A Bit Of Beating And The Criminal Goes Free.

Around a couple of week ago I heard about a Mullah getting beaten-up right after Mughrib prayers in vicinity of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Near Iqra University Gulshan campus. At First I thought it might have been an outcome of some personal grievances as in Ramadan people usually tend to get short tempered but with time and a few casually asked curious questions with the area people revealed the chilling story behind this seemingly ignorable incident.

This house is a corner house by the road, and it’s outside lawn is covered with an iron grill. Small plants lining the grill provide a considerably good camouflage. It is where this mullah was spotted sexually abusing a 7 year old child behind the cover of the plants by a few area people.

After giving the mullah a good beating and some questioning it was learned that the kid belonged to a nearby Kachi Abbadi. The Mullah and the child were taken to the victims house where the child’s father begged the people not to take matters to the police. The victim belonged to a poor Bengali family his father had no faith in the legal system. He told the people he can’t afford to lodge an FIR or to fight the case in courts. Besides it was a mater of “shame” and he did not want any publicity.

The Mullah, who belonged to the mosque located in the same kachi abbadi was asked to leave the area within four hours and never to return, he was set free. The next day the victim’s family too left their house, disappearing to an unknown location.

In our city Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is a common crime. Sadly the underprivileged and street children are more vulnerable to become the target of CSA but this crime surely is not limited to the street kids. Children from all areas, belonging from families of all financial status fall pray to CSA. According to some unofficial stats a child is subjected to CSA every two hour in the Pakistan, more than 90% of these cases go unreported. The need is to break the taboo associated with such criminal activities and discuss such issues socially. We must stop accusing the victims and start spreading awareness of such crimes, take preventive measures and make sure that such criminals are taken to the court so they don’t target other innocent children.

For more information on Child Sexual Abuse please visit www.sahil.org

60 Comments so far

  1. Balma (unregistered) on October 10th, 2007 @ 12:58 am

    Hasan Zuberi,
    Please don’t associate beard with Muslims. It has no religeous significance. There is no place in Quran where it is said that Muslims should have beard, nor is beard even mentioned any place in Quran except in one place as a negative.

    Yes, prophets had beards, but that was the style in those days. In fact, if we had prophets today, I bet they would have been using razor or electric shave.

    Even though I hate beards, but if you like them, I would say go for it….. but don’t claim any thing Islamic about them.


  2. Balma (unregistered) on October 10th, 2007 @ 1:00 am

    And Hasan Zuberi bhai jee, it is hidayat, not hidaya. The K in KMB is for Karachi, not Kuwait :-)


  3. Sam (unregistered) on October 10th, 2007 @ 11:13 am

    @BALMA

    Please don’t associate beard with Muslims. It has no religeous significance. There is no place in Quran where it is said that Muslims should have beard, nor is beard even mentioned any place in Quran except in one place as a negative.

    negative? what do you mean?


  4. Neena (unregistered) on October 10th, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

    Hasan Zuberi (I hope not the LMB one) said

    It seems like all the bastards whose parents couldnt afford a Maulana for their nikah to consolidate have this grunge against the bearded community ….

    My friend the religion you claim you follow is also founded by a series of bearded prophets, unlike you clean-shaven hemaphridites and eunches, the followers of Pharos & Cirus (Firoun-e-Misr & Khusro of Persia).

    May I ask who give you a right to call others names while you yourself can’t be decent. BTW we are still talking about the relgion whoes Prophet’s never said a word to those who throwed rocks at hime even his shoe was filled with blood. So religion is not about Pysical appearence but it’s about spritual health which I guess you lack.


  5. Balma (unregistered) on October 11th, 2007 @ 12:16 am

    SAM:

    I was referring to the story in Quran where Hazrat (sorry – you ain’t gonna get hadrat from me) Musa pulls Firaun’s beard as a kid.

    I meant pulling someone’s beard is quite negative, at best neurtal. Does not imply that Muslims should have beard. There is no reason to follow Firaun in this case.

    To my knowledge, this is the only reference to beard in Quarn.


  6. SAM (unregistered) on October 11th, 2007 @ 11:07 am

    With the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Very-Merciful.
    [20:94]
    He said, “O son of my mother, do not hold me by my beard, nor by my head. I feared that you would say, ‘You have caused discord among the children of Isrā’īl and did not observe my advice.'”

