But What would the father of the nation do or say about blasphemy?

   Aggressive men; enraged boys; lawless criticizers; illiterate hooligans, creating havoc in the streets, setting fire to their own homeland, killing their own brothers, elucidating their morals. . . Month of September, month of autumn, of abcicism, of violence, of violation, of hate, of rage; ofstupidity. When the sun set in the west, and a blanket of black covered the world, when the noise was replaced by an unwelcome silence, one woman set out to seek justice for recently assassinated son, having faith in none, but ONE. The pain that in her heart she bore, worse than the wost. The fire, that burned her from the inside, worst, yet worse. The floods of tears that from her eyes she wept, no words could ever describe. The strained look that on her face she displayed: no words! No words! She wandered and wandered still, till her legs wore her off. She hoped and hoped still, till her lips could curse no more, and finally she gave up, and fell down; cried out, “Is this what you promised of? Is this what you would have done, O Quaid?”

 

When I am full of silence, and no one else is near, the voice I keep inside of me, is all I want to hear. And that voice, that voice keeps telling me of how the father of the nation would’ve reacted in such a situation. True, every action does have an equal and opposite reaction. But in Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s case, Newton’s laws wouldn’t have mattered much. Rather than arguing and debating amongst ourselves, let us counsel that voice, that voice inside our minds, that voice called conscience to tell us of how the father of the nation would’ve reacted in a like situation. Once a man went to Jinnah and asked, “Mr Jinnah, why are you writing history?” And Jinnah replied, “My friend, I am not writing history. I am creating history.” In a message to Muslim federations students in 1943, he had had said, “You have asked me to give you a message. What message can I give you? You have got the great message in the form of the Holy Quran for your guidance and enlightenment.” In an Eid message to the nation in 1945 he had said, “…Islam is not confined to the religious tenets and doctrines and rituals and ceremonies. It is a complete code of guidance, regulating the whole of Muslim society, in every department of life, individually or collectively.” In an answer to a student of Osmania university in 1941 he had said, “…I am neither a maulvi, nor a Mullah, nor do I claim knowledge of theology, but I have studied in my own way the Holy Quran and Islamic tenets. This magnificent  book is full of guidance for all human life, whether spiritual, political, social or economical, leaving no aspect untouched.”

 

We could not be so sure of what the Quaid would’ve done specifically in such a situation, but this much we know, and we know for sure that he would’ve looked up to that great book, that great book which is meant to be for the purpose of our guidance.

                    Let dogs delight to bark and bight, for God hath made them so,

                    Let bears and lions growl and fight, for ’tis their nature too,

                    But children, you should never let, such angry passions rise,

                    Your little hands, were never made, to tear each others’ eyes!!!!

 

True, blasphemy of any kind must not be ignored. But then; as Frank Arthur says, “Vengeance ismine, sayeth the Lord,” and then he himself says, “But vengeance is not wickedness. It is not wicked to punish the evil doer.” The evil doer. Did we punish the evil doer in this particular case? Did our rage bring about any harm to the evil doer sitting miles and miles away? The answer is ahuge NO.

 

                   If you think you’re beaten, you are,

                   If you think you dare not, you don’t,

                   If you like to win, but you think you can’t, ’tis almost certain you wont,

                   For more or less, the man who wins, is the man who THINKS HE CAN!!

 

 

Jinnah was that  kind of a man. He would’ve reacted in a more humane kinda way, would’ve made use of his mind, rather than his words, made use of his tongue perhaps, rather than the sword. For I recently read somewhere, “The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh, but the stroke of the tongue, breaketh the bones. Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not so many, as have fallen by the tongue.” To recapitulate, NO, Jinnah would not have behaved the way his nation did. . .

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