OPINION

Pakistan At the Precipice: Human Rights in Islam

August 06, 2007
temporal

Pakistan is at the edge of a precipice. Ex commando President Gen. Musharraf is walking the divide-and-rule tightrope. That he may fall off, does not apparently bother him. That Pakistan may fail is a thought oblivious to him and his Corps Commanders. This is an attempt to understand and explain Pakistan and Musharraf’s conundrum. Desicritics will present this in three parts on successive days.

I – Human Rights in Islam
II – MIF Kakistocracy: Military-Industrial-Feudal complex
III – Vision for Coexistence

We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism. - Rigoberta Menchu, Guatemala Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 1992

Human Rights in Islam

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was voted on at the UN General Assembly on Dec 10, 1948 in Paris. It passed 48-0 with 8 abstentions (six Soviet Bloc states, South Africa and Saudi Arabia).

It was met with reservations by some Muslim states for its perceived failure in not taking into account the cultural and religious fabric of the non-Western nations.

The Organisation of the Islamic Conference unanimously passed the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, August 5, 1990.

The West criticized it for its heavy reliance on Sharia.

Sharia is a way of devising laws based on the Qur’an, the Sayings of Muhammad (pbuh) and centuries of deliberations and precedents contributing to a wealth of Muslim Jurisprudence that encompasses all aspects of a Muslim’s life.

Article 1:
(a) All human beings form one family whose members are united by their subordination to Allah and descent from Adam. All men are equal in terms of basic human dignity and basic obligations and responsibilities, without any discrimination on the basis of race, colour, language, belief, sex, religion, political affiliation, social status or other considerations. The true religion is the guarantee for enhancing such dignity along the path to human integrity.
(b) All human beings are Allah's subjects, and the most loved by Him are those who are most beneficial to His subjects, and no one has superiority over another except on the basis of piety and good deeds.

Creeping Fundamentalism

In the past thirty days, hundreds of citizens have been killed in Peshawar, North Waziristan, Islamabad, Balochistan and other places in Pakistan by both the suicide bombers and the government.

While the government was responsible for the greatest number of casualties in the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) fiasco, with allegations of the use of the controversial White Phosphorus incendiary bombs, the blame for the civilian deaths cannot be entirely apportioned to the Musharraf Administration.

Part of the land occupied by the Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa, billed as the largest madrasa (seminary) for women in the Muslim world, belonged to the National Book Foundation. Its Chairman had filed an FIR (First Information Report) against this illegal occupation for the record. The construction and encroachment over this land were also without proper permits and safeguards.

Informed circles who speak on conditions of anonymity tell us that the Ghazi brothers were ‘planted’ by the Agencies.

In 2002, arms and ammunition were discovered by the Islamabad Police at a check post. The two brothers, Abdul Rashid Ghazi and his elder brother Abdul Aziz were saved by the intervention of Federal Minister of Religious Affair Mr. Ijaz ul Haq. He is the son of former President Zia ul Haq, who also patronized the two brother’s late father Maulana Abdullah.

It should also be noted here that every major religious party head in Pakistan publicly denounced these two brothers’ attempt to create a ‘state within a state.’

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#1
Irfan
August 6, 2007
12:15 PM

These two brothers, who are now much hated is nothing but the creation of Pakistani armed forces and Intelligence, the common people also blessed them. They were good as long as they were preaching Jihad against the Indians and Hindus, and sending Jehadis in Afghanistan.
I see no wrong doing by these brothers, after all they are forcing only what Pakistan is suppose to be, an Islamic state. The brothers were illiterate with no idea of diplomacy etc. If anybody is to be blame it is the Pakistani ruling elite, its majority of people who live in a life of hypocrisy, claiming to be Islamic state but far from true Islamic.

#2
Sanjay
August 6, 2007
01:05 PM

Ohh, but after Musharraf seized power through his coup, everybody in Pakistan was praising him. It's not just Musharraf who murdered democracy -- it was the entire Pakistani populace who cheered him on as he was doing it.

It's only later on when Musharraf started prosecuting the War on Terror, that Pakistanis suddenly started feeling unhappy, saying that they were living under a dictatorship.

This shows the bad values of Pakistani society, which leads them to keep shooting themselves in the foot, in the name of Islam. Every idiot and his brother are always justifying ridiculously impractical schemes, stunts, and outrages, based on the pursuit of "true Islam".

