I recently came across a news report on Textile Institute of Pakistan’s Independent newspaper blog called Quack!. For those of you who don’t know, Textile Institute of Pakistan is a well ranked Karachi based institution that offers degrees in textile science, design and management. From what I had heard about this place, it had a secular environment with no endorsement of any religion, sect or ethnicity, since it always reportedly functioned under the ideals of its great chancellor, Eqbal Ahmed. Under the very ideals, an educational institution should serve the purpose of exposing its students to all forms of ideas, knowledge, facilitation towards absorption of that knowledge, and development of raw minds into useful people who can think and decide for themselves.
Ironically, it seems that today, that the ideology of Eqbal Ahmed is being challenged to an extent where he really must be turning in his grave. Have a look at this earlier mentioned news report titled “Internships are useless!” -JJ”, and decide for yourself whether we want our future generations to be free thinking individuals capable of deciding for themselves, or robots programmed through blackmail in the name of religion?
“TIP was honoured by a visit from Junaid Jamshed, singer turned preacher, this Friday afternoon. During the 90 minute session in front of an audience packed lecture theater, he touched upon turning points of his life, faith in general, and numerous aspects of an ideal Islamic life.
Among other issues, he discussed faith based business practices, social evils in people, and triumphs of the Tableeghi Jamaat (an Islamic sect) which he represents. He also stressed upon how most of the people who call themselves Muslims have deviated from the ideal teachings of the doctrine and Prophet (pbuh), leaving behind the spiritual and worldly benefits they provide.
JJ further elaborated over how he believes that joining the mission he represents is the correct way to undo the deviations people have fallen into.
He ended his sermon by inviting all students to commit to the activities of the Tableeghi Jamaat instead of “wasting” their upcoming 3 month vacations in industry internships which he believes are “useless” and “exploitative”.
One would like to appreciate TIP and all active societies of TISF for arranging lectures of all guest speakers from diverse fields. It is always interesting to listen to views of people from a variety of fields and schools of thought. I’m sure most people must feel the same.”
The important thing to notice here is that TIP is not an institute located in some “Taliban” occupied city, it’s located in Pakistan’s premier city and investment hub Karachi. This is not the only incident where these “Reborn” muslims have tried to blackmail the youth by using the easiest tool ever “religion”, these people regularly visit educational institutes and put all kind of destructive, unrealistic and impractical ideas in the minds of youth, which results in “extremism” and “intolerance” in our society.