DR Tahirul Qadri has taken the Pakistani political scene by storm with his arrival and address to a huge public gathering in Lahore on Dec 23. He has been a social and religious figure for more than two decades.

His is a centre-right ideology blended with the concept of social Islam. This ideology borrows from ‘Sulhe-i-Kul’ from the traditional Sufi version of inclusive social and religious thought which later on was further developed into pluralistic Islam of the subcontinent.

This moderate inclusive interpretation has dominantly been nonviolent. The ideology has been under criticism for being a status quo force in the subcontinent for being supportive to monarchs and dictators.

However, Dr Qadri amalgamates traditional thought with social Islam and vows to eradicate conservative, historical non-progressive social structures and dreams of creating an egalitarian society.

The MQM’s support to him manifests its keenness to represent urban and semi-urban classes in Punjab. One of the biggest hurdles in the way has been the MQM’s secular colour which is not acceptable to increasingly right-leaning urban middle classes in Punjab.

Standing shoulder to shoulder with a man who is a strong proponent of Sunni Barelvi Islam, followers of which make more than 80 per cent of the MQM’s supporters, would give the MQM internal strength as well as acceptance in still majority Sunni Barelvi Punjab.

The MQM’s ideological stand against status quo forces completely overlaps with Dr Qadri’s agenda. Leaving the establishment’s role aside, there is much common and complementary between Dr Qadri and the MQM. No one knows what would come out of this, but one thing is clear that the real ruling classes in Pakistan have once again asserted themselves in a quest to gain lost ground.

MAHMOOD MAJOKA Melbourne, Australia

Consultation vital

FORTUNATELY, in Pakistan, heads of the Supreme Court, the Election Commission, the army, a good number of members of the Senate, the National Assembly and provincial forums and the media are making genuine and sincere attempts to give their best and effective service to the nation. Dr Tahirul Qadri is an honest, sincere and intelligent thinker and leader. At present, I think, he is overconfident on adopting certain measures without proper consultations.

For anyone, with millions of devoted followers, wishing to serve the nation, it is imperative to exercise patience and consult responsible persons in authority, especially the honest ones, before asking the devoted followers to offer sacrifices.

Action without consultation would create heroes at the cost of derailing genuine attempts of service by the authorities and other forums concerned. The derailing, in turn, might lead to deeper disappointments in the nation.

Would Dr Qadri kindly consider maintaining resourcefulness of his devoted followers for greater and long-range service of the nation?

DR FIRASAT ALI      Auburn, USA

Updated Jan 05, 2013 03:12am

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Comments (Closed)


gangadin
Jan 05, 2013 10:57am
Qadri will have to go live with Altaf.
Ali
Jan 05, 2013 11:46am
Qadri is most greedy person ever. He is desperately trying to be caretaker PM at any cost. The height of greed
Khanm
Jan 05, 2013 12:30pm
Some thing is fishy. All of a sudden some one comes out of blues. The least expected person in Pakistan political arena. May be our Mentors are playing a new game on international level. I would look at this saga objectively and subjectively
Gerry D'Cunha
Jan 05, 2013 12:47pm
I am not a fan of DR Tahirul Qadri,but think he is an honest man who wants pakistan to be ruled by honest people and want the poor people of pakistan have equal rights.
Arshad
Jan 05, 2013 08:35pm
Dr.Tahir-ul-Qadari may have the interest of Pakistan at heart.His slogan is"Save Pakistan,not democracy"Dr.Qadari belongs to the Sufi Islam which over the centuries believed in passiveness,love, remembrance of Allah(swt) and to follow the example of His Rasool & Nabi Mohammad(saws).Unfortunately Dr.Qadari is on the wrong road.He said in his Lahore address to grab power,if necessary by force.Sell your houses and lands and sacrifice if necessary your self for the country.Never in the history of Islam,particularly Sufi Islam the change has been brought about in a short space of time,by force.The great Sufi saint,resting not far from where Dr.Qadari made his address,affectionately referred to as Data Sahib changed not only the people of Lahore but his followers after attaining spirituality went out all over the Indian Sub-Continent to start their own missions.Sheikh Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmair Sharif,is just one example.Such Sheikhs spent their entire lives in preaching the beauty of Islam of love and tolerance for all faiths.Change of individual comes indeed from Allah(swt)The great armies of the savage Huns & Tartars were in the end "Cooled down" by these great Saints. I would have been very impressed if Dr.Qadari addressed his followers and the people of Pakistan and emphasized the importance to pray the five salah regularly on time where ever they are(including the Fajar)for just 40 days.Yes 40 days and ask Allah(swt) for help.That would be such a powerful message.After all I expected Dr.Qadari to have given us a message from the Quran and Sunnah. But he spend over 2 hours,holding up over and over again,a copy of a document authored by a Barrister,changed many times by the type of people Dr.Qadari want to remove from the National assembly.Has that document any relevance.?No one takes notice of it.I would remind Dr.Qadari as to what the founder and the father of the nation Mohammad Ali Jinnah answered to the question raised by the colonial masters."Mr.Jinnah,you are asking for the establishment of a new country,for the Muslims of India,where is your constitution?"Mr.Jinnah answered back without any hesitation.Our constitution is The Quran. This was and is the message of Today to be given to the people of Pakistan.
Azfar A Khan
Jan 06, 2013 01:21pm
We should see what message is being given by Dr. Qadri! He's right when he says that elections under the existing corrupt system may be held as many times as we want; but the change will come only when the elections are held as required according to the articles of the Constitution and when honest and truthful people are sent to the assemblies. How can one expect the "Waderas" of this country send the right people to the parliament?
umer
Jan 06, 2013 01:49am
First it was Imran Khan now it's TQ.
S.Ali Hasan Jafri
Jan 06, 2013 04:47am
durring last 5 years we saw that member of parliment are not sincear in the progress and developement of the nation,they are using their position for only strengthen their financial and political intreast.they do not have money for the construction of Nelum Jhelum Hydropower Project but they are using 37 billion rupees for the political intreast of Prime Minister. The original Alloted amount was 22 billion,the Prime Minister is asking more fund for his Political use.We must take the steps to stop the trend of using National Money at the cost of suffering National Projects.Dr. Tahirul Qadri is representig the voice of the nation,