“Are churches and religious communities part of the civic society?”
If it refers to the religious communities of the celestial religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) – of course they are.
As it is known, in its spiritual, divine existence, the Islamic religious community is not of the world, but in the world and it shares with it its historical passing throughout time. The first important mission of this community is supernatural, not natural, because this mission and task is salvation of the human souls and the whole man, not building the human society. According to that, this important mission of the Islamic religious community does not have anything direct with the social and the political sphere from which its mission clearly differs and distances itself.
On the other hand, by its supernatural objective and determination, the human personality radically exceeds the society, but on natural level the man is in a way part of it. Regardless of how much subordinated it is to everything supernatural, the mission of building, ennobling and humanization of the human or civic society is very important, more than necessary and even inevitable task and objective, for which all the members, especially the Muslim believers or believers in general, everyone in his own way and in his own place, according to his possibilities and capabilities – should single or collectively contribute. For that purpose the Islamic religious community not only can, but also wants to give its contribution. It did it in the past and it is doing it nowadays, too, when maybe more than ever it is called in a special way to act in the society through its members, not going to a political area, nor letting get involved in political events and some political activities, because according to its mission it is not political. This is the reason why politics, which plays a very important role, should not expect the religious communities to get politicized.
In order to realize the above mentioned objectives, religious communities should be given back their estates and provided with the necessary social insurance for their clerks. There is nothing better than serving God.
Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Sciences – Skopje