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July 22, 2017
The writer teaches physics in Lahore and Islamabad.
This dry info is deceptive. Professor Pervez Hoodbhoy is an excellent theoretical physicist.
The ummah is at war with itself. What other way is there to describe the brutal bloodletting by Muslims of Muslims in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, Turkey, and, of course, Pakistan.
This time Professor Hoodbhoy himself is indulging in deception. The west is mostly responsible for all this blood letting of Muslims that he so deftly slaps on Muslims themselves. He has an excellent understanding of the social and political dynamics the world over and he will not mince words if he has to criticize west. But when it comes to west vs Islam then his choice is again clear as in above comment.
To be fair, the ummah has not mattered for a long time to the governments or peoples of Muslim lands. State-to-state relations among Muslim countries have been astonishingly independent of religious identity. They have depended instead upon perceived self-interest, domestic politics and the whims of rulers. Just look at the evidence.
I said he has an exccelent grip over current affairs.
Pakistan was created on a religious premise. But, in the days of the Suez Crisis of 1956, Pakistan’s position was ambiguous. It refused to side with Gamal Abdel Nasser after he nationalised the Suez Canal and threw out the British. On the other hand, India was active in the Non-Aligned Movement, fully pro-Arab, and loud in support of liberating Palestine. To show gratitude, King Saud bin Abdul Aziz paid a state visit to India and declared that Indian Muslims were being treated well. There was outrage across Pakistan. Newspapers exploded in anger when Jawaharlal Nehru, on his return visit to Riyadh, was greeted by the king and with street banners in Riyadh bearing the slogan rasul-ul-salam (messenger of peace).
I said he has an exccelent grip over current affairs.
But let me add something new.
The King visted AMU and the King visited BHU.
The King gave some amount of money to AMU.
It was significant amount.
He also gave the same amount to BHU.
But this is not what I have in focus.
On the route by which the King's carriage passed the temples on the sides were coverd with cloths.
It is time to give the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation a decent burial.
Now that is a non sequitor.
A non sequitor is a conclusion that simply does not follow from the arguments given.
Clearly all the objectivity that Professor Hoodbhoy was indulging in was really not sincere at all.
He was merely preparing the ground for a surprise assault and subterfuge.
He has an ideology that is not a secret amongst those who know his writings. He is a leftist and hence his view about Islam and the institutions created under it are technically out of his purview. But how will be a leftist, a communist, a Marxist true to his alt if he does not take pot shot at religion.
Now Islam is the only religion left for the opportunists to take pot shots at.
Christianity died after Catholicism committed suicide by indulging in Jewish holocaust through Hitler.
It is not going to come back to life.
Judaism was always a family religion of the Jewish people and hence nevr available to the common people.
Hidden behind the chosenness paradigm and secracy it is completely unassailable, particularly because of the complete control the Zionist lobby in the west has over the western and hence the world thought.
Eclectic diversity of Hinduism makes it again unassailable.
That leaves on Islam open for an assault.
And the liberals, communists, Marxists, socialists, leftists, Christians, Zionists, Catholics, Protestents, the atheists and the works, all have helped themselves generously in this field of taking islam to the laundry.
Pervez Hoodbhoy is no exception.
In fact lately I have become wary of people like him.
Communism dies an ignominous death with the break up of USSR but communists will be there for long around us and they will never stop tormenting Islam and Muslims if they have any opportunity.
Dawn’s editorial of Dec 1, 1956, bitterly criticised the Arabs and “Nasser’s hatred of Pakistan, and love of Bharat and its Nehru”. It went on to suggest that such sensate bias and blind prejudice “may well be examined by psychiatrists”. In other words, the Arab world’s greatest hero of the moment was denounced as crazy.
One wonders why should events of 1956 be so important today that he is taking the trouble to dwell upon these.
The answer might lie in some inocuous fact like the archive becoming available now or he coming upon some passage in a book today.
At the technical level we have to pay attention to the fact that he is obfsucating between Arab and Muslims. Arabs are mostly Muslims but these two words are not synonymous. From the Islamic and Muslim point of view Arab indulgence in nationalism is not a glorious diversion and if Nasser acted out of those kinds of sentiments then Muslims had little to be flattered.
Today, Pakistan has disputes with both its Muslim neighbours, Afghanistan and Iran. Iran occasionally lobs artillery shells over to Pakistan, as does Afghanistan. Pakistan has reciprocated with its artillery, while PAF jets brought down an Iranian drone last month. Ironically, Pakistan has excellent relations with one of its neighbours — China, a communist state that has banned the beard and burqa in its only Muslim-dominated province. India has good relations with both Iran and Afghanistan. And, India’s trade with China far exceeds Pakistan’s trade with China.
See he next jumps to today's affairs. Clearly he was seraching for something that is even remotely helpful in his thesis against Islam or Muslims. If it comes from 1956 then so be it. If it is available in current affairs then even better.
But let us see the above argument at its own merit.
If Pakistan has problems with Afghanistan and Iran then so has India with China, Bangladesh, Nepal, Srilanka and Burma. Should that not make India a worse country than Pakistan? In fact similar arguments will make US the worst country on the planet. Yet people like him avail all the goodies that India ( like Kalinga Prize) and US (like a good theoretical physics career) offer.
But when Pakistan has good realtions with China then it becomes an irony. It people like him who look for wrongs China is doing to Muslims at the beginning of every Ramadan season. The author himself is a Pakistani yet he simply can not digest anything positive happening for Pakistan - like Pak-China friendship.
If India has good relationship with Iran and Afghanistan then it is again a fault of Pakistan - what a self-hating Pakistani.
