CHITRAL, Oct 31, 2012: It is not unusual for Mullahs (religious clerics) to spread extremism when they have nothing sensible to deliver. Fortunately, our youth are intelligent and mature enough to understand that Mullahs are xenophobic and that is the only genuine reason why their ‘preaching’ always falls on ‘deaf ears’.
Like all other youth, I don’t usually pay heed to their voodoos, but when it comes to large public gatherings like Eid congregations their conceited rashness hurts me painfully. They preach all the nonsense that is unequivocally against the spirit of Islam, like prejudice, hatred, intolerance, sectarianism, fatalism, dogmatism and so on. They have messed up, as they themselves are, the right and the wrong and leave no stone unturned promoting sectarian prejudice and intolerance.
On this Eidul Azha, I happened to attend a Mullah’s ‘Eid sermon’ in a mosque of Chitral town. He had nothing to deliver to the jam-packed audience about the philosophy of sacrifice or Hajj; rather he tried his best to instigate anti-Ismaili sentiments, labeling Ismailies as non-Muslims. (The poor xenophobe even didn’t know the difference between ‘religion’ and ‘sect’). To incite the conservative audience, he said, ‘Allah insistently inhibits us to have family relations or friendly terms with ‘non-Muslims’.’ To support his point, he quoted Quranic verses completely out of context. He further spewed that now the “blue-print of establishing an Aga Khan State is complete, and Gilgit-Baltistan has been granted autonomy exclusively on this line. If we don’t act on time ‘these people’ will overcome us, and ‘Fahaashi’ (obscenity) and ‘Uryaani’ (vulgarity) will be a common practice.” He also termed everything about NGOs, especially AKDN, as ‘haraam’ and said ‘those who are employees of NGOs do nothing but fill their abdomens with fire.’ The sermon was not confined to the gathering only, the whole surrounding echoed the spews of the mullah on loudspeaker.
This is just one example. Every Friday, Mullahs like this particular one hit one or the other sect of Islam and label them ‘Non-Muslims’, (mis)quoting Quranic verses and Hadith to support their ‘Fatwas’. They deem themselves to be ‘full-time contractors of Islam’ and think that ‘to excommunicate’ is the only duty that they had been sent for. I have a question to ask: Isn’t misinterpreting Quranic verses or Hadith or quoting them out of context to justify exactly the opposite of what Islam stands for, or to ‘legalize’ an un-Islamic or even inhuman action, blasphemy in itself? Should we wait for ‘blasphemy’ to be committed through ‘sketches of the Prophet’, caricatures, ‘blasphemous movies’ and ‘desecration of Quranic pages by some Non-Muslim only? In my view, mullahs are the fastest growing blasphemous creatures today. They should be hanged in every street and square of the world if capital punishment is necessarily the fate of a blasphemer.
I wonder why the intelligence and law enforcement agencies are always late to take notice of such extremist preaching. In my opinion, banning such preaching, especially at a time when the country is passing through an unprecedented outbreak of sectarian and religious intolerance, is more important than jamming mobile signals. The question that troubles me the most at such times is whether the ISI and other law enforcement agencies have tacit approval of all that mullahs preach. If not, then why don’t we learn from whatever happened in Swat, where the brainwashing was done through such extremist preaching in the mosques and on the FM radio prior to the Taliban outburst? Evidences have it that it is only when the mass sentiments were exploited and tide turned to their favour that the Taliban erupted, challenging the writ of the state, imposing their own ‘Shariah’, shooting and slaughtering ‘criminals’ to the horror and terror of onlookers; simply doing all inhuman things that led to mass expulsion and months-long military operation. If mine is not termed as misjudgment, I would say that a similar kind of extremist preaching is underway in Chitral. I don’t mean to point out whether or not these preaching mullahs belong to extremist organizations. I don’t know about that. But what I do know is that they are posing potential threat to the centuries-long peaceful co-existence and harmony that Chitral is known for worldwide.
It is time intelligence and law enforcement agencies took timely action before the genie gets out of the bottle. Let me put it here in strong words that “if you don’t pay serious attention to the issue, you will also be held partly responsible for the end that such extremist elements are leading the populace to.”–Zahoorul Haq Danish