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    Islam; in the oyster of Theocracy……Shahnaz Bibi

     

    Islam is a dynamic religion which profoundly enunciates humanism, peace, social justice and morality .It has deep penetrating power in every sphere as it is not fixed, stagnated and dormant religion .The pervasive nature of Islam embowered the entire humanity due its universal and golden cannon and principals’ .Islam is a tremendous bounty and benediction from Supreme Nature. The cosmopolitanism and pluralistic approach of Islam has knotted the entire humanity in the radiant thread of universal peace and love. The true spirit of Islam elucidates mutual love; rights of man and equality, Islamic teachings are imbuing with theosophical and democratic norms for the better survival of mankind under the firmament of diversity. Islam strictly rebukes stratification of man on the basis of sect, clan, tribe, geography, language and creed, the best of all us is the one who is most righteous.

     

    No One can blink the fact that Islam fabricated the entire surface of humanity with is dynamic values and comprehensive teaching .It revolutionized not only the peninsula of Arabia but it has entwined all humanity. It has saved the boat of man from the fathom of atrocious tornados of moral turpitudes. It was Islam that has saved the face of humanity that has lost in the labyrinth of mundane lust. Islam hoists the flag of universal peace, love and equality the Charter of United Nations (UN) and Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the refulgent example of the true spirit of Islam but unfortunately, there is wide chasm between the practice and theory of Islamic values in our Society. Pakistan, in her incipient days came under the ominous cloud of orthodox and bigotries which preposterously and blindly misinterpreted the real spirit of Islam and presented Islam as fundamentalist and intolerant religion to every Tom, Dick and Harry. Quaid –e-Azam enunciated freedom of expression of thought and religious freedom in his maiden speech in constituent Assembly. The theocratic school of thought impeded in the way of Constitutional making process to promote for their own loaves and fishes .Although the objective Resolution which the collective sagacity of constituent Assembly which truly represent the golden principal of Islamic values yet the theocratic class started to suffuse their own idiosyncrasies in the name of Islam. They even created fuss over the name of Republic of Pakistan vociferously in practical polity of Islam, democracy and republicanism is the main value but due to their obduracy Islamic nomenclature had been added. It truly highlights the tendencies only slake their thirst of self-imposed Islam which ware presented as orthodox limited and fixed thus it had widen the fissure between Muslims and Minorities .The minorities in the constituent Assembly infuriated because they were accepted as second rate citizen. Even the Muslim member Mian Iftikhar-u-Dinn bitterly criticized the theocratic cult he said it is the insemination of the seed of sectarian clashes and pulverization of the fundamental rights of minorities. The mosaic of Pakistani culture is fabricated with the gruesome concept of elitism e.g. Mullahs, Business tycoons, feudal lord and religious leaders. These Elites is interlocked the in vicious cycle to regulate the affairs of states. The political leaders and religious leaders have been interwoven in the fringe of personal interest.  The religious leader use Religion under the integument of political interest thus such amalgamated system produce erosion in societal and political and moral ground.

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    The popular leader Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto presented a mandate of Islamic Socialism during his regime, it is admitted fact that already Islam is absolutely against the accumulation and circulation of wealth in few hand .Islamic values stress upon the welfare of downtrodden and working class. Bhutto blatantly intermixed Socialism and Islam according to their peculiar idiosyncrasies thus created perplexities and confusion both in Islam and socialism. In the autocratic regime of Zia –ul-Haq had torn out the actual fabric of Islam. He brazen facedly inseminated the radical and fundamentalist Islam .His notorious policies eulogized the concept of Jihad under the Wahabbi School of thoughts thus he proliferated strict and brutal concept of Jihad .He supervised huge number of religious-cum sectarian institution which were being funded by Saudi Arabia, Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. The process of Islamization introduced by Zia presented gloomy and deplorable picture of islam .Hudood Ordinance under Family law considered draconian law which had nip the bud of  the soul of Islam completely. The    apparently military but genuinely theocratic regime of Zia left no stone unturned to present orthodox and insular Islam.   Still we are harvesting the venomous fruit of his policies in the form of terrorism and fundamentalism. Today, we are on the horn of dilemma of sectarianism and extremism and the dreadful echo of sectarian clashes and religious dissension heard everywhere in Pakistan. The extremism in religious thoughts had fostered religious intolerance, on the basis of numerical strength  few groups accuse other so called blasphemy .Under the dark shadow of orthodox Islam we became ignorant from the golden and actual face of Islam. Today, Muslim has been lost in the labyrinth of desperation, degradation and downfall we must proliferate the actual teaching and true spirit of Islam and must clean the Augean stable of theocratic and orthodox cult.

     

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    Shahnaz Bibi
    Human Right Activist
    and
    freelance writer

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