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Islam at war – with itself


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Rescue workers and security officials collect evidence from the burnt bus. –Photo by Reuters.
Rescue workers and security officials collect evidence from the burnt bus. –Photo by Reuters.
From Aleppo in Syria to Quetta in Balochistan, Muslims are engaged in the slaughter of other Muslims. The numbers are enormous: over 93,000 killed in the Syrian civil war and over 48,000 dead in Pakistan. Millions have perished in similar intra-Muslim conflicts in the past four decades. Many wonder if the belief in Islam was sufficient to bind Muslims in peace with each other.

Since the end of the Second World War, the world has moved in two distinct directions. The West, mostly Christian, has tried to minimise the intra-European conflict and has largely been successful with some exceptions. The Muslim world, on the other hand, has fallen into one violent conflict after another, involving mostly Muslims. Several intra-Muslim conflicts continue to simmer as proxy wars. In the 80s, the Iran-Iraq war alone left millions dead. More recently, a car bomb in Iraq on Sunday killed another 39 in the sectarian warfare between the Shias and Sunnis that killed at least 1,045 in May 2013.

As the violence amongst Muslims increases, most Muslims prefer denial or look for scapegoats. Those in denial believe no such violence exists and the entire issue is made up by the western-controlled media. Others blame it on scapegoats – Indians and Americans are the most frequently blamed. The overwhelming evidence, however, suggests that the sectarian and tribal divisions amongst Muslims and justifying violence in the name of religion are the primary causes of why Islam is at war with itself.

In Pakistan, confessions and appalling claims of responsibility by the spokespersons for the Tehreek-i-Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi should leave no doubt about where the guilt resides. At the same time, the Pakistani Intelligence agencies have put together incriminating evidence running into hundreds of thousands of pages against the extremist sectarian outfits, al Qaeda affiliates, the nationalist militias in Balochistan, and others who have perpetrated indiscriminate violence against civilians and the State resulting in over 48,000 deaths since 2004.

The hate-fuelled gulfs that divide Muslims are so wide that not only unarmed civilians, but doctors and others who try to save victims of violence, are also targeted by the extremists. The attack on the Bolan Medical Complex on Saturday, which left scores dead including four nurses, was not the first of its kind. A sectarian attack in Karachi in February 2010 was followed by a bomb attack on the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre Hospital where victims were rushed for treatment. More than 25 Shia Muslims perished in the two attacks.

And while the Muslim on Muslim violence is claiming victims all over Pakistan, the violence against non-Muslims, including Hindus and Christians, often brings together Muslims of different stripes, who would otherwise be fighting each other, in attacking religious minorities.

The targeted killings of university professors in Karachi and Quetta, the murder of Shia doctors and professionals, and the attacks on the shrines of patron saints are all evidence of the fact that Muslims have been killing other Muslims while being motivated by hate and using Islam to justify violence.

Why is that the belief in Islam is not sufficient to prevent violence amongst Muslims? From the very first day Muslims are taught that their belief in Islam trumps all other identities that they may hold. Their skin colour, tribe, caste or creed, none matters once they enter the fold of Islam. Why then, have millions of Muslims died at the hands of their fellow believers?

Political, religious, and other leaders in the Muslim world have kept the dialogue focused on the conflicts where Muslims have been the victims. The Bosnian conflict, the communal violence in India, which has caused the death of thousands of Muslims, and the Arab-Israeli conflict have been the focus of Muslim leaders. Seldom has the dialogue focused on why Muslims kill other Muslims. And even if the topic ever comes up, it ends up being an exercise in mass scapegoating.

Muslim societies have thus evolved into places where revenge is confused with justice, forgiveness with weakness, and peace with cowardice. These are the places where unholy men wage holy wars against unarmed civilians, pitching Muslims against other Muslims.

Back to Quetta

Imagine the state of mind of the person who wore a suicide vest and boarded the bus carrying young women whose bright faces were lit with the pride of being educated. There was no reason to attack these innocent women who were unarmed and unrelated to any conflict. But that did not deter the suicide bomber who proceeded to kill them and herself in a suicide attack.

Moments before the blast, the young women were ignorant of the pain that would soon be inflicted on them. They must be smiling and talking to their friends, planning for the rest of the day and for what lay ahead in their lives. The suicide bomber looked at the faces of the women who, if given the opportunity, would most certainly have improved the plight of their impoverished nation.

And then the blast. Some died instantaneously. Others must have suffered the agonising pain of the wounds and the resulting fire that engulfed the bus and consumed its riders. Those who survived the blast must have heard the cries for help emerging from deep inside the bus. The rescuers must have rushed to the bus, but could not assist the victims since the leaping flames kept everyone at bay.

Somewhere in or near Quetta a group of men chanted with pride, Allah-u-Akbar (God is great), eulogising the female suicide bomber for killing the very women who held the most promise for Pakistan. Their spokesperson called the news outlets to claim responsibility for the attack on unarmed women. Later, at the Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta, another group of men, armed with AK-47 and wearing suicide vests, engaged the security personnel in a standoff that left several more dead, including four nurses who were attending to the wounded from the earlier blast.

This was all done in the name of Islam. This will be repeated sooner than later. Some would argue this is not the “real” Islam. Does it really matter what real Islam is when its true followers cannot stand against those who use religion to commit genocide?

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Murtaza Haider is a Toronto-based academic and the director of

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Imran Jun 17, 2013 03:24pm

petro dollars at work

Chaman Jun 17, 2013 03:30pm

At the bottom of human conduct is primitive instinct of self interest and survival. Other binding elements are either transitory in nature or used selectively to serve a particular cause or a notion. Religion happens to be one of those binders. In today's world of information technology and scientific evidence, it is hard to drive people like herd of cattle. More and more people world over are abandoning the practice of their religions because of the distinction between what they see as a reality and what they are expected to believe.

Truth Jun 17, 2013 03:42pm

Muslims are war with each other, what it has to do with ISLAM..... wrong title.....

Dhammi Jun 17, 2013 03:40pm

And Imran Khan said "people don't understand that Islam is a religion of peace" in 1992 TV show here on channel 9. What do you say Mr Haider?

Rao Jun 17, 2013 04:04pm

The author is right in his analysis. Living in a peaceful Canada has enabled him to look at the problems of Pakistan and world of Islam with great deal of clarity , without fear and threats by religious fanatics and nationalists.

So keep it up and Bravo Murtaza!

Ragu Jun 17, 2013 04:05pm

Killings happen because radicals are not kept in check by moderates.

Farrukh Jun 17, 2013 04:17pm


What I believe, it is due to the absence of IEMAAN. We have been divided into various religious groups & casts. Moreover there is lack of LEADERSHIP in our country & around the Muslim countries. There is no UNITY & FAITH in Muslims. What we are doing? Nothing but SINS. How could we claim to be a Muslim without ISLAMIC practices. What is difference between an Muslim & others. KALMA & afterward Islamic practices. How many people in the Pakistan & around the globe are doing Islamic practices correctly & regularly. QUESTION to be answered by BILLIONS. I pray ALLAH for the prosperity, unity, faith among Muslims. Ameen

AHA Jun 17, 2013 04:23pm

"most Muslims prefer denial or look for scapegoats." The heart of the problem. We are taught not to take responsibilities for our wrongs.

My 'GPS' principle: One cannot know how to reach a certain destination unless one knows where one currently is. Due to our state of denial, we do not know where we currently are.

Khalid Pervez Jun 17, 2013 04:23pm

Dr Murtaza, you are absolutely right to question muslims on muslims violence, there surely has to be a reason greater than just simply differences in the school of Islam you belong to and It is too easy to blame all the violence on external forces, though there may be some truth to it, but it is the Muslims themselves that need to take responsibility for their actions. I hope and pray that one day this moment of madness that Muslims are going through will be over and Islam will return to its original form, peaceful and accepting of everyone in a society. Thanks for your article.

naveen Jun 17, 2013 04:24pm

Very correctly said. The answer is multiculturalism and education

Awais Jun 17, 2013 04:33pm

Indeed a sour reality that Muslims are being genocide by other Muslims. The last mishap was really very disappointed and was an example of cowardice. Those who claiming the responsibility must know that Islam doesn't allow its army to kill non-muslims' children, women and old men even if there is a war. But those who died were Muslim women. I felt pity for those who are doing this in the name of Islam. I would like to request to the new elected government to eradicate such groups by hook or by crook. If it is a proxy war then there must be some strong foreign policies needed to stop such accidents.

harish dewangan Jun 17, 2013 04:34pm

manipulation from western countries

Ahmed Jun 17, 2013 04:51pm

@Dhammi : actions speak louder than words....

subrata sen Jun 17, 2013 05:04pm

tolerance tolarence.. this is only solution for all to live in peace in this modern age in this small planet...!

husain bulman Jun 17, 2013 05:10pm

The problem does not lie with Islam , but it does lies with Muslims themselves ...........Right now Muslims are killing other Muslims and other non-Muslims in their own countries ..........The reason why Europe has been able to reduce their differences was through seeking more education and developing a culture of tolerance. Muslims need to do the same more education.......most of the Muslims are uneducated and have no respect in this post 9/11 world.............

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE Jun 17, 2013 05:22pm

Murtuza Sahib

Islam and muslims are being attacked (in Libya, Syria, Iraq etc) by democratic countries, under the cloak of shia sunni or other factionalism and it is for all very plain to see. Except ofcourse if you want to malign Islam itself. However, wheher it were the Mongols hordes or colonoliasts or the todays neo-colonialists. Islam always rises when it is considered gone and dead. As it is the truth and the last message of the creator for guidance of mankind.

Salim Akbani Jun 17, 2013 05:25pm

But it is so much more convenient to blame: Jews, Zionists, Christians, Hindus, the West, Facebook, Google................

Nony Jun 17, 2013 05:33pm

It had to happen because those in control believed and still do believe that local culture, languages and traditions are waste material and imported sectarian identification, culture and languages are pure and holly. Those who feel shame for their own sufi and peaceful history and try connecting themselves to invaders are responsible for what we are facing today.

umair Jun 17, 2013 05:36pm

The title is wrong, (the so called muslims are at war with so called muslims). The religion does not teach intolerance. True followers do not indulge in such violence..............its unfortunate, that whatever is said, done by such people is reflected on Islam.

Kanwal Jun 17, 2013 05:47pm

So true!!

Silajit Jun 17, 2013 05:56pm

Three reasons that I can think of (with comparisons with other major religions):

a) Commonly held Muslim belief that there is such a thing as "TRUE" Islam. No such equivalent occurs in Christianity (where there are a dime a dozen variants living in peace) or Hinduism where every person holds his own belief and there is no organized religion. No compulsion exists in Buddhism either which is more organized than Hinduism.

b) Commonly held Muslim belief that deviants from whatever version of Islam a group holds to be true can and should be killed. Moreover this is the correct thing to do from a religious stand point. Both Christians and Hindus have come a long ways (centuries/millenia) from such belief and are trying to put in sensible legal structure into their societies that is devoid of religion. Buddhism has never had such beliefs.

and possibly the most important:

c) The concept that religion and the state are one. Christianity is the only other religion that had this back until the Middle Ages.

No amount of education or wealth will help with the above.

Latif Khan Jun 17, 2013 06:06pm

Muslim are butchering each other on the name of Islam

Truth Jun 17, 2013 06:07pm

@Dhammi : Islam is not responsible of the situation, it is the muslims with no knowledge or limited knowledge or wrong knowledge......

Asahamed to be a Mmslim? Jun 17, 2013 06:17pm

Muslims have been killing each other from day one, during first 50 years they killed 3 of their most belovd Caliphs and slaughtered most beloved grand son and family of their prophet. The blood bath is going on, if there was any progress during 1400 yeras it was by those who had liberal attitutes. It is obvious that the message has not been understood.

Arun Sharma Jun 17, 2013 06:22pm

An eye opener. Historically religion seems to have encouraged both inter and intra religion violence violence. There has been violence between Catholics and Protestants, Shia and Suni. And of course between religions Muslims against Christians, Hindus against Muslims Hindus and Sikhs. Muslims and Jews Hatred is encouraged by religion despite the fact that we are told that religions teach love and peace. The fact is that for thousands of years religion has encouraged and caused violence and untold misery. The Christians had their crusades. Muslims still kill in the name of Jihad, Millions were killed, maimed and suffered unforgettable misery during India Pakistan partion all in the name of religion. In Godra riots Muslims burned Hindus alive in train bogies and then Hindus raped and killed inocent Muslims. I am aware of some Muslim religious leaders in Africa who say killing Christians is their religious duty as they are Kafirs. We are told that it is not the fault of religions but of those who practice it.

Is it not time to abandon an institution which has historically let itself to be misused and has caused untold misery to mankind??

Syed Jun 17, 2013 06:26pm

These terrorists have taken over Pakistan. Lashkar e Jhangvi called the local press office and said they did this gruesome act on young women because they wanted to revenge the security operations in one of their towns. What a great excuse. God will surely reward you Lashkar e Jhangvi for inflicting pain to the most vulnerable.

Richard Jun 17, 2013 06:28pm

From the very first day Muslims are taught that their belief in Islam trumps all other identities that they may hold................

This is where the problems lie for Muslims. So an Indian Muslim cannot sing vande mataram praising the mother country antagonizing Hindus. In Bangladesh, some Muslims cannot re conciliate to the fact that Bengali culture is predominantly Hindu culture. In Pakistan, Muslims cannot tolerate their women watching Hindi movies in the fear of diluting the effect of religious influence.

For the Muslims, their world revolves around their religion. But Muslims are not, repeat not, the most honest people in the world. Quite the opposite. In every non-Muslim country in Europe, Muslims are very highly represented in the prisons.

Vijay Jun 17, 2013 06:32pm

I have said it before here, on Dawn blog, and say it again: the problem is so glaringly obvious that everyone has missed the jungle for the trees. The problem is Islam itself. You can sing 'Islam is a religion of peace' till the cows come home, but that does not make it so. Muhammad spent a great deal of time in battles and hence Islam was born in violence. Compare that with Buddhism or Hinduism and the difference in philosophies becomes glaringly obvious.

hindu Jun 17, 2013 06:37pm

it is sad to read that you guys are bothered about violence by muslims against muslims. violence in any form should be shunned and condemned, especially against hapless minorities. actually the teaching of islam needs to be redone. Dr Naik proudly says that my religion needs no change becaz it is perfect, then why bother if perfectness leads to this. all the best.

Tariq K Sami Jun 17, 2013 06:39pm

No big deal. Just follow the money.

Tariq K Sami Jun 17, 2013 06:39pm

No big deal. Just follow the money.

Avtar Jun 17, 2013 06:51pm

Concisely stated. The problem lies in "lack of open discussion" in Islam. Any one who challenges the "accepted norms" is subjected to Violence. This goes to the beginning of Islam especially relating to schism between Sunnis and Shias. Tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan have embraced Islam because they can justify the tribal actions in the name of Islam. Emphasis is on rituals. Until the Mullahs are able to explain rationally (rather than with force) their actions, Islam will get stuck in rut.

Md Imran Jun 17, 2013 06:53pm

We need to scratch beneath the surface to identify the core problems.There is problem of poverty, lack of healthcare, lack of infrastructure, lack of opportunities which leads to violence. We took on a war that was not ours, and this is the consequence. Pakistan was one of the pioneer Islamic nations on earth before this war on terror. Our scientists, engineers and artists were among the best in the world. We had people come from all over the world, and now it is just chaos and carnage. There are governments ( in either sides of our borders and across oceans ) that are bent upon maligning the name of Pakistan.We need to remain vigilant, and identify the power behind the throne.

Ahmer Jun 17, 2013 07:03pm

@Imran : What muslims killing muslims have to do with petro dollars?

MSK Jun 17, 2013 07:08pm

ISLAM AT WAR - with itself ( Within Itself ) or appropriate to say Muslim Brother fighting / killing there own Brother on the Name of Cast, Sect and Region, Does we think why we kill our own Brother or humanity at large, What we will gain from the killing, Why we are so uneducated, Why we are so Barbaric, Look at the country dominated & ruled by Muslim Molvis & Mullahs - you will find graveyards bigger than our villages because killing is our every day routine business. What is the root cause maybe 1) LACK OF EDUCATION 2) POVERTY 3) LUST FOR MONEY & POWER, - general analysis points towards point no (3) LUST FOR MONEY & POWER - Islam in itself is oneness - but our so called religious leader ( Fanatic Leaders ) have divided us into many sects, so they can control us, dominate us ( Divide & Rule policy ) they (Religious Leaders) derive us from our basic right EDUCATION so they can corrupt our young minds for there own use & purpose. May ALLAH give us wisdom & courage to expose this Leaders, Mullahs & Molvies and may peace prevail in Islam again till day of Judgement.

