Recently, too many unfortunate events are happening in Islamic world and making not only me but several others, questioning their faith, especially regarding Islamic Republic State of Pakistan. That Lal Masjid fiasco made me ashamed and not only that, the way we proudly showed our dirty laundry to the whole world, it filled me with distaste when I saw (and still seeing) many so-called educated moderate people using explicit language for Maulvis and Maulanas in front of the whole world even though they were the icons of respect and dignity once in Islam.
Last month I was in Iran and I didn’t like what I saw because many women treat Islam as if it’s caging them and people over there don’t trust their government at all . I met a biology professor over there who studied in States and came back to serve Iran, I asked her if Iranians are afraid of USA attacking them, she laughed loudly and said “Why USA should bother to attack us when with just one nod of approval she can start another shia-sunni controversy, with such internal wars we Iranian will automatically crumble down”. It made me angry and than it made me mad because that’s what the truth is, yes we are weak and we are proudly showing it to the world to look how proudly we are cursing our very own Maulvis and Maulanas. It is simply mortifying!
But few days ago, I was talking to my friend who studies in States and since she is originally from Pakistan and a Muslim, she founded Muslim-Awareness committee along with her fellow Muslim class fellows there in States with the approval of her university, many students approach her and other members of this committee to ask her about what really Islam is. She said people over there are polite and peace loving, but sometimes her committee have to face anti-Islamic people as well.
Few weeks ago, after the Lal-Masjid fiasco, few people under the leadership of an old man organized a demonstration against Islam, holding up banners claiming that Islam is the religion of Terrorism and should be wiped off from the surface of earth. Naturally Muslims students over there were very upset and few young people even went to the chairperson of the Muslim committee to ask his permission to teach that old man a lesson, he absolutely refused and asked them to be patient, clearly foreseeing that such act will only spark more aggressive reaction. He asked them to remain patient and watched the whole demonstration peacefully, after a while when that old man grew tired of screaming, he sat down to rest. The chairperson than asked one of the guys to fetch that old man a chilled glass of water, he did that and offered water to that man. He accepted it gratefully and after drinking, he said:
“Thank you son, you’re a good Christian”
“No sir, I am Muslim and this is what Islam is”, he answered politely and went away.
I don’t know who that guy was, but he made me realize that this what Islam is!