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Reaction: the response to the Ahmedi massacre

Reaction: the response to the Ahmedi massacre

“We are all under threat. They will kill us. They will kill us,” claimed Rubina Saigol, repeating the conversation with members of the Ahmedi community a few months ago. Saigol, an independent social researcher, said that the community members wanted to show her some case files on Ahmedis and talk about the threats publicly.

“I feel guilty and terrible that I didn’t write – partly because of fear.”

But before Saigol could gather up any courage to take any action – the threats had become a reality.

On May 28, militants attacked two Ahmedi houses of worship in Lahore, which resulted in the tragic death of more than 80 people and left more than a 100 injured. Within days, other militants attacked Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital where the injured were still recovering from the first attack.

The Ahmedi massacre has left everyone in shock and the Ahmedi community crippled with grief.

The Ahmedis have struggled for rights within India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Indonesia for many years.

Although the majority of the Pakistani population is Sunni – there is a growing percentage of people who are seriously questioning the Sharia laws and the constitution. The trend can be followed on local blogs and even the op-ed pages of local newspapers – the rhetoric challenges Sharia laws against the basic rights of a citizen.

Pakistan’s Sharia laws are based mainly on the Hanafi school of thought.

According to Sharia Law, an Ahmedi cannot be accepted as a Muslim or as part of an Islamic sect because one of the basic fundamentals of Islam is to accept Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as the last prophet in Islam – in Quranic verses he is referred to as the “Final Seal” (al-azhab:40).

In several interviews with religious scholars, from Sunni and Shia schools of thought in Cairo and Q’um in Iran agreed that Ahmedis were not a Muslim sect. They went as far as calling them, “heretics” and “infidels.” As well as, if a non-Muslim shows and preaches under a Muslim façade, then he or she must be charged, proven guilty, and punished in court according to Sharia law, a crime which is punishable by death (wajib-ul-qatl).

But one of the scholars in Cairo, who requested to stay anonymous, was quick to add that if a non-believer is a citizen of an Islamic state then he or she becomes the zami (responsibility) of the state. Therefore, it is the state’s responsibility to protect them more than the Muslim citizen, out of fear for violence against them.

“They should be treated with the utmost respect, because we, as Muslims, need to set an example for them,” he said. “As a Muslim, your responsibility is to follow the basics of Islam and lead a good life – violence of any type against anyone is not an example of leading a good life.”

This one scholar, who remains anonymous out of fear for the repercussions he could face, is not alone.

As soon as the attack hit the news, blogs went up everywhere in an uproar; some immediately condemned the brutal attack, others wrote malicious comments about Ahmedis claiming them to be wajib-ul-qatl (deserving of death), and some tried to explain the causes of the attack through religious, political and social analyses.

On the blog pkpolitics there were many harsh comments and the owners of the blog removed those comments and posted a warning to respondents on abusive language.

One of the more kinder comments on pkpolitics was, “Brother, The Qadyani religion should not be even be called ‘Ahemdi religion’, for you know that the Last Prophet Muhammad is exclusively mentioned by the name ‘Ahmed’ both in the Holy Quran and in the Bible (sic).”

Another respondent scolded back, “I cant believe my eyes, Instead of completely condemning the attack and humiliating the attackers, some are debating on the words used and about Qadyani sect or religion whatever…. no wonder Pakistan is heading towards its doom day by day… shame on us (sic).”

Tazeen Javed, winner of Best Humor Blog category for Pakistan’s first Annual Blog Awards, blogs at A Reluctant Mind wrote, a social aspect of the attack holding everyone accountable, event the public, for the attack in “We all have blood on our hands.”

The Waking Life blog posted, “Is it all worth?” questioning Muslims who asked for tolerance in other parts of the world, wrote, “Time to put things in perspective…Facebook may have partaken in blasphemy but there’s plenty of it going on in our cities and society. How about cleaning our own house first? (sic)”

The popular and controversial blog, Café Pyala, which sometimes uses profanity, condemned the attack in the political analysis “Original Sin:” “Truly, if ever there was short-sightedness among Pakistan’s establishment (and there are plenty of examples of it) this was it…The nurturing of extremist thought during Zia ul Haq’s (mis)rule and its repercussions in the shape of today’s barbaric attacks (and earlier targeting of Shias, Hindus and Christians) are a logical continuation of the original sin. (sic)”

Most editorials and columnists for print media did not have to directly respond to profanity like some online media blogs, however they condemned the attack, pointing out the government’s blatant disregard for protecting minorities, and feeding a culture of bigotry.

The Dawn editorial “Culture of Intolerance” wrote, “Religious minorities in Pakistan have not only been shunted to the margins of society but also face outright persecution on a regular basis…the state, meanwhile, remains largely unmoved by the plight of minorities — and that isn’t surprising either for it is a party to this persecution.”

Columnists did not try to hide the humiliation the government as well as the public should feel over the attacks.

Columnist Kamran Shafi, who writes for Dawn, wrote in A sad place, indeed that he recalled a time when there was no religious distinction, just Pakistani citizens. He stated, “The Ahmedis might be considered non-Muslim by the state; surely they are still Pakistani?”

Shafi added that an important member of the Ahmedi community told him that the compensation that was offered to the victims of the attack would be kindly refused and asked to be transferred over to the people of Hunza-Gojal for the relief work.

These voices of different generations and backgrounds of growing tolerance are currently at a grass-roots level, but they can still be heard, even in some political circles.

On the day of the attack, Punjab’s Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif held a press conference addressing the attack and the efforts of the police. Even though his offices had received reports on a threat to the Ahmedis several days prior to the attack.

While soon after the attacks, Interior Minister Rehman Malik was the only government official who personally went to visit the Ahmedi community to give condolences

Shahbaz Sharif has yet to visit the Ahmedi community since the attacks.

Although most recently, PML-N party leader Nawaz Sharif did condemn the attacks and named Ahmedis as “brothers” and “sisters.” Only for him to be threatened by religious leaders with an anti-Sharif campaign in the region.

If the public’s reaction has mobilised the government to react at all then it leads to the most important question: What is the next step?

Imam Shamsi Ali might have the answer.

“It is very difficult to accept the nature of the world we live in – part of this world is the freedom of expression. I oppose the idea (Ahmedi movement) but I cannot impose my ideas on anyone. I have no right to impose my ideas on anyone,” said Imam Ali.

Ali, who lived and studied Islamic Studies in Islamabad for seven years, is the leader for the 96th street mosque and runs the Islamic Cultural Center in New York.

“We need engagement. If we oppose those claims then we must have intellectual discourse. If we engage with Hindus, Christians, Jews, or Buddhists, then why cannot we talk to them?”

Ali, ultimately, feels that restricting the freedoms of a people is not the way of Islam, rather allowing people their freedom and showing tolerance is way for people to find the path to Islam.

Sadef A. Kully is a  Reporter/Associate Producer for Dawn.com.

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80 Responses to “Reaction: the response to the Ahmedi massacre”

  1. zehba says:

    Ahmedis believe that only they are Muslims others are not and this is clearly stated in their literature! So we cant really find an easy solution to this!

    • Abu Aayan says:

      This probably is something that someone told you about Ahmadies, like many other things about them. Did you watch the Program on TV in which Ghulam Ahmad sb came and he categorically rejected the same thing. When anchor asked him that “do you consider me Muslim”. He said, “Yes, who am I to say you are not”. When Ahmadies say that those who consider them “Kafir”, are themselves “kafir” is because this is what is told by Holy Prophet peace be upon him. He mentioned in a Hadees, that since no one has a right to call anyone “kafir” or “non-Muslim”, so if someone calls someone “kafir” or so, then his statement will have no impact on that person instead his own words will bounce back to him, and he himself will be considered a “kafir” by Almighty Allah. If ever an Ahmadi says it like this, then this is background. Since this is what Holy Prophet said, so who are we deny it. So you dont call anyone a “kafir”, in return do not become a “kafir” in Allah’s eyes. Simple …. But here everyone is busy otherwise

    • ahmed says:

      Can you quote a book where they say this? A page maybe? Or even a sermon of some sorts? If it is a sermon or a speech, what was the place and time? Anything?
      Then maybe i can believe that an Ahmadi would say something like this.

      • Fais123 says:

        All liberal muslims commenting that ahmedis should have freedom to call themselves muslims, should know that Mr.Mirza declared and Ahmedis believe all of us (non-ahmedis) to be non-muslims.

        Proof is on ahmedi website itself:
        http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Truth-about-the-Split.pdf
        pg.56&57 of book (70&71 of acrobat reader)

        • Abu Aayan says:

          Thank you for pasting the link and reference. Not a single sentence in even the whole book says the Ahmadies consider non-Ahmadiies “NON-MUSLIM”. It only talks of “Kufr” and “Kufffar”. The word “Kufr” simply means the one who denies or rejects. And the same is being used in many places in literature also. At time in urdu people write as “Kon kafir tumhari baat ko jhutla raha hay” (Translation “Who kafir is denying your statement”) etc. etc. There could be thousands of examples quoted. So in short “kafir” is simply a word used to express the rejection of some person, opinion or even the idea. For the same reason many sects have been claiming that other sects are “Kafir” I dont want to quote the statements as almost every sect has given such remarks about others (just go read newspapers). But when it comes to calling someone “NON-Muslim”, than that is something too much to claim about.
          Even in Ahmadiyya Jama’at if someone is charged for any complain and the same is proved. That person is expelled. But the term that is used is “Expelled from the system of Jama’at”. It is evident from this that even within our Jama’at we have the same concept. We don’t say that person has become a “Non-Ahmadi”, because we are no one to claim that he is an Ahmadi or not – matter of faith is only upto Allah to decide. What Jama’at can do is to simply announce that he is no more part of “System of Jama’at”. So when we are careful about the believes of those who are within us then how can we claim all Muslims to be non-Muslims; which is too big of a matter in terms of faith.

  2. Peace to all!

    Thank you, Dawn, for this thoughtful article.

    Long live the spirit of truth and justice!

  3. Hatam Ahmad says:

    This is the Irony of Pakistan, the community that have tried to work for the prosperity of Pakistan by providing Nobel Proze winner(Dr. Abdus Salam), Seceratory general of UNO and Jugde of the International Court of Justice(Sir Zafarullah Khan,1st foriegn minister of Pakistan), President of World Bank(Mirza Muzaffar Ahmad) and many more those have worked and are working in many well-enouned organizations. Many have given their lives for this mother land. General Nasir who faught 1965 War and 1971 War was also one on the shohada in these brutal attacks. It just reminds me of one poem my nasir kazmi……

    baghban kon lahoo ki zaroorat pari………sab say pehlay hamari hi gardan kati…..
    Phir bhi kehtay hain hum say ya ehal-e-chaman……Ya chaman hai hamara tumhara nahin…….

  4. Reader says:

    In India, which is secular, Ahmedis share same rights – why would they be any different than the myriads of religions that are practicing and thriving in India. So to say that Ahmedis are fighitng for their rights IN INDIA is a purposefully slandering statement.

  5. ALI RAZA QULI says:

    Dawn news publications/producers
    Article written based on religious violence’s. Wonderfully drafted the story this is government responsibility to protect the life and property of every citizens or not citizen of that land.
    But govt is fully responsible for any unhuman behavior, Religious and sectarian hatred is worst enemy of citizens of any land govt have to take serious note and must punished this kind of behaviors.

    Hope minority should share few points. might help to protect their religious right.
    A. All minority living in Pakistan must start dialogues among minority.
    B. Focus their demand. Start communication, coordinate program.
    C. Start corner meeting merge with local political party who acknowledge your griefness. participate in coming election. Take your citizen problem to parliament as a elected representative of minority.

  6. Wahab says:

    May Allah give a high status in Paradise to those who were offering their Friday Prayers and were attacked and killed. For all the injured ones, May the Almighty Allah give them speedy recovery and a good health, for those who were there, for those affected one, may the Almighty God protect them, may He protect all of them, all of us. May He be with all of us.
    For those who did this crime, May Allah punish them for their wrong-doings as Allah is full aware of what they do.

  7. Rizwan says:

    Every Pakistani should have same rights,
    The dark amendments to constitution, which were done by ZA Bhutto and Zia-ul-haq to as part of political negotiation should be thrown out of the constitution.

  8. zeeshan says:

    In Pakistan both Muslims and Non Muslims are subject to terrorist attacks. Its not that govt. is protecting Muslims and not NonMuslims. Therefore discrimination is not correct word to describe. Killers of Muslim Ulemas are at large too, similar to attackers of Qadyani worship place.

    • Balal says:

      Dear Zeeshan,

      I agree with you that every one is a victim of Terrorism, but what we want to ask here is why is the terrorism legitimized against Ahmedies?

      Under Law, we are murtid and thus we cannot practise Islam and if we do we are punishable and the highest penalty is Death. This is from where clerics get their ammunition of spreading hate and the repeat this in their sermons that Ahmedies are Wajibul Katal, if you disagree with me, let me quote you can example of yesterday nights programme on an Independent TV channal, there were 3 So called Ulemas of high pedigree and the on television announced that Ahmedies are “wajibul katal”and that all ulema are united on this. How can you ask to stop the terrorists killing innocents when the people who teach them and bread them are left open to spread hate on the Media?

