It has been for so long that Pakistan faces this menace of extremism, slowly and slowly, this poison eats away our country bit by bit and we continue to watch it from afar because either we have managed to avoid it in our lives or we are in fact the champions of our own extremist ideology. So many innocent lives have been taken by this poison, whats worse then that blood is the fact that there are still people out there who actually wear that crown of spiritual satisfaction and support those who have killed our people because of their alleged beliefs. Its not uncommon that people belonging to minority religious beliefs are persecuted, it is not uncommon that places of religious worship are burnt to ashes and the slaughtering of entire families is also not uncommon. Despite all that, there are very few who speak out against it, there are very few stand to protect the minorities because of the fact that they are human and Pakistani. Heroes like Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti are labelled as blasphemers and killers, murderers like Mumtaz are crowned as saviors of Islam. The Religious clerics make it their duty to label people as infidels (kaafirs) as they feel that it is they who are to decide the correctness of someone’s beliefs and not the Almighty, they have used their influence to instigate violence against minorities, they teach their students in their Madarssahs to be intolerant, they teach them to go out there and kill, the use religion as a tool for their evil motives, instead of spreading the word of Allah in mosques they indulge in hate speech, they encourage their pupils to go ahead and join terrorist factions and work against the integrity of Pakistan and its people. Yet very few have the courage to speak out against them because, one accusation can change the entire dynamics of ones life or even an entire community. We’ve seen entire colonies burnt down, men, women and children killed, 1 unborn baby, 2 girls, 1 woman were burned alive in Gujranwala because of the fact that they were labelled as ‘Kaafirs’, most recently a Christian couple was also thrown into a brick kiln. There are thousands of such other incidents similar to these equally barbaric and inhumane. We as Muslims and Pakistan as a state has taken a pledge to protect the minorities of this country, it is our responsibility, what are we if we cant even uphold a pledge that we have taken? Where is cleric’s religion when he violates that pledge that he has taken? Why does a person’s faith matter when it comes to him being a good or bad person?
“Beware! Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, or curtails their rights, or burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against the person on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud)
Although there are so many who are silent, we occasionally see a hero rise within our ranks, a hero who is fearless and wants to eradicate this poison. One such hero is Mohammad Jibran Nasir, it is difficult to do his work justice with just words but I will try my best. He has since the very start spoken out against all those using religion as a tool to further their agenda of hate, he has been of the most vocal supporters of minority rights in Pakistan. He recently launched a protest outside the Lal Masjid to demand the arrest of Abdul Aziz, a man who has openly supported the Taliban, a man who has at every point in his life worked against the interests of Pakistan and is responsible for too much of innocent blood through his hate instigating teachings, he was the man who taught his pupils at the Lal Masjid to sympathize with the Taliban, the killers or our people and to fight for them and he left even them to die when he escaped in a burka from the masjid because to him nothing is more important than his life. Mohammad Jibran’s campaign has not only been to have him arrested but it is to make people realize that there are hundreds of others doing exactly what Abdul Aziz has done and is doing, we must speak out against them we must protect our people, we must not let them be judge of others faiths and beliefs. Jibran in this campaign has received death threats from various terrorist factions, those militant outfits that have killed hundreds of thousands of men, women and children of Pakistan that are now trying to protect Abdul Aziz. Mohammad Jibran has openly spoken out against them despite the threats, he has pointed each and every one of them out, at a point where even the state of Pakistan seems a bit back handed, Jibran has looked directly in the eyes of the enemies of Pakistan and stood his ground, he was called an infidel(Kaafir) yet he was not shaken, his faith was questioned but that did not bring him down. He is right now fighting a battle for the future of this country, he right now is rooting out this poison that spreads in Pakistan, I salute him for his bravery, he is the hero Pakistan needs but we have not done much to deserve him.