Are we a nation with dead conscience?

Dear Sir,
Something that has been boggling my mind for the last couple of days, I wish to share with your readers.

The horrible event that occurred in Mardan University where a student was lynched by fellow students and then his dead body dragged in front of applauding onlookers is yet another big slap on the face of our society and our nation.

In yesterday’s Juma prayers, the Imam recited the Quranic verse which says that there is no compulsion in religion, however during his speech he talked about everything hither thither but did not even touch upon this gross event.

The political leaders and religious scholars across the country (save few exceptions) have kept an ignominious silence over the issue.

What I want to ask is “Is our conscience dead as a nation”?. If we cannot react to such obvious crime, what else can we stand up for?

Our beloved Holy Prophet (PBUH) would have ordered the criminals who murdered a person without giving a fair trial for whatever he was accused of, to be put to death in a similar way as they did to the murdered person.

That there has been no reaction from the people speaks volumes of how a common man has been effectively desensitized towards reacting to injustice. — Faridul Haq, Chitral 15 Apr 2017.

13 COMMENTS

  1. 90 percent of the prayer imams must be feeling in their hearts that lynching was wrong, but none had the guts to denounce it on the pulpit during Friday prayer. They think it would have jeopardized their life. This is the strength of our eeman, specially of those who lead us in prayers.

  2. نا حق کیلئے اٹھے تو شمشیر بھی فتنہ ‘ شمشیر تو کیا نعرہ تکبیر بھی فتنہ … اقبال

  3. In Europe when they had enough of religious atrocities, public came out and religious leaders as well as the mocarchs could not face their wrath and since then as is well there. I see history repeating itself.

    • Please don’t get impressed from the Western Society. The day they threw out the religion from politics their families became prone, adultery became legal and 90 % generation are bastard. They are developed because of gold, silver and diamonds with oil and gas brought from Africa and Asian countries during colonial era. They still make excuse to create war and bring those resources from the weaker countries.

      • If western countries are so bad as you say, why does every Pakistani dream of getting a visa for one. Answer with all honesty “if you are offered a green card for US will you refuse it and not go to the land of pron and bastards”?

        • Dear Sibghatullah, I visited US twice. I took a picture in front of the Qibla awel (Whitehouse) for Pakistani leadership. I got opportunity to observe US Congress meeting. Washington DC is full of graffiti like Peshawar city. Lots of homeless people and baggers asking for change money like Pakistan.
          Please study the history of Islam. It was the Muslim rulers who separated the religion from politics soon after the khilafat of Hazrat Amir Mauwia centuries ago. That was the reason Fiq came in to being. The true Islamic Khilafat was for about thirty years in our history where both religion and government went together.

  4. First of all we must revisit the blasphemy law, to see whether it is in accordance with the Quran and Hadees (many scholars have reservations on the practicability and misuse of this law). Secondly we should see whether this law has done good to Islam or harmed Islam in Pakistan. Many human beings have been brutally murdered and burnt to death including a mentally deranged christian girl on charges of blasphemy prodded by this law. After abolishing this law another law should be enacted where any body accusing any body else of blasphemy should be punished by law to death. After all the glory and the grace of our beloved Holy prophet (PBUH) is not so fragile so as to be harmed by any one barking blasphemous words. Why encourage blasphemers by giving importance to them?

  5. This incident was a clear case of ‘Fasad fil Ard’. Now let us see what operation ‘Rad ul Fasad’ does about it.

  6. Like General Raheel Shareef brought Mumtaz Qadri to justice for killing the very man whom he was deputed to protect, Can the present Army Chief too deliver justice by hanging at least a dozen criminals for committing or instigating the horrendous crime which has lowered our heads in front of the world.

  7. We don’t need to blame our religious scholars for everything that happens in the country. We should blame our corrupt system. Our public servants always take it easy about any complaint from the public. For example, the administration of Abdul Wali Khan knew all about it. So they did not take action early in a proper way. It was a sensitive issue. They supposed to involve Mashal Khan’s parents, police and ban him until they do their investigation for the safety of Mashal Khan. Actually, public servants are lazy and they don’t care about the safety of us and our children.

    • @ Syed Nazir sahib, you must understand that there is a clear difference between the role of a bureaucrat and a religious leader. The bureaucrat is merely a minion who is in a position of authority at that time. He has nothing to do with the character building of people.
      The religious preacher on the other hand has a high position / responsibility in the society. He is responsible for correct guidance and character building of those who have to respect him by default. Even the bureaucrat is subject to the preaching by the religious leader five times a day and his character is also dependent on what is being taught to him in the mosque/madrasa.
      I do not mean to absolve others like parents, elders etc, but without any doubt the heaviest burden of responsibility of how the people conduct themselves in day to day lives, lies on the shoulders of the religious preacher.

      • Dear Ehsanuddin, It is the role of the state to train the nation through school system, judiciary and bureaucracy. Unfortunately, both the public servants and people blame religious scholars to train the nation for free just once in a week in Jumma Khutba.
        Secondly, it is the responsibility of each of us to study Quran and Sunnah and expand the last message of Allah. We never touch the book of Allah once in a while and only depend on a religious scholar’s thirty minutes speech in Jumma prayer. How much we pay for these religious scholars? Think about it.

  8. @ Syed Nazir sb, You are right when you say that it is the responsibility of the state, but we see that Pakistan is a failed state as far as guiding it’s manpower in the right direction. It has wasted a beautiful youth full of talent by letting them become either aimless vagabonds or extremists of bizarre nature.
    Our leaders have been the dirtiest of example. Some exploiting the suffering of the poor, some exploiting religion for personal gains, some barging in with force only to leave later after having done their ‘job’- each time the common man has been the sufferer.
    The only thing common and constant with all the above categories of leaders which we have borne, is that they have all been been soft on the religious cleric and allowed him his way. That is why what the religious preacher has been preaching constantly has framed our mindset and our character more than any one else.
    A teacher in school may say that telling lie is the mother of all sins, but a religious cleric overlooks such teaching and only narrates stories of Musa(AS) and Firon or other episodes from qasas ul anbia. The only mention of present day problems he makes is that drinking alcohol is haram or listening to music or dancing etc or even worse his preaching transcends to accusing fellow muslims of being Kafir or hellbound or wajibul qatal etc..
    No mention of honesty, truthfulness, tolerance, kindness, forgiveness are to be heard from the cleric,and using the pulpit power he invariably mentions hell and heaven within his sermon thus leaving a mark in that thirty minutes which no teacher, parent or elder can do in thirty years.

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