Islam and Sectarianism
is not Pakistan’s first Nobel-winning pariah. Her predecessor was Dr Abdus
Salam, who won the physics prize in 1979. Also in exile when his Nobel honour
was announced, Salam, an Ahmadi, left Pakistan when the Bhutto regime decided
to pass an edict that declared Ahmedis as non-Muslims. Today, his pioneering work in subatomic
physics, his prediction of the ‘God particle’ or Higgs Boson, and his Nobel,
failed to keep him alive as a hero in his land…..
Farahnaz Ispahani,Former Pakistan MP
… atrocities on
minorities in Pakistan were one of the worst in the world, and blasphemy laws
were used against non-Muslims as instruments of repression and suppression in
almost 99.9 percent of the cases. False blasphemy cases, changes in school
curricula, attacks on places of worship, terrorist attacks, kidnappings and
forced marriages were used as part of what she termed “militant hostility”……
We don’t like
heroes, Malala. We like battered souls that we can showcase to the world. We
want to humiliate the ‘colonialists’ and the ‘imperialists’ for their crimes,
real or imagined, against the Muslims of the subcontinent. We want them to
acknowledge the Iqbalian paradise we lost to the plots and schemes of the
‘outsiders’. Any mention of the incalculable harm caused by perpetrators within
us, does not assist that narrative. We do not want to acknowledge the bigotry
within, of which I know something too…..
If the world of
the Islamic Uma is not a homogenous one, contrary to what the elites would like
us to believe, then Muslim populations in sub-Saharan Africa are equally
heterogeneous. They share the same pillars of Islam, but they live their
religion rooted in local languages and cultures and in accordance with the
religious values of the land. There is not a strong Arab-Islamic cultural
heritage here, which makes these differences more pronounced. This is most
notable in the degree of secularisation of laws and political systems……
According to a
parable, when Prophet Abraham was cast into a fire by the tyrant king Nimrod,
the spectacle was met with horror by a small bird. It spread its wings and
soared to a nearby river, where it filled its beak with water. The bird carried
these meagre drops to where the fire was lit before going back for more. The
water it fetched was of course, not enough to quell the raging flames. An
arrogant crow mocked the bird's scurrying efforts and haughtily told him: ‘How
can you hope to douse the fire with such little water? Surely you realise that
there is nothing you can do?’ The bird remained unperturbed and calmly replied:
‘When I meet with God, He will not ask me whether I was able to put out the fire,
He will only inquire whether I did my part to see that it was extinguished.’…..
harassed by secret services and "self-defence forces" who search
homes, offices and mosques. Tatar university students are being forced to apply
for Russian citizenship and passports with the threat of not receiving their
diplomas, if they refuse. Certain Islamic books, including school educational
books, previously considered legal under the Ukrainian law, have been banned…..
Zeeba T Hashmi
Where is this hatred really stemming from? There is so much of it that an important international Pakistani physicist, Nobel Prize winner Dr Abdus Salam, has been deprived of national recognition and pride because of his Ahmadi connection. They did not even spare the respect and sanctity of his gravestone. Instead of praising Dr Abdus Salam for his pivotal role in the field of Physics, schools across Pakistan mount portraits of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the known plagiarist and convicted thief who is being presented as a national role model…..
Demanding that Muslims must condemn the ISIS is typical xenophobic and communal nonsense. We don't have to condemn something that we didn't create nor support. Let those who created ISIS condemn it and stop supporting it. Let them freeze their funding which will stop them as surely as a hole in the head. Let their creators and funders understand that they are not fooling anyone. We the people of the world and we the Muslims are more than aware of what is going on and are able to see the schemes behind the events. We are not fooled by the whimpering of captive media who have sold the very spirit of free press and journalism down the drain…..
ISIS has unleashed its blitzkrieg in Syria and Iraq. Its lightening advance in the Levant region has not only caused ripples in the western world but has also aroused sectarian animosity that had been simmering under the surface in the Muslim world. The recent massacre of Yazidis has further escalated the conflict by compelling the US and its allies to intervene ….
Principles of democracy cannot stand true in spirit unless much needed reforms in the electioneering process are made that can ensure representation of all segments of society. Without their voice, the election process remains dubious, despite the fact that it has been enshrined in the writ of the land and strategically designed ballot protocols are being followed.....
Extremist groups successfully target religious minorities and anybody who dares to speak out in their defence, including Government officials. Judges and lawyers have also come under threat for defending and acquitting blasphemy defendants....
Islam rejects sectarianism intolerance and extremism, which was the cause of decline of previous believers and corruption of scriptures. Allah says: “Their doom is because Allah has revealed the Book with the truth; surely those who seek causes of dispute in the Book (The Qur’an) are in extreme schism (divergence).”(Qur’an; 2:176). Initially the people followed the teachings of their Apostles and scriptures but later followers innovated and corrupted the original message creating sects….
The seat of this great sectarian battle
was Rana Public School, owned and run by the MLA of the area Mr. Noor Salim Rana. A small quarrel over a petty
issue during the 15 August celebrations in the school turned into a Shia-Sunni
clash in which dozens of holy fighters from both the ‘armies’ were injured.
