بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Life and Honour of Muslim Men and Women will only be Safe under the Khilafah
Shireen Mazari recently tweeted about the brutal killing of a girl named Noor Mukaddam, which has horrified the whole country. She tweeted, “The barbaric murder of young woman, Noor, in Islamabad is yet another horrifying reminder that women have been & are brutalized & killed with impunity. This must end. We are committed to ensuring no one is above the law & culprits having influence & power cannot simply "get away”. (Source)
Human Rights Minister of Pakistan Shireen Mazari, is one of the many people who commented on this recently committed murder of Noor Mukaddam, who was held hostage for two days and later brutally killed and beheaded by a friend, while their mutual friends, and house guards were gathered at the gate. Required action of calling the Police was delayed and his influential parents decided how to proceed. This incident shows the class divide of Pakistani society, and how people with money and power are untouchables. Violence cases usually come to light when it is too late to help. Do people like suffering in silence? No. Incidents are not reported, because they have no hope for justice, and to avoid humiliation they decide to keep matters in their own hands, till either their violence filled life ends naturally or brought to an end by someone close.
[اَفَحُكْمَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ يَبْغُونَ وَمَنْ اَحْسَنُ مِنَ اللّٰهِ حُكْماً لِقَوْمٍ يُوقِنُونَ]
“Is it the judgment of pre-Islamic ignorance they seek? Who could be a better judge than Allah for people of sure faith?” [Al-Maidah: 50]
The British left behind a set of rules and laws that are still blindly followed. Different additions have been made to make it more local, but deterioration continued, and the dream of living under Islam in Pakistan shattered. Muslims of the Subcontinent, craved to be ruled by Islam became numb after being deceived again and again by their own. Capitalism was quietly adopted and applied on people and it made them busy in a constant struggle for survival and rising by gaining money and power. This divided everything from Education to Health to Justice. Money became a ticket for the road of success and power. Education and Health were bought. The poor embraced the absence of physical and intellectual facilities, and thought that life was already unjust to them, so they strangled the hope for justice, and then all this crept into the class above, which was educated, could buy medical help, but was still inferior for the authorities.
Out of hundreds, here are few famous “accused and still free” cases of Pakistan:
1)In 2010, two innocent Hafiz-i-Quran brothers, Mughees and Muneeb Butt, were killed by a mob in the worst possible way, while the Police stood witness; in 2018, Supreme Court reduced the killers’ death sentence to 10 years in jail. 2) In2012, Shahzeb Khan, the only son of a DSP who tried to protect his sister from a monster, was brutally hunted down by this influential culprit, and his family was later forced to take blood money and move to New Zealand, where his father died holding on to the memories of his son 3) 2014in APS, 150 children were killed and a judicial commission report accused the School administration of serious negligence. ISPR released two songs for them and the parents still waiting to see the killers punished. 4) In 2016,a young girl Khadija was stabbed by a boy 23 times in front of her School, she first fought for her life and later for justice, and the boy was recently released after just serving three and half years. 5) In 2019, Sallahudin who was a poor, mentally challenged man who made faces in a camera of an ATM room, was tortured and filmed begging the police to not hurt him, later his father was told that he just fell and died. 6) Events of 2020 and 2021 have gone a level up, a woman is raped on the motorway, and police official commented that she should not have been on the road at night, and recently Qurat ul ain was tortured to death by her husband in front of her four small children. She lived a miserable and tortured life, and died in pain, only because the system she lived under never owned her as a responsibility. Only the establishment the Khilafah State on the method of Prophet hood, can save the lives and honour of Muslims and will provide them with a life where only fear is of disobeying Allah (swt), the “Razzaq”, who has promised rizq to every soul.
In the time of Hazrat Umar (ra) an Egyptian complained about the son of the Governor Amr bin Alaas that he was hit by him. Hazrat Umar asked Amr bin Alaas to present himself along with his son. The Egyptian was asked to take his revenge and Hazrat Umar said to Amr: “since when did you enslave the people, though they were born from their mothers in freedom’’.
It wasn’t difficult for a poor Egyptian to approach the head of the State and report that he has been wronged, without any fear of the consequences. This is the beauty of Islam.
Messenger of Allah (saw) said,
“انصر أخاك ظالمًا أو مظلومًا” فقال رجل: يا رسول الله أنصره إذا كان مظلومًا أرأيت إن كان ظالمًا كيف أنصره؟ قال: "تحجزه -أو تمنعه- من الظلم فإن ذلك نصره“
Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or is oppressed". A man enquired: "O Messenger of Allah! I help him when he is oppressed, but how can I help him when he is an oppressor?" He (saw) said, "You can keep him from committing oppression. That will be your help to him”. [Al-Bukhari].
An Islamic Society ruled by a God-fearing Khaleefah, will make sure that justice is done to all members of the Community without the fear or favour, and will set many examples that can be a hope for the oppressed, and a warning for the oppressor. Violence against women, which is an imitation of the violence of the authorities, will drop drastically out of the fear of accountability and will also help improve their actions. Women in need of help will not be abandoned and they will become the state’s responsibility. Islam will transform the way of thinking and valuing things. Women will not be used as commodities, nor will men be considered ATM machines. Both genders will equally work and live a life to attain the pleasure of Allah (swt) following His commands. This will remarkably diminish the frustrations of impossible expectations of the current system and will bring peace and tranquility to the people and thus to the Society.
Written for the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir by