Straight From The Heart – August/September 2014 – Editorial

Straight from the heart!
Syeda Qudsiya Mashhadi

Dear Readers


The last month has been a whirlwind of activity with ‘August Mei March’. Two significant parties of Pakistan, one political and the other religious have descended upon the Capital in a bid to create ‘Naya Pakistan’. One may agree or disagree with their policies or line of action but these sit-ins have brought in limelight the glaring incompetency and corruption of the current government at every level which most Pakistanis had deliberately shut their eyes to. Pakistan has now reached a point where it has become literally impossible to continue as a nation with the status quo and the harbingers of ‘Inqilab’ are desperate for a change. This desire for change in the system is not uncalled for if we look at the history of Pakistan’s creation and did not spring out of the blue, as many paid detractors would have the people believe. Pakistan was created in the name of Islam and it cannot be successful as a state unless the nation as a whole aspires to be what the founding fathers wanted it to be: an Islamic welfare state! A large majority in Pakistan is slowly but surely reaching that ultimate conclusion.

On one hand we see a pronounced desire for change in the young educated Pakistanis and on the other hand, we see excessive and unbending resistance from the beneficiaries of the status quo. All parties, whether political or religious, have joined forces to negate and crush the voice of the popular uprising against the old and tested political parties of nation. The fact that even the rival parties have come together illustrates the nervousness of these political parties and a last ditch effort for the survival of the current political system. There is a so-called Democracy in Pakistan at present but in reality it is the worst form of civilian dictatorship, the likes of which Pakistanis had never seen. Pakistanis have been following these political parties for decades like blind sheep, which their families had followed before them, but it now looks like they are slowly waking up.

It is time Pakistanis start thinking for their own sake and stop listening to people who keep declaring democracy as something sacred! We as a nation are always told not to ‘derail’ democracy or else Martial Law would come. We do not want fascist dictatorship neither do we desire Western Democracy; we as Muslims need to carve out our own political system based on the political, economic and social systems of our glorious past. We should not be beggars at the gates of god-less communism, blood-thirsty capitalism or fanciful democracy rather the golden era of our Prophet [PBUH] and Rashidun Caliphate should be our beacon of light. As Allama Iqbal clearly warned us:

اپنی ملت پر قیاس اقوام مغرب سے نہ کر
خاص ہے ترکیب میں قومِ رسولِ ہاشمیؐ

Judge not your nation on the criteria of Western nations
Special in composition is the Hashimi Prophet’s [PBUH] nation

Stay blessed.

Syeda Qudsiya Mashhadi
September 2014