Yet let us again analyse the techical info. Iran has extreminated Sunni Islam. Pakistan is predominantly Sunni. That explains the Pakistan-Iran friction. It certainly weighs negatively on Pakistan's side but by the same token China will weigh much more heavily on the positive side.
As far as Afghanistan is concerned he is indulging in a perfidy once again. Is there anyway to differentiate between Afghanistan and the adjescent area in Pakistan? No. So how can we talk of bad relationships in this case. The whole problem is that Afghanistan has been devastated by the west but PH will not take them to task for this monumental human tragedy. For him Najib might have been the most glorious thing to happen to Afghanistan in recent history and the USSR. What a shame.
If India's trade exceeds that of Pakistan with China then we should also consider India's size.
India-China Trade 2014-2015 : 71 Billion US$
Pakistan-China Trade 2015-2016 : 14 Billion US$
This is a five times difference. It gives no actual idea of reality. Next data will.
India GDP : 2.264 Trillion US$
Pakistan GDP : 284 Billion US$
The figures this time are about 8 times in difference.
It is not just Pakistan. The Muslim monarchies of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, both Wahabi, are practically at war with each other now. Teeny tiny Qatar, say the Saudis, is acting too big for its boots and cannot conduct its own foreign policy. Qatar has dismissed the Saudi-UAE demand to close down Al Jazeera, the Arab world’s only independent news source. In response, all Qataris and their families, as well as 15,000 dancing Qatari camels, have been expelled from Saudi Arabia.
Again PH is trying to find some faults with Muslim countries. A person bearing a Muslim name could be concerned about Muslim welfare. Is PH? Hardly.
Last year, Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian award was conferred upon Hindu fundamentalist Narendra Modi by King Salman. The Saudi king left Kashmir and pellet guns unmentioned.
True on both accounts. Unfortunately.
The point here is that a Muslim will be perturbed and disappointed at these happenings? People like PH will take all these figures as an evidence of wrongness of Islam. I would like the right to differ.
Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen shows the emptiness of the ummah notion. Directed against one of the world’s poorest Muslim countries, it has so far has killed 7,600 and wounded 42,000 Muslims. Most casualties have resulted from air strikes of the Saudi-led multinational coalition. Pakistan has shown little concern. I have yet to see a single TV news report or evening talk show discussing the Yemen war.
People like PH will snear at the notion of Ummah. What pains me more is the sheer lack of concern for Ummah and Muslims in Muslims themselves. Haters and detractors are doing their job well. The problem lies with Muslims themselves. they are not doing their job.
Ending Israeli occupation of Palestine was once the ummah’s grandest cause that cut through the Shia-Sunni divide. But now, Saudi Arabia is fast nearing rapprochement with Israel. Both countries see Iran as the greater enemy. After the failed Arab Spring, Sisi’s Egypt and the Gulf’s monarchies fear Iran as an insurrectionary power and prefer to work with Israel. Palestine is unmentioned.
Again some concrete evidence in these sentences. All mustered against the Ummah. Where are the people who are Muslims and aspire for unity and cohesion of Ummah?
Where does this leave the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), whose job is to bring together and represent the ummah? Based in Saudi Araba, it has 57 member states and calls itself “the collective voice of the Muslim world.” The OIC has had nothing to say about wars that have consumed Syria, Iraq, Libya, or Yemen. Nor is it relevant to any other conflict between Muslim states or that within them. It has yet to give a single cent to desperate refugees who, instead, must rely on the West.
Good question again.
My problem is even simpler. Why have the Muslim youth disappeared even from fora like the MuftiSays?
Pakistan bought into the OIC fantasy early on. But the euphoria of the 1974 Lahore meeting organised by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto has gone with the wind. What is left is the magnificent flag-adorned building on Constitution Avenue in Islamabad that serves as the headquarters of Comstech, the highest scientific body of the OIC, for which Pakistan pays the lion’s share of its operating expenses.
Comstech is charged with promoting science within the ummah. This is a futile and misplaced effort because science does not have a religion. Add to this the abysmal quality of science in Muslim countries (with Turkey and Iran only partly excluded). Prime minister Suhrawardy once famously remarked, “zero plus zero plus zero is after all still zero”. While he said this of the Arab bloc during the Suez crisis, it’s still truer about scientific cooperation.
Here he completely discounted Pakistan. We got to believe him. Unfortunately.
It is time to give the OIC a decent burial and end the fantasy that Comstech can serve as the centre of Muslim science. Among the benefits, Comstech’s staff could be put to good use promoting science in Pakistan with the building turned into a public science library or science exploratorium where Pakistani children could be introduced to the wonders of science.
He at his perfidious best.
You just don not see even a hint of his communist agenda of killing Islamic institutions and the fertive working against them. If pakistanis are really that stupid then they deserve it.
If Muslim states have paid no attention to the ummah, non-state actors have paid even less. They have slaughtered tens of thousands of co-religionists. The Afghan Taliban and the Pakistani Taliban are like two wings of the same bird. One kills Afghan Muslims, the other kills Pakistani Muslims. One finds shelter in Pakistan, the other in Afghanistan. The militant Islamic State group seems to be everywhere and kills with even less concern. There is no sign any of them will fade away soon.
This paragraph is completely fake. PH is least worried about Islam and Muslims.
There is a way for Muslim states and peoples to move forward. This will require creating strong democratic institutions based on equal rights for all citizens, encouraging the participation of women in public life, and respecting equally all Muslim sects as well as other religions, providing space and freedom to individuals and education for all based on science and reason.
Some face saving nonsense using ideas and agenda that have lost their utility by now.
If not then how come the US has become a developing nation today?