Pakistani Golden Eggs of Rotten Islam
22 Feb, 2009
- Pakistan was founded to secure the socio-economic interests of Muslims. Islamic factor was only in the mind of common Muslim mob of that age. The founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, who was wine drinker and pork eater himself, said on August 11, 1947:
You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the State... We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State... I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in due course Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.
But after his death, Pakistan was hijacked by the Mullahs, who were fiercely against its formation. But still the upper elite class is totally secular. Especially the PPP (Pakistan people Party) leadership is totally secular. Even the Marxists in Pakistan also have their pressure group in the party. Pakistan is standing now at two extremes: at one end, there are the extremist Mullahs and at the other, the seculars and freethinkers. The majority of Pakistani people are under the influence of liberal people. Perhaps, this is the reason that Pakistan is still standing. There are Islamic political parties, which uses Quran as their speeches and wants to get vote in the name of Islam. But, in spite of ISI dictator support, they never get enough seats to make government in Pakistan. And never will they be able to do so.
There are many intellectuals in Pakistan, who support human rights, try to reform Islam, criticize the mullahs and try to make Pakistan a secular democracy.
Javed ahmad Ghamdi:
I have written a whole article on the reformation movement of javed ahmad ghamdi. He is not only a reformist Islamic scholar, but also have a lot of contribution towards the promotion of democracy and liberal culture. Ghamdi has provided a base to the secular people of Pakistan to stand with arguments in favor of democracy and secularism against the Mullahs.
Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy:
Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy, a Professor of Nuclear Physics at the Quaid-e-Azam University since 1973, received the Abdus Salam Prize for mathematics in 1984 and has authored 65 scientific research papers. He is the Chairman of Mashal, a non-profit organization, which publishes books in Urdu on women’s rights, education, environmental issues, philosophy, and progressives thought.
Dr. Hoodbhoy has written and spoken extensively on topics ranging from science in Islam to education issues in Pakistan and nuclear disarmament. He produced a 13-part documentary series in Urdu for Pakistan Television on critical issues in education, and two series aimed at popularizing science. He is the author of Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality, now available in five languages.
In his book, Dr. Hoodbhoy strongly criticizes Imam Ghazali for undermining rational thinking via indoctrination of religious dogma. He even criticizes Caliph Omer for burning the Library of Alexandria.
Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa Agha
Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa Agha is an independent security analyst and strategic affairs columnist from Pakistan. She received her doctorate from King's College London in 1996 and has worked on issues varying from military technology, defense decision-making, nuclear deterrence, arms procurement, and arms production to civil-military relations in South Asia. She often appears at Pakistani TV channels. She is a supporter of nuclear disarmament, secular democracy and Indian federation. She is a fierce critique of ISI monopoly in Pakistan. She has written a book Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy, in which she criticize ISI for supporting the Taliban and the economic monopoly of Pakistan army. She often writes at Dawn. She criticizes the Government for giving support to the Taliban. Due to her anti-Taliban thinking and writing against the “holy” army of Pakistan, she is also declared as “traitor”.
Irfan Husain is one of Pakistan's top newspaper columnists. His latest columns on occupation, terrorism and counter-terrorism is once again deeply thought provoking. He covers almost all aspects of social and religious issue. Recently, he has strongly criticizes the government for giving free hands to the Taliban. He lately criticized Imran Khan for calling Darwin's Evolution a “half baked” theory (see Imran Khan vs Charles Darwin). His articles can be accessed here.
Dr. Younus Shaikh is a Pakistani medical doctor, human rights activist, rationalist and freethinker. In October 2000, he was charged with blasphemy over expressing his views about the circumcision of Prophet Muhammad in a lecture. He said that the Prophet did not become a Muslim until the age of 40 (i.e., until he supposedly had received the first message from God) and that the Prophet’s parents had been non-Muslims, because they died before Islam existed. He said that the Prophet was unlikely to have shaved his armpits and pubic hair, since the custom was probably unknown to his tribe at the time. A group of his students reported him to a local group, called the Committee for the Protection of the Finality of the Prophet, which has a history of lodging blasphemy charges against religious minorities. The group immediately reported Dr Younis Shaikh to the authority and he was arrested. Dr Shaikh maintained that his words had been misunderstood.
After spending 11 months in the Central Jail in Rawalpindi, he was sentenced to death. He spent greater than two more years in jail before the verdict was over turned in November 2003 as a result of intense international pressure, orchestrated by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) and Amnesty International. After acquittal, he left to Europe to save his life from mob justice, if released in Pakistan. He has written many articles. He wrote his whole story here.
Readers may be interested in another article in our site by Sher Khan: Golden Eggs of Rotten Islam: Freethinkers of Islam.
Amar Khan is a Pakistan-born ex-Muslim.