Today, leaders are chosen by people based on their ability to impress and dazzle others with their speeches.
Even those with better character, outstanding moral qualities, proven ability to serve, etc. may simply be ‘passed-over’ by such people who can mesmerised others. They may even claim to religiosity and piety; exceedingly skilful in imitating the learned with information they may read in books and internet; and with their social skills they often manoeuvre and position themselves amongst religious groups seeking to gain ‘credentials’ through such associations.
It is frightening that Islamic values and principle in ascertaining the rightful leadership of the Muslims have been replaced with the secular culture of “ corporate governance ”, where economic consideration and pragmatism is unashamedly embraced over ethical-religious consideration.
“ TAQWA ” or any references towards adhering to Islamic principles are regarded as orthodox, antiquated and irrelevant to their “ progressive ”, “ open-minded ”, “liberal” and “ moderate ” religiosity (as though coining a new type of ‘Islam’, whatever that means!).
From being a Muslim , actually one has to strive towards being true believer – Mu’-meen . Without which, hypocrisy ( NIFAQ ) may afflict such Muslim - especially when they lack sincerity towards Allah and the Prophet s.a.a.w.
Such people would inwardly rejects Islam and its teachings, preferring other “ - isms ”, ways or rules, even when these are contrary to the Islamic principles. Their ignorance of Islam would be obvious yet, they may styled themselves as being well-read, intellectual and ‘ knowledgeable ’ on the subject of Islam.
Although it may seem that they are successful in their scheme, having their ways infiltrating into the Muslim community and institutions, this is only because Allah has gave them temporary leeway, to test all of us mankind.
Yet, the reality is that they ( MUNAFIQUN ) have no true direction in life, they are astray, groping like the blind.