15 Islamic Quotes About Leadership in Islam

Islamic Quotes About Leadership. Leadership is the quality to manage and control a group of people or an organization. Being an Islamic leader can sometimes be a little tough, there are many standards one must meet in order to be an ideal Islamic leader.

An Islamic leader is a person who will lead man kind from the edge of destruction towards the right path of Allah (SWT). “Everything rises and falls on leadership.”  quoted from Dr. John C. Maxwell’s bestselling book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. This explains wherever there is great leadership, success follows inevitably. Similarly if there is poor leadership, failure automatically follows. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was one of the most significant people to ever walk on the face of this earth, he is a great example of an absolute leader who possessed all the qualities one must have to manage the people or followers impeccably.

What Are The Islamic Leadership Principles

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↓15 – Sincerity

Islam teaches us to be sincere with all the fellow Muslims, it encourages us to be honest and fulfill the trust of those who have entrusted us. Here are inspirational Quotes From The Last Sermon Of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

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↓14 – Justice

We should be fair and equitable towards everyone. No rich should have any superiority over the poor.

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↓13 – Gentle Attitude

A person who is harsh towards others will not be a good example of an Islamic leader therefore, leaders should be gentle and polite in their speech and as Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has also stated that a proud and violent speaker will not enter Paradise.

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↓12 – Tawakull

If a person has doubt on his abilities, he must trust Allah (SWT) as only He helps in accomplishing the goals. Quotes on leadership in Islam (6)


↓11 – Islam Gives You Freedom

Leaders must not impose their decisions on their followers and should make them feel free. Followers should never feel that they are being ignored.

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↓10 – Humbleness

When it comes to facing difficulties, we must admit our weaknesses in order to gain strength from Allah (SAW). He empowers those who are humble and not the ones who are arrogant. Here are 40 Best Proud to be Muslim Quotes with Images.

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↓9 – No Wastage

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) taught us some rules, through the example of water he taught us to never waste anything even if we have a huge amount of it.

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↓8 – Try Your Best

Leaders should always encourage their followers to try their best in every aspect of their lives. Also, Allah (SWT) expects us to do our best.

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↓7 – Islamic Leadership Principle

Leaders should work towards the benefit of the whole society rather than thinking that he is setting a perfect example for everyone to follow. Because this will make him arrogant and surely Allah (SWT) does not like arrogance.

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↓6 – Truthful

Islam teaches us to always remain truthful as it will save us from calamities and make a way out from every problem in our lives. Here are 50 Islamic Quotes About Lying with Images.

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↓5 – Prophet Muhammad Leadership Quotes

As a leader, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to put out some of the rules before any war.

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↓4 – Leadership Hadith In Islam

The following hadith teaches us that every leader is responsible for his ‘flock’. This means that everyone is a leader and he is responsible for the people who he leads.

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↓3 – Leadership In Islam Hadith

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Imam Ali, the fourth khalifah, in discussing the qualities of a leader said:

“O People! You know that it is not fitting that one who is greedy and parsimonious should attain rule and authority over the honour, lives and incomes of the Muslims, and the laws and ordinances enforced among them, and also leadership of them. Furthermore, he should not be ignorant and unaware of the law, lest in his ignorance he misleads the people. He must not be unjust and harsh, causing people to cease all traffic and dealings with him because of his oppressiveness. Nor must he fear states, so that he seeks the friendship of some and treats others with enmity. He must refrain from accepting bribes when he sits in judgement, so that the rights of men are trampled underfoot and the claimant does not receive his due. He must not leave the Sunnah of the Prophet and the law in abeyance, so that the community falls into misguidance and peril.”

-Nahjul Balagha, p.50, quoted in Imam Khomeini: Islam and Revolution: Writings and Declarations of Imam Khomeini; edited and annotated by Hamid Algar, Mizan Press, Berkeley, CA, US. 1981. p.67.

↓1 – An Example Of Good Leadership

Once, many years ago there lived an Imam named Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq in Madina, he was a descendant of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

Once he got to know that there was a shortage of wheat in Madina and as soon as the citizens heard this news they had bought as much wheat as their money would allow. The people who bought a lot of wheat took care of it while the poor could not afford to stock wheat for themselves, they bought wheat on daily basis and in small quantities as the prices were going up every day. Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq called the in-charge of his house, named Muattab and asked him: “How much wheat do we have at present?”

Muattab replied: “Sir, we have enough to last us for several months.”

“Take it to the bazaar and offer all for sale to the people”, instructed the Imam.

“Oh! son of the Prophet! Wheat is very scarce in Madina. (If we sell our stock, perhaps it would be impossible to purchase later)” advised the care-taker.

”Do as I have said (Sell all our stock to the people).”, replied Imam.

Muattab, did as he was told and sold all the wheat. He reported the result to his master.

After that Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq bought wheat on daily basis just enough for the day. The Imam further told Muattab to use, from then on, half wheat and half barley for the bread of his household. Then he said:

“By the grace of Almighty I have the strength to provide my house with bread made from pure wheat. But I want Allah to see me living economically (just like other people around me).” Through this incident Imam Ja’far set a very high and righteous example of leadership for the people.


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