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Sheikh ul-Islam was the highest title bestowed by the great Ottoman Sultans on the selected Qadhi from different cities. Sheikh ul-Islam had the power to confirm new Sultans and their fatwas were binding on the community. If Sheikh ul-Islam’s rulings were followed in the mightiest Ottoman sultanate, who are we, Al-Bakistanis to reject the ruling of the Sheikh ul-Islam.

-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.
-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.

For me, he is not only Sheikh ul-Islam but Kamil Sheikh who has packed knowledge and experience of the spiritual ailments (amradh-e-batinah) of our country. This mard-e-kamil strives to achieve oneness with the supreme power, like a drop of water that runs into a river and then into the ocean (absolute unity). He has crossed all the four stages (stations) of Tassawuf, Shariat (jurisprudence), Tareeqat (method) Haqeeqat (reality) and Ma’rifat (disclosure, Inkishaf).

He started his journey of Sharia from the Ittefaq Masjid in Model Town, through the jurisprudence of Nawaz Sharif on PTV. He followed Sharia from the days of Zia ul Haq and was instrumental in imposing the Blasphemy law in Pakistan (Note: there are two versions, one for the consumption of Pakistan and the other for the Western hemisphere). For 30 long years he practiced Sharia and had finally found a way (tareeqat) to enter the parliament during the Musharraf regime to support the Legal Framework Order (LFO). After mastering the ascetic to control his nafs trance under the Maple tree (l'Unifolié) of Canada for six years, the final Haqiqat of election reforms dawned upon him and he arrived in Pakistan for the fina-fil Interim Government. Now, through the Ma’rifat of other stakeholders, he wants to purge Pakistan from corruption and pave the way for the Egyptian model.

-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.
-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.

He came to Pakistan with ex-pat Sadiqs and Amins from Europe, Canada and all over the globe to steer the scattered flock of sheep to Islamabad. He demands that the present government should consult all stakeholders or stick-holders or mallet-holders to form an Interim Government, as if these were not already present in the permanent set up. But I would also suggest that mic-holders, pen-holders, brush-holders (yours truly) and AK-47-holders of banned jihadi militias should also be included in the Interim set up. Shiekh ul-Islam offered himself for the post of Interim Prime Minister; I too would like to offer myself for the ministry of film, science and culture like reputed Sheikh Mamoon ur Rashid.

Sheikh ul-Islam together with the Pir of 90 Sharif wants to convert Islamabad into Tahrir Square. The pir’s spiritual powers were delimited and his mureedins registration made him see beyond the veil of the material world and into the stakeholders’ dreams of a prosperous and free from corruption Pakistan.

-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.
-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.

The long march in China was a retreat of the Red Army and it covered approximately 6000-8000 miles that took one year. Compared to the Chinese long march, this long march from Lahore (300 kilometers) to Islamabad is equal to Model Town parks’ jogging track. Sheikh ul-Islam, the Pir of 90 Sharif, and all the Sajjada nashins will start jogging from Lahore to Islamabad on GT road in Prados to convert Islamabad into Tahrir Square.

-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.
-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.

A corruption free Pakistan was the need of all the stakeholders of Pakistan when the Soviet forces were leaving Afghanistan and the corrupt and inefficient democratic government of Junejo were game with the Soviets and USA in Geneva. The spineless democratic government of Junejo allowed the retreat of Soviet forces from Afghanistan and was therefore, duly kicked out by General Zia ul Haq Ghaznavi. When our non-state actors were stranded in Kargil, we once again had a corrupt democratic government, that did not allow the honourable retreat of mujahideens from Kargil. In 2014, we will see the retreat of the American army from Afghanistan. This retreat of true democratic forces to Islamabad will usher a new (read old) chapter in Pakistan's history.

-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.
-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.

From Tahrir Square, a new Morsi is going to emerge who will conduct a fair and free election aka the Musharraf model, minus two big parties, who were always national security threats.


The author left architecture for painting but ended up as a cartoonist and now writes Hijjo. He is the jack of all trades.


