No vote for Jamaat-e-Islami

As a part of Jamaat-e-Islami’s outreach program, a pamphlet (a 4p manifesto of the party) was dropped at our doorsteps. The title of the pamphlet read:

Jamaat-e-Islami’s Revolutionary Manifesto

Our Destination: A Medina like Islamic Welfare State

And then it went on to list major policies JI looks forward to employ, such as breaking the chains of American influence on Pakistan’s affairs, eradication of feudalism and interest based capitalism, resolving inflation, unemployment and loadshedding issues and the establishment of Euro-like Islamic Zone et cetera et cetera. By ‘a Medina like Islamic Welfare State’ they mean present monarchist Medina state perhaps where Wahhabi version of Islam is prevalent.

However, on the face of it was the picture of Emir of Jamaat-e-Isami Mr. Syed Munawar Hassan. He came into the glare of publicity last year when in an interview, in an answer to a question about Hudood Ordinance and Rape, he alleged (according to his misinterpreted version of Islam) that if a woman is raped and she couldn’t provide four male witnesses to the mishap she is liable to be punished in accordance with the Sharia law. Therefore, it is better for her to keep her lips stitched, and quite understandably continue to live a miserable life. Such an irrational and unsound elucidation took the wind out of sails of all the sane minds. Many a number of pieces were written to lambast such a flawed understanding of Islamic laws by a head of a religio-political party which promises to provide justice to the society at large.

You can read those here, here and here.

This is not the story of yester year. In fact this is one of the established ideologies and beliefs of these so-called scholars, their orthodox religio-political parties and their followers. Jamaat-e-Islami was founded in Lahore on August 26, 1941 by political philosopher Abul Ala Maududi. JI is opposed to Capitalism, Socialism and Secularism, however it supports Wahhabism, Saudi Monarchy and Barbarism.

There are over a 100 religio-political parties in Pakistan, and each one claiming to be the true representative of Islamic teachings. At the heart of each party is one slogan: Sharia-based government in Pakistan. If the sole purpose of all these parties is the same, then I wonder why can’t they all merge together and become one party with one pious leader. They never can. Because the definition of Sharia varies from one jamaat (party) to other for all. They agree on praying five times a day, but don’t agree on how to pray. They agree on performing wudhu (washing hands, arms, face and feet) before offering prayer, but they don’t agree on how to perform wudhu. Last but not the least, each Emir (head) of the jamaat (party) claims to be most pious of all, he would definitely not want to serve under another one. This is no more the hidden truth that their intentions are more power-hungry political than religious. They are more interested in maintaining their personality/party influence and authority than serving either Islam or muslims.

I’m going to vote for JI…Not!

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