Moving Them along the Continuum

Apr 30, 12 Moving Them along the Continuum

“Tomorrow I am going to give the banner to a man who loves Allah and His Messenger, and Allah and His Messengers loves that man. And Allah will give victory to that man,” announced Rasoolullah (peace and blessings be upon him).

The night was spent in anticipation; it wasn’t the victory or the leadership that was yearned, rather each soldier yearned for the love of Allah and His Messenger. As they all stood in the morning with high hopes, the sahabi who the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was to ask for was absent, suffering from a swollen eye due to an infection.

He was called upon and Rasoolullah cured his eyes, and he was given the standard to lead the Muslims into victory. “Take it easy and do not be hasty (victory is already promised by Allah). When you are in front of the fortress, do not break it until you call them to Islam; tell them what is the right of their lord upon them. If Allah guides one man through you, that is better then everything (armors and camels and cattle) that is inside that fortress.”

1. Job of a leader is not to take the project or task to its finality (we know the Messenger of Allah is not with us anymore). The job of a leader is to take the project to its heights.

2. Delegate: This was at the battle of Khaybar where Muslims had to fight several different fortresses, one after another. Rasoolullah was among them and he could of lead this expedition, but he chooses to delegate. He gives the sahabi not only the task but the specific advice that the sahabi needed to accompany the responsibility.

3. Success in leadership is dependent on developing people on a continuum, from closely monitored apprentice to a skilled and highly motivated leader. It is narrated in Seerah Ibn Hisham and Seerah Ibn Ishaq that when the enemy did not respond to the call of tawheed, this sahabi was able to take apart the entire door of the fortress with his bare hands and used it as a shield on one hand, while fighting with the sword in the other hand (a miracle from Allah, Most High). Highly skilled? Yes. Highly Motivated? Totally. Exceptional leader? Absolutely.

4. What is the name of this sahabi? Share your comments. :)

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