Run for your life

Published: March 5, 2012

LAHORE: This is with reference to Pervez Hoodbhoy’s article of March 5 titled “Run for your life”. Notwithstanding the fact that the writer happens to be one of the country’s most brilliant scientists, I would, however, like to mention an argument which was not addressed in the article. This is that the killing of Shias and the ostracism of Ahmadis is warranted not by religion, but by the myopic and misinformed understanding of religion by some people. The academic training at LUMS allows for its students to escape from essentialisms and generalisations.

From the Holy Prophet’s (pbuh) own tradition we learn that coexistence of faith is not only a possibility, but also imperative for progress. Therefore, loading the blame on “religion” is perhaps unreasonable. The key to peace is thorough understanding and responsible teaching of religion, which is abysmally lacking in these conflict-ridden times.

Faiza Rahman

Published in The Express Tribune, March 6th, 2012.

Reader Comments (3)

  • Sane
    Mar 6, 2012 - 12:03PM

    I agree to Faiza Rahman. For individual’s or a handful group’s act can not be framed as teachings of Islam. Islam teaches coexistence, harmony and peace. Islam is the most enlightened religion. There are abundance of examples from the life of Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and specially his gesture at the time when Mekkah was conquered. Reading and knowing is a condition to know about Islam.

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  • Mar 6, 2012 - 7:02PM

    @Sane:
    “Islam is the most enlightened religion. Islam teaches coexistence, harmony and peace.”
    this is the problem, I mean all religions teach that same thing and they all lead to the same GOD. Let each individual decide which path he/she wishes to take.
    No religion is the ONLY religion.

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  • ali
    Mar 14, 2012 - 10:41AM

    “but by the myopic and misinformed understanding of religion by some people.”
    Ms.Faiza Rehman, these some of people are in 100 of millions, making them a majority, and world sees the deeds of the followers not what the religion believes.

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