Effects Of Imam’s Low Wages

Effects Of Imam’s Low Wages

Due to low wages of Imams, so many regret becoming an Alim.
So many have left Imamat in the Masjid and prefer doing Imamat in hospitals and jails as Chaplains.
Obviously, young Ulama do have a desire to have a good car, house, etc.

Qur’an says, “Wealth and children are a beauty of this of world.” (Surah 18: 46)
Poverty leads to Kufr (Musnad Ahmad)

Qur’an says, “Don’t give your wealth to the stupid.” (Surah Nisa: 5)
Meaning don’t squander or waste wealth.

We are told to give Zakat once a year. This also proves, it’s allowed to have savings.
Prophets also earned a living.

The Prophet (SAW) shepherd goats for money.
Hadhrat Dawood (AS) made armour.
Hadhrat Idrees (AS) was a tailor.
Hadhrat Sulayman (AS) was a king and so was Hadhrat Yusuf (AS).
Hadhrat Abdur Rahman Bin Auf (RA) was rich.
Imam Abu Hanifa (RAH) was a businessman.
Imam Malik (RAH) was rich.

Meaning, piety and wealth can be a great blessing.

Due to low wages, the Imams struggle with their daily lives especially their children who obviously want what other children have.
They have to work in 2/3 places to make ends meet. This results in them being tired and not giving 100% in their duty as an Imam and teaching children.
Some are told to claim benefits which for an Alim especially an Imam, is a disgrace because it’s equal to begging.

Also, constant worry of what will become of their family if they suddenly pass away. E.G. In one institute, when an Alim passed away, after Iddah when the wife and children were told to leave the premises, the wife was seen crying saying, “Where should we go, we have nowhere to go and no savings.”

One Imam, after a long service had to quit because of his illness but for his medication, had to depend on Zakat.