Religious scholar Maulana Adil Khan is the latestvictim of target killing aimed to destabilise Pakistan under the cover of sectarianism. The enemies of Pakistan choose the month of Muharram, hoping to ignite a civil war.
Muharram is the first month of Islamic calendar andAshura is the tenth day of Muharram. Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet of Islam was brutally murdered along with his family and friends on the plains of Karbala in Iraq on Ashura in 680 AD.
Since then Muslims all over the world have commemoratedthe tragedy of Karbala every year. Imam Hussain is revered by both Sunni and Shia Muslims. Some foreign backed terrorists have tried to instigate sectarian strifeduring this emotional commemoration of Imam Hussain in Pakistan.
In the past decade IS and Taliban have claimed many attack on Shia hoping for Shia retaliation against Sunni Muslims, envisioning a civil war in Pakistan. They have tried similar criminal tactics in Iraq since US invasion in 2003. Realising the enemies’ plot, Pakistan’s religious leadership acted positively to the challenges and prevented further catastrophe.
Shia and Sunni Muslims have always lived in a harmonious and cohesive society; with inter–marriages and family ties boosting their inter-relationship as they share a common faith.
Pakistan has witnessed large anti-Shia-protests during this Muharram. Immediately, social media hashtagssympathizing with Shia began to surface from the neighboring country hoping that Shia would retaliate against their Sunni brethren and begin large-scale sectarian violence in Pakistan. Smart leadership acted in time and extinguished the fire.
Arbaeen is the fortieth day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussain is commemorated globally. Every year in Iraq both locals and foreigners make the walk from Najaf towards Karbala where Imam Hussain is buried. Up to 30 million people gather in Karbala on the day of Arbaeen making it the largest peaceful annual gathering on earth.
Covid19 restrictions have preventedmillions of foreign pilgrims from attending the colossal gathering in Karbala this year. However, people of Pakistan took this opportunity to express their solidarity with Imam Hussain’s mission of standing up against injustice by coming out on the streets in their millions on the day of Arbaeen. Dressed in black, chanting slogans of unity, carrying flags and banners walking together in huge peaceful processions all over the country, Pakistanis sent a strong message to the enemies of Muslims, that Shia and Sunni are one and united. The processions carried photos of both Shia and Sunni leaders.
Predictably this show of unity and strength has not only disappointed the enemies but has also angered them. The distinct message of warning is thatPakistanis are united. Their love for their beloved Imam Hussain cannot be challenged.
The enemies have failed in their plots and in desperation have killed Maulana Adil Khan, a Sunni scholar, perhaps hoping Sunnis would retaliate against their Shia brethren. Pakistan Shia scholars said plot against unity in Pakistan doomed to fail.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has blamed India for triggering sectarian rift.