"This time we'll get it right! This next stunt will help us achieve True Islam! It will be glorious!"

All of these jokers have no credibility, Temporal included. It's the blind leading the blind.

#3
scion
August 6, 2007
01:50 PM

Wikipedia article on Pakistan's human rights condition (which is pathetic) -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Pakistan

#4
MAPAD
August 6, 2007
02:14 PM

"Human Rights in Islam"

What a ridiculous phrase. Doublespeak straight out of George Orwell novel.

How about 'Jewish rights in the Nazi Germany'?


Islam is inhumane, cruel, abusive, misogynistic, barbaric and unjust. The more Islamic a country is, the worse its human rights record.

I have nothing but disgust and contempt for Islam and we need to destroy it, just as we destroyed Nazism.


Time to set Muslims free from the living hell of Islam.



#5
scion
August 6, 2007
02:17 PM

15 children among 35 killed in Iraq suicide blast
- http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq7aug07,1,1200683.story?coll=la-headlines-world&track=crosspromo

Which verse in koran tells these guys to kill innocents and children?

#6
Irfan
August 6, 2007
02:56 PM

MAPAD : "I have nothing but disgust and contempt for Islam and we need to destroy it, just as we destroyed Nazism."

Dear MAPAD Nazism was destroyed in just 14 years, while Islam is 1400 years old and still going strong. I am sure you and next 1400 of your generations will not see the destruction of Islam.

I supposd desicritics to be a decent blog, were we could discuss in a friendly manner, but it is dissappointing. Please, I request the Desicritics to set chat moderator, otherwise, people who really want to discuss a subject would run away.

#7
MAPAD
August 6, 2007
03:46 PM

"I am sure you and next 1400 of your generations will not see the destruction of Islam."


A defiant, confrontational statement, almost a threat.....followed by the invitation to 'discuss in a friendly manner'.....followed by a request for a chat moderator to silence my criticism of Islam.

1) Threat
2) Appeal to reason
3) Censorship

Classic Islamic formula.


Irfan, Islam is a bully. America is not scared of bullies. American subjugates bullies and castrates them.

America will do to Islam what it did to Nazism and Communism. (All 3 are Totalitarian).


America will not bow down or 'submit' to a fascist totalitarian ideology that advocates violence, mistreatment of women, anti-semetism and enslaves its own followers by death threat.


Human rights supporters do not want to 'discuss' with Islam or 'appease' or 'negotiate'.

Appeasement doesn't work with bullies. Appeasement didn't work with Hitler and it won't work with Islam.

Islam is not interested in discussion, Islam seeks only to subjugate.


Islam is Arab Expansionism and has already conquered 50 countries using discussion, warfare, ideological infiltration, terrorism, politics and every other tool at its disposal.

Everything Islam does is geared toward achieving supremacy.



Perhaps you'd like to explain these quotes from the fraudulent Koran?


8:12 - I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads.

2:191 - And slay unbelievers wherever ye catch them

25:52 - So obey not the disbelievers, but strive against them herewith with a great endeavour.






#8
Chandra
August 6, 2007
04:42 PM

MAPAD

America supports nut case islamists in saudi, pak and egypt.

#9
Kumar
August 6, 2007
05:24 PM

Irfan,

Is it not true that a host of Islamic Scholars (who are critics of Islam) are forced to live in exile or killed? And this is done without condemnation from mainstream islamic clergy/leadership - on the top of it, we are told about gory details from islamic history itself (as example to follow) on why beheading of apostates etc is justified. In your call for "discussion in a friendly manner", do you expect criticism of these issues not to be brought up?

#10
MAPAD
August 6, 2007
09:32 PM

@Chandra - and so does every single person who identifies themselves as muslim. where do you think these nut case islamists get their moral support from?


@Kumar - you're quite right, "discussion in a friendly manner" just means that Irfan wants to control the conversation.

It's just muslim doublespeak, easy to understand once you get the hang of it.



