Good leaders are ones who take responsibility, according to Muslim American Imam, Shaykh Waleed Basyouni.
Shaykh Basyouni made the remarks during a lecture on Saturday evening at the Islamic Institute of Toronto.
“Leadership is that you feel you have the responsibility to do good for others,” he said. “It is to make a positive change in your life and those around you.”
Shaykh Basyouni’s speech was a reflection on the Prophet Ibrahim’s life based on the Qur’anic verses, 2:124-131.
Dr. Waleed Basyouni is Vice President of AlMaghrib Institute and Director of Clear Lake Islamic Center (CLIC). He is a frequent guest speaker at Universities, Conventions, Radio Talk Shows, Television, Interfaith meetings, and community centers nationally and internationally.
He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Islamic Sciences from Al-Imam Muhammad University, KSA; holds a Masters Degree in Islamic Theology, World Religions and Modern Religious Sects from Al-Imam Muhammad University; and acquired a Doctorate in Theology. He serves as the Imam of Clear Lake Islamic Center, Houston, TX, USA.
“Leaders don’t take credit but they take responsibility,” he said. “And leadership is based on what you have done, not on what you want to do – leadership has to be earned.”
Shaykh Basyouni also urged the audience to approach the Qur’an in order to draw lessons on how to improve their lives.
“When we read the Qur’an, we should ask ourselves – how can these verses improve my life?”
Shaykh Basyouni is in Toronto for a one- day convention, ILM FEST 2012– the Festival of Knowledge, scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 27 at the Westin Harbor Castle Hotel.