Monday, September 20, 2010

US "reqested" to return Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

Rehman Malik is now politely requesting the US to hand over his Muslim sister Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. The appeal is that it would create goodwill for the US in Pakistan! Barring the straightforward argument of her being a Pakistani and her kidnapping being nothing more than an act of aggression against this country, he did not even use the numerous international laws in this matter. I cannot think of a more pathetic argument, and I am certain that Malik knows this will not achieve much. This is merely lip service to calm the distressed masses.

An earlier appeal by Zardari similarly (and predictably) had no effect.

Despite the near unanimous opposition of the general public of Pakistan, the "democratic" government is unable to do anything about the situation, and in fact is ready and willing to hand over more people that the US may desire to be labelled "terrorsits". While Dr. Aafia may have been charged with firing upon her captors (who by the way, illegally took her into custody), hundreds of Pakistani Muslims are being killed regularly in drone attacks on Pakistani soil, with tacit approval of this "democratic" government. When will the people realize that this is nothing but a big scam. When will they lift the wool from their eyes. We do not want this kind of "democracy" that will not safeguard its own people.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Burning of the Quran Issue

Another attack on Islam generates international controversy. Pastor Terry Jones of the aptly named Dove Outreach Center, announced earlier this year his plans of burning copies of the Holy Quran in a bonfire in his city of Gainesville, Florida. The American president's action on the issue was a mere rap on the knuckles and the strongest word he used was "a destructive act". (No word of course, of how destructive his bombing of hospitals and wedding parties is). Due to the international outrage and condemnation however, the pastor had to rescind his plans. The day has come and gone and the only thing accomplished is further alienation and estrangement of the Muslim Ummah from the rest of the global community.

But the question is, what should our response have been to this issue as Muslims? We have seen the Muslim Ummah react violently in the past in response to the Danish cartoons issue. Is that a correct reaction? Should we get out on the streets with sticks and stones and shout and rant? Or is this exactly the kind of reaction the West expects from us? To show that we are a "savage" race, uncivilized and unable to live in the modern "free" world? Would this be worse for us than it is for them (if we should generalize as us and them in the first place)? The answer is a resounding no. Did Allah (swt) not order us to

"Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance." --- [TMQ (Yousuf Ali), 16:125]

I would like to direct the reader to a khutbah by Nouman Ali Khan, in which he explains how this issue affects us and what our response should be.

In the khutbah we are reminded that copies of the Quran are not THE Quran. These are Mus-haf. The Quran is inside our hearts and minds, and it is in the Loh-i-Mahfooz, from which it was revealed unto the Prophet Mohammad (SAWS). So there is no point if they burn a copy of the Quran, because it will not harm us nor will it harm Islam. Of course it will make us feel bad and we should protest, but in a way that is better. Shaikh Abdulqadir As-Sufi has given a beautiful example of how Maoists tried to burn the Quran and the people realized that the Quran is in their hearts and not the pages of a book.

Muslims should therefore be patient. It is fitting that this issue occurs at the end of Ramadan, which is the biggest lesson of patience a Muslim can get in regular life. This does not mean to say nothing and clasp your hands behind your backs, but it does mean that there is no reason to break the windows of the shops on your street.

In the end I would like to mention a prayer that very good Muslim brother once instructed me to read.

"Our Lord! Make us not a (test and) trial for the Unbelievers, but forgive us, our Lord! for Thou art the Exalted in Might, the Wise." --- [TMQ (Yousuf Ali), 60:5]

This captures the essence of our existence today in the global scenario. We beg Allah to prevent our nature, our feelings, our sensibilities and our reactions from becoming fodder for the forces of the kuffar to spread their fitna against us. Ameen