Here, we have made an effort to compile the sayings of the Prophets and verses from the Holy Quran which could be related to our conduct in the workplace – be it remote or physical. May Allah help us imbibe these traits in us. Ameen.
1. Keep Smiling!
Ever wondered that smiling is also a means of reward. We find a hadith (Prophet’s saying) as follows:
Jarir b. Abdullah (r.a) said: Ever since I embraced Islam, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ), would never avoid me and I would not see him except with a smile on his face.” (Sahih Muslim 2475)
2. Be Truthful!
They say Truth is bitter, but we understand that the status of a truthful person is profound in the eyes of Allah. Refer below for some insights:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: You must be truthful, for truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man will keep speaking the truth and striving to speak the truth until he will be recorded with Allah as a siddeeq (speaker of the truth). Beware of telling lies, for lying leads to immorality and immorality leads to Hellfire. A man will keep telling lies and striving to tell lies until he is recorded with Allah as a liar. (Reported by Muslim, 4721)
Allah says in the Quran: “O you who believe! Be afraid of Allah, and be with those who are true (in word and deeds)”. [Holy Quran, 9:119]
“O you who believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice. He will then amend for you your deeds and forgive your sins,……..” [Holy Quran, 33:70-71]
Besides, Lying is one of the majorly despised sins as we understand from below:
At-Tirmidhi (1973) narrated that ‘Aa’ishah said (r.a): No characteristic was more hateful to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) than lying.
3. Lower Your Gaze!
Keep your dignity and modesty in your interactions with men and women. Let us be reminded of the commands from our Creator:
Allah says: “Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do.” (Noor 24:30)
“And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands…….” (Holy Quran 24:31)
4. Running Early!
‘I’m running late’, isn’t this often used! Islam teaches us to recognize the value of time, be conscious of it and to organize it wisely, which is seldom acted upon. Moreover, meetings and appointments are also promises and Punctuality helps us fulfil it respectfully.
Allah says, “And those who are to their trusts and promises attentive” (Holy Quran 70:32)
……And fulfill [every] commitment. Indeed, the commitment is ever [that about which one will be] questioned. (Holy Quran 17:34)
So, why not avoid road rages and unnecessary stress by starting 5 mins earlier. Reaching early gives a head start at work and facilitate productive meetings as well.
5. Abstain From Offending Your Colleagues!
Let us endeavour to not be a cause of inconvenience to our company or colleagues. Please be reminded of the hadith below:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “A Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hands, the Muslims are safe; …..” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “Do you know what bankrupt means?” They said: Among us, the one who is bankrupt among us is the one who has no money or wealth. He said: “The one who is bankrupt among my ummah is the one who will come on the Day of Resurrection with prayer, fasting and zakaah, but he will come having insulted this one, slandered that one, consumed the wealth of this one, shed the blood of that one and beaten this one. They will each be given from his good deeds, and if his good deeds run out before the scores have been settled, some of their bad deeds will be taken and cast upon him, then he will be thrown into Hell.” (Muslim 2581)
6. Be Respectful / Compassionate
An appeal to our bosses to be compassionate to your sub-ordinates and similarly to the employees to be respectful. Be welcoming to the new joiners in the team. Hold on to your frustrations and be motivated to earn the love of Allah as understood from the below sayings…
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “…..Verily Allah loves kindness in all things.” (Sahih Bukhari, 6024)
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “Whoever is deprived of kindness is deprived of goodness.” (Sahih Muslim 2592)
Anas bin Malik narrated that: “An older man came to talk to the Prophet, and the people were hesitant to make room for him. The Prophet said: He is not one of us who does not have mercy on our young and does not respect our elders.” (At-Tirmidhi 1919)
7. Respect Your Contract!
Have you ever read your offer letter in entirety!? It’s important for us to understand our terms and conditions with the employer and then accept the offer. Once we sign the contract, we are obliged to fulfill and give our best output. Take care not to use office time to personal matters and use our office assets with the utmost care. It is like an Amanat entrusted with us.
Allah says, “And those who are to their trusts and promises attentive” (Holy Quran 70:32)
“…And fulfill [every] commitment. Indeed, the commitment is ever [that about which one will be] questioned” (Holy Quran 17:34)
Let us also understand that betrayal of trusts is one of the signs of hypocrisy.
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ): “There are four characteristics, whoever has them all is a pure hypocrite, and whoever has one of them has one of the characteristics of hypocrisy, until he gives it up: when he makes a covenant he betrays it, when he speaks he lies, when he makes a promise he breaks it, and when he disputes he resorts to obscene speech.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari (34) and Muslim (58).
8. Office Attire!
Are you aware that Allah loves beauty? and likes us to be well dressed! Let us understand the same from the below hadith: But, we should take care of our intention we are doing it for the sake of Allah and not to show-off.
