Celebrating Taseer’s Death

I always read the country is going nowhere, I hear rhetoric that the country has no future but recently I understood that why Pakistan’s future is bleak. When the people of my country can get happy on the cold blooded murder of a human being then definitely something is majorly wrong somewhere.

To test the waters on the shocking assassination of the fearless Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer , I discussed the heartrending incident with the people belonging  to different school of thoughts including moderate Muslims.

I thought sharing my opinion with them would definitely provide me a bit of relief and a sense of empathy as Taseer was one of the most competent and knowledgeable politicians Punjab has ever produced, he was a man who never deserved to be treacherously and brutally murdered but to my surprise I confronted a good number of cheery faces including professionals, housewives and even students who didn’t take a second to justify his killing by declaring him an “Ayyash Aadmi” who had no respect for religion and the Prophet PBUH.

In their opinion the assassin has definitely done a devout duty by eliminating a blasphemer from the face of earth.  Salman Taseer deserved that, said by one of my moderate Muslim friend living in Islamabad. He justified the attack on Governor as a religious duty of Muslims by quoting references from Hadiths. (Read not Quran and Sunnah)

I came to the conclusion that majority of the Pakistanis are contented with the assassination of the Governor who in fact tried to save the morality of Islam. Salman Taseer never hesitated to side with humanity by being vocal against the religious extremists who wanted to assassinate a poor Christian lady (an alleged blasphemer) under the pretext of Blasphemy law designed by Zia ul Haq.

The same controversial blasphemy law that is responsible for the defamation of Islam worldwide and has increased the rate of cold blooded murders in Pakistan, although I have already presented my views against religious fanatics on many occasions yet another display of Islamic Machoism have shaken me up and due to the unexpected retort of Pakistan’s “silent majority” the religion Islam has created an unexplainable fear within myself.

What added to my grievances was when I read that lawyers from Pakistan Muslim League (N) Rawalpindi division gave that  self confessed assassin a warm welcome outside the court by showering rose petals on him but this is not an end both the Deoband and Barelvi sects leaders, who are otherwise at war with each other, appeared to be on the same page in celebrating the slaying of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader for terming the blasphemy law as a black law. As if criticizing a law is itself a blasphemy.

The largest body of the Barelvi group,  Jamaate Ahle Sunnat Pakistan (JASP), issued a statement saying that “No Muslim should attend the funeral or even try to pray for Salmaan Taseer or even express any kind of regret or sympathy over the incident.”

I have realized that I am a follower of religion which cannot be questioned or even discussed; I now have to abide by a strict set of rules about my religion set by the honorable religious scholars and pro Islamic politicians of this country which may contradict against the true teachings of Islam.

Unfortunately, I have to swallow the bitter pill of the current version of Islam which with the passage of time has certainly become more unacceptable to the civilized world.

With each passing day I am getting an impression that Islam is what the majority of Pakistanis represent and that we Muslims are not the ordinary people, we should not be called violent but the brave Mujahideen who are willing to sacrifice our  pro humanist fellows assuming God will give us a benefit of the doubt.

May God bless Mumtaz Qadri who with the power of ‘Iman’ provided the fellow Muslims reason to celebrate.

41 comments

    1. Thanks for the link but IMO Amir Liaquat or other psedo Mullahs are just contributing their share to spoil Pakkistani mindset, the sole credit goes to Zia and Bhutto for establishing the current religious chaos.

  1. Deplorable act indeed. I dont know why people are supporting him. Ok, words used by Salman Taseer were not appropriate but it dosnt mean one should kill him. All he was doing was to point out the abuse of this law. If someone has issues, then take it to the court.

