Dailytimes; VIEW: Why hide the tolerant vision of the Prophet (PBUH) and the Quaid? —Syeda Sultana Rizvi
For the people of Pakistan, important sources of guidance for running the affairs of state were to be the teachings and practices of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the philosophy of the founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Pakistan turns 67 today but this young nation with all its strengths and achievements is challenged with putting in place most essential elements of a fair state: peace, justice, law and order. The teachings of tolerance and sanctity of human life propagated by our Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and promoted by Pakistan’s founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah remain far from being materialized. Security of life and property, justice and equality before law and protection of human rights irrespective of caste, creed and colour were to be the essential principles for the people and leaders of Pakistan, first for being predominantly Muslim and second for being Pakistani. However, the principles of statehood taught by the Prophet (PBUH) of Islam and founder of Pakistan could never become part and parcel of governance at a higher level or people’s way of thinking at a common level. These principles could never find space in any channels of mass education and communications and were never absorbed in the national thinking, resulting in what could be the obvious logical outcome: today’s blood-soaked Pakistan, insecurity of life and property and conflict on the basis of ethnicity, religion and sect that has shattered the fabric of society.
To determine the direction to survive and grow, nations need vision and guidelines from various sources including history, philosophy, ideology, culture, faith and the vision of the founding fathers. These essential guiding principles are adopted by nations as part of their indoctrination schemes with a view to make every generation know the essence and ethos of their particular nationhood and ways to keep it intact.