Prayer Time

  |      |   

Dependability and Merit as taught by Islam and Christianity

The principle of treating people and evaluating them depending on their worth and merit is a requirement highly upheld in both Islam and Christianity. Both religions teach that people be appropriated with their deserving rights; be they administrational, educational or social without any hindrance from external forces that may lead to denying the right people what they deserve and entitling the unqualified people what they deserve not.

Also, in the wake of this requirement comes the issue of assigning work to people with the necessary expertise. Islam teaches that work be assigned to people who have the required skills and knowledge to discharge it in the best possible manner for maximum output. In hiring people for particular assignments, one should look for an employee who’s physical and intellectual merits will suit the successful accomplishment of the designated work. When Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) sought refuge in the land of Madyan in his flee from the rebellion of Pharaoh, he was considered for the work of tending a flock of sheep due to his merits. He was a trustworthy and strong man, hence, the daughter of the pious servant of Madyan who saw these qualities suggested to the father to employ him, she said as mentioned in the glorious Qur’an:

يَٰٓأَبَتِ ٱسْتَـْٔجِرْهُ ۖ إِنَّ خَيْرَ مَنِ ٱسْتَـْٔجَرْتَ ٱلْقَوِىُّ ٱلْأَمِينُ

"Father, hire him; the best employee for you is the strong and trustworthy." (Al-Qasas: 26)

Not dealing with people according to their merit and assigning tasks and responsibilities to them depending on their capabilities is a form mistrust and misappropriation of rights, which is a sign of the last hour. Abu Hurairah reported that whilst the prophet (May Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him), was talking; a Bedouin came to him and asked: "When will the hour come to pass?" He replied: "Wait for the hour when trust will be destroyed." He asked, how it would be destroyed, and he said: "when the leadership (rule) will be entrusted to those who deserve it not wait for the hour." (Bukhari)

Therefore, as part of trust is putting the right person at the right place, and the right person is the one who has the merit needed for a particular assignment. When Yusuf{Joseph (peace be upon him) found himself suitable as the treasure and keeper for the storehouse, he requested for it and he was given. He said as mentioned in the holy Qur’an:

قَالَ ٱجْعَلْنِى عَلَىٰ خَزَآئِنِ ٱلْأَرْضِ ۖ إِنِّى حَفِيظٌ عَلِيمٌ

"Put me in charge of the storehouses of the land; I am honest and knowledgeable." (Yusuf:55)

It is also in the spirit of this that Islam forbid bribery, nepotism, tribalism and the rest. These acts entitle people what they deserve not and deny others what they are suitable for. Abdullah bin `Amr (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “The curse of Allah is upon the one who offers a bribe and the one who takes it.” (Ahamd, Ibn Majah and authenticated by Al-Albani)

As previously mentioned, the qualities of dependability and merit are praiseworthy in Christianity as well. Acts that contradict them are regarded as abomination and hence, condemned in the Bible. In Deuteronomy 16:19 it is recorded:“You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.”


© 2015 - 2016 All rights reserved Islam Message