5 Cinema’s, 3 Banks, ATM’s, 3 Restaurants, part of Sheraton (yup), 12+ Killed, 100+ Injured, lots of police mobiles torched, & that’s just in Karachi.
In Islamabad the Red Zone was a war zone, with the police unable to cope with what was demanded of them. Residents in the Red Zone ended up crying at home literally because of the extensive use of tear gas by Law Enforcers.
In other cities, Petrol pumps, CNG stations, Cinema’s, Buildings, Restaurants, Banks, and other property was subject to Arsonist’s Galore.
All this was done in the name of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). I do not take his name because, it would be disrespectful to associate the barbaric murder, loot and plunder that was witnessed across Pakistan today, with everything that his lessons teach.
According to the Information minister of Sindh, 2000 policemen were injured across the Islamic Republic of Pakistan today. What the world saw happening across this country is Not a true picture of Islam. In fact it is the farthest of all protests that took place across the muslim world this Friday.
Mufti Munib-Ur-Rahman, a Religious scholar – normally responsible for the sighting of the moon – speaking to the host of the countries most watched news show said, what the world witnessed today was not an example of Islam. He went on to quote from the last sermon of the Holy Prophet (PBUH); that the way the holy City of Mecca has its religious importance, the life of every human being holds just as much importance, and that the best example of ishq-e-rasool is to follow in the foot steps of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
It is true, because the aim of every pious Muslim is to achieve Sirat-e-Mustaqim (The Righteous Path).
After all a pious muslim begs the Almighty to guide him on that path at least 20 times a day – in the five compulsory prayers – more if the additional prayers are offered. Unfortunately the Mufti is the same man, whom other Mufti’s are in disagreement with every year when it comes to the sighting of the Moon – a task he is responsible for.
That in itself highlights, that even religiously we stand divided into so many groups; that we all have starkly different perceptions of the same thing, and that we all call our evolved versions, Islam. I am saddened to say, that I live in a country where Sirat-e-Mustaqim was an operation launched by the Army in Bara Teshil of Khyber Agency in 2008.
I end this rant, with lines that have left me quite disturbed. I am sure they will have the same effect on every Muslim who reads them :
The men behind the movie said it would expose Islam as a violent religion. Now they’re pointing to the riots as proof. Muslims are “pre-programmed” to rage and kill, says the movie’s promoter. “Islam is a cancer,” says the director. According to the distributor, “The violence that it caused in Egypt is further evidence of how violent the religion and people are and it is evidence that everything in the film is factual.” Congratulations, Rioters. You followed the script perfectly. You did their work for them.
Picture taken from this Album.