Conversations About Masjid Leadership: Finding the Right Imam

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Conversations About Masjid Leadership

We’ve all seen the magazine ads that look something like:

Seeking well qualified Imam for our masjid in the middle of nowhere. New facility with 50 families. Seeking an Imam with the following qualifications:

  • PhD. in Islamic Studies
  • Bachelor’s from American university
  • Fluent in English, Arabic, and Urdu
  • Charismatic khateeb (preferably with lots of popular videos on YouTube)
  • 15 years of Imam experience
  • Can serve as principal of Islamic school
  • Can increase youth involvement
  • Teach children how to read Quran
  • Teach Sunday School
  • Perform weekly halaqahs
  • Provide around the clock marital and family counseling
  • Leads Tarawih with a voice that sounds like a CD recording
  • Accounting, janitorial, and website building experience is a plus
  • Superman cape is optional.

So what is a more realistic way to figure out who is qualified to be the masjid imam, or community leader? That’s the question we tackled inPart 2 of Conversations About Masjid Leadership – Finding the Right Imam [for Part 1, click here: The Role of the Masjid].

View the video below, and also make sure to check out the discussion at MuslimMatters as well on the same topic.

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Omar Usman is a founding member of MuslimMatters, Qalam Institute, Muslim Strategic Initiative, and Debt Free Muslims. He is a regular khateeb and has served in different administrative capacities in various national and local Islamic organizations. He works full time in the corporate field, is a PMP, and certified Leadership Trainer through the John Maxwell Team. You can follow him on on Twitter @ibnabeeomar, and check out his latest project - The Fiqh of Social Media.

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