Muslims should stop calling Non-Muslims as infidels (Kafirs). They should first try to show some respect to people who are different than them and only then they can expect respect from others. If they stop calling Non – Muslims as infidels (kafirs) then I think people will stop making cartoons against Islam. When tourists especially women visit Saudi Arabia, Iran etc. they must have the freedom to wear whatever clothes they want to wear only then we can expect people in the west to respect Islamic dresses such as burka etc. Muslims should become broad minded and must accept the diversity, they must make their countries and minds secular. They want sharia all over the world which means every woman should wear complete burka and every man should wear a long Arabic dress i.e. juba (which is without underwear). No, this cannot happen. Muslims should learn how to live with peace and harmony together with Non – Muslims. When Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and others give them respect, why can’t they show a little respect?
Written by Hector Aleem
Now days everyone is talking about cartoons against Islam and mohammad. Muslim countries especially Pakistan are holding rallies and protest against the cartoons by burning the flags of France and pictures of cartoonists. They are also talking about a law that United Nations should have which can protect muslim rights and no one in this world could ever be able to say anything against Islam or mohammad. On the other hand, muslim countries don’t allow anyone in their countries to wear clothes of their own choice, non-muslims in Saudi Arabia aren’t allowed to go to mecca because it’s their holy place. Non-muslims cannot have nationalities of muslim countries and no one is allowed to debate or discuss Islam. Christians who are the native people of those Islamic countries cannot have freedom of speech and freedom of religion in Islamic countries but muslims who are only immigrants in Europe and USA ask for their freedom of speech and freedom of religion. They don’t care that there are other people and religions in the world e.g. Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and atheists who don’t accept mohammad as their prophet and Koran as a holy book, there are contradictions among different denominations of islam who don’t accept other denomination as a muslim which makes them a minority, how can a minority impose its religion on majority? Christians are being forcefully converted to islam and they have to hear debates and insulting words against Holy Bible, Christianity and Jesus Christ in Islamic countries every day.
When muslims say that there should be a law which can protect muslims and their prophet and the violators should be punished, this means that they want to impose sharia all over the world. United Nations doesn’t recognise any religion but still when they go there, they start with the name of Allah. By doing so, they are violating the charter of United Nations. They want to impose blasphemy law only for islam through United Nations all over the world. They want to ignore all nations of the world and ask for a law that respects them, their religion and prophet. They want a license to kill in the name of religion which they are already doing; we all know that from which religion do Boko Haram, ISIS, Al Qaida, Taliban and other terrorist organisations belong. I have seen muslims disrespecting cross, churches, holy signs of Christians, tearing and burning the pages of Holy Bible and spitting on holy signs and books of Christians. Instead, there should be a law against muslims that controls them not to disrespect anyone else’s religion. The United Nations charter says that everyone should keep their religion to themselves and do not hurt others by imposing any religion and insult other’s religion and this is the best thing anyone can do.
In the end I would like to mention mohammad ghouri, ahmed shah abdali, mehmood ghaznavi and mohammad bin qasim who were robbers came from Afghanistan and Arab to rob Hindu temples and eradicate peaceful nations like Buddhist, Christians and Hindus living there and they did it. I don’t know about other muslim countries but there roads, places and missiles in the name of these terrorists and they are mentioned in their syllabus as Islamic heroes in Pakistan. By looking at their history and so called heroes, who can say that they are peaceful or they can respect other religions.
Over the centuries people from different cultures & regions have always given more importance to the prevalent religion in that particular region at that particular time.
Christianity which has its roots in the Middle-East and South Asia was peacefully preached & practiced in Europe while Islam which too has its origins in the Middle-East found a permanent foothold in Asia & Africa. To openly claim that ones religion is superior to the other is in itself an act of blasphemy.
Muslims live in North America, Europe, Australia and other non-Muslim countries, but never have the education system in these countries ever tried to impose an alien religious subject on their children, nor have the Muslim children ever been brainwashed into believing that their religion is inferior to those of other religions. As a matter of fact all children in non-muslim countries are taught the importance of national unity, patriotism, love for humanity & economic development of their respective countries.
