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The timelessness of the body of thought of Ali b. Abi Talib (Mekka, c. 598 — Kufa/Iraq, 661), an important figure in Islam, makes it very well applicable in contemporary
times such as in an organizational context. It covers work ethics and code of
conduct in business context. Islam saw work and business more than fourteen hundred
years ago as acceptable pursuits and dignified activities (Uddin, 2003), but thoughts and
deeds of the involved individuals must be intentionally right. Morality and ethics are
therefore of paramount importance in an organizational context.
Who was ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib and how can his body of thought be of valuein our modern
times of individualization and moral decay in society and organizations? What should be
the personality and mindset of a professional in an organization and how should he deal
with ethical dilemmas? The purpose of this paper is to discuss these topics from the
perspective of the body of thought of ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib.