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Where God once lived

December 6, 1992 will always be engraved in the memories of Muslims and Hindus residing all across the globe especially in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The day marks the demolition of Babri Masjid which was built in 1598 on a site which is considered sacred for many Hindus. The communal riots that followed the demolition claimed over 2,000 lives of people from both religions.

The resonance of the demolition was felt across borders, both in Pakistan and Bangladesh, where many Hindus suffered the wrath of angry Muslims seeking revenge for the blasphemous act. Dozens of Hindu temples were desecrated, whereas hundreds of Hindus living in Pakistan and Bangladesh faced retaliatory acts of violence in almost all the major cities of both countries

The unfortunate incident raises many questions such as how are the people, who attack temples or churches, considered better than the people who demolish mosques? How is the desecration of one holy site justified whilst the other is not? Shouldn’t demolition of such sites be considered blasphemous no matter which religion is affected by it? And most importantly are people who are destructive towards other religious sites entitled to retaliate or even complain when their sacred sites are damaged?

It is quite ironical how we retaliate when our religious sites are desecrated; however, when we carry out the same blasphemous acts against other places of worship we consider our acts in accordance with religious decrees. Does any religion consider acts of violence and destruction permissible? The fact that we all know the answer to the aforementioned question infuriates me further because it is not lack of awareness which motivates people to do this, but sheer bigotry and intolerance.

Almost two decades after the demolition of the mosque in question, I wonder if we have learnt any lessons from our previous mistakes. The fact that religious sites are still vandalised, and the violence that ensues such acts, speak volumes about our moral decline and ineffectiveness to learn from the precedent.

Whether it is the demolition of Gosha-e-Aman, or act of vandalism against a Hindu temple in Peshawar or the desecration of a Sikh temple in Mardan by the land mafia, the lack of inter-faith harmony is reflected in all aspects.

Whether such violent behaviour is considered a move to convert non-Muslims or a way to eradicate minorities is yet to be established, however, it is quite evident that the hostility certainly does not deter them from practising their religion.

A Roman Catholic from Karachi, on condition of anonymity, said “I clearly remember the day when St Patrick’s Cathedral was attacked in 1998. It was a bomb attack which fortunately did not kill anyone; however, the interior of the cathedral was damaged greatly. Some churchgoers were reluctant to attend mass for weeks but most of us firmly believed that when our time will come nothing would be able to hold us back. This is our way of life. This is our belief and nothing will stop us from practising what we do.”

Further interaction with people from other religions also proved that its not just Muslim fundamentalists who entice people to resort to violent tactics. Fanatics from other religions are also following the same strategies.

A Christian, on condition of anonymity, said, “Biblical prayers, that we grew up reciting, are now being altered. Amendments are being made and they are being modified to motivate Christians to consider Muslims and Hindus inferior.”

“We tend to mind our own business, keep a constant check on our religious sites and do not allow people from other religions to frequent our places of worship. It is not widely known but we frequently receive threats from various religious groups which is why we have become even more reclusive. In fact, most of us are instructed to stay away from non-Parsis,” said a Parsi.

Their narratives proved that the hatred and insecurity are mutually felt by all religious groups. Whether we talk about Parsis, Christians, Hindus or Ahmadis, the lack of respect for each other’s beliefs is palpable. However, the question is: has the majority not given the minorities ample reason to be hostile towards us?

One of the deadliest religious massacres in the history of Pakistan took place on May 28, 2010 when two Ahmadi sites of worship were attacked. The attacks claimed over 90 lives and left dozens wounded. However, the Ahmadiyya community still awaits justice for the deadly attacks carried out against their community.

Ahmadis frequently face the brunt of religious hatred in Pakistan and remain under constant scrutiny. Many of their worship sites are vandalised or demolished each year and others receive threats.

I grew up believing that whenever and wherever people pray, regardless of their religious beliefs; God bestows his blessings and answers to his people. Attacking a place of worship is equivalent to not only launching an attack on humanity but also on God’s blessings and a place which is considered his symbolic abode universally.

Mark Twain must have foreseen the fanaticism which mars us all when he said that, “Man is a religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the true religion — several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbour as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven.”

Considering Christians superior to Hindus or Muslims to Christians or visa versa raises more questions on our moral values. It is important to understand that everyone is entitled to practise their own religion according to their holy scripture. It is also pertinent to highlight that every religion and sacred site demands respect and should receive nothing but respect.