    • Taimur says:

      Using the word “Qadiani” against the will of Ahmadis is also an attack. How will you feel if somebody ask your religion is faisalabadi, dehlvi, Chinioti or Hyderabadi. Your post is an example that there is discrimination.

    • Waleed Khan says:

      I don’t agree with you. Even your comment is discriminatory and derogatory. You call us “Qadiani”, if you are reading these comments, even over here Ahmadis repeatedly said that we are Ahmadis and not Qadianis. Qadiani is someone who is from Qadian, India. A society cannot call us even the right name and claim that we are not discriminated against. If you can’t see the discrimination we face in the constitution and its trickledown effect in the society, then only Allah Almighty can clear up your mind.

    • Sam says:

      Agree. However, I think Ahmedi community is only asking for compassion and kind words. Not an explanation who is targeted and who is spared.

  9. Bashir says:

    It’s so sad to see Pakistan like this situation. What happen to our country since Mullas start to run the country. We want Pakistan with peace and love for all mankind. As Ahmadi I say “love for all, hatred for none”

    Bashir Rohela from Detroit, Michigan , USA.

  10. YAK says:

    I am an Ahmadi, and I speak for the rights of all…the recent wave of sectarian killings of our Shia brothers and unfortunate killings of Sunni brothers is extremely sad…this is what it is coming to….what we need to realize is that it does not stop at one minority sect….it goes on and comes back to haunt the majority as well…the thing that needs to be realized is the evil of hatred…whether its against anyone should be fought against if we need to see a prosperous Pakistan that Jinnah and the majority of Pakistanis hoped for….we need to repeal the exaggerated blasphemy laws giving a free hand to the extremists…we need the government to install intelligence guys in every mosque and madrassa etc to monitor Mullahs, or any other religious leaders…to fairly see to it that they do not spew hatred against anyone. They should be allowed to speak the good things about their beliefs only. Unless this is done, we are going down hill. I pray for this country and all the citizens of this country. Long live Pakistan!

  11. YAK says:

    It is sad that the so called ‘ulema’ of this country are driving a campaign full of lies to dehumanize Ahmadi…people want to follow the Mullahs instead of the Quran right? The biggest lie the propagate is that the Ahmadis insult the Holy Prophet….if anyone even slightly studies their beliefs, he or she will find out how blatant a lie it is. Unfortunately, very small number of people have the courage or the motivation for finding the truth…. WAKE UP PAKISTAN…everyone of you will be accounted for not speaking up and finding out the truth and sacrificing everything for that truth on the Day of Judgement!

  12. Ashraf Kapadia says:

    Ahmedis are citizens of Pakistan and the state has a responsibility to protect them.
    Whether they are muslims or not is irrelevant.

    Since there is no law in the country (courtesy all the traitors who continued to rule the country throughthe barrel of a gun) you cannot expect its citizens to behave like normal human beings.

  13. Aamir Ali says:

    Pakistan is among the most bigoted societies in the world, whether a person is Sunni, Shia, Ahmedi, Christian, Sikh or no religion they are hated and murdered. Even foreigners are not spared as in last few years Americans, Chinese, French, Turkish and Polish have been killed for various reasons.

    It is a massive mistake to judge people on whether they are “Muslim” or not, and then to pass laws to enforce that judgement and encourage more hatred and violence in society.

  14. Abdul Naseer says:

    Seems to be a summary of differing opinions on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Emphasizes tolerance but still not courageous enough to tackle the root of the problem Pakistan is facing – extremism.

  15. Ayaz says:

    We need a modern day Kamal Ata Turk in Pakistan who would wash out all the mullahs and their comrades and make this country Pak-istan again. This filth has must go.

    • Ahmed Hassan says:

      Now that’s an idea. seriously. some one man enough in Pakistan to wet his sleeves in Pakistani blood for our future good. A 21st century Joseph Stalin for Pakistan.

  16. haroon says:

    If we can get rid of these Mullahs in Pakistan, I am sure following the teachings of Islam is going to be pretty easy. After all its a straight forward book with a straight forward message. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand it.

  17. Ihtesham Ahmed says:

    Aoa, mostly people in Pakistan don’t know that what Ahmadi are.? it can only be possible when they give us right to speak that what we are.?
    thanx to Dawn News, u people did a good job. Regards.