The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Comments (49)

Ugly thinker
January 9, 2013 2:26 pm
A molvi who tries to peacefully stand up against the corrupt system is replied with such harsh words and criticisms while those who pick up arms are called for dialogues. God bless Pakistan
bilal hashmi
January 9, 2013 2:24 pm
cant disagree to this^
January 9, 2013 3:16 pm
Very funny to read but you have conveyed the true meaning of the so called sheikh ul Islam and what he stood for all his life . Bravo , hope the message gets down to the masses well in time before they leave their homes to jog along the GT road from Minare Lahore to Thakhtay Islam (abad reluctantly I may add ! ) which is there eagerly awaiting to great the Sheikhul Dhanwan
S M Shah
January 9, 2013 3:01 pm
lame, and in poor taste. Perhaps you can revisit your Satire 101 curricula
January 9, 2013 3:05 pm
Well written and very incisive. Keep it up
Atheoi khan
January 9, 2013 3:11 pm
January 9, 2013 3:31 pm
I am sure you were trying to be funny here, but this seems to be a rip off of NFP's rantings. Lets try to be a bit more original sir ji!
January 9, 2013 4:29 pm
Pir of 90 Sharif, very interesting and new phrase, makes you smile.
January 9, 2013 4:47 pm
This sheikh ul- islam needs An Atta Turk to fix him including his followers/mullas and leaders of Pakistan those are the root cause of misery of poor people.
January 9, 2013 5:07 pm
we love dr sahab!!
aftab qureshi
January 9, 2013 5:39 pm
I wonder who is financing such a huge and expensive campaign? TMQ does not just owe the paeople an explanation but also evidence of where the funds are coming from.
January 9, 2013 6:07 pm
Qadri is one of the latest frauds unfolding before our directionless nation. May Allah have mercy on us. Nice effort by the writer through his veiled style of humorous writing.
Gulbaz Mushtaq
January 9, 2013 6:09 pm
January 9, 2013 7:37 pm
.It is a very poor representation of a courageous action taken by someone, for the general welfare of common people, as well as the country. The tragedy is that we have hardly 12 to 15 % literacy, out of which only 2 to 3 % have patriotic sensibility. People, like this writer or joker sahib, with slavish mentality is that they would appreciate Abraham Lincoln the famous street vagabond Jew or Lenin, the famous bank dacoit half Jew. But they would make fun of the one, who would have the courage to stand for general public welfare and betterment of the country. Since last five years, after the departure of Musharraf, the whole country is in the grip of a disastrous gang in the name of democracy and everyone seem to be sold out in the name "mafahemat". According to Mazaq-e- Jamruriat (with the whole nation), other partner will take over the chair and Team-B will play opposition. These fake literates do nothing, but shout on TV talk show drama. Whereas the actual literates have left the country and being utilized by other countries. What a dilema? .
January 9, 2013 7:51 pm
Amazing article, I wonder if Mr. Qadri is contemplating to start a movement to implement sharia law in Canada / UK (LOL)…… he is yet to explain who attempted to assassinate him, did he really saw prophet Mohammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) in his dream and did he enacted the blasphemy law because apparently he denied in one of his TV interview of not being part of it
Cyrus Howell
January 9, 2013 8:02 pm
Whether on the scaffold high, or on the battlefield we die, What difference when for Ireland dear we fall?
January 9, 2013 8:08 pm
well written, love you and keep it up
Aqil Siddiqi
January 9, 2013 8:37 pm
Because in Pakistan, we do every thing for the wrong reasons. 65 years of corruption...Why...Any answers?????? Why other countries have forged ahead except Pakistan. Actually, we are back in Stone Age.
January 9, 2013 9:06 pm
nice one
January 9, 2013 10:10 pm
I guess everyone knows that the situation in Pakistan is very very bad. Law and order situation, shortage of electricity & CNG, corruption, joblessness and terrorism all make the life in Pakistan full of tension. People of Pakistan are very unsatisfied with the government and they see no viable option even in the elections. All the parties and leaders have been tested and no change came. It is surprising how the politicians and certain part of media is dead against Molana Tahir Ul Qadri. Are people worried that the status quo is in danger?
