Last week, ARY News presented an extremely informative, academic debate about the Islamic concept of Nikah-e Mutah (Temporary Marriage).
In the debate, Sunni Barelvi, Deobandi, Ahle Hadith (Wahhabi) and Shia Muslims presented their views. Apparently the Ahle Hadith (Wahhabi) cleric Ibtisma Elahi Zaheer couldn’t prove his point of view because other participants clealry demonstrated that the Nikah-e-Mutah was supported not only in the Quran but also through various books of the Hadith and Fiqh.
The debate was hosted by Iqrar-ul-Hasan, a brilliant young anchor of ARY News’s Sar-e-Aam programme. It helped in removing much misunderstanding between Sunni and Shia Muslims and paved way for unity and harmony through academic engagement, instead of violence and abuse.
Link to full programme
It was just another TV programme where the participants discussed a burning issue in the UK where Nikah-e-Muttah is getting acceptance in the society. In the program, people from different sects were invited to inform the audience about their view point and arugments regarding Muttah. In that program, Shia and Deobandi scholars were united in their opinion about evidence in support of Muttah in the Quran and the Hadith.
However, leaders and supporters of a banned terrorist oufit Sipah-e-Sahaba (currently operating as ASWJ) did not appreciate the academic debate and harmony between Shia and Sunni Muslims. ASWJ’s terrorist leader in Karachi Aurangzeb Farooqi and other Takfiri militants issued naked threats against Shia and Sunni participants and organizers of the debate and subjected ARY News channel to bullying and harassment.
Sadly, adminsitration of ARY news channel was not provided with any security by the Karachi Police / Sindh Government. For many hours, armed militants of ASWJ-LeJ were allowed to surround ARY offices in Karachi. On 28 July 2013, administration of ARY news succumbed to bullying and inappropriate demands of the ASWJ-LeJ militants, apologized to them and assured that no such academic debate and engagement of Sunni and Shia Muslims will be aired on their TV channel.
It is very unfortunate that a major media outlet like ARY News couldn’t defend the fundamental rights like freedom of expression and right to practice and propagate religion enshrined in constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and succumbed to the threats and pressure from a declared terrorist militant outfit, Anjuman Sipah Sahabah (ASS, currently operating as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat ASWJ).
We don’t know where law enforcement agencies were sleeping when this terrorist outfit (ASWJ aka Lashkar-e-Jhangvi) was storming the media outlet and openly threatening life of the participants and anchor of the program, i.e., Iqrar UL Hassan, Shoaib Mazni and Khurram Zaki.
How a declared terrorist organization like Sipah Sahaba can be allowed to impose their filthy and pervert ideology over a major news channel is beyond comprehension.
If anything untoward happened to Khurram Zaki, Shoaib Mazni Deobandi or Iqarar ul Hassan, their families and properties, we (the Sunni and Shia Muslims of Pakistan) will hold Aurangzeb Farooqui of Sipah-e-Sahaba, IGP Sindh and DIG Karachi legally responsible for any damage to their lives and properties.
This is for the purpose of public record.
Tahir Ashrafi has come in public to support these Takfeeri terrorists against freedom of expression and opinion, a right enshrined in the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.