  18. Fais123 says:

    BIAS ATTITUDE OF DAWN NEWS AND AHMEDI BLOGGERS

    The article pertains to the condemnable attacks, but it seems it has been turned into a forum for religious debates by ahmedis trying to prove they are muslims. While religious comments by ahmedis have been allowed to be published, it is sad that dawn news is not publishing comments by muslims explaining the reasons for exclusion of ahmedis as muslims.

    My comments dated 15th June were not published and no reason was given on e-mail despite my condemnation of attacks in strongest terms. Ahmedi claims of being muslims were encountered in my article to balance the misleading opinions being published by ahmedis.

    I am disappointed in the biased attitude of dawn news which has allowed these forums to be used as a tool for propagation of ahmedi beliefs while restricting muslims from airing objections and proving their claims false.

    • Abu Aayan says:

      So concerned about this one blog ???!!!! Just go and read all the news papers, go and watch all the news channels, go and attend all the gatherings, go and read all the banners, pamphlets, and posters in the streets across Pakistan. What do they read ? Nothing but Anti-Ahmadiyya stuff. When it comes to presenting the view point of Ahmadies, no one is taking the risk – not even the channels and individuals who claim to be ‘balanced’.
      You are complaining about your posts blocked; similar could be the stories from Ahmdies’ side also. My own posts had been blocked many a times. But I always thought that may be Dawn blocked those for some reasons, such as repetition of same stuff by others (as for sure not a word in any of my posts was offensive).
      But having said this, no complains; because what we are watching is so obviously suggesting something – something very very drastic. Apparently it is becoming ABSOLUTELY HOPELESS. And its not only because of the attacks on May 28th; but because of what we are witnessing after May 28th.

    • Aeysha Ahmad says:

      Fais 123 :
      I am an Ahmedi and would like to sincerely thank you on your condemnation of the Lahore attacks.

      For your information plenty of people have expressed their anti Ahmedi sentiments on these blogs recently. People like yourself have heard things about Ahmedies’ beliefs that simply are Not true! Meeting an actual Ahmedi would surely change your mind.

      You used the word “allowed” in your comment right? well it is probably the first time in 35 years that Ahmedies have been allowed a little chance to tell the educated elite of our beloved country that they are followers of the same Quran as yourself, and the same Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) as yourself.

      Theological discussions cannot take place through a comment box. That needs to be done in meetings where both parties debate these matters but as you perfectly well know, us Ahmedies cannot even talk about our jamaat without the fear of being arrested, we cannot even say Assalamo alaikum… Now you may find that delightful but mark my words: when governments decide to play God and legislate against beliefs and matters of faith, they dig a deep dark hole into which such societies & nations eventually collapse.
      JazakAllah (oh I have a chance of getting arrested for saying this as well !!)

      • Fais123 says:

        @Abu Aayan & Aisha: If you skim through the blog, it will be evident that a lot of comments condemning the attacks have been published and rightly so for which DAWN deserves appreciation. Also you will see a lot of comments from ahmedis seeking to ‘dispel our notions about them’ and propagating their beliefs.

        However you will rarely find comments from muslims countering them and explaining reasons for exclusion of ahmedis by all muslims. This attitude is inherently biased.

        My dozen or so comments countering ahmedi religious beliefs have not been published yet.

        • Abu Aayan says:

          Common on Fais, stop complaining now … We all can read your comments in which you have quoted references also. As Ayesha said beliefs cant be debated on Dawn’s blog – this is no place for it. But if you are a positive minded person, then you urge will help you reach the conclusions with the help of Almighty Allah, InshaAllah.
          But please leave Allah’s work on Him, and deciding about the faith is something that he did not even allow prophets to do..

  19. Raki says:

    Pakistan is a democracy and they are entitled to kinds of society, constitution and government the majority of Pakistanis want. The people who don’t like it should fight it out in the next elections.

  20. Masaf Dawood says:

    Sadef – Thankyou for very brilliantly and “BOLDLY” highlighting the persecution against members of Ahmadiyya Community. Much Appreciated and many regards.

  21. good article.this culture of intolerance can only be controlled by strong laws that are swift and inforced to the max.

  22. Mkhan says:

    Thanks a lot Ms. Sadef for a brilliant article….. Blasphemous allegations against Ahmadis is not the solution.

