Israel's military assault on Gaza in 2008-09 represented an important turning point in my own relationship with Israel. I recall experiencing a new and previously unfamiliar feeling of anguish as Israel bombarded the people living in that tiny, besieged strip of land over and over, day after day after day. While I certainly felt a sense of tribal loyalty to the Israelis who withstood Qassam rocket fire from Gaza, I felt a newfound sense of concern and solidarity with Gazans who I believed were experiencing nothing short of oppression during this massive military onslaught.
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Recently, I’ve started getting more interested in South Asian history and culture. I think it’s because I feel they were more secular, but Muslim leaders in the past that governed or ruled the sub-continent than they are now.
The historical figure that I relate to the most is the founder of Pakistan, the country I’m originally from, who felt conflicted, like me, about his secular and Islamic beliefs. Muhammad Ali Jinnah, or Quaid-e-Azaam, as he is respectfully called, was worried that religion had too much of an influence on politics in the Indian sub-continent, which he originally believed shouldn’t (it is unclear whether he stuck with those beliefs after Pakistan was formed). At first he believed that India could work as a secular nation, where everyone would be treated equally, and was extremely passionate about achieving this goal. But after facing facts and reality, he realized that majority of the people in India from all religious groups were way too conservative for that to ever work.
However, if you see India today, it’s working great with a secular government, as they are less reports of clashes between ethnic and religious groups than they are in Pakistan. On the other hand, one could argue that that’s the case because the Indian founders had more time to set up their country than Jinnah did, as he died within a year Pakistan was formed. Moreover, because unlike Pakistan, India’s government wasn’t in the midst of getting sabotage by the British (Lord Mountbatten).
Some historians say that Muhammad Ali Jinnah would want Pakistan to later turn into a more secular state, although, it is impossible to say that’s a hundred percent true. I feel that most Pakistani’s would want a more secular state, especially, because majority of the people in the country are more liberal than they are conservative (which I’m not saying is a good or bad thing) and because of the decline in religion (again not saying that’s good or bad). Either way I see no politician in Pakistan really trying to make that happen except former president Pervez Musharaf, who is certainly not the right man for the job because of the reasons he had for trying to make Pakistan a secular state, which in turn later cost him his presidency.
Imran Khan isn’t going for that notion either (which I think most of his young supporters aren’t aware of), which is one of the key reasons why Fatima Bhutto isn’t supporting him. Nonetheless he’d probably be the one I would vote for if I lived in Pakistan, as he’s the only candidate, who doesn’t have any corruption charges against him, which is quite seldom in Pakistani politics.
I am Muhammad Mustafa, and you just saw my perspective of the world
P.S. if you’re really interested in Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the partition between India and Pakistan, I suggest watching the film, Jinnah. It’s a really amazing film about him and isn’t biased at all and shows both the Indian and Pakistani perspective (although focuses more on the Pakistani side since its primarily about its founder), and justifies why the Pakistani founder did what he did, and why the Indian founders did what they did.
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It’ so frustrating when people start judging you based on your views on things like religion or politics. But that is not really why they judge you. They assume these things about you because of their view on your religious and political views. So it’s their problem not yours. A great example was an article I read a few weeks ago. It’s name I can’t remember but I do know that it was from a reliable source otherwise I wouldn’t have mentioned it here. It was about these men who were constantly being rejected by women for the same reason; it was because they were Republican. Now for people who are not familiar with American politics, being a Republican means supporting the American Republic Party. It’s one of the two major political parties in the United States.
So anyway, these men set their political views as Republican on various dating sites, and when they expressed interest on a woman, they would immediately get rejected with the woman saying, “I don’t date Republicans.” Without ever getting to know the person, these women assume these men aren’t going to satisfy them in anyway, and know they’ll never be happy with this person. Can we really say that we know a person based on just that? It is a possibility that is very inconsistent. So should we say it’s the men’s fault they were rejected? Or the women for rejecting these men without really getting to know them? In other words, can we blame these men and say the reason they’re single is because of their views or should we blame these women for their views on these men being republican.
It is quite confusing. But I’m pretty sure most of you are going to blame the women for not getting to know these men before rejecting them. What’s that clichéd proverb our parents and teachers use? Don’t judge a book by its cover? I don’t like that proverb at all because you only think of it when you read someone being mistreated in a story or in a article online. I’m sure most of us would react the same way these women did if we met someone from a social group we didn’t agree with. You see it all the time in religion and politics.
