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A Despicable, Cowardly Act

May 28, 2010

Photo: BBC - AFP

I’ve always hated waking up to (long or short) distance calls carrying bad news. I equally abhor waking up to tragic news of terrorism from Pakistan or from abroad involving Pakistanis. Sometimes, I exhibit apathy with success. Sometimes, I simply can’t detach myself from the sorry state of affairs prevailing since long in Pakistan.

The attack on Ahmadi mosques in Lahore this afternoon was as despicable as an attack on the Shia mosque or a Sunni mosque. I can’t believe that 70 or more people lost their lives in a matter of minutes and hours. This is the height of callousness. How can Pakistan stand up for the rights of Muslims (minority) in India if the authorities can’t safeguard the lives of minorities within their own borders?

It is time for the mullah community to get over their baseless fear and insecurities that Ahmadis would sabotage Islam. It is time for Pakistan to understand that when you become your own worst enemy you don’t need the foreign elements to destabilize you.  It is time for us to stop fooling ourselves in the name of sects and religions. No wonder why in the international arena we are dubbed as uncouth, uncivilized and the terrorist nation.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2010 4:12 pm

    This is the exact and blunt message but irony is, when will we listen to it ‘It is time for Pakistan to understand that when you become your own worst enemy you don’t need the foreign elements to destabilize you.’ Nice post and I hope people of Pakistan will realize what direction this country is headed.

  2. Ugly Shoelace permalink
    May 28, 2010 4:12 pm

    I don’t know what to say :/.

    We’ve events that render us more speechless everyday.

  3. May 28, 2010 4:33 pm

    Self-destructive behavior, another one of those things that make life so unique in the Banana Republic. We should market it to neurotic North American Urbanites. I can just see the pitch: you think YOUR perspective is bleak? Why not spend your vacay in Absurdistan. Guaranteed to up your ante in any hipster social scene. You’ll even trump your ex-girlfriend’s separation from her siamese twin and then her dying stories. GUARANTEED!

  4. May 30, 2010 7:27 am

    Is it a cruelty or more than this??? I am wondering what to call it, where to stand it, where to fit it????
    the time I touch the power ON button of remote, there is always something unbearable… I must say even after so many shocks, we can’t be used to it…not even to tiny bomb explosion…


  5. May 30, 2010 12:46 pm

    Where did Mullahs come in to this scenario? And what’s with the safeguard of minority rights came from? Such terrorist acts have been going on for few years now, and people have been killed regardless of their religion or sect.

    I don’t see why there is an extra CRY when people of minority sect are killed by those horrible terrorists. Such actions should be condemned and criticized based on human loss rather than belief they held.

  6. May 30, 2010 2:41 pm

    Our Govt is failed in saving majority then how come they can save minorities. there have been uncountable attacks on Muslims mosques, Imam Bargahs, 12th Rabi al Awwal, Moharram, Schools in Peshawar, sporting occasion. so forget it if they can do anything for Ahmedi’s or rest.

    Though in my opinion all string are attached to 9/11 factor and i believed if Pakistani army delayed North Waziristan operation little longer then we might see more of cases like Faisal Shehzad, Pakistani man caught in chile, Freedom of speech issues, Ahmedis, Political disorder, Indian arrogance or last but not least threat from people like Negroponte who will say get ready to go back to stone age if you don’t help us.

    In short Pakistan is caught up in quagmire and the solution can’t be achieved easily.

  7. June 1, 2010 3:22 am

    We are in it real deep, thats all I gotta say. And for now, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. If only we had some sincere leadership … Oh well

  8. June 3, 2010 3:28 pm

    Govt has mere we condemn this statements to issue and nothing else … they are totally allowing this hatred to be spread and are not willing to take any steps to stop this constant murdering spree in the name of Islam.

    And No we are not minorities. If I say I am a muslim and a practicing muslim and follow all those things that quran and Hazur saww has defined a muslim does than no one else has any right, whatsoever, to take away my right of calling myself as a muslim.

    I wonder what plans Allah has for Pakistan … the leaders, the governments are failing to provide people even their basic rights.

    • June 3, 2010 11:23 pm

      Asma: I used the word ‘minorities’ for making my point that when Pakistani authorities can’t protect them within Pakistan how can they stress upon protection of Muslim minorities in other countries.

      All the sensible people know that one can’t call any person a non Muslim when he professes his faith in the oneness of God and the Prophetic character of Muhammad (PBUH). Ahmadis are Muslims hence I used the word mosque!

  9. June 4, 2010 3:28 pm

    I know your intentions were not such but thought to make a point for whoever is reading the blog … finally gathered some energy to wrote a post on my blog too – which is now on new address.

  10. June 5, 2010 5:42 am

    What is the definition of Majority?

