CHITRAL: Islam was at it’s best at the time of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), pure, simple and undisputed. Soon after the death of the Prophet (PBUH), politics got involved in religion and conflicts of sorts developed. Our dear religion has since been inflicted with internecine entanglements and pulling and pushing hither and thither by different postures of thinking.
Fighting with external forces has not been so difficult for muslims as fighting own brethren in belief. The practice of trying to involve politics in religion continues to this date and has taken a visibly unhealthy shape. The contemporary politics which is full of lies, deceit, cheating, hypocrisy etc do not blend well with a noble religion like ours.
The just concluded ‘Azadi march’ and sit in in Islamabad, has brought out some lessons very clearly. Firstly, the people of Pakistan have rejected the use of religion card in contemporary politics as proved by the lack of support by the general public for the protest which was swinging between religious slogans and selfish political outcries. As a lesson, from now onward, those who consider themselves and claim to be authority on religion should stick to religious services and not be tempted to use their position to gain personal political benefits, as this amounts to hypocrisy and has been understood and rejected by the people.
The protest also highlighted the fact that religious leaders in Pakistan are not on one page, rather have antipathy and jealousy towards each other. Majority of the religious leaders though may not be agreeing with each other on many religious issues, nevertheless agreed to oppose Molana Fazlu Rahman lest he became the leader of religious forces in Pakistan which other leaders would never accept. Lesson seen here is that with disagreement, antipathy and ill will of the religious leaders for each other, there is no chance of agreeing upon a unified Islamic system in Pakistan which satisfies all schools of thought.
The protest also proved one thing that if the sitting government and the Army are on one page, they can handle any crisis easily, be it terrorism, extremism, or political nuisance. The problem comes when they are pulling in different directions. Hope the government and the Army learn lessons from the Azadi march and plan ahead for the stability and progress of Pakistan. .. CN report, 14 Nov 2019