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What is the difference between current Imam and an ideal imam ? Does salary of current Imam justify to his services ?
Add Your Comments  Question by: MUBASHIR SYED On 30 September 2010
Comments by: Mubashir Syed On 30 September 2010Report Abuse
Dear All,  
We find so many Masjid in Muslim asian countries and Muslims appoint Imams who lead them in Salath. Its amazing that Imamat of Masjid is the least paid profession.  
On one hand its considered to be most exalted post as being an Imam would be dream for any die hard religious person and on the other hand thats what they pay for his services.  
If they really mean what they think then services by Imam should be paid highest among all services.  
Someone thinks of electing this profession of becoming an Imam when he has nothing better to do than this for his survival.  
So in reality the services which current Imams offer in masjid and the education which they got to achieve this post is realized as worth INR 3000 - 5000 per month. Which i believe is the least among any paid Skill. Even a car driver gets more than that... dont they ? Feeling embarrassed to write even a daily labor is paid more than Imam. And with current involvement of Islam in a common mans life and skills which an Imam possess collectively makes his services worth the pay he gets.  
Ideal Imam of Islamic State:  
If Islamic Salath is established the Imam of a Masjid will be the most educated and knowledgeable person of location like an IAS Officer. To become an Imam it should be as tough as becoming an IAS Officer.  
As in this system Imam is the one who is capable of running the administration of the location for which he is appointed. For an Ideal Imam his services would be equal to services which an IAS Officer can provide to system.  
I generalize anything keeping majority in mind. There might be Imams of some important Masjid's who might get more salary. So i think muslims should rethink bout their Ideology or atleast rethink bout salaries which they pay.  
Please post back to correct or improve my understanding of an Ideal Imam...........  
Mubashir Syed.  

Comments by: aurangzaib On 30 September 2010Report Abuse
Dear brother Mubashir Syed,  
Whatever you wrote above needs no confirmation. This is the routine about Imams in the sub-continent.  
On the contrary, in Arab countries Imams are Government servants and are paid according to their seniority and education. In oil rich Arab countries, they live a life of opulence and luxury.  
Actually Mohalla Masjids in the sub-continent are run by Mohalla committees that are dominated by the well off people of the community. They fix the salaries of Imams, moazzins, etc. It is usually the supply and demand factor of the laws of economy that govern here too.  
In Pakistan, Mullas under training are estimated to be around one crore. There are no Mosques to absorb all of them. So they sell cheap as their supply is endless and vacant posts are scarce. The trend of building mosques in every street and at every corner originates from this surplus supply of Imams. Wherever they find a place or a vacant plot, they lay some praying mats, place some Lotas there under a water outlet and start calling Azaans. And in a few days it is a mosque, affording sustenance of three to four people in the beginning. Gradually they annex with it a Madarasah and that eventually makes them prosperous. This is the tactics of survival for these Imams.  
Ideal Imam is exactly an Ooli al-Amr as you kindly described. An officer with powers, funds and jurisdiction. He must impart education, feed the hungry, shelter the shelter less, pass judgments of local disputes, be the guardian of social values and ideals and do the peace-keeping, etc. etc.  
God bless you.

Comments by: moazzam On 30 September 2010
Dear Mubashir Syed: The ultimate goal of all religions with their educational system and the place (building) of worship is to perform the futiled rituals.The religious leaders are called IMAM,so the salary of a person who get performed the futiled rituals (the none productive exercise) must be less than the productive work ,their salary packages are setteled as per community's will .The above said whole community system is running in parallel with the other productive institutions and their schools/universities.The leaders are called ,president,prime ministers,mayors,magistrate,etc etc,their salaries are also according to the community's will.Dear Mubashir the actual matter to understand is,where the religion/religious leaders stand in ISLAMIC SOCIETY ACCORDING TO THE QURAN (the divine message),and distinguish between the real IMAM and current imam masgid.

Comments by: momin On 11 October 2010Report Abuse
Dear All,  
If we are sure about Islam we understand here, why not to imprison and punish those persons  
who are responsible for zina and fahashi instead thinking about their pay? Are you in doubt?

Comments by: moazzam On 11 October 2010
Dear Momin: The quran used the term FAJLIDOO for ZANI which means the strong steps to be taken to restrain them from the distortion of Islamic ideology and teach / trained them intensively with the correct Islamic one. Yes you are right, there should the society's legislated punishment to the FAHISHA, plz read the verses 24/2--19.The only state can execute the punishments.We are not in doubt rather advise to avoid the ANARCHY, at least not to participate in such an act of paying the religious IMAM/LEADERS.  

Comments by: Mubashir Syed On 11 October 2010 Edit DeleteReport Abuse
Dear Momin, am not trying to think about their pay. Many concepts which might look like a calk walk to us might be a huge task for a starter. We all are at different levels of understanding so i think covering basic concepts would help those who just started understanding from base level.  
"So i think muslims should rethink bout their Ideology or atleast rethink bout salaries which they pay. "  
Above sentence was used for traditional muslims for an heads up to rethink on ideology if not atleast think bout salaries they pay. And i feel if they start thinking of salaries, they might ultimately start thinking on ideology itself.  
What are we now to be able to stop(punish). I think We need to get ( raise ) to that powerful possition by enhancing and multiplying where in zina and fahashi can be stoped with ease.  
Note : Currently they are not living in our system.............we are living in their system.  
Please post back to correct me if am wrong...........  
Mubashir Syed.

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