The lesser species: Muslims

Yet another terrorist plot was nipped in the bud when two packages were found and taken into custody at Britain and Dubai.

Its Yemen this time. Yes, a ‘supposedly’ Muslim state. I wonder why Muslims around the world are still sleeping, why don’t they understand how humiliating this is to them? Why don’t we stand up to these radicals and tell them this is not ‘Islamic’ what they are doing? Are they living in dark ages still? Do they not know what Islam stands for?

Islam has always stood for peace and tranquility. It is always for the welfare of human kind. Why have Muslims forgotten their values? What’s even worse, the fact that they always plan huge massacres, be it in Pakistan, America, India or any other place on earth. Alright, if ‘your Islam’ allows you to go to such extents (which it does not by the way) at least be human?

Radicals take the holy scripture as their ‘motivation‘ to carry out such horrendous acts, what they don’t know (or at least they pretend it doesn’t exist) is that the same holy scripture has laid down some rules and guidelines. When to fight, how to fight, most importantly why to fight and who should fight.

22:40 Permission to fight is given to those against whom war is made, because they have been wronged — and Allah indeed has power to help them.

22: 41 Those who have been driven out from their homes unjustly only because they said, ‘Our Lord is Allah’ — And if Allah did not repel some men by means of others, there would surely have been pulled down cloisters and churches and synagogues and mosques, wherein the name of Allah is oft commemorated.

(Al-Hajj [22] verses 40-41)

How can the Holy Quraa’n be more clear about this subject. Islam is a modest religion. Even in the times of wars Muslims are reminded about the values of Islam.

2:191 And fight in the cause of Allah against those who fight against you, but do not transgress. Surely, Allah loves NOT the transgressors.

2:192 And kill them wherever you meet them and drive them out from where they have driven you out; for persecution is worse than killing. And fight them not in, and near, the Sacred Mosque until they fight you therein. But if they fight you, then fight them: such is the requital for the disbelievers.

2:193 But if they desist, then surely Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful. (hence show mercy to them)

2:194 And fight them until there is no persecution, and religion is freely professed for Allah. But if they desist, then remember that no hostility is allowed except against the aggressors.

(Al-Baqarah [2] verses 191-194)

What is so confusing about that? Clearly no where does it suggests to slaughter innocent beings. On the contrary, it is only permitted for Muslims to fight only if they are restricted to practice their beliefs. This goes to show how much Islam is against bloodshed, violence and terrorism. If only those who call themselves to be true Muslims could understand

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Heaven of the ignorant

Earlier this month a terrible suicide attack was carried out in Karachi Pakistan killing many individuals and left others in a deep trauma. Their only mistake was that they were visiting the shrine when these ignorant monsters decided to blow themselves up in the middle of a crowded place.  This incident created a new wave of fear and anxiety among the peaceful citizens of Karachi.

Militants“What causes a someone to go as far as to blow himself up, end his life just for the purpose of killing some innocent souls?” This question arises in many rational minds after reading or hearing news of such incident. I read an article on BBC News which was a story of one of the young boys who were held back and taken into custody before ‘blowing himself up’.

Abdus Salam, a young kid who hasn’t hit puberty yet, was ‘brainwashed’ to an extent that his immature mind was unable to think of something else. The stories or ‘motivational speeches’ used to convince this kid to do this horrible act are in a class of their own. He is promised heaven after he has committed the most horrible act. In his tiny mind, the kid is so confident about it that he can’t even think of anything else.

Though those brainwashing these innocent souls are clearly barbarians, there are some aspects of society and environment which make it easy for these morons to captivate the imagination of an innocent child such as Abdus Salam. In an Islamic society especially in Pakistan, young men and women, when they are growing up are told time and again by the elders that God (Allah) gets angry and punishes every small mistake, God is fierce, God’s wrath is unmatched, just to gain control over children. Children tend to be mischievous and adventurous but, they are constantly filled with only frightening version of God, why?

This is then abused by the radicals, who recruit these kids to fulfill their own agenda. Their job is made easier, the kid is afraid to face God and he doesn’t want to go to hell. Hence, the only way for the poor kid (according to his own limited intellect) is to sacrifice himself and enter the gates of heaven. Sadly enough, most of these kids haven’t even read and understood the Holy scripture.

What their guardians don’t tell them is that the omnipotent and almighty God is also the most loving and caring existence in the entire universe. He loves his creation more than a mother of a child. He is all forgiving, kind and most just of all. Ironically, this is what we keep from the young minds, consequently, rather been drawn towards God, the young mind tries to repel it and goes to an extent where his own life is of no value to him. We collectively can stop our next generation from playing into the hands of these (so called Islamist) interest groups who have nothing to do with Islam, by preaching them the truth about the Almighty. Otherwise they will be among those, who start out in search of heaven but the only heaven they end up in is the one of the ignorant.

Gazing at the edge of the Universe

Astronomers recently managed to look at the edge of the universe. It is a special moment in the history of the universe, because the light which have been spotted is claimed to travel for 13 billion years. It is when the universe was just about a billion years old. Quite a breakthrough!

While human kind across the world celebrates this remarkable event, Pakistanis are celebrating the ruling of judiciary over the 18th Amendment. To be fair to the people of Pakistan, many of them don’t even know what a light year is. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they think Earth is the center of this universe. That’s not their immediate problem though. People effected by the flood haven’t been rehabilitated yet, infrastructure across the country is devastated, blood rivers are flowing across the landscape of Pakistan and corruption continues as per tradition and there is no power and will to control this. Political leaders as usual are in a blame game, once again leading the nation into the darkness of ignorance, intolerance and rage.

