MQM chief refers to Islamic teachings to emphasise religious tolerance

Published: September 6, 2012

Newly established Muttahida Bainul Muslimeen Forum holds first session on Tuesday night. PHOTO: MQM/FILE

Newly established Muttahida Bainul Muslimeen Forum holds first session on Tuesday night. PHOTO: MQM/FILE The forum held its first session at the party’s Karachi headquarters Nine Zero on Tuesday. PHOTO: MQM

KARACHI: In light of the recent sectarian violence, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief, Altaf Hussain, clarified that he is not fighting for the Shias or the Sunnis but for the respect and protection of every religion according to the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Altaf was speaking to the clerics of the newly established Muttahida Bainul Muslimeen Forum, which aims to promote religious harmony. The forum held its first session at the party’s Karachi headquarters Nine Zero on Tuesday. According to a statement issued by the party, Altaf said that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did not teach to slaughter those who follow a different faith. Islam’s image was being ruined because of “some extremist elements”. Not only are these elements targeting non-Muslims, he said, innocent Muslims are also being killed for their Shia faith.

“At several international airports, as soon as they see a Muslim name, they start making separate lines for passengers,” he said. “We do not want that someone who follows a certain sect or school of thought should have to leave it and adopt another. We only want that people of all faiths respect others and leave the question of hell and heaven to God.”

He said that if his efforts could result in the safety of innocent people – regardless of their faith – then he would consider that Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) teachings had been implemented.

Expressing concern over the hateful and inflammatory language used against non-Muslims in Pakistani school curricula, he cited a recent National Commission of Justice and Peace report on the subject. “We need to think that if the school curricula include such hateful material then what impact will it have on the minds of our children?”

He paid tribute to the members of the Muttahida Bainul Muslimeen Forum and hoped for their success. The forum was constituted last weekend after Hussain delivered a speech at a meeting of clerics in Karachi. Over the past couple of weeks, Altaf and the MQM have taken a strong public stance on the spate of killings of Shias and the oppression other religious minorities.

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

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Reader Comments (14)

  • vaquas
    Sep 6, 2012 - 6:05AM

    Great initiative. Must be appreciated. MQM once again has walked the talk and practically shown how to create consensus among different sections of society. Every party now should work on similar lines irrespective of their politicial differences with MQM. Pakistan cannot afford to further divide into sectarian warfare. Pakistan zindabad.

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  • Ali Rashid
    Sep 6, 2012 - 6:17AM

    Mr Altaf Hussain is the most courageous leader in Pakistan today. His bold statements to promote interfaith harmony should be appreciated & applauded. Other leaders should learn a thing or two from Mr Hussain.

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  • aysha
    Sep 6, 2012 - 6:22AM

    Brilliant work MQM!

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  • Syed Amin u DDin
    Sep 6, 2012 - 11:23AM

    Appreciated. Only Altaf Hussain Is true And honest leader.

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  • djxeeshan
    Sep 6, 2012 - 11:31AM

    That’s why I like MQM, preaching tolerance & working for religious harmony since it birth, keep the good work going.

    I remember in 90s Altaf Hussain said, “It is no favour to religious minorities, sects and belief that we have raised the slogan for their rights, it is the human duty to do so. Any citizen of Pakistan regardless of his sect or religion has a right to live freely in the country.”

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  • UMAIR
    Sep 6, 2012 - 11:45AM

    @Ali Rashid:
    he is not in Pakistan :P

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  • Sultan Khan
    Sep 6, 2012 - 12:22PM

    @UMAIR:
    Hazrat Ali (R.A) once said, ” Don’t look to the person who is speaking but look to what is he saying”.

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  • Z.Khan
    Sep 6, 2012 - 1:38PM

    Apparantly looks brilliant effort. No one knows what actually is in the heart of Mr Alataf. Taking the face value as real inner intention of MQM and its leader, I earnestly pray to God to please accept the wishes and prayers of Mr Altaf.

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  • Sep 6, 2012 - 2:59PM

    Yes – religious tolerance is the need of hour to eliminate sectarian violence from the country. MQM has been working for religious harmony since its birth. No doubt.
    Thumbs Up to Altaf Hussain

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  • far
    Sep 6, 2012 - 3:32PM

    come and face the trends..ha ha ha

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  • Mujtaba Zaidi
    Sep 6, 2012 - 8:56PM

    Islam also teaches us to be tolerant towards others’ beliefs. I wonder why Altaf Hussain is the only leader to speak on this religious fanaticism. We must learn from our mistakes. Because some elements inside us have applied the theory of “Divide and Rule” on us and we are actually taking it ahead wiht our actions.

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  • Hamid Raza
    Sep 7, 2012 - 9:29AM

    Altaf Hussain proved, he is great leader in the country and all over the world, Only Altaf Hussain can lead to our nation. Inshallah it will be more effective to all section in Pakistan. Altaf Hussain Zinda Bad Pakistan Painda bad

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Sep 7, 2012 - 11:13PM

    @Ali Rashid:
    so courageous he doesnt want to come back to Pakistan LOL.
    On a serious note good initiative.

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  • Prakash Nayak
    Sep 8, 2012 - 2:44PM

    Good to hear rational and sane voice amidst all the intolerence .Only hope more people join in this endeavour towards peace and stability in Pakistan.

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