Why is Chitral being
After reading Mr Rehman's letter on the subject, I went through the said
article in daily Dawn and failed to find anything objectionable. Rather,
I feel we should be thankful to the lady writer for raising such a
burning issue which has been ignored by successive governments leading
to displacement of hundreds of people in Sonoghor and Brep villages in
Chitral and endangering the lives and properties in other parts of the
area as well.
Mr Rehman has exposed his bias against a particular community and also
done a disservice to Islam by confusing the matter with religion through
misinterpretation of the holy Quran.
Instead of appreciating those organizations including the AKDN for
conducting studies on the phenomena of natural disasters and training
the local people in handling them to protect properties and human lives,
he suggests that we should do nothing against such happenings and
disasters as these are sent by God. And to support his parochial idea,
he does not even hesitate from quoting a verse from the holy Quran which
says: "Fasad, the evil has appeared on land and sea because of what the
hands of men have earned that Allah may make them taste a part of that
which they have done."
In other words, Mr Rehman implies that the glacial lake outburst floods
(GLOF) in Sonoghor and Brep were a punishment from God for some Fasad
committed by the people?
Sir, I would not like to comment more on such a rhetoric and
misinterpretation of Islam for one’s own self interest. Suffice it is to
say that such interpretations of the golden principles of Islam by
narrow-minded people for their political and commercial gains have
brought Muslims all over the world to near destruction, and I am very
sad that there is no dearth of such elements in our own land either.
In the holy Quran, God repeatedly asks us to use our intellect and take
lesson from the many creations in the world, adding in every creation
there is a lesson for man to learn. Even, the revelation on the holy
Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) starts with an emphasize on
knowledge and education. Alas, we did not follow the teachings of Islam
and lagged behind and the West took full advantage of the Quran and the
Sunnah and reached the height of progress and development in science and
Mr Rehman advises us not to write and say anything about natural
disasters as they occur due to God’s displeasure. For such people, the
holy Quran says: “Those who do not use the intellect are like a herd of
goats, deaf, dumb, and blind (213) no better than the lowest of beasts.
May Allah Almighty enlighten our hearts and minds and give us sense to
follow the teachings of Islam which stress promotion of tolerance,
moderation and peace.
06 Oct 09.
Why is Chitral being
an article before me regarding earthly matters published in Daily Dawn
October 4, 2009.
The writer Rina Saeed Khan has captioned the article with a photograph
of Chitral and titled it "flooding from glaciers".
writes "I was in Chitral last week to have a closer look at new
phenomenon caused by climate change called GLOF( Glacial lake outburst
flood) which is devastating where ever it occurs due to the shrinking of
glaciers. She further writes, hanging glaciers located at low and mid
altitudes in mountain valleys are the most at risk from global warming
when they burst as they have in Chitral and Gilgit, the villagers lives
have disrupted and they find it very difficult to recover.
She refers to Brep and Darkhot glaciers, which, one can see for above
the village is a vast glacier and some fear that it might start melting
again. She warns at the end ‘the people of Chitral did not cause global
warming but they are paying a heavy price because of it’.
Without the knowledge of Glaciology, one cannot guess the effects of the
global warming on the glaciers but the humans can see the exemplary
equilibrium and the balance which the Creator of the universe has
maintained in it.
Disasters and catastrophes are of two kinds: natural as well as man made
as mentioned in the Holy Quran.
"Fasad, the evil has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands
of men have earned that Allah may make them taste a part of that which
they have done" Verse: 41 Surah: 30, Al-Rum.
I don’t know the knowledgeable writer is referring to the man made
catastrophe or otherwise. What kind of new phenomena of GLOF the writer
is pointing out about Chitral for its ‘close look’ she has recently
travelled to Chitral? She refers that "19000 volunteers in Chitral
district have been trained to alert community members and escape to safe
routes. They also supply each village cluster group with emergency
supplies that are kept in store in case there is a disaster like a
landslide, avalanche, earthquake, flashflood or GLOF". She refers to an
Indian glaciologist Syed Iqbal Husnain whom she met at Khatmandu during
a climate change media training workshop who had pointed 52 dangerous
Glaciers. The Indian advocated close monitoring and putting early
warning systems in place.
We may guess that the Indian expert refers to man made disasters for
which he & Rina Saeed Khan issues warning to those people who never
receive warming even in summer season in Chitral.
Thus, the people of Chitral have the right to ask the government
agencies what is going on? Who is behind the scene and what kind of
technology is being used for this negative purpose? Why these kinds of
warnings in the name of warmings are being issued in newspapers and
media especially in the month of October which has been categorized as
the "month of Vengeance" according to the ancient Jews Semitic calendar?
WE need an answer, why Chitral & peace loving Chitralis are being
Habibur Rehman Chitrali,