The world has reached the edge of this Universe and it seems like Pakistan has gone back in time to the age where ‘civilization’ was just a concept.

The contractors of Islam

While browsing BBC News today, I came across an article which was very shocking and depressing. The article consists of different stories of women who fled Somalia to save their lives (Read the article). The country has been turned into hell by some interest groups who supposedly want Islamic law dominant in the country.

Somalia is an Islamic country, since the civil war, religion is just but an interpretation of some powerful individuals, in other words warlords. The article portrayed a very timorous period for these women in Somalia. At the same time, the gangs were referred to as “Islamists” who were carrying out such tragic acts. Rapes, forced marriages, mass murders and any other awful act you name it and its there. What’s more sad is, non in the supposedly Islamic world is standing against these crimes.

Why is it not evident to the Muslim world that it is the name of Islam which is at stakes. The defenders of Islam are found everywhere in the world. They protest on everything, at every time when there is an act of blasphemy against Islam. Well I ask them, whatever is happening in Somalia in the name of Islam, is this not blasphemy? Are these the values of a peaceful and tolerant religion? Where is your dignity as a Muslim, as a human being. These are the ones who are deteriorating the name of Islam every day. Somalia has been a failed state for about 20 years now, are these the symbols of an Islamic state?

These are the real threats to Islam, it is something that is also effecting Muslims across the world. No wonder we are thought of as militants, enraged, angry and emotional, and it will continue to be that way until and unless we reject them who use Islam as a tool to subdue those who are weak. If such barbaric acts continue in the name Islam we as Muslims should brace ourselves to be humiliated and defamed  more in the future. If this is not a wake up call, then I don’t know what will be.

Another ‘Islamist’

Another disgraceful day for Muslims around the world. A shameful act, done with no other intent than to put down Muslims across the world. Zachary Adam Chesser, 20, has pleaded guilty to supporting a Somali Islamist militant group and encouraging attacks on the writers of cartoon show South Park.

It is true that Muslims around the world are outraged but is this the way to take it out. No where it is allowed in Islam to kill someone just to feed your rage. The Prophet of Islam (whom this guy was ‘avenging’) set an example in for us in his lifetime. The renowned story of an old lady, who used to throw trash over the Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him).

Clearly it was an act of blasphemy, but analyze closely the behavior of the Holy Prophet. He willingly, go there at exactly that time where that old woman can throw trash on him, so that the woman don’t have to wait long in the hot climate of Arabia. One day the lady wasn’t there, the Holy Prophet went to her house and inquired about her health. The old lady was so moved by his gesture, she embraced Islam.

Do Muslims these days possess such temperament? Are those even eligible to be called Muslims who take up arms on such issues? Is it not a duty of the Muslim to follow the footsteps of their leader, the founder of Islam? What message are we sending out there? That we are short-tempered, outraged and highly emotional.

Muslims, as a nation, have lost their way and unless they go back to tracking the footsteps of the Holy Prophet and the teachings of Islam, they will be ridiculed, humiliated and dishonored for the rest of their lives.

Burnt and bloody: Karachi

Another sad incident in Karachi, the day ended claiming 29 lives, left many injuries and dreadful scenes at ‘Shershah’. Once again, Karachi has become a battlefield for a common man, the political parties and the gangs that terrorize the city. The government has failed (yet again) to bring order to the city which drives the economy of the country. Residents of Karachi are engulfed with fear and insecurity.

Karachi has been covered in blood for the past few years. Everyday killings, bombings and political confrontation has effected everyday life in the city which in turn has a cataclysmic effect as  I have discussed in my previous article. More grieving is the fact that law enforcement agencies have deteriorated in the city, crimes happen in broad daylight, corpses and killings are now a norm.

When is this going to stop? What are the (so-called) people’s representatives doing?. I guess we will never know. May be we will learn what to do if one of us (God forbid) is hit by this

To be or not to be

I have traveled around the world. The one difference I have seen in other countries, be it middle east or far east is a sense of security and tolerance among the natives, something that was found in Pakistan till year 2000 or 2001. Now everyday brings news of death of innocent Pakistanis.

Violence in Pakistan

Pakistani population is highly dominant with lower middle class, yet it is being ruled by those who are filthy rich who don’t even know their basic duties to the people of Pakistan. This government has failed miserably and yet neither the President nor the Prime Minister is brave enough to accept this fact.

Today, if you are in Pakistan, you take a step out of your residence and recite all the prayers you possibly can because you don’t know whether you will be coming back or not. For the people of Pakistan, it is a norm, they can hear the bomb blast in the back alley and still continue their work. It is very sad to know that we are becoming so insensitive. The state machinery has utterly failed, there is no value of a human life in our state.

On the other hand, when you go to England, France, Germany, Korea, U.A.E. or Malaysia, you get a certain peace of mind, a sense of freedom and security. There is only one question that comes to mind then, why are we like this? Why can’t we make our home like this? What’s missing back there? Why aren’t we free? Yes, life in Pakistan is no longer free. Life of a common man is enslaved by fear, tensions and misery.

PovertyThis isn’t an Islamic society, it certainly isn’t an active and caring government, tolerance is nowhere to be found, the rich are becoming richer and the poor are dying everyday. Suicides have increased, lawlessness has increased, corruption has reached new heights and adulteration is in every aspect of society. No longer can a common man live or (in today’s Pakistan) die peacefully. Where is Pakistan headed? Is there any bright future for us? For our new generation? Why are we becoming so insensitive?

If we are to survive in today’s competitive world, we have to change our course, we have to stand up for ourselves, we have to bring this system on track, perhaps change the system if required. There is a saying ‘God helps those who help themselves’, its time to help ourselves or in the future all of us will be wondering if we should be or not be in Pakistan.

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