Is Pakistan the only one?

There is a lot of anger and rage in Muslim countries after the ridiculous Qura’an burning incident took place in Florida. The actions of that (so-called) pastor are shameful and extreme. His stupidity could have had put Christian lives in Muslim countries in jeopardy. His claim that Muslims are extremists, doesn’t hold any authority when he himself goes to such extreme measures.

On the other hand, his actions have brought Pakistani people out on the street (once again). I understand they are enraged (both Pakistani Christians and Muslims), why is it that only Pakistanis are showing so much ignorance and undisciplined? It is alright if you want to protest, but protest with unity! I have been reading news regarding these protests and everyone has their own agenda and name to the protest. Why is it that these (wayward and outrageous) protests are only happening in Pakistan? Is Saudi Arabia not Muslim? Are not Iran, Malaysia, Indonesia or United Arab Emirates not Muslim countries?

I fail to understand the fact that they all come out when Raymond Davis kills someone or he is released according to the ‘Shariah law’ or when the Qura’an is burnt or there are cartoons published in the West, but none of these individual take to the streets when Al-Qaeda or Taliban carry out their inhumane acts. They don’t protest when Taliban bomb mosques, kill women and children. Why? What message these people out on the streets trying to convey?

They have stopped businesses, transport is cut off, trade is halted just for their protest which frankly speaking means nothing to the West. All the other Muslim states (except for the majority in Middles East because they have their own issues) are going about minding their own business, while Pakistanis are out on the streets ‘trying’ to show their passion for Islam. It makes me wonder whether those countries where people didn’t come out on the streets are Islamic or Pakistan is the only one?

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About Hasan
A Muslim with a slightly different perspective. A student of history, theology and science.

11 Responses to Is Pakistan the only one?

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  2. sameen says:

    If protesting with unity is fair then where is the problem why should those who dont come out not be muslims and why should those who do come out be the only muslims………..i am sorry i fail to see where you are going……….we can protest to something cant we…… its so amazing that in one place you criticize the saudis for not letting anyone protest and now you appreciate them……….it seems that you would rather that ppl should protest against something else than this……….but sir if they prefer to protest on things like this then isnt this freedom of speech…..and maybe thats what the majority wants……maybe they dont think the crimes of taliban are as big as the war crimes of the US.

    • Hasan says:

      its so amazing that in one place you criticize the saudis for not letting anyone protest and now you appreciate them

      Not just Saudi Arabia, name any one ‘Muslim’ country which protested, closed their business just to protest on that… name just one.

      it seems that you would rather that ppl should protest against something else than this……….but sir if they prefer to protest on things like this then isnt this freedom of speech…..and maybe thats what the majority wants……maybe they dont think the crimes of taliban are as big as the war crimes of the US.

      Brilliant, if the majority is ignorant be an ignorant with them :)…. If these clerics are so deeply passionate about Islam why do they take aid from the petrol rich countries who don’t even protest when such incidents happen?

      You don’t see that these protests are divided because everyone is ‘Making hay while the sun shines’. It is their business to bring people out on the streets, they want power over the masses and the people play in their hands.

      • sameen says:

        doesnt everyone make hay while the sun shines……….in one of your previous articles you seemed to dislike the fact that freedom of speech isnt allowed in saudi now you seem to appreciate it ………clerics are all you discuss…………isnt this what every one does………..isnt this the bussiness of everyone……….doesnt US make hay by always crying terrorism terrorism abt muslim countries while at the same time commiting mass killings in muslim countries………….why cant the clerics do it as a propoganda technique as well is it a crime?…………..clerics taking aid from petrol rich countries……..they get so much aid from locals as well……….the clerics are not the majority of this nation and thus are not ignorant as you call them atleast not all of them while some of them are quite wrong……….the masses always tend to find their own way dont worry…………….if they dont want the clerics as you call them to come to power they wont let them…………….and if they want to then no one can stop them……….maybe these clerics can do something new which the previous and present idiots werent able to!

        • Hasan says:

          in one of your previous articles you seemed to dislike the fact that freedom of speech isnt allowed in saudi now you seem to appreciate it

          I am not talking about Saudi Arabia here! Malaysia is a Muslim country too, so is Indonesia, so is United Arab Emirates, so is Bangladesh, so is United Arab Emirates. Did people take to the streets too in those countries? NO Because they thought it is ridiculous to protest for something that has no significance. Pakistan is the only country where people are enraged because they have nothing better to do.

          The clerics are not the majority of this nation and thus are not ignorant as you call them atleast not all of them while some of them are quite wrong……….the masses always tend to find their own way dont worry…………….if they dont want the clerics as you call them to come to power they wont let them…………….and if they want to then no one can stop them……….maybe these clerics can do something new which the previous and present idiots werent able to!

          You are right not all clerics are ignorant, but these who are on streets and taking people away from their livelihoods and families are. You claim that masses will find there way, I am afraid that is not the case. I back my argument but telling you again that they have hijacked the religion of the masses. In our part of the world, religion is central to daily activities and if you give that in the hands of these illiterate (so called) clerics, then may God save you.

  3. methodus says:

    The actions of that (so-called) pastor are shameful and extreme.

    You were calling into question his status as a pastor in the above and that was what I was responding to. I have no problem with seeking to hold clerics accountable for the wrongs that they commit and did not at all argue against this in my post.

    That said, for now let us agree to disagree when it comes to the topic of violence and Islam.

    • Hasan says:

      That said, for now let us agree to disagree when it comes to the topic of violence and Islam.

      You can criticize Islam all you can, but the fact remains, Islam is the most peaceful religion, it is going through the same period which Christianity encountered in medieval times.

      • methodus says:

        let us hope so but i sincerely doubt it. the islamic religion is quite clear in the fact that peace with other religions is not its goal. a simple look at islamic eschatology for one thing supposes that muslims will once again make war on the basis of religion.

        • Hasan says:

          Much like those who initiated crusades in medieval times. Muslims are being deprived of the truth about Islam that is what’s causing such radicalization.

  4. methodus says:

    His stupidity could have had put Christian lives in Muslim countries in jeopardy. His claim that Muslims are extremists, doesn’t hold any authority when he himself goes to such extreme measures.

    Hasan are you serious? He was merely going to burn a book, Muslims were in fact fully prepared to slaughter people. You can not place these things on the same level. Sure what he was going to do was wrong yet this should not call into question his status as a pastor–everyone makes mistakes. That said, the manner in which the world responded is quite telling because it knew that Muslims would resort to violence if such a thing had indeed taken place and this says more about the inherent espousal towards violence within Islam than anything else.

    • Hasan says:

      Again, Islam doesn’t preach violence. The whole point of my post is to educate my fellow Muslims about Islam.

      Sure what he was going to do was wrong yet this should not call into question his status as a pastor–everyone makes mistakes.

      You are right everyone does, but if I lash on my clerics for doing something ‘un-orthodox’ which promotes violence, I will definitely question clerics of other religions too.

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