Now is the time to get rid of our holier-than-thou attitude and restructure the moral fibre of our society before it is too late.


Faiza Mirza
The writer is a Reporter at Dawn.com



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Syed Jafri
Jun 25, 2012 09:49am
What a beautiful piece of journalism
AHA
Jun 25, 2012 11:07am
The amount of fear and hate that we get exposed to, right from the Grade 1 Islamiyat textbooks to the weekly Friday sermons would have yielded no outcome other than the absolute anarchy and hate that we are facing today.
anand singh
Jun 25, 2012 11:07am
If the author is really as young as she looks in the picture ( sometimes ladies like to post old pictures ! ), its a good sign that the young think this way. May this spread. Compliments to the young lady.
Chaman
Jun 25, 2012 11:54am
A nice article with a solid moral and human message but the people who promote and participate in such hateful crimes may never read this article. All such articles need to be translated and published in the native languages. May God grant us all the wisdom to be civilized and tolerant of each others rights as individuals.
Nasir Zahidi
Jun 25, 2012 03:49pm
I guess reading and writing articles can help , but the fact remains as it is ..a fellow eluded to the fact earlier as well. I remember studying Ghaznavi and somnath temple highlighted so much in your early childhold (as part of Islamiyat and History classes) that it engraved in minds of our generations ...We have this fascination with "jala do, gira do" mentality. This harmony , compassion and religious tolerance should be part of our curriculum way early in our life.
Ashish, London
Jun 25, 2012 03:16pm
You are a Star Faiza for both countries. One of the very few (India and Pak included) who think in such a manner and try to bring a change. Wish we had more Journalists like you. Take a Bow for this superb effort .
Malone
Jun 25, 2012 06:42pm
The OIC met in London to discuss how to respond to the vandalism that destroyed the Babri Masjid. They collectively decided that the Indian Gov't would be told to apologize and the mosque should be reconstructed. Fair enough! But this was reported in the NY Times on a day when the cover page picture was of a Hindu temple being destroyed in Pakistan right in front of policemen. The Saudi representative to the OIC was asked what he had ot say about the "hundreds" (NY Times) of temples that were being destroyed in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The Saudi said that this was not a topic of discussion at the OIC meeting.
PNayak
Jun 25, 2012 07:22pm
Wonderful article. Can someone tell me what if there was a similar event during the origins of one of the major religions in the world....first acknowledge that fact as wrong and everything else will easily fall in line
dhananjay
Jun 25, 2012 07:50pm
Faiza, its already too late. Now you need nothing short of a revolution - a kind of renaissance that happened in Europe few centuries ago.
Syed Sajjad
Jun 27, 2012 02:12pm
Nice article by the lady. I am of the view that lets be "human beings" and everything will be taken care of. Please read the news about what all people are doing to each other, in which children, innocent and women are always the victims. It is matter of shame for all of us as even animals donot behave that way. We have to become "human beings" first and anything and everything later.
Kuppuji
Jun 26, 2012 12:50pm
There is a very old Tamil saying: "Hear everyone, every land is my land, every man is my kinsman."
Hari Har
Jun 26, 2012 12:59pm
Moderate Hindus never wanted Babri Masjid to be demolished. It was an act of terror. Love all Serve all is the message every religion conveys. Inter religious intolerance, disputes, fights, disturbances are all unfortunate for the country. "Hum sab hain bhai, bhai; (2) Mazhab ka farmaan yahi hai, Admiyat ki shan yahi hai, Dharam yahi, eeman yahi hai, Neki aur bhalai, Hum sab hai bhai bahi.
Adil Jadoon
Jun 28, 2012 12:27pm
I dont think they teach us anything new. This is basic human nature to consider what you prefer to be superior. What they should teachis the utmost importance of tolerance in Islam. As for "How is the desecration of one holy site justified whilst the other is not?" well it is not. It is the duty of the state to protect all its citizens and punish those who discriminate against others or are engaged in violence.
Adil Jadoon
Jun 28, 2012 12:29pm
Why could they not build a temple some where else to avoid such a controversy. Trying to defend such actions is exactly what we should not be doing. the idea is to learn from our mistakes and prevent them in the future.
Adil Jadoon
Jun 28, 2012 12:36pm
