Facebook Hypocrisy

Paksitan’s recent ban on the social networking sight Facebook seemed a tad bit hypocritical. The order to block the site was issued by the high court after it held a competition featuring caricatures of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The material was deemed as being ‘offensive’ to Muslims. Unsurprisingly, a wave of righteous indignation swept over Pakistan’s Maulavis and protests were held throughout the country calling for a swift removal of the offending material as well as the obligatory calls for ‘death to the infidels’. Whatever, one’s views on the limits of  freedom of speech and expression, there is a train of thought, even amongst the Western intelligentsia which supports the sentiments behind the ban, if not the ban itself. However, what right Pakistan has to affect such a measure is a matter for debate. For many years now, both the state and civil society have actively ridiculed and abused the founder of the Ahmadiyya community, Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in the foulest of terms. He is routinely vilified in the Pakistani media, literature, on sign boards and shop windows. I will not reproduce the type of language that is used against him, but a scan through any Pakistani or indeed international anti-Ahmadiyya website, would be sufficient to prove my point. Not only that, but in Pakistan, anyone applying for a passport, identity card, or even opening a bank account has to first sign a declaration confirming that they are a Muslim. That is to say, that they have to denounce Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as an, ‘imposter nabi’. This clause and the regular abuse directed Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s way displays absolutely no regard whatsoever for the injury this may cause to the feelings and sentiments of Ahmadis.  In fact, speaking of cartoons, some years ago in the Musharaff era, a vile caricature of Hadrat Ahmad was sketched in the background of a cartoon despite the fact that the subject matter of the drawing had absolutely nothing to do with Ahmadiyyat. Thus, when Pakistan has such an unholy penchant for reviling the sacred personalities of other groups and religions, how can they expect or even condemn the fact that others revile the Prophet of Islam (PBUH). Do they not know that the book brought by the Prophet (PBUH) whose sanctimony they are so keen to preserve, exhorts the Muslims to not even abuse the idols of the disbelievers lest, out of their spite, they in turn abuse Allah. Moreover, there is a Hadith in which it is reported that companion of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) got involved in an argument with a Jew regarding the respective statuses of Muhammad (PBUH) and Moses. When the matter was brought to the attention of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) he said, ‘Do not ascribe me a higher status than Moses.’ As the old adage has it: do unto others as you would have done unto yourself. Unfortunately, this is a lesson Pakistan seems unwilling or unable to learn.

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One Response to “Facebook Hypocrisy”

  1. Yes; I agree

    Khalid S A

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