By Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam
14 May 2014
Member of National Assembly and head of Pakistan Hindu Council Dr Ramesh Kumar has said on the floor of the Assembly that no member belonging to minority sections in Pakistan is safe even as the government has completely failed to provide protection to their places of worship and religious scriptures.
In the context of our national statement, it is apparently a Hindu conspiracy because Pakistani citizen and member of Central Legislative Assembly Rakesh Kumar has ripped apart our feeling of“Everything is OK”. That’s why we term it a serious conspiracy against our country and nation behind which perhaps the Bharati Hindu Baniya may be present with all his anti Islam and anti-Pakistan bias.
Since we have looked at Dr Ramesh Kumar’s statement through the prism of conspiracy against Islam and Pakistan, his statement is not important to us nor have we to be bothered about the least bit. As the proverbial good riddance, if every year five thousand Hindus (according to Dr. Ramesh Kumar) migrate to India from Pakistan, it is a good omen for the purification of the country. It is also a warning to other minority communities of the country that they should leave the God’s own country for their own good.
Member of National Assembly Dr Ramesh Kumar has crossed all limits of daredevilry by disclosing that within only the last two months, six religious scriptures and places of worship of Hindus in different cities of Sindh alone have been set on fire, though our national media has not given the least importance to these ‘alleged’ events because such events are not new in Pakistan.
Our media craves for new events and new disclosures and in the spare time, it waters the false claims of independent and impartial media by running the exaggerated promotions of its present and future programmes. Our media mullahs deliver lectures and tell old tales of the protection of minorities in Islamic state to falsify new facts. They can never accept the fact that minorities are the target in many parts of the state and the intolerant religious and sectarian organisations have made life hell for them.
According to Dr Ramesh Kumar not a single accused was arrested after the incidents of desecration of religious scriptures and places of worship. I request respected member of Assembly Dr Ramesh Kumar not to stress on this point too much because even if he mentions the sacred scriptures of the majority in comparison, even his being the Member of Assembly will not help him.
Even if his dead body is not pulled around on the streets of the city after burning him, at least it will be made sure that he will be taught such a lesson that his future generations, if they are alive, will always remember it. Mr Kumar should keep it in mind that he can at best identify the persons burning the religious scriptures or places of worship of Hindus. No person belonging to the state machinery can take this risk because here, even the judges of courts, police personnel and even governors are killed. Where does he stand?
It can be said with conviction that this request made by a Hindu on the floor of the Assembly will prove to be a voice in the wilderness and no one from the members of the National Assembly or the honourable Speaker or our so called active judiciary will take cognisance of this. Dr Ramesh Kumar will also not get a space in the national media whereas the Prime Minister, President or any minister will not be able to say anything on the topic.
This way, a heart rending scream will drown in the collective noise. There cries are only for drawing the attention and getting funds from their masters abroad. No national party can take the risk of staging demonstrations because in their view, this is not an issue on which the government can be toppled. The religious affairs departments of states will become tight-lipped and our so called intellectuals will become busy in outlining the possible anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan plans of Hindu extremist Narendra Modi in the neighbouring country.
On the other hand, a case of blasphemy has been filed against lawyers in Jhang, the centre of communal tensions. All the features of the case are communal. It is alleged that the lawyers who mostly belong to the Shia sect have abused the local officer in charge, a part of whose name is similar to the name of a sacred Islamic personality, during a demonstration. The officer in charge has directed the abuses hurled towards him to the sacred Islamic personality and has drawn the conclusion that the demonstrators have demonstrated their sectarian bias behind the veil of abusing him. This situation can be capitalised on by militant and opportunistic organisations. In this particularly tense atmosphere of Jhang, some more players will enter the scene and the controversy may revive the bitter memories of the past.
Pakistan is fast becoming beleaguered by religious and sectarian hatred and the groups bent on unleashing violence have been using this hatred to wipe out their opponents. The law enforcing agencies of the state does not have power to face and control these armed and aggressive forces. It has been observed in the past that the law enforcing agencies that are under the civil governments become helpless before the political affiliations and apprehensions of the influential persons.
There have been innumerable examples in Punjab alone of the Muslim League (Nawaz) adopting communal groups and avoiding any action against them. The reason is simple. Muslim League Nawaz gets militant services from these groups in the elections and in return provides them with facilities and privileges. This way, the communal and extremist forces take their agenda further. What will the political parties and leaders do to crush this demon that witness but can’t even talk on the subject of ever growing religious extremism and communalism in Pakistan?
The author of nine books including the recent "Punjabi Taliban", Mujahid Hussain writes a regular weekly column for New Age Islam. He is also Chief of New Age Islam Brussels Bureau. He has been contributing to leading papers as an investigative journalist for about two decades. His writings cover a vast panorama of topics concerning political and societal existence of Pakistan, a nation passing through difficult straits since a short time after its birth. With terrorism and security issues at local, regional, and global levels as his special area of study in recent years, Mujahid Hussain has earned a sizable readership in serious circles in Pakistan and abroad. Follower of an independent, non-partisan, and objective way of thinking, the author offers honest analysis of the challenges threatening communities, nations, and humanity at large.
