During the golden Islamic period, many great Mosques were made of mud and thatched roof and they remained so and all available funds were utilised for the welfare of the people. After the conquest of vast territories, the Muslim rulers, influenced by non-Muslims, diverted these funds to construct grand Mosques, to publicise their devotion to Islam and glorify themselves in history. Poverty increased and the poor were seen begging at the entrances of these grand Mosques. It continues till to date. Will CII or learned Ulema be kind enough to make less knowledgeable Muslims like me wiser on the subject?

M AKRAM NIAZI,

Rawalpindi, January 7.