#11
temporal
URL
August 7, 2007
03:09 AM

chandra:

what is your take on islamist?

if it is those who follow a rigid islamic ideology in the role of the state (as a theological state) then i will exclude egypt and pakistan from your observation

mubarak hosni like his predecessor anwar sadat is on the cia and white house payroll...

lip service to the contrary the ground reality is different in the two kakistocratic exclusions...they are both (ineptly) fighting the brainwashed hardliners

look forward to your comments on the following two parts

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others who commented here...thanks

#12
Chandra
August 7, 2007
03:24 AM

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The saudis and pakis are well known for their fuelling of fundamentalist islamic forces around the world. The Egyptians in turn have suppressed all opposition which has led to clowns like al zawhiri. all 3 govts owe their strength to the united states

#13
Manzoor
URL
August 8, 2007
07:58 AM

Dear MAPAD.
Cool Down Yar, Have u ever read about Islam. Dear Brother, Remember it is only Islam which speaks everyone's right. I advise U to read Islam and the Serah of Prophet SAW then Comment. There is no one who can harm or destory the great Din Islam. You are no where on the graph to destory Islam, and about U r So Called super power (America), rightfully this is the nation of bulls. You are disgust Islam that speaks " Islam is some thing on which some one is disgust". I will quote a frase that is ' It was what it was I do not know what it was'. History is witnessed that one is objecting that thing which is in exist. So you have a right to disgust Islam but I m Inviting U to first read about Islam that speaks.
About America the whole universe is of the opinion that Bush is a buchther, a crimnial and what not. Remember Islam is not a religion of forciable. You should know the graph which is day by day increasing about the new converts who are joining Islam not forcibly but by inner concesiouness.

#14
Roznamalam
URL
August 8, 2007
08:12 AM

Dear Brothers and Sisters

I Invite U all people to read about Islam by Muslim writers and then speak about Islam, Have u ever heard about the Life of Prophet Saw ' History is witnessed that the whole spain of Prophet SAW life i,e 23 year, 6 months and 24 day, there is an authentic report that only 1025 people (Muslims, Jews, Christan,and Others) were died during the life time of prophet SAw, and U are speaks about Human Rights, Where are HUman Rights, have u ever think that the Human rights means 'inalineable rights, natural rights, it is only Islam who speaks and practically give everyone to his right. About Ur Human rights declaration. Yes absolutey these rights are the rights for exhibtion and show, not pracitsing yet. According Your choice you can snatch them whenever u wishes and give them when ever u want. it is only Islam who bestows everyone's human rights with out discrimination, race, sex, nationality, religion. and your view about Human rights is to bestow according to your choice.


So dears, Read about Islam and then Comment.

#15
Roznamalam
URL
August 8, 2007
08:16 AM

Dear Brothers and Sisters

I Invite U all people to read about Islam by Muslim writers and then speak about Islam, Have u ever heard about the Life of Prophet Saw ' History is witnessed that the whole spain of Prophet SAW life i,e 23 year, 6 months and 24 day, there is an authentic report that only 1025 people (Muslims, Jews, Christan,and Others) were died during the life time of prophet SAw, and U are speaks about Human Rights, Where are HUman Rights, have u ever think that the Human rights means 'inalineable rights, natural rights, it is only Islam who speaks and practically give everyone to his right. About Ur Human rights declaration. Yes absolutey these rights are the rights for exhibtion and show, not pracitsing yet. According Your choice you can snatch them whenever u wishes and give them when ever u want. it is only Islam who bestows everyone's human rights with out discrimination, race, sex, nationality, religion. and your view about Human rights is to bestow according to your choice.


So dears, Read about Islam and then Comment.

#16
scion
August 8, 2007
01:01 PM

Dan Brown wrote a book (Da Vinci Code) challenging the past deeds of church. Reaction - Some criticism and mostly open discussion about the book.
Salman Rushdie wrote a book (Satanic verses)about disputed verses in koran. Reaction - Violent riots and fatwa to kill Rushdie and publishers of the book.
You can very well decide which one is the religion of peace!

#17
Kumar
August 10, 2007
06:31 AM

Roznamalam,

>> have u ever think that the Human rights means 'inalineable rights, natural rights, it is only Islam who speaks and practically give everyone to his right.

Human rights given by "only Islam" such as cutting off people's hands, stoning, or giving hundreds of lashes? Or killing people for criticizing Muhammad? Banning books and diving writers into exile? Or with oppressive restrictions on women?

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