Religion is meant to provide moral guidance, something that not many religious people can lay a claim to these days (in all religions).
sibtain
Jun 28, 2012 10:56am
Thanks Arun, well put forward.
MAdamKhan
Jun 29, 2012 07:55am
As foretold in all of the world’s scriptures, the time has arrived for the uniting of all peoples into a peaceful and integrated global society. “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.
Sartori
Jun 30, 2012 11:53pm
Sir, human beings are the only mammal that murders its own species with set objective.
Hasanalirana
Jun 25, 2012 10:20am
well written you can go to your mosque and he can go to his temple/church. Interfaith harmony is the only solution.
Deb
Jun 25, 2012 10:41am
A voice of reason and compassion. Keep it up lady, yoy are blessed.
Hamza
Jun 25, 2012 10:40am
Sadly, it won't be cured in this country.
raika45
Jun 25, 2012 10:51am
Ever since GOD was " introduced" into this world by the various leaders of religion,man has been at war with each other in some country or the other.Not counting among themselves.The main gist of religion has long been forgotten.That is peace and love among mankind.All religions proclaim that.
md1
Jun 25, 2012 02:44pm
you are a brave person Hamza to state such!
Balwanjee
Jun 25, 2012 03:12pm
Faiza is also beautiful at heart.
Mustafa
Jun 25, 2012 03:09pm
Excellent article by Faiza Mirza. Allah says in the Holy Quran: “[They are] those who have been evicted from their homes without right - only because they say, "Our Lord is Allah ." And were it not that Allah checks the people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which the name of Allah is much mentioned. And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might.” (Surat al-Hajj: 40). What we learn from the Holy Quran is that Allah Himself says His name is called in monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques and demolition of these places of worship is contrary to His teachings. Allah never allowed us to do tit for tat.
Pradeep
Jun 25, 2012 08:14am
Beautifully written by a beautiful young lady. Author has shown her in depth knowledge on what makes us humans and not animals. I salute Fiaza for her commendable job.
Divyanshu Kumar
Jun 25, 2012 12:57pm
God bless you Faiza Mirza ji! In ancient Rigveda (Holy book of the Hindus), its first verse says, Ekam sat vipra bahudha vadanti —"that which exists is One: sages call it by various names. If we understand that we are following the same God, albeit from different direction or paths, our world would be a much better place than it is today.
Baghi
Jun 25, 2012 12:49pm
A nice article with in depth probe. To cure sickness, doctor must first diagnose the disease. It was very harmonious country till sixties. What happened then. In seventies, for political ambitions, religion was utilised. ZA Bhutto did it and then Gen Zia fueled it. Now the disease of religious intolerance has almost become a incurable cancer for the nation. One has to revert back to undo its mistakes if this nation wants societal harmony. Let the religion be a matter between human being and God and state has nothing to do with it. Try it very soon problems will start diminishing.
Nasser Ali Khan
Jun 25, 2012 02:40pm
Sadly, we Pakistanis are Muslims only because we say so. Our acts are absolutely opposite to the teachings of Islam. Why? Because, it serves our purpose. The uneducated (and I use this word in a wider sense) feel they are doing good by hurting non-Muslims, while the majority of the rest use it to for their own selfish purpose; such as politicians, land mafias etc. We are all Allah's creatures; and hence should love every creation of Allah.
Muhammad Irfan
Jun 30, 2012 07:42am
Good work Faiza jiii. Do you have any courage to write such articals to Daily AAJ Peshawar,or to Nawai-Waqt Lahore(Urdu Versions).....:P
jaria
Jun 25, 2012 05:59pm
u r right but who will teach tolerance to the fanatics?
Vaqar
Jun 25, 2012 05:57pm
I don't know about other oly books, but the Quran vey clearly says, "Tell them, not to harm synagouges, churches and other holy places as Glory and parise of Allah is recited there in abundance".
MA -usa
Jun 25, 2012 05:35pm
Miss Faiza, you may write brilliantly, but you should realize that it falls on ignorant Pakistanis, try and publish the same in an Urdu Daily. May Allah guide these lost souls, following that kniving Mullah.
Ammar
Jun 25, 2012 05:02pm
What about pre-planned demolishing of mosques by the biggest democracy
Sadu
Jun 25, 2012 05:00pm
Over 450 mosques were burnt in Gujrat 2002, India. The author did not even mention it. What else has been white-washed or erased?
Pankaj Patel (USA)
Jun 25, 2012 04:53pm
