By Tanveer Jafri : The Month of holy Ramzan has special place in Islam. According to the Islamic mythology, the verses of the Holy Quran were communicated by the Allah (GOD) to the Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) in this very month. In this month, the Muslims of the entire world observe fast. There are many such directions provided in Islamic teachings for this month, according to which a practising Muslim should stay away from any kind of bad, wrong, immoral, unclean, inhuman or un-Islamic activity. Let’s see how Pakistan, claiming to be a trustee nation of Islam, is following these instructions. Pakistan, earlier a part of India, got separated because its supporters especially Mohammad Ali Jinnah was imagining a nation which would come in existence in the name of Islam but apart from being Islamic, it also remains secular. Today, after 63 years of its inception, the question is arising whether Pakistan has been able to follow those principles according to which it was named ‘Pakistan’ i.e. the ‘home of the pure’.
Though Pakistan’s notoriety is always is news, whether it is related to nurturing the inhuman network of terrorism, political instability, bribery and corruption, communalism or sectarianism or double political standards. But unfortunately, this country, boasting of being an important Islamic country of the world, couldn’t remain immune from its un-Islamic and inhuman activities even in the holy month of Ramzan. In this Ramzan, many such incidents happened in Pakistan which were not supposed to be there even in a non-Islamic state. First of all, three Pakistani Cricketers- Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt were caught red-handed in an un-Islamic activity i.e. match-fixing. Though the charges of match-fixing have been faced by the players of many countries in the past, but this was not expected from the Muslim players of an ‘Islamic’ country and that also in the holy month of Ramazan. After this incident, it can be clearly said that Pakistani players’ calling themselves a proud Muslim and demonstration of bowing heads and prayers after winning match is just a splash. Mohammad Asif is even ousted of a Malayalam (Indian) film by its director in which he had to act. He was signed for the film just two months ago. This is the same Mohammad Asif who some time ago was caught with custody of contrabands in Dubai. The present match-fixing scandal has exposed that dimension of these players which show that they are more interested in ‘3 W’ means wine, women,& wealth. Due to this conduct of players, the Pakistani Prime Minister had to say that the whole country is ashamed.
21st of Ramzan has very special significance in the month of Ramzan. This is the day of martyrdom of Hazrat Ali, the cousin of the Prophet, first Imam of the Shiites and fourth Caliph of the Sunni community. On this day, the people of Shiite community organise condolences and mourning processions. This year too on the eve of 21st of Ramzan i.e. 1st September, a large mourning procession was organised by the Shiite community in Lahore. Most of the people participating in this procession were observing Roza (fast). They were hungry and thirsty since morning and were going to break the Roza after concluding the procession. At that time, three suicide bombers entered that crowd of the Shiites and blew themselves. Consequently, 30 people were killed on the spot while 35 were grievously injured. Another 150 people were also injured. This incident happened in that Pakistan which was created in the name of Islam. It is also noteworthy here that Pak-based terrorist organisation, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which calls itself the saviour of Islam, has taken responsibility for this attack. Earlier also, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has carried out suicide attacks on different functions, mausoleums and mosques of Shiites, Sunnis and Ahmedias. Those killing innocent people, and that too in the holy month of Ramzan, don’t deserve to be called human beings. The Prime Minister Gilani also called it as a cowardly act.
On the same day, the US put Tehreek-e-Taliban in the list of banned terrorist organisations. Along with this, it has declared prize money of $5 million on TeT chief Hakimullah Mehsud. Danger for humanity, these people also call themselves the custodians of Islam. Hakimullah Mehsud is the same terrorist who was reported to be injured in a drone attack on Afpak border on 14th January this year. Later the report of his death and funeral also came out. But, after some days he reappeared in a brief press conference. The declaration of $5million on the same ‘custodian’ of Islam in the month of Ramzan is a blot on Islam itself. The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi once again carried a bloody attack on 23rd of Ramzan in Quetta, Baluchistan when over a thousand Shia students were participating in a rally in support of Palestinians. Two suicide bombers killed 60 people on the spot and another 200 were injured. So many other suicidal attacks and killings of innocent people are to be reported from different parts of Pakistan in the same holy month of Ramazan.
Unfortunately nature too seemed discontented from Pakistan. Recent flooding in Indus river is said to be the most dangerous and destructive flood in the history of Pakistan. In this time of natural disaster, when the entire world is giving a helping hand to Pakistan, at the same time communalism, sectarianism and terrorism are growing their heads with the same pace. Reports are that even in the foreign aid received by the Pakistan, the minorities are not being given their respective share. Besides, there is also partiality in the distribution of food items. Some time ago, in the month of Ramzan itself, there were reports of harassment of the people of Sikh community.
The above circumstances make one thing clear that when Pakistan can’t remain peaceful in the holy month of Ramzan, how one can expect any kind of human behaviour for rest of the year. Had there been any feeling of affinity, harmony and brotherhood in these people, the country named Bangladesh would not have existed today. But at the time of birth of Bangladesh in 1971, it was proved that Indo-Pak partition in the name of religion was just a political foul play and propaganda to capture power by misguiding some Muslims. The people of Pakistan are still facing the consequences. And if it continued, perhaps it will have to face the same for centuries.