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  • Using death for politics


    by Fe'reeha
    17th May, 2006 at 1:52 pm    

    I have serious concerns about the events which have unfolded since the death of Amer Cheema, the 28-year-old Pakistani student who died while under arrest in Germany for allegedly planning to attack a newspaper that published caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. (pbuh)

    According to the news reports, thousands gathered this Saturday at his funeral in Saroki village, Pakistan, about 150 kilometres northwest of Lahore.

    Mourners showered rose petals over Amer’s black shroud covered coffin. The event which could have been a dignified expression of concern for a fellow countryman turned ugly as a stampede resulted in injuries of more than 40 people.

    The “mourners” also chanted slogans against the German government, President Musharraf and the Pakistan Army. Reuters has pictures of Pakistani Muslims walking on the German flag in mosques during Friday prayers.

    All I can say is ….sigh!

    Once again, the Muslim community has acted irrationally and downright pathetically. A so called public display of affection for their religion has successfully transformed into exhibition of hatred for the West and their own country.

    As Sunny said in one of his earlier posts, the Muslim community has no sense of PR.

    Pakistani politicians once again are using a tragic event to suit their own political agendas.

    Whereas I would like to join the voices that are expressing concern over the death of the young man in what you can only describe as “strange circumstances”, I will also strongly condemn the hatred spreading fanatics.

    I find no sympathy for corrupt politicians and religious leaders of Pakistan who can use an event of death to meet their own means. We have seen the same Machiavellian practices during the earthquake which hit Pakistan in October last year, when political parties used the catastrophe shamelessly to gain political advantages.

    Yet, I will not hold the general public of Pakistan accountable, mainly because most of them are uneducated and have no idea of the religion they so zealously follow. These people are mere puppets, it’s the conniving hands that manage their threads that need to be exposed.

    Honestly, how many of our religious scholars have the courage to get up and tell the youngsters to calm down and not take law in their own hands?

    Like any other Muslim, my blood boils at the thought that someone can misrepresent the messenger of my religion. But my blood also boils when the so called lovers of the same personality go out on the streets with the intention to kill, considering it a human and almost heroic act. Sacrilegious condemnation for the prophet is not something “new” to Islam or Muslims. In fact, great men in their times have always been hated, slandered and condemned.

    In his lifetime, Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) chose to ignore the people who tried creating fitna (seed of evil mischief). He prayed for the people of the city of Taif who threw stones at him and made him bleed, he smiled at the women who pelted him with trash and he answered solemnly to the ones who made fun of his name.

    Look evil and mischief in the face, and then smile and turn back unperturbed, back to your mission. I think this indeed is true act of heroism rather than cowardly killing the messenger.

    But why can’t I find such true heroes in my community?


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    1. sonia — on 17th May, 2006 at 3:57 pm  

      yep it sucks.

      “Pakistani politicians once again are using a tragic event to suit their own political agendas”

      and so do all politicians. 9/11 - same thing

    2. sonia — on 17th May, 2006 at 4:01 pm  

      and whilst all you say is true, id have a good look around and see its pretty much the same everywhere else.

      “But my blood also boils when the so called lovers of the same personality go out on the streets with the intention to kill, considering it a human and almost heroic act.”

      people who kill in the name of a country - aka soldiers in the army - their populations sitting at home seem to consider it a heroic act.

    3. mirax — on 17th May, 2006 at 4:01 pm  

      >>Whereas I would like to join the voices that are expressing concern over the death of the young man in what you can only describe as “strange circumstances”, I will also strongly condemn the hatred spreading fanatics.

      Maybe the fanatics take their cue from the first part of your statement : the so-called “strange” circumstances of the young man. An autopsy performed in front of Pakistani investigators that decisively proved no foul play is just skimmed over as an inconvenient fact. Paranoia or what?

    4. Zak — on 17th May, 2006 at 6:50 pm  

      The irony is the religo-political alliance the MMA has actually been given a free hand by Musharrafs ruling party.

    5. Ismaeel — on 18th May, 2006 at 9:32 pm  

      With all due respect.

      I have heard this line about the Prophet (SAWS) forgiving those who insulted him as a reason for Muslims to also forgive those who insult him (SAWS).
      Although it sounds good and it is certainly true that the Prophet (SAWS) forgave some, not all of those who insulted him, it is important to understand an important Islamic principle.
      If someone insults or abuses me I have three options as a Muslim, i can retaliate in an equal manner (qisas), i can remain silent and extract justice on the Day of Judgement or the best option i can forgive. However if whilst my Muslim brother or sister is absent, someone abuses or insults him or her it is my compulsary duty to defend his or her honor, it is not my right to forgive for someone else, it is only right for me to forgive wrongs done to me. Imagine if we forgave those who murdered and said don’t worry we’ll forgive u on behalf of the person you killed, u can go scott free.
      If it is my duty with regards to my Muslim brother and sister, imagine what duty it is with regards to the Mercy to the Worlds (SAWS).

    6. Imran Khan — on 22nd May, 2006 at 3:15 pm  

      What if I make cartoons of your parents, abuse them… you must be smiling… .dont you.

    7. Hafsa — on 27th May, 2006 at 2:20 pm  

      well Amir cheema did well n we feel proud what he has done.i am cousin of aamir cheema and i know he was a brave man and true lover of islam and our Prophet [PBUH].and i think every true muslim would always wish to kill a person who made blasphemy of our prophet as no one can bear the insult of his beloved.amir did well and we feel proud of himself.

    8. John Browne — on 27th May, 2006 at 2:42 pm  

      I should really put a disclaimer on what I say.
      I don’t like the Muslim religion.

      I especially do not like the idea of people going round cutting bits of babies willies without the babies consent or approval. This is not only Muslim its also Jewish and American (90% of American babies are circumcised). I think it is apalling.
      read and digest:
      http://www.cirp.org/pages/intactivist/declaration/

      John

    9. Roger — on 27th May, 2006 at 5:26 pm  

      “it is not my right to forgive for someone else, it is only right for me to forgive wrongs done to me.”
      Rather a neat cop-out. “I’m not killing you because I’m an intolerant bigot. I’m killing you because you said my friend is an intolerant bigot too and that is unforgivable.”

    10. John Browne — on 27th May, 2006 at 5:44 pm  

      ps - I mentioned circumcision (see my above note) because there is mounting psychological evidence that it does increase the incidence of aggression and suicide amongst men.

      John

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