Monday, May 31, 2010

Mosques or Places of Worship?!

There was a mosque in Medina built by hypocrites or the munafiqeen. It is one of the five mosques mentioned in the Quran and was ordered to be demolished in the verses of Surah Tauba.

107 And those who built a masjid to cause harm and for unbelief and to cause disunion among the believers and an ambush to him who made war against Allah and His Apostle before; and they will certainly swear: We did not desire aught but good; and Allah bears witness that they are most surely liars.

108. Never stand in it; certainly a masjid founded on piety from the very first day is more deserving that you should stand in it; in it are men who love that they should be purified; and Allah loves those who purify themselves.

Yet even the God Almighty called it a Masjid that is a place of performing sajda. Through out history Islamic historians refer to it as the infamous Masjid e Zarar but Pakistani lawmakers and clergy have assumed powers that they were never given to by God.

The Pakistani law forbids the Ahmaddiya Community to call their places of worships mosques and the act is punishable by fine and up to three years imprisonment. The Ahmadi community has responded to the injustice remarkable tact by changing the names of all their places of worships from Masjid to Bait. Bait or house used abundantly in Quran for the Holiest site of Islam, the mosque in Makkah in context to it being called Bait-ullah or house of God. Thus even though the attacks in Lahore on Bait-uz-Zikr and Bait-ul-Noor were attacks on places of worships, today Western Europe's biggest mosque belongs to the non-Muslims of Pakistan, called simply Bait-ul-Futuh or The House of Victories!

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