Peeyush Prasad Jun 17, 2013 07:11pm

Dear Murtaza, I commend you on your courage to write this article. I empathize with your pain, and agree with your basic analysis that intra-muslim violence is often swept under the carpet by the very people affected.. However, I do take exception to your view of everything from a religious point of view... It almost seems that you're OK with the killings if they are not intra-muslim... Why can't you use the word 'Pakistani' or just 'people' for the citizens of Pakistan? Why does everything have to be viewed from the perspective of a muslim identity? "From the very first day Muslims are taught that their belief in Islam trumps all other identities that they may hold. Their skin colour, tribe, caste or creed, none matters once they enter the fold of Islam." I guess such a unipolar identity is easily hijacked by redefining islam to be suitable for one's political ends. Why can't religion be on equal footing with a person's other identities? And I wouldn't call people who kill women, children and caregivers human, let alone muslim. IMHO, people are multi-dimensional, and religious affiliations should be intensely private and one-to-one with god. Please keep writing such articles which give an opportunity to introspect... Thanks

Mark Jun 17, 2013 07:14pm

@Khalid Pervez: original form itself never had peace and justice.

shiv Jun 17, 2013 07:13pm

The author is asking the right questions but stops short of blaming the culprit of all this religion inspired violence, death, and destruction, the religion itself. The elephant in the room is ISLAM.

Islam is not a religion of peace, it has been a religion of violence since 7th century, and unless and until there is major reforms within Islam, it will continue in the same vain.

Kafir Jun 17, 2013 07:17pm

The reason for this violence can be clearly surmised from the article. " From the very first day Muslims are taught that their belief in Islam trumps all other identities that they may hold". This implied that violence against those who do not believe was not expressly forbidden, especially among the less educated ones. Muslim history is replete violence against non-believers. But then when the population of non-believers has been "ethnically cleaned" violence does not go away, and it makes Muslims to begin differentiating among them and new outcasts become available for violence to play out. Until Muslims begin to see brotherhood in all humanity this scourge will remain.

Insomniac Jun 17, 2013 07:24pm

hmm no takers from pakistan... seems the topic is too cumbersome for their liking.. running away from the truth is what they seek now.. most of the comments are from indians who are praising the author.. where are you my pakistani brother ? the author hit the raw nerve and people seems to miss altogether what he is trying to convey.. probably nobody wants to open the can of worms.. :)

raika45 Jun 17, 2013 07:42pm

@Ragu: Spot on sir

bubba Jun 17, 2013 07:41pm

Like it or not - killing others in the name of religion is accepted in the Muslim World. For those who don't agree I would ask when was the last time they actually got off the computer chair to protest when Ahmadis or Christians were attacked?

Syed Jun 17, 2013 07:57pm

Sureh Baqra verse 62 states Rest assured that believers(Muslims)Jews, Christians and Sabians, WHO SO EVER believes in Allah and the last day (of judgment) and performs good deeds will be rewarded by their Rub, they will have nothing to fear or regret. Muslims should stop depending on clerics etc. and start reading Quran and understanding basic principals of Islam. As per above verse there is no place for issuing fatwas against people practicing different methods to reach God so long they don't create hatred and fitna. We must respect others believes and should never do any thing that hurts other feelings.

Nafisa Jun 17, 2013 07:59pm

Another beautiful article! I will quote a saying that I read somewhere, "Evil only prevails when good people fail to do anything about it." Before even doing anything our people need to admit that the killers are Muslims and the responsibility of even one murder, if unresolved , lies with the whole Muslim community, leave alone thousands of people killed in the name of Islam.

Shaduram Jun 17, 2013 08:05pm

Why are we surprised at muslims killing each other? The muslim history is a lot more on killing and whole lot lesser on education, productivity (I do not mean population production) and creativity. Religion, from the time when man came to be aware of the Divine, has never been a factor that united people. In fact, religion has always been used to divide humanity and has been the cause of hatred among people. The history of Pakistan and the most recent of sudan bear witness to this fact. Will Muslims ever be a united people?. I for one do not think so. Our religious class and our Islamic Scholars will ensure that the hate-flame burns on. Will muslim be a better as people. Here, I have hope. A lot of young muslims, born away from islamic lands are getting educated. They will form a better face of muslims in the future. What we the seniors and elderly need to do is to keep the mullahs away from these young and educated. Then there will be hope.

Mir Ali Jun 17, 2013 08:21pm

"Many wonder if the belief in Islam was sufficient to bind Muslims in peace with each other." Certainly belief is sufficient provided they believe and not just think they believe.

akram Jun 17, 2013 08:24pm

As ever another great article from Murtaza Haider, well thought out. We must begin to define what is acceptable behavior in the name of religion. First and foremost accept that no one has the right to force their opinion on others.

Eddied Jun 17, 2013 08:23pm

Brilliantly written...thank you Dr. For defining the problem so well...those of us in the west sincerely hope the Muslim world can resolve this problem for the good of all people in the world...

Adeel Jun 17, 2013 08:41pm

The problem is that Muslims in general don't tolerate anything which goes against their beliefs. It is impossible to say something in Pakistan without offending someone. People should realize that it is their religious beliefs which are causing hatred. Unless people try to tolerate each other's religious and non-religious beliefs, bloodshed will never end.

ilma1998 Jun 17, 2013 08:43pm

Dear Mustafa Haider: We need to stop blaming ISLAM for these problems...muslims are killing muslims because they have no respect for their fellow muslims...they are busy cursing, looting, envying, their friends, neighbors, relatives. I feel more safer at the hands of non muslims to be honest...if I ask for their advise they give me what they would prefer for themselves...when I ask if they can help me they are upfront to say yes or no...when I do something wrong I get the punishment justly, when I do something right I am acknowledged accordingly, if I drop my credit card by mistake , I get it back immediately without any loss, I can freely roam at night and day fearlessly anywhere among them ... I wish if I could say the same for muslims and muslim countries as well.

Raja Islam Jun 17, 2013 08:46pm

@umair: It is easy to call these people "so-called muslims", but if these thigs keep on happening again and again all over the Islamic world, then there is something clearly wrong with the philosophy that is being followed. The very concept of killing someone who is not a true Muslim does not make sense, whether it is Shias or Ahmedis or those who are non-Muslim.

How can a group of people be confident that they are right in believing in something that is totally abstract and at the same time think that all others who do not agree with them are wrong and should be killed?

History has shown that religion clearly is not a major binding force and that ethnicity and language are more important.

RAA Jun 17, 2013 08:50pm

The radicals are defaming Islam. These radicals call themselves muslim and are carrying out these attacks in the name of Islam. Unless muslims realize that this tumor is within their own community and try to treat it from inside, there is little hope for the problems facing the muslim world to disappear. Who are financing these militants? Where is the money coming from? Will we continue to say its from India and its from Western Countries? When will we realize that there are forces within the muslim community (read middle east) who encourage and support these militants because they wish to impose their brand of Islam on the whole community. There is no hope for a new beginning until you look down in your own collar before blaming everything on outside forces.

Adeel Jun 17, 2013 08:51pm

People who believe that true Muslims can never do such things are living in denial. There is no example in the history of Islam where someone could say something against Allah and Mohammad and no get executed especially whenever Muslims were in power . People who are Muslims and are peaceful are those who are peaceful by nature and no amount of religious teaching can change that.

Riaz Ahmad Jun 17, 2013 08:57pm

It is not Islam at war with itself, it is backward and corrupt religious and political leaders, inciting even more backward masses towards war. Kemal Attaturk had the wisdom to contain this danger in his political vision.

iqra Jun 17, 2013 09:06pm

muslims at war--- with itself

krishna prasad Jun 17, 2013 09:16pm

Those who indulge in violence truly believe and assume that what they understand, practice and learnt from their peers in their group is the only "Islam". All other branches and any progressive thinking to bring the people and society as per evolving needs and wishes is pushed by western culture and therefore, not good for anyone living in their area. This twisted thinking is the root-cause of all violence perpetrated by so called "Islami outfits" practicing violence and killing to sway their hold in the area with utter disregard for others' views, opinions, freedom and compulsions. This is entirely to serve their own leader's selfish interests this is being staged and the government/law enforcement institutions have no teeth to counter this. What a shame!

Nasir Jun 17, 2013 09:14pm

First article is true but it's not Islam which is at war with itself. Only Muslims are at war among themselves and that too because they have put the secular teachings of Islam on a back burner. When you have theocracy running your lives, so, much so that now questioning the clergy or analyzing Islam is banned than this is what you reap. It is only a Muslim who cannot question his or her own beliefs despite his or her beliefs contradicts the teachings of Islam and the practice of beloved and peaceful Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him). When Muslims deny the teachings of the prophet of Islam, and do not accept the Imam of the age the Promised Messiah (A.S.), Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, then don't blame Islam. Blame only Muslims as Islam is never at war among itself, an example of Ahmadis in Pakistan and elsewhere is a good example. It is about time for you all to pay heed and analyze your own beliefs rather blaming Islam.

V. C. Bhutani Jun 17, 2013 09:18pm

It is nonsense for anyone to pretend that any religion makes for improvement of the life and personality of its followers. A good man will do his job with sincerity, whatever his job, whether peon or prime minister. He does something for someone else if he can. If he cannot, he does not hurt anyone. If a man is following this, he is meeting the demands of any and every religion. God, if there is one, does not expect anything more from him. Does this conflict with the teaching of any organized religion? Religion in human experience has degenerated into sheer obscurantism because thekedars of every religion have a vested interest in keeping their followers in ignorance and complete inability and unreadiness to inquire. The thekedars ensure that rituals are followed rigorously. That ensures their vocation and livelihood. This applies to all religions

Jawad Jun 17, 2013 09:30pm


I agreed with what you said that Your leaders do not talk about it and it needs to be addressed but i do not agree with the last line (Some would argue this is not the

Kundan Jun 17, 2013 09:36pm

As long as muslims blame other mulsims, on-muslims, west and east, other religion but their own, democracy and other political system, iraq to Afghanistan, Bush to Cameron, this issue of violence is not going to end. You have to believe that old books are the product of human development, society and civilization rather than GIVEN. Other people have moved on but not you because of the unquestionable GRIP it has on you. The greatest asset we humans have are enlightenment and coexistence,not religion. in west, I have met quite a few so called moderate and well educated muslims and they analyze conflicts well and also they blame their own muslims if it is true BUT, however, i have never seen any moderate or Muslim ,for that matter, even mince a word about the book which was written few hundred years back. dear brothers, you have problem everywhere because you think strongly the your religion is infallible and unquestionable. Please, it is not Bush or Cheny.

rana1 Jun 17, 2013 09:37pm

now its Islam for sale or muslims as mercenaries or muslims no longer muslims but only in name.

EQ8Rhomes Jun 17, 2013 09:40pm

@Silajit: Hinduism has local level organization, and even the World Hindu Parishad. But Hindus work at the community level first and foremost, without designs on world dominance. Christianity has grown with schisms and at least 1338 denominations exist officially. They do not feel threatened by the other sects, although world dominations has been their major theme. Islam has no built-in mechanism to allow for schisms--although they have happened since its inception. Islamic hyper-sensitivity to "insult" and "blasphemy" have become dangerous tools. Finally: There is the world- wide tussle between Sunni and Shia versions of Islam. Perhaps age will mellow the vehement Muslim who likes to micro-manage individual lives--even when they know that they are functioning still in the 15--1600 hundreds like Puritan Christians. Most Hindus and Christians (plight of Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses excepted) do not waste their time deciding who is Hindu, Christian and who is not!

kakar Jun 17, 2013 09:46pm

I think this is the most important issue confronting the so-called islamic world. Christians, Jews, Hindus and Bhuddists are all at peace with each other -the religions that we very arrogantly reject. It is really very difficult to pinpoint the explanatory variables which bring about this mayhem. But the sectarian fault lines in Islam when ruthlessly exploited for power politics can explain to a large extent the inhuman killing and merciless bloodshed. This issue needs to be analyzed intellectually and discussed politically if we there is willingness to counteract the rising tides stemming from this age old tsunami.

EQ8Rhomes Jun 17, 2013 09:45pm

@Nony: Then there is the problem of trying desperately to be Arab! go to muslim homes and see the proud pictures of men dressed in fine Arab garb. Yes, Nony, local culture is seen as "waste material" to the detriment of Islamic ideals.

EQ8Rhomes Jun 17, 2013 09:51pm

@husain bulman: Right on, Hussain Bulman!

EQ8Rhomes Jun 17, 2013 09:54pm

@subrata sen: Really, Muslims have to decide to mind their own business--in EVERY SENSE OF THE EXPRESSION! :eave others alone to choose for themselves and even allow them to leave Islam, if they choose and as many have done! Give up the herd and herding instinct. You have better things to do for yourselves and your children, and your Ummah!

Moeen H Jun 17, 2013 10:13pm

Belief in Islam, praying 5 times a day, fasting, zakat and hajj is NOT enough .. these are a Muslim's mandatory responsibilities towards Allah (swt). Today's Muslim will do all of that yet he'll lie, cheat, steal, rob, rape and kill. In other words, he will NOT fulfill his responsibilities towards the fellow Muslims, humans and society .. he will NOT be nice to human beings, in complete contradiction to the teaching of Islam. Please, pardon me because I don't know the exact narration and source of this story but it goes like this: "Once a Muslim came to the Khalifah (maybe Umar, I don't remember) to ask his advice about starting a business deal with another Mulsim. The Khalifah asked him if he knew that the man was good. He said that he saw the man praying in the masjid regularly. The Khalifah said, "You don't know him; go and ask his family and his acquaintances about his interactions with them .. only then, you'll know what he is like." As a society, we must become 'practicing' Muslims .. our yardstick must NOT be based on beard, prayer offering, clothes above the ankles, hijab, nikab, etc. A Muslim is the one who not only fulfills his obligations towards Allah (swt) but more importantly, as commanded by Him, treats His creations with love and affection. We must redefine the way we have been taught to recognize a 'good' Muslim .. We must NOT expect that a bearded shopkeeper will be more honest than a non-bearded one!

bnath Jun 17, 2013 10:11pm

@husain bulman: If you are dogmatic and willing to be brainwashed education will do nothing to help. More often than not it is the educated people who do the killing.

Salman Khan Jun 17, 2013 10:15pm

@Dhammi : You are confusing Islam with a Muslim .. that notion is fundamentally wrong!

Ahmer Jun 17, 2013 10:20pm

Pakistan would not have seen this day if Qaid's advice given in our Assembly on 11 August 1947 had been followed in letter and spirit. We would have been a peaceful and united nation today with our per capital income closer to Switzerland than Somalia.

Bani Jun 17, 2013 10:29pm

I doubt Islam as a binding force. Has it been true swords should not have been out, while the Prophet PBUH was yet to be buried. It was the presence of Prophet which kept then ONE. No other power can do this miracle again......... Bitter but true........ whether you accept or not ..... it will remain true. We should think of tribal union and geographic union.. may we succeed to save Pakistan....

EQ8Rhomes Jun 17, 2013 10:27pm

@Chaman: Yes, except in these case, people are trying to heard cats!

EQ8Rhomes Jun 17, 2013 10:39pm

@Chaman: My personal issue always is that I cannot live by other people's rules without examining them for reasonability. "The unexamined life is not worth living"---Socrates. We are witnessing today in 2013, blind faith and fear at work.

Parvez Jun 17, 2013 10:45pm

I thought that was a great write up. Most Muslim countries where this carnage is going on have different reasons for this. Some are political, some societal and some economic but the common link in all is religion or the misuse of religion. In Pakistan most of our problems are self inflicted, religion is the catalyst used to further the destruction. The solution so far has been to treat the symptom but not the disease.

Pavas Ambashta Jun 17, 2013 10:56pm

"Muslim societies have thus evolved into places where revenge is confused with justice, forgiveness with weakness, and peace with cowardice." This single line is sufficient to explain the real cause of this so called "war".. Infact Islam had been at war since it's inception in 7th centuary..This is the only religion which was spread by swords..Sooner than later, it had to come to the Muslims themselves..

Habeeb Khan Jun 17, 2013 11:01pm

It is not Islam.Human body comprises of animal instincts which are evil forces & spirituality which promotes good & submission to one God. When two individuals,communities or countries fight & kill each other, it is animal instincts not religion.In Islam there are punishments & no violence.We all need to be educated, to be succesful in deen & duniya. Thanks

Seedoo Jun 17, 2013 11:10pm

While muslims kill muslims, our leaders and middleclass people keep repeating the mantra: "Islam is a religion of peace". There is an adage in Urdu: "Chor ke darhi mein tinka"

The fact is that muslims have never been at peace with each other. The only difference is that in the olden days non-muslim world was as violent as the muslim world. In the last 2 hundred years other societies have moved on, and we continue the status quo.

Ayaz Jun 17, 2013 11:09pm

It has been the case right after the death of prophet Muhammad. Umar, Usman Ali, Hussain and all the family of Muhammad were killed by fellow muslims ... And the war continues...

malole Jun 17, 2013 11:22pm

Thanks to all these religious zealots. The word 'Islam' has become synonymous with terrorism.

Ram Jun 17, 2013 11:28pm

"Since the end of the Second World War, the world has moved in two distinct directions." You spoke about the Muslims and the Christians.
Mr. Haider, how wrong could you be!! Living in Canada, I would expect you to know that the greatest shift in the second half of the 20th century has been the growth of the Asia-Pacific. In the 21st century, the economic and political weight will decisively shift East. It is a sad reflection that like most Muslims, you can only look West and envy what you have not achieved rather than look East and see what you can. Or is it because those in the East do not believe in the One God?

