Blasphemy Law, Islam, Islamic State, justice, Pakistan, Religion
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Not in God’s name…Not for Religion’s sake


By Awaam

Change and Freedom are the terms that dominate the socio political vocabulary in our times. Some may say that since the evolution of the human consciousness, these have been the most enchanting slogans. Either way, indisputably, these are considered to be the foundations of the process of progress and development for any society and any country. In fact this so well established and taken as granted, that we often forget and ignore why do we all want and crave for Change and fight for the Freedom? The answer to this question may vary in different times and spaces. But the fundamental answer remains the same. We want Change and Freedom for the betterment and well being of Humans and for peace among Humanity.

So betterment of humanity and peace are the goals toward which all the movements in Life ultimately work for. Every prophet, every religion, every socio-economic and political system has promised to realize these very ideals. Nevertheless, there remains a tension among nations, religions, and factions. Irony is this conflict and tension exists in the very name of Peace and Human welfare. Practically, when we set out to achieve these global goals, what we end up with is the hatred, imposition of ideologies onto others, war, mass murder, deprivation of rights and above all the poverty of opportunities to access one’s own rights.

Why does this happen?

Take the case of our country, Pakistan, which in the opinion of many, was created in the name of Islam. The very Islam that advocates the message of peace for all humanity. In this country we have just seen another human life been taken with impunity and openly. His fault? That he stood up for the right of another human being. His methods may have been clumsy and his rhetoric silly, but did he deserve to die for this?

What a paradox. That in a country created in the name of Peace and to protect human rights, one gets killed for the same. So why?

In our opinion, there is this false impression, the world over that this conflict is all about religion(s). Therefore, the religion is being defamed across the globe. We, however, think that religion has nothing to do with this conflict at all. It is all a play of human ego. Religions, sects, nationalities and creeds are just the lame excuses that humans present as the causes of conflict.

Religion is nothing more than a remedy to cure the evils of ego that resists change for better and freedom of intellect.

It is an obvious truth that to kill a human is un Islamic. ‘No oppression in the religion’…everyone who claims to be a Muslim knows this, despite a great number of them  are confused about it and look up to the hardcore members of religious groups for the answer, accepting to lock their own intellect. They simply live their lives for a set of beliefs and rituals, which most often does not make sense even to themselves.

The natural logic that comes to the mind is that how the same God who has endowed humans with sense and intellect can intend us to not use them?

The hardliners who support such acts, impose their views and interpretations of religious commandments so conservatively that actually distort the role of religion in developing any society. Most importantly the hermeneutics of every religion and theory or philosophy made that mistake. The effort to make that theory a grand narrative is what creates the problem. This is where theory fails in its application where some hardliners think that logic of any religion is more important and only its extreme inculcation can deliver the results.

They justify their actions by giving the false threat that Islam is in peril. And so the Muslims must take up their weapons to save its life.

This too is a mere assumption. If anything, it is the Humans who are in peril.

Islam is a set of principles, it is the light of knowledge and self-discovery, It is a lesson of respect for Humanity. It is not a piece of land or an object that can be damaged.

In fact, it is the Ego of Man, which interpret religions in his own language of hatred, selfishness and aggression that has created an estrangement in the hearts of the people for the religion. Religion just provides a vehicle for egoistic men to vent their own hatred and spew their own venom.

The counter-weight to this distortion of Islam can only be revival of its foundations…which are humanity and peace. If they come to realize in the first place that it is Islam which protects them while they can only protect the humanity…

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4 Comments

  1. “a well wriiten article! We only want Change and Freedom for the betterment and well being of our own selves. “change for humanity” is just an argument we take up to make ourselves feel less selfish. humans are probably genetically and definitely socially programmed to think of only themselves. that is exactly why we need religion to keep our egotistic intincts in check. Religion does not only provide a vehicle for egoistic men to vent their own hatred and spew their own venom. it mostly does and is intended in its essence to do exactly the opposite. and one can not seperate human ego from religion, nationalities or whatever other factors u have mentioned. these are what constitite the human ego. without them, these ideologies and beliefs that make our world meaningful, what would be human ego?? we criticize the shooter because he reminds us of our own shortcommings-our inability to take action. that should be hard for our ego. so we villify the one who shows us our own harsh reality. an easy defence mechanism. or why then we speak of intellect and the freedom to use it and then deny it to him? has he not acted out to save his ideology? his freedom? if grand narratives are the problem, why then are we trying to impose our own narrative on him? i am not saying what he did was right. yet simply writing about islam and repeating the same old mantra “islam is peace” from our well heated and comfortable rooms is not going to make much difference. and we know that. we are shocked by the incident because unknowingly perhaps, we identify with the victim’s religious philosophy- islam as a religion of convenience that allows you to justify your own life styles. and this is the only reason we feel offended, and threatened. because we all know the murder was hardly as religious as it was political. or why else do we hardly budge when we hear stories of families being killed in waziristan, poor dying of hunger or cold. it is indeed a moment to reflect. if we want change, we need to begin with ourselves. no matter how tough that may be on our ego.”

  2. “(A very good thread to be discussed-More people needed to comment and tagged please) I wont agree if someopne would point on Qadri’s background as a religious extremist, and Bhara Kahu being a remote area that actually contributed to the assasination. He just renounced to be a part of that ancient strategy “If you want to devastate a nation; bewilder it with the religous extremities, smear the beliefs, particularize to denominations”. You wont find any reference in Geeta for not eating meat, but be it a part of religous interpretations to lead the hindus to physical weakness, lack of protiens and loose the war of independence 1857. See how simple it was. Do you think all the policemen in the squad had the same background, and all were religous extremists— of course not–Would you say they never knew at least 5 seconds before the first bullet was shot, and it took a little less than ONE minute to shoot 27 bullets. Can you imagine the religious belongingness of a person who does the wall chalking, alleging for releasing Qadri, those hundreds of lawyers volunteering to fight the suit in favor of Qadri. If you decide to be pious overnight then just kill someone who is not as pious as you for that night…. just dont wait for the next morning, he’ll kill you if he gets more pious than you overnight. Quaid said “Religion has nothing to do with the affairs of the state”….We say “he was a British Agent”… “Ohhh he was a Parsi–He knew nothing about Islam”… Man!!! its us and no one else.”

  3. yes we want peace and welfare for ourselves. this is true. but what is that seperates individual from the totality of existence? is there any absolute boundary between the individual and totality of existence? for us humanity is that totali…ty of existence. the myth that ‘i am completely seperate from each other’ gives birth to what u call selfishness, war and injustice.

    more than the killer himself, the act of killing is being critisized as it is the killing of whole of humanity. Qadri is also the part of that totality. But his ideology, which justified for him to kill brutely, can never be though as his freedom of thought. He chose the way of opression by murdering his opposite.

    qadri is ofcourse as free to hold an opinion as was ST or any other common citizen of this country. but he was not free to kill for what he held in mind or what his ideology was.

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