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A Brother’s lament is reproduced here verbatim:

Assalaamooalaikoom Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatuhu.

The local Imaams choose to employ Imaams/ Maulanas from the foregoing continents because they can be easily oppressed and  instil fear on those that do not have working visas etc. The tarbiyath of an immigrant is largely humble and these local Molvis thrive on that.They drive them to the brink of depression. They basically use them. The Jamiats are quite useless/toothless. To put it succinctly _ the Jamiats, aid and abets the transgressions of the Molvis.

The Jamiat's relationship with the Molvis are Shaytaaniyath. The local Imaams are absent from the Musaajid and these poor maltreated Imaams have to do locums. They are given leave during inconvenient times of the year, while these South African thugs are holidaying when the kuffaar are on holiday. These shirkers must be told that do not own the mussajid  and the Maktabs. The people must rise against them - dont pay them when they are absent and dismiss them if they dont perform. They got to remember that there is no boss in the musjid. They are workers - just like the Muazzins are. Nothing more. They are very easily replaceble. I can see a revolt upcomming. The committees are also weak and enjoy rubbing shoulders with the Molvis.

The Muazzins occupy the lowest strata in the Mussajid. They work like cows in a field and are severely maltreated. They are also underpaid and are disrespected by a number of Imaams. These Molvis do not even teach the Muazzins how to call out the Azaan. The Azaan rendition is a disgrace largely. The Azaan is so elongated that one finds it difficult to answer a question by a non-Muslim, as to why this adjunct is glued on to the Azaan. You see why! - no fear for ALLAH TAA'LA and its not their money. Just give them a budget and tell them to manage  the affairs of the musjid and then they will smell the coffee. They are masters in wasting public money.

Do an audit and u will see how they spend public money - whether it's water or mortar.

Jazakallah, Wassalaam, Mahomed Ishack Shaikh

(End of letter)


While we agree with much of the Brother’s comment, the foreign molvis and muath-thins are not free of blame.  Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“It is not appropriate for a Mu’min to bring disgrace on himself.”

Among the most contemptible people are those who use the Deen as a means of their livelihood. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Recite the Qur’aan. Do not eat by means of it.”


The foreign molvis who are here whether as Imaams of Musaajid or as Ustaadhs in Madrasahs, are, without exception mercenaries, and they are the worst of mercenaries because they trade the Qur’aan and the Deen for a pittance and for self-imposed disgrace – disgrace from employers. 

Since they have made the Deen a means of earning the dunya, the natural consequence is humiliation. Foreign molvis have no right to leave their countries to work as imaams and ustaadhs when the intention is nothing but money. If they are sincere to serve the Deen which their Knowledge demands of them, they would have remained in their countries and attend to Deeni services. But they have given preference to the carrion of the dunya, hence they should be satisfied with the humiliation and oppression which the Ulama-e-Soo’ in this country impose on them. If they remain in their countries, their Rizq will reach them there as well. But, they lack the basic yaqeen in Allah’s Razzaaqiyyat which is expected of every Muslim. 

What the brother says about the local molvis is mild. The local molvis, the vast majority, are treacherous frauds who trade the Deen for the dunya. Their objectives are Hubb-e-Jaah and Hubb-e-Maal. They have an inordinate craving for self-aggrandizement and for public funds. They also possess the satanic expertise of halaalizing public funds for their own comfort, luxury and waste. They squander millions of public funds on holidays in the name of Deeni service. They are crooks and scoundrels who halaalize riba and carrion. They thrive on haraam and destroy their Aakhirat with their villainy of halaalization of haraam. 

Banks are halaalized, riba financial institutions are halaalized, carrion meat and chickens are halaalized, intermingling of sexes is halaalized, kuffaar sport is halaalized, pictures and  television are halaalized, haraam radio stations are halaalized, destroying the mubaarak Nights of Ramaadhaan are halaalized with shows and programs, etc., etc., etc. Islamic history has seldom been afflicted with scoundrels such as the molvis and sheikhs of this era. They by far surpass the Ulama of Bani Israaeel in treacherous conduct. The ulama-e-soo’ of today are worse than the ulama-e-soo’ of Bani Israaeel of bygone times. 

There is no greater calamity which has befallen this Ummah than the ulama-e-soo’, especially the type one finds in South Africa, U.K. and U.S.A. After all, Rasulullah’s prediction has to materialize. He said that a time will dawn when

“The ulama will be the worst of people under the canopy of the sky.

From them will emerge fitnah and the fitnah will rebound on them.”

14 Ramadhaan 1438 - 9 June 2017


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