Vision21 Defining Moment For Islam & Pakistan

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A two days group discussion with youth was held by Vision21 on 18th and 19th March 2009. The topics for the discussion were:
 The Defining Moment for Islam
 The Defining Moment for Pakistan
 Future: The Undiscovered Country
For more details and information about Vision21 please contact: info@thevision21.org or browse http://awaam.wordpress.com/

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Vision21 Defining Moment For Islam & Pakistan

  1. 1. Group Discussion with Pakistani Youth The Defining Moment for Islam The Defining Moment for Pakistan Future. The Undiscovered Country
  2. 2. <ul><li>Vision 21 is Non-Profit Non-Partisan Political Organization based in Pakistan. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>VISION: </li></ul><ul><li>To promote and actively seek Human well-being and happiness </li></ul><ul><li>MISSION: </li></ul><ul><li>To work towards developing and improving Human Capital; by </li></ul><ul><li>focusing on our objectives through developing and influencing </li></ul><ul><li>policy at governmental and non-governmental levels; and through </li></ul><ul><li>undertaking active initiatives and measures that help bring about </li></ul><ul><li>conceptual and behavioral change at grass root level. </li></ul><ul><li>OBJECTIVES: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Women Development and Empowerment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rights Awareness and Human Dignity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty Alleviation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Justice promotion as right and obligation </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Crises Facing Humanity </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental crisis of Climate Change </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical Dilemmas </li></ul><ul><li>Crisis of Global Paradigm </li></ul><ul><li>Crisis of Self Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Evolution (SQ) </li></ul><ul><li>Technological Evolution </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Need for a framework which can address all these crises </li></ul><ul><li>Global Capitalism </li></ul><ul><li>Socialist Brotherhood </li></ul><ul><li>Pacifism </li></ul><ul><li>Green Movement / Gaia framework </li></ul><ul><li>Religiosity </li></ul><ul><li>Islam </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Defining Moment of Islam and Pakistan. </li></ul><ul><li>why together ? </li></ul><ul><li>Two sides of the same coin </li></ul><ul><li>Theocracy vs. Secular state </li></ul><ul><li>Nation State ? </li></ul><ul><li>Sharia as basis of State Law ? </li></ul><ul><li>What is Islam ? </li></ul><ul><li>Why in Pakistan ? </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li> Defining Moment of Islam </li></ul><ul><li>Present Paradigm of Ulema and Sufis with </li></ul><ul><li>malookiyaat </li></ul><ul><li>Paradigm of Prophet </li></ul><ul><li>Paradigm of Madinah Society </li></ul><ul><li>Paradigm of Fuqahaa and Khilafaat </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Loss of Rationality </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of Mu’tazilaah </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of Philosophers </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of Intellectuals </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of Holistic Islam </li></ul><ul><li>Separation of Islam into Political (& Economic), Social ( and </li></ul><ul><li>Ritual) and Spiritual (individual) domains ( ruled By Malookiyaat, Ulema </li></ul><ul><li>and Sufis respectively ) </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>RESULT ? </li></ul><ul><li>Ritualisation or Religionisation of Islam </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Political development and Statecraft </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of development Socially and Economically </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of Chance to be Technologically developed </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>F our Fundamental Hurdles to Muslim Progress </li></ul><ul><li>Considering Women Inferior is the first and the foremost </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Education, </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty of Justice, and </li></ul><ul><li>Need for reconciliation of Rationality in the form of Science and Technology with Islamic discourse and and integration therein. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Defining a new Paradigm in Islam </li></ul><ul><li>The only way that I see forward is neither ‘ijtihad’ nor ‘islah’, nor ‘ tajdeed’ ‘ehyaa’ or ‘tashkeel e nou’. </li></ul><ul><li>Islam and Muslims rather need ‘ibtidaa e nou - min al asal’ (New Beginning from the Original). </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Defining a new Paradigm in Islam </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing Allah’s discourse in Islam </li></ul><ul><li>New Quranic Hermeneutics </li></ul><ul><li>Paradigm of Prophet and Sunnah </li></ul><ul><li>Redefining Hadith </li></ul><ul><li>Redefining the Sacrality in Islam </li></ul><ul><li>De-ritualisation and De-religionisation of Islam </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>DEFINING ALLAH’S DISCOURSE </li></ul><ul><li>New Quranic Hermeneutics </li></ul><ul><li>tarteeb e anzool. </li></ul><ul><li>Naskh ‘abrogating’ </li></ul><ul><li>First word ‘ iqra’ read. </li></ul><ul><li>Creation from ‘alaq’. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Paradigm of Prophet and Sunnah </li></ul><ul><li>De-familiarisation and Deconstruction </li></ul><ul><li>Difference between Sunnah and Hadith </li></ul><ul><li>Redefining the status of Hadith </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Redefining the Sacrality in Islam </li></ul><ul><li>De-ritualisation and De-religionisation of Islam </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>The new Paradigm of Islam </li></ul><ul><li>The paradigm of ordinary human beings / public interest </li></ul><ul><li>The paradigm defined by ordinary Muslims </li></ul><ul><li>1.2 billion Muslims who seek ‘Allah’s purpose every day’ ( Ar Rehman) </li></ul><ul><li>Ordinary Muslims are the inheritors of Islam not mullahs or theocrats or khalifahs. We are the true heirs. It is up to us to wrest our ‘virasat’ back. