For years we have heard about Freemasons, Illuminati and whatnot conspiring against Pakistan along with Jews and Americans/Israelis and trying to destroy the country. This oft repeated mantra gave us a ‘hidden enemy’ to loathe for all the bad things happening in the country and remain ignorant of many facts that were concealed in plain sight.
In this modern age, the Freemason conspiracy is no longer needed to undermine Pakistan because Pakistan is rapidly becoming self-sufficient in creating its own brand of Freemasons and Illuminati.To most it would really seem odd and majority would even go a step further to even reject my assessment, but there is little else they could do with all the truth around us. The concept of Freemasons and Illuminati dates back to the dark days of Christianity when Church had absolute power and evil acts were carried out in the name of God. These groups that came into existence were comprised of minds that were questioning and enlightened with modern knowledge. They rejected many claims of Church and worked in secrecy to enlighten people. Modern science has much to thank to the members of these ‘secret’ communities.
Something similar has now started in Pakistan.
Are there secret communities?
I do not know.
Are they enlightened?
I really doubt so because if you are enlightened and residing in Pakistan, you are either in trouble or pretty much useless to do anything.
So where does Freemason come into the picture?
Here starts the real answer. Be it Freemasonry or anything else, it starts with simple act of questioning things around you. Be it behavior of people, cultural norms, lifestyles, habits, hobbies, social structure, political structure, governance and plenty of other factors that one would think about critically and ask questions no one is willing to answer. The most obvious of all the things to question and the hardest of them all to answer is that of religion.
Where is God? Who is he? How does he look like? Why would a God create us and then sit back to see us kill each other?
Questions like these are the ones that not just throw people on the defensive, the wrong answer or perhaps the inability to answer rapidly kills the questioner’s trust on religion and those who follow blindly. Such critical people often choose to be Atheists in time and lose their trust completely on God or anything related to religion. This is what has started happening in Pakistan.
Since the past few years, perhaps half a decade if I have to be exact, I have started to come across people who have either become Agnostics or complete Atheists. What is thought-provoking is that these are educated individuals who study in institutes considered one of the best in the country. I even came across a person who claimed he believed in Scientology. I believe it is time to look at it critically and see what are the causes.
From my personal assessment, if we carefully analyze the psychological impacts upon people due to the impact media and religious clergy have regarding Islam and its teachings, there are obvious trends that would cause people to loose trust in religion (here we consider Islam) or at least begin questioning it. Following are some scenarios that could cause loss of trust in people.
Actions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H): This may come as a shock but sizable number of people actually start losing trust in religion when they don’t get satisfactory answers regarding Holy Prophet’s actions.
-Why did he married Hazrat Aisha (R.A) so young? If you see a middle-aged man marrying a 6 year old, what would you think? Will you allow a middle-aged man to marry your 6 year old daughter? Some say she wasn’t that young, the age has been misreported in Ahadith, that means the followers can’t even write age properly?
-Why did he killed those who left Islam? Was Islam threatened by a few deserters even when Mecca was now under Muslims? If he really was Prophet, didn’t he foresee that his action will be so badly misrepresented in this age?
-Prophet had warned about sects in Islam, why? It’s common psychology, in fact common sense, that when you stop people from doing something they will actually do it. Didn’t he realized as a Prophet that warning about 63 sects will actually lead people to create so many sects?
These are few questions that I could think about regarding Holy Prophet, some of which I directly came across on various forums and sites ever since I started using internet for knowledge gaining since 1999. If some of these questions actually laid the foundation of Muslims leaving Islam to become Atheists, I won’t be surprised because in my experience, most Pakistanis that started visiting religious forums and websites when internet slowly became accessible, they had the shock of their lives to discover Islam is not as grand as media and clergy made it out to be throughout their lives.
Islam’s Teachings: This is also a fact the a few teachings of Islam also contribute to questions. Most questions that I came across were regarding killing of Muslims who left Islam and about Islam’s permission to keep slaves.
Sectarian Differences: Praying with arms folded, praying with arms open, wearing green turban, Mutah allowed/not allowed, difference in aftar timing … there are hundreds of differences between sects, all believing they are the true Muslims and others will go to hell for ‘Biddah’ (Innovation).
These are the three basic pillars that form the foundation for a person to start moving towards Atheism. What speeds up the process is the human action (obviously Muslim) that create the strongest impact. Let’s see some scenarios.
Islamic Clergy: Actions of the “Protectors” of Islam are a major source of pain for most people. Exploits of Maulana Diesel are well known throughout the country and people are left questioning “Is this Maulana so untouchable after this much obvious corruption, all because he is part of clergy?”. Constant news of Imams exploiting Madarassa students financially and sexually are a source of shame, often making even the likes of me thinking where I should hit my head. Loudspeakers being used for hate speech against governments, western countries, rival Islamic sect and even professing killing them in the name of Islam is not lost to most people. All those who remember Amir Liaqat’s famous TV stunt that lead to the death of Ahmadis and Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) incident in Islamabad would understand this better.
