By Dr. NADIA KHAN
Every Pakistani, knowingly or unknowingly, is drifted towards sectarianism with the tide of events happened in
in neighboring areas. This has resulted two segments in Pakistani society; a
group of people who think progressively and a group of people who believe in
hardcore religious teaching in which Jihad is having fundamental value. Pakistan
The polarization of religious segment of Pakistani society, has elevated a heightened disagreement among each other leading to fierce conflicts that some time took
hostage of sectarianism. Pakistan
Sectarianism, though disliked by most of Pakistanis but still most of them are its adherent, has gain prominence in last two decades. The mosques for Sunni and Shai Muslims are different, even named differently; for later it is termed as Imambargah whereas Sunni place of worship is called a Mosque. Even for Sunni's its further classified as Deubandi Mosque (followers of Maulana Qasim Nanotvi or Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi in India and Moulana Shabbir Ahmed Usmani or Mufti Muhammad Shafi in Pakistan), Barelvi Mosque (followers of Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi), Ahle e hadith Mosque (Salfi school predominately followers of Saudi Fiqha), symbolizes as these people belong to respective sects worship there.
Likewise, Barelvi sect is further divided into many due to their own interpretations. Like followers of late Shah Ahmed Noorani or those who wear brown turban or Moulana Ilyas Qadri or Dawat e Islami who's followers wear green turban or many other sects who celebrate Eid milad un nabi (birth day of Holy Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him) occasion with religious zeal.
This is all about the followers of religious segments or students of Quranic-Madrsah whereas those who earn their education in modern colleges or universities in
have a different approach. Though they follow above school of thoughts in terms
of religious needs, but in their political approach, sometime they might go
with political parties who are totally secular by nature. With the mind-frame
in Pakistan ,
these secular parties, in order to gain public momentum, they presume
themselves with few religious celebrations culturally like they celebrate Holy
Prophet (peace be upon him) birthday or Muharrum on 10th Muharrum and so on.
But by its ingredients they are secular and do not believe in the supremacy of
Allah or God in their political approach. Examples of these are Pakistan
Peoples Party or MQM or Awami National Party (ANP). Pakistan