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Suicide Bombings, there is nothing Islamic about them!

13 March, 2007

By Ahmer Muzammil


Suicide Bombings, there is nothing Islamic about them!

Let’s get one thing clear at the outset, Muslims and Islam are two different things. Not every thing that all Muslims do is Islam. Islam is what’s in Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) and my apologies but we rather not take the interpretation of Daniel Pipes and Pat Robertson. Majority of our present day religious scholars as well as classic scholars from the past has unequivocally rejected suicide bombings as an acceptable tactic against a combatant-enemy. Barring some fringe elements almost all of our learned scholars condemn indiscriminate killings of innocent civilians especially in a country like Pakistan or even a country that hasn’t been captured by non-Muslims, militarily. And by the way Islam doesn’t have a copyright on fringe fanatics, every religion posses quite a stock full lest we forget. The point that Islam bashers are conveniently missing is that Suicide Bombings has less to do with a religion and everything to do with deprivation. I have a feeling that the suicide bombers are not in a rush to get to paradise, they are just really eager to check out from the hell that we have created for them on planet earth. It’s a psychological problem rather than a religious one. Most commentators make this error because of immense bigotry and hatred that they have for Islam and some make it out of ignorance. Nevertheless they are unable to understand this phenomenon, henceforth to this day are unable to nip it in the bud.

I have said it before and I’ll say it again, behind these heinous acts, like the one’s recently in Pakistan , the root cause is usually some form of injustice. Does this injustice make the crime justifiable? Absolutely not! But the resourceful and the influential of the world has to come to this stark realization that till they deliver justice, peace and prosperity to the majority oppressed, harassed and persecuted masses all over the world, their glass houses shall always remain vulnerable. That’s just a fact of life, sooner we reach this conclusion, better it will be for all of us.

What happened in Quetta the other day or in Peshawar earlier is truly deplorable. Every sane human being with a shred of civility, an ounce of compassion would condemn it in the strongest terms possible. Islamic jurisprudence has no room for this haphazard struggle and surprise attacks where the unarmed civilian population is the target goes completely against any and all teachings of our beloved Prophet (PBUH). I am no sheikh but just a little bit of reading history would make it obvious that Islam is categorically against the killings of women, children, senior citizens and non-combatants, even in a state of declared war.

I am utterly disgusted with this inhumanity. The ironic reality is that the rhetoric from, both, the supposed holy warriors as well as the champions of enlightened moderation in Islamabad are pretty much the same. Our General Rambo misses no opportunity to exude bravery and tough talk while sitting pretty behind the Iron fort of his presidency while the rest of country is burning. Religious zealots and “Mullah’s” prepare the already poor, uneducated and ravaged youth to go fight their war on the streets while their own sons and daughters lay claim to either the Party president ship or seat in the Parliament, they inherit it like the seat is an ancestral estate.

The most depressing aspect of this whole fiasco is the numbness of the population at large. Where is the outrage? We expect this cold, cunning & ruthless demeanor from Islamabad , it’s a requirement of their residency, but where is the outcry in the rest of the country? When our innocent brothers and sisters are being brutally murdered in FATA, how come there isn’t a whimper from Karachi ? Is this a payback for the numbness that the country at large showed in early 90’s when Karachi was red at the hands of our “BRAVE”? How sad and how pathetic! We remained quiet when Bangladesh was burning, we didn’t raise hell when our sisters in faith were being raped because we were Punjabi and those were Bengali traitors and it served them well for going against “amirul-momineen” Gen. yahya khan and Zulfikhar Bhutto. We didn’t say a word when teen-hatti Karachi became a battle ground and a graveyard for hundreds of innocent civilians, their crime? They supported the sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah against the Superman Ayub Khan, we were silent because we were pathans and it served those mohajirs right by going against the self-proclaimed Field-Marshall. We are silent again as the gunship helicopters of the Army of Pakistan drill holes in the bodies of “Taliban’s” as young as 8 in the northern areas of our own country. We are quiet because we are Urdu-speaking and it serves those pathans right for standing up to a Mohajir Army chief! What goes around comes around right karchiites? Shame on you! Utterly despicable! Can we get any lesser as human beings? It becomes easier to justify killings when you put label on human beings like Taliban, Hamas, MQM, Mukti-Bahni etc. But we live in an age of information; it should be much harder to sell dung, but for some odd reason we keep on queuing up to buy crap from the administration. Imran Khan is dead on when he says that India has 7 indigenous resistance movements going on, still not once they have used gunship helicopters against their own citizens, and as a matter of fact no civilized nation does. But I guess civilized is the keyword here.

