Posted on 06/29/2012 by __socrates

In connection with the mosques of cities and villages there are appointed districts not unlike English parishes. Within these districts the Imam of the mosque is held responsible for the marriages and burials of the people, and his services can be claimed for these ceremonies, for which he receives customary fees. Any other Maulawi performing marriages or burials, is expected to obtain the permission of the Imam of the parish. In fact, the position of the Imam of a mosque is similar to that of a beneficed clergyman. He receives the marriage and burial fees, fees at the ceremony of circumcision, thank off offerings on the birth of a child or on recovery from sickness presents on the festival days, &c., as well as the waqf or endowment, of the mosque.

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam