Duty of Care

659112_medicines.jpgAssalamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

What does it mean to owe a duty of care?

Well, in essence it means a responsibility owed by someone to someone else.

So you could have a doctor, for example, who has a professional duty of care to his or her patients and also (in this country) to the General Medical Council.

Or you could have a lawyer(wehey!!) who has a professional duty of care to his clients and to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

What all this means is that not only do both the doctor and the lawyer have to act in the best interests of their client, but also in the best interests of their professional bodies which regulate and control them.

So I thought to myself, what about me as an individual? What about me as a human being? Do I owe a duty care to anybody?

Well the simple answer is, yes I do.

As I have been created by Allah, and as Allah is the Regulator and Controller of all that exists in the worlds, I as a Muslim also owe a duty of care to Allah and also to my Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

How can I fulfil this duty?

Again the answer is not so difficult…

By adhering to the tenets of Islam and following the lifestyle of the great Prophet (PBUH) as closely as possible, I can start fulfilling the duty of care that I owe.

And after that, you could also ask yourself the question, how much success do I have in fulfilling the duty of care that I owe?

As well as the five daily prayers which every Muslim is required to do, you can also argue that a Muslim has a duty of care to every other human being in the sense that we have to act towards each other in the best of manners, help each other out as much as possible and also counsel each other in the direction of acts which are pleasing to Allah – all this can be understood when we look at the life of the greatest man that has, and will, ever live – Muhammad (PBUH)…

Incidentally, the idea for this post came when I was in the process of doing my Salah (prayer) in the usual swift manner at work, when the thought struck me that I was in fact rushing for no reason and that by doing so, I was fulfilling the duty of care owed to my employer but not the more important, overriding duty of care that I owe to my Allah and His Prophet (PBUH).

What other duties do we have and how important are they?

Please leave your comments below and let us know…

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam

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15 Responses to “Duty of Care”

  1. Narrated abu-Hurayrah R.H that Rasulullah s.a.w said,
    A muslim has 5 rights over another muslim,

    To reciprocate (his) salaam
    & To visit (him when) sick
    To answer when (he) sneezes
    To accept (his) invitation
    To follow (his) funeral

    To the near meaning.

  2. Spiritual Reformation – Duty of Care for all individuals:

    A Mussalee (one who goes to a Mosque) wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to Mosque. “I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 Lectures. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the Imams are wasting theirs by giving Lectures at all.” This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher, I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to Mosque for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today

  3. Subhanallah!! I completely agree with that!
    So how can we go about fulfilling these duties as Muslims living in 21st century Britain?

  4. First of all;

    We dont do in Rome what the Romans did!

    &

    Islam was never dated to be over dated

    & Islam was never de-modernised to be re-modernised!

  5. We have to adopt the beautiful & sublime akhlaq (character) of the noble prophet s.a.w, the character which Allah himself has praised in the Eternal book –the Quraan.

    Simple things like smiling, greeting, sharing, good counselling, appreciating, humbleness and helping when required to the indiginous people can go along way in winning their hearts.

    Once they have trust and faith in you, they will be ready to listen and accept your belief and invitation freely and if not then at the least they will ensure that no harm is caused to you from their intentions or actions.

  6. i completley agree with you there hud hud.
    today we don’t look at ourselves and see what mistakes we have. if we learn everyday 1 sunnah of the prophet just think how much we can learn and teach others

  7. I second that. Looks like Hudhud’s been reading Shaikh Ali Miyah Nadwi’s speech!!

  8. Those who joyfully leave everything in GOD’s hand will see God’s hand in everthing.Worry ends where faith begins……

  9. Y is that these days nobody has time 2 pray? Everyone including myself we are just “so busy and don’t have time”. And only have time when it comes to ramazan. After ramzan everything back 2 normal. If u know what I mean.

    We commit so many sins every day and we don’t even realise. I wish it could be ramazan everyday! It would be so cool!

  10. That’s true Jen, and that is why during Ramadhaan, we must ‘charge up’ our spiritual batteries so that we don’t run short throughout the rest of the year.

  11. her Sid maybe i didnt charge my batteries enough!Bcoz thev run out already! I know it does sound quite bad, but thats just how it is! Although I still do pray my namaaz but it just doesnt feel the same as it does when its ramzan.

  12. what we need to do is constantly remind ourselves as to what Allah is giving us when we pray?
    praying is way of communicating with the Allah himself.
    if we have the benefits of it in front of us and what we are receiving in terms of sawab then I.A will make it easier for us.
    we all have teh days when we think i cant be asked with work today but then you think of the money and then we get motivated same way if we know the sawab then we can motivate oursleves.
    read up janah and what allah ahs kept in store for us – that always helps me

  13. that is a reaaly good point uv made T.

    ill keep that in mind wen ever i feel lazy 2 pray

  14. just think of jannah and the fun you will have you will think food and whatever you thinking will be in front of you, then after eating what ever you have eaten it will ask you was i good for you??
    mmmm now thats life.
    water will come straight to your mouth as you think!! mmmmm
    chicken wings and chips please lol
    no but just think all that is waiting for you when you pray and fulfill your duties.

  15. I dont like chiken wings!
    But I do understand wot ur trying 2 say.
    thinking about watever I have eaten, talking back 2 me 2,sounds a little bit freaky!!! lol

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