What does moral leadership mean to you?

Moral Leadership is a very different kind of leadership. Rather than aspiring to being followed, Moral Leaders aim to serve. Instead of showcasing their own skills, Moral Leaders tend to develop the capacities of others.  Moral Leadership is not about rank – any person holding any position can be a Moral Leader, but such individuals are always characterized by a deep sense of ethics, are driven by core ideals (such as justice) and are motivated by the pursuit of a higher purpose.

Moral Leadership is also about particular capacities and skills. First of all, Moral Leaders know how to manage themselves, how to temper their egos and how to act with nobility and rectitude.  They are visionary and affect personal change. Moral Leaders also have a highly developed sense of emotional intelligence and master key social skills

Moral leader ship can easily understand by the leadership of Prophet Muhammad PBUH.

Prophet Muhammad’s unique communication and leadership style led to the spread of Islam, not only within Arabia but also outside to the north, south, east, west and southwest of Arabia.  As a leader during wartime or as a leader during peacetime, Prophet Muhammad proved to master skillful techniques with which he accomplished his goals in delivering the message of Islam. 

Prophet Muhammad' skills as manifested in his speeches demonstrated to the eyes of all humankind that he was indeed a great leader worthy of note. 

The messages of the Prophet as viewed and analyzed in this study have a multipurpose implications both for the Moslem world and the Western world. His skillful use of rhetoric demonstrated his commitment for meaningful competent communication for humankind in general. His speeches demonstrated that he sought to see all humankind from the lens of kindness, modesty, moderation, justice, liberty, gentility, generosity and love. 
             Regardless of religion and political affiliation, Prophet Muhammad use Islam as a channel to preach kindness. This study has shown through his manifold communicative talents that he tried to influence thoughts by advocating kindness in our dealings with one another. By indicating to his wife Aisha that she should love the poor, it was an indirect way to teach all humankind to share love and kindness regardless of a person’s economic background. This same implication in the speeches of the Prophet can be discerned in his notion of modesty. 
             The world today is far from modest. Political factions and all sorts of social and economic discrimination have segmented the human race. People now think more in terms of class. Modesty is exclusive to ‘members of the club’. If you do not belong you can neither be heard nor seen. Prophet Muhammad speeches on the need for modest behavior and his exemplary behavior seen throughout this study have a significant meaning to our lives. When he said that every religion must have some kind of meaningful character, he laid emphasis on the fact that Islam was a modest religion.   

            His speech about abstaining from extremism in the practice of Islam has a greater significance to our world of today. His intended his message about religious extremism to be upheld throughout the lifespan of humankind. He was so emphatic about this issue because he believed that by practicing extreme Islamic rituals or ideals, the person or persons doing so would be following something else than Islam and that kind of attitude could send a different signal to his enemies. And the only way to show to potential followers of Islam that by practicing extreme Islam, they were not true followers of Allah, he said: “Those people who went to extremes (in practicing their religion) were destroyed.” (This therefore, shows in no ambiguous terms that Prophet Muhammad condones extreme religious practices.

  The findings on the Prophet's values of moderation revealed that he placed a lot of weight on mannerism. Humankind has to match words with deeds. Believers were not to say one thing and do the other. When told by some of his followers that they will abstain from women and devote their entire energy to prayer, he responded by stating that he was married. This was like an indirect way to inform the speaker that there was no room for pretense. By choosing to abstain you open yourself to irresistible temptation. Getting married would therefore serve as the means to shun sin and other forms of temptation. This is certainly the landmark of difference between Muhammad and other spiritual and secular leaders of his time and today. To begin with, some other spiritual leaders remained unmarried and by deciding to do so created a pattern for their followers to follow suit. But experience has shown that most of these followers could not faithfully follow their religion without falling into the temptation of bodily pleasures. This could have been unwelcome by Muhammad. He foresaw this kind of contradiction and so taught by examples. It was like doing justice to natures calling. The Prophet was in essence advocating justice between sexes

Muhammad suggested Justice for all humankind. Without justice to the weak, the poor, and the women, there could not be peace in the entire world. “….Whether it be against rich or poor…follow not the lust of your hearts, lest you swerve from doing justice.” (Qur’an, 4:135 Muhammad said echoes in our world of today and no one seem to heed his advice. Hence, this study is like a mirror or an awakening to those in spiritual and moral slumber to reconsider their thoughts and do justice because Allah tolerates only justice in his kingdom. He intended this message for all and not only to Arabs. 

