The road to hell
(4:93): “If a person (Muslim) kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is hell, to abide therin forever, and the wrath and curse of Allah are upon him and a dreadful penalty is prepared for the killer.” I have never heard any Imam pointing out this Surah and warning worshippers of the consequences of murdering a fellow-Muslim.
One often hears them narrating stories of Hazrat Musa (AS), Hazrat Yusuf (AS), etc., but never anything related to the ongoing curse in the country. The message from the Almighty is unambiguous. It is very clear in stating that those who kill a Muslim or Muslims are destined to go to hell, and a terrible chastisement from which they will get no respite and no relief.
In the Quran the three kinds of people who will go to hell to live therein forever are clearly mentioned: 1. Those who kill a Muslim or Muslims intentionally; 2. Those who associate others with the Almighty; and 3. Apostates. As the famous saying goes, people never learn from history. All over the world they go on committing the same mistakes as their predecessors did, with disastrous results. If we look at Islamic history we see that, ever since the martyrdoms of Hazrat Umar (RA), Hazrat Usman (RA) and Hazrat Ali (KW), thousands of companions of the Holy Prophet and believers have died because of internal strife, and that strife continues even today.
Our religious preachers, imams, muftis, scholars, etc, hardly ever talk of this creeping curse in our society and how to contain it. All they do is propagated their own particular brands of the religion.
Why is this? Can our education and research institutes suggest a remedy for this serious problem? Have our social or political organisations paid due attention to this problem? Have our past or present rulers ever suggested a long-lasting, permanent solution? Have you ever heard of a commission or task force especially for this purpose, to ascertain the causes of sectarian conflicts and killings and to suggest steps for its prevention and elimination? The answer will be an emphatic “No.” I discussed this matter in one of my earlier columns. This country was established in the name of Islam and on the basis of Muslim nationhood, and for the protection of the interests of all Muslims. The Objectives Resolution was passed by the elected First Constituent Assembly on March 12, 1949, which accepted the sovereignty of Almighty Allah. It contained the vow that Pakistanis would obey the edicts of the Quran and lead our lives accordingly.
Then tell me, please: what has been done to implement these promises, those responsibilities and duties? I put this question to you, to myself, to our national leaders, to our religious scholars, to the rich and the poor, to educationists, private and public officials and planners and to everyone who has anything to say on this matter.
Have we, individually or as a nation, honestly, devotedly and zealously fulfilled our duties for the safety, sovereignty, unity, progress, prosperity, cultural development