A real life superhero

Aitzaz HasanJanuary 6, 2014. It was just another day in Ibrahimzai, in Hangu district of Pakistan. A young boy from this small village, never thought this would be the day he will lose his status as a mortal, to become immortal for his nation. He would go on and make history.

Aitzaz Hasan was standing outside the gates of his school  with his friends, when a man with beastly intentions tried to gain access to his school. This sick being wanted nothing else other than to put to death, if not thousands, hundreds of children who were inside the school compound. As the story goes, Aitzaz confronted him despite the pleas and cries of his friends. He fearlessly asked them to get shelter and went ahead, grabbed that stonehearted man in his arms, what followed next was inevitable.

In a glimpse of a second, this brave kid went from being an ordinary boy, to being a symbol of gallantry. Only few before him have imitated what he did, just a few. What was extra ordinary in Aitzaz’s case was the fact that he was only 14 or 15 years of age. An age where many like him would be enjoying their youth, going out with friends having fun around. But not Aitzaz, the moment he saw that coward marching towards the school, he was clear in his mind what he had to do. His goal was to save the precious young lives, a new generation in the making. To achieve his goal, he paid the ultimate price.

Words cannot suffice his act of bravery, no amount tears are enough for his patriotism. In a nation which is divided into castes, sects, ideologies and classes, comes a 15 year old kid who’s selfless act saved many families from visiting the graveyard that day. His bravery, shines in the face of those cowards, who are bathed in the blood of many before him. He sent out a clear message to them, to the enemies of his motherland. He showed them that there is still hope, there is still an Aitzaz ready to lay down his life when his motherland is in need. Let the terrorists know, that there are more like Aitzaz than those who are intimidated by their cowardice.

No medal, no prize is enough for this act of valor, no honor too big. Children of Ibrahimzai school, went back to school the following day but they will remember January 6th, they will remember it as the day they were virtually given new lives. The children of that school will remember that day, when they witnessed a boy who used to be like one of them, become a hero. “A real life superhero”.

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Smoker’s Corner: The caliph dream

Young educated Pakistanis are struggling to find practical political, social and economic examples of the faith-driven Utopia that they were told Pakistan was to be, writes NFP.

via Smoker’s Corner: The caliph dream.

The ‘only’ way out for Muslims (especially for Pakistani Muslims)

On a tribune blog post I was asked a question:

how do you think ‘taking up religion’ will help our cause when Muslims themselves remain divided on so many aspects of Islam? How does one ‘take up religion’?

here is my response, which I think is the main issue in all of this

The reason ‘Muslims’ stand divided today is because they have left others to decide their religion. For instance, since when did the ‘clergy’ have the power to dub anyone ‘non-Muslim’? They do it and the rest follow blindly. I can give many examples.

What is causing this ‘radicalization’? Why are these who call themselves Muslims hell-bent on taking innocent lives? Even the educated fail to take up issues with the clergy when it comes to belief. For instance, how can you ask a young Muslim man not to wage Jihad? or ask a cleric to stop preaching about it? My question is what according to you is educated and literate?

General Zia, in his ruling period, formed a team of elite ‘scientists’ who were sent to research how to harness the power of djinns. Measure the temperature of hell, find the speed of heaven. Should they be considered literate? Now the other side of the story, a simple man from Jhang, who was educated in this country, goes on to win the Nobel prize in Physics for his famous electro-weak theory (which I doubt many Pakistanis know about) and he is dubbed infidel and thrown out of the country. Why? because he said he found this enlightenment from the Holy Qura’an. Should I consider him illiterate? I am ofcourse talking about Professor Dr. Abdus Salam.

The messed up religious views have created another level of illiterate, they are known as the educated illiterate. Our armed forces personnel are provided with education on science and technology, even they cannot stop this ‘radicalization’ from infiltrating their ranks. Whether you agree or not, even education will not be able to fix this radicalization. I say that because we have examples of ‘western educated’ Muslims turning into radicals. An investigative report suggests that even at this moment this radicalization have penetrated into our Universities.

We have to take up religion personally, take interest, be curious about it. It is not merely fairy tales (like we are made to believe by the clergy), it is the ONLY way out of this.

Making martyrs out of terrorists

Yes, it happens nowhere else, but Pakistan. I was shocked and disgusted at the news myself, how can one dub Osama bin Laden a martyr? Have Pakistanis learned nothing yet? Why is the clergy hell-bent on deteriorating Pakistan’s (already maligned) image? I wonder who votes for these pathetic people.

