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Why do Pakistani Shias display Iranian leaders’ pictures? – by Bahadar Ali Khan

Generally in my notes, I always question the Saudi (Salafi) influence on Pakistani society and (mostly Salafi and Deobandi) seminaries. And how Pakistani cultural softness is disappearing under the weight of Saudi Riyals and their interpretation of Islam is replacing the traditional and more tolerant form of Islam that we have had for centuries.

At the same time I was appalled to see a newspaper advertisement from a (Shia) religious party (MWM) that claims to represent the adherents of a particular interpretation of Islam, to publish quarter page advertisement to declare Jummat-ul-wida as Yaum-ul-Quds. So far so good, but the most disturbing part of the advertisement was to post, the past and present pictures of Iranian revolutionary leaders in that ad. Why so? What Iranian leadership has to do with Pakistan? Or it was a display to show their allegiance to the Iranian leadership?

[Instead of Khomeini, Khamenei, Hasan Nasrallah etc, why can’t Pakistani Shia activists use pictures and quotes of Pakistani Shia leaders, such as Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Raja Sahib Mahmoodabad, Sir Aga Khan, Fatima Jinnah, Hafiz Kifayat Hussain, Mufti Jafar Hussain, Allama Arif Al-Hussaini etc? https://www.facebook.com/ShiaCitizensOfPakistan ]

This is simply non-sense. Can they imagine that Iranian or Saudi’s would do the same in the similar circumstances? Answer is no, they would never do that, because they are not morally bankrupt, but I guess we do.

I am not talking about ultra nationalism but there are certain values every country possesses, no matter how weak the country becomes, it doesn’t look for leadership beyond its borders. Sharing a creed or sect doesn’t automatically bind us to accept the suzerainty of another country. We are certainly better than this.

LUBP’s note: Shia Citizens of Pakistan (SCP) offers a worthy alternative for Pakistani Shia Muslims. https://www.facebook.com/ShiaCitizensOfPakistan

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  • They display their pictures because it is only Iran that is fully supporting to protect not just Shias in Pakistan but also Sunnis in Palestine. Rest of Sunni countries are just allies of the cruel Zionist Israel and US. We all know the reality.

  • Well there are couple of simple answers
    1) Islamic revolution which is an ideal model for Muslims was Islamic revolution and not an Irani or Shia revolution
    2) There are no boundaries of religion/ideology. It depends on who you consider your role model
    3) Shia’s all over the world believe in global/Central leadership, there had been unfortunately no leader in Pakistan of their stature

  • Pakistani Shia clerics receive part Khoms funding from Iran, therefore, they blindly follow Iranian agenda. Stop the money, they will become Pakistani again.

    • my dear son please mention your real name .
      why do you support the Osama Bin Laden or Mulla Omer your spiritual father .

  • یوم القدس: سنی مسلمانوں سے قبولیت کا سرٹیفکیٹ حاصل کرنے کے لیے شیعہ مسلمانوں کے جتن – عبدل نیشاپوری – See more at: https://lubp.net/archives/318657

    ایران کے مذہبی بیوپاری، حماس کی سرپرستی اور اندھے مقلد پاکستانی شیعہ – عامر حسینی – See more at: https://lubp.net/archives/318667

  • Buddy- don’t we follow brain lara or viv
    Richards in batting. As we had some quality batsman in past but not as great as them. The problem in Pakistan’s political history is we didnt have any good rather reasonable leader to put their pictures.

    Iran is the only country that follows Islam the way Islam tells you to. Also imam Khomami bought a perfect Islamic reveloution in Iran.

    We have to learn from the right people. Not from any Tom Dick and Harry. Even Pakistani shia leaders were all shame.

    This is not about shia or sunni. This is about choosing the right and wrong idol.

  • why do pakistani shia carry alm(flag),zuljinah,taziya etc ?? do u understand sociology of symbols in human culture ? ?

  • Mufti Jafar Hussain, Allama Arif Al-Hussaini etc? //

    i have seen many times photos of arif hussain al hussaini and Dr.Ali naqvi etc . every year we have shaheed arif hussain al hussaini conference & shaheed convention .

    can u show me any post or blog/archives related to shaheed convention or conference details ??