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Utilizing our Strengths

Most of us work within some type of team, whether it’s your job, your school, or serving your community and dawah work.

The best model for teamwork, different skill sets and resources is the Sahaba (ra) under the leadership of the Prophet Muhammad (saws). You always see them in action. You see them moreso than other Prophets who did things alone without the help of other people.

If you work together on a larger scale, then you can’t be dragging each other back. Some people may only do things if they are assigned. When things are assigned to them, they will do the minimal- they are just dead weight. Other members may complete things efficiently, on time and in the best of manners. If you do the minimal, that is the condition of your heart and character.

If Allah (swt) has given you a strength or skill and you don’t utilize it in a team, then you are taking away one of the benefits and blessings we can have when working in a team. Many times, people utilize their strengths in a professional setting as there is a material reward or fear of demotion. In a professional, secular environment, you utilize your strength for the dunya and not necessarily always for the sake of Allah (swt).

Question is: Do YOU utilize your strengths for the sake of Allah (swt)?

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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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