“Taliban leaders have transformed Islamic sacred jurisprudence into an instrument of oppression.”
* Gee, did you figure that all out by yourself, Yusuf? Isn’t that what the jiziyah is, anÂ instrumentÂ of oppression? Â How else would you explain that minorities in Islamic countries have been all but wiped out? Have you never heard of the Armenian genocide in Turkey or the plight of the Copts in Egypt? What happened to the Christians and Hindus of Pakistan who made up some 30% of the population 60 years ago and are now reduced to a tiny percentage, who are forced to live in abject poverty, inÂ slave-likeÂ conditions, with no rights at all?
Is this the “sacred jurisprudence” you’re talking about?
Muslim (19:4294)Â -Â “When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them … If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them”
Sharia advocate Â Irfan is Â trying to put a bit of lipstick on Taliban activities back in Pakiland, where these “students of Islam” Â are rapidly Â moving on Islamabad. By the looks of it, its only a matter of weeks or months before the corrupt Zardari clan is ousted and the believers impose Allah’s law, with nukes.
But not to worry, Yusuf is onto it:
“Perhaps the ultimate measure of a nation’s civility is in how it treats its minorities. Pakistan must act to stop attacks on its Sikh and other minorities.”
I won’t be holding my breath. Islam is what Muslims (must) do, which means Â “Islamic sacred law”, the sharia, must reign supreme. Obviously you have no problem with that, Yusuf. Â For you, the Sikhs are just collateral damage. Your smears on India areÂ gratuitous, you’re just doing your job.
But whatever you do, Yusuf: have a nice day and don’t forget to flush!
Shocker: Report on religious freedom says Pakistani gov’t does nothing to protect minorities
Islamabad (AsiaNews) â€“ Violence against religious minorities is commonplace in Pakistan, one of 13 countries named by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom where the government condones or supports such behaviour.
This year “has seen the largely unchecked growth in the power and reach of religiously-motivated extremist groups whose members are engaged in violence in Pakistan and abroad, with Pakistani authorities ceding effective control to armed insurgents espousing a radical Islam ideology,” the 2009 report stated. Recent events in the Swat Valley confirm the situation. […]
In the meantime Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti reiterated his government’s commitment to ensure the safety of minorities in the country. “The present government believes in the principles of tolerance, human equality and peaceful co-existence,” the minister said.
Bhatti, a Catholic, slammed demands by the Taliban that non-Muslims pay the Jizia, or poll tax, saying that religious minorities are not conquered native communities but sons of the same soil and rightful citizens of Pakistan.
Not under sharia. Qur’an 9:29 commands: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth,Â (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
Explaining that the situation would improve the minister said that Article 20 of the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees that “every citizen shall have the right to profess, practise and propagate his religion” without discrimination.
But here’s the problem: The advance of the Taliban, and the disastrous precedent set by Pakistan’s allowing sharia law in exchange for peace (and that sure worked out well) threaten to pull the plug entirely on the country’s constitution, which is essentially a dead document as long as the government is unwilling or unable to uphold it.