Breaking News! There are strong rumors and reports in the Western media that under immense international pressure generated by the worldwide demonstrations on this Al-Quds day, Israel is planning to hand back the control of the disputed Holy City of Jerusalem. Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israeli will be giving out a statement in this regard later this week in which he will chalk out the details of the ‘Disengagement-from-Jerusalem’ plan.
There is jubilation all over the Muslim world and on the Arab street. The spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran has said that the satanic and devious designs of the Zionist regime have been thwarted and it has been brought down to its knees. Iranian government spokesperson Musa Al-Yazdani has congratulated the brave people of Quetta for their valiant struggle and sacrifices rendered on the path to glory and said that the martyrs will remain in our memories forever.
Wake up please – this fairy tale has ended! Now let me give you a whiff of reality:
Around eighty graves have been dug over the last few days, it seems like even our graveyards will run out of space soon. Tears are still rolling down the eyes of those who lost their ‘jawans’ – most must be busy preparing for the post funeral rituals, they will find it difficult to manage the finances for the Soyems, the Haftums and the Chelhums. Times are tough, inflation is brutally high and the only bread winner is lying in a freshly dug grave with a mauled and charred body. Just a thought here; will the Mullahs who lead the Al-Quds procession fund the funeral and post-funeral rituals? Or will they say that God will provide for the Shaheed’s families!
In an ironic way, it is still better for those families who have buried their dead than those who are still running to the hospitals to visit their dying son, father, brother or maybe all three for some. Running after the doctors, running after medicines, running after blood, running around to get the finances and hoping against hope that the injured will survive and if they survive they will be able to walk or still have their five senses intact; otherwise they will be a burden on the family and the society for the rest of their lives.
Well at least the dead will go straight to heaven because they are ‘Shaheeds’ and their valiant families should be a heroic example for all of us to emulate! Just a thought here; ‘Is a dead 25 year old man going to support his family better or a living and employed one?’
Oh! Don’t call them dead, they are Shaheeds as they died for a cause…
All for the ‘cause’?
I am a strong believer in ‘Sacrifices’ – the act of willingly foregoing whatever is dear to you for a greater cause. The important point to note here is that ‘the cause has to be greater’. In this particular case, the cause for which our Qawma were shepherded like sheep by the ‘holier-than-pope’ mullahs was Al-Quds!
What is Al-Quds? I can bet my next salary that most people before the blast didn’t even know what Al-Quds day was. Wikipedia tells us:
“International al-Quds Day, is an annual event on the last Friday of Ramadan expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people and opposing Zionism as well as Israel’s control of Jerusalem. Anti-Zionist demonstrations are held on this day in some Muslim and Arab countries, and by Muslim and Arab communities around the world. Participation in Quds Day rallies is focused in non-Arab Iran, where Ayatollah Khomeini first introduced the event. The Iranian government sponsors and organizes the day’s parades within Iran. In recent years, only a marginal proportion of young Iranians have attended.”
What I got out of this description was Palestinians, Arabs, Israel and Mullahs of Iran. The Al-Quds day was the brain child of Ayatollah Khomeini, introduced in the late 1980’s with the purported aim of showing solidarity with the Palestinian Arabs but in reality it is a show of force, a display of ego of the Irani Mullahcracy.
Al-Quds day protest is supposed to rally the people to raise the voice against the oppression of the Israeli occupation. May I ask:
- How does this affect the life of an ordinary Hazara family living on Alamdar Road, in Brewery, in West Kabul, Mazar or Bamiyan? Will there economic situation improve? Will they get access to education & health? Will they be treated as equals in the society? Will there lives be more secure?
- Did the Palestinians, Arabs of this world or the Iranians raise their voice when the Afshar massacre took place? Do they even know who the Hazaras are?
- Do they raise their voice when innocent Hazara lives are gunned down in the streets of Quetta for their ethnic/sectarian affiliation?
- Does the Iranian regime allow Hazara refugees living in Iran to live freely or detain them in camps which resemble prisons?
- Did the Arabs raise their voice against the brutal, genocidal massacres the Taliban carried out on the poor and helpless Hazaras?
If my memory serves me right the Arabs were actually supporting the Taliban regime of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The Arabs were supporting Zia-ul-Haq’s dictatorial regime when it created fascist movements like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Sipahe Sahaba (the cancer that is eating away this society).
We are a very emotional people and these emotions somehow become intense when we talk about Iran and the Mullahs. My request here is that we park our emotions aside and try to decipher the situation below objectively:
After Khomeini was successful with the revolution in Iran, he propagated the idea of exporting the revolution beyond the political borders of Iran and to do this Al-Quds day procession was one of the tools. Later on the Mullahcracy realized that exporting the revolution is counter-productive as other Islamic countries have become aggressive in their stance towards Iran; hence they abandoned the ideology and opted to protect the interest of Iranians only. Thanks to this radical ‘export-oriented’ thinking; Shia’s of Pakistan have been eyed with suspicion since then. They are labeled as lackeys of Iran and loyalties have been questioned. This has affected Pakistani Hazaras the most as the Saudi sponsored ‘Sunni Wall’ was erected in Balochistan to halt the spillover of the ‘Shia Wave’ originating from Iran. The Sunni wall ended up in the mushrooming of hundreds of madressahs throughout Balochistan churning out militant zombies. This radicalized the once secular population of Balochistan and as a result the entire region is mired with blood bath and we have ended up burying our brethren all because of misplaced Iranian ego.
We still bank on Mullahs to come to our rescue and save our society. Please bear in mind that there is no concept of ‘Mullah’ in our religion. We don’t require Mullahs to lead the Namaz-e-Janazah, to recite the ‘Dua-e-Nikah’ etc, we can do it ourselves. The problem is that we have outsourced religion to a bunch of illiterates because we don’t have the time to learn the dua’as. As a result, these illiterate Mullahs have become the de-facto leadership of our society. We should wake up and realize that Mullahs cannot lead our Qawma on the path to progress as their knowledge is limited, their views are myopic and they simply don’t have the intellectual depth that is required in this age of knowledge…and yet we bank on them to shepherd us to safety!
I have a 3 year old son (May Allah give him all the health, happiness & success) and every other night he lies down next to me and tells me to narrate a story to him. My stories usually revolve around a jungle where chocolates grow on trees, a flying purple elephant and rivers flowing with Strawberry milk (his favorite flavor). By the time I am about to conclude the story, my junior is in la-la land and off to sleep and most probably dreaming about riding the purple flying elephant. I cherish these times and store them as memories which will make me smile when I am old and wrinkled because I know a day will come soon when my son will be wise enough to know that there is no such thing as a flying purple elephant. I just hope that my Qawma grows wise and realize soon that there is no such thing as Mullahs that will come and remedy all the ills of our society. The only helping hands are the ones sticking at the end of our arms! Wake up!
A Hazara’s Diary