Islam, being the complete code of life has provided its followers with certain ethical principles which are essential to lead a successful life. The most important thing is to know the difference between right and wrong in this world. Islam does not refrain anybody from being a professional, instead it tells us ways to deal with our professional lives. Being a professional Muslim is no more than being an ethically good Muslim. We must follow the teachings of the Quran and our Holy Prophet (pbuh) in all walks of life. Professionalism is all about the way we conduct because holding any position is a difficult task as we are not only responsible for our work but also the way we represent ourselves to others especially to the non-Muslims. We must be role models for other people in work place to build up a prosperous society and to help each other increase their Taqwa. Honesty is the most important factor when it comes to professionalism. While we are dealing with customers or our colleagues we must always speak the truth even when we do not like any particular thing. As our Holy Prophet (pbuh) reported to have said, “Verily, truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man may speak the truth until he is recorded with Allah as truthful. Verily, falsehood leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to the Hellfire. A man may tell lies until he is recorded with Allah as a liar.” (Sahih Muslim)
When we sell things, we must show the clear picture of the products because this counts as being honest with our profession. The transactions made on lies will do no good to us. As Holy Prophet (pbuh) said, “The buyer and the seller have the option of cancelling or confirming the bargain unless they separate, and if they spoke the truth and made clear the defects of the goods, then they would be blessed in their bargain, and if they told lies and hid some facts, their bargain would be deprived of Allah’s blessings”. (Bukhari)
While we are teaching, we must try our level best to deliver good lectures and make sure to be sincere even when there is no accountability because Allah is always watching us, and we are answerable to Him. Honesty is also about keeping your words. As a Muslim we must realize the importance of fulfilling our commitments. If we keep our commitments we are rewarded by Allah. And dishonesty corrupts one’s eeman just like even a drop of wine pollutes the whole glass of water making dangerous to health. So, we must always intend to fulfill our promises, keep our words and never back out at the last moment.