BY SOHAIL MUSA
If the non-Muslim world like USA, China, UK, Canada and even India is allowing us to build our mosques in their places then why can’t they build their churches, and temples in Muslim countries?
Favouring the concept of tolerance, protection of minorities’ rights and then all of a sudden going against building a temple in a Muslim dominant country reveals dual standards and highest level of hidden hypocrisy.
With this kind of mentality where you are favouring only pan-Islamist approach, one will only increase the challenge for Islam as a true face of tolerance.
Many people also consider this act as an act of challenging the oneness of Allah and they also claim that it will affect the process of preaching Islam.
The non-Muslims could have said the same thing about our faith; Islam when we were going to build our mosques in their non-Islamic countries. But they have shown tolerance and acceptance to our religious values and places. We need to exhibit the same.
Secondly, building a temple will not affect the process of preaching in any way rather it will help the preachers to persuade non-Muslims toward Islam by showing this act of space for the non-Muslims in our country.
It would be rather a perfect example of Islam to be a faith of tolerance and acceptance. And ironical is the fact, that how can a temple of minute significance dare to even challenge the oneness of Mighty Allah.
If we accept this fact that minorities’ rights should be protected in all states of the world then building a temple and protecting it also comes under the rights of minorities.
And not to forget the fact that the founding father of this nation Quaid-e-Azam had said, “You are free; you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the state.”
Talking about the atrocities of the Hindu government of India on the Muslims, I would simply say that we should not be like India in treating minorities and less-privileged people in the same worst atrocious way because two wrongs never make a single right.
In a nutshell, it is a global world and better we learn to live together in peace by accepting the differences we share with each other as a member of diversified cosmopolitan pluralistic global society.
(Sohail Musa, is a linguistics scholar at National University of Modern Languages in Islamabad)