The part of the compound that was once an Islamic Girls’ school, is being demolished, because of the damage it incurred as a result if the seige. But the mosque, itself was in the process of being renovated, and is hoping to be re-opened by Friday, in time for traditional Islamic prayers.
I don’t think too many people were worried about the girls’ school.
*Question: Is this an example of putting a dress on a pig, and it’s still a pig? Or have the radical elements been exorcised?
*Looking at you Muslihoon.
From what I have been able to gather:
– The alliance of religious parties (MMA, for “Muttahidah Majlis-e Amal” meaning the “United Council of Action”) threatened that if the mosque were not opened on July 27, they would stage protests. One reason why the government is allowing the mosque to operate earlier than it would have liked.
– The color green is not arbitrary. Green is a color closely associated with Islam. The idea is to suggest that the mosque follows Islam closely.
– The person who will appoint the imam is the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The imam will be an employee of the Pakistani government. It seems that the imam will not belong to the Deobandi school of Islamic thought, the school that the previous management, so to speak, belonged to, due to the tendency of Deobandis to be troublesome. But a pro-government imam might be staunchly opposed by those who frequent the mosque.
So we will have to see what happens. Undoubtedly the government (and for that matter, the world) will be watching closely. What matter are:
– Who the new imam will be and what school of thought he is a part of
– How the new imam will be received by those who will frequent the mosque
– How the new imam will be received by the religious parties
– What al-Qa’idah will say about the new imam
– What the average Pakistani will think about the new imam