THIS refers to the violence and loss of lives on Sept 21. Torching of police vehicles, pelting stones on law enforcement agencies and buildings, blocking roads, tearing down billboards and banners, and burning down cinema halls is in no way any indication of the love for the person whose honour we had vowed to protect. Does Islam need a bunch of bigots like us?

We have taken it onto ourselves to protect the sanctity of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). But, in fact, we made a mockery of his teachings. We behaved like a tribe of monkeys, not a nation; a group of zealots, not a civilised community; harbingers of death and doom, and not messengers of peace and forgiveness like our Prophet was.

The responsibility for making a mockery of this nation and our religion lies with the federal government which took the decision of declaring a national holiday and allowed members of banned groups to go on the rampage despite knowing their destructive nature.

Instead of playing the populist card, the government and all religious and political groups should have used the day to promote the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet. They have done exactly the opposite by resorting to violence. Through their deeds they have strengthened the notion that there is some critical flaw in our thought process and the way we have been brought up as a faith group.

I am not surprised why the West presents us in a particular, derogatory way. The image of Islam, shared by some bigots and haters around the world, it appears has been inspired from our actions, not his teachings.

NOOR MUHAMMAD Islamabad

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Comments (10)

zehra.abidi
October 3, 2012 9:32 pm
well said
Jawwad
October 3, 2012 3:02 pm
One should be worried what's being done to Islam in the country of Pakistan. We should save Islam from Pakistan as they are bent upon destroying the core of it;s teachings.
Gerry D'Cunha
October 3, 2012 8:20 am
by declaring holiday on 21st sept. the government added fuel to the fire and also disgraced the nation and islam in the eyes of the world.
Chaman
October 3, 2012 1:16 pm
Sense and sensibilities are the needs of the times. A sincere wish and well meant prayer for peace in Pakistan and rest of the Muslim world.
Agha Ata (USA)
October 3, 2012 1:08 pm
Please Writer, never have even an iota of doubt about the words you used to describe this mob. Every thing you said, every adjective you used is one hundred percent rght and to the point!
jalaluddin S. Hussain
October 3, 2012 3:25 pm
I wish all of us Pakistanis and overseas dual nationality Pakistanis thought in the same manner.
Sohaib
October 3, 2012 11:53 am
Tell me out of 100 teachings of the Holy Prophet SAWS, are we even following 5 % of his characteristic traits? this is indeed showing the double standards we possess. I am not saying don't protest but we could do a much better service by practising his exemplary behaviour and showing the world his beautiful teachings....
Sher
October 3, 2012 5:05 am
Our teachings reflect in our action. Sword teaches cruilty and violence,
Rajesh
October 3, 2012 7:37 am
VERY TRUE
Mahmood Minhas
October 3, 2012 2:27 pm
The people of the nation are very simple they are used by all elements who are backed by terrorists, uneduacated molivies,bargained politicians and also foreign elements.
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