Unlike Me Jun 17, 2013 11:35pm

What a strong article. Some cues taken from Mobarak Haider's perceptions which are true but hurt.

@Sliajit: Agree with you.

@Ibn e Ashfaque: What is the point if Islam will rise as blood stained savage and barbaric?

@Farukh: "How many people in the Pakistan & around the globe are doing Islamic practices correctly & regularly". What is this correctly done Islamic practice? You have a different view, I have a different way and another person thinks it is easy to call someone an apostate for example and accordingly, the Quran prescribes death by sword and he does exactly that. What savagery?

Shahid Jun 17, 2013 11:44pm

Author says "Others blame it on scapegoats

Shahid Jun 17, 2013 11:44pm

@umair: So sir 'who' is killing people in Syria, Iraq, Pak. Who takes the blame? Another example of "denial mode". Why do not the people who know and preach true islam come forward in hordes and issue a fatwa against the ones who r wrong. Why is that the voice of the righteous is so muted? Till when will it hurt?

Shahid Jun 17, 2013 11:51pm

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: Sir, you are a wise one. Please enlighten the blind like us as to what you mean exactly. How have the democratic counries being so easily able to make a fool out of Libyians, Syrian and Iraqis ....and now pakistani. How is every one being taken for a ride?

Ayesha Khan Jun 17, 2013 11:52pm

Those who think that Islam is something tangible and it's in danger then they need to think twice about it. Moreover, there is no need to make believe in your self created terminologies and ideologies as the Noble Quran proves a beautiful and a complete code of life. It addresses all the issues. But we so regretfully have divided ourself into different sects, and this is the greatest tragedy, specially of the Muslim nations.

We consider the teachings of Quran no more appealing, and now it is known as a religion of trerrorism. When we are hit by these trype of allegation we cannot even counter them, as we are not knowledgeble enough about our own religion. And what to talk about Hinnuduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Jewism ---If only one can look on the surface level the discrepoencies in the religion and their repercussions than it will take away one's senses.

The Quran most frequently states ---" Indeed we have made this book easy to read and remember and is there anyone who will take heed " ( Sura Qamar ) . Only in Sura Qamar this verse is repeated 6 times, and at many other stations in the Quran. It is we who are rejecting the teachings of Islam --it is we who are highly impressed by the west ---it is we who are the greatest hypocrites. We have lost our direction, and we consider it to be a small matter, when in sight of Allah its the most grievous offense. We are not interested what the west is doing but we must look into our own affairs. We are accountable to Allah and not to the east or west ---- " There have already come to them recitals wherein there is enough to check them " ( Al Quran --Sura Qamar, Verse 4 )

Suren Singh Sahni Jun 17, 2013 11:57pm

Tolerant of diversity and dissent. All the paths lead to oe destination

Abuzar Jun 18, 2013 12:05am

Any country which does not have any support from petro-dollar aid has no violence against muslims.

Interested Jun 18, 2013 12:09am

This violence is simply because of a race for leadership... differences in sects seem secondary. Compare with the 2 world wars and the american civil war in which millions perished...

Z Jun 18, 2013 12:28am

Great post my friend, too bad most Muslims in the world will disagree because they are blinded by the so called 'Religion of Peace' or are in a state of denial. As you can tell from my name, i was born Muslim but have lost all faith in it. One judges a religion/country/tribe/race etc by the actions of its people. In my 31 years of life, i haven't seen Islam or Muslim's make any substantial peaceful contribution to our society.

I'm glad i don't live in any Islamic country, i probably would be stoned to death for criticizing Islam.

I cant wait for the day when Muslims realize that religion is a man made thing in order to live a disciplined lifestyle. Nothing more, nothing less. Just like the West, I'm hoping there is a day when Muslim's realize this and stop the harm they have caused to society.

Raza Jun 18, 2013 12:33am

It is not muslim against muslim, it is only one virulent sect of Islam, that has commenced war on the other sects. Anywhere you see, this dastardly group is committing atrocities on others who disagree with them.

Care to guess which one? The ones represented by TTP and LJ. So very clear to me!!!

a Jun 18, 2013 12:40am

A very informative article indeed. I myself wonder at this time and time again and can't seem to come to any conclusion. Doesn't Islam teach us to respect and cherish EACH N EVERY life as precious? How can one muslim kill another muslim (or any other human for that matter). The attack on the medical school bus and Bolan medical complex were absolutely barbaric and the culprits should not call themselves muslims AT ALL. This is a shameful act for ALL of us. May allah get us all on the right path. Ameen.

Muhammad Awais Jun 18, 2013 12:48am

If your nation fails to develop a sense of humanity with each other then there is always a terrible and chronic situation. This is the actual situation from now a days muslims are passing, fighting with each other on the name of ISLAM to tell that what actual Islam is, we should unite with each other to tell all of them that there is no such type of action available in our religion, it is a peaceful religion which belongs to sensible and calm humans.

Seedoo Jun 18, 2013 12:48am

What does a scientist have to do with science? What does a Pakistani have to do with Pakistan? What does a muslim have to do with Islam? Wow! You raise a very smart question!

Islam is what muslims practice. To a muslim who commits violence in the name of Islam, this is Islam to him. We muslims must stop giving excuses and learn to admit our mistakes.

When a muslim does something good, you people immediately give credit to Islam, but when a muslim does something bad, you guys become defensive. This is immaturity.

noaman Jun 18, 2013 01:11am

Implementation of sharia is the only way forward which will eliminate all sectarian killings and which also will safeguard the minorities living there. Islam does not allow the killings of any innocent human being and those who are involved must be brought to justice under speedy trial courts.

Khan Jun 18, 2013 01:12am

@Silajit: bro, muslims are bcoming extremist and terrorist bcz of lack of education!

kazaap Jun 18, 2013 01:16am

It is interesting to see how the Shia-Sunni conflict is playing out in the Middle-East. The mainly Sunni group Hamas was united with Shia Iran and Hazbollah in their war with the Jewish state. It is now suddenly confronted by a war in which Iranians and Hazbollah are killing Sunnis.

AHA Jun 18, 2013 01:26am

@Silajit: Excellent analysis.

AHA Jun 18, 2013 01:28am

@umair: Denial again. The only thing in which we are truly excellent.

Seedoo Jun 18, 2013 01:29am

Keep dreaming buddy! And keep living in your make belief fantasy world

AR Jun 18, 2013 01:34am

Before the fall of Ottoman Empire, Muslim majority societies were comparatively more tolerant and peaceful than the others. Jews did not had to suffer pogroms as they did in Europe and Russia. Christians were able to practice their religion and build churches. In subcontinent, Hinduism is still the majority religion as contrast to Europe where the old religions were almost completely replace by Christianity. But at the end of Ottoman empire, puritanical movements started which stressed the use of violence instead of Scientific knowledge to compete the world. This first resulted in the breakup of Ottoman empire, later this ideology was exported to other parts of world e.g. Palestine, Afghanistan and Pakistan. More recently this is being exported to North Africa and different secular countries i.e. Libya and Syria. This is causing a lot of bloodshed and will continue to do so as long as it is not stopped.

Moeen H Jun 18, 2013 01:57am

Sorry, but all you have done in your blog is complain, condemn and chide, a rehash of the news reports, which is the easy part .. allow me to add my 'complaint' to the hard part, which is to suggest some solutions ... where is that? Please, enlighten the readers on how to 'really' get out of this mess!

Muhammad Jun 18, 2013 02:14am

People who have taught lies for the centuries will need probable few more centuries to learn humanity. Not happening in our life time.

S.A.Hyder, Ph.D. Jun 18, 2013 02:24am

@umair: If the so called Muslims are doing all this, then where are the 'true' Muslims? Why are they hiding? The root cause of the problem is simply that we do not want to admit that it is entirely our own fault. Religion or no religion, Muslims are reared that way. They have imbedded in their minds that theirs is the greatest religion there ever was and there ever will be. The trouble is that other people also strongly believe in the greatness of their religions. So it is not possible to bluff them. Especially if they have any knowledge of history. If they have, then they are aware of the fact that Muslims have been fighting among themselves from the very beginning. In fact right after the death of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) Muslims started fighting and killing each other. Three of the first four Califs were brutally assassinated. The assassins did not belong to any other religion. Since then, dynasty after dynasty came to power by mass killing their predecessors in the most brutal and savage way they could think of, all in the name of Islam. What ever Islam teaches is simply irrelevant. Muslims are and have always been a bunch of savage, barbaric, cruel, bloody-minded, atrocious, violent and merciless beings. Not human in any sense of the word, by their actions and behavior. History is a standing proof.

S.A.Hyder, Ph.D. Jun 18, 2013 02:26am

If the so called Muslims are doing all this, then where are the 'true' Muslims? Why are they hiding? The root cause of the problem is simply that we do not want to admit that it is entirely our own fault. Religion or no religion, Muslims are reared that way. They have imbedded in their minds that theirs is the greatest religion there ever was and there ever will be. The trouble is that other people also strongly believe in the greatness of their religions. So it is not possible to bluff them. Especially if they have any knowledge of history. If they have, then they are aware of the fact that Muslims have been fighting among themselves from the very beginning. In fact right after the death of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) Muslims started fighting and killing each other. Three of the first four Califs were brutally assassinated. The assassins did not belong to any other religion. Since then dynasty after dynasty came to power by mass killing their predecessors in the most brutal and savage way they could think of. What ever Islam teaches is simply irrelevant. Muslims are and have always been a bunch of savage, barbaric, cruel, bloody-minded, atrocious, violent and merciless beings. Not human in any sense of the word by their actions and behavior. History is a proof.

zobia khan Jun 18, 2013 02:34am

@umair: The prescribed religion is one thing and the practiced religion is another. People will not judge the faith by what is written or what was practiced 1400 years ago, but how you it is practiced today.

If you feel strongly that a few people are hijacking the religion then what stops you from going after them? do you not love your faith? or is it not worth losing your comfort and status? Or do you believe that the government should take care of the matters of faith.

15 years ago we had the Bosnian crises. Christian Serbs massacred Bosnian Muslims and Croatians; how did the Christian world react? By attacking and relentlessly bombing the Serbs. So much so that the bombs didn't stop even on Easter Day (which is equivalent to our Eid). Why? They didn't want their faith to be soiled with this WWII type of mindset.

Why are you still sitting in your home? You should be getting ready to fight. Unless of course the only thing you are good for is prayers.

zobia khan Jun 18, 2013 02:38am

@Farrukh: Go back to 1975 - People were not forced to pray, yet some still prayed. Religion was in peoples hearts, you could walk the street and no one would judge you. Then came the Dictator - Zia Ul Haq with his promise of Sharia, he brought the Mullas to the Television and armed them. Everyone started praying; they became more muslim and less human, and more intolerant.

No problem with EEMAANN. Problem with people, they have been educated to become Muslims first and humans last.

Desisurfie Jun 18, 2013 02:44am

@Khalid Pervez: Very well said..

Danish Amin Jun 18, 2013 02:48am

The problem is lack of flow of information. Pakistan and Pakistanis have been living in a bubble for so long. For example, almost all Pakistanis think that Pakistan won the 1965 war with India, whereas, it is only a myth. Furthermore, somehow they believe that calling yourself a true muslim automatically makes you a better person than everyone else. Somehow, it is ok to kill someone for offending their beliefs, but it is not ok to argue your points with words and logic. 100% of my blood is Pakistani (though I am 100% American by choice). Pakistanis are great and even brilliant individuals. But based upon my interactions with hundreds of different groups of people, I find Pakistanis as a group to be the most unethical and immoral of all groups who refuse to take responsibility for any of their actions. Please publish, thanks.

Fahmeed Jun 18, 2013 03:00am

" In chaos there is cosmos- In every disorder a secret order" Carl Jung.

Pakistan will rise... InshaAllah!!

USA Jun 18, 2013 03:10am

I am surprised that even having taken every single verse of peace from the bible, they still can't follow it.

Saeed Jun 18, 2013 03:14am

Aren't Islam (Muslim) are fighting each other,since its birth.

Ash Mirza (USA) Jun 18, 2013 03:24am

First of all I want to thank Murtaza Haider to print this article in English DAWN. I think if people think possitive than they can take it as negative way than they will not learn any thing. Im my opinion I think this is a true article, muslims are killing muslims and setting bad example of muslim communitiy. Now is a chance to bring PEACE, LOVE and HUMANITY in muslim community to set a good example. Sincerely, Ash Mirza (USA)

Joe Jun 18, 2013 03:29am

Only if we all pause and ask our selves, are we really following what our beloved prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) taught us. Jun 18, 2013 03:35am

@Khalid Pervez: When, Islam was peaceful and tolerant. From the beginning it was on the war foot. It was fougt or was fighting.

saleem Jun 18, 2013 03:38am

@Salim Akbani: and the martians :)

Indian81 Jun 18, 2013 03:42am

But how about terror attacks carried out by Muslims in places like USA, UK and India? What is the reason for that?

saleem Jun 18, 2013 03:43am

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: was it the democratic countries when Prophets grandson and family were murdered? or the murders and assassinations during muslim rules and kingdoms?

Bharat Jun 18, 2013 03:51am

@Farrukh: So you think you have been divided into different groups?

Who divided you and how were you divided?

Divisions happen in all religions

Bharat Jun 18, 2013 03:55am

@Awais: perhaps you should ask the Pakistani army why innocent Indians are deliberately being killed by their helpers.

Bharat Jun 18, 2013 03:53am

@Farrukh: Judging others as you are doing is the same as saying - they are not as good as you- and that is when the fighting starts

Jupiter59 Jun 18, 2013 04:01am

With great shame, i have to admit that G.B.Shaw's statement "Islam is the best religion with with the worst followers" rings true.

Shafi Jun 18, 2013 04:08am

Islam is not at war with itself, Muslims are. There is monumental difference between Islam and today's Muslims.

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Jun 18, 2013 04:11am

What concrete solutions you propose, Mr. Haider?

El Cid Jun 18, 2013 04:18am

Islam is NOT at war with itself. West has declared War on Islam. West, the Crusader, always the quintessential highwayman, the predator vanquished all except Islam. Muslims survived. And yes it matters what Islam is. Islam is Islam, as gold is gold. No equal. Don't meme it lead. See facts through educated objective, not sectarian, eyes. Advocating internecine strife, civil war, is not the way.

Your stats acknowledge that forty times more Sunnis killed than all minorities combined. Two million Sunni destitute in Swat, terror unleashed on Waziristan. Why no Drones over Karachi? Why Baluchistan in turmoil? Doesn

Akil Akhtar Jun 18, 2013 04:31am

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: Sadly our learned cannot answer why all these civil wars have started after sep 11 and since US presence in the region and why only those muslim countries that are not friendly with Israel? Who is funding these terrorists and providing so much ammunition, requires millions of dollars. If we had the power and the resources we could also exploit the racial and religious differences in Europe especially east europe and start civil wars...

BRR Jun 18, 2013 04:31am

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: Keep ignoring the facts and believe in your conspiracy theories, and live in your own Islamic Disneyland, until everyone around you also succombs to the inevitable denouement.

BRR Jun 18, 2013 04:31am

@Farrukh: Back to unity and faith as a solution - what happened to love, compassion, knowledge and wisdom - wait, I know, it vanished when the Buddhists were are butchered and wicked Hindus were converted.

Akil Akhtar Jun 18, 2013 04:30am

Indain trolls are back again like flies to honey, no wonder so called our writers keep writing such articles it increases their popularity, after all they are ten times more than us.

BRR Jun 18, 2013 04:33am

Sad the see the writer write " Why is that the belief in Islam is not sufficient to prevent violence amongst Muslims? " He should have instead asked "Why is it not enough to be a human first and follow the golden principle of live and let live?" If you can prevent violence period, and encourage tolerance for everyone, that will also ensure muslims don't kill each other.

AC Jun 18, 2013 04:41am

Bottomline is that islam is a young Religion that's yet to attain maturity. The fact that there is a lot of sudden wealth due to Oil hasn't helped as well. What do you expect when you give a lot of money to a illiterate people?

It's a vicious cycle - unfortunately the reform can only come from within but I don't yet see light at the end of the tunnel.

JK Jun 18, 2013 04:42am

I'm sure it must be India's fault that pakistani muslims can't live peacefully with other pakistani muslims :) For god's sake these people could not even peacefully coexist with Buddhists.

Srini Jun 18, 2013 05:04am

@Silajit: wow, one of the most sensible reasoning!

