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How can Quran Arabic Help Muslim CEOs make Great Decision?

As a Muslim CEO or any Muslim in a leadership position, knowledge of Quran Arabic has immeasurable benefit. But let’s save the best (benefit) for last. The process of understanding the Quran as it should be understood which is in Arabic will automatically inculcate the habits of good leadership.  

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Simply you’ll be trained to ask the right questions (the sources for this is in our previous article: (Why Muslim CEO should learn Quran Arabic). Great leaders understand the power in asking questions rather than providing answers.

It is a powerful way of getting someone to come around to your way of thinking. Studying Quran Arabic will drill this skill into a habit.

Quran Arabic Habit or Knowledge?

Knowing something and implementing it are two different things. You may know about something but forgot to implement it. But if that knowledge transforms into a habit, then everything becomes effortless.

You’ll develop these skills of asking the right questions, super-fast if you know about اَلْمَفْعُلْ which is the details aspect in verbal sentences. Here is what you should do:

  • Read at least 2 pages a day
  • Pause after every Ayah.
  • Determine whether the Ayah is Jumlatul Ismiyah or Jumlatul Fi’liyah.
  • If it is a Jumlatul Fi’liyah (verbal sentence) then
  • Start identifying اَلْمَفْعُلْ (details)in the sentence.

Al Maf’ul or اَلْمَفْعُلْ is the third component of  Jumlatul Fi’liyah which comprises of 3 components, the act the doer and the details. What you really want to focus on is the details. I know CEO’s supposed to concentrate on the bigger picture but it is the detail that always troublesome. Failing to take care of the details usually leads them to early retirement involuntary. 

The Arabic scholars have separate اَلْمَفْعُلْ (details) of Jumlatul Fi’liyah into four sections, This is best demonstrated with a sentence that may insult your ego due to its rudimentary nature. Alright here is the sentence, with all the details for demonstration purposes:

I ate an ice cream  today outside quickly out of hunger” 

The word I is the doer, and the word ate is the act. So the rest of the words in the sentence are details or Maf’ul. And the four types of Maf’ul are

The What Question ( اَلْمَفْعُلْ بِهِ )

Maf’ul bihi answers the question “what” in the sentence. This is not to be confused with Fail which answers what is the action or verb. So when you answer the ‘detail’ question of who and what it is called Maf’ul bihi. In the sentence above we know that the word  I and ate is already taken out of the equation. So the Maf’ul bihi is what was eaten? 

“I ate an ice cream today outside quickly out of hunger” 

In the above sentence the Maf’ul bihi is in bold and italic

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The Why Question  (اَلْمَفْعُلْ لَهُ)  

When you answer the question ‘Why’ the act was done, the answers to that are known as Maf’ul lahu.

“I ate an ice cream  today outside quickly out of hunger” 

The Where /When Question (اَلْمَفْعُلْ فِيْه)

Maful fihi answers the question of where and when. I had my fair share of meetings and sad to say some of them just fail on identifying this crucial part of the questions. What is the deadline for a project? The timeline and so on. So they would have another meeting to answer some important questions which could have been answered in the first meeting.

“I ate an ice cream  today outside quickly out of hunger” 

The How Question (اَلْمَفْعُلْ حأل)

Finally, Maful hal answers the how questions, which is a very important question that organisations need to answer on a regular basis. How to improve staff morale, How to get funding for a project and so on? 

“I ate an ice cream today outside quickly out of hunger” 

All these questions are questions that leaders are confronted with on a daily basis and they do think about it. So why do you need to study Quran Arabic, to answer the questions that you are dealing with on a daily basis?

The answer to that question is simple. Your mindset in answering a given question is everything. Most of the time, the who, what, when, where, why and how questions are answered as a problem to be solved and usually with a get it over and done with attitude. 

When you answer these questions in Quran Arabic, it is a contemplation mindset. You are training your brain to solve a problem with contemplation and not urgency. That’s when you invite divine guidance. If you prefer it is what Harvard neuroscience researchers describe as “self-transcendent” experiences or commonly known as mindfulness. Big corporations like LinkedIn implement it as their daily practice. 

So whether you are CEO, leader or celebrity wannabe, pick up the Quran and try to understand its original language. It has stood the test of time, brought greatness to many as outlined in our earlier article 5 Top Little Known Reasons Why it is important to learn Arabic.

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