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I, for some reasons, am hooked on things that revolve about Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self confessed murderer of former Punjab governor to famous Indian televangelist Zakir Naik’s freedom of expression. From Maulvi Abdul Qavi, the reproacher of respectable name of Ulema of Pakistan to the heartthrob of the nation Abbasi’s ravings on human rights.
I still remember the day angry clerics ranted on streets upon death sentence of Mumtaz Qadri. Initially, I averted the idea of regaling him as a national hero because as a strong disciple of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W), he would pretend to be by rejuvenating his vengeful desires, hoist the flag of Humanism and Islam? Well, that doesn’t seem to work. But when social media ran across stuff by cool dudes that read:
“Did Qadri deserve to die? Yes, why not. He revealed his hypocrisy in the name of blasphemy”.
When the unconditional rejoice crossed my way at his assassination like:
“Yay, justice has been served.”
To me, it’s okay to condemn terror attacks, but supporting seemingly pious Indian televangelist Zakir Naik, who doesn’t spew hate, but rubbish, will not make you look cool at all. What I mean is, why would you buy into the idea of Qadri assassination while you sit back and watch decade old videos of Naik to discover how negatively regressive and backward he is to work on the same agenda as Qadri’s who plays with words and used to get away by even using words like “fundamentalist” and “terrorist”. His ultra-conservative and supremacist opinions on several socio-religious affairs, deriding other religions or sects, as well as his failure to condemn the slain, that I like to mention, al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden will disappoint many liberals. So there is so much that you guys are missing out on.
I know how cool it is to pronounce Ulema as “Mullah” and how easier it is to abuse them. Just because fake political goons, including Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who once failed to recite third Kalma and our very own Abdul Qavi (Cutting out Maulana before his name was a deliberate step) who triggered an inexcusable love for selfies with obviously none other than late social media star, doesn’t give you any chance to sling mud at all clerics out there. When you hurl insults at one, it categorically influences every individual in the circle. So naturally, each and every Aalim behind whom you pray five times a day and follow sermons weekly deserves respect. All respect.
As per teaching, which I think is important to add:
“Verily the Ulama (scholars/theologians) are the heirs of the Prophets, verily the Prophets do not leave behind gold nor silver (wealth), they only leave behind religious knowledge”
(Abu Dawood, Tirmizhi, Ibn Majah)
The entirety of the argument does not rely upon conservatism at best, and liberalism at worst. What it demands to drop the idea of acting or pretending to be cool on thorough misconception. Few things, as I write, require a mull over. Being oblivious to nearly more than half of the matter and pass the verdict merely on quarter of the information is where progression of our nation has halted. To wisely handle the delicate matters is a measure of progress so, my kind request to all the liberals to place hands over your heart and say it loud for all to hear: “I pledge to avoid the mainstream”. Well, that was a joke. Anyway, think wise act wise and let progress kick in.