In Suicides We Trust

By D. Asghar

Every time there is an insane terror attack in the heart of Pakistani cities, within hours you see the holy warriors of TTP claiming the responsibility for such “remarkable valor.” It is unclear, why the law enforcement agencies have not tackled these murderers head on.

These cowardly acts are marketed as a fitting response to the US drone strikes. Or these are GOD fearing Mujahids waging a war against the infidels, so to speak. The term “infidel” has lost its real meaning. Any and everybody can be declared an infidel at a moment’s notice by any one. After that conclusive declaration, no further justification or reasoning for any action is warranted.

The sad part is that a significant number of general population is sympathetic towards these beasts, because the Taliban use religion as a shield to cover their dastardly deeds. Let’s assume that these “oppressed and valiant Taliban” were not Muslims and these were communist rebels, resisting American invasion (so to speak), would our attitudes and sentiments still be in line with their modus operandi.

In any war the strategy seems to dominate the game. In this case, TTP or Taliban in general have brilliantly used religion to cover up their heinous and barbaric acts. There are educated people, in and outside Pakistan, who not only buy into all of this, but justify these suicide bombings as an act of struggle against “Imperial forces.” If you engage those individuals in any sane discussions, the counter argument is always American invasion and these acts being its repercussions.

Afghanistan prior to the much touted and debated American invasion, was no symbol of peace and prosperity under the direct rule of these “self righteous and pious Muslims.” The sheer brutality and lack of human values were the hallmark of these “great visionary leaders” of Muslim Ummah. Many would dismiss all of this being Western propaganda, but facts from independent and non partisan media, show volumes of incriminating evidence against these brutes.

The case in Pakistan is no different as we have hyper sensitive religious society, in action at all times. We can attract people’s attention within minutes in the name of religion, for better or for worst. The hard core religious parties always have a soft corner for these beasts as ideologically they find a common ground with the TTP’s and LJ’s and their likes.

The common theme or slogan which is raised repeatedly is, “Islam is in peril.” For 1400 years or so, Islam has withstood all tests, challenges and dangers. This is in front of all the people around the world. This fact should be the hallmark of every living and breathing Muslim’s faith. Nothing has, nor it ever will diminish the religion as it is a divine message. On the other hand, it is incumbent upon Muslims, as the torch bearers of this divine message, to demonstrate the best of their character towards their fellow human beings.

In order to combat this menace, first and foremost the distinction between terrorism and holy war has to be established. Mostly media, paper and electronic, voices its condemnation after every such incident, but it appears that all its pleas fall on deaf ears.

It is high time that all Muslim sects of Pakistan and their religious leaders, collectively form an alliance to eradicate this evil. We make tall claims about the following of Prophet PBUH in attire and argue with one another about minute details of how to perform our Salah. But do we really care about, what Prophet PBUH would have done in this situation. What would have been his reaction to all of this? If he was the Messenger of Good, then where is our Goodness and Humility? Islam is not about the length of the beard and the color of the turban, but it is how a human being submits to the will of GOD.

All the Masajids of all sects should be mandated to teach the followers the difference between the act of suicide, which is beyond evil and forbidden in the faith, and the true struggle in the path of ALMIGHTY. The schools, colleges and all learning institutions should have mandatory education about this subject, so the myths can be eliminated.

The law enforcement agencies should be held to task by the elected leaders to combat this menace effectively. The investigations should be transparent and must have targeted deadlines, so the future catastrophes can be averted. The prosecution and sentencing should be exemplary so the people can get a clear and unified message of zero tolerance.

There is this widely held belief that terrorism cannot be eliminated completely. There is some truth to this debate, however terrorism cannot be tolerated in its present form either. It is undoubtedly a hydra headed monster, yet chopping or knocking few of its head will go a long way.

Those who vehemently relate this to the American presence in the region, should be cognizant of the fact that, even if the US troops were to leave today, this menace will still loom over everyone in and outside Pakistan. Because the perpetrators will find some other issue or internal strife to exercise their illogical agenda. Lawmakers are you listening….if not please do, before the Pakistan we know is completely up in flames.

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15 responses to “In Suicides We Trust

  1. Humanity

    Pakistan had died in its infancy, thanks to the religious zealots, who had opposed its birth and had named it naPakistan. The savious of Islam alliances have succeeded in transforming the country into a land where the ‘na-pak’ run amok.

    The nation neither had the courage nor the integrity to nip the evil in the bud, when it first rose its head in 1953. Bigotry and hatred have been enshrined right into the constitution. The gods want the living to submit to them. They drag out the dead from their graves to worship them and to seek their forgiveness.The nation is morally dead.

    Pakistan was an opportunity this unfortunate nation has squandered because of its ingratitude, ignorance, and arrogance. The naPakistan as we know it today is already in flames.

    The nation must to true and honest to ideals of Pakistan, if seeks redemption. If it is adamant to stay the course of bigotry, then its end is not far. It is only a matter of time as the country is ready to explode to smithereens.

    Only the species that are willing to adapt and change survive. Neither God nor the world cares for the stubborn, ungrateful, and arrogant people.

  2. amar

    Quote:
    “Those who vehemently relate this to the American presence in the region, should be cognizant of the fact that, even if the US troops were to leave today, this menace will still loom over everyone in and outside Pakistan. Because the perpetrators will find some other issue or internal strife to exercise their illogical agenda.”

