Sub: Three idiots and My name is Khan.
I am into social communication and I would like to keep your readers within the loop of my communication circle. They have all the right to disagree with my views but they can still help me in my communication effort (by merely reading the full of it). People on our side of the globe underestimate the power of communication. May be, because apparently all cannot participate equally. But even if one just reads a book or a magazine or E-zine, and patronizes a communicator in some ways, one can be assumed to be participating in the communication process.All of us are specialists in our own fields and so everyone cannot specialize in communication but if he /she wants, he /she can. Only snag is that this field is risky somewhat, like the field of `film-acting'. Either you hit the jackpot or you land in penury. So for most people it is not worth taking a chance to stake for communication, or the social communication at least. Besides it does take years of training to be communicators, more so on social issues. So it is always better to take part on the sidelines and focus on some other professional ability as well. As I was telling, each one of us does take part in advancing communication process by reading or listening to it, which means supporting it in some ways. This way we do a more vital work than is noticed. We advance the right kind of communication that is the one that is right for us, for our families, and for our community. Since we Muslims lag so much behind, in the matter of understanding the communication process, much less appreciating and guiding it to the desired course, we can safely presume that the communications that may be taking place around us, are not of right kind for us. So as we all proceed in life, we should associate yourselves with communication at least by reading the right kind of material which actually amounts to patronizing that kind of material. I am not saying not to read any other kind.Participating in the communication process also helps in one’s career, more so in administrative and management careers, because when you manage a couple of human beings your ability to communicate decides how well motivated the group would be under you. Communication calls for good knowledge, tremendous patience and understanding, a high analytical ability etc. and so these are objectives worth pursuing.In the final paragraph I would like to discuss with your readers, the two films I have seen recently. One is `Three Idiots'. The film has conveyed a central idea of how we should groom our young persons. The storyline was powerful and film was flawless. This film will help India in the long run as the youth and the families have been forcefully conveyed a message on how to harness the human resources. The power of a well-made film is enormous today in the life of a community. But I don't know how much of our Indian Muslim youth and families will benefit from this message because our priorities are different and we in real sense lack a national perspective, unfortunate as it may be.
The second film is `My Name is Khan' which is of greater interest to us because of the issues involved but unfortunately the storyline is weak and despite enormously talented actors and a very burning topic, the film failed to create the desired impact. A colossal loss of effort and a more colossal loss for the cause in question!! Philosophical dishonesty of the pilot team involved in the making of the film, hidden somewhere down the line was the cause of failure. They made the power-actor (hero) of the film into an autistic person, and thus placed extreme restrictions on themselves to maneuver the storyline. But why didthey make their hero into that kind of an autist, so as to destroy the film? Because somewhere deep down, a Muslim penchant for truth, for absolutism (even in love of goodness) is seen by them in that light . They consider believing Muslims as morons, and I see `ourselves' as the ones who have given them a chance to think so, because we have not been able to develop a secular rationale for being Muslims. It has beena long-felt presumption, on both sides of the divide, that a very intelligent person cannot afford to be (or remain) a Muslim or vice-verse. I have come to this conclusion that this matter be precipitated and if a person is too intelligent for being a Muslim, the Muslim community should have no grudge on his exit. No grudge means, no grudge, which means no violence too; simply ignore the element. My concluding remark on the film `MNIK' therefore is that thepower-actor that Shahrukh is, should have been shown as a smart Muslim guy who had perfect understanding of Islam and of the world, who by virtue of his traits as a liberal but believing Muslim, confronted an unduly hostile American milieu on account of 9/11, additionally upset with the rising profile of Asians vis-à-vis the Whites, in which he was rightly assisted by the Hindu elements (on account of their own intrinsic goodness) resulting in the victory of good over evil and protecting the right of the hero to continue to believe in Islam and yet be a liberal healthy man.Okay for now. My best wishes,Assalam-o-alaikumManzoorul Haque
Thanks for a word of understanding. If life permits, I will Insha Allah elaborate on the concept. For the time being, let us continue refining our discussions and understanding of the issues, through the medium of this website, and thank Mr. Shaheen for hitting upon the idea of this website. Incidentally, please do take the trouble of correcting me, if ever you feel that I am going against the balanced spirit of Islam.