Some of them are cooling their heels in the local police station. The saddest
part of this story is that a number of persons involved in this clash are
students from Kashmir, majority of whom are from Shia community. They stay at a
hostel near the school and study in colleges in the area. They are absconding
after the incident.
A country for Muslims built on Islamic principles ostensibly meant that the non-Muslims would have no, or at best, secondary roles in matters of the state and also in the society at large. Sir, exactly the same has happened. We have been successful in driving out the Hindus and Sikhs from this, our holy land. That turned out to be the best way to solve the ‘minority problem’ that you delved into so passionately. Some in Sindh, however, have been very stubborn and refuse to leave their ancestral land. Rest assured, a lot of patriotic people are working on this, with a success story making headlines in newspapers every other day......
If India was to discontinue this tradition and replace it with Hindu majoritarianism, it would embark on the same trajectory as its neighbours — except Nepal, where secularism has recently become the order of the day. The past experience of the other countries of South Asia shows that minorities have been the first casualties of the erosion of secularism, regardless of the majority religion. ……
Shame on you for not standing by Jinnah’s advocacy for minorities. He clearly specified in his maiden address that the minorities living in Pakistan would have equal rights, obligations as well as privileges. He stated, “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”…..
The foster parents of Isis and the other Sunni Jihadi movements in Iraq and Syria are Saudi Arabia, the Gulf monarchies and Turkey. This doesn’t mean the jihadis didn’t have strong indigenous roots, but their rise was crucially supported by outside Sunni powers. The Saudi and Qatari aid was primarily financial, usually through private donations, which Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, says were central to the Isis takeover of Sunni provinces in northern Iraq: ‘Such things do not happen spontaneously.’ In a speech in London in July, he said the Saudi policy towards jihadis has two contradictory motives: fear of jihadis operating within Saudi Arabia, and a desire to use them against Shia powers abroad.....
“We have learned in the Madrasas that if you kill any Hindu on a Friday, you will reach heaven.” The parents of Sajid gave Rs. 2000 to Neto’s family members and Sajid’s relatives took Neto to the Bone Care hospital in Hyderabad for necessary medical treatment and checkups. There it was identified that Neto had a fracture in his arm and injuries on his head. After some treatment the Qazi family took Neto back to his home where he is still bed-ridden.....
The new proxy wars in the Middle East are using sectarian identities as a smoke screen for narrow political agendas. Extremists are manipulating past grievances to start modern wars. What is reassuring is the fact that the vast majority of Sunni and Shiite Muslims do not consider themselves to be soldiers of a sectarian war. Ahl us-Sunna and Ahl al-Bayt are two branches of Islam that originate from the same source. The followers of Sunni and Shia Islam worship the same God and believe in the same prophet. They turn to the same Qibla to pray. They believe in the same principles of testimony (Shahadah), prayer (Salah), fasting (sawm), alms giving (Zakah) and pilgrimage (Hajj). They uphold the same moral principles of justice, mercy, trust, steadfastness, forgiveness and unselfishness……
Dr. Sanchita Bhattacharya
It won't be inappropriate to say that the prevailing blasphemy law is consuming Pakistani society from within. In a way, these laws provide legitimacy to commit heinous crime and human rights violation in a country that is ranked 157 out of 162 countries in the 2013 Global Peace Index. It is an all-purpose tool in the service of intolerance. The law has often been used against religious minorities, but Muslims are paying the price as well. Unfortunately, there is hardly any possibility to repeal the law.....
When ISIL enounced its plan earlier in June to lay waste Shia Islam and destroy everything and everyone related to it, millions across not only Iraq but the Islamic world understood that terror had just came knocking on their door. ISIL – the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – a terror group so radical in its thinking and brutal in its methods that Al Qaeda itself felt the need to distance itself from its commanders, has, with one simple statement shook the very foundations of the Islamic Ummah….
When extremists threaten chaos and destruction, they are harming their people in Sunni provinces who are suffering more than others. Sunni extremists, as well as Shiite extremists, must see beyond the end of their noses and realize the political fact that they will not find one Sunni state - or any other state - that will support them if they decide to sabotage reconciliation, or if they push towards toppling the political regime instead of reforming it, or if they decide to divide the country…..
In Iraq, almost everyone is concerned about the future, both personal and communal. They're afraid that the map of the new Middle East is being drawn on their dead bodies and that their blood is the ink…..
So we finally stepped over the line. When the first Malaysian suicide bomber died in Syria, we finally put to rest the idea that Malaysian Muslims would never do this. For so long, we have believed that suicide in itself is a sin and such drastic action is sinful because it harms and kills innocent people. But now these concepts seem not to hold water any more. In the age of social media, not only are our youth going off to fight wars in a foreign land, they are even boasting about it to all their friends back home via Facebook and Twitter. They need this self-advertising in order to ensure that everyone thinks of them as heroes and warriors, fighting for a cause that nobody really understands……
Had Bush and Blair not decided to invade Iraq in 2003, would ISIS be wreaking havoc right now? Of course not. Health permitting, it would be Saddam Hussein who would be taking care of the wreaking bit. And, with Saddam at the helm, why would there be any need for a Sunni militant reactionary movement? Plus Saddam wasn’t a fan of militancy that wasn’t orchestrated via his command......
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid