A scuffle broke out on Tuesday between the two at a gathering of Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) when the chairman, Mohammad Khan Sherani, called on the group to consider whether Ahmadis, who are declared non-Muslims by the constitution, should be considered murtads that have rejected Islam.
A declaration of apostasy by the constitutional body charged with advising parliament on lawmaking would likely put Ahmadis in even greater peril, given that many interpretations of Islamic law prescribe death for people who quit the religion.
Tahir Ashrafi, a liberal-minded voice on the CII, strongly opposed any discussion of the incendiary issue, prompting a furious confrontation with Sherani, who is also an elected member of parliament.
I wonder which Islamic doctrine these Muslims were following when they embrioled themselves in violence, in their Parliament no less, whilst trying to discuss the matter of putting into the constitution harsher laws on the ‘non-Muslim’ status of both Ahmadi movements.
Perhaps these Muslim clerics are unaware than even calling another Muslim a ‘kafir’ is stricly prohibited in Islam, let alone passing laws to do so.
Interestingly The Guardian goes on to say:
Pakistan’s 5 million Ahmadis already face considerable persecution because of their belief that the movement’s founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, was a messiah
For the sake of clarity it should be made clear that the Qadiani sect believe that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was a Prophet, and even go so far as to claim that if he was not then no Prophet has ever come to this World.
The latest US-based PEW Research Center survey, released 11 days before Pakistan goes for elections, shows that 84% of Pakistani Muslims favour Islamic sharia as their official law.
While none of the leading political parties with the only exception of Imran Khan’s PTI promises to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state, the 30th April Pew Research Center survey of Muslims around the globe finds that most adherents (including Pakistanis) of the world’s second-largest religion are deeply committed to their faith and want its teachings to shape not only their personal lives but also their societies and politics.
As against the recent hints of PPP, MQM and the ANP to make Pakistan a secular state, the PEW survey concludes, “Support for making Sharia the official law of the land tends to be higher in countries like Pakistan (84%) and Morocco (83%) where the constitution or basic laws favour Islam to other religions.”
Pew research says: 84% of Pakistani Muslims favour Islamic sharia as their official law.
And yet we know that a high proportion of people from Pakistan do not reflect in their personal behaviour the values enshrined in the Sharia. Sharia says speak the truth, be honest, feed the poor, be kind to those in need, respect minorities and the list goes on. The argument appears to be that people of Pakistan will not act on what is dictated by and written in Allah’s book but if an assembly of human beings, with all their weaknesses and frailties, writes in their constitution, then they will follow it.
The good news coming out of this research is that it suggests that three quarters of Muslims in Pakistan believe in freedom of religion for others.
As with any survey we always take these things with ‘a pinch of salt’, but the full article makes for an interesting and sometimes depressing reading.
In a recent report on the “islamisation” of the well known Quaid-i-Azam University in Pakistan, it was claimed that a private school in Lahore has dropped human reproduction from the biology syllabus after an outcry in the conservative Urdu-language press claiming it was “obscene.”
If this is true was have to ask ourselves firstly what is the point of teaching any of the biology syllabus and secondly how do you produce doctors and nurses?
For the University to buckle to this sort of extremist pressure is extremely worrying and is one more sign that Pakistan as a nation is falling further behind not just India, its neighbour, but the rest of the World.
It is such nonsense that is making a mockery of Islam. But just like in India under the British when everything English was kufr and haram until Muslims woke up one day and found themselves decades behind other people and unable to get decent jobs, the same thing is happening again. Will Sunni religious leaders learn this time? Of course not!
Preetam Das is a good doctor with a hospital job and a thriving private clinic, yet all he thinks about is leaving Pakistan, terrified about a rise in killings and kidnappings targeting Hindus.
A successful professional, he lives in Karachi with his wife and two children, but comes from Kashmore, a district in north of Sindh. His family has lived there for centuries, and in 1947, when the sub-continent split between India, a majority Hindu state, and Pakistan, a homeland for Muslims, Das’ grandparents chose to stay with the Muslims. They fervently believed the promise of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah that religious minorities would be protected. Sixty years later, their grandson says life in Kashmore had become unbearable.
“The situation is getting worse every day,” he says. Two of his uncles have been kidnapped and affluent Hindus are at particular risk from abduction gangs looking for ransom, he says. Continue reading →
(Reuters) – The small but enthusiastic group of “progressive” Muslims arrives at a hotel conference room in Pakistan’s capital with the tools they hope will help blunt extremism in the unstable U.S. ally.
The Khudi organisation — self-esteem in Urdu — does not expect the government to tackle the problem of spreading Islamist radicalism.
So it has taken on what seems to be mission impossible — creating a social movement that can reverse the growing tide.
Seconds after using laptop computers, a slide projector, a film documentary and examples from history to highlight the dangers of militancy, Khudi leaders are confronted by hostile university students in the audience. Continue reading →
A report by the U.S. government’s commission on religious freedom says public schools and madrassas – private religious schools – in Pakistan are fueling discrimination by casting Hindus, Christians and other religious minorities in a negative light. The report also documents how schools in the mostly-Muslim country are not teaching religious tolerance.
The U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom is funded by the government but independent, and it has actively monitored the rise of violent religious extremism in South Asia. Its new report says textbooks in Pakistan’s public schools and madrassas negatively portray Hindus, Christians and other religious minorities. The commission said such biases fuel acts of discrimination and possible violence.
It found that public school textbooks often have a strong Islamic slant, and that religious minorities either are omitted or referred to in a derogatory way. Continue reading →