It is the common place of worship. open to all. Usually the temple is the most beautiful building in the whole town, and is scrupulously kept clean. It is the centre of attraction for all. It stands for the embodiment of the religious fervor of the people, and hence on such buildings, neither money nor attention is spared to make them grand and noble.
On auspicious days such places are thronged with people. Special prayers are offered on these days, or the people in gala dress gather together to offer prayers in a body. Such places ought to he very carefully looked after. They serve a very important purpose. Besides ministering to the religious needs of the people, they serve as a common meeting ground, and conduce to social and national solidarity. It is very essential that in mosques a calm and serene atmosphere should prevail because it is only in such conditions that the true religious spirit can be engendered. The place should be free from dirt, dust and all ugly things. It should be neat, clean and comfortable, where one may be able to hold communion with God undisturbed. It is a pity that in Pakistan most of our mosques are far from being what they ought to be.
Men in charge who should be models of piety and religious zeal are in most cases corrupt, and cases are on record, in which their diabolical deeds make one’s hair stand on end. These devils in human form ought not to be kept in such places at all and very careful supervision on the part of the public is necessary to ensure the purity of such sacred places. The income and expenditure and management of these places should be entirely under public control. Some Mosques are richly endowed, and the income is wasted in satisfying the low tastes of Maulvis and Followers. But if they once come under proper control, they can be used to serve the charitable purpose, for which they were originally intended.
Mosques at the time of prayers when the whole congregation is gathered together present a very picturesque and solemn scene. In mosques, great care is taken to make the place impressive and comfortable. Art is employed in such places in the service of religion, and this is the real function of art. From the religious places, you can judge of the aesthetic and artistic tastes of the people. In most mosques, the surroundings are dirty, for which the habits of the people are responsible.
There is an awakening in Pakistan in these days and people are slowly being roused to a sense of their duty in this respect. That much good would come out of it cannot be doubted for a moment.