January 9, 2013 11:28 pm
Sabir : Pir of 90Sharif has promised to launch'political drone', He is working on it, latest news is, launch is delayed for two more days.,navigational system is being fine tuned.Drone will hit Islamabad before Sheikh ul Islam's march starts from Lahore.
January 10, 2013 12:28 am
Hilarious! I've only heard of the Sheikh you write about, but it's a wonder that his wisdom came to him in Canada, half way round the world, in the midst of the unbelievers!
January 10, 2013 1:04 am
The writer is not only funny, but has deep insight into the mind of the elite and power brokers. Wonderful writing.
January 10, 2013 1:05 am
With moulvis like him, the devil's deed his done.
January 10, 2013 1:32 am
To get out the most corrput govt. of Pakistan's history we will welcome any help even one from India or Russia.
Peace Only
January 10, 2013 2:13 am
Your Shaikh-ul-Islam "moulvi" is trying to stand up against corrupt, right... accepted. But he is sitting on the shoulders of blood suckers and murderers of humans and killers of peace..... you decide it now. By the way.... his long march is by no means a peaceful march. There is blood in your "peaceful" moulvi's eyes.
January 10, 2013 2:19 am
Only 4 stages? Tassawuf, Shariat, Tareeqat, Haqeeqat, Ma’rifat? Nay, the Sheikh has attained the 5th one too – Canadian Citizenship.
January 10, 2013 2:26 am
Sufi view of Democracy: Jumhooriat Ek Tarz-e-Hukumat Hai Ke Jis Mein Bandon Ko Gina Karte Hain, Tola Nahin Karte.
Sultan Khan
January 10, 2013 3:04 am
The same people who were financing the campaigns of black coats in Musharraf regime and of Jeddah-plut when he was long-marching towards Islamabad to ransack the federal capital of Pakistan.
January 10, 2013 3:29 am
Sometimes sir, u do get a little overboard in your sarcasm. Please keep a little what we call a "halka haath", after a point its not funny anymore. Dragging the stages of tasuwwaf in your piece-even if he (wrongly, maybe) claims to have achieved-are a little bit too much. And btw, im not his fan !
January 10, 2013 4:15 am
Well written article. You forgot the main culprit. The self promoted 5 star general Aub Khan. He destroyed the judicial system and introduced kagaroo court and BD ( bad democracy ) electrol system designed in Rawalpinidi. Sadly,some consider him as a great man.
Ahmed Sameer
January 10, 2013 4:23 am
Mr. Sabir enjoys a shining career. Ask him what 'Khidmat' he has given the nation. Myopic opinion makers - fana fidunya. This is again an attempt to divert attention from the real matters. The nation knows what their matters are.
January 10, 2013 4:32 am
Fake ul Islam propped up by all the powerful forces to dislodge the most corrupt govt in history of the country. To avoid such a circus in the future, vote for Imran's party. Let the proud Pakistani prevail.
January 10, 2013 9:14 am
I may be just one person and I may be only one to disagree on the mockary the writer has done to the tasawwuf and its concepts, but God be my witness, I am never going to read any article by Mr Nazir. And I am recording my protest with DAWN for this kind of religious redicul and I ask whether DAWN has any kind of code of conduct and professionalism in mass media.
ali ahmed
January 10, 2013 4:59 am
it seems whole media is working against Tahir-ul- politician, media want to maintain the status quo ....the corrupt system since media is also part of the same system....
January 10, 2013 5:22 am
It's an irony that our so-called intellectuals are speaking for these corrupt/ fake-degree holders politicians. Politically motivated freelancers/ journalist are bashing TQ's personality, his hidden motives...but no has paid real attention to his genuine demands for a clean from all unbaises, dual-nationality holders, fake-degree holders.
Tony Braganza
January 10, 2013 5:47 am
but thats where u wanted to be , now u can follow sharia there
Mustafa Kamal
January 10, 2013 6:07 am
The way you have explained the four stages from Shariat to Muarifat is fantastic, and Fana-fil Interim government is hilarious!! Kudos for this piece!!
January 10, 2013 7:24 am
There are a lot of confusions, but I don't think that the media is helping us to resolve them. I will only take my eyes of Qadri if his sources and motivations as laid out by his opponents and this writer are out in the open.
