PAKISTAN: THE CROWN JEWEL OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD
As the 69th Independence Day of Pakistan approaches it must be met with a deep sense of responsibility and the duty that we owe to this wonderful land of abundance and to the greatest blessing of Allah, Pakistan – The crown jewel of the Ummah. Allah has truly bestowed upon us everything that a nation needs to survive upon. Rivers, mountains, vast plains, sea, minerals, man power, seasons and Islam. But even after 69 years of independence, it is already a lot of time flown by neglecting the fact that this great nation was founded on the basis of La ilaha ill Allah (There is no god but Allah). So on this Independence Day before taking to the streets for obscene demonstrations, hurrying to musical shows in your vicinity and spending a big wad of money on fireworks and other celebration goodies, just think on these questions. How and why Pakistan came into being? & Are we thankful for all of this?
The nation that came into being on 14th August 1947 and 27th Ramadan the holiest month in Islamic calendar in Indian-Subcontinent was not just another homeland of freed land and people but was entirely a different event or as I will prove later, it was a challenge to the secularist machinery at work. Secularism, the belief that religion should not be involved in the organization of society, education, constitution etc. Or as I like to put it is the shameless adherence to ones on desires and succumbing to your own cravings, no matter how evil they are. For such people having these inclinations, Allah swt says:
“Have you (O Muhammad SAW) seen him who has taken as his ilâh (god) his own vain desire? Would you then be a Wakîl (a disposer of his affairs or a watcher) over him? Or do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are only like cattle; nay, — they are even farther astray from the Path. (i.e. even worse than cattle).” (25:43-44)
Under the flag of secularism, as far as the state of affairs and governance is concerned, no religion has anything to do with the governed. The equation for the rule of law suggests that the law & order are to be set democratically by the free will of the people while basing everything on logical grounds, statistical analysis and events pertaining to that people but this is totally out of question that in any matter if religion has any say or to propose that anything is Halal or Haram. As is evident from the moral and social degradation of these secularist nations, “I am free and it’s my life” are dialogues commonly echoed everywhere but they have only brought individual freedom at the expense of the entire social structure. The best example that can be quoted here is the legalizing of the homosexual marriages.
Having cleared what veiled evil secularism is, let us see where we stand. Pakistan’s appearance on the international map also marks the period when the world had reached the dawn of secularism. It was about time when religion as a whole was ready to be thrown into an eternal abyss. Last thing that this mega anti-religious machine wanted was a nation emerging in the name of Islam. Pakistan as a newly born nation was already besieged by the propaganda from the Hindu Congress and the viceroy, was seen as a “Freak of History”. As this Islamic nation was an invitation of opposition to the new secular world. This meant the return of the Caliphate as the general masses echoed to the world Pakistan ka matlab kya? La ilaha ill Allah. As a realistic and a judgmental man Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah acknowledged the great threat that Pakistan faced in its neighborhood and overseas. So he very boldly took a diplomatic step to save the already threatened nation from external powers. It was his statement of 11th August 1947, which is very often misquoted by the secularist groups trying to derail Pakistan. “You will find that in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the state.”
It is said that truth is stranger than fiction. Although, the above mentioned quote exhibits some colors of secularism, but to say that Jinnah opposed Islam would be the greatest deviation from truth. He was brought up in the British manner having instilled every bit of ideology they possess but after his meetings with Allama Muhammad Iqbal, he was a changed man who understood the importance of an Islamic nation for Muslims. If it is an allegation that Pakistan was not meant to be an Islamic nation then why did Quaid-e-Azam still insist on having Pakistan even though Gandhi offered him the leadership of undivided India? If Islam was not an issue in his mind and if he wanted Pakistan to be a secular state, then couldn’t he have used the enormous power as the leader of the largest secular state in the world to his advantage rather than settle for a moth-eaten tiny secular state for Muslims? That would have earned him: the respect of Hindus, the blessing of Gandhi, and high accolades of the British; plus it would have given him unimaginable world popularity. Any other leader seeking fame, fortune, glory, and power would have been only too happy to accept Gandhi’s offer. However, Quiad-e-Azam did not.
The lectures and public speeches given by Quiad-e-Azam over the last ten years of his life, belie every anti-Islamic secular person who try their best to mask his personality as a whole with their own spins. Everyone plucks and picks something from his life to prove or disprove his or her point of view without presenting his life’s total picture. These champion imitators of Western-style secularism believe in the separation of Church and State. And by extension they advocate the separation of Islam and the State. It never occurs to them that Church is not Islam or vice versa. But Quiad-e-Azam had already answered these outlaws and traitors in countless ways.
Quaid-e-Azam said in his presidential address in 1940:
“It is extremely difficult to appreciate why our Hindu friends fail to understand the real nature of Islam and Hinduism. They are not religions in the strict sense of the word but are, in fact, different and distinct social orders… The Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, social customs, literatures. They belong to two different civilizations which are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their aspects of life and our life are different.”
In a message to NWFP Muslim Students Federation in April 1943, he said:
“You have asked me to give a message. What message can I give you? We have got the great message in the Quran for our guidance and enlightenment.”
