the tapestry of islam

The tapestry of Islam

The tapestry of Islam

Abdulhusain-Mohamed-Tejani Abdulhussain Muhammed Tejani (Dubai, UAE) is a Change Architect in Leadership and HR and has been involved in many capacities in the community and through pro bono work with youths. Presently, he is the Chief People Officer in Leadership and HR at People Matter, and an accredited Trainer for the Human Capital Institute (US).

HR DIRECTOR/ VP HR
Human Resources Vice President focused on designing and delivering effective people management, talent development and workforce planning strategies to create a high-performance culture. Built a 24-year career encompassing HR and Learning and development directorships within global healthcare, banking, education, petroleum, market research and information companies covering the MENA region.

Effectively led pre and post-merger initiatives to integrate and harmonise HR personnel, systems and functions. Developed trust and credibility of the HR function, embedding processes and systems within wider business strategy and monitoring their operational impact. A key influencer and change agent who skilfully liaises with board-level executives, senior management and business unit heads in securing commitment to change management initiatives, as well as policy and procedure implementation. An engaging and inspirational leader adept at coaching, mediating and resolving employee relations issues. Experienced in modernising compensation and benefits structures, as well as establishing strategic partnerships to aid people development and the accomplishment of overarching business objectives.

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Organisation Design and Restructure People Management Talent Development HR Strategy Workforce Planning Recruitment & Selection Change Management Employee Relations Compensation & Benefits Industrial Relations Training & Development Mediation, Negotiation, Dispute Resolution Project Management Policies and Procedures Development Performance Management

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n the tapestry of Islam, the threads of care and compassion weave a narrative that transcends the boundaries of time and circumstance. Like a gentle breeze that caresses the soul, these ethical principles are not merely doctrinal directives but resonate in the very heartbeat of the believers, pulsating through the veins of a faith deeply rooted in love, mercy, and understanding.

The Quran, a luminous guide to the devout, unfolds like a love letter from the Divine, penned with verses that echo the harmonious melody of compassion. In the sacred text, the essence of care is delicately etched, calling believers to adorn their lives with the sublime garment of Taqwa – righteousness. It whispers in Surah Al-Baqarah (2:197), urging them to take provisions but reminding that the most profound provision is piety, a consciousness that extends beyond the self to embrace the collective heartbeat of humanity.

The Quran paints a canvas where compassion is not an abstract concept but a living, breathing entity, beautifully exemplified in the life of Prophet Muhammad. In Surah Al-Anbiya (21:107), the Almighty declares that the Prophet is a mercy to the worlds, a proclamation that reverberates through time, inviting believers to embody this mercy in their daily lives.

Rahma, the Arabic term for compassion, transcends the mere utterance of sympathy. It is a river that flows through the arid landscapes of human existence, quenching the thirst of parched souls. The Prophet’s teachings, preserved in the exquisite tapestry of hadiths, illuminate the path of Rahma with words that resonate in the heart like poetry.

“Whoever is not merciful to others, will not be treated mercifully,” the Prophet gently intones. This isn’t a legalistic decree but an intimate conversation with the soul, a reminder that the tapestry of mercy is woven with threads of reciprocity. The believer becomes a gardener, cultivating the flowers of compassion, knowing that the fragrance will envelop them in times of need.

In the garden of Islamic ethics, family stands as the fertile soil where the roots of care and compassion embed themselves deeply. Surah Al-Isra (17:23) murmurs the sacred command to treat parents with an unparalleled kindness, a decree that transcends the bounds of cultural shifts and societal norms.

The Quranic injunction breathes life into familial relationships, instructing believers not to even express a hint of annoyance to their aging parents. The command is not a mechanical duty; it’s a poetic epitome of love, an acknowledgment that the rhythm of care must be felt, not just performed.

Beyond the familial haven, the echoes of the Prophet’s words ripple through the community, where neighbours are not just neighbours but extensions of one’s own soul. “None of you has faith until you love for your neighbour what you love for yourself,” the Prophet declares. In these words, the vast expanse of Rahma unfurls, extending beyond the walls of kinship to embrace the entirety of the human tapestry.

The Quranic verses resound in the arena of social justice, guiding the faithful to lift the downtrodden, to be the hands that wipe away tears. Zakat, the heartbeat of economic equity, pulses through the veins of believers, a tangible manifestation of the compassion that beats in their hearts.

Surah Al-Baqarah (2:267-273) paints a portrait of charitable giving, emphasizing not just the act of providing but the spirit behind it. Muslims are called to go beyond charity as a transaction, to engage in acts of kindness and compassion that nurture the human spirit, recognizing the dignity of those in need.

Islam, as a religion, recognizes not only the interconnectedness of human souls but also the delicate movement between humanity and the environment. The Quran, in its poetic verses, bestows upon believers the mantle of stewardship, urging them to tread lightly upon the Earth.

Surah Al-A’raf (7:31) unveils a celestial command: “O children of Adam! Take your adornment at every masjid and eat and drink, but be not excessive.” In these verses, the Quranic poetry unfolds a gentle plea for moderation, a synchronized movement with the Earth that whispers in the breeze, resonating with the heartbeat of creation.

In the crucible of conflict, where the fires of adversity rage, the ethics of care in Islam dons the armour of justice. Surah Al-Ma’idah (5:8) becomes a lyrical ode to persistence in standing firm for justice, even when the storm of conflict threatens to extinguish the flames of compassion.

The Quran invites believers to be witnesses for justice, even if it means standing against their own selves or those dearest to them. In this battlefield of ethical choices, compassion is not a casualty but a warrior, resilient in its commitment to justice.

In the grand tapestry of Islam, the ethics of care and compassion are not mere doctrinal pronouncements; they are the poetry that lingers in the soul of believers. Each verse, each hadith, each ethical decree is a stroke of a divine brush, creating a masterpiece that transcends the limitations of time and space.

As believers navigate the labyrinth of life, they find solace in the poetic embrace of compassion, a melody that hums through the verses of the Quran and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad. In these echoes, they discover not just a code of ethics but a symphony of the heart, resonating with the pulsating rhythms of care, compassion, and love. The ethics of care in Islam are not a set of rules to be followed but a poetic invitation to be with the divine, to tread softly upon the Earth, and to cradle the hearts of those in need with the gentle hands of compassion.

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