  23. Rubab Khan says:

    The attacks on the Ahmedi’s is terrorism, pure and simple. The state cannot condone this kind of behavior and deny these people their rights as the citizens of Pakistan. The law of the jungle must not be allowed to prevail and the religious zealots must be stopped before they destroy Pakistan. We are proving to the world that we are the most intolerant country in the world. It is no wonder that the religious fringe in Pakistan does not have any popular support, but they do have the nuisance value owing to their militant behavior. If we don’t come to grips with them now, then in the near future, we may not have a country to call our own…..

  24. Latif Khan says:

    Well done ,Sadef, a good compilation with some background information which is appreciable.

    In fact, Pakistan would have solved this problem in 1974 if the door of communication was left open between Ahmadis and Muslims. This was a major damage to both sides. Ahmadis were persecuted and Muslims grew up in ignorance. There were no dialogues between them which gave rise to all sorts of misunderstandings on both sides.

    Islam is a religion of reasoning and encourages constructive discussions. We need like minded people in Pakistan like yourself to work together and narrow the gap between them which has become larger than an ocean in the last 34 years.

  25. Balal says:

    A very good read and a very commendable effort.

    Ahmedies muslims or not muslims are Human Beings and Pakistanis, I will not go into any debate about religion at the moment due to the fact that this might not be the forum, but a simple question still tickles my mind, around 100 people massacared, the response of the community was as per the teachings of Islam, “”Kunu ma as sabirin”" , as God says that he is always with the people who show patience and total dedication to God, still no political party or leaders had the courage to come up to the media and openly say that they sympathize with the Jamaat e Ahmadiyya.

    The biggest responsibility was of the Ulema of today, to come forward and show the world the real teachings of Islam which were of love and peace. Instead they cherished and many were reported to have distributed sweets. When the state of affairs reach such a boiling point, history has taught us that even though the truthful maybe weak and less in numerical numbers but divine guidance always makes them succeed.

    As your topic clearly states response to Ahmedi Massacare, I really think now the response of the whole Pakistani community is in question and still if we follow the old ways of putting a deaf ear to heinous crimes and injustices then I am afraid we as a nation as a race and as human beings will die forever spiritually and mentally.

    May God open our eyes and give us all the courage to stand by truth and justice just like the Great Ms Sadef.

  26. Ahmed says:

    who ever claims to be a muslim,is a Muslim….
    Ahmadis recite the same kalima,as every other muslim,which means

    “”THERE IS NONE WORTHY OF WORSHIP,EXCEPT ALLAH,& MOHAMMED(pbuh) IS THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH…….”
    THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT. IF ONE RECITES THESE WORDS THEN HE IS A MUSLIM.

    Also according to the saying of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh),whoever calls a muslim a kafir(non believer),becomes a kafir himself!!.so those mullahs are their ”cronies”have a lot to think about.

  27. Rana Mudassar Ahmed says:

    I am agree with you. But we must understand what kind of mindset is working behind militants in side Pakistan?

    To understand this Dilemma we must go through the facts of our history because these all things didn’t happen in overnight. Pakistan got Independence on 14th August 1947 due to the golden principles of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan that is “Unity, faith and Discipline”. Here is no doubt, all Nation followed those golden principles with great love, Harmony and Loyalty and Pakistan became an Independent state on the Map of the world.

    But pity to say after a few years, we detracted from guide line of Love to hate; harmony to disharmony and our loyalty as a Pakistani which falls prey to Provincialism. It’s a big role of those elements whose agenda is poisoning to people and create a mindset, which based on Hatred, religious sectarian prejudice and provincial prejudice and all kind of hateful events which are causing violence in Pakistan for to destabilize Pakistan.

  28. Mehmood says:

    In Quranic: the original verse is referred to Prophet Muhammad (saw) as the “Seal of Prophet” (al-azhab:40). It does not mean “final seal”, word final is extra. Seal means stamp….

  29. aleesa says:

    Very well done Sadaf!!!
    Many Muslims today are realizing that tolerance and love for humanity is the the religious teaching of Islam and as you have mentioned in your writing Shamsi Ali’s words….

    “restricting the freedoms of a people is not the way of Islam, rather allowing people their freedom and showing tolerance is way for people to find the path to Islam”

    I really wish we all understand Islam in its true spirit and remove the bad name we ourselves have earned for Muslims through our fanatic believes and misunderstandings….

  30. ahmd says:

    Dalai Lama had said that ‘all major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives’.

    I believe that Islam too has all the three ingredients in it but Mullhas are spreading hatred, intolerance and revenge.


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