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Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, the most prestigious Islam scholar from Pakistan has
left no stone unturned to protect rights of minorities like Hindus, Christians
in Pakistan. He has mastery over Sharia law, Islamic jurisprudence. The article that i copied in the latest comment of mine is the result of his all-round knowledge in the subject and true reflections of Islamic teachings regarding the protection of Minorities including Hindus
and was published in Daily The Nation, 26 Aug, 2009. Muslims in large number
have started following Dr Muhammad Tahirul Qadri’s presentations of Islam. I
hope there to be good for Minorities in Pakistan. May Allah Almighty make it
of Minorities in Islam”
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
a flurry of unfortunate incidents that involved mass scale persecution of the
Christian community in Gojra and the misrepresentation of the religious
teachings, it is high time we initiated intellectual discourse aimed at
identifying the factors, which led to this tragedy. The principal purpose
behind this exercise should be to fashion a cohesive and comprehensive strategy
to educate masses about the real teachings of Islam and preempt any similar
untoward incident in future. It is also of equal importance to seek input of
the representatives of all schools of thought and other sections of society
like journalists, intellectuals, civil society activists, lawyers and
professors etc. Ideally, the Islamic Ideology Council is well suited to
spearhead this initiative and give it institutionalised base for the production
of effective results. The second phase of such an arrangement may be geared to
engage the minorities living within Pakistan in a constructive dialogue aimed
at allaying their apprehensions and fears.
am of the considered opinion that the long-term solution to such problems lies
in changing the mindset through sustained engagement and projection of real
teachings of Islam so that no bigoted mullah, having a limited understanding of
Islam, could exploit the religious feelings of people for ulterior motives.
seeks to establish such a society where all citizens of the state enjoy equal rights
and religion does not become the basis for any discrimination. Islamic law
holds both Muslims and non-Muslims equal and no superiority or privilege is
given to the Muslims on any ground. The history of Islam is replete with such
examples. Once, a Muslim, who was accused of killing a non-Muslim, was
presented in the court of Hazrat Ali (ra). The evidence supported the
accusation. When Hazrat Ali ordered the Muslim to be killed by way of qisas,
the relatives of the murderer made the brother of the killed forgive by paying
him the compensation money. When the Caliph came to know of it, he asked,
"Perhaps these people may have coerced you into saying so." To this,
he replied in the negative, saying that the killing would not bring his brother
back. Since they were paying him blood money, it would help the family
financially to some extent. The Caliph agreed to the deal but added that the
principle underlying the functioning of his government was "the blood of
those of our non-Muslim subjects is equal to our blood and his blood money is
like our blood money." (Abu Yusuf, Kitab-ul-Khiraj, p. 187)
every member of an Islamic society is entitled to privacy and personal life. No
one can be allowed to enter his house or interfere in his matters without his
consent. The minorities enjoy similar rights in an Islamic state as the Muslims
do. It is the fundamental principle of Islamic law that it enjoins the similar
rights and duties on both Muslim and non-Muslim citizens without any
Islam ordains people to worship Allah Almighty but it does not coerce followers
of other religions to accept Islam and change their creed. Invitation to truth
and use of coercion are mutually exclusive realities. The Holy Quran has
communicated the Islamic message of truth in these words: "(O Glorious
Messenger!) Invite towards the path of your Lord with strategic wisdom and
refined exhortation and (also) argue with them in a most decent manner. Surely
your Lord knows him well who strayed away from His path and He also knows well
the rightly guided." (16:125)
has strictly disallowed the adoption of such method of invitation, which
affects the religious independence of the other party. Allah Almighty says at
another place: "There is no coercion in religion. Verily, guidance has
manifestly been distinguished from error." (2:256)
the non-Muslim minorities are free to undertake any business enterprise or
profession in an Islamic state like their Muslim counterparts and no
restriction can be imposed upon them in this regard. However, those businesses,
which are collectively injurious for the society, would be completely
prohibited both for the Muslims as well as the non-Muslims. The minorities are
also free to adopt any profession they like. They would also be subject to same
trade-related taxation as the Muslims.
as it is the responsibility of the Islamic state to provide for the disabled or
the poor or the destitute or the old, in the same way, it is also under
obligation to pay for the maintenance of a member of the minority community in
case of his disability, old age or poverty. Minorities enjoy equal rights in
terms of collective maintenance in an Islamic state. According to a tradition
reported by Abu 'Ubaid in Kitab-ul-Amwal, "The Holy Prophet (PBUH) gave a
donation to a Jewish family and it continued to be delivered even after (the
Holy Prophet's departure from this world)."
Islamic state is responsible for the protection and security of minorities. If
it has entered into an agreement with another nation, the protection and
security of the latter also falls under its domain of responsibility.
of the conditions that defined the agreements between Muslims and the conquered
non-Muslim minorities was that the Islamic government would be responsible for
provision of basic necessities and security of lives of the minorities. The
Peace Agreement, which was struck with the residents of the Heera had the
following written in it: "A non-Muslim who grows old and cannot work or becomes
disabled due to a natural calamity or he was previously rich but has become
poor due to some untoward happening, the government would not charge any tax
from such calamity-stricken people. Rather these people and their families
would be provided with the maintenance allowance out of official
treasury." (Ibn Rushd, Badiyat-ul-Mujtahid, vol. 2, p. 310)
minorities cannot be compelled to render defence services. Rather, it is the
responsibility of the Islamic state to defend them. Since the Islamic state is
responsible for the protection of lives, honour and property of the minorities
and they do not have any other obligation with regard to defence, they are
liable to contribute financially to the Islamic state in the form of a tax
called Jizya. Even then, Islam has taught about justice and good manners when
it comes to the imposition of Jizya on the minorities.
the protection of minorities in Islamic state Allah Almighty says, ‘Allah does
not forbid you to deal with those who have not fought against you in religion,
and have not driven you from your homes, with benevolence, or to show them
justice. Surely Allah loves those who are just.’ (26:8)
Qura’nic text does not only include protection, but it also encourges benevolence
and sincerity towards Hindus in Pakistan, for Islam sanctified the unity of
mankind as a whole. The Almighty says: ‘O mankind. We have created you male and
female, and have made you nations and tribes that you may know one another.’ (49:
these Qar’anic teachings, I do not know why people wage wars against Hindus in
Pakistan. I do not think this is in fact a religious fight; rather this is a
satanic fight being fought in the name of religion.