Mosques and Imams


Mosques and Imams

I was going through a book by Mumtaz Mufti a few days ago. I have read a statistic in it and was thus amazed. Although the statistic was not that startling, but I was amazed on my ignorance and the fact as to why I did not think about this earlier.

The statistics said that there are about one million mosques in Pakistan. Although I believe it might be much more now, since the book I read was about fifteen years old. Anyway, to the best of my knowledge there are too many mosques in Pakistan, More than the number of schools, colleges, universities and community centers, welfare organizations, NGOs put together. If we interpret it rightly, these are more than one million fixed and most respected infrastructures in Pakistan. Every mosque has, if not two at least one Imam. Each of the mosques is organized, governed and operated by an Imam. So in reality we have more than a million fixed- respected- four wall structure called Mosques and as many Teachers called Imams. 

Just imagine if these are considered to be an area of learning and sharing, a plateform for constructive discussion, a forum for community work, a space for issue resolutions, a breeding abode for cleanliness, education and knowledge for the local community, a hall for marriage ceremonies, a place of lectures on different social issues every week. 

Just Imagine that the Imam of each mosque is the most literate person in the community. He is amongst the affluent persons, having knowledge and information about all or most of the issues and things. Just imagine that in the evenings or on weekends you, me and our families go to mosque not only to say prayer but to meet other families and chat on matters relating to our lives and our development.

The above can only be possible if the Imams of the mosques are those who are not only leaders of the prayers but also the leaders of knowledge and wisdom. This will only be possible if we give Imams their due status in the society. It is only possible if Imams are carefully selected through a learned council of highly educated people. If Imams are not bread by the local community, if Imams are those who are the best paid amongst all professionals, If Imams are delivering lectures on Economics, Science, History, Medicine etc. Yes it will be possible.    

By Umer Raza Bhutta

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  1. “Choose or be chosen” is still on my-wish-list-of-reading-books. When I saw that it was co-authors by some other person, I start searching and hence reached at your blog.

    Mosque and Imams! What an ideal situation it would be to go to mosque not only for prayer but to learn and share wisdom and knowledge. I have witness this experience. From last few months I was lucky to find out, accidentally, a mosque and Imam that has great knowledge and wisdom. Believe me now we anxiously wait for the Friday (Jum’a) lecture, because it is very educational and empowering on Islam.

    Dear Umer, It’s nice to see your positive blog. Keep sharing. “A candle loses nothing by lightening another candle.”

    Javed Iqbal
    Educator | Empowerer | Entrepreneur
    Lahore, Pakistan

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    1. Dear Javed: Thanks for your appreciation and reading the blog. Can you share the name and place of that mosque, it can be a beacon of light for all others. I will love to attend the prayer in that mosuque during my next visit to Lahore.

      Umer

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      1. That’s great if you are visiting Lahore. The mosque is located in Shadman and its name is Rehmania Masjid. Jum’a lecture starts at 1:05 pm, but inner-hall (100+ people) got filled at 12.45. Best is if you could reach before or at 12.45pm to avail good place to sit, watch and listen.

        For your interest, old lectures are also available on DVD. Some of the recent discussed topics can be titled as: (In my own words)

        Rights of minorities in Islam
        Islam and time management
        Islam does not appreciate poverty
        Iqbal – An inspiring philosopher for youth
        Don’t fight – Respect all different schools of thoughts

        For easy access, you can follow this guiding map.
        Map link: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=118436216160322941127.00048fa67142ca431ba1e&ll=31.540523,74.325664&spn=0.00812,0.021887&z=16

        Javed Iqbal

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        1. Mosque is in Shadman……That’s even great, my parents live in Shadman and i come to them for Eid. Inshallah i will attend the Juma Prayer this time in Rehmania Mosque. Thanks.

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