Pakistanis falsify Muslim stereotypes?


I don’t know if shocked is the word. It was disbelief with a tinge of happiness.
I read about the Australian Police being given the powers of God. I read about their authorities superseding those of human beings. I read about the conspiracy against the muslim world.
How can anyone be given the power to invade the property of muslim men? How can they demand women to unveil their faces? Will it not be the Australian police who will be responsible for increased frequency of sexual harassment and rapes of muslim women in Australia?
These are the premises I expected opinions to revolve around. At least a few of them.
After all, we are an intolerant nation. Our men are the most possessive about the properties which were given to them by God. Keeping their women covered and away from all the indecent, hideous men (read rapists) out in the world is their foremost self-assumed duty.
It was an attempt by the Australians to put the masculinity of all muslim men at stake by demanding their inferior counterparts to unveil their faces and display their beauty.
If these are the comments our religious fanatics or illiterate population made, I wouldn’t be surprised.
Surprise and shock stuck when I read the comments by the readers of the article ‘Australian police get powers to demand removal of burqas‘  on The Express Tribune.
To see almost all the commentors on the same page as the others was an unexpected sight. The highly sensitive and masculinity-provoking issue of demanding removal of burqas neither ignited rage nor planted seeds of hatred for Australia.
The intolerant nature of Pakistanis was seen nowhere. In fact, people supported the new powers given to the Australian police, applauded this as a step taken to ensure security, suggested this law to be implemented in Pakistan and quoted texts from the Holy Quran refuting anyone who might be thinking of this law as highly disrespectful to islamic theology.
The stereotype which classifies Muslims as terrorists and intolerant seemed to be overturned. The thinking of many muslims which is overshadowed by the affiliation of almost all terrorist activities to the Muslim world was highlighted.
It was also emphasized that religion and culture are two separate entities. Mixing one with the other complicates societal life and is in itself a disrespect to religion.
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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. ayeshasethi
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 16:18:16

    Religion and culture are not separate at all. The depressing reality is that we call ourselves Muslims yet most of us haven’t even read the entire Quran with its authentic commentary. Islam is a way of life that encompasses economic, political and social dimensions. There are injunctions that are there to govern each and every part of our life. Just because we do not follow them or don’t bother knowing them does not refute their existence.

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