Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Disgraceful acts of Pakistani Government

Disgraceful acts of Pakistani Government.
Is Pakistani Public responsible for such an act?

Just read the following piece in Dawn and coming to terms with our bigotry. Enough has been written about the topic. A few among us are disgustingly against the ideals of Islam; one of them is shirk. This time it is not associating someone with God, but taking over God’s domain of decision making.

Did Muslims ask General Zia Ul Haq and President Bhutto, if they believed in the Day of Judgment? Did they say who is Allah to Judge ? They were the Judges. What a shame and embarrassment to Islam.

Furthermore, the Muslims around the world ought to be outraged for stripping them from a Nobel Laureate. We have very few and these guys have the gall to purge Dr. Salam from the history? What a shame! As a Muslim I am outraged.
It is a serious question for us, each one of us to think.

The Pakistani Dictators acted like Herman Cain who hopes to get support from the fundamentalist with hate comments about Muslims and Muslim Doctors. If he gets elected, then Pakistani dictators would be justified in bulldozing the rights of fellow Muslims. They did it to appease the fundamentalist and not Allah or the Prophet, Cain is following their lead to appease a few extremists. It is not about religion, it is about power and control.

Last week, a friend was re-applying for the lost Pakistani Passport and was stuck at the declaration he had to initial – that as a Muslim he /she declares that Ahmadiyya are not Muslims.  I could not believe that. So we are Muslims, because we take pleasure in denying others their Muslimness? How shallow can we be? What is a greater shame is a substantial number of Muslims have chosen to side line God, rather push God aside and act God.  This should not be acceptable. Quraan  is telling us that God alone is the Master of the day of Judgment.

We  have had serious debates about the issue – if you went with the mob you are a good guy, but if you speak about justice to fellow humans, then you get hounded. If I remain silent, no matter what happens I will be a good guy, especially when it comes to justice to Ahmadiyya.

What makes us Muslims? Among other things, being just is what makes us Muslim. To be a Muslim is to be just and believe that God alone is the master of the Day of Judgment. I am proud to be a Muslim, the least I can do is speak up against tyranny.

I am glad none of the bigots like Cain, Gingrich and others have justified their bigotry towards American Muslims, because we are bigots in Muslim nations. What is our defense if they do? 


Salaam Abdus Salam

Mohammad Abdus Salam (1926-1996) was his full name, which may add to the knowledge of those who wish he was either not Ahmadi or Pakistani. The man proudly lived and died as both, and much more, as Pakistan disowned him, in life and in death. The government denied him the honour of a state funeral; the media remained absent from the burial ceremony at Rabwah, which has since been renamed not after Abdus Salam but as Chenab Nagar, just to spite its Ahmadi residents.

The restyled epitaph at his grave near his native Jhang awkwardly reads: “First —— Nobel Laureate”, from which the word “Muslim” has been deleted under court orders; the court, even in its narrow mindedness could have ordered the replacement of “Muslim” with “Pakistani” but that was not to be. This son of Jhang is less known in his own country today than the terrorist Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, even though he had founded and led an abler lashkar (brigade) of some 500 Pakistani physicists and mathematicians over the years whom he arranged to send to UK and US universities on scholarship for higher studies.

He was the guiding spirit and founder of Pakistan’s nuclear programme as well as Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco). The pygmies who after him headed the two institutes he was allowed to set up in Pakistan in his pre-non-Muslim years have since been credited with laurels, and honoured more, even in their dishonourable conduct, as father of this and that, while the Godfather remains conspicuous by his absence in official records.

Dr Salam became the victim of rigid social attitudes and state discrimination against his community when Z.A. Bhutto through an act of parliament declared the Ahmadis non-Muslim in 1974. Heartbroken at the humiliation, he left Pakistan in protest to live in Europe where in 1979 he was awarded the Nobel for his groundbreaking research in theoretical physics; soon roads were named after him in Geneva and Trieste, if not in Islamabad or Jhang. The same year, as it happened, Bhutto was hanged by Gen Zia’s kangaroo court, but the Ahmadis’ predicament was Bhutto’s only legacy that Zia embraced wholeheartedly and built on even further. Despite being given the roughshod, Dr Salam from his institute in Italy, continued to patronise bright Pakistani scientists and students through a scholarship programme. His alma mater Government College, Lahore, which has named its mathematics and physics departments after Dr Salam, and Pakistan Post, which issued a two-rupee stamp to honour him, remain the only state institutions to have acknowledged him.

The nascent rock band aptly named as Beghairat Brigade, of Aalu Anday fame, has hit the nail on the spot with their lyrics of the popular song which rightly laments: aithe Abdus Salm noon puchhdai koi nai (nobody values Abdus Salam here) as they point out that murderers Qadri and Qasab have become our heroes. His birth anniversary, January 29, remains a long shot from being celebrated as Dr Abdus Salam Day, even though we invent anomalies like the Yaum-i-Takbir (atomic detonation day) and Sindhi Culture Day, amongst the myriad others, that are officially marked on our calendar. How truly unworthy is Pakistan of its only Nobel laureate.

Rest in peace, Dr Salam.

The writer is a member of the staff at Dawn Newspaper.


  1. Action or Inaction by Pakistani government will determine future of Pakistan. We have lost so many bright minded people either to the bullets or to other countries. Western countries hand picked the bright men and women of Pakistan and they have done wonderful for their new adopted countries. Even today 11 year old Mallala has to be flown over to UK where she has become symbol of courage and knowledge for our country. Time is running out. Zardari can remake history by returning power to God Almighty of declaring someone Muslim or Non Muslim. He and parlimnent can do this great service to Pakistan.

  2. Fakhruddin Chotani

    Shame for all Pakistanis that whether Dr. Abdul Salam was a Muslim or nonMuslim but after all he was a Pakistani. A Pakistani who brought the nationa a Noble prize onxce for ever. After him no one never ever will bring any good name for Pakistan in the world. We should honour him as a first Pakistani Nobel Laureate.

    Fakhruddin Chotani,



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Planned Muslim Response to Qur'an Burning by Pastor Jones on September 11 in Mulberry, Florida

August 19, 2013| Dallas, Texas

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We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.

Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”

God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.

We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration (www.UnitydayUSA.com) held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.

Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.

As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.

We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.

We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.

We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.

Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.

Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.

We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.

URL- http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2013/08/planned-muslim-response-to-quran_18.html

Thank you.


The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.