AND THEIR DIGNITY & THE PRESENT STATUS OF IMAMS
Akhlaq Husain Qasmi Sb.
Imam & Khateeb Masjid, Madarsa Husain Bakhash,
In Islam Mosque is regarded as a place of worship, house of administration
of justice, housei'or the profession and preachment and a centre for the association
of community and lmam acts as a supervisor and guide of these establishment.
- He is the best reader who recites Quran in clear and distinct manner.
He has the knowledge of jurisprudence and decides the disputes of Muslims.
He is a successful preacher who reads the messages of Islam through Quran and
- He awakes the spirit of association and discipline among Muslims
through offering the progress in time.
What should be education
and dignity of a lmam of a ]mam to perform all the aforesaid duties is clear.
During the Islamic regime, it was the duty of state to protect mosques
and the office of lmamship and the Caliph performed their duties very well. But
when unfortunately the Islam lost the political power, the responsibility we entrusted
upon Islamic Wakfs.
In the beginning the government paid due respect to the
real cause. of thesewakfs and kept away from any sort of intervention but gradually
the Islamic Wakfs were destroyed at the hands of these governments. And now the
entire funds of Muslim community are being shared among the members of the party
Now is there any sensible person who can expect for the welfare
from these Wakfs? If by chance some gentlemen are happened to be included in Wakf
committees, they try their best and save their skin form humiliation in the next
world, otherwise in the meantime on starts behaving like others.
are being made to take the matter relating to the allowances of the lmams to the
High Court. We can make our opinion on the basis of prevailing circumstances and
it has been advised suspicious. For this we have the sympathy with all these genuine
efforts. The osition of today's lmam had become so inferior that he use to pleas
the petty members of Wakf Committees and make the arrangement for household things
at the house of Mutayvallis. lnspite of all this, he whole holding the meal pots
turned round and round the house - and from inside the house wife angrily says
"Muliaji - you have no patience, the meal is not ready, keep the pots at
Then the pots of this untouchable are removed by a maid
In order to get religious education, the students who are tomorrow's
lmams, receive the Sachet and charity form community and they attend the feast
on the houses three, ten or forty days after the death.
Then the community
repents saying that their prayers have no,effect. Sajda (Bowing in adoration)
have become ineffective.
According to lqbal (Urdu Couplets-meaning'That
blood is no running our reins now and we also do not possess those inclination
to God. Namaz, Roza, Sachet and Haj exists even today but we are not more here'.
These are the extreme feelings which a Muslim can have by having true faith
in god and because of the training and education, he receives.
The lmam has
these confident feeling echo motto being placed so high to the office of lmamship.
Do the lmam, who passes their days on our Sachet and charity and get a
meagre salary of Rs. 1 00/- each have these feelings?
It is necessary
for lmam to maintain a good standard in the society Only then he would be able
to discharge his duties in the capacity of a Qazi (Judge) and arbitrator in social
matters. Do we have any person -in our religious institution from the intelligent
class of the community.
Today's government do not al low the Muslim to
work even in such a manner, they are going ahead to destroy funds of Wakfs by
nominating their committed staff and the faithful workers of their party or incapable
Neitherthorn norflowerwill tell the story of the destruction
of garden but it is cuckoo who will narrate the entire episode.
perhaps, gong in details.Today's lmams should have at least a standard in this
ruined society that he can maintain himself according to the requirements of present
time and may establish a place in the society.The society should give him as much
respect that he may marry his sons and daughters properly.
Why the people
have become so cruel that they get annoyed seeing good clothes on the body of
lmam, a good conveyance and good food? Why these people have become so arrogant
that they feel happy seeing their lmam inferior to them? Why have they forgotten
the message of Prophet.
I pray for the success of Tanzim in its efforts
and the lmams may get so much allowance and stipend that they may pass their days
respectfully, Ameen and they don't indulge in illegal work in order to feed themselves.
It is a reality that he lmams of mosques have got a very high superior
place in Islam. This service have been done by prophet himself throughout his
life and after his death all the four caliphs has followed the practice. Scholar
in every period have been discharging this duty. The fmams of mosques are not
only the lmam but they also keep the mosques inhabitant the provide protection
and it is very essential in Shariat.The benefit of education and training is also
derived from them, it is the fall of the time that the Muslims have no importance
in their hearts forthis dignified place.This is the reason as to why these Imams
a facing troubles on social front. Impost days when the government had the system
of having Bait-ul-Mal (Public treasury) then the stipends of lmams were also fixed
but this system doesn't exist now. Therefore, the scholars of the community have
granted permission for the wages of lmams and Muazzins. It is evident that in
this period when the prices of commodities are so high the stipends which are
being paid, are negligible. So it has become inevitable to take steps for solving
their social and economic problems.
May God bless Moulana Jameel Ahmed
llyasi who having paid his attention in this field, is taking great responsibilities
his shoulders. We pray to God to make his efforts a success and prosper the Tanzim
Aimma-e-Masjid so that it may become the channel for the welfare of community
and remove all the obstacles coming in the way, Ameen.
Mufti) Muzaffar Hussain AI-Mazahiri,
Nazim-Mutawalli, Madarsa Mazahir-ul-Uloom