By Dr. Muhammad Hassan Auj
I was compelled by my pen to produce this after the glorification of Mr. Mumtaz Qadri as a nationwide hero which was a stab to the Islam I believe in, humanity I strive for. Do terrorism and justice ever dwell together? Can extremism and harmony ever be tuned with each other? Will the transformation from Barbarian society to a humane civilization ever complete? Till when will the saviors of the nation be plundered with the defilement of the sanctity of their lives? Will respect ever be bestowed to other human beings regardless of their cast, creed, culture, religion, ideologies? With these inexorable questions probing my mind, I entered the premises of the National Interfaith Milad Conference organized by JDC on the eve of Eid Milad-un-Nabi. It was a merciless cold night of 23rd December, 2015 and the 11th Rabi ul Awal was blooming with its glory and serenity, while the flocks of lovers of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) were sitting giving the hint of the worshippers waiting for their lord. I am not figure enough to meet the fortune of such an esteemed event, however being the son of Prof. Dr. Shakil Auj Shaheed, I was invited to represent his scholarly views. His perspective was to love those whom we have been taught to recognize as our enemies. His profound teaching was to never erase the universal experiences of love and brotherhood, which are common to all human beings regardless of their religious beliefs. I had to represent my father and my Peer o Murshid Allama Shah Ahmed Noorani Siddiqui, whose blessings remain with my soul.
His perspective was to love those whom we have been taught to recognize as our enemies.
JDC has held a notable place in my heart since the martyrdom of my father when our nearest and dearest forsook us and these benevolent people extended their support to my family, regardless of the insufferable allegations of us being infidels. Such magnanimous souls manifested the message that the beauty of the human race lies in the prevalence of tolerance and peace. When our Shia brothers could be so gracious towards the Sunnis, name any problem that cannot be solved amongst Muslims who possess the kindness and largeness of spirit Islam enjoins upon us.
The divine weather of devotion; innumerable lamps throwing their privileged beams, pouring to the last drop the flourishing cup of Ishq-e-Muhammadi. All moths burning their euphoric wings in inexpressible reverence for the greatest personality of Khatim-an-Nabiyin Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.W). Murti, Cross, Hilal all gathered together in the love for Rehmatul-al-Aalameen, thus signifying that the stature of As-Siraj-un-Munir supersedes all religions. The name carved in every heart, the legacy etched into every mind, thus causing everyone to bow.
Distinguished scholars from all walks of life graced the evening with their presence. Renowned Shia scholars Allama Zafar Hassan Naqvi and Allama Abbas Kumaili, Sunni scholars Allama Raghib Naeemi and Allama Gulzar Naeemi, political representation of Faisal Raza Abidi along with the euphonious Naat Khwaans, President Hindu help line Aatam Prakash along with Saleem Michael representing Christianity, came together which the world became aware of the glory of interfaith harmony, of its magnificence.
In the name of Al-Insan-al-Kamil Hazrat MUHAMMAD (S.A.W.W), the discord in the nation was being witnessed healing and its symphony coming into complete symmetry, demolishing all differences by just being held together to this earth by the same gravity. We all were not sharing blood, but sharing the air that keeps us alive. As the Noble Quran mentions, ‘And hold firmly to the rope of ALLAH altogether, and be not divided among yourselves.’ Why say no to mercy when it is an attribute of the man for whom not even our lives can pay a tribute equal to the magnitude of His glory?
As I faced the massive audience to shed some light upon terrorism, I remembered my father’s gentle voice reviving echoes of the dying faith and rekindling Ishq-e-Rusool through his literary work not through gun ignoring the cheap popularity stunt. Yes, he named me Hassan so that I could be one in a million who write and recite, Naat Shareef. His voice was silenced brutally by religious extremists. Is marginalizing the hatred for other sects such a heinous crime? Or a righteous man has no place in the world where tyrants consider themselves invincible? Nevertheless, all Muslims are not terrorists and we shall leave no stone un-turned in acknowledging and learning the richness of other religious traditions and values.
Is marginalizing the hatred for other sects such a heinous crime?
As little paper boats travel on flowing water, let the water of harmony flow along with all the paper boats of tolerance. Hats off to JDC and its young dynamic General Secretary Syed Zafar Abbas Jaffery and his well-trained, extremely dedicated team of young people for guiding us to the path of peace and for teaching us that the only law to be followed is to love and respect each other. I wondered with so much positivity and unity around, how can anyone dare anyone rip us apart. Hardliners need to be soften and ties to be strengthen and in the current context of Islamic extremism, manifesting itself in shades of different banned organizations, this was a much needed answer. Let them fight in His name, and let us be love in His name. Let us be mercy in the name of Al-Habeeb. Let us be Muslims again in the name of Al-Mustafa.
*This article has been updated keeping the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri in mind.