Mohammed Sukhera (USA) Jun 18, 2013 06:50am

There were hundreds of Munafiqs during time of messenger of Allah. Allah (SBW) had revealed their names to the Prophet(PBUH). Abdullah b.Ubay b. Salul, the leader of Munafiqs refused to fight along with the Prophet Muhhammad (PBUH) in the battle of Ditch and left the battlefiled with 300 supporters. He worked very hard and used all the means to destroy the solidarity among Muslims. Messenger of Allah did not wage war against him or his tribe. Actually when Abdullah died , the messenger of Allah gave his shirt to enshroud him and prayed for his forgiveness upon his son's request. Messenger of Allah's action brought one thousand people of his tribe to Islam. The problem is not in Islam but in the muslim who don't follow it. Non belivers in the west blame Islam when a muslim commits a crime. They don't blame Christianity when Hitler killed millions of Jews in the second world war. McVeigh killed hundres of people in Oklahoma and he was a Christian but christianity was never questioned. Pl. don't blame islam for actions of few bad apples.

mohammad Jun 18, 2013 07:12am

dear sir, this is not the problem with our religion, ISLAM, but the problem is with some of our criminal countrymen. it needs one dirty person to kill one hundred thousand innocent people. overall we MUSLIMS are united, but certain criminals within us are creating problems. ISLAM DOES NOT ALLOW ANYBODY WHO IS INNOCENT TO BE KILLED. a bit of radicalisation took these killer people away. these people need to understand that killing an innocent will take the killer to hell forever. WE NEED MORE TOLERANCE AND RESPECT FOR OTHERS WHICH IS THE BASIC TEACHING OF ISLAM. islam needs peaceful living here and jannah hereafter. MAY ALLAH GIVE US HIDAYAH...AAAMEEEN

Muhammad Farooq Jun 18, 2013 07:26am

The topic of this blog is high sounding. I was expecting some in-depth analysis of the causes why Muslims are killing Muslims. To my dismay, instead i found reproduction of news reports from the middle east and Pakistani newspapers. I would suggest the author to do some research look into it more deeply. What he is seeing may not be the whole truth.

Muhammad Farooq Jun 18, 2013 07:31am

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: correct!

ALI Jun 18, 2013 07:28am

The sooner we understand that Islam is no more than an imperial force cloaked with religion to rally people around and work backwards to disentangle the bits in Islam that does not have any relation to god, the better it will be for world peace.

Nobluc Jun 18, 2013 07:41am

Another day,
Another death,
Another sorrow,
Another breath.

Saeed Shah Jun 18, 2013 07:55am

The titile," Islam at- War with Itself", is a wrong title. It should be " Muslims at War with Muslims". History tell us that there had been many much more killings by Muslims against Muslims than between Muslims and Non-muslims. And such killings among Muslims has nothing to do with the religion of Islam. It was carried out to achieve supremacy and hegemony over others.

Nauman Jun 18, 2013 08:30am

Everything you have written is correct. Now, how to fix this cancer of hatred? It is too late for this generation.......we can begin teaching tolerance and acceptance to the young ones. The only solution for Pakistan is to hunt down the perpetrators and their supporters and "neutralize" them ruthlessly. Drones are our friends! The young women were not blown up in retaliation for a drone strike.....they were murdered because they stood for knowledge.

Nauman Jun 18, 2013 08:37am

Anything the media can do to humanize these victims is helpful. All we see is a number of victims. Need their Pictures printed. their stories told. their dreams shared. Talk about their lives.....maybe it will be enough to prevent some of these barbaric attacks.

Debraj Sen Jun 18, 2013 08:49am

An extremely nice and balanced article!! We all know that the only solutions are education and development!! While it is true, the firm hand of the Law is also an important fact!! Saudi Arabia is a great example and has remained violence-free even during the middle-east uprisingl!! Jun 18, 2013 09:10am

@umair: But why "true" followers do not condemn the bad guys and why they do not take any corrective action. Instead all the religious big shots are, continuously defending the heinous acts of these barbarians. In such a situation how can you defend these "true" muslims?

ssf Jun 18, 2013 09:14am

@Truth: Because Muslims are killing each other in the name of Islam ie in their beliefs, their version of Islam is the true Islam. In their mind for example educated women should be killed because Islam does not allow women to go to schools and colleges. Title of the article is thus correct. Jun 18, 2013 09:45am

Only praying does not work. common sense must prevail. incidents like theses will make way for others to quit ISLAM.

Hasnain Raza Jun 18, 2013 09:56am

I disagree with the words "between the Shias and Sunnis". it is clear now that a group "Takfeeri" are killing Shias & Sunnis. Even they are destroying tombs of companions of the Holy Prophet PBUH.

Farhan Jun 18, 2013 10:14am

It would be very childish if we deny the international conspiracies invloved in making our region unstable because differences among muslims exist since inception. 20% could be blamed due to lack of education but the rest is done by external forces (Drone attacks, American stooges (our leaders), paid media etc ).

pardeep Jun 18, 2013 10:12am

Each society needs a safety valve for the people who think differently or rationally. The secular Govts provide this valve by remaining aloof from personal beliefs of the populace unless and until serious civil law and order problems come up. But Muslims, as they have not accepted the religion by choice, are so insecure that they do no allow anyone to challenge their system. They themselves may be condemning others all the time others. e g in Pakistan even to-day blame for all the evils is laid on pre-Islamic Hindu customs, though those customs have disappeared from Hinduism centuries ago. Muslims should become tolerant and Islamic scholars should start finding fault with Islam/Quran and Prophet. But this is a very distant dream and heretical. So the war within and with others will continue.

AL Jun 18, 2013 10:26am

@Khalid Pervez:

Return to what? Check your history. Talk to descendants of people who were victims of in tolerance from the very beginning .

AL Jun 18, 2013 10:30am

@Khalid Pervez: With due respect, Islam has never bbeen a tolerant religion from the very beginning. Check your history and ask the descendants of victims of Islamic hordes from Mecca to North Africa to Middle East, and South Asia!

AL Jun 18, 2013 10:35am

Islam has never been a religion of pea ce or t/olerant towards people with other beliefs. Just talk to the descendants of victims strewn from North and SubSaharan Africa to West, Central and South Asia!

n s parameswaran Jun 18, 2013 10:52am

@Truth: It has every thing to do with Islam. Are Muslims not followers of Islam. Hence what ever they do is a reflection upon ISLAM and of ISLAM. You cannot escape the umbilical link between MUSLIM-ISLAM with verbal sophistry

Imran Jun 18, 2013 11:11am

How can it be Islam's problem if some is being killed on its name. A mother killed her son because that he was interupting her when she was playing "FarmVille" on Facebook. And God knows how many teens are exploited through other social media. Not to mention the risk today's teens are of committing suicide because of general media (forget social media now) and these opinions are not just mine, they're been echoed in journal articles by Silenzio, Gould, Stack etc. 1000s commit suicide every year around the world because of general media. It doesn't make sense but they do. So what should be done? Should be close down news channels and blame the broadcasting industry even though we all know how biased they can get sometimes? The answer is no. And same goes for Islam, if a group (and I mean group because all the "Muslim" terrorist combined wouldn't be enough to fill a small city) of "Muslims" are being idiots does it make an observer like yourself feel Islam is bad or flawed? How can you arrive at this conclusion? And moreover how can anyone of you even think an Islamic regime was bad in the day? (Don't get me wrong, I like democracy, even Islamic regimes were much more democratic than this, Khalifas were people like me and you) Was it because women were covered? Oh you think they were FORCED to be covered, which is a shame because anyone who thinks that doesn't have even a rudimentary skill of researching in him/her. It was peaceful time. People, common people, were beyond rich during some of the Khalifa's rule. Abdullah Ibn Omar, Omar (R.A) and many others.

Its kind of sad that people blame Islam/Christianity/Jewism for all or even a fraction of the problem that was happening. If not for religon human kind would've killed each other centuries ago. I'm a muslim and I'm proud of being one and I dont see anything bad in Islam.

Bottom line, grow up and start dealing with out own problems rather than watching news with a cup of tea in one hand remote in the other and saying this country/religion is incomplete because its they who are incomplete.

Azaad Jun 18, 2013 11:10am

It is not about religion. The problem lies in our heroes - Nadir Shah, Mohamed Bin Qasim, Manhmud of Ghazni, Chengiz Khan, Taimur.... and the belief that rape,pillage, war, cruelty, enslavement, battle... are glorious endeavours. Just look at our history books...encouraging , even enticing violence and martyrdom. Why cant our heroes also be Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Al Barouni, Guru Nanak Dev, Baba Farid, Bhulleh Shah, Data Saheb....and thousands of those who show compassion and humanity? What do you want your child to be when you name him.....Changez, Taimur?

Vijay Jun 18, 2013 11:17am

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: This is the very thought which has degrading the muslim community around the world and among themselves. People who cry that their counter fellow is been harassed / oppressed in some other country they forgot two things. 1. In all the other countries, even other caste, religious exist. They mingle gel, be part of that country by respecting the tradition and value of that country and become more of that country and eventually they become partner and grow. Why are they not treated as badly as Muslims feel they are been?. In India, the population of Muslims minority has grown three times as compare to any other minority. But the communal violence chart is displayed more often so as to gain sympathy from the one sided channelized mind. This is the reason you find more extremism than in any other religion. 2. Why not they check how they perform when it comes to treatment of minority in Islamic state? Because in the bottom of your heart that is UN-Islamic too?

Sharat Gupta Jun 18, 2013 11:24am

I congratulate the intellectuals like Mr. Murtaza, who dare to bare the truth behind. It is important to understand the importance of the diagnosis as pre requisite for permanent cure. I hope & wish that his initiative shall prompt the well meaning muslims to soul searching & finding the answers.

Dev Jun 18, 2013 11:27am

@umair: There is no common definition of true follower.

Muhammad Farooq Jun 18, 2013 11:51am

Its all sectarian violance. We have divided ourselves into various sects. One group claims themselves to be the true muslims and others all kafirs. So we are fighting with each other. Those mullahs who opposed the creation of Pakistan are now posing as super pakistanis and super muslims. Only a revolution like that of turkey could save us. Otherwise we will soon disappear. Allah will never help such fisadees. Allah will only help those who are pious and respect all human beings irrespective of religion, cast, creed or colour. Its all the fruit of independence which has made us "Phanaykhan" What to say more about it. I can ony pray for the best.

yusuf khan Jun 18, 2013 11:54am

@Khalid Pervez: Does 'Questioning' exist in Islam. You can not have any question or reason otherwise it will be termed as blasphemy

Najjar Jun 18, 2013 12:02pm

@Silajit: Nice name!!!

Rajat Jun 18, 2013 12:26pm

@Silajit: All the so Called Hafiz preach intolerance for others. they seed intolerance to motivate. but this intolerance has started consuming them. Because each one is fighting to prove himself more ISLAMIC.

What Muslims forgot is that you need not prove anything to GOD , need not convince him of your love or devotion. Just love your GOD / Allah . and yes as your love for anyone is your personal affair same holds true for your Love for GOD.

Irma Jun 18, 2013 12:26pm

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: What do you mean by democratic countires? Is that a round-about way of saying the West? In that case, maybe you are reading the news most people are not. It's a civil war and Muslims are killing each other for power. Welcome to the real world.

Siyalkotia Jun 18, 2013 12:28pm

@naveen: Fatwa is on its way for you. How dare you be so logical ? remember, we are muslims.

Irma Jun 18, 2013 12:33pm

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: Btw by any logical definition Muslims too colonised India back in the day. It's not just colonialism when it's done by white people you know.

Irma Jun 18, 2013 12:42pm

@Farrukh: This quest for homogemiety and uniformity is probably the biggest reason behind the inter-muslim violence. Each sect wants to prove they have a direct line to God. It's not just that people dont practice a single version of Islam; there is no agreement on any one version of the 'right' practices either. I dont see why there has to be such uniformity and for a billion people from many different cultures it's just not realistically possible. AND it's not desirable. Firstly, who would want to live in such a society made up of automatons with no individuality and secondly it's a perfect recipe for any society to fail in the modern multicultural world where progress is through imagination and creativity. On the pther hand you may the type to not believe in worldly progress in which case I give up.

Hammad Afzal Jun 18, 2013 12:45pm


If Christianity is your ideal religion, since you are using it as an example, there is not much scope of argument. But if you are a Muslim, try and appreciate the benefits of one that you take for granted.

Irma Jun 18, 2013 12:50pm

@husain bulman: The problem does lie with monotheistic religions insisting on strict application of ancient knowledge to the modern world and failing. That's why most societies, like Europe, really only progress as they become more secular and separate religion from governance. Iqbal was probably wrong when he said 'juda ho deen siasat se to reh jati he changezi'. We see the opposite to be true in today's world.

Irma Jun 18, 2013 12:52pm

@Truth: People practising a certain religion are killing each other like animals over religious differences. It has got nothing to do with the said religion. Perfect logic. Congratulations. You have the great Muslim talent of relying on logical fallacies and denial to hide from inconvenient truth (ironic, I know given your name).

Irma Jun 18, 2013 12:52pm

@Ragu: Isn't that the role of religion - to keep people in check? If it's not working something's wrong.

Irma Jun 18, 2013 12:57pm

@Dhammi : Well people dont understand that because thats not what they see. Peaceful is as peaceful does.

Richard Jun 18, 2013 12:58pm

@umair: There are some verses in Quran which are incompatible with modern world.

RPN Jun 18, 2013 01:09pm

I think much of it has to do with education. During Zia ul Haq's time the school curriculum was transformed into an extreme version of Islam and now we have people involved in violence who have gone though that curriculum (still our younger generation is...nd we should realize it). I remember the issue of Islamiat took place in one region and shias and sunnis killed each other just because the Islmait has sunni/shai content. We never realized we are muslims. Once we became weakened internally then external forces acted upon use and imposed their version of Islam on us. Thirdly, there is lack of centrality in Muslim leadership. Every religious leader (so called mullas) follow their interpretation of Islam so rigidly that they are just not ready to accept any others point of view.

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune Jun 18, 2013 01:17pm

When Muslims are in Minority then they are worrying about Secularism. When they are in majority then they demand Separation.

Latif Khan Jun 18, 2013 01:38pm

Muslim are butchering each other on the name of Islam

Raman Sehgal Jun 18, 2013 02:01pm

The solution cannot be discussed as muslims including the liberal ones are afraid or scared to face the truth. So you all have two choices either keep seeing the killings and then do the post analysis like this article or face the truth howsoever bitter it may be - but muslims would rather live in their own self made cocoon made up of lies than face truth. Now wait for next installment of killings.

vijay Jun 18, 2013 02:05pm

@Richard: Some muslims cannot sing Vande Mataram......... Wrong Mr. Richard. Muslims DO NOT WANT to sing Vande mataram.

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE Jun 18, 2013 02:15pm

Muslims can be at war among themselves but not Islam. The very title is misleading.

ysk Jun 18, 2013 02:29pm

Good thing you mention that you are located outside Pakistan...Or there would be repercussions if you were here ...We live in a lovely state called DENIAL

Jamshed Khan Jun 18, 2013 02:31pm

It is not Islam at war with itself, it is the Muslims. Either the author does not understand the difference between he two, or else, has said it purposely.

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE Jun 18, 2013 02:32pm

@Syed : The key word is belief in Allah. Most Christians today do not believe in one and only one Allah.

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE Jun 18, 2013 02:34pm

@Insomniac: There are many Pakistanis responding to this article, but many do not want to see.

Sonal Jun 18, 2013 02:35pm

Brilliant piece, except the question raised in the end. It's unfair to say that true followers of Islam cannot stand up against those who commit genocide in the name of the religion - how far will they go? Not very!

deva Jun 18, 2013 02:35pm

@Richard: not in europe in any country's prison muslim % is always higher if there is substantial muslim population. They dont afraid to choose wrong things like not paying tax, spitting anywhere etc

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE Jun 18, 2013 02:36pm

@hindu: Islam is perfect but many who profess to be muslims are not willing to study understand and practise it, leading to difficulties.

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE Jun 18, 2013 02:37pm

@Peeyush Prasad: The supreme truth is that we all are created by Allah and we all including yourself is on a journey towards Allah. Hence, we must focus on that core objective and see the world as muslims.

Jamshed Khan Jun 18, 2013 02:39pm

@Silajit: You have generalised a minority view. You should visit Ireland and you will know the harmony between Christian sects. As far Hindus are concerned, I don't think you have heard of Hindu cast system. You comments are utter non-sense.

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE Jun 18, 2013 02:45pm

@Vijay: You are correct that Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) participate in battles. That is why Jihad is obligatory for muslims. That is the only reason that NATO and its allies are running away from Afghanistan. Next place to go after Afghanistan is Kashmir. Just wait for 2015 Vijay.

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE Jun 18, 2013 02:44pm

@husain bulman: Education about Islam yes, so that we do not get involved in ribaa in haraam and all that makes the heart sick. Ameen.

Confused Jun 18, 2013 02:47pm

Ok, lets search some excuse for this article; lets blame-

America (tomorrow I've to get in Q for their visa), India (i love their movies, stars...), and Isreal (but try to get more weaponry from them, they're damn good :D)

.....and lets proclaim, there's No problem with us, we're most peaceful people...blah blah....

ali Jun 18, 2013 02:51pm

@Shafi: islam is because of muslims...

Irfan Husain Jun 18, 2013 03:14pm

This excellent analysis goes to prove that ultimately, Islam does not supersede other markers of identity. In many cases, intra-Islam conflict is about power, not faith.

marwa Jun 18, 2013 03:24pm

i think that it is because of the growing sensitivity,the rush of earning money and being the best one and stuff is letting muslims away from the aim of being togather and following the lessons taught by prophet(S.A.W)...................

richard Jun 18, 2013 04:06pm

Latest news: Punjab government of Mr.Shahbaz Sharif has allocated sixty crores to jamat parties.

You cannot have two rules in terrorism.

