Lessons in Leadership : Be Just

These past few months has been hectic. Come to think about it, I have not had a proper night sleep for at least 2 weeks.

Need to work on my sleeping pattern.

But amidst this period of random busyness, there’s one important lesson that I’ve learned on leadership and that is justice.

We should be ‘just’. Capability and competencies is also important but the ability to be just should be ranked higher.

The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) said: “There are seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade: a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position (for illegal intercourse), but be says: ‘I fear Allah’, a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.'”

(Abu Hurairah & collected in Saheeh al-Bukhari (English trans.) vol.1, p.356, no.629 & Saheeh Muslim (English trans.) vol.2, p.493, no.2248)


I never truly ponder this hadith over a significant period of time. Until today. I think the main reason why ‘a just ruler’ is the first one mentioned might be because it is the hardest to accomplished.

We might try our best to do justice, but then again we have our biases. And when we are unconscious of our own biases, it will be hard to be ‘just’.

Remember, we lie a lot, especially to ourselves.


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