A thought provoking article.God created human and human invented God that is what I believe.This was among the first inventions of cevelised human and so it is different in different cultures.It was latter used to dominate other people and the problem started.Thank you for such a bold thinking and expressing.God bless you.
B.Ally
Jun 25, 2012 04:47pm
If we have no respect for the religion of others then we have no respect for ours.
TruthSeeker
Jun 25, 2012 04:47pm
Very Nice Article
El Cid
Jun 25, 2012 04:42pm
["A Christian, on condition of anonymity, said, “Biblical prayers, that we grew up reciting, are now being altered. Amendments are being made and they are being modified to motivate Christians to consider Muslims and Hindus inferior.”] What problem does this anonymous Christian have with "The Holy Bible" King James Version? The KJV, an authenticated authorized 66book version unchanged for 400years was commissioned in 1604 and completed in 1611. [Other versions of the Bible with a greater number of books have been around longer]
Khurram Tiwana
Jun 25, 2012 04:33pm
A superbly written blog that deserves a serious attention not by us Pakistanis only but by all the peoples throughout the Indian Sub-Continent and beyond. Ms. Mirza I salute you; your words are much more than an excellent analysis, these are truly hallowed with utmost sincerity and deep understanding.
Laeeq
Jun 25, 2012 04:19pm
hate come only from our so called religiour scholars. lay person don't have the knowledge of religion and its fine details. Until we stop the fatwa factories and do not regulate the religion, our destiny is to destruction. So many religions and sects, whom you going to belive and not to belive. None of them agrees each other but ready to cut each other's throats. One can desire, world was better off with out religion.
Cindy
Jun 25, 2012 04:18pm
raika45: Your opening statement is contradicted by your last two closing sentences.
tikki
Jun 25, 2012 04:16pm
I believe our faith(whatever it may be) is between the believer and the supreme one.The main reason is the interpretation of the one giving the sermon rather then being from the holy book.Whether its a mosque,a temple,a church or any other place,the main purpose is to teach the rights from wrong.There is no room for personal understandings and messages.Its ignorance and lack of understanding that makes us all follow the teachings of a man.How soon we forget that we are there for one reason and one reason only,to learn and follow what our holy books offer.I live in States and I am surrounded by many form all religions.I learned a long time ago that we must show respect for all religions,everyone has the right to believe in whatever it is they believe in,besides,who died and made them someone to judge us.Leave the judging to the supreme one.After all,we are all humans first and everything second.I love going to churches,temples,mosques where I can say a prayer for peace for all humanity.You only need a clear and clean conscious.There is no religion that teaches to us to hate.Yes we can all live in peace and with harmony.If you don't like other beliefs,then you have bigger problems than you think.I was told by my mother many many years ago,one person cannot change millions,but millions can change a few at a time.I am a proud muslim,I don't go around forcing my agenda on others,I can only focus on myself and try to be a good person leading by example.Hopefully others will take notice.Being good is contagious,I learned that from my parents who had many friends,Indians,jews and many others.Not once can I remember arguments among them over religion,simply because they all respected eachother for who they were,not because what they believed in.Let there be peace.
John B.
Jun 25, 2012 04:15pm
The author presents human failings, prejudices, and competition for social and economic resources and attributes religious connotations and motivations to them. In order to substantiate her case, citations and references from religious texts is an absolute...or else it is essentially her opinion, with no authentication in scripture of any religion whatsoever. The article is sophomoric at best.
hariharmani
Jun 25, 2012 04:14pm
We have gone too far,and the genie of hatred for other Faith can not be put back in the bottle.Yes,once in a while some body will say all the right thing and we will all nod,but in reality soon something terrible will happen,,we will all be numb,few more remorseful sentiment and than back to killing,burning etc,etc.This has been our history.Nothing will change,for real change,mind set and the way of thinking has to change,I find,unless we change the ideology behind this mind set,especially the one which assert my religion,my God is only truth,and rest evil and wrong,you can cry hoarse,and write million column,no chance in hell,if ever,anything will change.We are condemned to this sad tale for near future.This the truth,some won't like my honesty.
