How do we behave?

Take a minute and think about this scenario….

Say you are a salesperson working at the cashier. Imagine working as the sales attendant and you know you have certain protocols in your manual of how you’re supported to sell the products, take home messages, customer service tips, and images of the brand you’re supposed to create for customers.

Now say you know that a secret shopper hired by the store is coming in-would you modify your behaviour?

Think about another scenario…

Say you’re going in for a job interview and you find out that part of their assessment criteria for potential candidates is by observing them when they’re not in the official interview. They test you by observing the way you drink the water in the waiting room. This contributes to your interview score.

Would you be conscious of how you drink that water? You would likely approach something as innocuous as drinking water in a different way.

We behave differently when we know we are being observed or tested in some capacity. We know that this life is a test and everything that we do is a test and that we are being observed by Allah (swt).

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “A man may speak a word that angers Allah and not see anything wrong with it, but it will cause him to sink down in Hell the depth of seventy autumns.”

So what is the meaning of Taqwa?

Umar (ra) asked Kaab (ra), the meaning of Taqwa as he was renowned for his deep understanding of the Qur’an. Kaab (ra) then inquired from Umar (ra), whether he had walked through a thorny bush path with his cloak. Umar (ra) replied that he had done so on numerous occasions. Kaab (ra) asked Umar (ra) to describe his movements through this thorny path. Umar (ra) replied that he moved very cautiously, so as not to tear his clothing. Kaab (ra) said that was the description and the meaning of Taqwa.

Author

Dr. Syed ibn Iqbal

Born and raised between the heart of the Canadian Prairies and the Rocky Mountains, Dr. Syed ibn Iqbal’s primary passion in life has been to uplift and enhance himself and the people around him through the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Holding a Doctor of Medical Dentistry along with a BSc. in Biological Sciences and Chemistry, Dr. Syed seeks to bring excellence and care to not only his profession, but also to Islamic outreach initiatives and Positive Activism. His extensive experience and expertise have allowed him to contribute towards community development and enhancement. Having almost 20 years experience with Islamic education and outreach at both the community and institutional level, Dr. Syed continues to build upon this and explore new and engaging ways of sharing the message of Islam.

Dr. Syed is an instructor and frequent guest lecturer for a number of schools, mosques churches, university, and other not for profit organizations. Dr. Syed primarily specializes in leadership training, youth development, life coaching, mentorship, community development and youth empowerment. He has developed several courses and lecture series that cover various topics. These include a three-day workshop focused on Effective and Informative Engagement of Muslims Living as Minorities, The Path to Success: A Leadership and Development course, Road to Redemption: A course on self-improvement through the Islamic concept of Repentance, Heroes: Creating a positive identity through Islamic History and many more. His speaking engagements include lectures and sermons delivered in Islamic Centres and Mosques throughout North America.

In addition to presentations delivered in Islamic institutions, he has accepted invitations to engage in meaningful discussions, information and educate our fellow Canadians about Islam in Universities, colleges, high schools, hospitals and other institutions. Dr.Syed has authored several Islamic publications for University campuses across Western Canada and continues to develop new material to bring accurate information about Islam and Muslims to the broader community. He has written on the topics of Islamic monotheism, the Muslim belief system and purpose, an introduction to islam, women rights and gender equality in Islam, Islamophobia, Islamic history and other interfaith topics and issues to mention a few.

Dr. Syed has served as Muslim Chaplain at the University of Saskatchewan and has held this position for the past 11 years. Prior to being Muslim Chaplain, he had also been actively involved in the Muslim Students Association for several years in both the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Alberta. He volunteered for these MSAs in a variety of capacities including the role of MSA President.

Dr. Syed considers himself a perpetual student of knowledge and has a long and dynamic history in studying Islam. He has taken courses and completed summer programs from Islamic University of Al-Azhar (Bekaa, Lebanon), Al- Madinah International University and Knowledge International University. Furthermore, he has studied key subjects under highly qualified and respected Scholars. Examples include: Fiqh (Jurisprudence) of Muslim Minorities with Sh.Abdullah bin Bayyah (Mauritania), Usul al Fiqh (Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence) with Sh.Muhammad Iqbal Al Nadvi (India), Aqeedah (Islamic Creed) with Sh. Ali Bin Abdur Rahman al Huthaify (Imam Masjid An Nabawi Saudi Arabia) and many other great scholars worldwide. He has been given Ijaza (Islamic authority) on various collections of Hadith (Traditions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)). Examples include Arba’een Anawawi and various hadith from the Saheeh Sitta. He continues to expand his horizons and seek knowledge in all forms and across several domains.

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