Let's Rebuild &
By Zahid Ikram
Mosques as Community
When Prophet Muhammad PBUH migrated from Makkah to Madinah, the
first and immediate task relating to his community building mission
was constructing the city’s principal mosque. Every other
undertaking, including building houses for the migrants a majority
of whom were poor and practically homeless, had to be deferred till
after the Prophet’s Mosques was completed.
The first urban
element The Mosque institution which functioned as a Community
Development Center was built in 622, Holy Prophet Refusing to
"accept the land as a gift", He PBUH bought the land and it took
seven months to complete the construction of the mosque. The roof
which was supported by palm trunks was made of beaten clay and palm
leaves. The three doors of the mosque were Bab-al-Rahmah to the
south, Bab-al-Jibril to the west and Babal-Nisa to the east.
When completed, the form of the Prophet’s Mosque was extremely
simple. Its unpretentious form not with standing, the Mosque since its
inception served as a Genuine Community Development Center, quickly
evolving into a multifunctional complex.
The Mosque was meant
not only for performing prayers at formally appointed times, but
also for many other religious, social, political, administrative and
In our society now a day, Mosque is still a Center of our Faith
and Worship but it is no more a Genuine Community Development Center
and does not serve as other religious, social, political,
administrative and cultural functions. A Muslim visit mosque Five
Times a day. We are also spending more time on Friday Prayer. Our
Children also have daily visits to Mosques/Madrasas for learning
Quran. During the month of Ramadan-e-Kareem we offer our
Namaz-e-Traweh, Mahafil-e-Shabinas and last 10 days of Itkaaf and
Namaz-e-Eidain as well some other congregations on some religious
days celebrations etc.
But all of these are not sufficient
if we cannot emerge as a Islamic Welfare State. All religious and
Community development issues shall be organize at the Mosque. Beside
Salaat and Zakat, Education, Justice and many other may manage at
Mosques, as it is mentioned in Holy Quran many Times “Wa Aqimus
Salata wa 'atuz zakata warka'u ma'ar-raki'in”.
It shall also
serve as Educational Institute for Deen. The Mosque should be a
place for Community developmeny and open to men and women. Indeed,
The Mosque should be a true picture of
حي على الصلاة (Come to
Prayer) and حي على الفلاح(Come to Welfare).
A Mosque, beside offering Prayers, in
its capacity as a Community Development Center, may performe Social
Roles and functions such as:
A Community Mosque shall have an office of
Local Body of Government, Local Court, Basic Education Center and Bait-ul-Maal.
A Center for Religious & Social Activities;
An Islamic Values such as
Human Rights, Concept of Hilal & Haram, Cleanness, Social
Behavior & Responsibilities, Honesty in Business and other life
matters etc. Learning Center;
A Local Community Issues Resolving Center;
A Community Welfare and Charity Center;
A Rehabilitation Center for Poor, Widows,
Street Childern and Disable Persons;
A Place for First Aid Medical Treatment and
A Place for Children Activities and Play
A Place for Compititions and Infotainment
The Mosque committee shall control the
Local Markets and have a check on Unfair Profit Making, Less
Weightage, Debasement and Low Quality Goods (ناجائز منافع خوری،
ناپ تول میں کمی، ملاوٹ اور غیر میعاری سامان) etc and stop
selling of Cigarette, Naswaar and Chew gum.
Nikah (Wedding) Ceremony
shall take place in the Community Mosques and discourage and
stop Baraat, dowry and wedding lunch/diner except
Dawat-e-Waleema. Haq Maher shall be paid to Bride by
Bridegroom as Sunnah. We have to stop all other Hindoaana
rasoomaat like, Mangni, Mehindi, Mahiyon, Dodh Plai,
Taqseem-e-Chowara, Music, Dance etc.
A Community Mosque must have attached a
Guest House Shelter, Free Food and Health Facilities for poor and needy people in
Some of the Functions that shall be Manage/Organize by our
All community Mosques shall operate under
Government and Juma Speech shall be controlled by Islamic
- Today we have built many mosques
within our community but only for Prayers. Now we are in need of
Mosque which also serve the Community Welfare. Our Mosque shall
be served as Community Centers in our Society, this will result
as a Welfare State indeed.
- Mosque shall Provide/ Manage Food &
Shelter to Old Age Persons and Orphans.
- The Mosque Committee Shall Manage
Zakat Collection and its fare Distribution.
- The Mosque Committee shall resolve all
Domestic & Family Disputes.
- The Mosque shall serve as Islamic
Education Center, where not only children learn the Holy Quran
reading but also its Translations in local languages, learn to
Pray, learn other aspects of our Deen and even Arabic Language
Classes may offer for all ages.
- Participation of all adult male
members of the community shall be made compulsory at Mosques,
otherwise there shall be heavy fines.
The Concept of One Central Eid Gah and Central Jamia Mosque
for Juma Prayer for a larger Communities shall be revived for
the Unity among Muslim Communities.
All Utility Bills Shall be waived off for the all the
List of Reforms/Innovative Ideas
Stop Leader’s Worship
Tax Culture Promotion & FBR Reforms
TV Media Reforms