Guard­ing mosques and Imam­bar­gahs

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Fof­fer AITHFUL gath­ered in large num­ber in mosques and imam­bar­gahs to

last Juma pray­ers of Ra­mazan (Ju­matul Wida), seek­ing mercy of Allah Almighty for them­selves and the coun­try. How­ever, it was painful to ob­serve that in Rawalpindi alone, the ad­min­is­tra­tion had to de­ploy one thou­sand cops to guard mosques and imam­bar­gahs on the oc­ca­sion.

In­creased se­cu­rity, es­pe­cially for places of wor­ship is un­der­stand­able as there have been fre­quent at­tacks even on mosques re­sult­ing into scores of ca­su­al­ties. There­fore, as part of the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments, there was no per­mis­sion to park ve­hi­cles, mo­tor­cy­cles, cy­cles and hand­carts near mosques and places of wor­ship. It is, how­ever, in­deed a mat­ter of shame that places of wor­ship, which spread mes­sage of peace, broth­er­hood and af­fec­tion, had to be guarded by po­lice per­son­nel to en­sure that peo­ple wor­ship with peace of mind. This should be a mat­ter of great con­cern not only for the Gov­ern­ment but also for our re­li­gious lead­ers and re­li­gious par­ties. No doubt, there are also threats to th­ese places from agents of some for­eign agen­cies that want to desta­bi­lize Pak­istan through dif­fer­ent tac­tics but ma­jor threat comes from ex­trem­ists of dif­fer­ent schools of thought. There is self­serv­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Is­lam and its in­junc­tions and at­tempts are made to im­pose one’s views on oth­ers through force. Those in­dulging in such tac­tics for­get that they are in­flict­ing more harm to the re­li­gion than its tra­di­tional en­e­mies. The en­tire na­tion will have to stand up against preach­ers of vi­o­lence and it is duty of re­li­gious schol­ars and lead­ers to play their part in pro­mot­ing peace and har­mony.


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