“(O Beloved!) Read (commencing) with the Name of Allah, Who has created (everything). He created man from a hanging mass (clinging) like a leech (in the mother’s womb). Read and your Lord is Most Generous, Who taught man (reading and writing) by the pen, Who (besides that) taught man (all that) which he did not know.” (al-‘Alaq, 96: 1-5)
Knowledge is one of the important pillars upon which the structure of Islam is raised. The fact that the original revelation contained the directive about ‘reading’ speaks volumes of the emphasis Islam lays on education. She was callously denied that by those who consider every word of Quran as their eternal constitution. Malala Yousafzai, 14, won international recognition for highlighting Taliban atrocities in Swat by blogging for the BBC. ”We tried to kill her as she was against Talibans.” Gunmen shot and wounded this heroic teenage children’s rights activist, as she boarded a school bus in the former Taliban stronghold of Swat. She was shot in the forehead and was been taken to the north-western city of Peshawar for further treatment where she is stable. Official Taliban spokesman, he further added ”until we kill her, we will not rest.”
Will these lands ever come out of ignominy?
Talibanization is a symbol for obscurantism and fanaticism; it is the Pukhtun landlocked version of Nejd Wahhabism that wants to replace the soft Monsoon Sufi Islam of the Pakistani hinterland. Is Islam all about suicide bombing or denial of basic human rights to women and all human beings, and above all, denial of inquiry into human thought processes? The extraordinary logic of Talibans and Al Qaeda to kill their own to create ‘chaos’ is defined as ‘fitna.’ Taliban seems to have forgotten the cardinal lesson that Islam’s own renaissance was nipped in the bud by the same kind of reasoning. Taliban defines freedom as a lockup of the better half of the population and taking the nation back to conditions that existed 1400 years ago.
The war of ideas where Islamic clergy, for its own limited interests, has tried to introduce elements of bigotry and fanaticism in mainstream Islamic thought is not new to Muslim societies. It has made them weak and backward and if it continues in its most dangerous form, such a schism will fragment the country whose only reason to exist as a nation is theological unity of belief. Today, ‘Dar-ul-ulooms’ are a breeding ground for sectarian terminators. Unless ‘madrassas’ are redesigned on the pattern of Baghdad’s House of Wisdom and, instead of producing human terminators, they produce man of letters who may recognize how to respect life, the prospects of any nation are bleak. Great nations learn from history; grudges based on history will further soak us in self-destructive streak. In the world of new ideas, any efforts to recreate decadent thoughts and wasted ideas will further draw these nations into self-obliteration and retardation.
Zeal to kill is license to destruct, and ‘Allah’ never forgives those who take the life of innocents in the name of the Most Merciful and His Prophets. This self-imploding phenomenon is clear indication of the death of revolutions. Death never conquers life – tolerance and progress are two pillars on which humanity has survived through eons. The future lies in the burial of hatred and violence; venom cannot turn into elixir. In very few occasions in Islamic history can one look at great leaps forward to advancement of science and technology; the hallmark of those centuries were tolerant and peaceful nature of the societies.
My open letter to Malala’s Unknown Assassin:
Listen murderer! Uncivilized, coarse, vulgar, loutish being. You just cannot take my pen and my paper away for “I would rather die having spoken in my manner, than speak in your manner and live.”
Be ready for the change? Your obsolete dogma will breathe its last sighs very soon. You are a wrath of ignorance and a consequent curse on a society. The mankind will soon break the crutches of “extremist underpinnings” that have influenced “you” so far.
This one little “14 years old” girl, resting from a near-martyrdom, has rocked and exposed your absolute subhuman ideological thuggery to the core. The conscience of a nation that had gone into a “Rip Van Winkle” of a sleep, has stirred with vengeance to see the precise enemy demonstrating its nastiest insignia of killing hapless girls. The self arrogant belief that heavenly bliss awaits as “honour rewards” for marring Malala. You hate “education” as you know completely well that it is “education” graduates a man from a “brute thug” like you to a refined creature. You are destined probably for the lowest depths of hell instead.The adversary of intellect is far worse an enemy than someone who lusts for blood. Deplorably you are the face of two evils combined in one; you hate knowledge as well hate all “those who seek it.”