Another reference that suffices it all is the 11th September 1945 Eid message to the nation, he said:
“Every Muslim knows that the injunctions of the Quran are not confined to religious and moral duties. Everyone except those who are ignorant, knows that the Quran is the general code of the Muslims. A religious, social, civil, commercial, military, judicial, criminal and penal code; it regulates everything from the ceremonies of religion to those of daily life; from the salvation of the soul to the health of the body; from the rights of all, to those of each individual; from morality to crime; from punishment here to that in the life to come, and our Prophet (S) has enjoined on us that every Muslim should possess a copy of the Holy Quran and be his own priest. Therefore, Islam is not confined to the spiritual tenets and doctrines and rituals and ceremonies. It is a complete code regulating the whole Muslim society in every department of life, collectively and individually.”
“We should have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play.”
“We must get Pakistan at any cost. For it we live and for it we will die. The Mussalmans have to struggle and struggle hard for their honorable existence…you must work and work hard. By doing so you will contribute substantially not only to the honour of ten crores of Muslims but to the crystallization of a free Muslim state of Pakistan where Muslims will be able to offer the ideology of Islamic rule”
“I have one underlying principle in mind: the principle of Muslim democracy. It is my belief that our salvation lies in following the golden rules of conduct set for us by our great lawgiver, the Prophet of Islam.” In 1948, Address to Sibi Darbar.
“I cannot understand the logic of those who have been deliberately and mischievously propagating that the Constitution of Pakistan will not be based on Islamic Sharia. Islamic principles today are as much applicable to life as they were 1300 years ago.” Address to Karachi Bar Association in January 25, 1948
“I have full faith in my people that they will rise to every occasion worthy of our past Islamic history, glory and traditions.” Message to the Nation on the occasion of the first Anniversary of Pakistan on 14th August, 1948.
In the light of above mentioned quotes pertaining to Quaid-e-Azam and not to mention Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s stance, Pakistan was not founded on secular concepts such as language, ethnicity or regional nationalism. In fact, it negated all those concepts. The idea of Pakistan’s creation was that Muslims are a separate nation because of their religion and they need a separate homeland in Muslim majority states of India for creation of an Islamic state where they can practice Islam in private and public sphere.
Vast majority of Muslims in Indian-Subcontinent supported the Pakistan movement and in 1946 elections, 76% Muslims voted for Muslim League and the Muslim league got more Muslim votes from the states where Muslims were a small minority, now part of India. Muslims living in Bombay, Madras, UP, CP and other States knew that they will never be able become citizens of Pakistan and they would not enjoy the independence but they voted for Muslim League and supported the creation of Pakistan despite the fact that they will also have to suffer the wrath of Hindus and Indian Congress. They made this great sacrifice for Islam hoping that Pakistan will become an Islamic State and thus lead the revival of Ummah of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
In the wake of the last 69 years of its creation, let alone making Pakistan a Modern Islamic State we are still debating the purpose of its and a secular elite fringe has drawn us to debate whether the country was made to be a secular state or an Islamic State. Looking at purpose and basis of Pakistan’s creation this may sound like debating at night, whether earlier in the morning the sun rose from the east or west. The country which had clear vision, real purpose and sacred mission behind its creation, blood and sacrifices of millions of Muslims for Islam, sadly has been forced into stagnation with confusion, denial, hypocrisy and betrayal. Our judicial system is still Anglo-Saxon penal code, policing system is also the same which has miserably failed to provide justice and maintain law & order in the country. The economic system is utterly fraudulent, corrupt and oppressive capitalism which is based on interest/usury. The rulers are cruel and corrupt who do not believe in the very purpose this country was created for they are guardians of the status quo and don’t even fill the Islamic criteria to be the candidates for positions which they are holding. The constitution is full of contradictions on one side it says no legislation can be made repugnant to Quran and Sunnah on the other side gives immunity to (the corruption of) the President which is against the Quran. Laws which were against Quran & Sunnah had not only been presented, but also passed by the Parliament. At social level our society is full of contradictions, media is misusing its freedom by making mockery of Islam and even insulting Islam in one way or another, it is spreading a wannabe attitude by promoting Western and Indian culture, whereas the land of the pure was found to rid Muslims of un-Islamic customs and trends of Hindu culture. This betrayal with Allah who blessed us with this beautiful and resourceful homeland and ignorant denial of Islamic Purpose of Pakistan’s creation has ruined Pakistan a lot in the last 69 years.
The crises, the natural disasters, the misuse of the Pakistani soil for drone attacks, a misguided, ramshackle political system and the list goes on and on and on are portents that it is time we turned back and became grateful to Allah’s blessings. We are such a blessed country which has been bestowed with all what a nation requires to rise. We are rich in natural resources; we have vast agricultural lands, huge energy reservoirs, and strong human resource. Need of the hour is to harness this potential for the good of all. Proper guidance at various levels can revolutionize our country into a well-developed state.
The mighty Indus originates from the highlands of Tibetan plateau and runs the full length of Pakistan. Along its course it is joined by four other rivers Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej, making it even mightier. Such is the parable of Islam as the mighty Indus and joined together with KPK, Baluchistan, Punjab and Sindh into one great Islamic nation, Pakistan. It is time to revive what we have left behind and be guided by the light of Quran and Sunnah as it is always there above the horizon awaiting acceptance and acknowledgement so that we can bear its fruits. We should be thankful to Allah swt and Join hands together to become one and face our enemies, still nothing is lost.