The road to hell

The Pak Banker - - 4EDITORIAL -

(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

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