Tolerance essence of democracy
Worth recalling is a friendly meeting sometime ago at which Nawaz Sharif talking about democracy personally told me “tolerance is must in a democratic set-up”. Exchange of views had just begun when Mushahid Hussain Sayed rushed to intervene, saying: “Sorry, first finish the well-cooked rice”.”. Today, one recalls the founder of Pakistan had in his mind the idea of tolerance and principle of democracy. He told leaders of Balochistan :“It is my belief that our salvation lies in following the golden rules of conduct set for us by our great law-giver the Prophet (peace be upon him) of Islam. Let’s lay the foundation of our democracy on the basis of truly Islamic ideals and principles.” In a broadcast talk to the people of the U.S., he emphasised the ultimate shape of the Co Constitution would be of a democratic type, em embodying the principles of Islam. “We’ve ma many non-Muslims but they’re all Pakistanis. They’ll enjoy the same rights and privileg leges as any other citizen, and will play their rig rightful part in the affairs of Pakistan.” Th This meant paving the way for tolerance and na national unity. Th The 4uaid had borrowed idea of socio-econo nomic justice and tolerance from Prophet M Muhammad (PBUH). So, in the wake of the commodity price spurt anywhere, people revive knowledge about the prophet and the architect of Pakistan. They recall how intelligently the Messenger of God abolished the tribal distinction, and grouped the inhabitants of Medina under one general name Ansaar (Helper). In order to unite the former and the ‘muhajireen’ in closer bonds, he established a brotherhood between them. The prophet fully realized the truth that the foundation of the Islamic state would be weak unless it was based upon the goodwill and support of all sections of people. Toleration of others’ faith is necessary where different races live together. His policy in this respect was: “Live and let live others.” There are many acts of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which are of great relevance today. One is that he granted to all Christians a charter which is a monument of enlightened tolerance. They were not to be unfairly taxed., no bishop was to be driven out of his bishopric, no monk was to be expelled from his monastery, and no pilgrim was to be detained from the pilgrimage. In case of the repair of churches the Muslims were to help the Christians. The Prophet, who was also commander-inchief, thus, not only by words but also by deeds, treated the Jews and Christians with the utmost tolerance and regard and respect for their faith and belief. There’s need for unity, faith and discipline at a time the country is passing through a critical phase of its life.