Let us next
analyze the role which the mosques play in our society as agents of change. The
influence they exercise is, also, no doubt, tremendous. In this regard, the
Sunnah set by the Prophet (sws) is that the Friday address should be delivered
by the head of the state and his administrators and only they should lead the
Friday prayers. However, in case of any legitimate plea on their part, someother
person can address and lead the Friday prayers as their authorized
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. As a result, religion has lost its grace
and the state its grandeur. Furthermore, a complete change in social and moral
values has brought the most ill-suited and corrupt lot of people to 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 in 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 patronized 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
These evils which emanate from our mosques are apparent to
every keen mind. 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 Jam’-i-Masjid, and the division of these units should be such that
one Jam’-i-Masjid should suffice for one unit.
(2) Within each unit all the administrative offices and
courts should be instituted adjacent to this Jam’-i-Masjid.
(3) The state capital together with the provincial
capitals should have a central Jam’-i-Masjid.
(4) The address of the Friday prayers should only be
delivered by the head of the state and only he should lead these prayers in the
central Jam’-i-Masjid of the capital. The provincial governors should be
entrusted with this job in the central Jam’-i-Masjids of the provinces, while
the representatives of the government should perform this duty in the Jam’-i-Masjids
of the various administrative units.
(5) The Friday prayers should be prohibited in all mosques
except the above ones.
(6) Mosques should be established and supervised by the
(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.