I am awe-struck when I hear supposedly “Educated” Pakistanis support this draconian Martial-Law in Pakistan . I am no fan of Benazir and Nawaz Sharif and let’s pretend that they were the worst rulers in the history of civilization ever, but it should be the prerogative of the people who elected them to kick them out of power, its too convenient for the armed forces to be the police, prosecution, judge and tara masseeh at the same time, especially since they are the sole benefactors of the absence of civil-rule in the country. It’s not a revelation that no other institution in Pakistan is as influential and as prosperous as Pakistan Army. They have an unprecedented stake in the status quo. If you belong to armed forces and are the recipient of their influence then your support and rhetoric makes sense, still petty but it sticks. Population at large however must decide once and for all that for how long the 98% majority will suffer to safeguard the lopsided advantages of our “BRAVE”?

People who present the low education rate in Pakistan as a justification for necessity of “Einstein’s” rule in our country, needs to have a conversation with a sabzi wala in Pakistan , I assure, you will be pleasantly surprised by his politically savvy intellect. But even if he’s a complete idiot my question is that haven’t we tried and tested Army for the past 60 years at the helm of our affairs, shouldn’t we, I don’t know maybe give the people of Pakistan the chance to govern their own lives for once? How can they be any worse? It’s literally not possible to sink any deeper as a nation, unless our benchmarks are Banana-Republics in Africa .

Rest assure that I am under no illusion that free and fair election and the true democracy would be a magic wand that will resolve all ill’s of the society over-night, but don’t you think it would be a long due step in the right direction? I mean after all the claims of transparency and accountability, according to Transparency International our administrative authorities are more corrupt now than when the savior took over 7 years ago. But to be fair, Pakistan stole Transparency International’s “Mujh” (Cow) so there beef against us is quite fathomable. I am not suggesting that Musharaf is corrupt himself, he doesn’t need to be; Army’s higher brass doesn’t have to steal, some of them still do but they really don’t have to. When they retire, legally they are worth about 450,000 US Dollars because of the lucrative real estate amongst other compensation that they receive as a Thank you from people of Pakistan . Whether anyone has asked the poor, ravaged and molested masses of Pakistan at this uncanny generosity at their behest is a million dollar question, for which the answer is obvious. Are we also treating our University professors with the same munificence? Actually is any other governmental department able to bestow this sort of kindness upon their retirees? I’ll let you call that one.

I know I come off as an Army-Hater sometimes, but I swear to you that I have utmost respect for THOSE soldiers who put their lives at stake just to make sure that our borders are protected. However I am deeply troubled by the sense of disenfranchisement of the poor, youth and a great majority of civil society. People blame Armed forces for their depravity, because visibly higher brass of Armed forces seem to be the most prosperous, there hospitals are cleaner their societies are better, civilians are not able to find one job and Army officers can’t even retire after retirement, if you know what I mean? All in all they stand out as the lone rose in a pile of garbage and i don't mean that in a good way. Voices of discontentment are stemming from all quarters. It is high time that the Armed forces of Pakistan pay heed to the advice of Quaid-e-Azam and leave the matters of running the affairs of the country to civilians and go back to their duties of safeguarding the borders for which they were HIRED for. Allah SWT says in Quran “When it is said to them: Make not mischief on the earth, they say: We are reformers only.  Indeed, they are the ones who make mischief, but they realize (it) not.” All the mischievous are duly warned.

Reader Comments:

Some Facts

First, to the question of poverty. Of the 50 poorest countries in the world (see list at right) only Afghanistan (and perhaps Bangladesh and Yemen) has much experience in terrorism, global or domestic.

But surely that is the wrong way to look at things. Aren't the people who commit terrorist acts poor, even if they are from countries that are not? No. Remember, most of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were middle-class sons of Saudi Arabia and many were well-educated. And Osama bin Laden himself is from one of the richest families in the Middle East.

But it goes deeper than that. In a 2003 study in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Alan Krueger and Jitka Maleckova reported the results of a post-9/11 survey of Palestinians. Asked whether there were "any circumstances under which you would justify the use of terrorism to achieve political goals," the higher-status respondents (merchant, farmer or professional) were more likely to agree (43.3 percent) than those lower down the ladder (laborer, craftsman or employee) (34.6 percent). The higher-status respondents were also more likely to support armed attacks against Israeli targets (86.7 percent to 80.8 percent). The same dynamic existed when education was taken into account.

In another study, 129 Hezbollah militants who died in action (not all of them in activities that could be considered terrorism) were compared to the general Lebanese population. The Hezbollah members were slightly less likely to be poor, and significantly more likely to have finished high school.

Outside Palestine, there is general agreement that suicide attacks on civilians is a form of terrorism. So where do suicide bombers fit in? A study looked at the biographies of 285 suicide bombers as published in local journals, from 1987-2002. And this found that those who carried out suicide attacks were, on the whole, richer (fewer than 15 percent under the poverty line, compared to almost 35 percent for the population as a whole) and more educated (95 percent with high school or higher) than the rest of the population (almost half of whom went no further than middle school). A similar survey of terrorists in the Jewish Underground, which killed 29 Palestinians in the early 1970s, found the same pattern.

A comprehensive study of 1,776 terrorist incidents (240 international, the rest domestic) by Harvard professor Albert Abadie, who was sympathetic to the poverty-terrorism idea at first, found no such thing. "When you look at the data," he told the Harvard Gazette, "it's not there."

What he did find was more intriguing. The freest countries experienced little terrorism; and the same was true for the most oppressed. It was in the middle - where politics was unsettled and evolving and governments are often weak - that suffered the most. He also found that geography contributed to terrorist destiny. Places like Afghanistan, with its austere mountains, or Colombia, with its remote jungles, might have been designed to sustain terrorism.

So, is there no economic dimension to terrorism? There may, be, but not in the way the conventional wisdom would have it.



Some Facts, Pakistan - 14 March, 2007

You started off pretty good but as usual you ventured into your fav past time of Musharaf bashing! So a Gen is worth $450k at retirement. What is the worth of Nawaz & Bibi??
Pakistan is better off today then it was 7 yrs ago PERIOD!
I am sick and tired of people taking hit at every single govt.
Sharif and Benazir didn't have to deal with 9/11. Those two didn't bring companies like Boeing, Barak and others to Pakistan with investments. Media was never as free as it is today. Every Tom, Dick and Harry (like myself) can give their two cents worth. If you ever get a chance then travel into Baluchistan and look at the infrastructure being build. I admire Musharaf for taking care of Bugti!!
ANP and MQM were ethnic parties but today they are becoming a part of the mainstream. I don't think you can credit Navaz or Bhutto with political reconciliation.

As far as suicide bombings are concerened, I think many anti-Islam organizations are involved in funding these acts of terror. When a sectarian sucide bombing happens in Iraq, I am always wondering if this is the work of the occupiers. Imagine a force united and imagine a force tied up in sectarian violence. Occupiers of Iraq would certainly prefer a divided opposition.
So lets not accept all the resposnibility we are not even sure which side is doing what.


Imran Siddiqui, Canada - 14 March, 2007

Leave the power?? But to whom???

It is high time that the Armed forces of Pakistan pay heed to the advice of Quaid-e-Azam and leave the matters of running the affairs of the country to civilians and go back to their duties of safeguarding the borders for which they were HIRED for. Allah SWT says in Quran “When it is said to them: Make not mischief on the earth, they say: We are reformers only. Indeed, they are the ones who make mischief, but they realize (it) not.” All the mischievous are duly warned
..........
Leave the matters TO WHOM??? Is there really any alternative? AT LEAST WE KNOW WHAT WE HAVE GOT NOW.
If there was any good leader at this moment he surely would have managed to get the people on streets. Is there any such kandidate? MAN, the problem is that those leaders how have not yet been in power do not have the program that really apeal to the pakistani masses. They simply do not know what are our main problem today AND tomorrow.
Why do not the common man protest the killing of fellow pakistanis???? simply because he can not afford to lose one singel day of his work, if he has one.
So problems will remain as long we can not breed any visionery leaders.
I wish some of the writers here ratther wrote about the REALISTIC solutions the country needs. Considering ALL the facts on the ground. And hopefully some of the kandidates read these. BECAUSE NONE OF US ARE BLIND. Most bof us know very well about the problems.
Mr. Imaran Khan may be provide justice to the people, but how long and how many can people feed their kids with justice? Should justice be on the top or employment? With employment at least one can BUY justice. can anyone do that with empty pocket? And providing jobs to young people is it not providing justice itself?
BTW> who will give you vote? the one whom u promise justice OR JOBS?



Khan G Farooq, Norway - 14 March, 2007

Imran Siddiqui, I disagree

Imran, I have to disagree with your thoughts. I cant see how any other form of govt is ever better than democrasy.
India is good example of what is bad and good in Democrasy. Some of our parlementarians are probably the most corrupt in the world, but then again people get the leader they deserve. Still we some how keeps finding out a decent guy to the prime monister..
the check & balance that democrasy provides, I think is invaluable to an civil society.
Civilian rule could have florshid in Pakisan is Jinna lived atleast the first decade of pakistan.

Arjun Serja, United Arab Emirates - 14 March, 2007

Behind Attempt to Dismantle Pakistan Islam OPEC

Terrorism is a mechanism.Terrorism need a designer of Terrorism. Terrorism came with
JFK killing leading to six day war 1967.This brought Gadaffi 1968.Terrorism began in
1970 in Bangladesh Pakistan Massacre.Anwar Sadaat recaptured Sinai in 1973.Oil Jumped from $1.95 /barrel to $70.Islamic Brother hood brought anti Islam sentiments and Hosni Mubarak.Mujaheddin came with Osama Bin Ladin and Imam Khomeini. Oil companies lost Both Iran oil and Iraq oil. This brought mass extermination in Bosnia Serbia Srebrenica Montenegnero Croatia Chechnya Armenia Bhopal Iraq Gujarat.

This brought leadership election issue i.e.who kills how many in bombing of Islam
Iran Iraq and Muslim Umma.

This brought attack on Allah ,the light of earth and universe Via physical light energy electricity development of individual honours their own institution .This is monopoly.1971-2007 which brought honours and award for some and total losses of Islamic honour dignity to the extent of extinction.

Terrorism came with professional development business development honour development of a few .Muslim became terrorists overnight. Human rights Offices development Gas station development Building Malls drive in development began.

Human rights development means human right denial to individual Muslims with
Monopoly of gain to suicide bomber developers. They have lighted carpeted characteristics of own .They are suicide bombers hiding Osama alQaeda – one sided benefit for few in institution development.

Designer of Terrorist exist there with responsibilities diverted to divert
Attention. The winner is just 2-3 individuals with awards and distinction.
Mechanism of fraud plays a part. Security lay out with massive publicity
Came with suicide bombing 9/11 bombing Embassies bombing leading to distinction and benefit for those few individuals.


Although attention has been diverted, responsibilities of mass murder invasion
Fall on few individuals .They have Characteristic of individual gain .They designed
9/11 bombing mass murders Iraq invasion oil energy development monopoly with
Own honours and awards. Ask the characters that have been suppressed victimized
And used in rhetoric publicity while designing terrorism and own gain.


Z_Belal, Canada - 14 March, 2007

Democracy

Why some are worried about a democracy in PAKISTAN? Having BB and Nawaz is a good example how they ran the country. They took the wealth out of the country and left Pakistan with $333m in the treasury. Look at the treasury today more than $13.56B. Which is better, a Gen. or Civilian Dictators. No matter what one wears as a head of State you got to see the work done in 7 years. Country got the most advance Sea Port Gwadar built and functioning. So many comapnies are investing huge sums and employment is getting better. There are many a good things to talk about present Pakistan and by comparing one honestly can figure out the better government. Pakistan is doing fine and will progress at a growth rate more than 7% which was never there while two Civilian Dictators rules the country. Leave Gen. Musharraf and PM Mr. Aziz alone they are too good for Pakistan and South Asia.

mohammad, United Arab Emirates - 15 March, 2007

Every leader should go through a transparent accountability system

WHat has hurt Pakistan most is worship of leaders in the beginning but later on total hatred for them seeing what they did.Army doesn't belong in president house.No questions asked.They belong on borders and barracks.To support Army's presence in president house and politics is allowing a doctor to run a machinery.Or a school teacher to run a Bank.
And every leader should be under accoutnability.Army leaders hiding behind "security matters/secrets" is just a ripoff.Both BB and Nawz Sharif were bad because people didn't demand accountability when they were in govt and ignored their actions for one or the other excuse.


