Quran Arabic is something that Muslim CEOs don’t have the time to learn. CEOs are busy people they are always trying to do more things than their team can keep up with. So they do not have the time to learn a new language.
So they do not have the time to learn a new language. They’ll do that when they retire, a CEO’s life span is only about (Median) 5 years according to Pwc study. Maybe after that, you have the time. Trust me, you will never have the time until your death bed. Even then you would lose all your mental faculties or at the very best be preoccupied with regrets and repentance.
The problem is some Muslim CEO’s are infected with secular thinking, they think that Quran is something that you do in your spare time and will have no bearing whatsoever on their performance. It is well documented that CEOs that practise mindfulness perform better than those who don’t.
Quran The Only True Guidance
As Muslim CEO, you are first a Muslim and then a CEO, why not take the Quran just 15 minutes a day and try to understand it in its original language. The benefits are not documented by Harvard Business Review yet, but it is far superior to any performance-boosting techniques which are available out there.
Secondly, if you are not guided by the Quran in your leadership and strategy what is your compass. Most probably the latest book on the management in the market, it is alright to listen to management gurus even if they are not Muslims if they are proven in their field. But you must be guided by the Quran and the real message that it contains.
You can only do this if you understand the Quran in Arabic. As soon as the word Arabic comes, it seems like a momentous task. This is because you equate the study of the Quran with a foreign language. Studying Arabic for the purpose of understanding the Quran is not the same as studying a foreign language.
Learning Arabic for the purpose of understanding the Quran is way easier than studying a foreign language. Why? Mastering a foreign language requires you to do 4 things really well. Those skills are listening, speaking, and reading and writing. That is the outcome of every language course, they are structured in such a way to get you to master those 4 skills.
So it is understandable why it is daunting when you have very limited time, to squeeze in the kind of training needed to gain mastery of those 4 skills. Why start something when you know that it is not a priority in your career and you are almost convinced that you can’t finish.
Studying the language of the Quran
Here is the mind-blowing thing, your purpose of studying the language of the Quran has only one purpose to understand the message that was sent to you. Your study is limited to one book, the Quran.
You don’t need to learn how to write, because you don’t need to write Surah Yassin to understand the Quran. You don’t really need to speak Arabic unless you want to be the Imam at your local masjid. All you need is, reading skills and listening to understand. That’s it.
Your learning is entirely focused on the Quran and you will primarily be concerned with input which reading and listening. Even with just these two skills, you being a CEO do not have the time to go to the mosque and pray behind an imam and listen to what he says and try to understand the Ayah that he reads. Let’s face it, a CEO is so busy that some of them prayed their Zuhr five minutes before Asar.
So in trying to understand the Quran in Arabic, you initially concern yourself with not vocabulary, not how good you sound but your main focus initially is reading which you are already doing anyway. So you will be doing what you already have been doing but with a different frame of mind.
Forgive me if I sound like a Sufi but the benefits are experiential. I personally can say that as a student of the language of the Quran, it helped me make better decisions, my mind is sharper and I can see things that I don’t normally see.
If you start to learn Quran Arabic, you’ll experience a boost in your performance. These are things that you can measure. Then there are things that you can’t measure but you know and it defies logic like, the barakah in your time, solution appear at the right time and as if the universe is conspiring to solve your problems.
If you are a CEO I strongly urge you to embark on a study of the language of the Quran. In 2012, a study conducted by two researchers at the University of Haifa concluded that, unlike other languages such as English and Hebrew, readers in Arabic perform comparatively much more (cerebral activity), since the two halves of the brain process Arabic differently than they would for other languages.
The cerebral is responsible for many higher-order brain functions such as sensation, perception, memory, association, thought, and voluntary physical activity. Simply, put the cerebral is responsible for intelligence and consciousness.
Shahfizal Musa is the Founder and Managing Editor of Halalop. He graduated with a Law degree from Thames Valley University London. He is an award-winning journalist covering topics such as human trafficking, Muslim research discoveries, and exceptional Muslims.