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Islam is not a religion but an ideology able to self evolve. Message of Islam is for all humans </li></ul><ul><li>The core principle is that Allah has created all humans equal and free in all respects </li></ul><ul><li>Allah has taught and commanded knowledge as the most fundamental and primary vehicle for human growth and ordained the use of ‘ akal’ ( the faculty to reason) </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Allah has given humans complete independence in all matters of the world, from choice of belief to practice of one’s life on the basis of do-no-harm as the first principle </li></ul><ul><li>Allah has made Humans Khilaf ul Araz not Muslims  </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Why The need for new Paradigm </li></ul><ul><li>The Muslim need </li></ul><ul><li>The Human need </li></ul><ul><li>The Global need </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Defining Moment for Pakistan </li></ul><ul><li>For us, it is time now to define Pakistan as the rationalist state of Muslims inhabited by humans of different origins, race and colour. </li></ul><ul><li>A state that leads the new beginnings of Islam and the world; </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>A progressive post-modern nation state that spearheads the development of Muslim commonwealth, and human commonwealth </li></ul><ul><li>and helps make humanity ready for the existential challenges that face human beings in the 21st century. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><ul><ul><li>Why Pakistan ? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To answer global challenges, one needs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>global framework. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A framework can only be provided by an organisation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>of some kind. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The largest form of organisation that can address </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>global issues and provide such a framework is ‘State’. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pakistan is a state that can potentially perform the task </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>of putting forward a global framework to challenges </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>faced by humanity. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>So What is Pakistan ? </li></ul><ul><li>A theocratic state ? </li></ul><ul><li>A secular state ? </li></ul><ul><li>A Muslim state defined by the ‘Human </li></ul><ul><li>Paradigm’ of Islam </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Can Pakistan Provide solutions and </li></ul><ul><li>meaningful response to the challenges </li></ul><ul><li>faced by Humanity in the 21 st century. </li></ul><ul><li>If yes ? How ? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the fundamental most need of the hour? </li></ul><ul><li>Why has it failed so far ? </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Why has Pakistan failed to build the dream? </li></ul><ul><li>Because we have lacked the intellectuals with the vision; and a few we have or had the vision, have lacked the courage to stand up for it or have got embroiled in irrelevant issues and lost focus. </li></ul><ul><li>Pakistan more than being the failure of politicians, military or bureaucracy has been the failure of intellectuals (including judiciary). </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>What is the fundamental most need of the hour? </li></ul><ul><li>The answer is staring us in the face. </li></ul><ul><li>Now when the Muslim consciousness is just about </li></ul><ul><li>ready, we are under attack again by external </li></ul><ul><li>players. Coincidental ? Intentional ? </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>The onus is on Muslim Intellectuals to </li></ul><ul><li>1. Stop the slide into introversion of the present paradigm; and </li></ul><ul><li>2. Develop the rational human paradigm of Islam , beginning form the original, for Pakistan, Muslim Ummah and the World. </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>THE TASK </li></ul><ul><li>To provide a framework of new paradigm, by </li></ul><ul><li>working on establishment of Allah’s discourse in </li></ul><ul><li>Islam (and starting afresh from Prophet's paradigm) </li></ul><ul><li>that guarantees </li></ul><ul><li>Equality and Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Education and Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Rationality and Technology </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>The result will be a state that is politically, </li></ul><ul><li>socially, economically developed and leads </li></ul><ul><li>the world in providing intellectual answers to </li></ul><ul><li>the questions of these times . </li></ul><ul><li>A state that becomes exemplary for the rest of </li></ul><ul><li>the World in how it practices its politics, </li></ul><ul><li>economy, in what its social and ethical norms are </li></ul><ul><li>and in how it deals with the commonwealth of </li></ul><ul><li>whole humanity. </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Is it possible ? </li></ul><ul><li>Some may consider it utopian. </li></ul><ul><li>Limits exist in one’s mind only. </li></ul><ul><li>Every journey begins with the first small step. </li></ul><ul><li>Being ‘Barish ka pehla katra’ is the most difficult. </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li> How can the new intellectual framework achieve a new Pakistan ? </li></ul><ul><li>How nations, states, countries develop and change ? </li></ul><ul><li>To develop and change a country needs a core of human capital with solid will to provide an intellectual ideological framework; commitment to work for the policies based on this framework; and a strategy and plan of action how to implement those policies. </li></ul>

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