In the corporate environment of today people are being taught Conflict resolution and Diversity. The business environment demands that people resolve conflicts in a productive and synergistic manner. Corporations are desperately working to make diversity a strength. Professional counselors are being trained to smooth relations.
How are Muslims in general approaching diversity? How do we resolve conflicts among relatives, friends, community members, businesses and nations?
There are rich Islamic traditions established to deal with such matters but overall we may find that we are failing in approaching the issue of conflict resolution and synergy.
If we are a community that shares certain foundational beliefs, what then is our role in the society we face today? The Quran and the example of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are rich with examples to promote peace and harmony for all of humanity.
3 (Family of Imran):103 --- Hold fast together to the cable of Allah and be not divided.
The cable of God is the way of life that He has provided for us. By holding fast to this cable it connects us directly to God and since other believers are holding on to this cable it also connects us to everyone holding this cable. This verse establishes the ground rules for any relationship and disapproves of disunity.
The Quran makes a resounding case for a global society of peace and justice.
49 (The Dwellings):13 O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).
In our personal lives a potent virus that creates enmity among people is Backbiting. At one time a person asked the Prophet what is backbiting? The Prophet said 'It is to mention something about a man that he would find displeasing.' The man asked 'What if, what ever is said about the man is true?' The Prophet replied 'If you utter something false, then it is slander.' It is easy to fall into the backbiting trap and requires self-discipline and restraint of lose talk.
Backbiting is strongly dissuaded in the Quran...
49 (The Dwellings): 12 O you who have believed, avoid suspicion as much (As Possible): for suspicion In some cases is a sin: And spy not on each other, nor should any of you backbite (speak ill) of each other...
Synergy (fellowship, association, sharing, agreement) requires forgiveness and sensitiveness to the feeling of others. It is natural to have disputes but it is not natural to develop extended or permanent animosity among our selves. Intelligence and wisdom demands that we find solutions to our problems and not just turn our backs and give up or draw the lines.
With the proper willingness and intentions we can solve our disputes and disagreements. We all need to be aware that people come from different stages of life with different backgrounds and different expectations. These differences go beyond the visible gender, nationality, ethnicity, and age. It includes the varied work experiences and life experiences of people with diverse backgrounds. To cultivate harmony in our personal and professional lives we need to develop a high level of tolerance and a compromising and flexible outlook towards an individual's opinion.
This requires an appreciation of the potential of diversity and involves changing our individual and collective behavior to become aware of, and draw upon, the perspectives and talents of people around us with diverse backgrounds. We need to value differences with-in the Islamic framework. When individuals of every background are valued and given the opportunity to contribute fully towards goals and objectives the result is increased effectiveness and an improved positive impact in everything we do.
59 (The Gathering):10. "Our Lord! Forgive us, and our brethren who came before us into the Faith, and put not in our hearts any hatred against those who have believed. Our Lord! Thou art indeed Full of Kindness, Most Merciful.
Jo Qalb Ko Garmaa Day, Jo Rooh Ko Tardpaa Day
sufees life is full of this attitude.
" 'O you who believe do not take the infidels as allies, do you wish to offer Allah a proof against yourselvs' 4/144
 The Hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire; no helper wilt thou find for them.
Let us not deal with symptoms.Let us cure the disease."
I also noted that the article celebrating diversity referred only to ethnic, nationality, gender and age diversity within the Ummah and did not refer ever to the desirability of extending the same degree of understanding, cooperation and tolerance to other religions. Whatever the attitudes may have been in Muslim societies in past centuries such Islamic societies as Spain or the Ottoman Empire in its Golden Age, the attitude of most Muslims on this subject in today's world seems pretty clear: to demand tolerance when they are in the minority and to utterly repress other religions when they are in the majority.
Many will will come on the Day of Judgement with prayers, and having fasted and performed so many good deeds, but when their good deeds are allocated to the people whom they slandered or spoke about behind their backs they will be the poorest because their good deeds will be insufficient. (This is an attempt at the meaning as I am writing this from memory - please check the words of the actual hadith.)
Your brother in Islam
colour...and in Asian tradition in a very literal sense. Islamic teachings are breathtakingly beautiful in their simplicity + basic honesty.Yet people do not carry these around with them in their daily lives.In the rat race we live by, people do not think they will succeed by having such an "understanding" mentality. We have become more overtaken by material greed and worldly gain to see the profit in behaving by such principles. The section on backbiting is so true. It's like a disease that permeates our society, creating envy,animosity + hatred amongst ourselves...+ people just don't see the devil within. We have to work + pray hard to be rid of these demons within ourselves and our society.
We have to educated ourselves first + each other, + allow the true muslim character to emerge.
your brother of islam
Until last year, all Muslims held their Eidul Adha prayer together. Now we speak of unity and we act differently. We are a lost Ummah until we come back to the Rope of Allah ST.
I wish those Muslims with sickness in their hearts will mind their business. They should follow the and unite with pilgrims. I personally heard some of them wishing some Muslim country to fall or suffer. Now they have different Eid.
Spain has been lost because some people (not all) decided to seperate themsevs from the big Muslim Ummah.
"O you who believe do not take the infidels as allies, do you wish to offer Allah a proof against yourselvs" 4/144
 The Hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire; no helper wilt thou find for them.
Let us not deal with symptoms.Let us cure the disease.
Allah is our only helper..
Thank you so much for your Holy teachings, IslamiCity Bulletin!
The topics in your mail very pertinent to South
Affrican (Cape Town) muslims, where the community has split over a dispute on whether to celebrate Eid-ul-adha with Mecca or just resort to tradition by sighting the new moon with the naked eye. I'm dissapointed that no consensus was reached to unite Cape Town Muslims over the eid issue. Your news today has reminded me to put my patience to the test & rather accommodate our differences to please Allah & our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace & blessings be upon him). (as long as our differences are within the fold of Islam)
SELAMUN ALEYKUM VE RAHMETULLAH VE BARAKATUHU ,
WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR EFFORTS TO GIVE US ISLAMIC AND HOW TO LIVE INFO.
IT GIVES US SOME MORE POWER FOR THE DAILY LIFES..
Done in the heart of the true spirit of Ruh Allah
Not in the hypocrisy of those many who profess Islam nor in the many who say they are muslims.
They kill,lie and cheat and are deviant in their
understanding in the way of Allah Ali Aziz Deus.
Soon The Thunder.
The world we are living in is full of complicated issues,it will not be improved or make any progress by the endeavor of some individuals, we need a synergic group to make us stronger.
The environment around me is not good.But I hope I can do something for we Muslims,maybe what I will do is not the best,but I will try my best.May Allah help me.
Do you find that even the most ugly person,there is always some beutiful thing within him or her.
Allah give us the equal opportunuty to fullfill our tasks during the lives.You succeed in some special aspects,the other people will complete in others.
The talents Allah give us are individually different,we should make the best use of them and
I think this can be called "synergic spirit".
Just like every drop of water is to the ocean,each of us is very important to our Muslim community.Let's offer our hands and cooperate with each other,I confirm we will have a bright future.
keep embrassing Islam.
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I look forward to such advices from u people.
Thank you very much.
Thank you very much for the nice advise
That shows how much we are in need for Imams who teach the prification of the heart, a subject not many people paying attention to it, and it is the core of our religion.
Do you know where we find an Imam for our community who is also specialized in the purifiaction of the hart? many people have Islamic degrees from different universities but we need that one.
May Allah bless your important efforts
Mohamad B. Arafat
I believe We are the Messiah, the Prophets, the Manifestations of God and People of Spirit a living Messiah in the Multitudes, not one of us but all of us.
Essentially We how a Powerful Holy Spirit that moves and motivates the World We live in.
We all shape the Spiritual Environments and Spiritual Economies We live in.
We create & leave our legacy behind us and none of us does not leave a legacy/inheritance.