Shariah Compliant HR Standards
It was 1990, when Faiez Hassan (Seyal) started his career in Pakistan as a professional coach, consultant and a trainer in the areas of human resource, organizational change, total quality, ISO 9000, business effectiveness, personal empowerment and peak performance. Progressing very rapidly in my career, he became a Director in a “Big 6” international management consulting firm in 1993 at the age of 30 years. During his career, he was blessed with several opportunities to get trained at world’s premiere institutions by top names. These programs on human resource management, human behavior and psychology, organizational change, etc. brought him closer to religion “Islam”. It was 1995, when he left his job for research and exploration and became a “free-lance” consultant, trainer and a coach.
He discovered that Islam was meant to be more than just a religious dogma, as it presented a complete code of life, which provided guidelines for a successful, happy and peaceful society. These guidelines addressed every aspect of life:
At the individual level: it deals with personal success, health, wellness, relationships, and the like.
At the family level: it provides guidelines for building happy and peaceful families by addressing various issues such as the rights and obligations of every family member towards the other et cetera
At the organizational level: it focuses on creating and managing successful businesses, and provides guidelines in many areas such as leadership, business ethics, consumer rights, worker-manager relations and obligations, resource management, role of the organization regarding the community, and so forth.
At the national level: it offers a complete blueprint of how a true welfare state should be. It points out the roles and obligations of all its members and it talks about several systems including educational, political, defense, economic (including banking and taxation) and governance.
At the universal level: it tackles questions regarding international relations, trade, diversity, human rights, minority rights, social responsibility, environmental protection and so on.
His “free-lance” role gave him more flexibility and independence to allocate time for reading and research on Islamic principles, and testing his hypotheses by applying these principles on individual, group, organizational as well as the societal life. What he discovered was that libraries were full of volumes and volumes of information about Islam and its applications, in dedicated sections marked “Religion” and/or “Islam”, but there was nothing much about Islam in those subjects that either attracted our youngsters or the subjects that they studied in their schools and colleges. As a result, our youngsters never knew what Islam was ought to be, rather they perceived it to be no more than a religious doctrine, having nothing much to do with modern life.
The more he studied and practiced principles of Islam in his coaching, training, speaking and consulting work, more resolute he became in his original hypothesis about Islam, being a complete “code of life”.
In 1995, he set-up a vision for himself, a vision of “enhancing the quality of life for individuals, families, organizations, societies and ultimately the entire human system through developing an understanding of Islamic principles in modern minds”. It was a vivid vision, without having a clue as to “how”? During the next many years of his research and practicing his learning, this vision became clearer and he started sharing his learning through seminars, lectures, training, consulting, coaching and publications. It was for the first time that such a work was being pursued that connected the longstanding teachings of Islam with modern behavioral and management sciences.
With the blessings of Allah, he was very successful in breaking the popular myth “What Islam has to do with modern life?”, in the mind of young generation through his public and corporate seminars, management training workshops, HR consulting and his publications including “The Road to Success”, “Born Again – 365 Days to a Healthy and Peaceful Life”, “Together Forever”, “Change your Lens, Change Your World”, “30 Second Manager – “, “30 Second Successories -“, and “Choose or Be Chosen – “. However, a more comprehensive and consolidated effort was required for the corporate world.
His first book on management, “30 Second Manager”, relating 500 global best management and leadership practices with the teachings of Islam was published in 2000. The book was much appreciated at several forums and provided him an opportunity to visit “Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) annual convention in the USA. He received much appreciation for his efforts of relating Islam with global best practices in the areas of personal mastery, success, relationship and management. It was there that the dream of an Islamic organization responsible for researching and introducing best practices and standards in various disciplines first transpired him.
For the next few years, he continued challenging his dream and finding ways and means to make it a reality. Having convinced on the dream and with an action plan, it was 2003, when for the first time, he shared his dream of an International Islamic Standards organization, in an international HR conference in Islamabad.
Finally he prepared his first version of HR standards in 2004, followed by second in 2005 and third in 2007. Since then, he has been practising it in corporate consulting practice. After being thoroughly convinced about the applicability and practicality of these standards, he has now made these available to public, fulfilling his commitment to several of his client organizations as well as to general public audience.
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