Osama Bin Laden, the man who has the blood of millions including Muslims (even Pakistanis) on his hands. These self-proclaimed clerics who take half of their aid from the US are preaching the infamous ‘jihad’ against it proclaiming Bin Laden was a martyr!
Utter nonsense.

Did they miss how US flew into to Pakistan (completely paralyzing its defenses) and took Osama away in less than 24 hours? What happened, whether it is another conspiracy or not, that’s a different story. But, it goes to show that US can do anything, anywhere in Pakistani territory on its will and Pakistanis can’t do anything about it. This being the second time after the release of Raymond Davis, the infamous American terrorist.

Pakistan is a beggar to the US. It survives because of its aid, all major investments in Pakistan are based in the West. Yet, somehow these delusional beings want the country to stand up against the US? It is stupid but what else can we expect from these extremists, who reads the likes of Maududi, the father of hypocrites. Why is the nation blind, why do they fail to see that the biggest threat is dwelling within us, within our land and not coming from outside.

If this ignorance continues within Pakistan and its people, it is no doubt an invitation to God’s wrath and it is not far-fetched that America will be the bearer of it. These ignorant beings will meet the same shameful, painful and merciless end that Bin Laden met with. Osama Bin Laden, is nothing but a dead man, I might not even use the word man for him, he’s a dead cowardly beast.

Martyr heh!, I bet these self-proclaimed clerics don’t even know the meaning of the word martyr.

Reform the mindset, not individuals

Recently I went through an article observing the militant behavior of the tribe dwellers of Pakistan. I appreciate the good intention of the author, but her insight on this menace of ‘Islamic militancy’ is incomplete or limited.  It isn’t just Pakistan, majority Muslim on earth are brought up with the same interpretation of Qura’an. Muslims may or may not agree, but the whole theory of the ‘glorified Jihad’ (the armed one) is fed since they are very young.

This early radicalization of one’s belief is the root cause of these people being exploited by the extremists. I was reading the interview of one of these failed bombers in a Urdu newspaper and I was shocked and disgusted what they did with this innocent minds, turning them into killing machines. Please be cautioned that it might be explicit to certain readers, here is the abstract of that report.

The young boy claimed he was shown videos of Palestine, Kashmir and Afghanistan and told that he must wage Jihad against these people who are fighting with Muslims. In return, he will be married to 72 virgins in heaven. Then he was taken into a completely dark room, where he was asked to touch a girl/woman for a brief moment who was brought so closely he could feel her breath. He was told that he would get not one not two but seventy-two virgins like this up there.
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While they were driving him to the site, his eyes were covered, the driver started to drive wayward claiming that the 72 virgins are here to claim him that is why he is avoiding them to get hit.

Quite the craftsmen I must say, they exploit every inch of deprivation of these young men. Not only do they tell them of the fruits of heaven, they actually make them feel closer to it. And to imagine the Taliban want ‘Shariah‘, just thinking about this makes me sick. In the light of the report I quoted above, I must say that Talibans aren’t the culprit, the real con are religious clerics and the beliefs they put in the heads of young children. It is an open fact that what you put in a child’s mind grows firm as they age. The concept of Jihad and heaven is built within a young ones since they learn to talk. Apparently what the Taliban / Al-Qaeda is doing, is using this ‘Muslim belief’ and turning it against them.

I agree that reforms are required, but not just in the militants, in every Muslim, every individual. The solution is that we (the Muslims) need to take up religious beliefs and try to rationalize them. Take interest in it as we take interest in other subjects like arts or science. Once we are free from the ‘helping hand’ of these clerics, difference will be eminent. Those who are hell-bent on feeding their clerics, claim that not everyone is the same, it might be true, but they are teaching from the same books. There might be nothing wrong with these clerics but, I for once never met a cleric who knew what Andromeda is, or what was Einstein’s theory of relativity.

The holy scriptures are filled with scientific knowledge if read with a clear mind and pondered upon. But these (self-proclaimed) clerics fail to understand that, and in turn preach the same to the young ones. Religion is something which is personal to every individual, it has been stolen from the Muslims and controlled by these clerics. History has taught us that religion has been the basic attribute of all civilizations. When religion is no longer in ones discipline, then there is no stopping to its use against them.

