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The Religion of Pakistan

The religion of the people of Pakistan is a confused religion, almost as confused as the people of Pakistan. Of all the terrible ways we treat the minorities, the name-calling and stereotyping is the worse. We forget when we judge how the Christians of our country look that the first people to turn Muslim in the subcontinent after Muhammad Bin Qasim’s heroic and Islamic bloodshed were also from the lowest economic strata of the country. Winning a nation can have a mind-boggling impact, perhaps only because the sudden transformation from a minority to a majority is too overwhelming for the people to handle. This is perhaps something Israel is dealing with at the moment but the Jew part of the story can be left for another time.

Evidently, Mullahs have hijacked our religion. They have created a vile version of it that fits neither in the past nor the present. Their version is mostly devoid of the humanitarian and social aspect of religion. Mullahs took over, politicized and corrupted religion, and brought it to this grotesque phase that it is in now. The existence of a Mullah depends on feeble controversies like how covered should a woman be, how long should beards be, why should women not drive, how many virgins await us and others of sorts. These Mullahs betrayed their God and led his people astray. And now these people are lost scuffling and tussling over sapless problems concerning religious rituals. They know little of compassion, mercy and forgiveness for their time is spent worrying if their feet are disrespecting the Ka’aba in some way.

The disease that the world has rid itself from is still lurking in the north of Pakistan because of our confused religion. The polio-virus has been dealt with almost everywhere else but our religion, playing in the hands of these imbeciles, is still keeping it alive in our children.

Homosexuality is a threat to our religion, just like it is to the other religions of the world. And again, compassion and kindness do not mean anything compared to the word of God that the Mullahs have so divinely interpreted.

The Blasphemy law reminds us that the Islam that we know of today is not the Islam that Muhammad brought down to us. Forgiving the boys of Ta’if and the exonerative conquest of Mecca somehow taught us how to persecute 10 year-olds and the mentally handicapped in the name of Blasphemy. Apparently, how the Muslims of today add two plus two simply escapes my understanding.

Muhammad’s Islam is from a very different era and has no fitting in this time or region. The severe punishments of that religion are not really Pakistan’s favorite so even though we are an Islamic Republic we go with the slogan of democracy because democracy sells. Also, Islam of the 7th Century is cruel and the human rights violations would land our politicians in the bad books of the loan-providers. Pragmatically, we need to leave the 7th Century where it belongs and what is left to us is the Islam of this Century. Notice that Junaid Jamshed does not want women to drive at all, with references from the Holy Quran he has putting on table a version of Islam that is incompatible with the world today.

Let us not forget that the Islam of this Century is much worse. Mullahs have created an even cruel version that bathes in the blood of humans, plays in the dingy hands of the politicians like Zia. This new religion has given us extremism, suicide-bombers, Kalashnikovs, pools of blood and ghastly wars.

The worst of all is the way our new religion is intertwined with culture. Religions probably came in as antidotes to cultures but they pretty much failed every time. All religions of the sub-continent have failed and the culture prevails. The human psyche predominates the world and poisons the world. All the noise of compassion, mercy and kindness dies down in the horror of honor-killing, child-labor, racism, feudalism, rape, incest, etc. Culture takes over and what we are left with is an ugly and intolerant picture of a religion.

And now what we have is a new religion in every person. No matter what our identity cards say we all have different religions, different beliefs and different gods. When it comes to religion, we suit ourselves as if we were shopping for a god.

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18 comments on “The Religion of Pakistan

  1. Wyrd Smythe
    August 5, 2014

    There is something about the Abrahamic religions that seems to give them two sides: a light side that accomplishes much good in the world, and a dark side involving hate and death. There is something very powerful in our religious attitudes, and in a sense it reflects our ability to chose a good or evil path.

    I’m curious… does a post like this cause any jeopardy for you? (I’m assuming you live in Pakistan.)

    • hadeelnaeem
      August 6, 2014

      I do live in Pakistan.

      1. I believe if a Christian here would have written this he’d be in more trouble than I ever will. You see, I belong to the Sunni Muslim majority of the country.
      (This doesn’t always help though. Salman Taseer, ex Governor Punjab, was also a Muslim Sunni and his guard assassinated him only because he stood against the stupid blasphemy law.)

      2. The trend says and I believe it too, as long as I do not disrespect the Prophet I am pretty much safe.

      3. This really isn’t a very popular blog amongst the Pakistanis (or narrow-minded Pakistanis) but a few walk by off and on.

      • Wyrd Smythe
        August 6, 2014

        That is good, I’m glad to hear it! I had understood that “educated woman” was sufficient insult to the views of some that there could be some risk. (Maybe the risks aren’t that severe? It’s hard to know what’s real from here on the other side of the Earth.)

      • hadeelnaeem
        August 6, 2014

        Honestly, it’s just as hard to know what’s real and how severe the risks are sitting our third culture bedrooms. 🙂

      • Wyrd Smythe
        August 6, 2014

        Well, there’s no question the world can be a dangerous place, but sometimes it seems much less dangerous than the screaming voices on the news make it out to be. Yet at other times we find those same voices seem to have ignored or under-played events. It’s so hard to find trustworthy voices these days.