    Are these 40 thousands in Pakistan who believe Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was prophet are majority or the remaining 170 million who will definitely die to defend prophet Muhammad being the last messenger of Allah are majority. please restrain yourself in spreading hatred by playing with words.

    i am not hurting your feelings in any manner by calling this act of violence as justifiable and you are not allowed to do that by calling Qadyanis as muslim, if you believe like this KEEP THE CRAP INSIDE YOUR MIND

    why the hell i commented here in first place – damn

    • June 5, 2010 2:09 pm

      Have you ever read a Hadith where it says if any person recites kalima you don’t have a right to call him/her a non-Muslim? The rest is for God to decide.

      PS: Yasser I won’t allow any form of hate speech here on my blog. I try to remain neutral and apolitical as much as I can. So please be careful in future.

  11. June 5, 2010 10:47 am

    It amused me as well when she said ‘ no we are not a minority’, yet she has got a post on “Attack on Ahmadi Mosques” on her blog, I wonder is ALL the mosques are Ahmadi? or they only few of them..which actually makes THEM a minority?

  12. June 5, 2010 12:21 pm

    Firstly not all Ahmadis are Qadiyanis. Secondly Muslims are a majority and we are muslims.

    Then probably shiites, barelvis, deobandis are minorities too becoz well they dont make as a whole majority in pakistan. Go figure!

  13. June 5, 2010 2:10 pm

    You are trying to say what you have been taught, speak about divisions with in Muslims.

    Shiites, barelvis, deobandis all accept Muhammad as the last messenger of Allah and will prefer to die to defend Muhammad as the last messenger, that’s why Constitution of Pakistan rightly so, calls Qadyans as the kuffar.

    when on research purpose i went to community place of Qadyan in Karachi, I had been showed Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and his messages and offered flat in UK, women and other things, i have enough impartial research in life, so keep your infantile suggestion of go figuring out and childish way of verbal discussion to yourself.

    i noticed you on YWB blog also where you mentioned my name and putted your FITNA comment regarding Shia, to make it simple for you i don’t discuss religion on the blog

    (i request author to close the comments on this post, so that people can stop spreading hatred with their words with in Pakistani’s)

    • June 5, 2010 2:15 pm

      Read my comment and calm down. You can’t change one’s mind and faith. We all revere and love Holy Prophet and only Allah knows what’s inside our hearts.


  14. June 5, 2010 4:14 pm

    @Yasser reread the comment on YWB’s blog … theres no benefit of talking to such intolerant ppl like ur ownself… ‘

    I respect Ayesha and thus wont want to pollute her blog by doing behas barayay behas with ppl like you.

  15. June 5, 2010 4:15 pm

    Let me tell you how to end religious fanaticism in Pakistan.

    Invite all religious leaders including heads of Jamat e Islami and other Islamic political parties in a gathering against Ahmedis and later carpet BOMB the whole rally. Believe me all religious fuss and anarchy the nation has been witnessing these days will be removed.

    I don’t see any other way that can help nation get rid from the evil of religious fanaticism.

  16. June 8, 2010 5:38 pm

    @Miss Ayesha

    I am relaxed. NOW Open your eyes and re-read my comments, i haven’t spoke about any hatred, i have just quoted some lines what constitution of Pakistan says about Ahmadis, as far as your comment is concern you are not sure what is right and what is wrong, at one place you believe in Prophet being the last prophet and other line you consider the notion of Jesus coming as a prophet, i have written detail comment on YWB blog, i will paste below. also because of this comment of yours PS: Yasser I won’t allow any form of hate speech here on my blog. I try to remain neutral and apolitical as much as I can. So please be careful in future i will not comment on your blog ever.

    i apologized if you found me intolerant, sorry can’t help coming out my aggressive nature in this sensitive matter, but to be frank with you, i STRONGLY hated your comments when you talk about divisions with in muslims, for me and my faith sunni, shiya are muslims, i don’t have any problem with Ahmadis being a Pakistani but i have serious reservation with their activities in Pakistan and denying the basic fundamentals about prophet hood.

    Kind Regards

    Allah bless us all.

    • June 8, 2010 10:08 pm

      Constitution is not a divine word. I don’t consider Ahmedis as non Muslims yes, there may be numerous ideological difference like every other sect in Islam has.

      Don’t push me to the limits where we become apologetic and start clarifying ourselves. I know what I believe in and I know what you believe in and ultimately it’s in the hands of Allah to judge.

      I appreciate your stance of never commenting on my blog ever. Peace.

  17. June 8, 2010 5:39 pm


    We as a sunnis/shias believe the arrival of Jesus, since as per muslims believe Jesus didn’t die infact Allah rose him to the sky, also we believe in Imam Mehdi appearence through Ahadees, you have to mention me single Ahadith where our and also your beloved prophet Muhammad mentioned Mirza Ghulam arrival.

    Islam spreaded mostly through Prophet Muhammad teachings and we all know during migration how Christians helped muslims travel to Medina when muslims told christs about prophet teaching to sahaba about Jesus.

