I just came across a Facebook post lamenting the apparent lack of support for religious institutions amongst the faithful. I’m not exactly sure how true that is, for our communities seem to be forever reaching into their pockets to finance new institutions.
In any case, these are the thoughts that sprang to mind: perhaps people recall that fellow in the oft recited Surah Ya-Sin, who came running from the farthest end of the city, saying:
“O my people, follow the messengers. Follow those who ask of you no fee, and who are rightly guided.” — Quran 36:20-1
We all know of teachers who work by day in trade and academia, who give of their free time to the service of others, in the spirit of that prophetic refrain found throughout the Quran…
“No reward do I ask of you for it: my reward is only from the Lord of the Worlds!”
If it is really true that people are worried about paying for sacred knowledge, perhaps this is the reason. Though I suspect, if the weekly collection bucket at Jummah prayer is anything to go by, that it may be more down to saturation. I don’t think anyone could doubt the generosity of the faithful when asked to dig deep.