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  3. Tanzeel, I knew that you are going write on this brutal murder and I also had an inkling of your possible reaction. You didn’t surprise me. Your reaction not only represents a truly patriotic Pakistani but also a decent human being. I can understand your pain and sorrow for your country and your people.
    Someone told me somewhere, that Pakistan never ceases to surprise. Absolutely true. Whenever an atrocity takes place in Pakistan, people say that, this is the the ultimate low for a country/society to descend and there are no further depths left for it to sink into.
    Alas, Pakistan makes them eat their words and produces an unbelievably new low with a new ghoulish act, that renders everyone speechless. Salman Taseer’s murder was an another abyssal low for Pakistan, not only as a nation but as society as well.
    I was born and brought up in Hyderabad(deccan), but my father migrated to Delhi from Peshawar as a toddler and that kept me connected to Pakistan for all these years, but now I feel that, I was lucky to have been born in India, perhaps one of the greatest countries on earth. I no longer wish to see the land of my forefathers who lived there, loved the soil and contributed their best enrich it.
    A Pakistani gentleman wished on ET that our two countries must get re-united and I replied to him and my reply reflects my post Taseer mindset. I reproduce my response to the said gentleman which I think relevant here, only if you won’t think otherwise and delete it.
    Here it is:-
    Dr.Imran,
    Doc, I respect your sentiment about re-uniting our two countries, but sir, with all due apologies I, as a citizen of India, reject the suggestion. During the British India we were certainly one people, but, after the independence our two countries chose completely different paths. Post independent India spent her energies in making her citizens feel proud of their nationality, irrespective of one’s religion, race, caste, culture, ethnicity or language. Despite, many hurdles I can say with conviction that the effort has been a resounding success. For a country as diverse as India it is nothing short of a miracle.
    Pakistan was/is as diverse as India, but sadly your leaders tried to make religion as a binding factor. In an effort to find a new identity for herself, Pakistan not only denied it’s roots, history and heritage but also spent it’s entire energy in making herself as much ‘un-Indian’ as possible. It was a disastrous mistake and it’s consequences are there for everyone to see. Propagating extremist version of Islam and decades of anti-India rhetoric, to keep populace united, has badly backfired. It has led to the brutalization of the society which reflected in the assassination of governor Taseer. Political murders are very common thing around the world, but the reason for the murder and reaction of a common Pakistani citizen to the atrocity, is truly horrifying. It shows how deep Pakistani society has descended into the dark abyss.
    We are no longer the same people.

    1. Thank you Neeraj for the contribution, you are right, Pakistanis don’t deserve to assimilate in any other society, I remember one of my indian friends in lighter vein said a very interesting thing. He said Jinnah was indeed a pro active leader, he loved India like no other leader not even Hindu leaders. Jinnah was well aware of psyche of those Muslims who wanted another state, he then started a movement and took all those Muslims to separate land where they kill each other and cause damage amongst each other without disturbing Hindustan and today Jinnah is proven right …Thanks Jinnah for keeping India free from those ‘Muslims’

      1. India does retain Muslims and yes there is discrimination but, still there is the rule of law. In most day to day lives Hindus and Muslims want to do nothing more than get along and live peacefully.

        It is extremists of any type and religious seclusion that leads to these distorted degradations of humanity.

        Lets not forget that before we split – the then India saw Hindus and Muslims fight together to overthrow the British.

  4. The law is not wrong but the abuse application of law committed by law enforcers and abusive people is wrong.
    This is same with other laws that are used for abusing people instead of providing detrrent and security to people and their beliefs

    1. Javed,

      I am sorry I have to disagree with you, this law is in total contradiction with Qura’an and Sunnah. I have briefly discussed that in my posts about blasphemy law. Please do take time to research and don’t take the word of a maulvi on this subject.

  5. It was disappointing to see so many people actually ‘celebrating’ this murder. The forward messages I received from my friends and cousins made me sick. I was wondering if heaven would be fully packed with these cold-blooded murderers and their supporters.

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  7. Neeraj, India :Tanzeel, Someone told me somewhere, that Pakistan never ceases to surprise. Absolutely true. Whenever an atrocity takes place in Pakistan, people say that, this is the the ultimate low for a country/society to descend and there are no further depths left for it to sink into.Alas, Pakistan makes them eat their words and produces an unbelievably new low with a new ghoulish act, that renders everyone speechless. Salman Taseer’s murder was an another abyssal low for Pakistan, not only as a nation but as society as well.

