Religiosity increases among Kabul residents
Many Kabul residents say people’s interest in religion has increased. They remember how Kabul residents did not care of religious duties in the past particularly during the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA)’s government from 1357 to 1371.
They say it was jihad that promoted religiosity among people and boosted their faith in Islam.
Eighty-one-year old Ghafar, a resident of Zaman Khan area, said Kabul dwellers during the PDPA’s government had been less attentive to religious obligations and ignored Islamic teachings.
Some people would not fast during Ramadan and would throw parties in public and women would not wear hijab instead they would use short skirts and thin socks, Ghafar recalled.
“Alhamdullillah today most of Kabul women wear hijab and even attend Quran recitations during Tarawih prayers,” the elderly man said.
He said around 10,000 people, including women, participated in the complete Quran recitation at Abdur Rahman Khan Mosque in Kabul on the 27th of Ramadan. “It shows people’s love for their religion.”
Ghafar said only a handful of PDPA activists would attend mosques because police would see with suspicion worshipping men as mujahidin.
“One of my father’s friends, who would always busy worshiping in a mosque, was captured by police in that era and was never seen again,” he added.
Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, a political analyst and religious scholar, said though some jihadi leaders earned a bad name to jihad, but the holy war prevented people from un-Islamic acts and rescued the country from its enemies.
He said most people during the Mujahideen government would encourage their children to learn Islamic lessons and attend madrasas.
“Also now, many Afghan students graduate from world’s top Islamic universities. It shows people’s interest in Islam.”
Religious scholar Mufti Shams Rahman Frotan also said most women would not wear hijab during the communist regime.
“Despite the cultural aggression through the television, it is hopeful that most of our women wear hijab and people fast and attend Tarawhi prayers.”
He said waging jihad by the Afghans against the communist regime, their mass migrations to neighbouring Islamic countries and finding access to madrasas there were the reasons that made stronger their Islamic beliefs.
“I wish the jihadi leaders had not clashed for their personal interests after the victory of jihad. I wish they had not defamed the name of jihad by involving in differences. I believe all these leaders would face justice one day,” he said.
He asked the government to control TV channels and promotion of foreign culture through TV dramas filmed by foreigners as the productions would damage future generations.
He said currently 1,800 central mosques and 1,200 non-central mosques were open in Kabul.
During Ramadan, around 1000 to 1,500 people would attend mosques and Quran recitations in central mosques, he added.
Suraji said the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs planned to build a madrasa in every mosque to educate children about Islamic teachings.
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