Under the veil of immamat

sometimes lurk the most dangerous of men! Over the years, i’ve seen and heard about stories relating to masjid officials involved in all kinds of sins from rapes to robbery and from slavery to even murder. Many a tmies, they get off scott free with nothing left behind except the crushed victims. With no kind of entry criteria required to become an imam and all the protection “religion” brings, what else can u expect.

Yesterday, a Pesh Imam was caught by the police at a checkpoint as he was fleeing after commiting a robbery. From his posession the following items were recovered. Gold ornaments, three cameras, eight mobile phones and one TT pistol. And on top of that, even the motorcycle he was driving was snatched from someone.

18 Comments so far

  1. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 11:40 am

    Well, whoever said that men of God, cannot be tempted by greed.

  2. Faisal Naik (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 11:55 am

    I am not denying any of such actions but it would be useful if you mentioned the source of this incident as well

  3. mansoor (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

    faisal: the source is mentioned, but for clarity…

  4. BoZz (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

    Thank you for highlighting this evil that also lurks amongst us.

    Firstly the title of these people is wrong. The word Imam in Arabic means the leader. In those days this title was used by the Caliphs or the head of the government, the ruler himself. Now days any tom, dick or harry with a turban standing in a mosque gets atoned with this title.

    They are NOT leaders of nothing. These people are generally recruited in the villages, sent to a madrasa, shaking back and forth, to get indoctrinated in a particular way and finally on an assignment as determined by some political party. They are not educated and basically simpletons.

    However for the lazy and dumb people like us, they become their leaders from whom these people expect knowledge and wisdom.

    There is no place in Islam for Imams, Priest etc. This is one major reason for the stagnation, mis-interpretation and corruption of our religion.

    The sooner we take charge of our lives and religion, the sooner we can get of these ‘leaders’.

    It is clearly written the path between God and Man is a straight one.

  5. faisal (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 12:54 pm

    My bad :(

    Just checked it later.

  6. JayJay (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

    Everywhere in the world clergy is subjected to the highest levels of scrutiny and it welcomes this intense watch on their morality and law abidance as they have a message to convey through their personal conduct. No so in the Islamic Republic specially and among Muslims generally. We let illiterate criminals to thrive under the cloak of religion and then let them get away with murders, so to speak, in the name of religion. No one has a bigger hand in tarnishing the image of the religion and the country than the sole ‘guardians’ of our morality.

    It is a suprise that Adnan Siddiqui has not yet jumped in to defend the indefensible.

  7. MB (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

    @JAY JAY
    Adnan is on his way. Don’t worry

    Secondly the title of the post is not a good one specially with “Under the”. Should have been “Using the” or something like that.

    saying that the person accused of murder was also an Imam of the local masjid & the Imam of the masjid was accused of murdered ….. are two different perspectives on one event.

    He was a chor and thats all, using religion as shield. Not an Imam who gave up to Satan & became a chor

  8. BoZz (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

    MB you are definitely confused here. He did in fact, ‘gave up to Satan to become a chor’. Either way he is a ‘Imam who is a chor’ and a Chor who is also a ‘Imam’.

    Loosen up a bit…

  9. kashif Hafeez (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    Mansoor ! U shouldn’t hit all Imams with one stroke. In an individual capacity if one get wrong it doesn’t mean all are of same kind.

    We have seen many educated once also doing wrong it means all educated persons are wrong.

  10. mansoor (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

    MB: “He was a chor and thats all, using religion as shield. Not an Imam who gave up to Satan & became a chor” this is something that his past would show clearer…

    but as far as im concerned, if you choose a profession like religious preist.. you had better act the part and be a figure to follow! not a figure to riducule!

  11. Kashif Hafeez (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

    Mansoor ! Yes I am agreed with ur statement “He was a chor and thats all” but how can u concluded that “using religion as shield”.

    Its a just individual act like common “Chors”

  12. GI Joe (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 8:12 pm

    People committing crimes is nothing out of the ordinary in our society. Taxi drivers do it, doctors do it, soldiers do it, lawyers do it. everyone is a “chor” here. Why the ‘little guy’ gets caught every time is a different story.

    It seems the only thing out of place is your expression of shock at this incident.

    When did we start believing the police? Are we sure the poor guy didnt get caught up in some evil scheme of the police?

    And how can you even comment on that person’s integrity without knowing both sides of the story?

  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

    Thanks Kashif Hafeez for giving a mature response to an immature mindset.

  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

    Oh yeah, offcourse same author would make infinite times to say something to Pakistan Army as his family is part of an institution which is being run by gang of thugs. Hypocrisy you know, apna logou ko kahtay hwy jaan nikalti hay :-)

  15. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

    becomming a Pesh Imam doesn’t guarantee that the said person is free of all sins… Pesh Imam isn’t a prophet or some thing and act like these in this society of ours are quite common ….

    @KayKay seems all excited with this new… some of the URLs for him that shows that world over morally corrupt religious clergy are present its not just pakistan…

    Defrocked Priest Sentenced In Rape

    Priest arrested on child rape charges

    Cambridge priest guilty of child rape

    bottom line is that good and evil person are everywhere be it here or west… some one with a bread doesn’t mean he is free from all sins… and you don’t go on ridiculing the whole religion coz of some bad fish…

  16. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 10:25 pm

    my comments held…

  17. Hasan Zuberi (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

    Its ironic to see comments above without kowing the basic facts …

    I urge all you contributors should do some facts-search before penning down your thoughts.

    A person with beard, is considered as a Moulvi by majority … and many of us (yes its us) who elevate them as Imams or any other poitions.

    Following are the title with description; pls next time people like to accuse the clergy; do consider the level of education of that Moulvi.

    1) Qari – One who learns the art of Qirat (Recitation)
    2) Hafiz – One who Hifz Quran by heart
    3) Mullah – One who has completed 6 years (excluding Daura-e-Hadith) of formal religious education in a Madarsa.
    4) Maulana – One who has completed 8 years of formal religious education in a Madarsa.
    5) Aalim – A Maulana with research on specific field of Fiqah.
    6) Qazi (Qadi) – A Maulana with specialization in Qad’a (Islamic law).
    7) Mufti – Another 3 years of education in learning the methodologies of issuing Fatwa (decree) under Islamic law … after graduating from Madarssa.

    Imam means leader – in Sunni school of thought it can be any leader … as well as prayer leader.

    For reference on the requirements of being an Imam, pls refer to:


    2. The person who is most worthy of imaamat is that person who has a thorough knowledge of the masa’il of salaat as long as he does not have any outward characteristics of fisq (immorality), he knows the specified number of verses for recitation, and recites the Quran correctly. After him, the person who recites the Quran according to the rules that have been laid down. Thereafter, the person who is the most pious. Thereafter, the person who is the most senior in age. Thereafter, the person who is most courteous. Thereafter, the person who is the most handsome. Thereafter, the person who is the most noble. Thereafer, the person who has the best voice. Thereafter, the person who is the most well-dressed. Thereafer, the person who has the largest head as long as it is in proportion to his body. Thereafter, preference is given to the muqeem over the musafir. Thereafter, the person who was born as a free person. Thereafter, the person who made tayammum for hadath-e-asghar is given preference over the person who made tayammum for hadath-e-akbar. But according to some, the person who made tayammum for hadath-e-akbar is given preference.

    In the end I just would like to add that not all five fingers are same … there are godo & bad people in every field of life … be it Military, Government Bureaucracy, Businessman or Clergy.

  18. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 10:30 pm

    i am just astonished that my comments were blocked and censored and moderator didn’t noticed…

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