Let us analyse the influence of
the Mosques on our society. In this regard, the Sunnah set by the Prophet
(sws) is that the Friday address should be delivered by the head of state
and his administrators and only they should lead the Friday prayers.
However, in case of any legitimate plea on their part, some other person
can address and lead the Friday prayers as their authorised
The implications of this Sunnah
are very clear: In Islam, mosques are meant to be the fountainhead of
authority. Also, there is a complete negation of theocracy. A person whom
the Muslims choose as their leader shall also lead them in worship,
eliminating once and for all the division between state and religion.
After the Prophet (sws), his
Companions solemnly adhered to this Sunnah in the Caliphate they
established. However, in later times, when due to their own ill-ways the
Muslim rulers could not stand face to face with the public, they
themselves handed over the mosques to the ulema. This was the most tragic
incident in our history. The result was that religion lost its grace and
the state its grandeur. A further consequence of this was that the most
ill-suited and corrupt lot of people has assumed the country’s helm of
affairs. The whole set-up does not leave the slightest of chance for the
able and morally sound to rule and govern the country.
The menace of sectarianism has
turned the mosques into citadels which are in a perpetual state of war
with one another. This has further led to the creation of professional
Maulvis who are an utter disgrace to knowledge and learning. Differences
of opinion are very ‘graciously greeted’ by them with fire and fury. They
shower ‘special courtesy’ on those who propagate Islamic teachings by
slinging cartloads of insults on them. Intellectual endeavours and
advancements are the cherished targets of their ‘highly encouraging’
jeers. Every mosque is a stronghold of sectarianism which is taught,
encouraged and patronised in place of the Qur’ān and Sunnah. It is
impossible for any scholar to use a mosque to spread and communicate the
message of Islam---an obligation the Almighty has imposed on him according
to his abilities.
These evils which emanate from our
mosques are apparent to every keen person. They can only be eliminated if
the above stated Sunnah of the Prophet (sws) in this regard is revived. In
our consideration, this can be done through the following measures:
1. The centre of every
administrative unit of the state should be a Jāmi‘Masjid, and the division
of these units should be such that one Jāmi‘Masjid should suffice for one
2. Within each unit, all the
administrative offices and courts should be instituted adjacent to this
3. The state capital together
with the provincial capitals should have a central Jāmi‘Masjid.
4. The address of the Friday
prayers should be delivered only by the head of state and only he should
lead these prayers in the central Jāmi‘Masjid of the capital. The
provincial governors should be entrusted with this job in the central
Jāmi‘Masjids of the provinces, while the representatives of the government
should perform this duty in the Jāmi‘Masjids of the various administrative
5. The Friday prayers should
be prohibited in all mosques except the above ones.
6. Mosques should be
supervised by the government itself.
7. Every religious
scholar should be allowed to deliver a lecture or teach, educate and
instruct his students according to his own views in any of these mosques.