Mullah Ansar Abbasi Imitates American, Indian Religious Extremists

Mar 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

In his latest bizarre religious sermon, Qadi Ansar Abbasi has explained the CWC 2011 semi-final loss to arch rival India as due to Allah’s anger at a lack of anti-American protests.

Ansar AbbasiAnd yet despite our weaknesses and faults, and our rigidity not to get ourselves reformed, we pray to Allah to give us success in a cricket match as if we would conquer the world. By the way why should Allah listen to us when we as a nation have shown no concern, as against our interest for the cricket, over the shameful events of desecration of Holy Quran by an American priest and on the shameful release of Raymond Davis. Not one percent of the people came out in the streets on these issues as compared to those who gathered on streets and roads of Pakistan just to watch the cricket match between Pakistan and Indian on mega screens.

Actually, Mullah Ansar is working from a popular tradition among media preachers of all religions. Using tragedies to incite hatred against political opponents.

In 2001, American televangelists Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell said 9/11 attacks were God’s wrath on pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays, lesbians, American Civil Liberties Union, People for the American Way, and “people who want to secularize America”.

In 2004, Rajeez Srinivasan wrote an article suggesting that deaths from the deadly earthquake and tsunami could be attributed to “adharma gaining ground” in India.

Earlier this year, the FOX News commentator Glenn Beck said that the devastating tsunami and tragedy in Japan is the result of God’s wrath also.

“Whether you call it Gaia, or whether you call it Jesus, there’s a message being sent and that is, ‘Hey, you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well.’ Maybe we should stop doing some of it.”

Blaming tragedies on God’s anger with minorities or political opponents is a cheap trick used by forces of intolerance. By imitating American and Indian religious extremism, Ansar Abbasi further erodes his already severely damaged credibility.

Mullah Ansar Abbasi’s pseudo-religious ranting stands in stark contrast to the positive and well-reasoned reaction to our team’s performance by the editorial team at The News which wrote on the same day:

Our boys could not make it in the end but they fought like brave men and lost to a better side, which had the added advantage of playing at home before their cheering crowds. There could be many reasons and many scapegoats for our loss but it must be said that the Pakistani boys did a much better job in the World Cup than was being expected before the matches began. They defeated many stronger teams and reached the final four to lose to a better team. It was only a game of cricket but there are many bright sides to the entire mega event. The passion which the World Cup generated within the country and the way the entire nation united and rooted for their team, proved that Pakistanis could get together for a cause which inspires and motivates them. The politicians should better get a cue and start working to rally the people around a cause which the people can support with similar enthusiasm and unity of purpose.

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