Shaukat Jun 18, 2013 04:50pm

@Ayesha Khan: Unfortunately Islamic history has had violent beginings just like other religions. It will take several hundred years before the violence subsides.

umair Jun 18, 2013 04:55pm

unfair analysis....!

the author did not explain the other "hands" in this war. specially iran in recent days in Syria. and silently Iran did work in Pakistan as well....

humanity Jun 18, 2013 04:56pm

Religions are like schools, what type of school is decided by which type of persons are coming out of it, so each religion people have to verify what is the output of their school, one more thing is if you teach a person to love then he will love every body, if you teach him hate, he will do the same with everyone, he will not leave his own religion persons, also making him understand that truth has many faces is the requirement of today.

kmm Jun 18, 2013 05:49pm

There is only one solution prescribed by Holy Qur'an and that is Divine intervention in the form of a "Reformer". Is this not what the Holy Prophet pboh prescribed for the latter days? Look for one or wait for one. God promised He will not abandon the Umman of the Holy Prophet. Look hard and pray hard. Religious or Political leader can not get the Muslims out of this mess.

God says He sends Holy Water from heaven when the earth is parched, and He fixes the problem when the earth and seas become corrupted.

Hulegu Jun 18, 2013 05:50pm

@Shafi: Islam is what Muslims practice. Just like any other religion. The books can be interpreted in any way. But religion is the version majority of the people interpret the book for. Saying Islam and Muslims are different is just another form of denial as pointed out by the author.

Hulegu Jun 18, 2013 05:59pm

@EQ8Rhomes: Exactly! I always find it shocking when even my well educated Pakistani friends pass judgement on other Pakistani Muslims behind their backs calling them non-Mulims or lesser Muslims. I often ask them "Who are you to decide?"

ROHIT PANDEY Jun 18, 2013 06:15pm

@shiv: Great going amigo.....the bull,the elephant,the loose cannon is ISLAM'S TEACHINGS!

But,who will bell the cat and call for R-E-F-O-R-M???

babu Jun 18, 2013 06:20pm

@Moeen H: Right ---- being a muslim is now a cosmetic facade or a identity crises and not the spirit, i see increasing number of south Indian Muslims poorly imitating the Arab style especially in Kerala,where just a couple of years before an average Muslim women had just a small cloth to cover her hair but with exposed midriff ,more with other communities and the local weather,but they never compromised the muslim spirit of being progressive and tolerant------ a far cry today.

Dan Jun 18, 2013 06:22pm

@Jalaluddin S. Hussain: Leave islam as soon as possible, i just did? Entire Islamic ideology is farce.

g Jun 18, 2013 06:22pm

There may be a hint of an answer in the way you formed the question: "Why is it that the belief in Islam is not sufficient to prevent violence amongst Muslims?"

Why is the question not simply Why is it that the belief in Islam is not sufficient to prevent violence?

maverick Jun 18, 2013 06:23pm

@Danish Amin: Kep away from your land of origin, some turban head may take it upon himself to desptach you as the shortest route to salvation!

Dr.Emile Unjom Jun 18, 2013 06:26pm


maverick Jun 18, 2013 06:30pm

@zobia khan: The West did not bombard Serbs for their love of Christianity, it was pure politics. But yes, their being christians did not hold back the west from shooting them for spreading mayhemn in Europe. Forget rising up against extremeists, a Pakistani/Afghan does not even stand up for right of education for the girl child, their own children what can you expect of the valiant Pakistanis. Malays are any day better

Syed_Rizvi Jun 18, 2013 06:38pm

Why such bias? America has killed more than 1 million Iraqis off of an event which majority of the humans in this world think was an inside job including americans. Will our media ever question them?

The 21-year-old Muslim woman, who was four months pregnant, was physically attacked by two men. The attackers first tried taking her headscarf off and later cut off her hair and tore part of her clothing. After she screamed out that she was pregnant, one of the attackers started kicking her in the stomach. Google this

prince Jun 18, 2013 06:38pm

When books take over the intellect and conscience, chaos follows.

maverick Jun 18, 2013 06:41pm

@Seedoo: Spot on. All were violent, all tortured, all beheaded and all put people on stakes! Killings and torture were big entertaiment, more so in Europe. Genghis Khan was no muslim but he beheaded millions, then Timur did that too, Romans watched the circus, we have read abt Vlad the impaler but as others have mellowed muslims have not, they are hell bent on becoming more gory.

Piyush Jun 18, 2013 06:49pm

Its a brilliant article!! Somewhere someone must understand the solution lies in introspection and not putting the blame on others. Someone must take greater responsibility to take strong action but the problem is even that is not encouraged in Islam or by so called it patriarchs. Before it self destructs itself the people themselves should come out and fight an all out battle. Muslims in India, Malaysia or Indonesia can be a great example who kind of not only accept other ways of life but are more secular and open minded and that is the reason they are untouched by the hatred towards others. Respect of life and humanity should be paramount not the religion. Religion must work for the people and not the otherwise.

Babar Khan Jun 18, 2013 06:50pm

Until muslims realize that its not for them to judge one another or anyone else, muslims will be killing one another (and others too).

Riaz Ahmad Jun 18, 2013 06:49pm

@S.A.Hyder, Ph.D.: Do you people in Pakistan suffer from inferiority complex or ego mania that you always put Ph.D's after your name. It is laughably childish. I have four high qualifications in different fields of engineering, but unless mention of qualification is necessary, I never include them with my name, all my colleagues in UK and Europe do the same. By the way, in Europe, an average PhD earns much less than a BA Hons or B Sc Hons.

Vasan Jun 18, 2013 06:54pm

@Shafi: Today's Muslims only? I thought it has been this way since Islam started.

K.K.Fakhta Jun 18, 2013 07:00pm

I submit for your consideration the following: I am a muslim and a member of a particular sect because I was born in a muslim family that followed this particular faith. if I was born in family who practiced a different faith I would be a faithful member of that religion / sect. If I was born a Christian or a Jew or a Hindu, in all likely hood I would be a member of that religion today. The fact is that very few people change their religion. This is just the way we have been programmed.

Therefore God, perhaps will not use one's adherence to a particular religion or sect as a criterion for salvation. The criterion has to be cross religious in order to be fair.

Every religion has two aspects; first a set of rules that govern the relationships between fellow humans and, second a set of beliefs that make an attempt to describe our relationship to our creator.

The first set of rules are by and large very similar across religions and good people in one religion who follow these rules would probably act very similarly to those from another religion.

The second set of beliefs are different from one religion to another. But God says very clearly in the Quran that He will tell us about the correctness or incorrectness of our beliefs when we are gathered together in front of him on the day of judgment. This power of decision he has retained with HIMSELF.

I am of the view that First: we need to follow the teaching of our respective religion to the best of our ability as far as our code of conduct in this world is concerned. Second we will be judged by how well we do so. - So to say the exam paper will be set from the course work we were taught in class, to use a familiar analogy. As far as the question of our beliefs with regard to our creator are concerned we should leave the judgment on this to our creator. Perhaps he will forgive us for our short comings. As a muslim I am taught believe in One God and I should follow this concept and will be tested on this. A member of another religion will follow his own beliefs.I should not judge him/ her even though I may feel that they are wrong. This power resides with God alone. I think if we follow this code of ethics then a lot of strife that is based on religion will go away. I do not think this concept goes against Islam or for that matter against any other religion. **The basic point is that we cannot appoint ourselves as a judge and executioner on issues of faith and relationships with our

Zeeshan Dogar Jun 18, 2013 07:01pm

What belief?

musthaq ahmed Jun 18, 2013 07:10pm

@Ram: Indian confusion stuck as ever in diversity of world. Attempt to find centers of historical action in maps. Careless use of categories eg :East and West. Preferring Canada etc as vantage points of observation. Must not Indians give up smugness and think better ? Their education is running to seed.

prvn Jun 18, 2013 07:30pm

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: Islam is a curse is proved by people like u. It damages the brain, alters reasoning and questioning abitlity of human brain. Also , brain enters denial mode.

Ramesh Mehta Jun 18, 2013 07:54pm

The author has called a spade a spade. I myself have been wondering all along as to how long this cult of violence in the name of Islam, the religion of peace, is going to lost. Sorry, no answers found herein too.

Khalid Nazim Jun 18, 2013 08:06pm

Dear Murtaza

Another great article. My dad was visiting us in Canada couple of years ago and said:

There is more Islam here in Canada than Muslims and there are more Muslims in Pakistan and less Islam.

Huqooq ul Ibad (Rights owed to fellow men or humanity) taught in Islam are never followed in the Muslim countries and by Muslims in general. We just like to just follow Huqooq ul Allah (Rights of Allah

Hamayun Jun 18, 2013 08:04pm

Well my dear i would have without any doubt agreed with what you said but saying that why muslim kills muslim. In the first place Islam has no place for a person who is in guilt of killing another innocent person, so the dialogue is simple but people make it complicated. Those who kill others are not Muslims and talking about scapegoating then yes the western powers are igniting the situations as in turkey where Erdogen has prevented drinking of wine which I think is a good act while the international media has launched a great campaign against it and American societies are supporting them.I guess there lies some doubt

Danish A. Jun 18, 2013 08:22pm

@El Cid: Hate to disappoint to you but there is no grand conspiracy against Islam. Those suicide bombers whom you justify were not killing foreign diplomats but directly targeting innocent muslim school girls. Those evil drones, as illegal they might be, do not target innocent civilians but known terrorists and militants. You and other so called defenders of Islam are not fighting the West, India, or other religions. You are only fighting your inner demons, your intolerance towards a secular and tolerant society. Your inability to accept change and the way of the future. It's no rocket science. You can study grade-level science, but that does not prove any conspiracies you may have about elections or the world in general. As a Pakistani, I and many other like me, do not want your Islam, leave us alone and go practice your religion in your own home or the mosque. And let us practice what we choose or not practice anything at all if we choose to. Please publish, thanks.

BP Jun 18, 2013 08:34pm

@AC: This is exactly the thought that crossed my mind: ISLAM IS A RELATIVELY NEW RELIGION. It will take a long time to mature to peaceful coexistence.

Kausik Jun 18, 2013 08:35pm

excellent bold analytical article and applaud Dawn for publishing.sectarian voilence is common in all Religions however more pronounced and increasingly frequent in the Islamic world.The Governaments are not able to stop this sectarian voilence and sometimes participate eg syria.It is a human tragedy and never ending saga.

Kundan Jun 18, 2013 09:19pm

@Danish Amin: what is called pakistanis are great Individuals? You are genetically indian origins but practiced Islam after your ancestors converted to Islam. You have subcontinent blood, not arabian blood. I am not saying that subcontinent blood is great but it is truth.

ailly Jun 18, 2013 09:42pm

dear Murtaza,

I read the article in its entire length, indeed its painful to read such news about suicide or otherwise bomb blasts that kills innocent people, be it in Pak or India or Iraq or anywhere else, notwithstanding its carried out by Muslims or non-Muslims. The agony, pain and miseries are same. God knows how long we will live and die everyday like this, or to say we in Pakistan live to die another day.

Please help me in understanding; why such conflicts, blasts, suicide blasts which whenever, anywhere happens in Pakistan are related to Islam and its belief and its teachings ?. Just because Muslims are doing this against other Muslims .. ? Whereas, Muslims have fought so many battles in the past but those battles/ wars/ skirmishes were not seen as an instrument or direct threat to Muslim's beliefs and Islamic teachings ? Then why such killings are treated as anti to our Islamic beliefs, now ?. Why our beliefs and commitment to our religion is being questioned by our very own Muslims ?.

Why not same is not resonated about other religions, with same intensity when such bombings, blasts, massive killings take place in other countries, and same are not tagged with Christians, Hindus or any other religion's beliefs and their ideology or teachings ?. Why Islam always with its belief and teachings is blamed for such heinous crimes, and that too at the expense of carrier's beliefs and lives, altogether.

Or may be I have misunderstood your message, nevertheless, pleased to hear.

kind regards, Ailly (UAE).

S Jun 18, 2013 09:47pm

It is a tragedy that silent majority has to suffer this. I am sure majority of the people in Pakistan will like to have a peaceful life at least for their children. It can happen only if the ALMIGHTY changes the mindset of these so called defenders of the religion. For the next generation at least a beginning can be made by changing the education system which respects all religions / humans.

Mohammad Ali Khan Jun 18, 2013 09:46pm

Islamic social order was a better social order then the prevailing social orders existing in the 7th. Century.For several Centuries it remained better then the others.However the natural decay in Islamic social order,and the natural evolution of other social orders has left the Islamic countries handicapped.

The people who are trying to retain the values and culture of an outdated social order are unaware of the advantages of existing better social orders.Most Muslims are confused and can't decide how to manage this crisis. To come out of this crises Muslims need a clear understanding of the components required for a better social order and reject outdated culture and values with firm conviction.

S Jun 18, 2013 09:51pm

@Ayesha Khan: Then why these incidents are happening? What is the solution?

Raj Jun 18, 2013 09:53pm

Good to know that Pakistanis have started to question things. It is time you guys get rid of bad influence of the violent culture of the middle east and return to the original roots which lie in the peaceful culture of the Indian sub continent.

Ahsan Jun 18, 2013 09:52pm

Yar what would you say we fought last decade against a regime in our neighboring country. Today our God father has agreed to negotiate with that regime.What is the point .....

Ram Krishan Jun 18, 2013 09:58pm

@Muhammad Farooq: It looks like Allah is favouring all the Non- Muslims nations at this time. Daily bloodshed in Pakistan , Afganistan , Iraq and Syria.

Ravi Jun 18, 2013 09:57pm

Very true. But intelligent way is to follow spirit of teachings in light of present time human development and human knowledge, not blindly or selectively follow word by word teachings which were given by allah to suite human knowledge at that time so that human at that time could understand and utilise teachings in their life. If we get frozen with time and loose the benefit of best teachings of that time, then it is not allah's fault.

Shruti Jun 18, 2013 10:12pm

Murtaza Haider, respect!! It's hard to ask such hard truths of yourself, more-so on a national-news website!

There are lot of people who say terrorists have no religion. While that is correct, but one can't simply turn away from the evidence, that there is more such violence perpetrated in the name of Islam. What gives?

In India, we had caste system, which took the country down for decades. We finally had the courage to admit how it was divisive and then remove it for good. The muslim youth too have to face the fact that there is no place for extremist views or identities which are only based on religion and nothing else.

Shruti Jun 18, 2013 10:17pm

@MSK: But why doesn't this happen in other religions? You are again going in the denial mode.

R K Mohindra Jun 18, 2013 10:21pm

The writer is asking the answer to why Islam is at war with itself. There are so many blogs that are expressing their views to this question. I say this- Islam is at war is, because Islam is at wars "by" itself. Look at the genesis of Islam- how it started. Jung-e-badr, culminating in 2 other wars and numerous wars since then. Don't have to go far behind in the history. Just see what Pakistan is doing to itself, a country created in the name of religion. America, Isreal or India does not have to destroy Pakistan, it is doing it for them.

Ramesh Jun 18, 2013 10:22pm

People should be allowed to practice what they believe. Why should we practice what Mohamed discovered. You may be more kinder, intelligent, practical etc. You practice what you believe. You may be better than Mohamed. So don't practice islam. Practice your own belief. You call it any name (ABCD religion).

If you understand psychology, it will be clear why muslims will always keep fighting.

Shruti Jun 18, 2013 10:22pm

@Truth: Hardly any hindu today reads Vedas. Very few have read the Bhagwad Gita through and through. But with our little understanding of the religion, we still do not feel:

1) Our religious identity trumps all our identity, (which is a very divisive thought). 2) Other religions are any less. 3) That resorting to violence can ever be justified by God.

Shruti Jun 18, 2013 10:23pm

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: Live in denial. The victim card is so convenient.

Ranjit Oberoi Jun 18, 2013 10:30pm

It will be nice if someone can articulate why "belief in Islam should be sufficient to prevent violence amongst Muslims". This articles describes the problem, but not the solution.

someone from somewhere Jun 18, 2013 10:29pm

The problem with this particular religion is it is based on control of its followers. Religion should be a guiding philosophy for life and hence should be for liberation of soul eventually. It should never be based on control to tell some one do this and not do this. That is for low level beings. This particular religion has been hijacked by some people who are primarily interested in looting, spreading hatred for selfish purpose, seize freedom & liberty and control of thought process of the society many centuries ago and their followers are following the same principle. You can say to some one that this religion prescribes that this particular entity is the supreme being and you are welcome to believe in this. You should never be allowed to proscribe that this is the only entity possible and any other entity counter to this entity will never be allowed to exist and anybody following the counter entity will be annihilated. This is the nub of the issue with this particular religion. It is always my way or highway. When they are in majority no co-existence is possible.

Now the adherents of this particular religion don't tell me that I am generalizing everyone belonging to this faith. If your co-religionists hijack your religion to inflict evil upon others and you remained silent then you have no right to complain when the same evil is inflicted on you. An act of injustice is the same if done to you or others. I can quote a number of instances from the history of Indian sub-continent when people advocating to be proponents of this particular religion some of whose names are eulogized by people of your country have inflicted untold evil upon innocent people in the name of religion. Bottom line any religion based on control of society and at the expense of individual liberty can not survive that will be case with this religion.

obaid Jun 18, 2013 10:44pm

i think, muslims are very much concern about protection of Islam, that's why, whenever, any sect of islam starts to be visible at political level or in society, insecurity comes. this insecurity motivate us to fight against the enemy of islam. teaching wrongs in the name of islam is a biggest threat to islam, and we must have to fight in the muslim society for protection of Islam. it is a endless process. when all world become muslim, even in that we have to fight and struggle to save our islam. this war has to be fought in every era and future as well. this war will never end.

AHA Jun 18, 2013 10:49pm

@Jupiter59: You quoted Shaw's statement "Islam is the best religion with with the worst followers".

But these days a very different quote is getting popular, and it goes as: "The Muslims who are good people are good despite Islam, and not because of it".

Bilal Saeed Ahmad Jun 18, 2013 10:48pm

The answer to your question, "Why is that the belief in Islam is not sufficient to prevent violence amongst Muslims?" is fairly simple and straight forward. Muslim majority of today are not practicing Islam. What you percieve to be Islam is in fact a distorted image of what we think the true religion is. Pick up the Quran and see this for yourself. Compare the practice of muslims today with those of the past and you will see a startling difference. Why is it that a few thousand ruled over much of the Arabian peninsula and later most of the world. Today our numbers exceed a billion and yet the most shed blood is of the muslim. Those who say "Array choriye jee, hum Abu Bakr, Umar (RA) jaisay to nahi hosaktay", yes you are very right but don't sully the name of this religion based on your own inadequate understanding of the religion and its practicies. Calling yourself Muhmmad, growing a beard and wearing simple clothes can give you an appealing look but you know that none of it matters when you cannot walk the talk. The injustice, oppresion of the weak, indecency, making haram halaal and vice versa and then we dare to ask the question about being in this dire state. Name one place on the face of this planet where Islam is being practiced in its entirety and this is not a question.

Tahir Jun 18, 2013 11:01pm

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: The way you are responding, it seems you too are one who professes to be a Muslim is not willing to study understand and practise it peacefully, leading to difficulties by using swords and killing others barabarically..

Muhammad Ahsan Jun 18, 2013 11:00pm

We always reap what we sow.

Vivekanandan Jun 18, 2013 11:03pm

Dear Brothers sorry to tell you all, only prophet Mohamed died in peace and natural death rest of his family was hunted like animals by his own followers.This is violent past and to this day its continued and will be till end of the world.To stop this only solution Prophet Mohd. must be born again and to see his beloved religions fate in the hand of his own so called believers,and ask the god to recite a new Qur'an for the sake of the modern world. Sorry thats what I feel from bottom of my heart

Anoop,Bhutan Jun 18, 2013 11:07pm

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: Then don't forget that we don't care religion at all , for us our mother land is everything and first priority . If required we will be converted to your religion and will fight against you , but will retain integrity of our motherland . Many Bhgat Singh,Udham Singh and Subhas will pop up to sacrifice their life. Then see you in Kashmir.....

Salah uddin Jun 18, 2013 11:07pm

@Imran: Good analytical answer! As to why the bloodshed all over the world (not only in the Muslim world) one needs to go to Allah's conversation when He the almighty decided to create human beings. The entire written human history shows that most of the time the human were fighting each other instead of living in peace. Quran clearly says that killing an innocent human is tantamount to killing the entire humanity. The Prophet declared the blood of fellow Muslims as haram. So, in my humble view it would be much better to say that Muslims are at war with each other due to their deviation from the true Islam.

Akki Jun 18, 2013 11:06pm

i wonder what type of world it will be where everyone is sunni

Anoop,Bhutan Jun 18, 2013 11:11pm

@Jamshed Khan: "@Silajit: You have generalised a minority view. You should visit Ireland and you will know the harmony between Christian sects. As far Hindus are concerned, I don't think you have heard of Hindu cast system. You comments are utter non-sense." ---Yes caste system is there . But this caste system is not because of their religious beliefs unlike Muslims . It is because of their occupation , which is to ensure efficiency in work . And How many and how ofter Hindus kill each other in the name of religion .Because of caste system , we have created business class , intellectual class and others in our society . But at the same time , we have ensured its side effects don't poison our society and we have been successful till now.

Prakash RS Jun 18, 2013 11:27pm

Too many Indian trolls on the board opining about 'Islam' .. lol!

Khalid bin Waleed Jun 18, 2013 11:42pm

The title is misleading. It should not say " Islam at war - with itself" but it would be more appropriate to say "political struggle power hungry democratic system at war". No group is fighting for Islam but for their own political power.

Ajaya K Dutt Jun 18, 2013 11:45pm

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: You had sixty eight years before 2015 and it was tried in years one, then again, then again and then again.

I pray that ordinary Indian does not start thinking that Pakistan is a den of terrorist, like many in the west do. West can walk away and let the "good" guys stew in their own creation. India cannot and the consequences may not be just a slap on the wrist this time.

sarv Jun 18, 2013 11:47pm

@Shaukat: We have not heard Indian & Chinese Spirituality (Sanatan Dharma, Jaina, Boudh, Sik, taoism, Confucianism) did not have violent beginning, progressing or ending.

Dawn reader Jun 18, 2013 11:48pm

@umair: Why don't you expose those hidden hands? Try writing something with evidence and not just heresy. We will benefit from your insights.

ROHIT PANDEY Jun 18, 2013 11:52pm

@Shafi: Yawn!

sarv Jun 18, 2013 11:54pm

@Latif Khan: Pious Aurangzeb did the killing of his brothers as well calling all of them Kafir.

Allan Jun 18, 2013 11:57pm

There is some very basic so basic that it is forgotten easily. It is tolerance for others, whether it be religion, colour, sect etc. etc. That is what is lacking. There is no one religion greater than another. If it is your failth whether it be Christianity, Islam, or any other religion it is yours to keep and it is the best for you. For another who says my religion is better than yours, then you are no better than one slaughtering the other. Amen.

Chand Jun 18, 2013 11:56pm

@Mohammed Sukhera (USA): The problem with your argument is that neither Hitler nor mcveigh invoked religion as an excuse for their deeds, but most of the massacres done by the Muslims are done in the name of religion.

insaan Jun 18, 2013 11:57pm

@Akil Akhtar: i agree ,all sensible comments have thumbs down.trolls,trolls everywhere

bottomline.......religion is not flawed,man is

insaan Jun 19, 2013 12:01am

bootomline is that: religion isnt flawed but man is

raja hindustani Jun 19, 2013 12:02am

God created Humans and humans created religion. The day people realise this fact, all inter-religion fight will stop.

sarv Jun 19, 2013 12:06am

@Hammad Afzal: Desmond Tutu and Julius Nayrere both said on different occasions - " White and Arab man came to Africa with a book in hand and asked them to close their eyes when he read from the book in alien tongue; when Africa opened the eyes, white and Arab had the land and African had the book and Afircan's loved one were being shipped to distant slave bazars based on their size of ..."

sarv Jun 19, 2013 12:13am

Shia Sunni divide needs to be understood in the context of how Iran was Islamized. Persia (Iran) was much more progressive and culturally evolved than Arabs because of interaction with India. Iran was Arabized in mere 40 years by darbari diktats, e.g. no Non-Muslim can own any possessions including wives. Shia is a response of Iran to preserve original Persian culture. Assyrian people of Syria were also more advanced than Bedouin Arabs. War and violence between Islamic sects is actually a fight of natives against Arabization.

Mustafa Jun 19, 2013 12:51am

@ Latif Khan: You rightly said

S.A.Hyder, Ph.D. Jun 19, 2013 01:03am

@Syed: Forget about God rewarding. If He really were rewarding then LeJ, the Talibans and such, had vanished long ago.

r Jun 19, 2013 01:04am

How come no one is talking about the peace & love Sufi Islam preaches.....all this blood shed & violence will automatically come to an end when Sufi Islam is preached & practiced, people have gone away from it's great teachings & so the people are becoming more & more inhuman, insensitive, selfish,uncaring, wealth loving bunch of animals.... matters may become worse if right Islamic values are not imparted to the masses (especially to the ones who are poor, illiterate, frustrated & may fall in the hands of the people who want to use them for causing violence)

zohaib Jun 19, 2013 01:08am

@AL: Don't divide Islam and make into sects.Al-Quran

arvind Jun 19, 2013 01:29am

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: We are certainly waiting for you,,per pahle chalna toh thik sey seekh lo.,ladna baad mein.,ha,ha.

Akhlesh Jun 19, 2013 01:30am

@Irma: Iqbal was wrong.

Caz Jun 19, 2013 01:39am

This is because islam can be a brotherhood but never a nationhood.

BH Jun 19, 2013 01:41am

So, what you are saying is that Muslims should have fought non muslims and that would have been a right thing uh? The question you should be asking is that why there is so much violence involving muslims? It doesn't matter if they fight fellow muslims or non-muslims! You should understand that europeans never fought each other based on religions grounds. So, drawing a parallel is a joke. If your concern is violence in muslim countries, then you should be focussing your attention on the holy book and the mullahs that preach its contents ditto . There is something wrong in the book or its interoperation. It could be just that the religion in incompatible with the modern world. Or else explain to me why, muslims in general are violent regardless of their diverse cultural backgrounds? Why is that balinese (who are hindus) are peace loving while their islamic brothers are so violent in Indonesia (I mean they have a same cultural background but different faiths). Similar things in Nigeria between peace loving christians and hate mongering muslims (read Boko Haram), hindu Kashmiri pandits and violent muslim kashimiris and so on. Are you not baffled that the peace loving Westerners become all of a sudden radicals and violent when they convert into Islam? Why is that? Mr. Murtaza, you do not need to go elsewhere to find the answers, everything you want is in that book the radical muslims follow blindly! Start questioning the contents of that book and you will find answers. I do not believe in that book or any book and yet I live peacefully. Do you really need one to live peacefully?

TorontoStar Jun 19, 2013 01:49am

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: NATO is running where? You guys do not need NATO or any other non-muslims to fight. Jihad seems to bring glory to you all. God bless your religion. Keep fighting until everyone dies including women and children. This is exactly what the author is lamenting about. I don't think you get it!

Farok Jun 19, 2013 01:56am

You can save the country by converting from Islam to some other religion

Ahmed A Khan Jun 19, 2013 01:53am

@kmm: More importantly the Quran says that God does not improve the condition of a people until they make the effort themselves. Rather than waiting for a "reformer" we Pakistanis (and Muslims) need to stand up and speak against the forces of intolerance and bigotry that seem to have become a feature of modern Islam. Compassion, tolerance, a sense of justice and equity, and acceptance of diversity are the elements missing in Islamic societies today.

Farok Jun 19, 2013 01:53am

@richard: I agree 100% but Muslims won't. They live in denial

Vijay Jun 19, 2013 02:10am

@kmm: God does not cause the problems with the earth and the seas. So, why would He fix them? How about humans, who have caused a horde of problems, get off their collective duffs and try to resolve issues? Alternatively, we might as well abolish all courts, armies, and parliaments and let God fix everything.

fiic Jun 19, 2013 02:13am

@Irfan Husain: I have to disagree a bit. Conflict is never about faith. It is always about power. And it is not just in Islam. It applies to all religions. Those who want power may hide behind 'faith' and incite ignorant and the gullible. Even credible media personalities fail to call these atrocities for what they are.

Vijay Jun 19, 2013 02:20am

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: Jihad is about internal struggle; not external. One will improve you as human being and bring you closer to God; the other will spawn a million enemies and sooner or later you will come across an enemy so formidable that it will annihilate you. Guru Nank said: "Jo mangay Thakur apanay se, soi-soi devay." If you keep begging God for crap, He'll send you a truck-load. Why not pray for peace and love instead?

Vijay Jun 19, 2013 02:33am

@Najjar: Patthar per maaro, thunn ki awaz dayga!

Shruti Jun 19, 2013 03:14am

@marwa: Why is money sch a bad thing?? To earn and have a secure life is a natural desire.

s.khan Jun 19, 2013 03:14am

No doubt the behavior of Muslims is contrary to the teachings of Quran and Hadis. Unfortunately, this inter-muslims fratricide started in 680- which established the precedence of violence for gains. Violence has become a tool for gaining power and may be money.The root cause of this hideous behavior is wrong education with total emphasis on rituals- namaz, roza and hajj. Good values like cooperation, tolerance, fairness, compassion and kindness are ignored. I can't cite a single example where the self proclaimed religious leaders organized rallies against injustice, poor health services,bad schools, ill treatment of poor,etc. These things don't matter. These religious leadersinflame the passions and preach hate and violence. As Irish poet, WB Yeats said " the wicked are full of passionate intensity and the moderate lack any conviction". There is no countervailing force to minimize the damage the religious types are inflicting on Muslims and Islam. The problem is compounded by the lack of secular leader of high stature who can persuade the people to be tolerant and peaceful. Backwardness in science also retard reasoning in public discourse and give prominence to passions.

Shruti Jun 19, 2013 03:18am

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: Aap jaise log hi dubaoge Pakistan ko. We in India or America or any other country can insulate ourselves from you, but not your poor country mates!! I sympathize with the liberals and pro-progress enlightened people of Pakistan who are held back by the likes of you.

Give peace and progress a chance. Or are you not brave enough to fight the negativity in your heart??

Shruti Jun 19, 2013 03:23am

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: Every religion has texts and believe me, the proportion of people not reading those texts is even lesser in other religions than Islam. But the 'problems' you mention are not there to the same extent in any other religion.

To learn how to not be violent, hateful or kill others, do you need religious books?? Isnt this basic common sense and manners?

rana1 Jun 19, 2013 03:23am

@RPN: are you suggesting that before zia ul haq entered the scene,there never ever was or were conflicts between the different sects if islam?please read your pakistani history and the arab/persian conflicts in the name of sectarisnism.

Shruti Jun 19, 2013 03:22am

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: And yet they are more peaceful, and less racist/sexist etc. now. What does this prove?

Shruti Jun 19, 2013 03:23am

@Jamshed Khan: Or maybe you want to continue to be in denial!!

Shruti Jun 19, 2013 03:29am

@Richard: Yes. I agree. Buddha had a great philosophy. He told his people, never blindly believe what I say. Debate everything. That's how philosophy should be.

Religion is a philosophy, but it must evolve with changing, progressing values. And that is true for all religions.

And religions which refuse to do so, will eventually fade out.

Shruti Jun 19, 2013 03:45am

@Mohammed Sukhera (USA): Hitlers philosophy wasnt based on the bible.

Shruti Jun 19, 2013 03:45am

@Akil Akhtar: Are you afraid of debating? Is this your fear speaking?

Shruti Jun 19, 2013 03:46am

@Jalaluddin S. Hussain: His solution is to ask people to come out of denial. Everything else will follow!

El Cid Jun 19, 2013 03:49am

"You have a different view, I have a different way and another person thinks it is easy to call someone an apostate for example and accordingly, the Quran prescribes death by sword and he does exactly that. What savagery?"

Where does the Glorious Qur'an prescribe savagery and death by the sword? Please help me and cite these pasages...unless you are writing your own version and copying and taking cues from the message of the Holy Bible and the B' Gita where such slaughter is the way to Nirvana and Dharma!

The Noble Qur'an is the only scripture that forbids slaughter of non combatants and allows killing only in strict self defense. All other religions, non-religions, Atheists, and cults advocate and practice the slaughter and annihilation, even the total extermination, of the 'Other'.

Shruti Jun 19, 2013 04:08am

@Habeeb Khan : If you think you cannot control your animal instinct without religion, you wont be able to. i know I don't need any religion to control impulses to be violent or kill or rape. Nor does my boyfriend and he is agnostic. Nor does my mum, who is quite spiritual. Nor do any of my friends, most of who are hardly religious.

You are underestimating the power of human mind, by saying we need religion to fight animal instincts. Love, compassion etc. are emotions that humans have always had.

rana1 Jun 19, 2013 04:09am

@Azaad: or the names of saints who spread Islam with love!

Irma Jun 19, 2013 04:22am

@Hulegu: Yes, that! But if majority of Muslims had that much self-awareness they would have fewer problems.

Irma Jun 19, 2013 04:24am

@kmm: So the solution is to just sit there and wait for divine intervention. Perfect. How ingenious. You do realize that is exactly why Muslims societies are where they are. Do you?

Bharat Jun 19, 2013 04:26am

Fighting inside Islam has always been about judging other people. Are they as good as they should be? are they Muslims?

Are they good Muslims?

Are they Sunni?

Irma Jun 19, 2013 04:30am

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: None of the Christians believe in Allah actually. The major problem being that Allah being the name by which only Muslims call God. I guess this is the cue for you to go on your self-righteous proselytizing. The whole world is not Muslim and probably never will be and it's fine. Get over yourself.

Irma Jun 19, 2013 04:33am

@Jamshed Khan: Wow. Way to miss the point of the whole article.

Bharat Jun 19, 2013 04:33am

@Mohammed Sukhera (USA): Ah mohammed - The reason why Islam is questioned is because Muslims commit a crime in the name of Islam. That is it. Full Stop. When Hitler killed those Jews, he did not proclaim Christ as his reason for killing. There is nothing in the bible that applauds killing - but there is a lot in the Koran.