Jaffer Jamil
January 10, 2013 7:41 am
Will it be a long march, or a long drive? There are some questions re: health & sanitation: With so much being consumed, have any arrangements been made for portable toilets & water to cleanse for both for men and women? Will there be trucks picking up all the trash along the long march and at the place where they intend to camp? Or will the civil authorities be left holding the bag on that one?
January 10, 2013 7:48 am
Excellent article. But do you know the SHEIKH is truly holy man. Once on TV he disclosed the date of QIAMAT (judgement day) that even Allah didn't reveal to his beloved Prophet (PBUH). I think SHEIKH came straight from a Christmas party to deliver his BAYAN (talk). God save us from SHEIKH and MAULANA Diesel.
January 10, 2013 8:00 am
Qadri is geting funnier day by day..
January 10, 2013 9:08 am
Its like media is paid to just defame a person. I am not pro Qadri but the way he is being treated by media and politicians is extremely shameful and uncivilized.
hamid Shafiq
January 10, 2013 12:21 pm
first thing garticle is very funny with full of jokes and cartoons and at last i laugh and smile many time also i read all comments which also good great work by writer and people who comment on that article. but let see what happened at 14 th Janruary one thing is clear any revolution do not need publicity or funding from common man its people wish to stand up against curropt system
Farukh Jan
January 10, 2013 10:46 am
Very funny and interesting analysis. Imagine when the so called scholars of Islam have lost their way then who will lead the nation in the right direction. Instead of turning to the greatest and perfect constitution in the universe, our shaikh-UL Islam is making long marches luring the hungry and poor Pakistanis at the cost of donations that people in foreign countries have given to him. The example of the a true democratic, just, successful and perfect system of government has been given to us by the Creator Himself and it was demonstrated in practical form by the Prophet (pbuh) and his companions. Today Pakistan is engulf in sectarian, security, economic, health and all sort o problem and still we are not turning to our creator and His divine system which guarantees the rights of everyone, both Muslims and non Muslims alike and it stops all door of sectarianism as well. I would suggest that without any delay we all should ask for the implementation of true islamic sharia which not only will make our creator happy to fulfill our promise that was made in 1947 but it will also close the door for any terrorism in the name of islam against our people and state machinery just because they are not bringing the sharia. I hope then Taliban have no excuse to fight but will be part of the great society.
really upset
January 10, 2013 2:15 pm
Dear Mr Imdad: The preamble to Tasawwuf is honest "kirdar"; the writer merely points out convenient flipping of self proclaimed "Alamdar of Islam". Just watch the You tube video of Tahir ul Qadri to Danish TV on rights of women. He says one thing to people of Pakistan in Urdu and claims another to people speaking English..... such a person does not have character and should not be followed blindly or allowed to misuse religion to its self use. The writer is just trying to show the mirror to this "HONEST" imported broker. BY the way where is his money coming from?? I request you to consider reason when evaluating Tahir ul Qadri
really upset
January 10, 2013 2:19 pm
If Tahir ul Qadri was genuine his demand would be considered genuine.... but if Tahir ul QAdri lies, then what? The writer is simply showing why we cannot trust another alamdar of Islam who in the past colluded with Zia, Nanna, Mush and now with Zardari.... Who is funding him. Just compare his english interviews to western media and then listen to his Urdu speeches for Pakistani Public consumption.... one thing will bubble up.... HE LIES to protect himself.... and therefore he cannot be trusted
Agha Ata (USA)
January 10, 2013 2:23 pm
That’s how many good Muslims stop reading anything, and thus learn nothing!
January 10, 2013 6:28 pm
go read Jang , you fool
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