    Now concentrate, do you think that Prophet Muhammad was not intellectual enough that he will make a claim of being the last prophet, though at the same time he will also say Imam Mehdi will appear during Hajj, and Jesus will also be Ummat-e-Muhammadi. if you deny the claim of Prophet Muhmmad being the last prophet which is one of the basic fundamental of muslims believe then i don’t think there is any similarity between muslims and Ahmadis.

    as mentioned in Quran in Surah Al-An’am [The Cattle] Ayat.42 Jo Log Allah kay hukum kee (jo bawasta Rasool kay) pahuncha , un ko Allah say darna chahiye, kay un kay upar duniya main koi afat na ajaye ya akhrat main koi dardnak azab nazal na ho jaye..

    Also read this Ahadith quoted by Abu Hurraira (R.A)

    Tum chor do (un baton main) jin ko main tumharay liye chor do (aur na bayan karo) keun kay woh log jo tum say pehlay thay, KASRAT-E-SAWAL aur apnay anbiya kay baray main IKHTILAF hee kee wajah say halak ho gaye, chunachay main tum ko kisi baat say rokoon tou ruk jao, aur jab kisi baat ka hukum doon, tou apni takat kay mutabiq us par amal karo

    i also suggest you to read Mulana Yousuf Ludhyanvi with peaceful mind.

    Also in above comment of yours i noticed you got the chance to quote Mirza Ghulam more as compared to Prophet Muhammad, hence is it that you know Mirza Ghulam quotations more than Ahadess of our Prophet.

    (do think about above lines with peace of mind)

    On the other hand if we sit for 10 minutes relaxly and then concentrate our mind in the existence, creation of God, we would feel overwhelmed and doubts raised in our mind becoming atheist,(do it like that i have tried it)

    though Quran says in Surah Rehman “Tum apnay Rab kee kon kon see naimaton ko jhutlao gay” then we see mountains, rivers, life, death and other things and we believe there is someone who is controlling the world

    for your information if you believe me or not i visited Ahmadi center 4 years back in Karachi and i was not impressed how they tried to convince us through study visa for UK,USA and through monetary.

    PS: i usually don’t involve myself in religious conversation on the blog, but your comment above forced me to write.

    Kind Regards

    May Allah give us ALL Hidayah.

    • June 8, 2010 11:54 pm

      for your information if you believe me or not i visited Ahmadi center 4 years back in Karachi and i was not impressed how they tried to convince us through study visa for UK,USA and through monetary.

      Yeah sounds low but I am glad at least they didn’t offer you bombs to kill people for earning eternal pleasures…

  18. June 9, 2010 12:13 am

    for your information if you believe me or not i visited Ahmadi center 4 years back in Karachi and i was not impressed how they tried to convince us through study visa for UK,USA and through monetary.

    Lolz … yeah sure now dont say that visas were getting stamped there too … and the monetary propaganda … this tells me your level of information !

  19. June 9, 2010 5:32 am

    @Asma @Ayesha

    Asma this tells me your level of negligence and also tells what you want to listen and what you don’t want,after quoting Ahadees and wordings from Quran, if you still expect me to lie then it’s up to you. Ayesha didn’t see any hatred in Asma comments when she spoke about hatred b/w shia sunnis and to start another topic and incite the anger.

    Me and 170 millions Muslims of Pakistan appreciate the clause against Ahamdi’s claiming themselves Muslims and will stop them whenever we can as per the order of sitting govt, Me n my fellow Pakistani Muslims single drop of blood and breath will fight for it insha-ALLAH, and please don’t be crying babies that you include everything about the consequences of war on terror, how many suicide attacks held in Iraq before America Invasion and how many held in Pakistan before 9/11, we all know the answer

    • June 9, 2010 2:59 pm

      Why did you come back to this blog again?

      It’s not you, it is just your male ego talking. Leave this blog because you can’t fight to change someone’s faith. Every single person is possessive and protective about his faith – even those who are faithless like agnostic and atheist. The more quickly you understand this the more you’d become tolerant.

      Quit living in fool’s paradise. Do you have any idea there is this entire movement going on by the extremist Sunni groups who want the declaration of Shias as non-Muslims in the Constitution. I had gotten one such pamphlet in High Court where they had argued in detail as to why Shias should be categorized as non-Muslims. That is the reality and unless we stopped being obsessed with declaring people non-Muslims we can’t move forward in any field. Doesn’t matter if you blame it on 9/11, Zionists or America we need to develop assessing our own shortcomings.

      FYI, I am not siding with anyone. It is just that the killing of 80 people in the mosques saddened me just like the killing of 100 plus people in Meena Bazar.

      Hope not to see you again on this forum and on our usual hang out place. Yes, it is below the belt to pick up the casual tweets, not even addressing you, and quote them here.

  20. June 9, 2010 5:52 am

    So those ‘religious centres’ belong to Ahmadi or Lahori sect?

  21. farazspeaks permalink
    December 7, 2010 1:28 pm

    As always, Tanzeel, you present an excellent suggestion..

    Yaseer, we are what we call ourselves. If Qaddiyanis call themselves Muslims, they’re Muslims. Just because they don’t concur with your definition of Muslim, doesn’t mean squat. Same goes for Ahmadis. Your bigotry and ethnocentricity astounds me.

    Aisha, I applaud your patience.

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