Blaming others where there is no blame possible seems to be hallmark of people who defend Islam

Bharat Jun 19, 2013 04:37am

@Indian81: But how about terror attacks carried out by Muslims in places like USA, UK and India? What is the reason for that? .. The reason is very clearly given in the Koran. Do not turn the other cheek, but fight and kill to defend Islam. Unfortunately how does any one judge the point where defense is needed? Bad people will always use that. and bad armies will use that as their 'raison d'aitre'

rana1 Jun 19, 2013 04:37am

@Akil Akhtar: truthfully said.All the thumbs up or down on muslim bloggers are mostly from non muslims who are also using muslim pseudonames.Hinduism is still about caste division and very much practised till today.Infanticide in canada and around the world is a problem cited within the hindu community.Rape in india is a problem gone out of control as hinduism has no solution .

Irma Jun 19, 2013 04:47am

@Debraj Sen: Are you kidding me? SA remained violence free because it is so authoritarian that it's impossible for people there to protest.

rana1 Jun 19, 2013 04:48am

@Akil Akhtar: as promised by ALLAH swt Islam will be protected till doomsday and hereafter.Let these trolls say what they want to say against ISLAM as they do not know of what they say.Unfortunately some of the non muslims are using muslim pseudonames on this blog to incite war between the different muslim sects.ISLAM is the religion of GOD and not idols or some man made ideology

Akil Akhtar Jun 19, 2013 04:49am

@Richard: There are many things in western beliefs incompatible with the rest of the world. Youa re only getting away with it because you can....

Irma Jun 19, 2013 04:50am

@mohammad: Well Islam as the religion was supposed to prevent this barbarity in its followers. But it's not working is it? And please don't parrot that old line "this is not Islam". Islam is what Muslims do. Period.

Irma Jun 19, 2013 04:57am

@Moeen H: The first step for most Muslims is actually acknowledging that there is a serious problem within their ranks. Without that admission no solution is possible. That's what the article is about. The solution? Secularism. are you ready?

rana1 Jun 19, 2013 05:01am

@El Cid: brother all the thumbs down you got are from people who do not see yet have eyes, their one eye is blind or blinded in modernity and the other is open to avarice in the name of modernity.For these people their books are obsolete and have no value in this "modern world" because the books are now old and kept for show during aartis and khatams,poojas and sunday classes.

ahsen Jun 19, 2013 05:45am

@Hulegu: Nope thats where you are wrong you hindu , you will never understand the faith ISLAM since you worship multiple gods.

ahsen Jun 19, 2013 05:51am

@Ravi Ingale from University of Pune: Same goes for hindus

ahsen Jun 19, 2013 05:48am

@Shaukat: Its not the religion which is violent its the man

Cool Jun 19, 2013 05:50am

@Vijay: Just you are trying to exolain it to wrong people who will never accept\understand any things or logic except religion. Your extremely valued thoughts are wasted here.

Irma Jun 19, 2013 05:54am

@Latif Khan: No one's coming to clean this mess. Muslims need to grow up and do it themselves.

AK Jun 19, 2013 06:07am

Some people say that their religion is superior to other religion. Their religion is the true religion. I just laugh at such talk. When an earthquake strikes it kill and injure people from all religions equally. Why it does not spare people of superior religion? Similarly floods, typhoons and other natural calamities do not spare people of superior religion.why? Sun sustains life on earth and it gives required light, heat and energy to everyone irrespective of their religion. Oxygen is created for everyone to breath. If an object strikes earth it may wipe all human beings on this earth irrespective of their religion, as happened when dinosaurs were wiped of the earth. All these only indicate that all religions are man made. God has made everyone equal with same colour of blood. I don't understand why people keep on fighting and killing each other. Our earth's life is limited. It may be for few years or for few billion years(when sun will exhaust its fuel and burst with such a blast that will destroy every thing in our solar system). So why not come out of your fake ego and be greateful for everything we have.

Laeeq,USA Jun 19, 2013 06:36am

Another government, another cycle of terrorism and non stop killing of the innocent people who have nothing to do with domestic or international politics. Again blame game on foreign hands. How long these atrocities will continue and when our government will able to defend its citizens. Isn't time to answer these atrocities against the common person with atrocity ? When our enemy do not regard women and children why should we care for their women and children. Are we waiting another Salahudin Ayubi, Khalid Bin Walid or Tipu Sultan.

asif khan Jun 19, 2013 06:40am

a very apt and to the point assessment of the current situation.

asif khan Jun 19, 2013 06:45am

a pragmatic assessment of the current situation ,

Vikki, Pul Bangash, Dilli Jun 19, 2013 07:33am

Yeh saarey ke saarey Indian yahin par gir rahey hain kya, aur Pakistani saarey kahaan DENIAL ke chakkar mein patli gali se nikal liye !!!

Ben Jun 19, 2013 08:24am

Well appreciated step Mr. Murtaza Haider, someone, someday will have raised the issue that you have raised today. Dawn, the online media owes the same appreciation for publishing the article.The virus of violence has to be addressed and the solution of PEACE must be explored, help eliminate the contagious KILLER disease...

mashood qadri Jun 19, 2013 08:34am

This is what QURAN preach us. " If anyone slew a person unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land it would be as if he slew the whole humanity: and if anyone saved a life it would be as if he saved the life of the whole humanity.

pathanoo Jun 19, 2013 09:03am

@yusuf khan: Yusuf, You hit the nail on the head. Any questioning of any tenet of Islam is Blasphemy and the Blasphemer must be killed. As long as this sentiment is supported ( I don't believe Muslims have the courage to fight against it), Muslims will be condemned to fight and kill each other.

John Smith Jun 19, 2013 09:23am

That's precisely why I left the faith.

@cisla Jun 19, 2013 09:38am

Murtaza, Thank you for writing a powerful blog to make the Purists, Liberals and Sectarians think "Muslims Killing Muslims". Whatever is the reason for killing, revenge, grudge, ethnic or sectarian in the name of Islam of innocent human beings is wrong. Is it written in Quran, what chapter and how to interpret is totally dependent on what you believe, read and practice. Why people do not see god in every living being depends on these factors. A grand council of Muslims from all countries need to preach and follow the teachings to live peacefully and solve problems between Muslims peacefully.

sheraz Jun 19, 2013 09:48am

Pakistan's 66 year history reveals that Islam has been used for the vested interests, every one used it as a tool to achieve its goal.

MO Jun 19, 2013 09:49am

@Hammad Afzal: Could you please explain to me the benefits. These days it has become a liability to be a Muslim because everybody looks at you with suspicion.

MO Jun 19, 2013 09:50am

@umair: WE can always blame the other hands and stop taking the responsibility for anything.

Igloo Jun 19, 2013 09:55am

Yes you have rightly pointed out the shame of contemporary Muslims, namely the murder of fellow Muslims. Also puzzling is why seemingly religious Muslims would murder other religious minorities in defiance of Allah's laws. Surely if God has granted them protection it is heresy to believe you can attack them?

Perhaps all this is because the conflicts in the Muslim world amount to a slow bleeding of the Ummah in a way that actually doesn't directly affect the loved ones of most Muslims. The Europeans prior to the 20th century had also been slowly bleeding as a result of centuries of intermittent conflict. In the 20th century however, they suffered huge trauma and massive devastation in the years up to 1950. Tens of millions died in the two world wars and no family was left untouched by tragedy. Thus their motivation for peace within their own borders was high. Mutually Assured Destruction also played a part.

African and South American Christians have seemingly not suffered such scale of trauma so you can see that they are struggling with murder and mayhem as much as the Muslims world. Mexico is a horror story to rival Pakistan and Afghanistan put together. Christian on Christian murder in Africa truly turns the stomach and is right up there with the worst atrocities that Muslims today perpetrate on each other.

For the vast majority of Muslims in the world, intra-faith murder and mayhem is something that they read about or see on TV. One can only pray that Muslims (and others like them in the world) come to their senses before they reach a point where it does reach every family.

Chaks Jun 19, 2013 10:04am

@Imran: On one side the religion forces people to behave/live in a certain manner & on the other side do not want to take responsibility for the follower's actions. This has to move on to religion being only the guiding principle, let people choose the best out of each religion/religious books so that the decision of the follower is supreme, not the religious diktats that is sought to be imposed.

Fahad Jun 19, 2013 10:22am

@umair: How much more are we to focus on the other hands ? , what ever these other hands are using our own hands to kill us only ! , so where does the problem lie ??

I.A.Siddiqui Jun 19, 2013 10:25am

Islam is not at war with itself, it is so called Muslims who do not believe in divine principles defined in Quran & Sunnah. Quran clearly has asked the believers to practice Islam in letter & spirit without any choice, whereas today's Muslim accepts divine rule as per his wish & whims, in the name of culture, society and what not. There is no such room of such thinking in Islam.

Mr. Murtaza Haider in his article has tried to portray the woes Muslims as of Islam, whereas in reality if Muslims practice the tenants of Islam as per Quran & Sunnah, problems would be over.

Latif Khan Jun 19, 2013 10:41am

@Richard: Here you require divine guidance but according to Islamic teaching hat guidance has been sealed for the last 1400 years and Umma has not produced in the last hundred years any saint or outstanding Alam to guide in line with true Quranic teaching and reveal all hiddon meaning of the Holy Quran which appeared to be not compatable with modern world. If we believe the Holy Quran is from Allah, then we must take all scholars and experts on board to solve the problem.

Ahmed Saeed Jun 19, 2013 10:50am

Its not Islam at war with itself. It is Pakistan at war with Islam.

El Cid Jun 19, 2013 11:05am

@pardeep: "Muslims should become tolerant and Islamic scholars should start finding fault with Islam/Quran and Prophet."

There are NO faults in Islam. The Glorious Qur'an is flawless. The Noble Prophet is Perfect. The hospitality and generosity that allows your freedom of speech here and you saying that absurdity about our most cherished, is proof of the tolerance they have taught us.

That can NOT be said about your any of gods and goddesses or scriptures. Quite the opposite in fact. Read them and finf out for yourself.

Your post here pooints

batman Jun 19, 2013 11:06am

@mohammad: i agree,but why the thumbs down?

Sehrish Jun 19, 2013 11:13am

Sir, thankyou for bringing into limelight the state of Islam and Muslims in the whole world. You have very well integrated varios barbaric incidents that took place in the name of Islam. It's a thought provoking article however, i must say that this article is merely a narration of present state. You have intentionally or unintentionally reserved the analysis and possible solutions of the problem. It would be more effective to read, had you provided some roadmap to muslims. Rest, very well written.

Regards, A Reader.

Laddu Jun 19, 2013 11:22am

Why is that there are muslim nations on this planet, I don't believe in the concept of nation based on religion. These things somehow degrades human mind and logic. If every other religion try to make their own country based on their so-called religion then we will be fighting zombies. It's time some societies to grow up and leave religion to their personal aspect. It can't be any country identity as eventually it is not a very good intellectual idea.

Aqeel Jun 19, 2013 11:57am

This violence is our Low Level World War 1 and 2. Just like Europe was divided into nations so does the Muslim world need to. This is all about Tribalism, regionalism and nationalism...the very thing Islam is against... And to top it all such wars are being fought in th ename of Islam..It doesnt get any crazy than this.....

Muslim world is infested with Tribalism and Regionalism.....

Aqeel Jun 19, 2013 12:01pm

@Azaad: Bane or Batman.. is what we need ot decide...Both are doing good..but their means are exactly opposite....Bane is what the Muslim World is today

kkm Jun 19, 2013 12:20pm

to my understanding our core problem is '' Over doing of Religion"

richard Jun 19, 2013 12:47pm

@Hulegu: I have a Pakistani friend from Karachi who had been living in UK for the last forty years. Once in Pakistan terrorists killed nine shia doctors, and he told me it was good. I was shocked. Illiterate people, in all religions, are known to be fanatic. But with Muslims, even the educated ones are obsessed with Islam.

Ramesh RB Jun 19, 2013 12:50pm

@Shaukat: Please dont bury your head in soil and pretend what is happening is not right.Fight those or atleast condemn those who use violence and justify it in name of religion or book. Show them that their violence is rejected by the majority through your condemnation.Hinduism did not have violence in the beginning nor in its entire history. At this rate Pakistan will not have another few hundred years to reform

richard Jun 19, 2013 12:48pm


What you said may be true, but Islam glorifies violence. And Muslims are so intolerant people that they have no respect for other religions.

richard Jun 19, 2013 12:51pm

@Irfan Husain: There are more than a dozen Islam channels on the SKY. Each of them is trying to supersede the other. And then mulims say their religion is the best of all religions in the world.

Well, the proof is in the pudding.

richard Jun 19, 2013 12:56pm

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: No other people is as keen as muslims for their journey towards Allah, hence the mess and bloodshed.

The heaven will be house full by the time I want to go there.

richard Jun 19, 2013 12:55pm


And muslims are the most backward people, most illiterate, and also the poorest.

cameo Jun 19, 2013 01:01pm

Problems of most of the middle eastern countries are complex and go back animosities of hundreds of years. In Pakistan we have a democratic system now, people never gave any of the religious party any mandate, they never managed to get any significant number of votes, political class should look to actively eliminate any influence of religion from the politics.
We need to strongly enforce/protect the principle that everybody has the freedom to follow their believes, there won't be any problems.
Secular democracy is the only solution. In Pakistan the word has been confused with atheism/left/liberal/west/evil. We can learn now or wait another few hundred years

Zubair Jun 19, 2013 12:59pm

I'm not sure if Dr. Murtaza Haider will ever read this but I still must say - this sir, was a great piece of writing. I particularly love the final paragraph, reflecting our lack of effort to the situation; it almost makes us complicit to the crimes.

Aditya Mookerjee Jun 19, 2013 12:59pm

Democracy seems to be imperfectly understood, everywhere. It seems, Zulfikar Bhutto, couldn't make democracy relevant to Balochistan. They, (in Balochistan), didn't need it to be relevant, because it wasn't an issue. The army didn't need the people there to see it as relevant, either. There was no issue with India, then, also, over terrorism. The idea in India is, that the Punjabi and Sindhi Pakistani's see each other as rivals. It seems, that the political 'Establishment' in democratic Pakistan, work for the other faction. Zulfikar Bhutto had the support of the Punjabi's in the establishment. Nawaz Sharif has the support of his Sindhi counterparts, perhaps, if I am not wrong. The leaders in Balochistan, didn't know what the 'establishment', even meant, as I don't also, perhaps. What is really enviable is, that no political ideology, or person is the cause of major issues.

uchak Jun 19, 2013 01:10pm

Ah well. A typical article. The author practically demonstrates why the situation has come to such a pass. Rather than worrying about how (and why) Muslims are killing other human beings, the author is worried about how muslims are fighting other muslims. This is quite typical of the mindset of muslims in general. one has to realise that untill and unless muslims consider behaving well with other humans as a duty (or a mark of civilisation) this situation is bound to occur. Muslims have to understand that 'it is NOT ok to kill non-muslims' (even though their religious leaders ask them to) and only then would muslims realise that 'it is not ok to kill muslims'.

El Cid Jun 19, 2013 01:22pm

@Richard: "There are some verses in Quran which are incompatible with modern world."

Which ones? When an educated person makes such a statement it is astute to cite the reference, or else its smells of trolling mischief.

Rarely ever does a verse in the Glorious Qur'an stand alone, without its context it has little relevance. This is obvious in the original Arabic due to its rhyme rhythm and cadence, and subreference . But even in translation numbers are give so that the context can be surmised from the sequence, for the less educated. At times the context lies in another Sure and verse, elsewhere in the Noble Quran.

The Noble Scripture has to be read as a unit not 'cut and paste' to understands its context and meaning. Muslims know this. Others perhaps not. This logic is the same in science and mathematics. Equations and theory have a context, and are built brick by brick on this foundation or context.

Now if you are indeed serious...please which ones?

DT Jun 19, 2013 02:21pm

It is a regional problem happening only in and around Pakistan and internationalising in the name of Islam by the author is his prerogative. In many Islamic coutries where the law and order is strong, genocide of a particular sect is never observed. Thus "Pakistan at war with itself" should have been the better title of this article. Once the law and order is established, this thing will also vanish. Pakistan needs top decesions at top level.

Azaad Jun 19, 2013 02:21pm

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: Brother, please read the religious texts that you are quoting. War and violence is not your duty, nor is hatred towards others. Bhai jaan just pursue the path of compassion and kindness and you will beget kindness and compassion for yourself and our future generations. The west is not completely evil just as the east is not completely pious, rather most people everywhere are good and yearn for peace and love. Sadly, loud, violent voices of those misled by self serving clerics and politicians sending them to slaughter, often drown out voices of reason. Do not add to those voices please.

