Minorities in Pakistan and Islam

Published Mar 30, 2013 08:06am

THE Badami Bagh incident shocked the whole country. A mob radically and illicitly destroyed many houses and shops of Christians on the basis of alleged blasphemy.

Since the implementation of the blasphemy law, many members of minority communities, particularly Christians, have been killed and thousands have been forced to leave the country.

The assassination of Salmaan Taseer was also shocking for the entire world, and even secular Islamic scholars and statesmen preferred not to speak. This further created a situation of complete despondency amongst minorities.

More shockingly the government and authorities concerned did nothing to stop the wrath in the name of blasphemy against the minorities. The government and the media need to stand up and do their respective jobs sincerely.

Islam’s real peaceful image should be implemented and a few countable anti-peace and anti-human people should not be allowed to destroy the image of the country and image of Islam for their vested interests.

Thomas Carlyle in his book Hero and Hero Worship had truly presented the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) as the most exemplary peace-loving personality in the history of mankind.

Hence, we need to present the true picture of Islam and the Holy Prophet, and those countable fanatics should be mutilated and obliterated before they take their roots deep.

SAJJAD RUSTAMANI Hyderabad


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Comments (10) (Closed)


Rahul
Mar 30, 2013 01:06pm
You cannot counter violence with violence. That is a slippery slope. Only way out is to culture respect for secularism and human rights in them as well as re-enforcing the peaceful teachings of Islam above all.
S. A. M.
Mar 30, 2013 02:06pm
Thanks Sajjad for letting us know about the book of Carlyle on Prophet P. B. U. H. the hatred against the minorities as i understand started right after the Prophet's time. the first and second caliphs are seen as spreading Islam on the strength of sword. so the people who take those caliphs as their ideals and heroes would be seeing the killings of christians as spreading the word of God. Islam has never advocated killing of anyone. Even in the days of Prophet P B U H there were non muslims living peacefully in the Islamic Society. The Martyrdom of Imam Hussain A. S. in kerbala with his relatives beloved friends and followers was against the people who were not valuing the tenets of Islam and believed in doing whatever was needed to prolong and strengthen their nexus of evil. The actual peace would prevail in a true Islamic Society when our last Imam e Mehdi A. S. will reappear in front of the world Inshallah and hopefully soon. Till that time we have to suffer and suffer greatly indeed.
M. Siddique USA
Mar 30, 2013 02:34pm
Very well written. I wish everyone in Pakistan think the same way. Our biggest problem is ignorance about the Islamic teachings. The prophet (SAW) taught us harmony and love for other human beings. We have diverged far from it.
vivek
Mar 30, 2013 05:56pm
Appreciate the desire for peaceful image of Islam but in hind sight when I introspect the over all history of this religion I am struggling to find that land where other religions are peacefully existing. I appreciate to tolerance shown by the author but at the same time the author should be pragmatic in approach.
kausik
Mar 30, 2013 06:57pm
Every body forgets that Blasphemy Law or Laws are passed by Parliament or legislatures in provinces and signed by President of Pakistan in past the Radical Dictator Zia so to blame on ignorant masses when educated elite voted shows ignorance as no other religion in the world has such Laws.It is scary to live in Pakistan as minority group.
Sue Sturgess
Mar 31, 2013 01:23am
Islam has never had a peaceful image, except perhaps in the eyes of muslims.
K G Surendran
Mar 31, 2013 06:54am
When the majority are not safe the minorities are a forgotten breed
K G Surendran
Mar 31, 2013 06:57am
All religions teach love and harmony, it is not the sole preserve of any one religion as some would like to believe.
stuti
Mar 31, 2013 02:04pm
'Islam's real peaceful image', wow!!!!!!!
deva
Mar 31, 2013 02:32pm
I sometime wonder, why prophet(SAW) written Quran in Arabic and not in other language. Why god choosen Saudi/israel like desert countries? or everything is man made? all these desert countries involved in slaughtering human for long. They are fighting each other from ages..like Iran/Iraq..saudi verses others..why teaching still not have effect like Budhisim or Hinduism..Read history in honest manner..you will find answers for everything..