No goal can be achieved by anyone alone, no matter how
talented or powerful of wealthy that person may be. The
biggest challenge for any leader; indeed the single factor
which can mean success or failure of his mission; is his
ability to inspire others to follow him and commit time,
energy, wealth and talent for the achievement of his goal.
The key to achieving this attention and commitment of
people does not lie in paying money or granting favors or
making inspiring speeches but in showing how much you
really love and care for your followers. By showing I don’t
mean any pretension because acting cannot be sustained.
Showing means to express the love and concern for
followers that you truly and genuinely feel so that they also
As they say, ‘They don’t care what you say, until they
know that you care.’
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
concern was not only for his followers but
even for those who denied him and tried to harm him only
because he wanted to invite them to the truth and save
them from the Hellfire. This sounds like a strange thing
because in all worldly matters people love those who are
willing to give them things for free. But when someone
invites a person toward eternal success some people find
that offensive and fight that person and oppose him and
even try to harm him.
This happened to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
many times and in many ways. Most of all was his own frustration and grief at the
fact that despite his best efforts his own people refused to listen to him.
His concern for them was such that Allah revealed:
“Would you, torment yourself to death [with grief] because they refuse to believe?”
Ash-Shua’ara 26:3 #Quran
It was this concern that came through and to which they
responded and not only believed in him but then
supported him and were willing to do anything to protect
him and propagate his message even if it meant losing their
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would follow the
command of Allah scrupulously, to consult with his
Sahaba before he took any decision. This may seem strange
because for one thing he knew more and better than they
did as he was the recipient of Wahi (revelation) as well as
being the wisest and most experienced of them. Yet we
realize the wisdom of this when we reflect on the effect that
this consultation had on the Sahaba themselves.
1. It made them feel included, valued and responsible for
the effort and outcomes.
2. It ensured their commitment to the cause because they
had been consulted.
3. Sometimes they had critical information about local
matters which came to light when they were consulted
and enabled a better decision.
4. It was training in decision making for them for the
future for the time when Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
would no longer be among them.
5. It served to create cohesion among them and enabled
them to think across their tribal and local boundaries
for the benefit of all concerned and the success of the
mission of propagating Islam.