Tariq Ramadan

When I'm talking about a Muslim scholar or a priest or a rabbi or a philosopher, the first is the leader should understand that she or he is serving the followers and not using the followers. He is serving them and not being served by them. It is very interesting and important to understand that a leader is driven by the message, by the vision, and should not be followed for who she or he is.

There is a Chinese proverb on this that is very important: "When the wise man is pointing to the moon, the fool is looking at the finger." A wrong leader is showing to the people that the moon is the finger, that he is the moon. But the right leadership is, let us go towards the moon, which means the message to humanity, a message of serving, a message of dignity, a message of freedom. A leader understands that she or he is but a means, never a purpose, never an aim.

He or she should always understand something that is important: Never idolize the people that you follow. Never idolize the leader. You can be impressed, you can respect, you can serve sometimes, but never idolize. At the end of the day, something that is important in leadership is to never idolize human beings and never blindly trust the leader. You should be doubtful about the leader in a constructive way the same way that you are doubtful about your own being. And anyone who knows herself or himself knows that he is not 100 percent trustworthy. We all have our dark sides. So never idolize the leader and never let a leader make the people idolize him. @Hifzaaa, @sssingh21, @JimyAzim

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