    That is also true of Kashmir issue, Palestine issue and every other event wherein muslims claim victimhood, innocence, glory, superiority, divine purpose etc.

  3. D. Asghar

    Humanity Bhai and Amar Bhai, Thank you so much for the comments. I agree with your observations. We keep on touching the same issue over and over again. Reason is plain and simple, because these incidents tragically surface over and over again.

    The underlying theme is hatred and lack of tolerance. I do not mean to sound like a religious scholar, but it is so obvious that it is directly opposite of the teachings of the Holy Prophet PBUH. The winning of hearts and minds can never be accomplished by force or fear. Islam or its message is not based on a certain appearance, but based on true righteousness and strength of character. It is not the cover, but the content what matters.

    We will be answerable for every single deed, now come to think of it, you are in the stand in front of the ULTIMATE JUDGE and and those who you have wronged are in the witness stand. Forget about the ones you have physically harmed for a moment and just focus on the ones who were assaulted by your tongue. If those people alone do not forgive you, guess where you are headed. The saying is very true, “there is no free ride” and until or unless the mercy of GOD supersedes and over rides, our final destination is very frightening. Regards.

  4. Humanity

    @D Asghar “Humanity Bhai and Amar Bhai, Thank you so much for the comments. I agree with your observations. We keep on touching the same issue over and over again. Reason is plain and simple, because these incidents tragically surface over and over again. ”

    Asghar Bhai, the issues keep percolating because band aid remedies can only cover up the symptoms of the disease. The disease that ails the nation must be treated at its root.

    Honesty and courage are required for the nation to become whole and true to itself. Unless the constitution is cleansed of bigotry, people will continue to practice intolerance, because they have been given permission by the law to do so. Hatred and discrimination must be rooted out of the laws of the state. Without taking this fundamental corrective step, it is foolish to hope this nation will ever become a civil society. Legalized discrimination and a civil society are two mutually exclusive concepts.

    People are adamant to hold on to their belief that only their sect is on the right path and every one else is wrong and hence must be killed. The society has degenerated into barbarians. There must be something fundamentally wrong with the beliefs that things have gone so insane. This logic and reasoning leads one to believe that all sects must be wrong in their interpretations. The ground realities of the daily sectarian violence prove this conclusion. This is certainly not the picture of what the Holy Prophet (SAW) would consider to be a Muslim nation!

    Are the good minded Muslims willing to rise up to the call of duty and restore humanity and sanity? Do they have the courage and the guts to stand up to the cleric, and disarm him by stopping him from preaching hate? Do they have the strength of character to let go of the orthodox embrace and allow dissent? Cant they get to a point of “let’s just live and let live.”?

    Without a radical change in the mindset, nothing short of a divine intervention can stop the train that is heading full speed towards a cliff.

  5. nasir

    a very good article

  6. Pagan

    “The term “infidel” has lost its real meaning. Any and everybody can be declared an infidel at a moment’s notice by any one”

    The tone of these lines is that the mujahids are killing the wrong people and that killing the “real” infidels is fine. Who is an infidel? What should be done to an infidel?

  7. D. Asghar

    @Pagan Bhayya, the comment merely implies that people have taken it upon themselves to declare anybody infidel, among the Muslims. Only GOD knows who is one or not.

    Furthermore, only GOD is the decider of whether an Infidel (Muslim or Non Muslim for that matter) is worthy of Heaven or Hell. Not a Human Being at all.

  8. MilesToGo

    @D.Asghar

    Its funny you got the same comment from other reader. You should qualify that this article is not meant for real infidels like me.

  9. D Asghar

    @Miles Bhai Sahib, I think I responded to the query of Pagan Bhayya rather clearly.

    “Furthermore, only GOD is the decider of whether an Infidel (Muslim or Non Muslim for that matter) is worthy of Heaven or Hell. Not a Human Being at all. ”

    How much more clarification do you need?

    Humble Regards.

  10. Pagan

    Asghar,

    Thanks for the reply.
    “Furthermore, only GOD is the decider of whether an Infidel (Muslim or Non Muslim for that matter) is worthy of Heaven or Hell. Not a Human Being at all. ”

    So it means GOD does not differentiate between infidels (whatever that means) and non infidels right? If so, who created the concept of infidel?

  11. D Asghar

    @Pagan Bhayya, the concept of Infidel is in the Holy Quran. Now the ULTIMATE JUDGE is the CREATOR HIMSELF. No human being can be in that position. Because only HE knows, who rejects HIM from the heart.

  12. Pagan

    Asghar,

    What does Holy Quran say about infidels? Could you please throw more light? Who exactly is an infidel and how should the menace of infidels be dealt with according to the Holy Quran?

  13. MilesToGo

    @Dasghar

    I am ok with your clarification. But do me a favor, when you get a chance, please watch following youtube videos. You are a highly intelligent being. Please allow yourself to explore other people’s claim of god’s word without any bias and then with logic and reason, try and see if you can say with 100% certainity, what is and what is not God’s word.

    subtitles are not accurate – I can help you with translations if you want…

  14. I have also written about the Taliban’s and their ‘philosophy’ May be we can share ideas in the future about it too..

    You can read my blog here: http://dinopak.wordpress.com/ looking forward to your comments

  15. D. Asghar

    @Dinopak Bhai…thanks for stopping by and I will read your blog at my earliest convenience. Hope you have an e mail where you can be reached on your blog…