“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to you mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the State….. We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one state…….. I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in due course. Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religion sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.”
The above is the excerpts of Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah (R.A)’s speech of August, 11, 1947. You may have already noticed that the great leader of the world who was well known for his political wisdom, academic intellect and proven rhetoric states clearly to the people of Pakistan that they can live in this country however they want to and no matter what school of faith they belong to or what religion they are required to practice, they are all the citizens of the country and these religious activities are so personal that they have nothing to do with the business of the state. Some may wonder as to why we need to read this cliché’ passage but I, assertively, describe them essential for Pakistan as these are basis which could have established sound foundations for the country, had we pursued the golden sayings of the father of the nation. As Stanley Wolpert’s classic quote below would illuminate my heart which is about the great leader of the world, “Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation- state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.”
The great land of Pakistan was created by our forefathers who ranked amongst top most barristers, philosophers, statesmen, thinkers, revolutionists and academics of their time and many of them followed Shi’ite school of thought including the Great Leader Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah but, needless to say, they all believed in supremacy and oneness of Allah Almighty. Regardless of what religion or school of faith they belong to, all Muslims would struggle for an independent land for the Muslims of South Asia in order for them to live in a free environment, get education of their own and run a state based on Islamic ideology. Although, clerics belonging to Deobandi school of thought vehemently opposed the creation of Pakistan and on the forefront were Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (Which later became Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam under leadership of Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman), Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam and Jamat-e-Islami (Being led by Maulan Munawar Hussain). The Mullahs and their henchmen, who have now become the self-declared saviour of Pakistan and its fanciful ideology, were very active in those days to oppose the idea of a separate Muslim State because they considered it against the Islamic concept of Muslim brotherhood but at the same time, they sided with the Congress and supported its Indian nationalism. Among them were Maulana Abul Ala Maudodi, who wrote many books at that time and died in late 70’s in Buffalo Hospital America, was an arch-opposer of the creation of Pakistan and when Pakistan was made, he wrote in one of his books the land of impure (Na Pakistan). Paradoxically, the Ulemas of Deoband have always utterly deprecated the idea of creation of a separate Muslim land and later became champions of Islam, boastfully talking of independence of Pakistan from the British Raj.
The, otherwise, liberal and educated Pakistani society has been overshadowed with orthodox practices which are widely unacceptable by the large proportion of people living in this country. Ironically, the country’s brotherly and communal harmony is under continues threat by alien forces whose roots and origins remain a big mystery. Teenage children are indoctrinated in the name of owning a permanent place in heaven whose fatal ordeal services could be hired by affluent people providing they wish to dismantle the law of the land or target any innocent citizen not practicing Deobandi theology. The pure Islamic traditions and values are being digested by radical thoughts in forms of extreme inculcation of Deobandi ideology which is devoid of rational and Islamic injunctions. The entire Pakistani society has been taken captive and the people of the land fell easy prey to illiterate religious fanatics who utilize youths for suicide bombings and mass killings for vested interests. But, thankfully, the entire world has come to conclusion that the religion Islam or Muslims are not the real threat for their security but a small faction of people who are defaming genuine Islamic values and creating chaotic situation among the masses.
They have openly flouted Islamic rules and principles, negating the sayings of Allah and practical life of the Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him and his progeny). Islam bestows equal rights to men and women but they keep women locked at homes. Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him and his family) urges all Muslims, “Seek knowledge from cradle to grave,” but the Taliban type of Islam keep girls off schools and blow school buildings with bombs. Islam has greatly emphasised on human rights including the rights of neighbours, (Haqooq-ul-Ibad), but they spare no time in beheading their neighbours should they be found to practice or follow other school of thought. Allah says in the Holy Quran, “Killing one human being is as if killing whole humanity.” (05:32). But, they kill innocent people without mercy and claim to take responsibility for that. In short, their explanation of the Holy Quran is totally ambiguous and incomprehensible by others but they keep counting figures as if their thirst is quenched by counting befallen heads.
Shi’ites who formed the foundation of this country are being alienated by Deobandi faction of Islam. The Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and its affiliated groups carrying out suicide bombings and target killings across Pakistan, especially against Shi’ites, could give them a lead in updating their counts but it will not demoralize the people who have made this beautiful land. On the contrary, the Pakistani intelligence agencies who cherished this tiny plant to stand against the brotherly infrastructure of the country, may feel compunction as it is now digesting the foundations like termite but the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are losing the war. More youths and disbelievers are turning to processions and rallies to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Ali (Peace be upon him) and his family.
We have vowed not to give up or succumb to pressure of fistful miscreants whose death is nearly certain as their demolition through the ages has already started. Their true face is recognized widely by world community who are pursuing them in caves and bunkers with pilotless planes to parish them all together. The Shi’ites and Sunnis have also learned lessons from Deobandi’s dirty tricks which will boost up their moral for national unity and solidarity.
Long Live Shi’ite Sunni Unity, Long Live Pakistan.