معاشرہ میں منبر و محراب کا کردار۔ایک تحقیقی جائزہ

Roles of Miner and Alter in a society. A research-based analysis

  • Dr Muhammad Ishaq Alam University of Karachi
  • Dr Aziz ur Rehman Saifee University of Karachi
Keywords: Masjid, Miner and Altar (Menbar o mehrab), Muslim Collectivism.

Abstract

Masjid is a holy place of ALLAH, which is not only a central point for prayers but also a pivotal point for Muslim Collectivism. Miner and Altar (Menbar o mehrab) are the most important place in a Masjid from where people have been acquiring religious, political and social guidance for centuries. In the era of Prophet Muhammad and during Caliphate, the services of a Masjid used to be very wide-ranging and comprehensive. The sermon of reigning Caliph was delivered on this very Miner of Masjid. From here, the general public was given the awareness of new policies and State decisions. But, the scope of the services of Masjid got very narrowed down when those who were responsible for the state abandoned their role of leading from this platform. now the role of Miner & Altar is limited to providing only the religious guidance. Even then, in recent times, the state of Masjid in our society has been deter-iorated. From the Miner and Altar of a Masjid, we listen more of sectarianism rather than the Deen-e-Islam itself. The same old conventional and controversial matters are repeated again and again; and the contemporary religious issues are put aside and ignored. There is a proper code of conduct in many countries in this regard. But, we have a very different situation in our country where the Miner and Altar are very much autonomous and independent. So, the custodianship of Miner and Altar in Masjid should only be given to well-educated and reasonable people who have good eye for contemporary environment and guide their followers by discussing important social and religious issues rather than propagating their preferred sects. And more importantly, the representative of the government should also periodically take charge of this custodianship so that the masses are politically guided and they become closer to each other as well.

Author Biographies

Dr Muhammad Ishaq Alam, University of Karachi

Assistant Professor, Department of Usool-ud-Din

Dr Aziz ur Rehman Saifee, University of Karachi

Assistant Professor, Department of Arbic

Published
2020-07-04
Section
Articles