Thank You Salman! You’re a martyr

5 Jan

I can cite Quran to suggest blasphemy laws in Pakistan are against the very spirit of Islam. I can refer to the fact that the prosecutor of Asia Bibi in an interview with CNN was saying this law is not an Islamic, but a Pakistani law. I can also argue that how do we decide what exactly comes under blasphemy? Who is going to judge what is the limit of argument when question will come under an insult? Surely it is a blasphemy to say Muhammad SAW was not a real messenger of God? But isn’t that obvious that every one in the world who is not a Muslim would think that? I can refer to the fact that Prophet SAW while he was in full power and control of Medina remained patient while people like Ibn a Ubai used to throw sarcastic remarks against him? And only when he accused mother of believers of adultery was he punished and that too due to wrong allegation on a woman rather than any blasphemy. If there had been any other woman apart from mother of believers the punishment of hadood would still have been the same. I could also refer to the fact that Khawarij had accused Hazrat Ali a.s of being an infidel and yet he did not took arms upon them until they started violence?

I could do all that and every thing will still be in vain. Redundant, unnecessary, useless. Just like blowing trumpets on deaf ears. Because it has been same. People hardly change their views. Whatever is told to anyone from their elders is being taken by them with out any question. Irony is that if we start taking all the good stories told and advices told by our elders instead of confused jumble of rubbish ideas which are man made instead of being in the book of God, can you imagine how much we can change our lives in a better way?

Sadly through our religions we have only learnt to draw lines between believers and infidels. Between my sect and your sect. Between secular and extremism. We are so far away from each other in our side of the border that every body forgot the fact that every now and than people from either side ought to come and talk about why the hell they are far away in the first place?

Isn’t it ironic that Islam which emerged as a social force which drove people to common goals of monotheism, justice, women rights (imagine women inheritance in 7th century Arabia?), non racism and tolerance is now seen as something mid-evil which is non compatible with the 21st century? And that too due to some bigots.

What ever I would write would be just words. But what Salman Taseer did was a lot more than that. He stood for a principle and believed in it. And he was assassinated as an innocent. He was assassinated while the murderer had a gun in his hand and he was with out any.

It is pretty obvious that in an argument if one side looses the words and use the bullets instead, it ought to realise it is on the wrong side of the argument.

It is very disheartening to realise that I live in a country where there are elements who are condoning this act of cowardice. Through Islam, these people have only learnt hating jews, calling west as Satan and labelling every one out of fold of Islam and deserving of death. No wonder Muslims are in a sorry state in this world as promised by God in Quran:

Quran [2:85] Yet you it is who slay your people and turn a party from among you out of their homes, backing each other up against them unlawfully and exceeding the limits; and if they should come to you, as captives you would ransom them– while their very turning out was unlawful for you. Do you then believe in a part of the Book and disbelieve in the other? What then is the re ward of such among you as do this but disgrace in the life of this world, and on the day of resurrection they shall be sent back to the most grievous chastisement, and Allah is not at all heedless of what you do.

We have chosen to believe only what our hate filled heart desire and left the real spirit of our religion, which is that we have come into this world to contribute in making it a better place. If that is not happening there is some serious and gross mistake in our understanding of religion and a Just God to be more specific.

Than you Salman for being brave enough to stand for a principle which should be backed by every person who believes in a just God. Though in your life you had been a man of many colours and indeed you had your fair share of drawbacks as alleged by your alleged son, but you died for a just cause. You died as a martyr! A merciful God works in mysterious ways indeed.

I end my article with verses of Quran which I am sure will not fall to many ears just like this incident did not change some minds:

When thou seest men engaged in vain discourse about Our signs, turn away from them unless they turn to a different theme. If Satan ever makes thee forget, then after recollection, sit not thou in the company of those who do wrong.
( سورة الأنعام , Al-Anaam, Chapter #6, Verse #68)

[Yusufali 6:69] On their account no responsibility falls on the righteous, but (their duty) is to remind them, that they may (learn to) fear Allah.

[Yusufali 6:70] Leave alone those who take their religion to be mere play and amusement, and are deceived by the life of this world. But proclaim (to them) this (truth): that every soul delivers itself to ruin by its own acts: it will find for itself no protector or intercessor except Allah: if it offered every ransom, (or reparation), none will be accepted: such is (the end of) those who deliver themselves to ruin by their own acts: they will have for drink (only) boiling water, and for punishment, one most grievous: for they persisted in rejecting Allah.

4 Responses to “Thank You Salman! You’re a martyr”

  1. S. Zeeshan Raza January 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    hmmm…. nice article!!

  2. S. Zeeshan Raza January 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    to b honest i too was thinking opposite to your thoughts, but since u gave proper reasoning and references, i am left wid no choice but to agree to u, (until u r proven wrong wid more better references)! 🙂

  3. rorolia January 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    do share if u find :p

  4. Muzammil January 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Great blog !

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