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Living together peacefully without poking nose in the affairs of others : A point we are missing badly in Pakistan now.

Looking at the history of Pakistan, it seems society here was a bit open-minded with respect to religious and social class differences. No one makes much fuss about a person being religious or secular, 5 times prayer person or a full party person, Mr. or Mullah etc. It was the same Pakistan where Sheikh Mujeeb and Maulana Maududi both Sunni men (one secular and other religious) supported a Shia Lady Fatimah Jinnah against a Sunni Male dictator (Ayub Khan).

People blame Afghan-Soviet War, Iranian Revolution and attempts to replicate it in Pakistan or traditional Red/Green blocks struggle for current intolerance. But the main thing which I see is the gradual tight grip of centralized power structure over the lives and business affairs of the people. The tight grip of ruling elite consisting of Military and Feudal class, supported time to time by so-called liberals in the name of centralized secularism or so-called theocratic mindsets in the name of religion, made it clear to various groups in society that only method of honorable survival is to capture the center and control the lives of others.

The philosophy of centralist control of power is a gift of continuous martial laws, rise of socialism and resulting drives to counter the first two through theocratic ideology. If we look at Islam, its doctrine is based on rule of law not rule of government or central authority. Supremacy belongs only to God means no one else has supremacy and everyone is equal before law. Sharia cannot be imposed on non-Muslims as there is no compulsion in religion. One cannot simply make people pious or secular by law. It’s a matter of freewill which should be respected for mutual existence with peace and harmony.

Even Sharia is limited to very few things where state can interfere and so there is a distinction between Sin and Crime. Similarly the unnecessary control of state in the name of illicit taxes (taxes like income or sales tax can only be right if extortion is a right thing), semi-socialist economic and power structure, and unjust regulatory authorities also contribute to this problem of strong center and power struggle to control the center. Neither centralized secularism nor theocracy represent the freedom of choice given to a person by Islam for deciding his ways to achieve piety as long as those choices don’t inversely impact others in a clear way. Even the adultery laws (part of Muslim sharia law and being a Muslim is a choice not compulsion according to Quranic teachings) requires 4 willing witnesses giving credible evidence which shows that specific acts of adultery were happening so openly that they were harming society which can include kids and other groups which can get negative influences.

Even in that room is given for other religions and state has to respect the laws and values of other religions (see example Meesaq e Madina). But now it seems people have a habit into poking in the affairs of others that what they are doing in their houses, hotel rooms, mosques etc. This is not just limited to so-called religious people but our so-called self-righteous pseudo liberals have a similar issues of poking in other issues and labeling others with different names because of their religious practices. Labeling someone a terrorist because of beard or other religious symbolism. It seems in Pakistan pseudo liberal breed has mutated into pro-imperialism and pro-war sectarian and social class fascists. Many so called religious groups have considered to be something related to putting nose in the lives of others.

We need to realize that we are too diversified to have a centralized system. Our cultures, values and ways differ from province to province, city to city or event town to town. We cannot make Karachi and Khyber culturally same by force nor we can force people to follow one ideology. One size fits all simply is not a solution for our diversified society. We need decentralization of legislation, economy and governance with minimum(or no) involvement of state in personal affairs and business of the people. Dispute resolution requirements, defense and some other issues  might require us to make some common arrangements but they can be made more transparent, flexible and accountable based on the principles of justice, freedom and equality before law. It is high time for the state to give up its authoritarian control over the lives and businesses of its people for a more breathable environment.

Two Thought Provoking Messages Of Quaid To Pakistani Nation.

December 25, 2009 Leave a comment

” You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State “

- Quaid e Azam M. A. Jinnah on 11th August, 1947

“The adoption of Western economic theory and practice will not help us in achieving our goal of creating a happy and contended people. We must work our destiny in our own way and present to the world an economic system based on true Islamic concept of equality of manhood and social justice”

-Quaid e Azam M. A. Jinnah on the occasion of the Opening Ceremony of The State Bank of Pakistan on 1st July, 1948

Pakistan! Expectations, achievements, disappointments, hope and the way forward.

August 13, 2008 1 comment

We should have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play.”(Muhammad Ali Jinnah)

On 14th August 1947, a new country emerged on the globe, a nation based on an ideology of truth and justice based on the golden principles achieved the milestone of establishing a state in which they can practice and preserve their Islamic ideology.

As our founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah said:

Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us.”

The expectations were high and the path was difficult but the leadership of Jinnah with its clear and sincere objectives made it possible for a nation suppressed by a superpower at that time (the British Empire) and the Hindu majority (especially the Brahman Ideology which was not willing to give us the status of equal human beings) to get the precious goal of freedom.

Efforts from inside and outside enemies started from the beginning to de-stabilize and fail this nation and despite all these efforts we are celebrating the 61st anniversary with hopes of a better tomorrow. During that time though we saw failures and disappointments in our national course of life, we saw the separation of our eastern part because of our deviation from our ideological path and the interference of our enemies, the darkness of martial law times, attacks on supreme court and constitution of the country, sectarian and ethnic violence invoked by enemies of Pakistan within us and outside our country and corrupt leadership.

With the failures and disappointments I also see the gifts from Allah to our nation and the achievements we did, we are one of the few nuclear powers of the world, we have one of the most beautiful areas of the world, the mountains full of natural resources, the deserts with treasures of coal in Sind, oil and gas resources of Baluchistan, the sporting achievements in cricket, hockey, squash and snooker, the fertile land we have and above all the people willing to do something!

The biggest asset a nation can have is the potential of its people, our nations has produced heroes like Abdul Qadeer Khan, AbdusSalam , Imran Khan, Jehangir Khan, AbdusSatar Edhi and there is a list of people who achieved milestones and glory for the nation and we are proud of them.

Though the present state of crises (economic, judicial etc) makes me depressed and frustrated but when I see sparks of potential and strong will in my people a ray of hope runs through me. It happened to me on occasions such as we saw during the earthquake of 2005 when the whole nation rose to the call to help their brothers in the north, the display of national unit and solidarity during the long march in which people from all parts of the country, belonging to different ethnic, sectarian and other backgrounds gathered with unity to give a message that we love our country, we are not willing to give it up to anyone, we are the custodian of our national constitution and we will protect our institutions and country.

I strongly believe that we can change the present and can make a great future for our country, we have got all the necessary ingredients as a country and as a nation backed by a strong ideology we have, the only thing we need to have is unity and commitment with strong leadership once we as a nation are able to get these then no power on earth will stop us from achieving our goals of prosperity, social and economic justice, rule of law and the preservation of national values for which we all have to work hard with selfless devotion.

History tells us that nations become great during the time of crisis and the present crises are a chance for us to achieve the greatness our founding fathers struggled for, it’s we who have to stand up for our country:

“You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.”(Muhammad Ali Jinnah)

May Allah help us and guide us all.

Long Live Pakistan!

Source: http://syedfaisal.wordpress.com

Need to re-think our approach as a Nation—>Long Live Pakistan

March 23, 2008 6 comments

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Today Pakistanis are celebrating  the “Pakistan Day”, the day on which our ancestors

committed there selves for the cause of freedom and to lay the foundations of a state

where Muslims of India will live there lives according to the golden principles of Islam.

We are facing one of the most(if not the most) decisive moments in our national history.

In these difficult moments we must need to strengthen our will to be a one nation,

a nation not divided by ethnic and

sectarian boundaries but united by a strong ideology, the ideology which was based on

the golden principles of Islam  which teaches us of Justice and Equality among “all”

man-kind regardless of religion or race, which teaches us to be one ummah.

As Muhammad Ali Jinnah said on his 23, March 1940 address :

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(Muhammad Ali Jinnah , addressing on the occasion.)

“Come forward as servants of Islam, organise the people economically, socially,

educationally and politically and I am sure that you will be a power that will be accepted by everybody.”

Below is the Resolution which was passed on 23 March 1940:

“While approving and endorsing the action taken by the Council and the Working Committee of the All-India Muslim League, as indicated in their resolutions dated the 27th of August, 17th & 18th September and 22nd of October, 1939, and 3rd of February, 1940 on the constitutional issue, this Session of the All-India Muslim League emphatically reiterates that the scheme of federation embodied in the Government of India Act 1935, is totally unsuited to, and unworkable in the peculiar conditions of this country and is altogether unacceptable to Muslim India.

It further records its emphatic view that while the declaration dated the 18th of October, 1939 made by the Viceroy on behalf of His Majesty’s Government is reassuring in so far as it declares that the policy and plan on which the Government of India Act, 1935, is based will be reconsidered in consultation with various parties, interests and communities in India, Muslims in India will not be satisfied unless the whole constitutional plan is reconsidered de novo and that no revised plan would be acceptable to Muslims unless it is framed with their approval and consent.

Resolved that it is the considered view of this Session of the All-India Muslim League that no constitutional plan would be workable in this country or acceptable to the Muslims unless it is designed on the following basic principles, viz., that geographically contiguous units’ are demarcated into regions which should be constituted, with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary that the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in a majority as in the North Western and Eastern Zones of (British) India should be grouped to constitute “independent States” in which the constituent units should be autonomous and sovereign.

That adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards should be specifically provided in the constitution for minorities in these units in the regions for the protection of their religious, cultural, economic, political, administrative and other rights and interests in consultations with them and in other parts of (British) India where the Mussalmans (Muslims) are in a majority adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards shall be specifically provided in constitution for them and other minorities for the protection of their religious, cultural, economic, political, administrative and other rights and interests in consultation with them.

This session further authorises the Working Committee to frame a scheme of constitution in accordance with these basic principles, providing for the assumption finally by the respective regions of all powers such as defense, external affairs, communications, customs and such other matters as may be necessary.”

And in the end I would like to remind what our founding

fathers wanted our country and nation to be:

“Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us”

Message to Frontier Muslim Students Federation June 18, 1945

This is a high time to re-think our approach as a nation.

Long Live Pakistan.

Objective Resolution of Pakistan——>It seems we are losing the objectivity.

November 30, 2007 21 comments

I was just going through the objective resolution of Pakistan which is considered as the guiding principle for our constitutional setup and also is considered as the reflection of the ideology of Pakistan in the constituion…I wonder if someone knows the importance of this resolution(It seems we are losing the objectivity associated with our ideology).

1. Sovereignty belongs to Allah alone but He has delegated it to the State of Pakistan through its people for being exercised within the limits prescribed by Him as a sacred trust.
2. The State shall exercise its powers and authority through the chosen representatives of the people.
3. The principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice, as enunciated by Islam, shall be fully observed.
4. Muslims shall be enabled to order their lives in the individual and collective spheres in accordance with the teachings of Islam as set out in the Qur’an and Sunnah.
5. Adequate provision shall be made for the minorities to freely profess and practice their religions and develop their cultures.
6. Pakistan shall be a federation.
7. Fundamental rights shall be guaranteed.
8. The judiciary shall be independent.

I don’t know what to do? Laugh at our situation or to cry out loud.

May Allah give us Hidayat.

Long live Pakistan

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