- By: Er. Younus Hurrah
Jammu and Kashmir is known as the land of Saints, priests, monks, Valley of Mosques, Temples as well as land of love and beauty with rich natural and ancient heritage, various traditions/cultures with different faiths and religions. There is no point to categorize the people of Jammu and Kashmir on the basis cast, creed, regions, and religious differences. We have thousand years of old beautiful history of traditions, love, brotherhood and amity. We still have a relationship which involves mutual knowledge, esteem, affection, and respect along with a degree of rendering service to friends in times of need or crisis.
In this ongoing freedom movement we need to be united against the illegal occupation, injustice and humiliation. We have lost many worthy innocent lives during these crisis, but on the other hand we are engaged in sectarian fight with one another. The fringe elements of anti-freedom agencies and rumormongers are doing their best job by spreading hatred against each-other-Shia vs Sunni. The only aim of these anti-freedom agencies is to try and weaken the freedom struggle and to get strong hold over people by dividing them. We are gratified one Muslim nation- both Shia and Sunni in our state and we have to protect and provide security to other minority religions that is one of the fundamental right of Great Islam. The word ‘One Muslim’ would be ashamed when we attribute it to the Muslim Nation. When we are responsible for creating such divisions, where should we go? How to be united again? Even why should we think ‘Unity’?
Our Lord has ordered us in the Holy Book of Quran:
“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided (3:103)”
“As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, you have no part of them in the least. Their affair is with Allah; He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did.” (6:159)
This is a call from Allah (SWT) to its creation but this is sorry to say that we gain our colors, caste, custom and sects but we are far away from this holy call: It was our fate that we should live in a world that is already teeming with mistakes of our predecessors. We are divided into different sects and groups. But Allah did not force this upon us. The Almighty Allah has given us ability to reason and a free will. And we inherited the responsibility to change the people and unite them, and to direct the negative forces towards discovering truth. This shall please the Almighty.
Our unity is our great strength and backbone and we should always demonstrate it at all costs for the sake of Freedom, the promotion of obscenity and immorality in the society by any person should not be tolerated in any way. It is our collective duty to denounce the persons involved in such undesirable and sinful acts. We should strongly denounce such fringe elements who is involved in spreading the obscenity in our state.
The only possible way to crush the freedom struggle of Kashmiri people is to “divide and rule policy” to create divisions, disunity in the Kashmiri society and to create the confusion among the masses. This is the time we need to stand and unite against this propaganda. We are being deprived from our rights and our voice is crushed by the anti-freedom agencies only to abet their petty interests. All the communities of our state should sit on one table and resolve the differences and issues through negotiations and should not harm the brotherhood and unity at any cost. It is our duty to create a well moral, matured and ethical society where no one is being accused, no allegations and everyone will live as a brother in faith or a free human being.
Whenever, there is a sectarian discord, the anti-freedom agents are adding fuel to it and our disunity suits them very well. And there are those who play a major role for their benefits to gain higher ranks on the pulpits and using a sectarian conflict as a base platform. The elements that are promoting the sectarian hatred, intentionally or unintentionally are pushing the policy of the anti-freedom agents.
Let us all unite and fight for a new world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, hate and intolerance, do away with religious differences. Let us fight for a world of reason, where unity and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.
People– in the name of Freedom and mutual tolerance, let us all unite!