El Cid
Jun 25, 2012 04:03pm
"That is peace and love among mankind.All religions proclaim that." Sorry. No religion proclaims that except Islam. No scripture except the Glorious Quran. Simple to chec this out. References available.
El Cid
Jun 25, 2012 03:59pm
"How is the desecration of one holy site justified whilst the other is not? Shouldn’t demolition of such sites be considered blasphemous no matter which religion is affected by it? " Allah, in the Noble Qur’an, categorically prohibits the sacrilege, demolition, or annihilation of any religion, temple, church, or place of worship. Or even verbal condemnation or insult of their gods. No other religious text can provide such a strong repeated admonition as recorded in the Muslim scared scripture. In fact religious texts of certain major religions advocate death for believing in other gods. References are available.
Ronnie Dsouza
Jun 25, 2012 02:03pm
Rightly put in, AHA
Bobby Srinivas
Jun 25, 2012 02:04pm
Heart warming to say the least! Wish more people read and practise the much needed tolerance.
Ranveer
Jun 25, 2012 10:04am
its already too late !.However it can still be reversed, i guess.
Nana
Jun 25, 2012 10:01am
if every human being think like faiza, peace will prevail on earth & human would be not required to seach heaven.
Ejaz
Jun 27, 2012 10:17am
many people have aged ailing and bed ridden parents, of no use, should they be killed ?
abdulaziz
Jun 29, 2012 12:46am
Nice article! Thanks to Dawn for publishing such brave articles. I wonder why religious people feel bad about a delapidated place being demolished. This place was in ruins for decades. Street dogs and homeless drug addicts used this place for taking dump and other activities. Nobody complained. But when it was demolished, they well went bunkers. Does this make sense to anyone?
Saika
Jul 02, 2012 05:52am
So well put. Telling response.
Zafar Rahmani
Jun 25, 2012 10:48am
True and very well written
El Cid
Jun 25, 2012 03:45pm
"Does any religion consider acts of violence and destruction permissible?" Yes Sir. Christianity is very specific about the total destruction and annihilation of all other religious sites books and monuments and the extermination, to be burnt alive, should they refuse to convert. "Jesus is the only way".This command was rigorously exercised on all vulnerable cultures and religions of the world. Some were completely exterminated, including their religious texts. Islam had a hard time. Judaism barely survived this onslaught but protected by the Islamic Shield. Various cultures in the Americas, Africa, and Australia were not so lucky--totally obliterated. I can present extensive references, both historical and religious texts and scholars, and theologians, should you so desire.
Tabriz Afi Yusufzai
Jun 25, 2012 08:42am
Awsome one again frm faiza...I go thru her articles and hav seen that she always looks to delineate upon the Key social issues that we at tymes do not give much credence too..Keep up the good work dude..Brilliant job...
shankar
Jun 25, 2012 08:45am
Thanks a billion Faiza! May your tribe grow!
KDP
Jun 25, 2012 02:22pm
There is a Ray of Hope. Hindus and Muslims held mass candle prayers for peace and procession to protest Bombing of a Temple in Ayodhya few years ago (After Babri Masjid incident) instead of Hindus going on rampage to take revenge. Such demonstration of unity of two religious communities took place in a city which is one of the important pilgrimage place for Hindus.
Chaman
Jun 25, 2012 01:16pm
A nice article with a solid moral and human message but the people who promote and participate in such hateful crimes may never read this article. All such articles need to be translated and published in the native languages.
Ghalzai
Jun 25, 2012 09:02am
Thanks for the awareness.
dhiraj garg
Jun 25, 2012 09:07am
A very good, mature, clear, unbiased and brilliant article!! Thanks Faiza !!
John Lennon
Jun 25, 2012 10:54pm
Imagine there's no countries, it isn't hard to do No need to kill or die for and no religions too Imagine all the people Living life in peace.
Mustafa Razavi
Jun 25, 2012 11:09pm
One point missed by Faiza, while blood letting in Pakistan was carried out by fringe elements, the Babri Masjid and Gujarat pogroms were orchestrated by the government. The Indian government is still protecting Narinder Modi, just a few weeks ago the Indian Supreme court absolved Narinder Modi of any guilt regarding Gujarat riots.
Mustafa Razavi
Jun 25, 2012 11:17pm
