all know people whose sole purpose on the earth seems to be to criticise people and expose their faults. These people should not be near you. As a leader you, you are the safety net of the people who work for you. Your job is to make sure they flourish in a positive environment and if they have any shortcomings, you keep them in house. Having people in your circle that exposes the faults to others weakens your team and creates an environment of mistrust.

5. Remove the hatred

“Unfasten every knot of hatred in the people and cut away from yourself the cause of every enmity.”

Imam orders Malik to cut ties with any form of hatred, both its root and manifestation. This ties into Imam Ali’s earlier idea of seeing everyone as a human. Once we do that, we can get rid of hatred that causes barriers between people. That is not enough though. Imam says to completely cut off from people and causes that are allowing hatred to occur. In the contemporary world, hatred exists due to several things; religion, race, culture, country etc. These things should not cause hate and if they are, quash them.

6. Equality and justice are not the same thing

“The virtuous and the vicious should not be in equal position before you because this means dissuasion of the virtuous from virtue and persuasion of the vicious to vice. Keep everyone in the position which is his.”

The Imam gives a very interesting piece of advice. When first reading this, one may be outraged and think Imam Ali is saying not to treat people equally. Well, let us think about this. Imam is telling us that if you treat those who do good and those who do bad the same way, it will leave you without a moral standard. The good will be discouraged from doing further good when they see that those who do bad are getting the same treatment. The bad will not be reprimanded and will continue to act immoral. Yes, all are equal in rights but the stance between moral and immoral must be clear in how you react to each type of person. This is justice.

7. If it isn’t broke, don’t try to fix it

“Do not discontinue the good practices which the earlier people of this community had acted upon, by virtue of which there was general unity and through which the subjects prospered.”

It is tempting to come in all guns blazing and impose what you want to. It is like when a football manager is appointed at a new club and completely changes the philosophy straight away. This usually ends badly. Imam Ali says not to do this. Why stop something that is working and is keeping the people happy and united?

8. Everyone is a small cog in a big machine

“Know that the people consist of classes who prosper only with the help of one another, and they are not independent of one another.”

When leading a group of people or an organisation, everyone has a role to play from those at the top to those doing the hands-on jobs. Imam Ali says all these roles are important and if one is devalued, the whole body is devalued. This is a clear indication of team-ethic that the Imam is promoting and ensuring everyone is working together.

9. Always give people the credit they deserve

“Appreciate the performance of every one of them, do not attribute the performance of one to the other, and do not minimize the reward below the level of the performance. The high position of a man should not lead you to regard his small deeds as big, nor should the low position of a man make you regard his big deeds as small.”

We have all experienced a situation where someone else gets the credit for the work you have done. Some people are able to get over this as they don’t work for praise or credit. However, Imam Ali says a leader should not be someone who is stingy in praising and rewarding the people that work for them. It is such a good feeling when your boss gives you credit for something you done or, conversely, ignores your hard work. Interestingly, he later states in the letter to make sure you pay people well for doing important jobs because they deserve it.

10. Never treat people favourably due to relationship with you

“Give them appointment after tests and do not appoint them according to partiality or favouritism, because these two things constitute sources of injustice and unfairness.”

One of the worst things in the society is people getting favourable treatment due to their relationship with powerful people. Islamic history is full of this as well as in contemporary society. Imam Ali, the voice of human justice, warns against nepotism and cronyism. Appoint people well qualified to do the job, not because they are your friend or relation. This is a true test of someone in a position of leadership since not giving favours to your close ones may turn their opinion of you into a negative one. Yet, Imam says you must uphold justice regardless. Remember Imam Ali’s reaction when his brother Aqeel asked him for extra moneyfrom the treasury? This is a consistent trait he holds.

11. Listen to constructive criticism

“Fix a time for complainants wherein you make yourself free for them, and sit for them in common audience and feel humble therein for the sake of Allah who created you. (On that occasion) you should keep away your army and your assistants such as the guards and the police so that anyone who like to speak may speak to you without fear…”

As humans, we all love to hear our praises be sung. However, the most successful leaders want to know how to improve. Imam Ali emphasises this but look at the beauty of how he also describes what environment to do this in. When people air their grievances to you, make them feel as comfortable as possible and remove any obstacles that will stop them from not expressing their true feelings. This will also humble you as a leader.

12. Show your face

“Do not keep yourself secluded from the people for a long time, because the seclusion of those in authority from the subjects is a kind of narrow-sightedness and causes ignorance about their affairs.”

Being an invisible leader creates an environment of mistrust. People will ask questions as to what is going on behind closed doors and question how things are being run. How demeaning is it when your boss doesn’t even know your name? Keep an open-door policy; mingling with the people you lead will ensure that you are aware of what is going on as well as them seeing you as a human being and one of them.

13. Communicate clearly

“Do not enter into an agreement which may admit of different interpretations and do not change the interpretation of vague words after the conclusion and confirmation (of the agreement).”

Whether you are sending an email or speaking verbally, be clear in what you say. Islam has a strong tradition of writing things down into contracts with witnesses and Imam Ali continues in this spirit. This is so there is no chance of confusion should an issue arise at a later time. Ensure you speak in a way in which everyone understands. Eloquence is one thing but confusing jargon to impress people is another.

14. Be organised

“Assign every matter its proper place and do every job at the appropriate time.”

Imam Ali instructs Malik to be organised. Give everything a time-slot and be diligent. Being organised is one of the best skills you can have; it will give you a work-life balance, less stress and ensure you get each job done properly. As a leader, if you are organised, the people you lead will mirror this and show more trust in you.

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