I promised myself I’d never judge someone like that, but recently I found out I did, and that I had judged these people for the wrong reasons for a very long time. I use to be against Israel like a lot but then after meeting a few Israelis, I realized that I was wrong. That I shouldn’t mix my views on the Israeli government and ordinary peace-loving Israelis just like the women mentioned above shouldn’t have mixed Republicans with Republican politicians.
It was that simple which made me feel stupid because it took me so long to realize that, but then I noticed, they were many others who weren’t even close to accomplishing what I learned, which taught me something: Don’t expect others not to judge you because you don’t judge them.
Okay I came to that conclusion a long time ago when I was being judged by this lady at the DMV; because my name was Muhammad she thought I throw acid at women and beat them to death. But the Israeli incident really strengthen that belief.
But what made it really frustrating was when I was wrongly judged because of certain views I had by my friends. We always agree on everything that it felt awkward when we disagreed on some things. I was talking about this case in Iraq where the Prime Minister ordered the police to kill homosexuals in the capital, and how I was quite against it. Since we were at a public platform where many could hear us, everyone seemed to support me. But after having separate conversations with them, I felt some of them were angry at me for the conversation I started and them having to agree with me because everyone could hear us. I could literally feel it when I talked to them; that they think I’m going to hell because I said all of those things. And I think they’re also angry because they think they’re going to hell because they had to agree with me because of the pressure. It’s just a feeling. There was no major mention of it by anyone; just minor ones. No one really told me that I was going to hell, but some just asked me to think about what i said more critically. What is there to think about? People were killing other people for just existing, how much more critical can I get from there?
Then, there was being labelled as an atheist by another friend because I support the separation of religion and state. I have no idea how that changes me from believing in one God and Prophet Muhammad as His Messenger. I’m offended because I was judged wrongly, not because I was labelled as an atheist. Though, I know I shouldn’t be offended at all because this friend has never lived in a country where he’s a religious minority, where his religion doesn’t influence the government greatly. He doesn’t know how unfair it is to have 10 days off from school in Christmas but spend the first day of school on Eid, a holiday you actually celebrate.
Nevertheless, I must deal with it. These friends of mine are now assuming that every action I take, every topic I talk about is either against Islam or promotes atheism. They’re of course not going to be talking about how they’re feeling because conservatives don’t do that. Nonetheless, I will talk to them and try stopping them from judging my every act because that’s what Islam actually teaches us to do. It tells us to end conflicts, not create them; peacefully of course
I am Muhammad Mustafa and you just saw my perspective of the world
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One of the main things majority of Pakistani children are taught during the process of Primary Socialization is how their country was formed. They are told about the sacrifices Muhammad Ali Jinnah, or Quaid-e-Azam as many Pakistani’s call him, and many other Indian Muslims had to make to form a Muslim State so that their children can practice their religion in peace unlike them.It’s been sixty-four years since Pakistan’s independence and a lot has changed which makes people wonder whether Pakistan is a Muslim Country or not?
According to Wikipedia, an Islamic state is a type of government, where the primary basis for government is Islamic religious law. However, if you see the politicians of Pakistan, if you hear or look at what they do, you will see that it is the complete opposite of Islamic religious law.Take a look at this article and you’ll know what I mean: http://pkpolitics.com/2011/08/26/the-most-corrupt-shameless-government-ever/
Further more, it is not just the government we should just blame but the people of Pakistan who have slowly slipped away from Islam. Take a look at this video that shows British Muslim Scholar, Abdur Raheem Green’s view on whether Pakistan is a Muslim country or not:
If you’re still not convinced by Abdur Raheem Green on whether majority of Pakistan are not practicing Muslims then take a look at this article from a Pakistani news blog and read the comments as well: http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/10185/why-porn-is-popular-in-pakistan/
In Islam, sex before marriage is not permitted, yet we see so many Muslims watch pornography. Does this mean that they have sex before marriage too? If you were too busy to read the article. Watch this video:
So if the government is not practicing Islamic Law and the people aren’t, the question arises:
I am Muhammad Mustafa and you just saw my perspective of the world
Sometimes our political parties seem like this…
There have been rumors that the Pakistani government is seeking to block 15 million websites; more than half of those websites are blogging sites such as WordPress. Hosh Media, which in English called Reality Media, is an organization that are stepping up and helping young Pakistani bloggers post their thoughts and views about Pakistan and its current conditions and show them to the world.