@Strictlyspritual; I am not aware of any autobiography by Babar, if you are referring to Tuzuk Babri, it is a biography written by his sister. Just a clarification, don't want to prejudice your arguments, one way or the other.
Syed A. Zafar
Jun 25, 2012 11:31pm
I really appreciate young writer's message of peace and harmony. I agree with Baghi (a commentator). We must treat the disease not the symptoms. I will take it further from what happened in 70s, 80s and 90s in Pakistan which is of course a dark side of our history, when ZAB and Zia laid the foundation of religious hatred and bigotry. However, there are some other factors too which play a big role in giving rise to religious hatred in Pakistan. It relates to both (right and left wing of Pakistan) One of the causes of religious hate crimes in Pakistan seems to have some reasons which boils and arouses the minority of religious extremists within majority of Sunnies of Pakistan to hate those who are responsible for destroying our culture and religion in Pakistan. They think, the liberals/secular of Pakistan not only serve the interests of their foreign masters but also import and promote vulgar/punk culture in Pakistan. Thy see it as a threat to their religion. I believe one of the big reasons of increasing religious hatred/crimes in Pakistan is the absence of friendly dialogues between the followers of different religions and total disconnect between the right and left wing of Pakistan. Although there is no excuse for religious extremism/terrorism and nobody should have the license to kill others in the name of religion or majority. But I think the liberals should avoid being on the other side of the extreme and should not promote foreign punk/vulgar culture in the name of freedom of speech and expression. Because it offends religious people and creates hatred in our society. When we condemn religious extremism/terrorism we should also be able to condemn any thing which is against our religion and culture in a civilized manner. The problem is that both of our wings (right and left) take extreme sides and disregard the beautiful teaching of Islam which teaches us moderation, tolerance and love for all. There are lot of ways to win the hearts and minds of others without compromising on principals. Let me give you an example. When there was Red mosque saga going on and the religious extremists/terrorists were determined to fight with the government until their demands are met. Although most of their demands were wrong and anti state but I believe one of their demands was justified. That was to close those shops and clinics who are selling pornography to our young ones and the clinics are involved in prostitution in the name of massage. Any Muslim, even I say any Pakistani who has some conscience would oppose prostitution and pornography openly allowed in our society. If the government had accepted their justified demand and took actions against illegal importers, distributors and sellers of pornography and owners of massage clinics, and if the left wing liberals had supported this justified demand of religious right wing, I bet we would have earned their respect and cooperation to cut the religious hatred/terrorism from our society. There is a great need of opening dialogue between all the religions and segments of our society. zafarsyed40@yahoo.com
Surinder Singh Kade
Jun 25, 2012 11:34pm
Very well written. Mohterma Faiza Mirza we need persons/journalists like you in this world. Will pray for your safety,considering what happened to Gov.Tasser in Lahor Surinder Singh Kade NY
porkchop
Jun 26, 2012 12:05am
Need millions of sane people like you in Pakistan! go and spread your knowledge and wisdom in the madrassas where chidren were taught how to kill the non-muslims! Hope the tableeghis and the talibans are reading your article. People like you have to come forward in Pakistan before it is too late!
Adit
Jun 26, 2012 12:46am
BIG salaam to the writer from India!!!_for eevry one person like you in Pakistan - I promise you 1000 people from India... let the war-mongers and haters rot in hell... you have won us over without even a single bullet fired!_
Malik
Jun 26, 2012 02:37am
It was a mosque at one time in the history. But not when it was demolished. It was a locked up building.
Aysha
Jun 26, 2012 02:51am
Very true. The first step should be to change the text books being taught from first grade (especially Islamist).
PKG
Jun 26, 2012 03:16am
Recently, DAWN published information about the destruction of Buddha in Pakistan by taliban. Should the Buddhist in India/China/Sri Lanka/Malaysia/Thailand/Mynamar/Cambodia etc. etc. retaliate against Mosques in these countries? Mad (religious) people exist everywhere. Its only in Afghanistan/Pakistan/Bangladesh and India, they want to prove religion by killing and destruction. All religions start with assumption that God is one and He is supreme. The madness comes with the interpreters and followers, later.
