By: Asma Al-Mohattwari
We got used to having our lunch at 2:30 on Fridays, but what happened last Friday was different – we had our lunch at 1:30. I asked myself “Why did my father and brothers come back early from the mosque?” To satisfy my curiosity, I asked my brother about it.
“After completing the Friday prayers, a group of Islah Party members entered the mosque and started to talk, so all of us left the mosque. We like to listen to the imam after praying, but they interrupted us,” he said.
His answer made my mind travel back some months ago, when I asked him “Why didn’t you go to the mosque next to us? His reply was that he didn’t like the Imam’s speech.
It really makes me sit back and wonder, hearing that even mosques have been affected by partisanship. We get used to hearing about partisans in our daily life, at work, schools, and parties, but it’s really a shame to hear mention of them in places of worship.
The message at a mosque should be for all nations, all Muslims and not simply for particular, narrow categories or sects. The role of the mosque is to guide believers, educate people and surround them with serenity and a satisfying atmosphere.
Unfortunately, mosques are today used for partisan and doctrinal purposes. And before people go to a mosque, they first ask ‘who’s the imam?’
What kind of imams are they? How do they allow themselves to distort the mosque’s meaning and message?
We shouldn’t keep silent about such persons, who lead people towards destructive phenomena which destroy what remains of Yemen’s spiritual values.
We strongly need imams who bring us closer, who work to raise awareness among people. The mosque’s mission should be far removed from partisanship and politics.