Dr.Khan, United Kingdom - 15 March, 2007

Arjun Serja Sahib, you are right. But still....

Comparing India and Pakistan, regarding democrasy, is not that easy>
1. India is a gigantic country. Compared to the population of India the indian army is a tiny army. The indian army simlpy does not have all those officers needed to be put in all the 'startegic' civil positions. While the pakistani army has more than enough generals and officers to cover every hole in the pakistani power machinery.
2. BUT THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IS that indian power machinery is so heavy that noboday, singel or group of persons, dare to play with it. While the pakistani is so litle that alomost anybody of the 'big guys' can put it in his/her pocket. And play with anyway he wants. Neither the generals nor the politicans respect the instituions of Pakistan.
3. India is so big and well rooted that it can run very well by it self. Almost on autupilot. While Pakistan, due to its size, can not experiment for ever with different styles of governing systems.
The only way democrasy will survive in Pakistan is when the power machinery may becomes so deeprooted, heavy and strong that no singel person will dare to play with it.
AND THIS IS WHERE A LOT OF US PAKISTANIS ALMOST ALWAYS CHOOSE THE WRONG ANGEL TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS. ONCE FOR ALL.
LIKE MY BROTHER, THE WRITER HERE> Instead of pointing and fokusing on the NEED of our polticans to do a better job, also he wants the polticans back. At any cost and conditions. NO MATTER HOW STUPID, INNCOMPITENT, GREEDY AND CORRUPT THEY ARE. What good will that do? Surely, after some years the generals will be back again because of the polticans mismanagement. And the history will repeat. SO instead of hating the generals, WE MUST FOCUS ON how to DEVELOP POLTICS THAT MAKE IT TOTALLY unnesescry for generals to take over.


Khan G Farooq, Norway - 16 March, 2007

Growth Subversion and suicidal death

Growth subversion and suicidal death…

1.Economic Growth comes from Productive work Industrial work
Growth work on Islam model. Plant a Seed.Reep Harvest. Plant
More seed produce food via Rain forest Lush Green Khet This is via
Agriculture.
2. Economic Growth comes from Industrial work even by the Prophet of
Islam Model, Technology and Industries of the Time to world current growth. Industrial Products are made and sold for a profit worldwide. To sell and distribute you need energy.
3. None Productive Growth comes from ruined Muslim UMMA Canada USA
UK USA – Once successful. Growth people who now a days dwell in Salary receiving security personnel Soldiers personnel sanctions personnel invasion personnel personnel
Selling car insurance stores mall hotel motel restaurant groceries outlet giant food store
Giant furniture store road equipment mfr air travel based on energy - all needing
Iraq oil Iran oil Saudi oil OPEC oil.
4. Oil requisite comes from subversion pollution suicide bombing sanctions bombing
Self destruction building none productive tanks armour vehicle aircraft invasion craft
Cricket ground soccer tournament and UN building mall buildings.
5. To acquire Muslim Energy Muslim ores Muslim Mountains of resources Muslim
Countries based Food and Industrial production - there came winners and losers.

(1)Winners are China India Korea and Japan

(2) Losers are world Muslim Canada UK Germany USA

(1)Winners or (2) Losers – both need energy and Brain to improve employment equality housing clean water for the well being of average human being.

Losers are people of the Book(living off asset) so called sanctioning or stealing from Iran Iraq Pakistan Turkey Afghanistan Indonesia Chechnya Kosovo Bosnia ethnic Albanian Turks Saudi Arabia UAE Jordan Egypt Algeria Syria Sudan Nigeria and Muslim minority (worldwide)
The Muslim Losers are theorists on the model of Canada – UK

Task forces, Organisation office builders, human rights Officers insurance staff
Bankers restaurant hotel workers soldiers quran readers maktab builders’ namazee
Low quality lawyer’s tribunal judges short cut to panchayet and amirul momineen
Judge of 1400 yrs ago (alternative reform) amid cricket soccer playing without even
Quality or awards and honours.

India has efficient railway system now. India is acquiring every equipment which belonged in Canada UK Germany USA only to make cheap quality replicas and short
Cut generic drugs and chemicals like china counter parts. Japan Korea is stuck on energy –cars. All of them are time wasting none productive asset stealers. Population is going to grow 9 billion without adequate work preparation or motivation.


M.B.Zakaria, United Arab Emirates - 18 March, 2007

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