Satbir
Jun 26, 2012 03:29am
Enough discussion and there is no iota of doubt about the doctrine of the author. Let us move ahead on this path from all parts of the divided continent and bring peace to our future generations as we have spent our time in hatred, persecution and bloodshed. We idiots feel very proud at sitting on a nuclear stockpile. Kudos Faiza.
Socrates
Jun 26, 2012 04:29am
No such thing happened. But Muslims throughout history including in Mecca when Islam was first established have destroyed non-Muslim places of worship. the real culprit is all forms of monotheism. Monotheism preaches hatred, whether it is islam, or Christianity. Polytheism has always been tolerant. A polytheist will create a god but is also tolerant of other gods.
Avinash
Jun 26, 2012 04:35am
Ammar, that is what this article is all about. Those who demolish structures do not have any right to complain when their own structures are demolished.
MAdamKhan
Jun 26, 2012 04:54am
'God has no religion. 'Mahatma Gandhi.
INDIAN
Jun 26, 2012 05:13am
..Then how Mosque is built when originally it's a Temple..grow up bro..if we forget past & learn from mistakes life will be good...
Arun
Jun 26, 2012 05:23am
The Babri Masjid mosque was not in use when it was destroyed. It was a decaying structure. What if Muslims had said - we're not using this mosque, you Hindus believe it was built on top of a temple; Yes, we know that was a common practice at the time (to build mosques on the very ground of a temple); Here, take the land on which this former mosque stands - and build a temple on it. What a gesture that would have been!
manish
Jun 26, 2012 05:29am
you are right..those disagreeing with you are not even reading raika45's comments.
manish
Jun 26, 2012 05:37am
i would like to see a neutral source for your figures.
Sarkar
Jun 26, 2012 05:38am
What about a completely unrelated comment you just made???!!!
Shrish
Jun 26, 2012 06:20am
All have been rebuilt for your information.
Insomniac
Jun 26, 2012 02:02pm
ok and where did you get these figures.. ?? can i have the references too... or i guess wait, it came right from the hollow sphere above your shoulder.
GAurav
Jun 26, 2012 06:52am
Wish we in india had any blogger with such guts ....to write so effectively .... we are in minority appeasement mode always .. thus ignoring the wrong doings done by anybody ......
Nobluc
Jun 26, 2012 06:53am
2 wrongs doesn't make a right
Adil Jadoon
Jun 28, 2012 12:32pm
A sorry state of affairs which has to be condemned and believe me most Pakistanis did NOT shower any petals on him and want him severely punished. Dont blame everyone for misguided views of a few, who I believe should be exposed and investigated for promoting violence.
Adil Jadoon
Jun 28, 2012 12:33pm
I agree. I wish all humans could understand her point of view.
El Cid
Jun 26, 2012 09:35pm
When Pagan Arabs wanted to know where Islam stands with respect to "Freedom of Religion" and to their polytheism, Allah's answer came in Sura 109...received through Angel Jibreel: [SURA 109]: Say [to them O'Muhammad] O' Ye disbelievers! I worship not that which ye worship; Nor worship ye that which I worship. And I shall not worship that which ye worship. Nor will ye worship that which I worship. Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion.
Sadu
Jun 26, 2012 09:46pm
(SURA 2:256) There is no compulsion in religion. The right path is distinct from that of error.... Allah is Hearer, Knower.
Mustafa
Jun 26, 2012 10:26pm
I wish all Mullahs could tell their flock what Allah says in the Holy Quran: “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). Holy Quran Surah al-Hujurat (49:13)” From the above verse from the Holy Quran it is quite clear that Allah wants all mankind to live in peace and co-existence.
Mustafa
Jun 26, 2012 10:28pm
Allah is the Arabic word for the Creator of Universe. Every language of the world has a name for the same Creator. For example, God (English), Khuda (Farsi), Eshwar, Bhagwan (Hindi/Sanskirit), Ellohim (Hebrew), Allaha (Aramaic, Jesus called God Allaha in his Aramaic language), Dieu (French), Dios (Spanish) etc.
Mustafa
Jun 26, 2012 10:29pm
Both Islam and Hindu religion have the same concept of “Tauheed” that is worship of one God alone: Qur'an: "Say: He is Allah, The ONE and ONLY. Allah, the Eternal, Absolute. He begets not, nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him." [Al-Qur'an 112:1-4] Hindu Scriptures: "I am the goal of life, the LORD and support of all, the inner witness, the abode of all. I am the only refuge, the ONE true friend; I am the beginning, the staying, and the end of creation; I am the womb and the eternal seed. I am heat; I give and withhold the rain. I am immortality and I am death; I am what is and what is not"[Bhagavad Gita 9:18-19]