In Pakistan, since the last 67 years special emphasis is given to Islamayat (Islamic studies) in all educational institutions from primary to under-graduate level. Diverse subject such as Mathematics, Science, Geography, History and even language subjects such as Urdu, Punjabi and Sindhi have Islamic concoction in them. Alternative subjects such as Civics & Ethics are given little or no importance and even in these subjects, 75% teaching of Islam is present. This is well and okay if all the students in Pakistan come from Islamic backgrounds – What happens to children from Christian backgrounds? What alternative subjects are taught to them that do not include Islam? I am afraid the answer to the above two questions is not positively reassuring.
Islamic Studies is taught to Christian children from Kindergarten level and when these children reach the upper primary level, they are reasonably brainwashed by then into believing that Islam is the only superior religion and that their belief in Christ or Christianity is wrong-the Holy Bible unlike the Holy Quran has been amended and due to this fact it is no longer accurate and an inferior religion. Teachers also coax these Christian children (05 years old and above) to renounce Christianity & embrace Islam to redeem themselves from sin and promises of a place in paradise. Our Christian children when at home pose serious & misinterpreted questions to their parents about the activities that took place in their respective school and begin to question their faith creating an atmosphere or uncertainty, alienation & inferiority complex which later in life causes entrenched doubts about their religious convictions and even a switch to Islam, based on the earlier misinterpreted version imparted by their Islamic Studies teachers. It is no secret that these Islamic Studies teachers are in fact aggressively promoting Islam with the tacit approval of their respective educational hierarchy, which is turn are taking their instructions from the Government. Is this approach correct?
Let’s take another example. There was a hue & cry in France about the issue of Muslim female students not allowed to wear the scarf while in School. The Government of France made it amply clear that all students in France must follow rules & regulations and that the dress code did not include religious insignia or restrictions. The point is that Muslim prefers to adhere to their religious values in non-muslim countries but force Islamic value to non-Muslims in their own countries. Why the double standard? Can Pakistani Government justifiably prove that Islam is in fact more superior to other religion? Pakistani print and electronic media always claim that the Holy Quran explicitly forbids Muslims from discriminating against other religions. Why then the unnecessary discrimination? Pakistani Government boast about the rising number of converts to Islam but in reality, other religions are not allowed to flourish, instead other religions are demonized here. Pakistani government never provides a level playing field and usually resorts to unethical & provocative methods to inflict physiological torture on Christians.
Religion can never be forced onto others, Christians in Pakistan are guaranteed religious freedom both by the Constitution of Pakistan as well as the United Nations (Pakistan is a veteran member of the United Nations) but this guarantee only exists on paper – the reverse is actually applicable.
To compound problems Islamic studies is taught in the Arabic language – once again an alien and irrelevant language both for Muslim & Christian students alike, whom face extreme difficulty in comprehending this language. Then there are a few schools that teach Civics or Ethics instead of Islamic Studies but it becomes difficult for children whom are studying these particular subjects to successfully pass their examinations. This is another hand twisting methods adopted by the educators into compelling students from opting out of Civics/Ethics in favor of Islamic Studies.
Interestingly enough Christian students, who complete Islamic Studies examinations, are given good grades, even though they may not have made a serious attempt to pass.
I strongly urge the Government of Pakistan both at Federal & Provincial level to cease teaching Islamic Studies to Christians; instead appoint teachers from Christian background to teach Holy Bible to Christian students. This will improve the unemployment situation for the Christians, create an atmosphere of tolerance & brotherhood and will give Christians a sense of security- sorely missing in Pakistan.
Pakistani Christians applaud the Government into allowing Aga Khan Board to be established; similarly I recommend that a Christian Board too be created to facilitate children from Christian background.
Forcibly eradicating other religious values & beliefs will only create an atmosphere of distrust, contempt, intolerance, discrimination & loss of self-esteem, a situation currently in existence in Pakistan. Wake up Government of Pakistan before it is too late.