Friday, August 26, 2011

Lets Revive the Ideology of Pakistan

Pakistan is a great nation with a rich history of bravery, tolerance and hospitality. Now facing one of the most difficult periods ever experienced. The insecurity of our people and inability of our rulers to handle that, is, in fact, giving rise to the notion of making Pakistan a SECULAR country. Our youth are now being puzzled in solving the basic ideology given by its founders, instead of looking forward to the progress and prosperity here. No doubt, the extreme flow of information is also working towards our confusion about religion and the ways to live.
We have seen religious, ethnic, sectarian, including many other types of conflicts and the end to this is not in sight.  Someone has to stand against all this, tell the nation, where is it all going wrong and what are the remedies.

Did we have a Vision?

The leaders who dreamt and fought for this separate homeland, had a clear vision for this country. All of them respected each other's views and never belittled any one.
Sadly, after, they were gone, the country fell in the lap of a whole new generation, who had not been any close to the founders of Pakistan, had no clear vision about it, leave aside the ability to guide or lead the masses.

As a result, this led to a confusing mix of points-of-view , pro-western, Islamic as well as leftist.

Its not only about religion..

What we need to think is, the building of a nation is not based on the beliefs only, it also depends on the culture and the examples set by its leaders. The lack of good sincere leadership was the real reason behind the dilemma we have been facing since long.

I would like to mention just one example from the life of my grand father, Maulana Hasrat Mohani, who was a fierce freedom fighter, fearless speaker and well respected by leaders from all spheres.

Very few people know that Maulana Hasrat Mohani had suggested ARABIC to be made the national language of Pakistan in a Muslim League meeting, in the presence of Quaid e Azam and many other leaders. The reasons given by him were that with Arabic as a national language, the new country could have closer ties with Arab/Islamic block of countries. Also, it would be accepted by people from all corners of the country as a single language of Muslims. He also said that it could be waited for 10 or 20 years to make Arabic a national language, so all people could learn it, to be implemented completely everywhere.
As expected, this suggestion was not supported by many, including Quaid e Azam, as there were administrative and communicative  problems to be faced. Hasrat, being  a supporter of democracy, always accepted the decisions of majority so  he did not insist on this point any further.

Our Lost Path

Today, its a matter of sheer  grievance that people speaking the same unanimously accepted national language of Pakistan, including many others too, are being discriminated, targetted, mocked upon and even killed in the Land of the Pure.
This shows how we have lost our path by not conducting  democratic dialogue, becoming increasingly intolerant and  not looking ahead with even a little confidence in ourselves.

Above all, we have divided  our choice of leaders with respect to either religion, political or influential background.  Hence we have forgotten the concept of a true leader, who has to be inspirational and forward looking.  

DIVERSITY is the key

Here again , we can take the example of Hasrat Mohani, a multi-faceted personality, known as Maulana, a religious scholar, a staunch practising Muslim, who never missed a single prayer in his life and performed 11 pilgrimages to Makkah.
On the other hand, he was an open-minded and always fought for the freedom of expression in literature and speech. He had supporters and fans from all walks of life, beliefs and  sects. He saw communism as a tool for correcting economic inequality in the society. ( "Sufi momin hoon Ishtraki Muslim"). He is said to have actually founded The Communist Party of India first in 1921.
He strongly believed in sufism and always visited the shrines of various Sufis. Even, he went to  Hindu places of worship and wrote a few poems in praise of Krishan and on other sacred themes.  
His wife always accompanied him and actively participated in all the campaigns without having her face covered traditionally.  Surprisingly, no one ever doubted on his belief in Islam or could label him as a kaafir.  
He was incomparable in simplicity and honesty. In the words of Allama Iqbal, one could see the living example of Hazrat Abu Zar Ghaffari (RA), a companion of Holy Prophet (SAWS),  in the form of Hasrat Mohani in 20th century.

Today we need to revive this spirit of diversity, combining religion and practical life. Religious tolerance is supposed to be the hallmark of any developed society in today's world.

This is the dilemma, of such a great nation, that we dont know, who to accept as a leader.

We have religious leaders /politicians / liberals /landlords /industrialists /scholars...but there is clear lack of capability of inspiring and gathering the masses on one platform, as one nation.

Lets pray together, may Allah give us guidance and vision to become good humans and to find and follow good leaders, who could take us to the road of peace and prosperity.


  1. you have raised a very vallid point. the kind of divide that has been created among us all has created more confusion than ever. today the youth that has to follow the nerratives that our elder generation present to us make us follower of one color like a bull.
    and more on that we fight against each other rather than debating, if Pakistan becomes an Islamic state in true sense it will be far better than a Secular state. and i must say what ever the way Pakistan should go in the future it has to be a pure one, a pure islamic state or a pure secular state, this blend will do more harm and confusion

  2. We're told that our founding fathers wanted a state where there was personal and religious freedom. Look around, is that what we see? People are being persecuted on the basis of religion (Ahmadiyya and Ismaeli sects- thanks to Gen. Zia) We have a blasphemy law commenting on which is blasphemy as well and punishable by death in the eyes of many. Need of the hour is a new secular constitution!

  3. The best way is to ask the people of Pakistan. Times, indeed keep changing and we need to re-establish values according to various indicators like economy, demographics, social-political problems.

  4. It's time to prove our self as a strong Pakistani nation; we already waste our most of the time in gossiping .... :/
    Any way nice post... :)
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