      • hadeelnaeem
        August 6, 2014

        You are right. I am just as clueless as you are about what is going on in North Waziristan. They say “a lot” on news though. I haven’t seen a blast so far, not a suicide bomber, in fact I have never seen any murder at all and I haven’t ever been mugged either.

        Gaza seems like it’s drowning in blood as well but I am sure parts of Palestine have really no clue.

        Maybe we are in a safe place at a safe time. Who knows.

  2. edu_gal
    August 6, 2014

    Found you via pak-positive… Nice blog you’ve got here! IMHO The opiate of the masses ensures complete compliance. 😀 Mullahs are the the symptom, not the disease. You’ve got a fresh voice, keep writing! 😀

    • hadeelnaeem
      August 6, 2014

      Thanks! 🙂

      • Daktarny2B
        August 6, 2014

        @hadeelnaeem Lovely blog! *thumbsup* (Read your nikahnama wali post too.)

      • hadeelnaeem
        August 7, 2014

        Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Daktarny2B
      August 6, 2014

      Agreed! Your Marx quote reminded me of another one of his which says that social change is impossible without women’s upheavel. May be women’s voices are more important in Pakistan than ever before! What are mullahs afraid of really? Change, right? Independent women’s voices represent change.

  3. paki
    August 17, 2014

    You all people have No knowledge of Islam..you’re just following Your desires and Nothing…you’ve made your wishes Your God…and respect it more than what is revealed by God…So from now start having a study of full Quran and sahih Hadith kto know the truth..and I know either the writer don’t pray his Salah or don’t understand what he prays in his salah…he has very weak concept of judgement Day..
    As prophet (pbuh) said about The one who leaves his (one) salah did Kufar(disbelieve…and Hazrat Umer(R.A) said about the one who leaves salah that he has no relation with Islam…and In Quran ,Sura Ma’oon ,there is told about a valley in hell for those who are heedless to their prayers.who don’t pray at time…..
    Assalam o Alaikum

  4. paki
    August 17, 2014

    AoA WR Wb,
    And if You like Philosophy then learn some from Dr. Allama Iqbal……And If you will strive to learn Quran then no one will be better philosopher than You…But at this Time you are following your Desires not the truth….So Learn Quran and hadith and then talk about Religion…

  5. raja
    August 17, 2014

    I also recommend you to check lectures of dr. Zakir naik on “Quran and modern science”and others…all are based on Logic…May Allah Guide us All Towards the Truth…BTW what you say about American who are killing innocents In Drone attacks and In afghanistan and what they Did in Iraq….one shouldn’t defend himself.????????
    Salam

  6. AYESHA KAMAL
    August 29, 2014

    this post reminds me of how i had to face all the ”religious hatred” and disgusting contempt whenever i tried to reason with them and justified salman taseer’s statement ”on blasphemous law and how cruelly it is used by us to rip off all the minorities,because even as inter student the law didn’t make any sense to me ever and may be some religious fanatics would also condemn me to hell for writing it .Seriously i have read a-lot about our holy prophet and and my mind is unable to fathom how a man like him would ever permit his followers to kill others for his integrity’s sake.This is a mystery to me ,. Our ”Islam” is just confided to some religious rituals like ”namaz , Ramadan etc”but we know nothing of forgiveness,virtue,love , humanity,tolerance,logic and how god is going to deal with us is an idea i am quite ashamed to talk about even.” The portrayal of Islam we are forced to digest is some thing is actually quite freaking .
    Lord please save me now for speaking my mind.

  7. Infidel
    September 20, 2014

    Muhammad’s Islam is not much different from the one practiced now. Absolute pits. And truth be told, the same can be said about his personal character. A judicious analysis done by Ali Sina relying on the Quran and the near historical hadiths lays bare his persona.

    Frankly, one doesn’t need religion to be good. Intellect and human sensibilities are more than enough for th

  8. Chating Pk
    December 25, 2014

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  9. osamasameerawan
    January 5, 2015

    What if we think of religion as more of a social system then the a divine truth.Historically speaking to affiliate Islam in India with Muhammad Bin Qasim is quite inaccurate .The initial Arab onslaught did not live long enough to have a permanent impact on subcontinent.If we look back at the fickle nature of people and their customs in inhibiting modern day Pakistan we can see the capricious nature of the indigenous population.Indus valley civilization has different ethnic roots in north eastern parts of India as compared to the people living in Ganges tributaries. After the Vedic invasion of Harrapan civilization .The people were forced to adapt to the new socio-religious system as prescribed by Maha Bharat .We can also see this phenonmenon as hen the whole India reverted back to Hinduism the people of Hindukush stcked to Budhism.I think we can safely assume its not the religion but the socio/ethnic/economically motviating factors that shape a region attitude

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