    @Balma

    I don’t know about the story which you are reffering … by the way nobody is following firaun in this case…. but Unfortunately I think you never read Hadeesh which are about Beard…..

    The Prophet (saws) said: “There will emerge from the East some people, who will recite the Quran, but it will not exceed their throats, and who will go out of the deen of Islam as an arrow passes through the game. They will never come back to it unless the arrow comes back to the middle of the bow by itself (i.e. impossible!). The companions asked, “What will their signs be?” The Prophet (saws) said: “Their sign will be the habit of shaving off of their beards”.

    Thus the keeping of beards is a Sunnah of the Prophet (saws) and every Muslim must strive to keep a beard, if his model is indeed the Prophet of Allah (saws). He will get his due reward from Allah, Insha Allah, if he keeps the beard to follow the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).

    Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzab verse 21:

    There is indeed the best model for you in the Messenger of Allah, for every such person who looks forward to Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.

    Ibn `Umar related that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said: “Differ from the polytheists: let your beards (grow), and shave your moustache.”

    Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

    And i don’t want to make a debate about Hadrat and Hazrat but there is something which is called “Transliteration” ..khair …..Anyways you have your own philosophy which doesn’t work and imply everywhere….

    @Neena
    If one adorns himself with the clothing and appearance of righteousness, one will be constantly reminded that he is in the uniform of Islam and it does not befit or behoove a person in uniform and on duty to transgress the laws of Allah and His Messenger (saws). For example, if a man sporting a Sunnah beard were to drink wine or approach ‘zina’, his appearance should immediately strike and make him remember that he is in the uniform of Islam and on active duty, and it does not behoove him to transgress the boundaries of Allah and His Messenger (saws).

    http://e-iqra.com/v2/pages/booksCat.php?id=12

    http://www.turntoislam.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15806


  7. Balma (unregistered) on October 11th, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

    SAM :

    The first hadees you guote and your deduction from it totaly bewildered me. Totally unrelated deduction, if you ask Balma. Also, the way Mullas take one line from quran and another from so-called ahaadees and then make a khichree from that – this is total non-sense.

    And, puleeze, don’t get into this hadees business. Aisee aisee hadees nikaal kar laao’n gaa, keh Khuda (I meant allah) kee panah.

    Also, it is not the transliteration of the word Hazrat. I am complaining about its abnormal pronounciation as Hadrat – from Indo-Pak persepective. Also, if we start saying ‘d’ for avery zoay, read the short passage I wrote in Urdu to see how ridiculous it will become. daroor paRho!


  8. Balma (unregistered) on October 11th, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

    I mean zoaad, not zoay.


  9. SAM (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 9:16 am

    Hadees main na parho?…..acha tou aik kaam karna mujhe Quan ki ayaat se har namaaz main kitni rakaat hain zara bata dena…..

    and by the way its transliteration warna urdu main Zoaad ki jagah is ko (za) se likha jata

    Aisee aisee hadees nikaal kar laao’n gaa??…..aese hi hota hai jab kisi ko ahadeesh ki Importance na maloom ho


  10. Balma (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

    SAM dude: I know where this is going!

    My mashvarah: why don’t you ask all the Sunni factions: the four main ones, then deobandis and barelvis, then all shia factions such as 12 imaams, 7 imaams, X imaams, ismailis, bohris, etc etc. this question about number of raka’ats?

    Once You come up with a number, then we can have a good discussion here.

    Regarding zoaad vs zoay vs zaal vs zay, or toay vs tay, or seen vs suaad: In general in Urdu, i beleive and I could be wrong here, we follow the way it was written in the original language….but the pronounciation has been adapted to suit our languages in Pakistan and India. Imagine how funny it will be to say in Urdu: Hudoor, mae abhi haadir huaa. That is the point I am trying to make. The mullah types and Dubai palaTs are trying to change Urdu pronounciations hoping they will get more savaab by saying hadrat instead of hazrat.

    Continuing the same thread, should totaa (parrot) be with ‘toay’ or ‘tay’? Just want to have language related discussion, so no savab-gunnah type discussion here! Any takers?



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