Our self-proclaimed demagogues

Published: June 11, 2010

It was bad enough that they could not unequivocally condemn the brutal massacre of nearly 100 Ahmadis in Lahore. Yet the temerity of the leaders of 13 religious and political organisations to label the attack a conspiracy aimed at repealing the discriminatory laws against Ahmadis is nothing short of morally repugnant. If ever these so-called religious leaders had any semblance of moral authority, they have ensured that none remains. In essence, what these people are saying is that the Ahmadis deserve no sympathy from their compatriots simply because their views on faith do not conform to the specifics that these so-called clerics deem within the ambit of the religion. Who appointed them the arbiters of God’s mercy? Who told them that they could create a poisonous environment where Ahmadis are barely considered human? Who told them that they could prevent the rest of us from weeping for their tragedy?

Perhaps these so-called clerics need to be reminded that there is no clergy in Islam, no Majesterium. These people often argue against secularism by saying that there is no separation of church and state in Islam, conveniently forgetting that there is no church at all. Their arrogant insistence on becoming the guardians of other people’s faith, when they are so morally depraved that they cannot get themselves to denounce murder, is offensive to people who view Islam as their spiritual guide. Islam’s central tenet is that every human being has a direct connection to God Himself. “We are nearer to thee than thy jugular vein,” says the Holy Quran in Surah 50, verse 16. Who are they to come between man and God when the Creator of the heavens and the Earth Himself declares the need for an intermediary redundant? There is nothing more damaging to Islam and Muslims than these self-proclaimed demagogues.

Published in the Express Tribune, June 11th, 2010.

Reader Comments (20)

  • Farhat
    Jun 11, 2010 - 2:43AM

    Good Article.. Glad the people of Pakistan are seeing the poison they have been fed over the years by these Mullahs!Recommend

  • maestro96
    Jun 11, 2010 - 2:49AM

    Sums it up excellently!Recommend

  • Jun 11, 2010 - 3:08AM

    Very well said indeed. They have created a factory to make every one who doesn’t agree with them an infidel and entitled to be killed. If this continues like this, only people who will be left as so-called Muslims will be a bunch of murderers and robbers.Recommend

  • Umayr Masud
    Jun 11, 2010 - 9:58AM

    Well said. Unfortunately none of the “religious leaders” will ever read this.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ali Qureshi
    Jun 11, 2010 - 12:19PM

    Like other minorities Qadianis are also true Patriots and they are doing their services in many important sectors of our Country.
    I think we should not bring every thing in religious prospectives.
    We should let Qadianis to live and serve Pakistan.Recommend

  • amjad prevez
    Jun 11, 2010 - 12:36PM

    to how many ppl will this article reach?? our country is in its present state because the media that has the biggest reach is fiercely bigoted,misogynistic and conformist.look at all our tv channels which have the farthest reach as a high % of our population is illeterate and doesn’t access english newspapers.how many of our anchors have come out & identified the problem not just as “shiddat pasandi” but religous bigotry and hatred .Thousands of our ppl have benn killed by these barbarians & still no debate on prejudiced laws,bigoted practices and the ever increasing emphasis on mindlessly performing rituals without changing your behaviour in real life.Recommend

  • Sher Zaman
    Jun 11, 2010 - 3:01PM

    An excellent Ayat from Quran to describe the relationship of man with God; there is no need to these so called protectors of our Faith.Recommend

  • Ali Akram
    Jun 11, 2010 - 3:05PM

    We all may have heard of many ethnic cleansings in history, but today we are witnessing one in our own life time when a community is being killed silently with hatred . Those who are killed are perished but let’s let those who are alive live – with peace according to their own wishes without fear and abhorrence. Amjad Prevez is right in his view but how feeble any voice may be let’s not get tired in condemnign these demagogues and dogmas alike as a lone voice, in our own capacity, with in our own circle may make a lot of difference….
    A Very courigious effortRecommend

  • Jun 11, 2010 - 4:25PM

    These self-proclaimed caretakers of religion are the root cause of terrorism. If anyone wants to identify terrorists, it is so obvious now. But alas! no one pays any attention to the root cause.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 11, 2010 - 5:26PM

    Great article highlighting this issue – I’m fedup with these mullahs hijacking our religion and painting us all as hate mongers. I think unless we the “moderates” don’t rise up against such people, our peaceful religion and our country will continue to be held hostage to such people’s whims. At the minimum, we need to amend our constitution and return it to its original state whereby any person residing in Pakistan is afforded the basic rights of life, freedom to practice (their) religion and his/her life irrespective of caste or religion is considered sacred.Recommend

  • Syed
    Jun 11, 2010 - 6:59PM

    Great editorial.

    Pakistan needs to awaken to the threat from these religious parties to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Amaar
    Jun 11, 2010 - 7:03PM

    Indeed these so-called guardians of Islam violate every Islamic injunction on morality and decency. People should not be afraid to challenge their commitment to Islam and to Pakistan.

    Islam and Pakistan would be better off without these perverts and obscurantists! Recommend

  • Ammar Zafarullah
    Jun 11, 2010 - 7:06PM

    It is worth mentioning that out of these 13 religious and political organizations who accused the Ahmedi’s for conspiring against ….. Well themselves! The list included Jamat-ul-Dawa a party headed by Hafiz Saeed. The Jamat is banned outfit (at least on paper!!!) in Pakistan and internationally. Yet it can hold political meetings and spread intolerance one wonders where are the law enforcement agencies? Maybe waiting for another catastrophe..!Recommend

  • Salma Ahmad
    Jun 11, 2010 - 7:14PM

    Excellent editorial! I am glad that there are some people who recognize the mullahs as a menace to society. I only hope and pray that our government is able to identify these hate mongers and punish them accordingly…when will we as a nation say that enough is enough to these self-appointed good-for-nothing mullahs?Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Jun 11, 2010 - 7:33PM

    Very nice article. Recommend

  • bilal ahmad
    Jun 11, 2010 - 8:19PM

    People can see hatred against Ahmadis in religious leaders. Let me assert with full conviction that common Pakistanis hate Ahmadis because many wrong beliefs are attributed to them. And Ahmadis can’t clarify it because of inhuman laws of 1984. To kill this hatred and stop people from killing innocent Ahmadis, govt should abrogate laws of 1984, it will certainly let Pakistanis know how wrongly Ahmadis have been portrayed. I think nobody should object such move, as still Ahmadis would be a minority according to constitution.Recommend

  • Shepheard
    Jun 11, 2010 - 8:28PM

    Kudos to the editorial team at tribune for your brave steps and honest commentary… very good article, keep up the good work!
    With this the future can be fought with a Jihad of intellect and the pen which will always be mightier then any sword. Always be the voice of those without speech!Recommend

  • Imran Faris
    Jun 12, 2010 - 10:23PM

    I do agree, as you have written all, very good articleRecommend

  • Riaz Khan
    Jul 3, 2010 - 4:26PM

    We need a secular constitution as originally envisaged by the father of the nation! Zia ul Haq destroyed the country. Recommend

  • Nadeem Farooq Paracha
    Sep 19, 2010 - 3:33PM

    I read it and would just like to state shortly and smartly here; the editorial comments seem to point that he has now become the “caretaker” of religion.
    Let us stop these regressive thoughts and promote tolerance in a positive manner.
    enuf said!Recommend

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