Zikrism and the dilemmas

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Waseem Ahmed
Survival, in a world indulged in criticism, is really hard. We often find people criticizing and excoriating others; sometimes in the name of religion or sect while sometimes in the name of race. This act of criticizing is norm of the day particularly in a country like Pakistan (The pure land or the land of pious people). It is really a beautiful name and    land but the people living in it have deprived it of its beauty and real meaning. Zikrism, said to be a sect of Islam, exists in Pakistan and several other parts of the world. Zikris mainly belong to Baloch tribe. They believe in the oneness of Allah and prophetship of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). They just give importance to Koh e Murad (Sancta and holy place of zikris in Turbat). According to them, Hazrat Imam Mehdi (A.S) has stepped over there. So they give huge respect to Koh e Murad. Many believe in it while many do not. They pray zikr (Way of worshipping Allah almighty). However, living in 21st century, we must not confine ourselves to criticizing others for their sects or race. If we think that they are not on the right track, we should preach them; But, still we feel that they are not on the right track so it is none of our business. It is the job of the one who created them and brought them in this small cage. We have not any right to call them devilish or infernal. Unluckily, in Pakistan things are topsy-turvy. Here, zikris are not considered muslims by some inerudite and benighted persons. Whatever! If even they are we think wrong but still we have not any authority, given by either Allah or our religion Islam, to aggrieve and dishearten them. You might be thinking all this is nothing then a cock and bull story but it is a reality. I have on my own eyes seen zikris being agonized. Once one of my zikri friends was in a deep grief. I asked him the reason of sadness. He told, ” Dear! I feel that I should have not come in this world of selfless. No one loves me. Neither my friends respect me nor my teachers consider me a student. Sometimes, my friends say that you zikris while slaughtering animal say that ” Man nakushta karcha kushta” a Balochi sentence which means I have not slaughtered, the knife has slaughtered you, which is hundred percent  wrong, we don’t do so. Sometimes, they say you zikris dance in a circle and sing, but we do not dance. Unluckily, in Pakistan things are topsy-turvy. Here, zikris are not considered muslims by some inerudite and benighted persons. Whatever! If even they are we think wrong but still we have not any authority, given by either Allah or our religion Islam, to aggrieve and dishearten them. You might be thinking all this is nothing then a cock and bull story but it is a reality. It is called “Chogan”, in Chogan we praise Allah. It can be also linked to the dance of Sufis who dance in the love of Allah.” Moreover, he discussed many such things which also not only offended my friend but also me. He also mentioned that whenever zikri students come for admission so the principal asks hundreds of questions from them and sometimes principal even does not give them admission for they are zikri. What the hell is this? The teachers who teach us brotherhood and equality “Masawat” and they themselves do such ridiculous acts. I wonder, in which Islamic book, it is written that annoying others is virtue or good deed. If looking people on the basis of religion or sect or race was the finest job so were the humanitarians, like: mother teresa and Abdul Sattar Edhi, mad that they served humanity and devoted themselves for humanity? If there was muslim humanitarian so he also loved and cared hindus and Christians and if there was a christian humanitarian so he devoted himself for muslims and others. My write up does not want to hurt anyone but to show and convey them what is wrong Islamically as well as globally. We need to create a sense of brotherhood. If not brotherhood, we should at least care for humanity because the creator is one, there must be the reason that he sent someone to a muslim family and someone in an other family or religion. We must be fearful of Allah. And we should never claim that he will go in paradise and he will go in hell. The decider is Allah. He knows, who is who and what is what? We are just effigies, in which he put a breathing system. And when we come in this world so we start hurting his creature which he never likes. If he can put a person in paradise for that person who had never offered prayer, he only had mercy and love for a small insect and can put a person in hell who prayed a lot but hurted his one creature. So who are we in front of him that we decide he will go in hell and he will go in paradise. In a nutshell, I just want to convey this message that never hurt someone be it a zikri, hindu, christian or sikh. Just finish the sense of hatred and spread love everywhere.