Imagine your boss gives you a job to do. You’re trying to do it to the best of your ability, but with mixed results. The people you’re dealing with are sometimes rude and abusive. You can’t get through to them, and they’re jeopardising their futures by not co-operating. You’re a good person so you care about their futures, and also that you need to be greatly successful at your job for your own sake, and the happiness of your boss, because he’s done loads for you and always has your back. You’re worried you’re not doing well and the abuse is getting to you.
Your boss then calls you into his office or rings you, telling you not to worry too much, because he’s aware of all the abuse you’re getting and how it’s affecting you, telling you that the abusers are not hating on you; it’s that they’re inherently evil and doing it to their own detriment, but that you should carry on because you’ll be rewarded nonetheless.
How would you feel?
Now take a look at this:
قَدْ نَعْلَمُ إِنَّهُ لَيَحْزُنُكَ الَّذِي يَقُولُونَ فَإِنَّهُمْ لَا يُكَذِّبُونَكَ وَلَكِنَّ الظَّالِمِينَ بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ يَجْحَدُونَ
'We know well that what they say grieves you [O Prophet]. It is not you they disbelieve: the evildoers reject God’s revelation.' (6:33)
Not only is it just a boss...it’s Allah. The ‘employee’ is none other than the Prophet ﷺ. It’s not just a call into the office: it’s revelation to be recited until the Day of Judgement. An intimate, yet very public vote of confidence from the One who never lets you down.
If there’s one thing we can learn from this, it’s the employer-employee relationship. If you give your employee a task that he/she is doing well, stick with them, give them that confidence and encouragement. Don’t let them feel alone or questioning their standing with you.