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “No one will enter Paradise who has an atom’s weight of pride in his heart.” A man said, “What if a man likes his clothes to look good and his shoes to look good?” He said, “Allah is beautiful and loves beauty. Pride means denying the truth and looking down on people.” (Saheeh Muslim 131)
It was reported that Abu’l-Ahwas al-Jashami said: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saw me wearing old, tattered clothes, and asked me, “Do you have any wealth?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “What kind of wealth?” I said, “All that Allah has given me of camels and sheep.” He said, “Then show the generous blessings that He has given you.” (Narrated by Ahmad, no. 15323; al-Tirmidhi, 1929; al-Nisaa’i, 5128)
Our cleanliness should extend to maintaining our desks, office laptop/assets and washrooms! It carries a lot of weight as understood from the below hadith:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “Cleanliness is half of faith.” (Sahih Muslim 223)
Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) happened to pass by two graves and said: They (their occupants) are being punished, but they are not punished for a grievous sin. One of them used to walk about spreading nameemah (malicious gossip) and the other did not keep himself safe from being defiled by urine…. (Sahih Muslim 292)
10. Best Character!
Be reminded that your character extends to the way that you treat the people guarding and maintaining our office space – security guards and janitors!
Abdullah bin Amr narrated that the Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: ‘The best among you are the best in character (having good manners).“‘ (Sahih al-Bukhari 6035)
11. Start Right & End Gracefully!
A habit of remembering Allah in your work helps. Start your day with Bismillah and experience the difference! And likewise when your work is completed, praise Allah by saying Alhamdulillah!
Allah says: “So remember Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to Me, and do not deny Me” (Holy Quran 2:152).
“Be grateful to Allah.” And whoever is grateful is grateful for [the benefit of] himself.” (Holy Quran 31:12).
“If you are grateful, He is pleased with you…” (Holy Quran 39:7).
It was narrated that, Thawban said: ……‘ O Messenger of Allah what kind of wealth should we acquire?’ He said: ‘Let one of you acquire a thankful heart, a tongue that remembers Allah and a believing wife who will help him with regard to the Hereafter.’” (Sunan Ibn Majah, 1856)
12. A Balanced & Healthy Diet!
So, what awaits regarding food! We are advised not to eat excessive food and unhealthy stuff. This helps maintain our productivity as well. Also, wash your hands before you eat and of course start in the name of Allah (Bismillah) and don’t forget to thank him after having your delight! (Alhamdulillah)
Allah says: “O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess”. [Holy Quran 7:31]
Allah says: “O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship.” [Holy Quran 2:172
“The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is enough for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls to keep him going, but if he must (fill his stomach), then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for air.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2380)
13. Control Your Tongue!
Yes, that is a herculean task! Be mindful of the words being uttered as they are being recorded! Speak professionally with colleagues and especially to the opposite gender. Avoid gossip, backbiting and abusive words.
Allah says: ‘Not a word does he (or she) utter but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it).’ [Holy Quran: 50:18]
Allah says: ‘Woe to every (kind of) scandal-monger and-backbiter’ (Holy Quran: 104:1)
Allah says: ‘…..And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it…’ (Holy Quran: 49:12)
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him speak good or else keep silent.” (Muslim 1511)
14. Encourage And Be Positive!
Did you know that a good word is a charity! Yes, please find a hadith below. Let us appreciate and encourage our colleagues to do well rather than demotivating them harshly on their present mistakes.
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “On every joint of man, there is a charity, on every day when the sun rises: doing justice between two men is a charity, and assisting a man to ride an animal or to load his luggage on it is a charity, and a good word is a charity, every step which one takes towards (the mosque for) Salat is a charity, and removing harmful things from the way is charity”. (Al Bukhari and Muslim 248)
Do not lose hope in adversities and spread positivity in your work environment. The Prophet has encouraged us to remain hopeful and positive even when the end of time approaches us, with the following hadith.
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, ” If the Final Hour (Resurrection Day) were established upon one of you while he has in his hand a sapling, then let him plant it.” (Sahih Albani 479)
15. Keep Up Your Daily Prayers Timely.
Amidst our busy schedule, please don’t forget your prayers as they form the crux of our belief and our constant interaction with our Almighty Sustainer. We should realise that prayer precedes everything, the blessings in our work and life is achieved by keeping ourselves dutiful to Allah. Let us refresh some of the virtues of daily prayers and it’s significance.
Allah says: “Successful indeed are the believers. Those who offer their Salaat (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness” [Holy Quran 23:1-2]
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “The first matter that the slave will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgment is the prayer. If it is sound, then the rest of his deeds will be sound. And if it is bad, then the rest of his deeds will be bad.” [Recorded by al-Tabarani. According to al-Albani, it is sahih. Al-Albani, Sahih al-Jami, vol.1, p. 503].
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “If a person had a stream outside his door and he bathed in it five times a day, do you think he would have any filth left on him?” The people said, “No filth would remain on him whatsoever.” The Prophet then said, “That is like the five daily prayers: Allah wipes away the sins by them.” (Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim.)]
16. Choose The Easy & Be The Best!
So, it’s not only about doing your work but being your creative best and making work easy for yourself and others! Prophet has taught us as follows:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ), said: “Verily, Allah has enjoined excellence (ihsan) with regard to everything…….” (40 Hadith Nawawi 17)
Narrated `Aisha: “Whenever Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) was given the choice of one of two matters, he would choose the easier of the two, as long as it was not sinful to do so, but if it was sinful to do so, he would not approach it….” (Sahih Bukhari 3560)