Tuesday September 06, 2016
Shut Down All Faith Based Organizations
A few months back the head of a religious seminary was killed in a terrorist attack in the Capital of Punjab, Lahore. Everyone in Pakistan felt bad about his death. Today, another religious leader is gunned down in Sindh. In reaction, people protested the death of Maulana in Lahore, and again, people are protesting the violent death of Maulana in Kherpur, Sindh.
Now, deaths of religious figures in violent acts, and protest by their followers or sympathizers, are a matter of routine in Pakistan. Pakistan has seen many such scenes before and there is high probability if we do not change our course we will witness many such dreadful events in the country.
What do we mean by changing our course?
From changing our course we mean, we should take a fresh look at social manifestations of our religious fervor and try to re-orient it to turn it from negative destructive force to positive constructive energy. We are afraid, if this violence in the name of religion continues, no one can save us, as people as nation and as a country, from utter destruction.
Infact, if we closely look at extended pockets of terrorism in Pakistani society, we can easily see the links between social manifestations of our religious fervor and these terrorist outfits.
Unfortunately, this religious fervor and zeal has taken hold in our society in such a way that everyone, instead of controlling it, ends up adding fuel in its fire. It seems like from President of the country to the leaders of political parties compete to please the rightwing clergy. Some of them even use religious rhetoric to further their political agendas.
If we want to stop religious violence in Pakistan, as a first step, we have to ban all religious organizations including religious political parties and we have to ban the use of religious rhetoric for political purposes.
The simple reason to ban these religious organizations, religious political parties and the use of religious rhetoric for political purposes is, they are all un-Islamic social manifestations.
There is no room for religious organizations, religious political parties and the use of religious rhetoric for political purposes in Islam. This whole nonsense was started by politically motivated Mullahs in late 19th and early 20th century. Now, this trend is so prevalent that every Mullah in every street in Pakistan establishes an organization based on his sect preferences and within no times starts sectarian activities. Arabs, other than Egypt, pretty much succeeded in controlling this phenomenon, but the non Arab Muslim states are overwhelmed by these mushrooming faith based organizations. Algeria, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh became the most fertile fields for these un-Islamic faith based organizations. The common characteristic of these organizations is, the moment they organize as a group, they start the process of fanning hate against other sects. The politically motivated faith based organizations initiate process of eroding state institutions in the name of Sharia or Islam as a complete way of life. The larger the group becomes, its ability to commit violence against opponent sects and ability to threaten state institutions grows and so does its area of influence.
Why Sunni Mullahs have to organize as Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat and why Shias have to organize as Jamaat-e-Ahl ul Bait or something else. Is there any religious need for such organizations? Are these organizations necessary to practice religious rituals? No, they are simply started by influence hungry Mullahs to establish their faith base territory to control peoplesí minds, thrive on their economic resources, and gain control on their lives.
This way, these organizations are more sort of social issues than religious needs. Since they are faith based organizations, by nature they are divisive and through their activities try to their superiority on other sects and in the process preach hate and violence against them. Their discourses, their dialogues, their speeches and their sermons pit the people of their sect against the others.
Unfortunately, their impact does not remain limited to mosques and seminaries. It spreads in the streets of Pakistan. The bloody scenes in the streets of Pakistan from Peshawar to Lahore to Karachi bear witness how destructive these faith based organizations are.
Same is the case of religious political parties. If religious organizations create social strife in the country, religious political parties directly interfere with the nature of governance and erode state institutions Perhaps, martial laws did less damage in Pakistan, but religious political parties eroded state to the extent it faces demise after the tragic breakdown in 1971.
After all, is it a mere chance that Sofi Muhammad of Swat was member of Jamaat-e-Islami or it is an indicator which leads us to the termites eating Pakistan from inside?
Faith based organization are un-Islamic. There is no room for such organization in real scheme of Islam. They should be banned, and the people who want to do politics in the name of religion, laws should be enacted, either to make them real irreligious politicians or push them back within the limits of religion.
On the first hand, all Muslim societies infested with this problem, should stop these Un-Islamic faith based organizations. If they donít Pakistan must move forward and take steps to clean the state matters from the stains created by politically motivated mullahs.
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