While both play important roles in the community. There is no denying their differences. In many cases, the injection of pre-pubescent scholarship into the veins of Western communities has done very little but import complexes that foster classical theological wars that were never settled, creating identities shaped around hatred and differences. The outcome of which was an ideological fanaticism related to utopic ideals or, what are seen as, almost Superman personalities. Thus, loyalties were shifted and the community, in the name of creed, tariqh, group or sheikh, was left homeless.
Why is it that some Muslims are leaving those articulations and seeking solace in people like Joel Olsteen? If you had the choice would your rather have a scholar with little pasturing skills, or a pastor with enough knowledge to keep the community safe? What are the horizons for community leaders in the West? Are we in need of Dr. Phill more than Sh. Abu Qadir Enchassi? Is there a difference between pasturing and scholarship? Which quality, at this stage, is most important for an Imam to have?
Your turn. The mics in your hands. The issue, “Pastors, scholars, or a fusion?”