Advance Eid-ul-Adha Mubarik to my all friends in the world. My article on the Philosophy of Eid-ul-Adha in Daily Ausaf Special Eid Edition today. It also answers the questions raised by some about “the useless deaths of animals during Eid” with scientific and logical approach. Hope it will not only strengthen your belief in sacrifice but will also provide you enough material to answer any baseless criticism by reading the references I have given from other religions. A brand new, unique and well researched approach towards Eid-ul-Adha. Lets celebrate happiness worldwide.
Failed and Jailed – Curriculum Reforms in Pakistan
Dr. Bernadette L. Dean, A senior educationist and member of the government-appointed advisory committee for curriculum and textbooks reforms has left the country ‘fearing for life’ after receiving threatening calls and facing a ‘hate propaganda campaign’, it emerged on Monday DAWN, a prestigious English newspaper reported. She was the torch bearer of the curriculum reforms committee that was trying to remove nothing but to include the text that would encourage the acceptance of minorities in Pakistani society.
Her fault was nothing, except she tried to teach the students that Islam is not the only religion in the world. She tried to make children accept the difference of opinion and religion. These text books were meant to create a generation that would
celebrate diversity and will accept difference of religion and opinion as a normal and human characteristic.
She was luckier enough to survive and flee away but many like her are not lucky enough in this regard. In Pakistan, even writing on such issues and showing concern for these activities can put your life into real danger by those extreme militant groups including Taliban, ISIS, Lashker-e-Jhangvi and Khatam-e-Nabuwwat etc.
While writing these lines, Even today, At least 43 people including children and women were killed and dozens injured after gunmen opened fire on a bus of Ismaili Minority in Safoora Chowrangi area of Karachi, with the death toll expected to rise. How the modest and cheerful Pakistani nation which was calm and peaceful before Zia’s era was turned into a pile of religious extremism valuing diversity and difference as a fatal crime?
The term “Political Islam” as they name it, is a term that was first coined in the international circles when the world saw General Zia-ul-Haq’s regime (1977-1988) making the political Islam an integral part of the public education curriculum. With a growing intent to intervene in the neighboring Afghanistan for Afghan Jihad against the Soviet Russia, seeking to consolidate his rule with the support of Islamist parties after the 1977 coup, Zia made Islamiat (Islamic
studies) and Arabic mandatory. It was fine until then as there was no harm in making Islamiat or Arabic mandatory.
Crisis Group Asia Report (2014) states, “It was found that historical facts were distorted and social as well as physical science teaching was aimed at fostering religious intolerance and xenophobia.”
US Commission on International Religious Freedom report also noted that “Pakistan represents one of the worst situations in the world for religious freedom”. The report found that violations reached unprecedented levels because of growing incidents of sectarian violence and attacks against minorities.
In 2013 suicide attack on the historic All Saints Church in Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan on September 22, 2013, killed at least 85 Christian worshipers and left more than 100 injured in one of the deadliest attacks on the Christian minority in Pakistan. In Gujranwala, deadly attack on Ahmadis was witnessed where Muslim mob burnt 1 unborn baby, 2 girls, 1 woman alive over a picture on Facebook, 27 July, 2014.
Sara Alfred, Pakistan’s prominent and only Christian news anchor, fled the country after repeated threats, harassment, and attempted attacks on her and her family. It all started when Sara made a documentary during Christmas about Christians in Pakistan, in which she was shown praying in church and making the sign of the cross.
A Pakistani man who recently converted to Christianity from Islam fled to Afghanistan in mortal fear for his life. Daily, he lives in the dread of being hunted down as an apostate and killed by his relatives from Pakistan.
Around 5,000 Hindus migrate from Pakistan to India and other countries every year due to religious persecution, ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) lawmaker Ramesh Kumar Wankwani told the Pakistani National Assembly. “During the last two months, six incidents of religious desecration happened in Sindh province alone. In all incidents, religious books of Hindu minority and their places of worship were burnt,” said Wankwani, who also heads the Pakistan Hindu Council.
On March 15 this year while The Florida Times Editor, Frank Denton was on his visit to Pakistan, Fourteen people were killed and more than 70 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked churches in Lahore. Later up to 4,000 Christians took to the streets of Lahore, many armed with clubs as they smashed vehicles, attacked a city bus station and in a rare show of anger burnt 2 Muslims on the false charges of linkages with the extremist elements. If Pakistan and Pakistanis want respect in the community of nations they need to teach their children the beauty of diversity. The curriculum needs to be softened. For this there is dire need of Educationists like Bernadette dean. My heart cries for every soul that departs because of this extremism in our country. But the loss of Bernadette dean is even grave. It shows how the state is irresponsible in protecting reasonable voices in the country. Another torch blown off. I hope and pray she will be able to come back in this country some day. If we want her back, lets make the environment conducive for gems like her before it is too late.
Our Dilemma !!!
Children, are not just children. They are the one who possess Godly Characteristics. I was thinking that what makes us different from them. We all were once “Children”, but now “Elders”. We were alert in childhood, aware of that which was taking place around us so we could have the right response to it but now being elders and more responsible, we are in a state of unawareness. We have left caring our immediate friends and relatives even. Nothing bothers us the most except our own interests. We seldom listen what others are saying about us, infect we now believe in, “I have my own life, I will spend it in my own way, no one is entitled to interfere in my affairs and I damn care what they say”. We were attentive then but unconcern now. We have left showing the worth of a person by giving undivided attention to his words and emotions.
In childhood, we were available for every friend of us, not only them but to our family, parents and siblings too. We used to make our own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those who love us. But now self-centeredness has told us that “Your time is the most important “commodity” for you and only you.” Our boldness has turned into fearfulness. We have lost confidence that what I have to say or do is true and right and just in the sight of God. Our cautiousness has been turned into rashness. We have forgot the art we learnt into childhood. We were master of time management then. We used to play, laugh, study and “work” all in the same day. But now we do only one of them in a day. We forgot that we knew how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions.