Here is an advert for the position of Imam of the Grand Mosque in Istanbul at the time of Sultan Suleyman who ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1520 - 1566.
-To have mastered the languages of Arabic, Latin, Turkish and Persian.
-To have mastered the Qur'an, the bible and the torah.
-To be a scholar in Shari'ah and Fiqh.
-To have mastered physics and mathematics up to teaching standard.
-To be a master of chivalry, archery, duelling and the arts of Jihad.
-To be of a handsome countenance.
-To have a strong melodious voice.
(Source: Al Ahram newspaper 22nd September 1986, Egypt)
So then, how do you think our Imams of today would do if they were to apply for this post???? hhmmmm
I shudder to think how many would even come close to getting this position!
Taken from: http://abuqutaybah.blogspot.com/2007...for-today.html