Imams are also famous to “sell” Fatwas. So many people have gotten contradictory and outright hateful Fatwas that people have started questioning credibility of Imams themselves. In fact, giving Fatwa has became a household joke in the urban cities of Pakistan. Anything happened? Fatwa is coming. Veena Malik bared all? Fatwa incoming. Have you heard that song “Chayya Chayya” from movie “Dil Se”? Fatwa incoming. Salman Rushdie wrote a book (Fatwa incoming). I think Pakistan’s penal code should get rid of Blas… (you’re dead even before the Fatwa came out).
This leads to our second contributing factor !!
Muslim Actions: It is one thing to look at Muslim Clergy and feel disbelief about how things are being done. It is another to look at people around you and trust if they all are following the same religion. A father who prays five times a day, keeps sunnah beard, recites Quran daily and follow everyday teachings of Islam is of the opinion that it is useless to get his daughters educated because they’ll be cooking and giving birth to children, so what the use of education. Even if he gets his daughter in to school and colleges, he may be found complaining later on that he is wasting time and money on daughter’s education. What may go through daughter’s mind in this scenario is not hard to guess.
Ordinary person, young and full of zeal, straps bomb and blows himself up in markets, schools and localities where no one but Muslims live or interact. Killing Muslims in the name of Islam is a concept both ridiculous and horrific but apparently some people believe it to be one-way ticket to heaven where Hoors are waiting for them.
Old friends, spend childhood together and remained practically brothers for years suddenly changed when one started blaming the other for following Islam wrong and even committing Biddah. Small differences suddenly escalated to giant squabbles and those who were brothers are now as if enemies for life. If you hear one die in reality on differences like these, you may wonder how low Muslims have gotten themselves.
Have an enmity? The guy is from minority sect or some other religion altogether? No worries. Blasphemy law to the rescue. Just say he burned the Quran/said bad words about the Holy Prophet and the mob will help you kill the person. The law will actually help you even further, even if it means jailing and hanging a 14 year old child (if accused of Blasphemy). And we wonder why Islamic fanaticism is on the rise.
Problem in Palestine? Strike. Problem in Kashmir? Strike. Problem in Burma? Strike. Problem on Facebook? Strike. Problem with any Muslims, real or imaginary, in any part of the world would result strike in Pakistan with properties getting destroyed, life coming to a standstill and Mullahs everywhere with banners condemning American/Jews/Israel/India for creating the problem. If in the process (or generally, doesn’t have to be any special occasion) few local Muslims get killed … no big deal. Let them die, we care only of Muslim Ummah (and that apparently resides outside Pakistan).
We love the Arabs, their money, their oil, their language, their way of life … we change Ramzan Mubarak to Ramadan Karim just for them. We even sight the moon one day after them no matter what, even if we have to announce it 11 pm, 4 hours after sunset. It doesn’t matter that Arabs don’t give sh*t about us, consider us as working fodder for their buildings and cheap labor we will still love the Arabs in the name of Islam and go to Dubai for investment and shopping because it is Islamic to do so. I wonder how many Pakistanis began to loathe Islam after seeing the Arabs and their behavior.
Amir Liaqat is hosting Ramzan transmission this year. Isn’t he the one with that weird video full of abuses? Yup. And he’s doing a religious show, again? Yup. Why? Because Islam sells during Ramzan. You can see Amir Liaqat with Ramzan transmission and even Veena Malik doing Astaghfar, for her and for her viewers, so Islam is commercial. Exploding fruit prices are old news.
There are hundreds of examples where actions of the Muslims are major source of contribution for people who choose to leave Islam and become Agnostic or Atheist. I used to think there would be selective incidents where misguided people would do so, but in recent years startling number of people have come to my notice who are no longer Muslims (some even declare it on private/public forums), a vast majority of which left the religion because of actions of Muslims around them. And as I mentioned before, these are not the regular misguided people but actually educated people with good family background and great talent in their chosen field.
We don’t need Freemasons in Pakistan, not anymore. With the way things are going, foundation stone of which was laid by Zia-Ul-Haq during 80s, we have created our own brand of Freemasons who no longer trust the religion, religious clergy and people who follow religion blindly. I do not know if they will be THE bright minds to push forward science or anything else, and I do not (and will not) advertise people who I know are no longer Muslims. All I know is that the way we have been pretending to be Muslims and guardians of Islam these past decades has come collect its share. We have created our own Trojan Horse with misguided, shortsighted policies and actions, so if any of you know that your best friend/brother/sister/uncle/classmate/(any frikkin relation) is no longer Muslim, don’t be surprised because they don’t want to be called Muslims after what all our so-called-Muslims been doing these past decades. If you want to do something, just pray that they find their way back and start to trust the religion because that is all you can do (short of blowing up, of course).