    Well said sir. Mind you I am a Pakistani and a Muslim but ashamed to be both right now.

  8. Tanzeel, Thank god, your Indian friend, whatever he said about Mr.Jinnah, was in lighter vein. But, of course he had some valid points. Mr.Jinnah was a brilliant politician, he achieved Pakistan without spending a single day in the British jails and that is something one should appreciate about him as an astute politician. He loved life and loved everything that is so beautiful about it. He had no qualms about exploiting a teenage Parsi girl’s crush for the older men, in spite of the fact that she happened to be his dear friend’s close relative.
    Similarly, he, as a politician, ruthlessly exploited the Muslim’s fears of living in a Hindu majority India and achieved Pakistan with minimal efforts. The irony is that a man, who was totally irreligious, created a country which was supposed to find her identity, solely based on a religion! It failed as it was destined to be. But, it is a history now and you cannot change it.
    As for the assimilation of Pakistani people with other countries/nationalities is concerned, I think you have not been fair in generalizing all Pakistanis into a single category. I did’nt mean it either. Though I rejected idea of re-unificaton of India and Pakistan, I never said that all Pakistanis have gone mad and there is no hope for the country. In fact, I appreciate you guys/gals for retaining your sanity amidst this crowd of nutty mullhas. There are decent people in Pakistan and I respect them with bottom of my heart. Please, understand the context I wrote those words. I am all for assimilation of Pakistani migrants to India or for that matter to any other country, but, I want likes of Tanzeels to migrate to my country, who am sure, will contribute in enriching my country and society in every field imaginable, but certainly not the bloody Bangladeshis who are playing havoc with our society with their illegal migration to India.
    During the recent controversy about the confiscation of Mr. Adnan Sami’s properties in India and in response to some of the articles in ET, I vociferously condemned the govt.of India for not granting the citizenship to the most deserved person of Pakistani origin,
    Today I wrote, “The day first religion was born, half of the man’s wisdom and humanity died with it. For many a millennia humanity suffered at the hands of various religions. It is only after weakening of the religions, that man could regain his lost strength and was able take control of his own destiny. History of the world stands testimony to this bitter truth.”
    I also would like to add that ” God has nothing to do with religions, even if he exists, he is beyond the grasp of religious rationale.”
    Obove quote is from my diary and I wrote those words almost three years ago and for the first time, when I read my personal diary, I felt that it was indeed written by me, otherwise, whenever I re-read my diary, I found myself, as if, reading someone else’ narration!!
    Let’s talk later, good bye for now.

  9. @Kabir Das,
    Thank you for the kind words, but, I don’t think that you should be ashamed of any of your two identities, simply because you did not create any of the two for yourself, in fact, like everyone else, you inherited them inadvertently.
    The greatest identity one can create for him/herself is being a reasonably good human being and that is important in both the scenarios where god do exists or does not exist. Any other identity is secondary.

  10. Neeraj jee, I am indeed impressed by what you wrote in your diary. It is a quotable piece of writing. Our views about religion are so similar that if on rereading your diary you ever wonder as to who might have written this you can safely assume that it might be the words of Kabir Das.
    Good to know you.

  11. Neeraj jee, I agree with you when you say: “The greatest identity one can create for him/herself is being a reasonably good human being and that is important in both the scenarios where god do exists or does not exist.”

    But then I also don’t disagree with Steven Weinberg when he says: “With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. BUT FOR GOOD PEOPLE TO DO EVIL THINGS, THAT TAKES RELIGION.”

    Please note Malik Mumtaz Quadri was, by all standards, a good human being who did an evil thing just because of his religion. Just think about it. I think I will go alongwith Weinberg on this.