Mr.Haque, so far "secular rationale for being a Muslim" remains for me a phrase in need of explication. Perhaps it deserves an article describing its meaning and purpose and giving examples of it to clarify the conept. I thank you for your answers and for your patience.
Mr. Mohiyuddin. This could be ascribed to the failure of my logic unit, but I just can’t make out how will “secular rationale lead to platitudes or jingoistic assertions” (And why it is not leading in the case of other communities), unless disconnects are accepted as logical. Well, all I can say is that it may lead to that, if we are not rational enough. (And by the way, where do ‘we need to use logic and common sense’?)
Yes the alternative is that you accept the word of God only in form, as many Muslims already are doing, since you are not allowed to understand it, because understanding also involves use of rationality. Are you for this?
Mr.Haque, we do need to use logic and common sense, and we do not need to wear our religion on our sleeves. But if we try to develop a secular rationale for being Muslims, I think we shall end up with either platitudes or jingoistic assertions. But the idea does have some appeal. If people can share their thoughts on the subject, it would be interesting.
Dear Mr. Mohiyuddin,
Hoping that our exchange could lead to better understanding, I submit my replies below:
Mr.Haque says, "we have not been able to develop a secular rationale for being Muslims". Actually we have not been too successful at being secular (As an Indian who has been brought up on the theme of ‘socialistic pattern of society’ rather than a ‘socialist society’, we should have no difficulty in knowing the difference between ‘secular’ and secular-minded-ness’. Indians are secular-minded and not secular. Only some foolish Muslims try to be secular). In every discussion, whether it be with other Muslims or with non-Muslims, we have to find support for our arguments in the Quran or the Hadith and for ever be aware of the consequences in akhiriyat. We don't seem to have much use for simple logic or common sense.
(I have posted large number of pages here on this website. I have never quoted Quran or Hadith, as I generally don’t do. To my Muslim friends, I say you please check-up from Quran and Hadith and let me know where I am wrong. Since no Muslim has ever objected to my not using scriptural references for presenting the principles of Islam (by way of rebutting the vilifications of Islam), I presume Muslims agree to logical presentation of Islam as well. But if somebody is hell-bent that by pursuing logical method I must contradict at least some principles of Islam, it is his problem. If I can’t find contradiction, I have to state I can’t find it, and cannot start drumbeating ‘eureka, eureka’ in the hope of finding some gold.)
We do not need a secular rationale for being Muslims [Why? Aren’t you contradicting yourself? Your sentence:” We don't seem to have much use for simple logic or common sense”].
Being a Muslim or a Hindu is something that should belong to a private space anyway [For Muslims, it is always private, dear sir. We are only discussing Islam in the New Age Islam. We never examine the belief-system of others, much so to ridicule it. This is not the tradition of Muslims, though in the name of comparative study some scholars have of late started doing it to buttress their presentations. If there is slightest haughtiness and ridicule in their tenor, that immediately becomes non-Islamic method. However I am personally not a Muslim preacher and I reserve my right to return haughtiness with haughtiness)]. But if we come across as being reasonable and fair and as having the ability to think for ourselves, nobody will consider “believing Muslims to be morons". [This responsibility is cast on you, and on me, and on all of us, who can communicate, that Islam stands for nothing but reasonableness and fairness. We need to develop very strong abilities to appeal to this effect, by means of use of mass-media. Merely thoughtless abusing of Islam, while at the same time saying ‘I am not very religious’ (just to please some fanatics), does no justice to our rhetoric, and additionally we can’t befool Muslims this way, because Muslims are actually not ‘morons’, contrary to what others may wrongly perceive].
Ya Elahi ye majra kya hai? Apka comment apke naam se bhi chhota.speak up guy.But dont put your foot in your mouth.
Mubarak ho...!!! Pathak bahut sajag hain.
A refreshingly and admirably positive, healthy communication from a muslim. May the tribe of the likes of Manzoorul Haque grow by leaps and bounds !
Kyonki Aap mahan hain
Manzoort sahab aapne apni khujli mitaane ko hame kyon chuna? khaasi jalebiyan todin hain aaj aap ne. In jalebiyon ke beech qimam ki baat aakhir me hai. waise hum jaante hain u r a good communicator :-)