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All praise belong to Allah. May His peace and blessings be upon His noble messenger, and his household, and his companions, and all who follow them in good conduct till the day of judgement.

Islam is a comprehensive religion which covers every single aspect of human activity. Islam is not a religion that only focuses on the private life of individuals, but also covers and guides humans' interactions and activities in their daily lives.

As a religion, Islam brings a great impact on Muslims as human beings. It helps improve themselves to work and perform better.

Planning is not a new thing in the theological conception of Islam. The Qur'an stated it explicitly on Surah Al-Hashr verse 18:

{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَلْتَنظُرْ نَفْسٌ مَّا قَدَّمَتْ لِغَدٍ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّه إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ}.

{O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow - and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do}.

This verse indicates that every human must take notice of any of the acts that they have been working on, as well as to prepare (to plan) to always do the best for the sake of the future, and a man is obligated to plan and make it as part of his of endeavor.

It can be said that administrative planning from an Islamic perspective is an administrative work by an individual or a group in order to put in place a permissible practical arrangements in order to meet legitimate future requirements in the light of the correct available information and expected possibilities like adoption of causes, with depending on Allah, the exalted in order to achieve legitimate objectives.

Planning features in Islamic management: It can be said that the features of planning in Islamic management are as follows:

1- It is a major administrative function carried out by an individual or group and not as most of the writers referred it to be a group-work method.

2- Putting in place practical measures and permissible arrangements according to the book of Allah, and the Sunnah of the noble prophet(peace be upon him) to face the future requirements.

3- Legitimate future requirements as it is not permissible to plan for future requirements that are prohibited because the administration with its functions which among them is planning, is considered as a tool used for the worship of Allah. Thus, it is compulsory to restrict with the legitimate future needs.

4- The available information and expected capabilities must be correct, not distorted facts, and counterfeiting information.

5- Depending upon Allah which is the basic rule in Islamic planning. The modern administrative planning does not pay attention to this aspect. All data, information and expectations are just a mean (cause) and not a goal in itself. Planning in the Islamic administration is only as (tie it and rely upon Allah) and not interfering in the knowledge of the unseen and claim full knowledge of the future of thought.

6- Achieving the legitimate goals. This is the whole point of planning in the Islamic administration which is to seek in all its steps to reach the goals consistent with the main five aims and objectives of Shari’ah, which are the preservation of religion, the soul, the mind, the genealogy and the property, and that in the light of these objectives only stated by the Islamic juristic scholars the concept of legitimate aims of administrative planning are achieved.

Finally, setting of goals, making plans and designing strategies to assure the accomplishment of objectives are in accordance to the Qur’an and the practice of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Planning, therefore, must be at the center of a Muslim’s life, in all his or her moral, political, social and economic activities. Unfortunately, this precious Sunnah, however, is not apparent in the lives and activities of the Muslims today which then contributed much to our failures.

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