A seeker wrote, ‘From few days now my condition is that I feel a desire to lead (in salah:imamet). I wish that others will request me to lead. Even if they are kidding I actually step forward to lead.
The reason for this desire seems to be showing my excellent abilities of recitation (of the Holy Quran).
I understand that this is a fatal spiritual illness. In other words it is the sibling of arrogance (kibr).
For Allah, please, help me.
Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) replied,
‘Do not lead (the salah) even if they ask you to do so’.
Tarbiyet us Salik, volume 3, page 112