Jul 15, 2013 - Pakistan, Ramazan, religion    4 Comments

Violence and the religious sanction it gets in Pakistan

My facebook Timeline has a couple items that were repeatedly shared by many today.

The first was a video of a security guard who was attacked by religious zealots for eating during the fasting hours in the month of Ramazan (when all adult Muslims are supposed to fast from sunrise to sun down). He was attacked for not upholding the sanctity of Ramazan. There are quite a few people on Facebook who supported this act of violence by saying that eating is not allowed by law in Pakistan and that security guard should not have eaten.

The second was the photo of Abrar Hussain – a former Olympian and a Gold Medalist Boxer – who was gunned down in Quetta sometime back (4 other Hazaras were killed in Quetta today). His crime was that he was a Hazara Shia. It has been an open season on Hazaras and Quetta has become a killing field where terrorists of Laskhar e Jhangvi roam free and kill their prey at will.

Abrar Hussain - from his meeting with his idol Muhammad Ali to a bloodied bullet ridden body


I wont go into the details of Hazara killings because far more qualified people have written heartfelt pieces on the plight of Hazaras in Pakistan. I have just one question for everyone who reads it. Are these not acts of sheer barbarism and against everything that decent and human? As these acts are carried out in name of religion, isn’t there something seriously wrong with the way it has pervaded our society and provides sanction to most heinous of crimes?

If you condone above acts of barbarism, then I have nothing further to say to you but if you condemn beating up people for not fasting during the month of Ramazan or randomly killing them because they practice a different version of faith then please, don’t stay silent and separate religion from everything else – law, public spaces, government, social interactions and legislation. Religion should be a way that lets the believers connect with God, it should not give license to the practitioners of any faith to kill and persecute others.

Please think and reflect, it is as simple as that.
Photo courtesy: Traitors of Pakistan

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  • Tazeen!
    U r right. Islam doesn’t allow anyone kill any other even if he/she is Non-Muslim. Unfortunately, the sentimental Part of our society is getting hold as a whole and no body pays proper attention.
    Lets raise our voices before it overtakes the whole society…

  • ‘Unfortunately, the sentimental Part of our society is getting hold as a whole and no body pays proper attention.’ Sir, Senti and mental people do have a very secure hold and in case you haven’t noticed, these killings are happening on a daily basis. Everyday people from one or the other minority groups are getting killed.

  • Although I am not in the favor of peoples killing Hazaras or people beating someone for eating in public during fasting hours, however I disagree with ur last point to separate Islam from every major aspect of our lives. Islam is not only about connecting with God it is a way of life. It teaches social interactions, legislation, ethics, tolerance and every aspect of life to peoples.

  • Hi Tazeen,

    At this moment of human evolution, it has not yet dawned on mankind that religion – any religion except the small ones – is something like a curse or a malediction. Clodded brains have a tendency to spill blood like milk with a good conscience.

    Maybe in a further thousand years or so have we learned that there is nothing above except big shiny stars caring not a shit about us.


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