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ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 26
05 Rabeeunil Awwal 1437 / 17 December 2015
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Leadership - To Lead is to Serve
“And it is on account of the mercy of Allâh that you deal with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have scattered away from you; so pardon them and ask (Allâh's) Forgiveness for them; and consult them in the affairs.” (Surah 3: Verse 159)
Prophet Muhammad Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam came not as ruler but as a leader. A leader shows the way and guides by the example he sets, whilst a ruler simply demands compliance. A leader has certain inherent qualities quite independent of any office he may hold. These include both qualities of personal character and the ability to inspire and motivate others towards the realization of specific goals or objectives. A leader enjoys the admiration and respect of his followers, a ruler imposes himself by coercive means. A leader derives his authority through the wilful obedience of his subjects whilst a ruler's authority is dependent on power and law.

A leader emerges among people while a ruler campaigns among people
Nabî Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam has said: “Do not ask for a position of authority, for if you are granted this position as a result of your asking, you will be left alone (to discharge the responsibilities associated with it) and if you are granted it without making any request for it, you will be helped (to discharge your responsibilities).” (Muslim)


A leader derives his appeal from humility while a ruler appeals for superiority
In his first speech as khalîfah of the Muslims, Abû Bakr Radhi-Allâhu 'anhu said: "I have been appointed as ruler over you although I am not the best among you. I have never sought this position nor has there ever been a desire in my heart to have this in preference to anyone else… If I do right, you must help and obey me; if I go astray, set me aright… Obey me so long as I obey Allâh and His Messenger. If I disobey them, then you have no obligation to follow me…”


A leader's hallmark is mercy while a ruler's hallmark is authority
And We have not sent you forth except as a mercy to the universe. (Surah 21: Verse 107)
Such was the compassion and mercy of the Prophet Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam that when: “I start the prayers, intending to lengthen them. I then hear a child crying so I make them shorter, knowing that a mother will be distressed by her child's cries.”  ‘Âishah Radhi-Allâhu 'anha says that the Prophet Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam kissed his grandsons on the forehead once while a villager was present. The villager said with surprise, “I have ten children. I have never kissed any of them!” Nabî Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam responded: “He who does not show mercy will not be shown mercy.”

A leader shows undying concern while a ruler demands unyielding compliance
There comes to you a Messenger from amongst yourselves: it grieves him that ye should suffer: he is so anxious over you: to the Believers is he most kind and merciful. (Surah 9: Verse 128)
“From his mercy is that he never felt it below him to walk along a widow or with a poor person to fulfil their needs. He visited the weak and sick Muslims and attended their funerals. He treated orphans well and charitably. He commanded people to care for them and treat them with excellence and would say: “I and a patron of an orphan are as close in Paradise as these two fingers (the index and middle finger).” He also said that the best house among the homes of Muslims is one with an orphan being treated well in it. ” (Bukhârî and Ibn Mâjah)
“If Allâh puts anyone in the position of authority over the Muslims' affairs and he secludes himself (from them), not fulfilling their needs, wants, and poverty, Allâh will keep Himself away from him, not fulfilling his need, want, and poverty. (Abû Dâwûd)

A leader is reliable while a ruler is reliant
“There are three signs of a hypocrite: When he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he betrays his trust.” (Bukhârî and Muslim)

A leader is free from greed while a ruler thrives on greed
“Three things are part of the good morals of a believer. When he is overcome by anger, his anger should not drive him to falsehood. When he is happy, his happiness should not take him beyond the bounds of what is right. When he has power, he should not stake a claim to something which is not his.” (Tirmidhî)
“Greed and faith can never co-exist in the human heart.” (Nasa'î)
May Allâh Ta’âlâ bless this Ummah with the leadership qualities of our Master and Leader Muhammad Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam.  Âmîn
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It was narrated that ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr said:
“It was said to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ): ‘Which of the people is best?’ He said: ‘Everyone who is pure of heart and sincere in speech.’ They said: ‘Sincere in speech, we know what this is, but what is pure of heart?’ He said: ‘It is (the heart) that is pious and pure, with no sin, injustice, rancor or envy in it.’”
Sunan Ibn Majah Hadith 4216


A meeting on 'Organized Maktab' was conducted for around 90 Maktab Representatives (MR) on the 12th of December at the ACJU Head Office by the ACJU Maktab Division.

A knowledge workshop for the Gampola District Ulama on 'Politics in Sri Lanka' was conducted by Ash Sheikh Inaamullah Maseehudeen (Naleemi) on the 13th of December at Kahatapitiya, which was organized by the ACJU Divisional Branch - Gampola.

A workshop on 'Janazah related Rulings' was conducted by Ash Sheikh Abdul Muksith (Fassy) on the 13th of December at Grand View Hall, Kannathota, which was organized by the Kegalle ACJU Divisional Branch.


A Medical Camp named 'Community Health and Medical Care for Families headed by Women' was conducted on the 14th December at Applewatte, Colombo, which was jointly organized by Muslim Aid and ACJU Social Services Division.

ACJU Youth Division organized a 3 Day Training Program on "Guiding the Youth towards Developing a Healthy Society" which was conducted by Ash Sheikh Luqmaan Hakim, on the 15th, 16th & 17th of December for selected Ulama at the ACJU Head Office.

The ACJU Fatwa Committee Meeting was held on 16th & 17th of December at the ACJU Head Office.

A Program on Manaaqibus Sahaabah was organized at Masjidul Hilur Jumu'ah Masjid in Trincomalee on the 13th of December by the ACJU Branch of Trincomalee. Ash Sheikh Omardeen, Secretary to the ACJU Propaganda Division & 2 Members of the ACJU Staff also participated at the Event.

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