There are three mosques near our house. There is Talha Masjid near Sui Gas Office, Ghousia Masjid in Mangal Market and Ali Murtaza Masjid in Jawa Chowk. In addition to slipper theft incidents in all three mosques, reports of other extreme incidents are also reported from time to time. Two slipper thefts happened to us last week.
When he came out yesterday after noon, the servant of the mosque was talking to someone in a very serious tone. It was learned that the heater of the mosque was stolen at night. The attendants of the mosque said helplessly, let’s see what we should do now, our job is to take care of the facilities for the worshipers, to lock the doors of the mosque in time at night, but still someone took action. Since the matter is related to mosques, he told one more news that the action was taken here at night, but the sound system disappeared during the day in the Ghousia mosque. Talha Masjid is not only a Jamia Masjid, but here, day and night, efforts are made to quench the thirst of knowledge from the remote areas of the country. At the moment, the movement of students and scholars continues, but things outside the mosque are still vulnerable, especially the donation boxes, which have been attacked several times.
When a person sees this whole situation, a question inevitably arises from the corners of the mind. I strongly hope that such questions will echo in the public sphere after such incidents that these people do not even fear God. Do they steal from the house of Allah? That is, the reason for theft is attributed only to lack of fear of God.
This is a basic question, and of course if we have a warm bed in the winter season, our children have all the facilities according to the weather, three meals or at least two meals are easily available, for our children. Our daily needs are fulfilled, our stoves are hot, our housing is good, we don’t worry about tomorrow, where and how will the next tomorrow be arranged? So we can sit and comfortably say that the fear of God has disappeared in relation to the incidents of theft in other places especially in mosques.
But before we start talking about its ultimate limit, the lack of fear of God, stop for a moment, and think, if a person has gone to this extreme step, for what reason? Has he really become so fearless and bold that his heart has been sealed, he has lost the fear of God, and as a result he is stealing the goods of the mosques or is it something else?
Stealing is definitely a crime. The specific extent of theft for which the punishment was amputation, what the punishment would be in view of the country’s situation, these scholars can decide only at the time. During the reign of Hazrat Umar, when there was a famine, this punishment was abrogated. The main reason for this was probably that the punishments were applied when all the basic needs of the subjects were being met, and then someone started to misbehave. But if the basic needs are interrupted, and then especially if the people are not happy, their rulers do not care about them, then perhaps there are punishments, moral rules and regulations are also canceled. . Then it does not matter whether the house belongs to God or to His servant. There is only one concern that how he can face these situations. From where will he get bread for his wife and children and when there is no way, no choice, no support.
Therefore, we have to think that it is not only the lack of fear of God, but also the laziness of the creatures, which causes such incidents.