Mustafa
Jun 26, 2012 10:30pm
Hindu Scriptures: " O friends, do not worship ANYBODY but Him, the Divine One. Praise Him ALONE."[Rigveda 8:1:1] Hindu Scriptures: "He is ONE ONLY without a second." [Chandogya Upanishad 6:2:1] Hindu Scriptures: "There is only ONE God, not the second; not at all, not at all, not in the least bit."[Brahma Sutra] It is quite clear that a true Muslim and a true Hindu worships the same God but in their own ways.
Agha Ata
Jun 26, 2012 11:51pm
What do you mean by "...once LIVED" ? Where is He now? Doesn't He live there anymore?
Akil Akhtar
Jun 27, 2012 12:19am
Amazing self serving and narrow minded argument. So let us destroy everything that is not in use, why don't you destroy Taj Mahal then it is also not in use. The statues of Buddha in Afghanistan were also not being used.
Sohaib YAHIA
Jun 27, 2012 02:20am
Unfortunate but true depiction of our ever decaying society! Man is indeed a religious animal and we, the sub-continent people, are the worst kind. I, as a Muslim, feel so ashamed what harm we have caused to our beautiful religion by practicing intolerance, hatred and fanaticism, the traits that are so contradictory to the very teachings of Islam. Religion is such a dangerous weapon in hand which, if used for vested interests, makes your life and of your surroundings nothing less than hell and, sadly, this is what we are witnessing at the moment.
raheelsatti
Jun 27, 2012 04:03am
that,s true that,s true faiza. people must respect of every religion.
Pramod
Jun 27, 2012 05:31am
India has n number of mosques. some of them in area's where they are exactly in the middle of the road(some temples are also there like that). But they are not removed from there just because of religious sentiments. The case is going on the people who were part of Babri demolition. How about peoople who shwered flowers on some one who killed a secular man who sopke against blasphemy law.Ever heard of demolition of religious place by any govt on the basis of religion .
Abdul
Jun 27, 2012 06:18am
God bless you Faiza Mirza ji!
George
Jun 27, 2012 07:34am
I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion - and so also they kill for their religion .. I have shuddered at it... but I shudder no more - I could be martyred for my religion - Love is my religion - I could die for that. I could die for you. My Creed is Love .. ! (praphased John Keats)
SAA
Jun 28, 2012 07:40pm
"Whether we talk about Parsis, Christians, Hindus or Ahmadis, the lack of respect for each other’s beliefs is palpable." Article is perfectly written, except the above sentence. I can't claim about others, but at least being an Ahmadi, I assure you that our moto is "LOVE FOR ALL, HATRED FOR NONE". This is not just a slogan, this is what we practice and what is evident to the world. Even after the deadliest religious attack in Lahore on 28 May 2010, no destruction, no attacks, no burning of Petrol Pumps, no strikes, so killing, no shooting was done by us; only prayers prayers and prayers. Yes we tried to raise our voice on local and international media for Human Rights Violation & Justice Denied. As an Ahmadi we also believe, that in Quran where Allah permits the Jehad; it is only with the conditions. If those conditions are fulfilled, only then it will be called Jehad. In the directions for Jehad, Quran teaches us that even if a Muslim defends a church , temple or any religious worship place , it is called Jehad.
Sarafina
Jun 30, 2012 05:51am
With a hatefilled evil soul spreading lies and rumors.
faisalarshad
Jun 28, 2012 06:25am
Justice, morality, tolerance etc are taught be all religions. Unfortunately some religious leaders exploit the faith of less educated religious masses.
farid
Jun 28, 2012 07:16am
SIMPLY WONDERFUL--THE ARTICLE. In Bangladesh--in 1992--destruction of --Hindu Temples--in remote VILLAGES--is a fact--not massive. Bangladesh --government rebuilt those TEMPLES--with PUBLIC MONEY--COMPENSATED THE VICTIMS. IT WAS AN ACT OF SHAME FOR BD.PEOPLE - ---MANY MUSLIMS CAME OUT TO PROTECT TEMPLES AND HINDUS-- AS A BANGLADESHI--I REGRET --FOR THE ACTS OF VIOLENCE--HOPE TO BE EXCUSED-- I SALUTE YOU--FOR--SUCH WONDERFUL--PRESENTATION----- farid, tx,usa.
Aam Aadmi
Jul 08, 2012 06:02am
Good. Your Qur'an also teaches you to go for 'eye for an eye'. Islam is a violent religion. Why Ms Mirza is talking about something sane? She is looking for right thing in wrong place.
Isome
Jul 25, 2012 12:13pm
Your statement is not based on historical facts.
Elaine
Jul 25, 2012 12:14pm
They are not the same.