Islam contains Da’wa: the calling toward the Mercy of Islam and to save human souls from imminent destruction.
Islam contains Kalaam: the dialectical arguments used to determine truth by rational thought.
Islam does NOT give dictatorial authority other than what Allah and His Messenger have conveyed to all human beings. Dictatorial attitudes, however, abound among Muslims. Unfortunately, you find it coming from the Mimbar and the “Trustee” conference room, behind closed doors, of course.
Allah has not given the right to coerce or dictate: “There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.”
Allah has not given the right to judge oneself as better than others: “Therefore, do not ascribe righteousness to yourselves. He knows best those who fear Him.”
Allah has forbidden that we commit injustice, or to be in a group that is committing injustice: “O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even though it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a Better Protector to both (than you). So follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you avoid justice; and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well-Acquainted with what you do. ”
So, what could be more unjust than to FORM A PARTY(HIZB) OF PEOPLE WHO CONSIDER THEMSELVES RIGHTEOUS ABOVE OTHERS, TO COERCE AND DICTATE WHO OR WHAT ARE ALLOWED IN THE MASAJID, WHEN THE “WHOS” ARE MUSLIMS, AND THE “WHATS” ARE EFFORTS REQUIRED BY HUMANS IN A MUSLIM COMMUNITY?
What kind of an atrocious mentality exists in such people? Here’s a quote from that democratic reference blog, Wikipedia: “Control freaks are often perfectionists defending themselves against their own inner vulnerabilities in the belief that if they are not in total control they risk exposing themselves once more to childhood angst. Such persons manipulate and pressure others to change so as to avoid having to change themselves, and use power over others to escape an inner emptiness. When a control freak’s pattern is broken, “the Controller is left with a terrible feeling of powerlessness …”.
and “An obsessive need to control others is also associated with antisocial personality disorder.”
GREAT ! So some of the places called “masjid” are run by people who literally can’t allow Islam to move forward because they haven’t developed past childhood yet, and who have an abnormal regard toward other human beings!
And, unfortunately, the boards are usually occupied by those people who desire position and status, who consider themselves the best to do things “right” (which means MY way), and who are willing to politic and even fight for the position. AND THE COMMUNITY KEEPS ALLOWING THIS, WHICH IS THE REAL IGNORANCE !
So, why not just make a simple decision and declare it proudly and with much rejoicing: NO MORE BOARDS ! It’s not hard to say. It’s really not that hard to do. Rather than a G5 (Group of 5) to dictate the life or death of the community, develop working groups that perform various functions in the community, with open membership, each having its own shura. That way, the people who are involved in Finance, Communications, Education, Youth, Converts, etc., the ones who are taking ownership of the responsibility, CAN MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS AND ENACT THEIR PLANS ?
The problem began by having most masajid set-up by Lawyers. They should have been set up by community leaders, the people who are familiar with HUMAN BEINGS, social movements, and volunteerism. What a difference that would have made ?