Avoiding Conflict

We have previously started on the topic of team work and touched upon how it is set within our faith and highlighted the advantageous nature of bringing together a team with a variety of skills.

But alongside the benefits, having numerous people working together will inevitably lead to disagreements, disputes and misunderstandings along the way. This is in no way a reason against team work, as is stated in the Quran:

“Surely God loves those who struggle for His cause in ranks, as if they were a solid cemented structure.”

(61:4)

So with this, how can we avoid such situations of having conflict?

One such way is to preface our interactions with understanding.

Before we set to disagree upon a decision or become annoyed at how someone isn’t responding to us or frustrated at how something may have happened, let’s ensure we have some background knowledge.

Whether that is of the situation itself, or even the individual, are they under a lot of stress currently? Or is it they have a lot on their plate at the moment.

Our teams are made up of people from many walks of life, and Allah tells us in the Quran as a whole that:

“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.”

(49:13)

There is this very clear notion of building an understanding of one another.

Furthermore, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

“The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.”

(Muslim)

The question is to be asked, how can we show characteristics if we are unaware of what is happening within another part of the body?

So, this Insha’Allah is a reason for us to learn about each other, and get to know those we work with better. And at times of any conflict, to question our knowledge upon the situation at whichever angle it maybe and rectify this as we approach to resolve it too, so not only will it benefit that instance but as a wider team too!

We would love to hear your methods of avoiding conflict, so leave your ideas and contribution in the comments below.

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