Pakistan is predominantly an Islamic society, where mosques have a pivotal role in controlling social ethics in masses.
A congregation assembles on Friday in some central mosque to offer “Namaz-i-Jumma” where the religious leader (Khateeb) delivers sermon (Khutbba) which is listened with a religious favor. The Khateeb presents the crucial issues and problems in the light of Islamic teachings.
Considering the importance of Namaz-i-Juma, in effective and wider dissemination of the conservation message with special; emphasis on curbing bear baiting, BRC planned to visit mosques to convince the Khateebs to deliver their Friday Khutbba (sermon) on bear baiting, animal abuses, animal welfare and animal conservation with reference to teachings of Islam. For this purpose our team visited mosques and were able to convince Khateebs to devote one of their sermons to the animal welfare.
BRC staff collected the basic material of the subject as available in Islamic teachings to help the Khateebs to organize their sermon. This platform proved very vital in spreading information about animal’s rights and in convincing people to stop cruelty against them.
Till now BRC teams are successful in conduct of jumma sermon in 565 mosques of the Punjab in 4,254 mosques of the Sindh. The general masses at the congregation were perceptive to the conservation message.
Support of eminent religious scholars
To muster further support of the Khateebs and religious-minded masses for religious awareness program, eminent national religious scholars of the country were contacted to get their opinion regarding present effort of BRC towards bearbaiting control program.
The following leaders till now have been contacted and their written opinions were obtained.
Chief Leader of opposition; chief of the largest Muslim faction of Pakistan; head of a political party viz., Jamiyut Ulma-i-Islam; and main leader of Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal, which was the ruling party in two provinces of Pakistan during 2002-07 period.
Mushtaq Ahmed Chishti
Chief Mufti, Jamiya Ghosia Mehria, Golhra Shareef, Islamabad.
Faqeer Muhammad Naqeeb-ur-Rehman
Head, Islah-ul-Muslemeen, Eidgah Shareef, Rawalpindi
Justice Muhammad Taqi Usmani
Mufti-i-Azam Pakistan; ex-member of Shariat Appellate Bench, Supreme Court of Pakistan; Head of Dar-ul-Uloom, Karachi.
Member of senate of Pakistan; Chancellor, Jamia Haqqania Akora Khattak; Secretary General, Jamiat-e-Islam, Pakistan; Vice-President, Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), and also editor of Al-Haq Akora Khattak.
Qazi Hussain Ahmed
Parliamentary Leader and President, Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal (MMA); Head, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan.
Professor Sajid Meer
Leader of Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, Pakistan; MMA Senator and also Vice-President of the alliance.
Prof Dr Muhammad Tahir -ul- Qadri
Leader of Tehreek-e- Minhajul-Quraan, Founder Chairman, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT or Pakistan Popular Movement); and Patron-in-Chief of Minhaj-ul-Qur'an International and Minhaj Welfare Foundation; Minhaj-ul-Quran Movement International has its offices in more than 80 countries around the world. It is a non-political, spiritual Movement working for the betterment of all the people living in Pakistan and abroad in general.
Moullana Muhammad Illyas Attar Qadri
Head, Dawt-e-Islami, Pakistan.
Abdullah Nasir Rehmani
Head, Al-Mahad-us-Salafi Littaleem-wat-Tarbiyah, Karachi Pakistan.
All these eminent religious scholars/ leaders converged on the view that Islam very clearly describes animal’s rights along with all other codes of life. They appreciated work of BRC in eradicating bearbaiting and animal abuses. Their messages have been circulated amongst other religious leaders controlling mosques.