PRINCIPLES OF ISLAMIC LEADERSHIP
by Morshed Abul Ala
is Islamic Leadership?
- a person or a group that will lead humanity from the brink of
destruction to the way of Allah the Almighty.
of Islamic Leadership
- Every movement has a need for leadership.
- Importance of leadership is like the engine of a train. The train
doesn't move anywhere without the engine moving.
- Only Islamic leadership can solve the problems of humanity.
between Islamic and secular leadership
- Secular leadership's target is self-establishment. Islamic
Leadership's target is Jannatul Firdaws (Highest position in Paradise)
- Secular leaderships work for the respect of people. Islamic
Leaderships work for the pleasure of Allah.
is there scarcity of Islamic Leadership?
- The basic qualities of leadership are inherited by birth. Allah
creates few people like the engine.
- Most of those who are born leaders do not want to sacrifice for any
ideology. They spend their intellect and ability for self-establishment.
- Most of those among them who come to Islamic Movement also try to
to overcome this problem?
- Those born leaders are to be searched and organized while they are
young and haven't acquired the addiction to self-establishment. They
should be encouraged to follow Islam.
LEADER IS AN IDEAL WORKER
assets of an Ideal worker
- I'lm (Knowledge): al-Qur'an, al-Hadith, Islamic
- Iman (Faith): taqwa (consciousness of Allah)
- A'mal (Deeds): salah with khushoo
(humility), night prayers, remembrance of Allah, du'a
(supplication), infaaq (spending in
the way of Allah), voluntary fasting, etc.
qualities of an ideal worker
- Sincere (ikhlaas)
- Good conduct
- Good habit
- Good in lecture and writing
to improve qualities of an ideal worker
- Sabr (Patience)
- Hikmah (Wisdom)
- Tawakkul (Reliance on Allah)
- Bai'yah (Allegiance)
- Ihtisab (Accountability)
OF ISLAMIC LEADERSHIP
- Ability to command with respect
- Trusted on sincerity of purpose
- Confidence on ability
- Approachable for suggestion
- Acceptability as a leader
- Ready to sacrifice
- Understanding of responsibilities
- Ability to help
- Ability to answer
- Ability to acquire love
and affection of the members
- Habit of making
decisions after consultation
- Courage to encourage
- Keen perception
- Planning – balance between
idealism and realism, target and resource
- Organizing – utilizing
the resources to achieve target
- Implementing – guidance,
supervision, and control
Qualities of Islamic Leadership
- Example for Iman
(faith), I'lm (knowledge), and A'mal (action)
- Awareness of the responsibilities of the Deen
- Give preference to the task of iqaamat-ad-Deen (establishment of Islam) over
to measure the increase of the qualities
- Ability to increase the number of people
with the qualities of Islamic Leadership in the Jama'ah
- Selection as a rightful person for higher
responsibilities of the Jama'ah (WARNING:
One should never aspire to it)
OF ISLAMIC LEADERSHIP
- Those who already have the responsibilities
of leadership must look for people more suitable for their position.
- Should try to increase / improve the
qualities of leadership in himself.
- Should try to organize the area he is
- Should try to develop more people for
- Should strengthen finance of the organization.
- Should help out in the community with proper planning.
- Should have good relation with all Islamic personalities of his
- Should try to unite Muslims.
Leadership should be aware of the diseases that affect Islamic Workers
- Pride and arrogance
- Faulty Intention
- Backbiting (Gheebah)
- Imbalance of attitude
- Weak determination
- Disclosure of truth
about those who are not born leaders but have responsibilities?
- They should try to acquire the required
qualities of leadership.
- We don't ask for position, yet it's not
allowed to escape from the responsibility.
- We know that the position is not
attractive, but full of responsibilities.
- We should have firm faith in Allah. He is
the one who gave us this responsibility and he will help us to fulfill it.
Organization, and Workers" (Bengali) by Sayyid
Abul 'Ala Mawdudi
"Study Circle" (Bengali) by Ghulam Azam
"Islamic Organisation" (Bengali) by Sirajul Islam
"Self-development, Worker-development, and Leadership"
(Bengali) by Nazeer Ahmed
"Problems faced by the Da'wah and the Da'yiah" by Fathi Yakun
(Copyright 2000 Young Muslims Canada)