By: Ali Abbas Khan
Recently, study conducted by prof. Hussain Askari of George Washington University entitled “How Islamic are the Islamic countries” exhibited that most of the countries holding emblem of Islamic principles in their daily lives are not ones, those are traditionally Muslim. The study, published in the global economy journal may be shocking to Muslims but when it is peeped into reality of situation in surrounding, results of study are instigated accurate and true. As Muslims are seemed caring only about performing religious obligations, rituals, Sunnah (prayer, fasting, niqab, beards, etc), reading the Quran and the Hadiths, but they don’t practice what they espouse. Religious lessons and sermons are hearkened by the Muslims more than the other people of variant communities on the face of earth, but still title of best nation is lying in the hands of unknown. Unfortunately, Muslims have not recognized the true meanings of Islam and what has been delivered by Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) that’s why prophet(SAW) flabbergasted: “Verily, the bankrupt of my nation are those, who come on the Day of Resurrection with prayers, fasting and charity, but also with insults, slander, consuming wealth, shedding and beating others.”
Exemplifying through stances, a Chinese merchant once uttered that Muslim merchant came to him and asked to put fake international labels and brands on their goods and when he invited them to eat, they refuted because the food was not Halal, so it was Halal for them to sell fake goods? Likewise, a Japanese Muslim said,” I traveled to the west and visualized Islam in practice and was being applied by non-Muslims in their daily lives, but my visit to east was astonishing because I saw Islam but didn’t see any Muslim and I thanked Allah for knowing Islam before getting knowledge about how Muslims act.” Still don’t you ponder that Lord Bernard Shaw was right in his remarks; “Islam is the best religion and Muslims are the worst followers?”
Clerics of the whole society, either belonging to Sunni sect or having lineage with Shiatis are not guiding about Islam in the way, they should. They provoke community for Jhiad, Zakat and preaching, but caring about others’ rights, looking after neighbors, doing justice and such other topics are not enumerated by them for Friday sermons. Sectarianism has been inducted into our society through such podiums and Muslim-brothers are ready to slay one another if they are having opposite beliefs. Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia is the most sacrosanct jurisdiction for the Muslims, but to the research, KSA is standing 131ST in line of applying Islamic rules after New Zealand, Luxembourg, Ireland, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Canada holding first 7th position respectively. Europeans, no doubt are not Muslims, but they have truly opted prolific rules of Islam; isn’t it so? Saudi-Arabia is being followed by the Muslims of globe, but they are imbuing the concerns of only specific community having grudges against Iran, even Islamic security organization being run by Saudia is not allowing Iran into its clutches, which is sign of discrimination, not allowed in Islam.
Similarly, contingencies being carried out in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan and Kashmir, etc are having no vindication from the side of Muslims and their canopies. Then it’s obvious that such states can’t inept Islamic rules, which is time-demanded procedure. So far as Pakistan is concerned, mullahs have enacted their job for bagging money, not what was being coaxed from them. A plethora of paradigms are there which can be annexed like, what Molvi Qavi did at Qandeel residence wearing Quaid hat and veils of purity. No single line yet passed through my eyes, where Islam and ethics allow one mullah for snapshotting with other lady especially a model. If there are Islamic rules being administered in locality of Pakistan then why newspapers are imbued with allegories of slaughtering women, grasping rights of others, consuming wealth, corruption and slanders. Islam has not delivered us with such data, but with notions, being followed by Non-Muslims.
Being a Muslim, I believe that Islam (external aspect of faith) is incomplete without Imaan (internal aspect of faith) and Ihsaan (social aspect of faith). Externally, benchmark of Muslims is above all because beards are there on their faces with white prayer cap and they are moving town to town for preaching of Islam. Internal aspect of faith have been put behind the walls like, justice, equality, rights and perhaps these were the teachings of prophet Muhammad(SAW). Unfortunately, Pakistani society has reached at such bruising apex, where mother being female in collaboration with son put her daughter on fire (Sahiwal case), what a ferocious attitude society is having!
Religion shouldn’t be reduced to prayer and fasting only as it’s a decorum way of life and it’s all about how we treat others. Performing a religious obligation is up to one soul and it’s something between acute soul and Allah. However, good ethics are something between two persons and if Islamic ethics are not put into action and practice, corruption will become rampant and disgrace will be our future. A person shouldn’t be judged on the basis of performing religious obligation because he may be a hypocrite, but one should be gauged by his behaviors to other moving bodies of society.
In the nutshell, Islam is complete code of life ushering knowledge for every corner and Muslims should linger Quran and Sunnah in true aspect and mend their ways. Historically, they ruled the world whether it was battlefield or ground of studies and research following Islam. Time is also urging stage-actors of Islam to get rid of bagging ways and track society to right path like, ushering true teachings of Islam and pushing sectarianism to aside; which can culminate Muslims to glory once again. And It’s a bruise of thinking for so-called Muslims of such deeply damaged society.