In the face of wanton tragedies you inflict on us, we need to recollect our persona and hunt for that constructive vigour that should be the consequence of “eternal insults” that you render on our bodies and intellect. You heard this girl- a 14 year old , the personification of “finesse, brilliance and uncommon valour” in face of your “ruthless” assault on her foundations, this is unusual resistance and upshot of “your” unremitting censure. Bitterness like, “I will show them” can be very self endangering, one doesn’t have to show anything to anyone. “Real life happens in private, alone, before an empty house, without the gaze of an audience to ennoble or redeem it.”
Yet, she made sure that heart-rending resentment against “your attitudes” was resisted by peaceful continuity of her routine, to go to school and seek out for enquiry. She challenged your “thuggery,” she exposed you to the world a real coward, you are not “men” but collection of the brute forces of darkness that will be washed off as the mind of people open as millions of these girls have been born overnight. How many more bullets you can use, you don’t have enough, when enlightenment shall become a currency, as a show against your medievalism of eternal darkness. There are million Malala’s born overnight.
Listen, all this venom of yours, one day will be gradually substituted by an encouraging search of discovery of our journey here. Hate will never help conquer your intrinsic demons. It is “our” knowledge will destroy you undyingly. It is your self-imposed “purdah” from the world that ‘you’ have become such a bunch of harebrained outrageous losers.
Man is a remarkable mortal. He has a set of gifts which that makes him exceptional among the sentient mammals; contrasting them in that, “we are not a figure in the landscape, we are the shapers of the landscape.” Know well history is witness to the fact that the icons of “intellectual non violent peaceful resistance” have destroyed the mightiest forces of ignorance.
Socrates was forced to drink hemlock. His peers like you thought that he was misleading the youth, because he was trying to free the minds of men. 2000 years later, Bruno was flamed at the stake for declaring that the universe has billions of suns. What “you” dogmatically believes is guarded with coercive use of power as you are unable to protect it with reason and rationale.
Medieval societies used guns to silence opposition. Whenever rational logic and reason fails, persecution ensued. You are evil incarnated and therefore our real “seers” are those who encourage free thinking based on reason and logic, they reflect the higher consciousness of man and represent freedom over orthodoxy and bigotry. Fulfilment of the destiny of man is the rise from your manifested “cruel beastliness” to embodiment of all that is “good”. Homosapiens have progressed through all the characteristics that make humankind great: their ingenuity, their pride in his skills, their reasoning knack. You miss every one of this ingredient, have you ever asked why?
What benefits our thinking on this planet earth, once we are self aware is what is more rational and consistent, this is how we try to fashion level playing field for our future generations. By avoiding the understanding and the course of our journey we stunt human progress; we become cold-blooded brute and monsters like you are, our education helps us in understanding our modest beginnings and unassuming end in this never ending journey of ours, it helps maintain “peace” within us.
A peaceful existence is a gateway to greater peace and harmony amongst man. Human creativity and productivity are a bye product of our curious nature, our questioning helps unravel mysteries that confounded our forefathers. The barriers we break in pursuit of our inquisitiveness result in our ability to peer beyond our limited horizon, watching the singularity if ever we can, would the ultimate achievement of us homosapiens.
Know well that “Man” is at once flesh, emotions, intelligence, spirit and soul. Fulfilment of the destiny of man is to rise from cruel beastliness to embody all that is “cerebrally advanced”.
With any luck one day you will discover how to respect those who deviate from your deviant frame of mind Don’t get too upset, remember ‘Read’ and ‘Learn’ is the first injunction on you, you even denied her the basic right enjoined by the holy scriptures : اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ ” You failed every test of ‘civilised humanity,’ you are a postscript of history and will wretchedly stay behind as relic of that ‘a-human’ innate wickedness and cerebral banality .