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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All that is good

The other day I received an SMS quoting a verse from The Quran which read;

The Quran

“Those who spend [in Allah’s way] in time of prosperity and in time of hardship, and hold in check their anger, and forgive their fellow-men, because God loves the doers of good;” [3:134]

I contemplated over the verse and came to realize that the three things ordained by God in the above verse are one of the hardest things to do for an ordinary soul.

“A man giving in alms one piece of silver in his lifetime is better for him than giving one hundred when about to die.” Prophet Muhammad [PBUH]

We want money badly and love spending on the things we want for ourselves, our family, friends and relatives. A lot of things we don’t even need at times. Whereas, when it comes to spending a portion of our wealth in charity, we feel like some force is holding us back. In times of prosperity, however, It’s easy to give away something in alms, but in times of liquidity crunch it seems almost next to impossible to give away bucks to someone in need.

“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.”  Chinese proverb

Controlling one’s anger is just hard. My personal experience has taught me that anger does more damage than good, in fact it never does good. The only things left after venting one’s anger are ‘regrets’ and ‘feel-bad’ sentiment. Some people are just born with hot temper, a little push and they lose themselves all over. The trouble is when they don’t even try working towards overcoming this behavior of theirs.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Mahatma Gandhi

To forgive and let go of someone’s wrongs is just as arduous an act as the two stated above. It is very natural for us that the wrongs others do always look bigger than our own. Sometimes the mistakes of our friends or family members seem so grave that we start telling ourselves that this is insanity, stupidity, a sheer bullshit and we’re not going to forgive that person anyway, even though it is we who get hurt by not forgiving and letting go. Nobody’s going to live forever, and we are not going to be remembered for being unforgiving.

And let not those among you who are blessed with graces and wealth swear not to give (any sort of help) to their kinsmen, Al-Masakin (the poor), and those who left their homes for Allah’s Cause. Let them pardon and forgive. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Quran [ 24:22 ]

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7