Are we lost in Transition?


Are we lost in Transition?

“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.”

 

Quaid-e-Azam M.A. Jinnah in address to first constituent assembly, Aug 11, 1947



The Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the land for which our forefathers sacrificed their lives in order to allow us or to at least to give us a chance to live a free life. To allow Muslims to freely practice their religion without the fear of being attacked by Hindus, who before
partition used to throw dirt and animals inside mosques and attacked people while they used to be praying. For this reason, the land was named ‘The Islamic Republic of Pakistan’ with Islam being the main religion, while all other religions given full freedom to practice their religion at the same time.

 

After 63 years of independence, we Pakistanis have made ourselves ignorant of the key purpose to get divided. The true spirit of Islam has lost itself in this long span of time and we have become more of hypocrites than Muslims. We only find refuge in complaining and protesting. If a mosque is demolished in some other country, we take out rallies and burn the flags of the country where Muslims are denied their religious rights, playing the basic human rights card.

 

However, the Muslims living in Pakistan, the land created for Muslims, fail to practice or let others practice Islam and offer prayers. We never close shops for namaz with the exception of the Friday Namaz. We look at men with beards and women with burqas with suspicion. We have been successful in stopping people from other religions attacking mosques and religious gathering but at the same time, we Muslims have started attacking each other’s places of worship and religious gatherings, not leaving a chance of accusing the other sect of being against Islam and labeling the people “kaffir.”

 

The level of ignorance has reached such new heights that now many educational institutions here have also started scheduling exams at the time of namaz forcing students to either miss their namaz or the exam. The cost of namaz is equalivent to feeding 60 people twice a day for 60 continous days. People abroad talk about how expensive the education there has become, here the educational institutions are nearly forcing students to miss their namaz, think about how expensive education here has become.

 

For Muslims, the life of The Prophet (PBUH) is an example and we should try to follow his footsteps to some extent at least. He, no matter what the other person did to him, never disassociated himself from anyone and would always be the first one to go and help that person.

 

Muslims following his footsteps should be kind hearted, ignore the petty differences in beliefs and assist people when they are in need, irrespective of the sect they belong to.

 

The Quaid’s promise of allowing religious freedom to every individual has not been fulfilled either. Despite 63 years or independence and freedom, we still have not provided religious freedom to minorities. We still do not have a Synagogue for Jews, if there are any in Pakistan, to practice their religion. Compare to our situation the situation in our neighboring country is relatively better in this aspect, especially in cities like Lucknow where the provincial government has 9th and 10th of Muharram as official holidays.

 

We still have a long way to go in fulfilling the promises made by our Founder to the nation. Despite 63 years have passed, we have not made any significant progress in this aspect instead we have lost the path laid out by Islam which was to a large extent inherited.



Affan Khan

A student of business management


  • S Nasrullah

    Obviously, the writer is not familiar with his strictures and has confounded the “Kuffaara” for missing a “Fast” deliberately or without plausible excuse, with “Farz Namaz”. If one misses his Namaz, he could atone for it by praying “Qaza” Namaz. with a liberal timeline.

    The writer mentioned in the passing of excesses the Muslims faced performing their religious rituals, without hinting it as rare or regular. Also, the writer has resented the unjustified and unwarranted apathy, a tiny minority of Muslims exhibit to other religions’ places of worship.

    I am reminded of that great prolific Urdu Fiction writer, Gen (R) Shafique-ur-Rehman, who had caustically remarked about Critics of Books venturing to write their critique reading the Preface only or looking at the Get-up or even holding the book in the hand, as if weighing it rather than reading it..

    My friend NASAH hastily picked up opening sentences of the script, torn out of context, to upbraid the writer of the Blog, while the Loyal Indian Chouhan was emboldened to berate Affan Khan, forgetting that Babri Masjid desecration was not pre-historic incident. A clear case of “A smattering of everything and a knowledge of nothing”.

    • Raj Chouhan

      Babri Masjid case was a sheer political and rarest case happened in India for which we all accept it was a black spot on India and we and particularly Hindus feel ashamed for it. Fortunately ‘God Forbid” India has learnt the lesson from it. Do you Nasrullah ji have the same courage to accept the SINS committed by the fundamentalists supported by your agencies against minorities residing in Pakistan and against India and Indians? Hundreds of Hindus families have migrated from Pakistan but not a single Muslim family from India has migrated to Pakistan, do you know the reasons Mr. Nasrullah ji?? We can move forward only if we forget the past . India and Indians have also tons of grievances but it would not yield any result. Once again I would emphasis that Indians Muslims are very happy here and have no grievances then others should not react on it. “No knowledge is much better then Distorted /Biased/Baseless/False/Misguiding and half cooked knowledge”.