(For every nation there is a direction to which they face.
So hasten towards all that is good.) (Qur’an 2: 148)
(And it is He Who has made you generations coming
after generations, replacing each other on the earth. And he has raised you in
ranks, some above others…) (Qur’an 6: 165)
(Each [group of] people knew its own place for water) (Qur’an
Every person has his own set of talents, abilities,
skills, and preferences. One aspect of the Prophet’s character was his ability
to lead: he employed his Companions each in accordance with his talent and
expertise. ‘Ali was both just and wise, so the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be
upon him) appointed him to be a judge. The Prophet (bpuh) used Mu’aadh for his
knowledge; Ubaee for the Qur’an; Zayd for rulings in matters of inheritance;
Khaalid for jihad; Hassaan for poetry; and Qays ibn Thaabit for public speeches
(may Allah be pleased with them all).
To melt into the personality of another, for whatever
reason, is akin to suicide. And to imitate the natural traits of others is to
deliver a deathblow to one’s own self. Among Allah’s signs that one should marvel
at are the diverse characteristics of people --- such as their talents, the
different languages they speak, and their different colors.
Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him), for example,
through his gentleness and tenderness, greatly benefited Islam and this Nation.
‘Umar, on the other hand, helped lslam and its adherents to be victorious
through his stern demeanor and austerity. Therefore, be comfortable with your
inherent talents and abilities. Develop them, expand on them, and benefit from
(Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope) (Qur’an