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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dr. Abdus Salam's 85th birthday, the Pakistani Muslim Nobel Laureate

Dr. Abdus Salam, the only Muslim Nobel Laureate of Pakistan.
Published at Huffington Post.


It is a shame that many of the Pakistani people I have been interacting have bought the government fed idea that Ahmadiyya Muslims are not Muslims.

Shame on them, they have not only lost political freedom, they have lost their minds as well.  As a Muslim, I am disappointed that Pakistan has deprived the Muslim world of a Nobel Laureate, indeed the late Dr. Abdus Salam is the only Nobel Laureate of Pakistan and they don't list him as a Muslim, and have gone one to erase the word Muslim from his headstone, what a shame! He was pride of Pakistan and yet no minister or high government official attended his funeral. I wish he lived in America; he would have gotten all the due respect he deserved.

Yet the same Muslims daily recite that God alone is the Master of the Day of Judgment, and he alone is judge of our faith 17 to 51 times a day, what for? Sir Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the great poet scholar philosopher probably wrote this poem to these folks, “tujhe-kya-milega-namaz-mein” what is there for you in that prayer if you don’t mean it.

We simply cannot stereo type the whole population based on a few intolerant judgmental men out there. Just like the good for nothing silent majority of Jews, Christians, Muslims or Hindus; and Americans, Indians or Chinese, the Pakistani Muslims Majority is another good for nothing lot, don't have the balls to speak up. We must encourage the good people to start speaking up and bring about a positive change where no Pakistani has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of the other Pakistani.

 They did not have the freedom to sign the Asia Bibi Petition; did not have the guts to step forward to do the funeral prayers for Governor Taseer who wanted to end the misapplied blasphemy laws...or don't have the nerve to speak up on most issues and put up with the Zardari government.

What's happened to this Umma that is suppose to value Justice above all else. They listen to the stories of the Prophet and the Caliphs, how they stood up for the rights of Jews, Christians and others even against their own kith and kin. A Muslim cannot be prejudiced and judgmental, how many of us qualify to be a Muslim?

This week witnesses Dr. Salam's 85th birthday. May Allah bless him for his pioneering research in “theoretical elementary particle physics”  benefiting the humanity; May Allah give courage to the Pakistani people to stand up for justice for every Pakistani in the footsteps of the Prophet and the rightly guided caliphs, and treat every Pakistani on an equal footing regardless of his or her religion, belief or denomination.

Asia Bibi Petition - Appeal for Justice

Mike Ghouse is a thinker, writer speaker and an activist of pluralism, interfaith, co-existence, peace, Islam and India. He is a frequent guest at the TV, radio and print media offering pluralistic solutions to issues of the day. His websites and Blogs are listed on http://www.mikeghouse.net/ 

1 comment:

  1. Ghouse Saahab, isn't saying:

    "Shame on them, they have not only lost political freedom, they have lost their minds as well."

    like blaming someone with cancer for losing vital organs to the disease? A lack of political freedom is a cancer in any society, and what you see in Pakistan and a lot of other places (including Muslim India) is the effects of that. The people I blame are the ones who enabled, empowered, and encouraged the cancer.

    And in that regard, one has to remember that almost all the oppressive regimes in the Third World were enabled, empowered, and encouraged by the Great Powers of the age: the British betrayal of their allies in the Great Arab Revolt; US and FDR's deal with the House of Saud; the US Soviets' (and later Russians') alliances with various "SOB"s through the 20th Century.

    Yes, we Muslims--Pakistani and otherwise--Africans, South Americans, Asians, East Europeans and others are to blame; but our blame is the blame of the oppressed in not being able to stop the chains of neo-colonialism--financial, intellectual, cultural and social--replacing the chains of a particularly pernicious bout of colonialism.