Osmani’s speech in Parliament to earn the confidence vote composed of an enlightening fresh thought, although Parliament as always were barely listening and the speaker of the house requested them to listen countless times. To those who were listening, a faint sound of enlightenment spurred from Osmani’s mouth, the notion of regulating and formalizing mosques.
Can this notion hold the key to Afghanistan’s stability? Having guidelines and regulations for the mosques to follow all around the country to bring consistency and accountability to the mosques can lead to instrumental results. Let’s face it religious leaders have immense amount of power, unmatched and unrivalled power. History suggests men with immense power with no checks and balances leads to chaos. Introducing a number of regulations may limit power the religious leaders have, especially in the rural areas where citizens dedicate heavily on religious leaders.
The heartrending truth is much of Islamic militancy stems from Madrassas and Mosques, they have become the barracks of unlimited supply for the Taliban, Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Quetta Shura and other militant groups. Eliminating the barracks should decrease insurgency in Afghanistan and lessen the amount of home grown militants. Osmani stated 90% of all mosques are not official mosques under the ministry of Haj and Islamic affairs. The loose or next to none regulatory measures for mosques poses a critical threat because seldom do we know what is being communicated in the mosques. The religious heads have an immense amount of power to sway men and women especially the younger generation. Having official mosques will bring transparency on all discussions in the mosque, which will keep tabs on religious leaders to be in accordance with all other mosques.
A vast amount of militants do travel across the border from Pakistan which is up to the political will of Pakistani government to stop the flow. However we cannot be victimized by their ignorance on their mosques and madrassas to discourage us to take action in our own country.
With official mosques we can now create accountability for the religious leaders which should insure they are relaying the right messages and advice to all members of the community who come to the mosque to worship. Transparency on all levels of the chain will rid of religious leaders who utilize religion as a tool to exercise power. Depoliticizing religion all together should be a vested interest for the success of the Unity Government.
The importance of the minister of religion and Hajj affairs has gone under the radar however it may be the one of the most powerful and influential cabinet positions. It may be the next step on peace and stability we have yearned for so long, we take pride on being an Islamic country which is only right to undergo these measures.
Osmani did receive the confidence vote and will be the Minster of Hajj and Islamic affairs, he impressed with his speech however many others in the past impressed with speeches but not much of that was translated to action.
On the question of how to combat militancy other than directly sending ANA, ANSF to battle or channeling concerns to the Pakistani government with little to none results, this can be the unlikely answer we have been searching for.