21 Lessons in Leadership from the Prophet | Part 7

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Law of Magnetism: Who You Are is Who You Attract

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The Law of Magnetism states that the people that you will attract into your organization, community or your life is determined by you are. Think about the five people that you spend the most time with in the world. If you balanced all of their characteristics, mannerisms, mindsets and lifestyles, you’ll be looking at yourself. That’s why the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“A person is on the same way of life as his close companion. Therefore, let every one of you carefully consider the company he keeps.” [Tirmidhi]

This law is actually saying the same thing as the hadith, but from the opposite perspective. You will ultimately attract the kind of people that are like you to you. This works both on a personal and organizational level. For those of you who watch sports, ask yourself: why are the great teams able to recruit even more great players to their team? Or even in business, how do Google, Apple, Harvard, Stanford and the likes continue to attract top notch talent? It’s because they are attracting who they are. Like attracts like. Or think about the really successful Muslim organizations here in the West: Al-Maghrib, Zaytuna, Bayyinah and Muslimmatters.

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Now look at the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and who he was able to attract to a cause that was not popular and went against many of the fundamental principles of the society that he lived in. The best and brightest came to Islam through the Prophet’s ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) example because that’s who he was.

Reflection Questions on the Law:

  • Are you attracting the right kind of people into your life?
  • If you are not, then what do you have to do, or better yet, who do you have to become, in order to attract the right kind of people to you and your organization?

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5 responses to “21 Lessons in Leadership from the Prophet | Part 7”

  1. Ayesha says:

    Salam, this is an interesting article and I was wondering what do you have to do in order to attract the right kind of people to you?

    • Adnan Jalali says:

      That’s a great question Ayesha! But let me re-phrase it for you, so that you can fully grasp the concept. The correct question is “Who do I have to be in order to attract the right people to me.” I say this because you attract who you are. So if you want to attract a certain type of person to you, you have to first have those same qualities and only then will you start attracting those people.

  2. Adnan Jalali says:

    I hope that helps. If you have more specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at: founder@jalaligroup.com

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  4. Farhana says:

    Alhamdulillah absolutely amazing. I needed this kind of training material, to help me train housewives, mothers, youths, teachers, and basically anyone who came my way…I needed to resolve and bring to the forefront of everyone’s minds, the beautiful strong and modern character of my beloved Master Rasulallah saw…I found this the learning tool for me to act on, in Shaa Allah and to spread on. Jazzakallah khairan…may Allah swt give you in abundance Ameen.

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