By Haider Rifaat
The recent ARY transmission of Junaid Jamshed’s Ramadan program heaped constructive criticism soon after his controversial statement about women went viral on the social media. The 50-year old singer-songwriter is notorious for his speeches about women in Islam. The much controversial statement Jamshed claimed was: “Hazrat Maryam’s name has been solely mentioned in the Holy Quran and that too because of Hazrat Isiah. Other than that, no other woman’s name has been quoted in the Holy book. Also, Allah doesn’t like it when a woman’s name is mentioned in the Quran.”
This is by far the most absurd statement to be made by a Muslim scholar. I mean, wake up Junaid Jamshed! You are no one to judge others, especially women who have been granted vital rights in Islam. One should think a hundred times before misquoting something that is remotely associated with our holy religion. Also, for those of you who don’t know, Surat ‘An-Nisa’, is based on the role of women in Islam. However, the sad reality is that our media often sidelines such news feed that debunks the filthy image of these so called ‘Islamic scholars.’
Furthermore, who in the world is Junaid Jamshed to degrade Muslim women in the name of Islam? He certainly isn’t that superior to overstate something so provocative. I, for one believe that these high profile religious scholars consider themselves as the only pure souls in this world, when in fact their own characters are at fault.
All in all, Junaid Jamshed should feel ashamed of himself for fabricating a false claim about Islam. From this very moment, I have lost the little respect I had for him. Clearly, he has misguided millions of Muslims who had passionately watched his transmission yesterday. I believe that these misconceptions only create fissures among the religious sects and that is primarily why we, as a nation are falling apart.