The “delusional” Pakistani Media and the “scared” elite

In the aftermath of the inhuman murder of ex-minister of minorities Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti, the reaction/analysis of numerous media anchors, defense analysts and the political elite was very baffling and chary. It was shocking to see that those who have the responsibility to inform the country, educate them about their surroundings and happenings, are misleading the entire nation. They are trying to ‘clear’ the name of the terrorist group called Tehreek-e-Taliban, by claiming ‘international conspiracy’ is behind this ghastly murder.

They defend their perspective by claiming the fact that ‘no Muslim can throw pamphlets with Holy scriptures written on it, on the ground‘. With all due respect, does Taliban do anything ‘Muslim’? Does the Taliban have any respect for Islam and Islamic values? They conspire against the state, eradicate innocent people, damage state / civilian properties, is there ANYTHING Islamic about that? If you claim to be the ‘free media’ savior of the nation, whistle-blower of crime and corruption, why aren’t you free to criticize the Taliban and condemn them?

The only reason I can take from this behavior is that everyone, even the media and the government is scared of the Taliban or avoiding their name on purpose. Why? Because they are either scared, or have political interests associated with these incendiary organizations. Some time ago, I heard on the news that one of the famous media figure had relations with some Taliban militants, he was recorded on live call with someone. Back then, it came as a shock to me and I couldn’t believe it. Today I am forced to think otherwise.

If (lets say hypothetically) it is a ‘foreign conspiracy‘ or work of ‘international agents‘, then why isn’t there any reaction from the religious section yet? The Sunni Tehreek has given a call of strike, not because of the murder, but to protest against the price hike! Seems like a murder of a parliamentarian is normal to them, as they have their own issues to protest for.

They are overlooking the fact that Mr. Bhatti, a while ago, told the government and the media that he has received threats from militants, regarding his stance on the controversial blasphemy law. The intelligence agencies have warned Ms. Sherry Rehman, that she ‘might be‘ the next target. Is that an international conspiracy too? Is she getting calls from India or America? All these factors conclude that the culprit is indeed these extremist, ignorant, militant groups, who are not only ruining the reputation of Pakistan but hurting the cause of Islam too. So stop defending them, stop getting scared and delusional IF you claim to be free. Because if the media and information sources are delusional and political elite is scared, God knows what will become of the nation.

Taking hypocrisy to a new level

There is a saying,  “the true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity”; I think that this quote sums up all the politico-religious groups in Pakistan.

Since the infamous incident of Lahore, there has been a lot of controversy theories developing within the political system of Pakistan. This is a tough one for, not just for the government, but everyone even remotely involved with politics or government. Wikileaks have proven the fact that every political figure is either directly or indirectly in contact with the American establishment. Americans will not tolerate the fact that its ‘official’ gets punished for being a terrorist by another country, since they are the leaders in the global war on terror.

The issue has grown out of proportions, it’s now a matter of dignity rather justice. Americans have already announced that the case of Raymond Davis will affect the bonds between Pakistan and the United States, which (it may not appear the case to a commoner) is taken very seriously in Pakistani political camps. I don’t have to re-iterate the revelations of Wikileaks, one can figure why some in Pakistani politics are so keen to hand Raymond Davis over to American officials.

The most interesting side to this story is the one of our politico-religious sections. Progressions, are being carried out, speeches are being made, banners are raised and (American) flags are burnt in protest of the murders carried out by Raymond Davis in broad daylight. Ofcourse no one in their right mind can defend the extreme actions of Raymond Davis, every Pakistani is in a state of shock and rage after what happened in Lahore that day, this man should be brought to justice and that should happen in Pakistan only. But these people who are once again bringing the nation on the streets, are the same who not so long ago were celebrating the horrifying murder of Salman Taseer. Those who celebrate one murderer (Mumtaz Qadri) are condemning the other one (Raymond Davis). It really confuses me, how people follow these ignorant, self-centered, deceiving and self-proclaimed scholars who openly contradict their own actions? First the infamous ‘Namoos-e-Risalat Tehrik’, now Raymond Davis, they just need an issue, may it be calling Islam a peaceful religion (they don’t like it at all), or anything against the United States of America and they will make it look like its an ‘attack on belief’.

Why is it that the nation fails to observe their hypocrisy? When will Muslims of Pakistan will understand that fact that they are being played by these (self-proclaimed) religious scholars? How will the common Muslim know his religion is being hijacked by an ignorant man who doesn’t even know laws of Physics? The only way to put an end to this is to separate religion from politics. If that doesn’t happen, this menace will bring more shame and misery to the Nation.

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