Simple lifestyle essential for successful leadership

History testifies that all great Muslim leaders and scholars had a simple lifestyle of the ordinary citizen. Some even lived a life in poverty.  Umar ibn Abdu’l Aziz (682-720), Tariq ibn Ziyad (670-720), Nureddin Zangi (1118-1174), Saladin Ayyubi (1133-1197), all Ottoman Sultans from Osman Ghazi (d.1324) to Yavuz Sultan Salim (1470-1520)  had a very simple life. They did not leave almost any inheritance similar to Four Rightly Guided Caliphs. Not just these leaders but also their top administrators followed their footsteps as well. Umar ibn Abdul Aziz after consulting with the great scholars of the time forbade trade and...

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