  12. Kabir Das Saheb, you are not only donning a great name but also doing justice to it. The great philosopher, thinker, reformer, preacher of humanity and exemplarily great poet is more relevant in today’s world than his own times.
    Steven Weinberg was also right and his thinking reinforces the truth that religions aided and abetted the evil deeds committed by the men and women in the history of mankind.
    All the religions of the world, without any exceptions, do preach truth, piety and other noble thoughts and ideas imaginable. But, in practice, every religion miserably failed to deliver. It may sound ironic, but, instead of bringing peace, harmony and enlightenment to the mankind, every religion caused/created superstition, ignorance, hatred, pain, destruction and genocide.
    Humans would be much more peaceful and sane without religion.

  13. Hi All,

    I appreciate your comments and i just want to know to clear my personal thoughts that IS IT OK TO KILL A PERSON COZ OF THIS REASON AS I HAVE SEEN VIDEOS FROM THE MULLA’S OF AMERICA AND UK AND THEY ARE STRICTLY AGAINST THIS.

    Regards,

    Ryan.

  14. @ CFP
    The Mullahs in the UK and the USA are saying no to it to keep their business going there. The Mullahs in Pakistan are saying yes to it to keep their business going here. In both cases Mullahs want to remain relevent in the changing world somehow.

  15. Neeraj:
    You say: “Salman Taseer’s murder was an another abyssal low for Pakistan.”

    William Shakspere says in King Lear Act 4 Scene 1
    ” I was worse than ever I was and worse I may be yet:
    the worst is not so long as we can say:
    “This is the worest.”

  16. Soumyasaxe, I don’t think they have an opinion as such. Their objective, however, seems to be as Allama Iqbal said FASAD FEE-SABIL-ALLAH. For that they keep issuing all kinds of FATWAS shamelessly.

  17. I will also like to add what Shakespere said in Hamlet Act 3 Scene 1. which is very much relevent in this regard:

    ” We are oft to blame in this — ’tis too much proved — that with devotion’s visage
    And pious action we do sugar o’er
    The Devil hmself”

  18. Every word touched my heart!4th of January changed a lot…it has definitely divided Pakistanis into two groups now…there are the pro-qadris who have absolutely no sanctity of human life..and then there are the few others who still deserve to be called humans!The saddest bit was the realization that it’s not only the mullahs and madressah students who are out to destroy the name of Islam…the non-tolerating mindset has spread to even the most educated people!What will become of this country…only time will tell!

  19. I wonder how many bigots and murderers it’ll take to come up and scream, “We’re doing this because Islam tells us to!”, before the moderates start to seriously consider if there’s is something wrong with the religion – something that’s causing its followers to resort to violence at a rate significantly higher than what can normally be expected.

  20. @ lonelibarelpk
    “something that’s causing its followers to resort to violence at a rate significantly higher than what can normally be expected.”

    The normal expected rate must be zero.

  21. Society bends over backward to be accommodating to religious sensibilities but not to other kinds of sensibilities. If I say something offensive to religious people, I’ll be universally censured, including by many atheists. But if I say something insulting about Democrats or Republicans or the Green Party, one is allowed to get away with that. Hiding behind the smoke screen of untouchability is something religions have been allowed to get away with for too long.
    — Richard Dawkins, quoted in Natalie Angier, “Confessions of a Lonely Atheist,” New York Times Magazine, January 14, 2001

  22. “Hiding behind the smoke screen of untouchability is something religions have been allowed to get away with for too long.”

    Precisely! Or as Thomas Paine puts it,
    “It is error, not truth, that shrinks away from inquiry!”

  23. Excellent quote.
    Thomas Paine was a controversial sort of person. Don’t know much about him except what Bertrand Russell wrote about him in an article titled:
    ‘The Fate of Thomas Paine’.
    I remeber him from his 4 very powerful lines that he wrote about George Washington. He cosidered George Washington responsible for his misfortunes. He never forgave Washington, after whose death, hearing that a statue was to be made of the great man, he addressed the following 4 lines to the sculptor.

    Take from the mine the coldest, hardest stone,
    It needs no fashion: it is Washington.
    But if you could chisel, let the stroke be rude,
    And on the heart engrave — Ingratitude.

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