General human condition, the world over was the main preoccupation in the speeches of Prophet Muhammad. When he spoke lengthily about truthfulness, he was indirectly sending the strong message of truth as the pillar of strong faith in any religious person. The society that we live today is constantly turning its back on truth and replacing it with untruth or multiple truths to justify falsehoods. Humankind has sort of fashion a way to go around truth and honesty by resorting legitimizing falsehood intended to achieve political, social, economic, cultural and spiritual gains. The Prophet’s message about truth analyzed in this study serves as a waking call to our consciences about hell and Paradise. We may be having temporary pleasures on earth by resorting to false statements, teachings, lectures and counseling but we are in effect preparing ourselves for hell and not Paradise because Allah has no place for liars in his kingdom. We should therefore refrain from such wrong practices and be models of truth while still on earth. 

The Prophet’s message of Islam was intended for the Arabs during the seventh century and to all humankind at all times thereafter. He took advantage of the peace treaty between himself and the Quraish tribe, his main enemy, and sent ambassadors to the world leaders of his time. He informed them about the message of Islam. Most of these leaders responded positively. He used Islam as an example to convince and influence other leaders of his time.   The farewell speech of the Prophet Muhammad was directed to all humankind at all times and for all generations. He laid down the foundation of morality, justice, equality, brotherhood, and accountability. He abolished economic exploitation and human enslavement. In his speeches on liberty, he preached against the institution of slavery. When he witnessed the slave beating episode as reported in Bukhari, The Prophet demonstrated one of the rare instance of humane leadership by letting Abu Mas’ud Ansari, the accused in this instance that only Allah has ‘power and control over human beings’. This served as a powerful lesson to him awakening his conscience to the realization that indeed, he was doing something very wrong. The fact that he let go of the slave by referring to Muhammad that he let the slave go because of his intervention is to show the power of communicative skills of the Prophet He demanded that the congregating Muslims deliver his message to all humankind. Accordingly, they did deliver the message. For this reason, the message of Islam has spread through the centuries to every corner of the world. The global population of Muslims is now more than one billion. He has used Islam as the vehicle to transport others into his flock. The values espoused in his speeches have generated untold number of response exemplified by the geometric increase in the number of his followers. This is the prove of the fact that people all over the world are recognizing the power behind his messages and are slowly becoming aware of themselves. He demonstrated how political leadership can be fruitful. 
            In his political leadership communication, the Prophet’s demonstration of extreme self-control made his followers to love him and his enemies either to give up and join his religion or to fear him and stay away. There was no human being who had his life more scrutinized and documented than the Prophet Muhammad.  His behavior toward his companions was perfect and towards his foes was fair. In essence, he was kind of educating them about governance.

                                                                      Tayyaba Abbas

                                                                     Student  of MSC  mathematics 

                                                                      Bahauddin zakariya university, Pakistan 

 

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Comment by Tayyaba Abbas on October 24, 2013 at 12:49pm

your welcome!

Comment by Teddy on October 24, 2013 at 12:04pm

Nice thoughts Tayyaba Thnx for sharing :)

Comment by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe on October 22, 2013 at 1:16pm

Tayyaba it looks as if you did not understand the question posed to you by Kathryn. In anycase, I beleive that the teachings of the Prophet is sound and clear as could be found in his Hadith.The major problem I guess is the interpretations and the contextual applications of these teachings and these also go for other religions.Today,humankind sometimes deviate and at worst manipulates religious teachings for  parochial ends.This is the foundation of secterian conflicts all over the world, where there is no consensus on the interpretations of the teachings of these great religeous leaders..I want to reiterate that these teachings are sound and clear.Our responsibility today is to seek for divine knowledge and understanding and discharge this responsibility with utmost sense of integrity of heart and purpose and moreso with the fear of Almighty God. 

Comment by Tayyaba Abbas on October 22, 2013 at 2:36am

where there is affection ..on the other side You should know that The Prophet (PBUH) 's life is a complete guide for all the humanities in all aspects of life ...  as far as gender equality concern so let me inform you that i have mentioned justice and i think its completely define everything .....    

Comment by Kathryn Alexander on October 21, 2013 at 11:19pm

You seem to have a deep respect and affection for the Prophet. Why do you think others struggle so with the Western mannerisms (like working for gender equality and interest on loans) when he was very clear on both subjects?

Comment by Tayyaba Abbas on October 17, 2013 at 7:47am

Thanks for appreciating my contents :) 

Comment by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe on October 17, 2013 at 7:24am

Thanks Tayyaba for sharing your thoughts on moral leadership and there is no gainsaying that the life of the prophet(SWA) was an exemplar of moral leadership.

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