Dr Abdus Salam: He found God in a hopeless place

He unveiled the God-particle. And guess what, he wasn’t even ‘Muslim’.

Bassam Sidiki July 27, 2012
They ripped his name out of books
with scissors dipped in venom
so our children wouldn’t be poisoned
with a heretic’s intellect.

They scraped his person from his
gravestone, because those in the
underworld would also object to his
being Muslim.

They bomb his places of worship,
they don’t like them being called
mosques, as if their own belligerence
was a superior form of prayer;

Our flag’s white rectangle,
the so-called symbol of the few,
flaps tattered and stained with
the blood of peripheral pariahs
like him.

They banished a man from the annals
of history for a sin so heinous
to be exiled by its own seven sisters.
It’s called genius.

While their bodies simmered with
the disgust of imposters and false
prophets, while they vigilantly clicked
the prayer beads like ticking
suicide bombs,

He presented them the Nobel like a
white flag, a fresh white rectangle.
While they thought they brought God
to the world with their self-righteous
calligraphy of hate,

He unveiled the God-particle.
And guess what, he wasn’t even ‘Muslim’.

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Bassam Sidiki A Pakistani-American poet and writer who will enroll at Georgetown in the fall of 2012 to pursue undergraduate studies in literature and pre-medical. He explores cultural identity, nostalgia, cancer and spirituality in his work. He tweets @Bassidiki.
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Aamir | 11 years ago | Reply Tired of this whining of different writers over and over again about Dr. Abdus Salam. Express Tribune should have a seperate page on Dr.Abdus Salam related articles.
Kashif Chaudhry | 11 years ago | Reply It is of absolutely no consequence whether the Constitution of Pakistan considers Ahmadis as Muslims or not. The Constitution's say in this matter is meaningless and amounts to nothing. The Holy Prophet Muhammad has said that anyone who calls himself a Muslim is a Muslim [Bukhari]. No Parliament or Constitution can over-ride the Prophet's decree in matters of Islamic faith. The Ahmadis call themselves Muslims and that is sufficient to qualify them for being Muslims. Hence, whatever the Government or the Constitution of Pakistan may say, Dr. Abdus Salam is and will forever remain the first Muslim Nobel Laureate Scientist.
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