We’ve seen the debacle with replacement refs in the NFL. These are people that have some background in the profession, and yet when thrown into a positon they’re not qualified for, they fail in spectacular fashion.
There’s a large distinction between mentoring and training someone versus putting a person into a position they are not capable of handling. Many communities in North America have done this with the Imam position. There’s a number of reasons that this may happen. Some people may be unaware of what qualifications are actually necessary for an Imam. For others, they misunderstand the job that an Imam does. This stems from not properly understanding an individuals strengths and background while also not understanding the different hats an Imam must wear.
The onus for this problem falls on the heads of community leaders. By virtue of being in that position, they must know and understand what qualities and qualifications go into hiring someone to lead the community. This requires that they themselves are engaged in a serious effort to further their own knowledge of Islam and leadership, otherwise they will not be able to look for the right qualities. Game recognize game.
Mufti Abdullah Nana posted some comments in regards to this issue on Twitter that are a must read. Community members must educate themselves and start holding their communities responsible.[blackbirdpie id=”251442966206488576″] [blackbirdpie id=”251443698930417664″] [blackbirdpie id=”251444144231313408″] [blackbirdpie id=”251444384258719744″] [blackbirdpie id=”251444627876491264″] [blackbirdpie id=”251444863067893760″] [blackbirdpie id=”251445073299001344″] [blackbirdpie id=”251445356779405312″] [blackbirdpie id=”251445736443629568″] [blackbirdpie id=”251445951036801024″] [blackbirdpie id=”251446151499374592″] [blackbirdpie id=”251447184908754944″] [blackbirdpie id=”251453544459292672″]