Fuad Abu Bakr, son of 1990 insurrectionist Imam Yasin Abu Bakr believes that no one will ever be able to fill the role left by his father who died of a heart attack on Thursday night.
His father, leader of the Jamaat Al Muslimeen has left a leadership void in an organisation that was founded in the late 1970s.
Fuad Abu Bakr
“People use the word ‘power’ but I prefer to use the word responsibility. We are very clear in Islam about the responsibility of leadership. People always looked up to him. In our organization, there are a number of persons who have been carrying a huge responsibility just to make what we do possible,” he said.
He explained that the Jamaat is involved in many activities which include social outreach, helping the poor, mediation in high-risk communities, and education.
At the moment he said there are over 10,000 registered members while there are affiliated Jamaats.
He spoke about the next steps to fill the leadership void left by his father.
On Saturday he said, “Next week we have a number of meetings to try to solidify positions and responsibilities. It is not something we take lightly and mutual consultation is what is encouraged in the Quran. We will look at when our leader was in a position and who he selected for leadership positions when he was ill. It is essential that people are chosen based on meritocracy and the ability to lead. At this point, I don’t want to give more details.”