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Secularism & Pakistan

Posted by yourpakistan on January 17, 2011


I notice that those who support secularism seem to conflate any idea of religion with “mullah”, thereby conveniently dismissing it. That makes them no different from the “mullahs” they despise for calling everybody they disagree with a kafir.

by Faz Zaman

If your agenda is to remove the word “Islamic” from the name of our country, The Islamic Republic of Pakistan….this is Cyril Almeida’s agenda (he has stated so plenty of times) and also that of many others in the secular camp…..if that is your agenda…then you constitute a fifth column in this country and you are a traitor. I often find the secularists and the anti-Pakistan Indians on the same side on most forums. The secularist is usually ready to ally himself with any foreign force and is cheering the use of drone strikes against helpless civilians…mainly because they are presumably of the conservative persuasion. In the war between secularism and Islam, the secularists have demonstrated that they don’t consider any action to be too extreme, because they perceive the “mullah” to be dangerous and necessary to eliminate. The secularist wants madrassas shut down and all religious curricula vetted by a secular government. Imagine the conservatives of this country wanting to shut down all secular schools and vetting all secular educational material by a group of ulema….the secular liberal elite would be up in arms about their oppressive behavior but they don’t see any irony in their asking for the same thing. They have such daring ambitions…imagine if they actually had the power to implement their fantasies…it would be harder to be a Muslim in Pakistan than it is today in New York.

I don’t see secular liberals filling the ranks of our armed forces and security forces….I don’t see secular liberals being the back bone labor class of this country or even the middle class…secular liberals simply are a marginal group that assumes that theirs is the only legitimate voice and all others are mullahs, army conspirators, or the people responsible for lawlessness in Pakistan. If this marginal group cannot see fit to tolerate the ideology of the mainstream, then why should the mainstream tolerate the hostile ideology of this marginal group? Shia, sunni, bori, ismaili, barelvi, deobandi…it does not matter….all of these groups want a mainstream Islamic state rather than a secular liberal state. This is evident from the fact that support for Taseer’s shooting is from across the religious and ideological (i.e. secular lawyers support) spectrum and is not confined to any one group. All of conservative Pakistan is against the secularist/kemalist fifth column…this is the group that everybody can agree that they are against.

And for those who speak of Jinnah’s secular Pakistan….it doesn’t really matter what one politician said. He saw fit to lure his friend’s teenage daughter who he then infected with tuberculosis…which later caused her premature death…….what slogans he used one way or another are immaterial. The fact is that this country was made in the name of Islam and it has always been the religiously motivated people that have fought to defend this country and have been its backbone at every level. The slogan for our army is “Iman, taqwa, jihad fi sabilillah”…..you cannot use Muslim blood to build the country and then deny that it is an Islamic state. The rich secular elite should thank Allah for the piety of the poor labor classes whom they exploit…without their faith, these labor classes would murder the secular elite in their homes and take their money for all the inequality in the distribution of wealth.

Another cheap trick is to equate the leadership of the religious political parties with the conservative/religious majority of the country. Maudoodi is just one person and his words don’t negate all of the above. Maududi is no more representative of the Muslim majority than Zardari is of the Sindhi populace.

My sincere advise to all patriotic Pakistanis is to work towards a future in which the Muslims of this country demonstrate to the world how our ideology is complete from birth to governance to the hereafter. Our just economic system must be implemented in Pakistan as should a truly just legal system. These are the things we must focus on while building our model Islamic state. If the extremist bigoted secular fifth columnists insist on continuing to wage their war, they should be ruthlessly eliminated altogether so this country can move on once and for all in the path that it was created for.

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2 Responses to “Secularism & Pakistan”

  1. amy00001 said

    salaam I came across your blog and maybe you can help me, I am new to islam and I am having troubles remembering everthing like when to pray and to eat during ramamdan and my brother is too busy to help me. you can email me at charmedfantwo@hotmail.com

    Amy

  2. rahnoma said

    Your post is 2 years old, I am sure your opinion has changed since then, but I still feel to reply on some of your objections on secular and liberal factions of this society.

    First and foremost you should know the “elite of this country”. Feudal lords, generals and politicians and businessmen make the elite of Pakistan. Business community is not secular, I report commerce in a local daily newspaper. I know plenty of them who are deeply religious. Furthermore one should not forget that a businessman is twice a diplomat and thrice a politician, they speak whatever suit them in due time.

    Feudals of this country have religious backing. Almost all of them are affiliated with any shrine, either they are Guddi Nasheen or Sajada Nasheen, they are Syeds or Peer or Mursheeds.
    They cannot be Secular and Liberal.

    The politicians are either from business background or feudal, again they cannot be in any way termed SECULARS.

    the Generals are mostly from rural areas of Pakistan. Their upbringing is very much affected by the religious teachings in early age, they join army and as cadet they once again told to be religious so that they can sacrifice their lives without any fear. It is irony that they are considered liberals by ultra-backward religious Pakistanis.

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