Dr. Naveed Ahmed Jun 19, 2013 02:56pm

Truthful it is and but a shame. You have analyzed the situation very well. You know whenever it comes to religion, I question myself, why I am following the Islam and not any other religion? Especially after the happenings you have mentioned. In the pursuit of answer my inner asks myself, does following of Islam makes me a good, pragmatic, practical and temperate person? The answer is capital YES! So you cant blame the religion (not that you are blaming). That's what the most of the religions do. But the only problem is when the religion is used. Napoleon, if I am not wrong, once noted that religion is the easiest of tools to make fools out of masses. So you got to educate the people to make them good humans and to follow the religion in true spirit. It will take time in generations.

fida sayani Jun 19, 2013 03:03pm

Real Islam and True Followers do not exist anymore. They disappeared at the assassination of Ali, the fourth caliph, when the Kingdom of Islam was taken over by Muawiyah, the son of Abu Sufyan, who established the Umayyad dynasty. Once and forever the chain of unity was broken, which lead to the establishment of various sect and different interpretation of Islam. Neither today the Islam of holy Quran is practiced nor a follower of that Quran exist.

confused Jun 19, 2013 03:07pm

we must appreciate for an attempt to awake the sleeping nation by the author, in short its high time to keep our eyes closed and hide the truth.plz use own mint and intelligence instead of relying on others(thekedars of islam) .its enough to prove some one as jahil if he belives blindly on other man.use please use own mind and please speak truth.

RK Jun 19, 2013 03:46pm

Islam is not the problem or any other religion for that matter. We humans have been fighting with each other for centuries. Racism, ethnic cleansing, terrorism, cultural clashes, riots, et al are a byproduct of our greed. The greed to be superior than others. Greed for power and dominance. Humans in general are a destructive species, we are not only harming ourselves but also the nature around us. We are slowly turning into a cancer that plagues this earth.

I believe religion is personal and not forced. We should not try to prove our dominance over others solely based on the religion we follow. We have to stop differentiating between people by their region, religion, caste, colour, language, etc. Lets see each other for what we are... humans! Humans who want nothing more than coming home to our families and spending some quality time with our loved ones. The day a murder is just a murder and not a terrorist attack or violence against religion will be the day we see things clearly, rather than getting emotionally motivated to defend criminals purely based on their religion.

El Cid Jun 19, 2013 04:04pm

Murtaza Haider PhD, finds nothing strange or suspicious that Muslims started killing Muslims after 9-11. The massive assault on Muslim lands, the brutalization of their family structure and the savage destruction and occupation of their otherwise peaceful co-existence before that date seems not have mattered to this researcher. Specially problematic since the President of the United States publicly declared a Crusade against Islam...because

ROHIT PANDEY Jun 19, 2013 04:04pm

@Danish A.:

Bravo! All is not lost in Pakistan,yet. For,simple sound sane and forward thinking exists in people like you!

Lee Jun 19, 2013 04:12pm

It is extremely naive to just blame what is happening around us on A religion......... it's a very simplistic notion..... you need to break out of the paradigm and stop being judgemental.... go to the root cause or rather causes.... Politics involved is mind-boggling.... and people are not given complete information there is absolutely lack of transparency. Nationalism, sectarianism, secularism, religious fanatics and all the rest are mere tools.....and just means to an end...

Dammi Jun 19, 2013 04:22pm

@Truth: It is only Muslims who follow Islam and its violent teachings.Then who is to blame muslim or Islam?

Jamal Jun 19, 2013 04:31pm

@ailly: Maybe because people who commit these atrocities claim 4that they do it in name of Islam!! Time to stop being an apologist.

Dammi Jun 19, 2013 04:33pm

@Truth: because you can't see it.

Salman Salamat Jun 19, 2013 04:35pm

@ailly: you are absolutely right... i dont know why we as muslims dont understand that "great muslims didnt make great islam, instead great Islam makes great muslims." apart from different conspiracy theories, we all know that what is the truth behind the scene. Bomb Blasts, Suicide attacks done in Iraq, Pakistan and anyother muslim states has made it pretty clear to us that its not teaching of islams, or those culprits are not even muslims. We see only what media is showing to us.. i think instead of having doubts about islamic teachings, we should concentrate on ourselves, we should understand its ideology only then we'd be able to teach the world as well.

ali Jun 19, 2013 04:57pm

spot on.bravo

Raj Jun 19, 2013 05:04pm

Little correction. In India in communal violance not only muslims were killed there are scores of hindu and other communities also got killed. Author is always delibrately or ignorantly forgets this truth while quoting the Indian referance.

cameo Jun 19, 2013 05:42pm

@Farrukh: go back to your cave

AD Jun 19, 2013 05:51pm

@S: Buddy - the Almighty will NOT change our mindset. He has other things to do than worry about a small teenie planet in the midst of billions of galaxies.

We need to change our own thinking and that of others. To do so we need to engage in meaningful dialogue and debates. We need to accept some uncomfortable truths and be totally honest and factual to ourselves.


AD Jun 19, 2013 05:58pm

@Danish A.: Well said buddy.

Ijaz Jun 19, 2013 05:58pm

@ailly: You are one of those in denial!

AD Jun 19, 2013 06:00pm

@Hamayun: Why should anyone ban drinking? If a muslim is true to himself and to his religon then he will not consume Alcohol even if it is availible. If he is not a true believer and wants to drink then why stop him. Does Islam not say that we should not use force - rather use our own example of a role model to lead people to goodness?

Qaiser Bakhtiari Jun 19, 2013 06:33pm

@Ramesh Mehta: Perhaps it is your ignorance and obvious biases that are preventing you from finding answers to it. My experience so far is that Indians (of Hindu faith) have the worst biases against minorities especially Muslims. No matter how bad it is here, I would rather be in Pakistan then in India. Enough said.

Faheem Jun 19, 2013 07:02pm

@Confused: You are not the only "confused" person. Actually every nation of this world is fighting every other nation. Every army is prepared to attack at the shortest possible notice to any other nation. That is why there should be a balance of power. Even those countries, which appears to be united or friendly are fully at watch against each others. Nations acts differently than individuals. If you keep the door open, and in addition to this have no watch dog over your internal groups (sects, tribe, criminals, religious groups,, etc.), they will try to ruin each other and foreign elements would certainly take advantages of this. So, there should be no compromise with sectarianism with in a country, only then we can stop outsiders to take advantages of this. Pakistan must immediately banned all religious activities by all groups in public. Freedom of practicing one's religion must be a private matter of every citizen and its manifestation in public should be limited to mosques, churches, temples. Hate speeches should be declared a punishable crime. Carrying arms, having possession of explosive must be punished by death sentences, etc. Our rulers must have courage to take clear and practical actions and must stop being confused..

Salma Khan Jun 19, 2013 06:59pm

Say all you want, Islam is here to stay!

tom Jun 19, 2013 07:01pm

The real issue is the Shia and Sunni conflict. The Shias backed by Iran and some in Lebanon, and Sunnis -- supported and aided by Saudi Arabia. the Middle East-- place where many religions existed before have been systematically cleaned. Smaller religions have been pushed to extinction or they have been driven out. The parsees of Iran, the Druze and Moronites are a few examples. In Pakistan the Ahmedis are not considered muslims and are being persecuted. On a broder classification it is war between Shias and Sunnis who do not consider eachother as muslims. The are being funded by petro-dollar rich countries.

El Cid Jun 19, 2013 07:07pm

@Danish A.:

El Cid Jun 19, 2013 07:10pm

Murtaza Haider PhD, finds nothing strange or suspicious that Muslims started killing Muslims after 9-11. The massive assault on Muslim lands, the brutalization of their family structure and the savage destruction and occupation of their otherwise peaceful co-existence before that date seems not have mattered to this researcher. Specially problematic since the President of the United States publicly declared a Crusade against Islam...because

Akhter Husain Jun 19, 2013 07:11pm

"Unholy men wage holy wars" summarize the mind set of war mongers very well,though the title is misleading.It is not 'The Islam"a cause of violence among Muslims,but the lust and desire to be at the helm of affairs by creating chaos among Muslims in the name of righteousness.It is good ploy to make Muslims weak and then exploit them.I wish that these so called holy men understand it..

Nabarun Dey Jun 19, 2013 07:20pm

May be a bitter truth is relevant; There may be moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate.

Akhlesh Jun 19, 2013 08:18pm

@Akki: Not very sunny!

ROHIT PANDEY Jun 19, 2013 08:32pm

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: And,I was born yesterday and the cow jumped over the moon?:):)

ROHIT PANDEY Jun 19, 2013 08:42pm

@IBN-E-ASHFAQUE: The NATO and the US is leaving Afghanistan for they feel reasonably confident that the present Afghan government and the Afghan forces which they trained will be in a position to maintain peace and Afghanistan will not fall apart.

I am a Canadian and the war and loss of Canadian lives in Afghanistan is a highly emotive issue here.

If Jihad is obligatory for Muslims then counter-jihad in form of self protection is obligatory for the kaffurs of the world.

I am glad that people like you exist in Islamic societies-with your thinking Islamic societies will turn more and more backward,regressive and self destruct without kaffurs stepping in,,wasting money and lives to put Muslims down.

The Islamic countries are simply not capable of tech to produce weapons or an economic footing to launch a jihad.

Jihad is already in it's grave with people like you influencing the Islamic world!

Akhter Husain Jun 19, 2013 09:28pm

@Richard: such as?

aj Jun 19, 2013 09:34pm

@El Cid:

You have not read Quran. there are more than 100 verses that cites violence against unbelievers. A small sample: Quran (2:191-193)
Quran (2:244) Quran (2:216) Quran (3:56)
Quran (3:151)
Quran (4:74)
Quran (4:76)
Quran (4:89)

Read the hadith too. Prophet ordered his followers to kill the men and take women and children as slaves on several occasions.

Pete Jun 19, 2013 09:40pm

It is time for Islam to reform. No, this does not mean a return to the 7th century. It is the only "religion" that allows for the killing of apostates that leave the faith, guarantees paradise only if one dies in jihad and permits the maltreatment of " infidels". With a non-chronological book buttressed with tens of thousands of hadiths (with glaring contradictions) it is no wonder that abuse happens at all levels, domestic to political. It is a faith forged in fear and blood. The world awaits an 'Islamic' Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr or Mandela to rise up and demand religious reform from within. Till that happens the medieval carnage will continue. The 3D reflexive response of Denial, Delusion and Deflection so common in the Muslim world, does not fool anyone. Time to be humble, confess/address all homegrown ills and change for the better. This will earn both heavenly and earthly respect.

Akhter Husain Jun 19, 2013 09:44pm

@Vijay: It is the fashion of non Muslims to ridicule Muslims for one or the other.Muslims did not make people dalits nor they divide the people in casts,making the original peoples as the lowest cast.Mind you ,the two world wars were not fought among Muslim but among the so called civilized Europeans killing millions and millions human beings ,just to have more and more business through loot and plunder.Do not forget that Iraq has been ruined just because it was not prepared to surrender the oil wealth to preachers of "human rights" .

AL Jun 19, 2013 09:54pm

@ahsen :

When we say "Islam," we include the written down beliefs and the believers. Without believers there will be no religion. It will be like one hand clapping. Another problem that Mr. Haider did not address is the slew of irreconcilable contradictions in the holy book as well as in the faith's 1,400 year history. One can cherry pick whayever you want to present your point of view. Sll another problem with Islam and all other religions that depend on the written word is the "meaning" inherent in the language and as we know languages evolve and meanings change. Hence, different interpretations arise often pitting one group against another as has been happening within Islam and between Ilam and other faiths. If God could only have microcodes within the brains and hearts of all living (and non living) beings one set of instructuions . . . .

Bedouin Abrahamic Jun 19, 2013 10:03pm

Similar questions were asked before. Why Bedouin tribes are fighting among themselves, why not become one and attack Kuffar Persian (Iranian). So they did and converted Persia in forty years. These days even oil reach country Iran cannot make each Iranian computer literate in forty years but all Iranians were spiritually cleansed and booked their room in the Jannat in merely forty years. Bravo! Similar cleansing happened in Egypt and Syria. China was saved because Indian Jahil Kuffar did not book his room in Jannat enmass. Even in 1947 merely 14% of the Indian subcontinent (Present day India, Pakistan , Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Burma & Bhutan) were in the business of booking room in Jannat and date with Houries. Otherwise it was the turn of Chinese; and in 1949, even with 90% Jannat seeking population Xinjiang (Ughir) remained part of China.

ahsan Jun 19, 2013 10:50pm

I didn't try to read the full article after reading the first paragraph. The writer must be asked as to who is stagging the destruction in Syria and Pakistan. Who is funding these terrorists who are causing this terrorism. I am not saying that Muslims have the highest level of Moral values but it is clear that there are games being played by the west in Syria and Pakistan' Baluchistan. The writer needs to broad his mind to look beyond the current picture of Muslims and should also tell the world what is being done to bring Muslims in current state of mind.

ahsan Jun 19, 2013 10:59pm

@Shruti: I agree with you mam. But I wish you were not this much educated to think like you have developed it to think. Yes there is no need of religion to control animal extinct of people but they do need to be taught and this only can be achieved by educating them and I believe we Muslims are suffering because of absence of quality education and great thinkers.

ROHIT PANDEY Jun 19, 2013 11:02pm

@ahsen :

Precisely at noon,at 12,the sun is directly overhead.

Two plus two is four.

Fish live in water and elephants on land.

I seem to understand things quite well and I don't think I have extraordinary IQ ..just average.

Islam is a 'god given' covenant, pact 'between god and man' good for all times to come.

Islam is valid in the year 4500 A.D just as valid it was in the year 500 or 600 A.D.

This covenant is IMMUTABLE good for all times and so NO REFORM IS NECESSARY!

Am I right one god worshiping Muslim? And, I was born a Hindu and I am now a confirmed kaffur and I seem to like it very much!!!:):):):)

samina Jun 19, 2013 11:21pm

Its ignorance!! nothing else. Masses are blindly and ignorantly following what is being taught and said. Mullas know how to intimidate the followers using the name of religion.

Akhtar Jun 20, 2013 12:14am

@Bharat: First of all Hilter did proclaim his christian believes as a reason of hatered towards jews and secondly there is alot in the Bible that appauds killing as a matter of fact the old test is filled with voilance.

Desisurfie Jun 20, 2013 12:49am

@El Cid: Ignorance is such a bliss:)

gp65 Jun 20, 2013 01:58am

@Raza: "It is not muslim against muslim, it is only one virulent sect of Islam, that has commenced war on the other sects. Anywhere you see, this dastardly group is committing atrocities on others who disagree with them. Care to guess which one? The ones represented by TTP and LJ. So very clear to me!!!"

So which sect did the gentleman who ordered Direct Action Day belong to? Inquiring minds would like to know.

Swaranjit Jun 20, 2013 02:00am

@AD: well said. We have to grow up and use reason and logic to understand the evolution of life and our civilization in order to find solutions to mankind's lingering strives and tribulations. Dogmatism has to be abandoned in favor of forbearance and understanding. I'm sure if we continue along the lines. We will usher in a. Happier and more cooperative future.

Muhammad Ali Jun 20, 2013 02:55am

Yes it matters. Real followers of Islam are in minority else you won

Raju Jun 20, 2013 02:59am

Read...And while the Muslim on Muslim violence is claiming victims all over Pakistan, the violence against non-Muslims, including Hindus and Christians, often brings together Muslims of different stripes, who would otherwise be fighting each other, in attacking religious minorities... It is hopeless for Muslims to expect peace and prosperity if the slaughtering of minorities belonging to other worldly religions is their only hope of peace and unity. The world is waking up to this fact and soon they will plan and take necessary steps. It is sad and a shame as the poor continue to suffer in the Muslim world without a say. Religion of peace, where, when and how? Is the question.

Arslan Jun 20, 2013 06:13am

The last paragraph is about the only worthwhile thing in this article. The rest is a mere collection of facts without there context. If it was a matter of sectarianism only - it would have been resolved in one of the opposing extremes.

But still that does not shift the blame from those responsible but adds responsibility to those who are not ready to take it up.

TahirPhD Jun 20, 2013 06:45am

@Riaz Ahmad:

Hello Riaz Ahmad. How naive of you to jump to conclusion about someone writing PhD against his name and at the same time telling us how genius you too are - in such a modest way.

The PhD in this case could be a shortened version of something like Philadelphia or in my case I use it to remind myself to "Pray Hard Daily".

And what makes you think S.A. Hyder lives in Pakistan or is a Pakistani? Ha ha. Typical mentality of jealousy and poking your nose in somebody's business.

Sam T Jun 20, 2013 08:23am

I salute Mr. Haider for writing this article which has been on my mind for the past ten years. I am not a Muslim, have not read Holy Quran, but have several educated Muslim friends and relatives. I have posed this question to them several times but never received a clear answer. The only logical explanation that appears is that Islam is interpreted by a person as he/she pleases. Since it started as a violent religion, converted people by sword, no tolerance for non-believers, so each person decides the action to be taken toward other person. Islam is loosing the war against other religions especially christianity . The only way Islam will be respected by non-believers if Muslims become more tolerant not only towards other religions but also accept different sections of beliefs within Islam.

Mahavir Jun 20, 2013 09:02am

@Lee: Exactly - Pl. go to the root cause. What is that,which is inspiring muslims to commit such acts?

Believer Jun 20, 2013 09:16am

@El Cid: I am sorry you are absolutely wrong. Muslims are killing and humiliating muslims right from the beginning i.e. just after the death of Holy Prophet (saw). You seem to be totally ignorant of history!!