Religion in Contemporary World 101
28 February 2013
Christian Youth in Pakistan
A country that has an abundance of tension between its people and religion can always land more media attention. The author of this article Feisal Rauf is a man with immense understanding and patience. For he is an author, activist, and has founded two non-profit organizations help to build up the relationship in the society of Islam. As Time magazine “named him among the 100 most influential people in the world”(Rauf). Though he resolves tension between the United States and Islamic countries this problem he could not pursue. This problem landed in the eyes of Rauf and he knew he could not let it slip away from the media, as people outside of Pakistan should be aware. The problem occurred when a young christian girl with a mental disability was accused of burning the Quran to use as cooking fuel, which is against the country’s blasphemy laws.
The past years Pakistan has been under great scrutiny for the hiding of Bin Laden, random acts of violence involving innocent people and hatred towards the United States. Now Pakistan has another issue in which has national attention. There are over one - hundred and seventy five million people in Pakistan that all use the Quran towards leading their “life in obedience to the commandments of Allah”(Ali). By having constant tension in the air, it is just nature that people begin to take anything done to them personal in which releases no remorse towards anyone. Is it justifiable the people were so aggressive towards a young girl that was Christian, mentally ill and starving? Due to the entire turmoil happening in Pakistan people are becoming fed up and are standing for their religious view rather than for what is right. Understanding that the Quran is their holy book and no one should burn those texts is understandable but the people should see the circumstances being presented. Moreover, as compassion and mercy are the “two adjectives most used to describe God”(Rauf) is there any being shown? This young girl has no understanding towards what she has done due to her own personal religion, age, and state of economic status.
Any citizen of Pakistan should be aware of the religious customs and traditions, though Rimsha is an exception. This young girl has caused a major problem within the country, only due to the fact that she was hungry and, for the burning of the Quran for the use of cooking fuel. Rimsha’s economic status may be a factor as to why she was forced to burn the Quran. She was illiterate, in the sense that she was unaware of Pakistan’s religious customs. The instincts of any human being would be to use the resources presented to them in order to survive. The only problem with Rimsha’s survival technique was that she was burning a sacred text. Her actions would have gone without being noticed if her neighbor was not home.
This event could not have occurred at a more difficult time when Pakistan was in turmoil. Protesting was taking place often in the streets of Pakistan due to anti-Islam filming and Muhammad cartoons. These protestors reached havoc through the streets as they set fire to “about twenty vehicles, three banks and five cinemas”(Sreeja). As well, lead to the death of at-least twenty people, three policemen and reported about two hundred people injured. The motive of the people in Pakistan has reached another level as for what they see it is the right thing to do may be deceived for all the problems occurring.
The ability not to speak out can be difficult. As Rimsha is still a young girl who is considered a juvenile she cannot receive the full punishment. Though “in school of law practiced in Pakistan, one must demonstrate competence in making socially responsible judgments”(Rauf). Its clear that through her being a young Christian girl in a low socially economic status that she was not competent to making the judgment...