The funny thing is, majority of the blasphemers are Muslims till date and they will always lead this counting because blasphemy has become the tool to tackle the rivals as no-one wants to know the actual crime, just tell them he/she is a blaspheme as many alleged have been murdered before their trials and few are killed on opposing the law. The title is arguing clearly form a functionalist perspective on religion. [15], As per the census in 1998, there were less than 2.5 million Hindus in Pakistan. The one in Peshawar still exists, although the building is not being used for any religious purpose. [33] Sufis and above mentioned Sunni and Shia sects are considered to be Muslims according to the Constitution of Pakistan. The majority of Pakistani Shia Muslims belong to the Twelver (Ithna Asharia) branch, with significant minority who adhere to Ismailism branch that is composed of Nizari (Aga Khanis), Mustaali, Dawoodi Bohra, Sulaymani, and others. In the 15th century, the reformist Sikh movement originated in Punjab region in undivided India where Sikhism's founder, as well as most of the faiths disciples, originated from. But that’s no evidence that they are. A few Protestant groups conduct missions in Pakistan. The mosque is an important religious as well as social institution in Pakistan. There have been fights in the name of religion and directly for the religion(s) as well. Avicenna. A few aspects of Secularism has also have been adopted by Pakistani constitution from British colonial concept. Well, let`s find out. I tried to remember Kant’s critique of the ontological proof for God. Civilian and military leaders have used Islam to gain legitimacy for their rule and as tools of state policy, strengthening the role of religious parties in politics and society. There is a small Jewish community of Pakistani origin settled in Ramla, Israel. Since Pakistan’s beginnings as a homeland for Muslims of British India in 1947, Islam has been the one thread creating a national identity in a state otherwise divided along ethnic, provincial, cultural, religious, class, and linguistic lines. The charity begins at home and before the state takes any concrete step, we better take some steps on our behalf and let the intensity melt away. Many lives have been drained in the name of so-called and actual blasphemies as questioning one’s blasphemy is itself considered a blasphemy. The memorial of Jain seer Vijayanandsuri at Gujranwala is now a police station. The question took me by surprise. [64], Jainism existed in Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, before the partition in 1947, and even for several years after the partition. Pakistan is a Sunni majority country, with 76% of Pakistanis identifying as Sunni and 10-15% estimated to be Shi'ites (2010 est.). the role of religion in Pakistani politics the role of religion as well as ethnicity in Pakistani politics is very deep rooted.It was used by Pakistan National Alliance in the past to spoil Bhutto's popularity and image among Pakistanis.But it was widely misused to gain political favors in Zia's regime.Zia himself along with his pet parties like IJI used it badly just to get votes.Zia's referendum … There is a narrow sharp line between an opinion and the contempt and to keep that gap and difference, such laws must be followed so that self-respect and self-esteems can be safeguarded at individual and state levels otherwise we will have many cases identical to the Charlie Hebdo. [26] NADRA makes it nearly impossible to declare and change the religion to anything from Islam making the statistics somewhat misleading.[27]. There is no evidence of any Jains living in Pakistan today, although it is claimed that a few still live in Sindh and Punjab provinces. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. 3, pp. There have been terrorist attacks directed at Sufi shrines and festivals, 5 in 2010 that killed 64 people. Many Buddhist empires and city states existed, notably in Gandhara but also elsewhere in Taxila, Punjab and Sindh. “Fine,” Muhammad said, “but what about this table, does its existence depend on a cause?” “Of course,” I answered. The most prominent Parsis of Pakistan today include Ardeshir Cowasjee, Byram Dinshawji Avari, Jamsheed Marker, as well as Minocher Bhandara. Founded in 1941 by Abū al-Aʿlā Mawdūdī (Maududi), one of the world’s foremost thinkers in Sunni revivalism, the party has long played a role in Pakistan’s political life and has continually advocated refashioning Pakistan as a chaste Islamic or theocratic state. I wish that the things had been only this much bad but we constructed our very own; “Made in Pakistan” Ideological Boundaries as well which nowhere exist in the modern world. In recent years, their numbers have increased with many Sikhs migrating from neighboring Afghanistan who have joined their co-religionists in Pakistan. The discussion ended inconclusively. Greenwood Press . [41] They speak a variety of languages such as Sindhi, Seraiki, Aer, Dhatki, Gera, Goaria, Gurgula, Jandavra, Kabutra, Koli, Loarki, Marwari, Sansi, Vaghri[42] and Gujarati. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. •    The religion taught in schools is not in-depth and the interpretations of the religion taught in schools are biased towards other sects or some school of thoughts. Avicenna argues, things that depend on a cause for their existence must have something that exists through itself as their first cause. The challenge of my Egyptian friends forced me to think hard about these issues and defend views that had never been questioned in the milieu where I came from. [2][3][4][5][6] The remaining 4% practise Hinduism, Christianity, Ahmadis, Sikhism, Baháʼí Faith and other religions.[6][7]. However Pakistan’s parliament blocked the bill[24], The focus of Islamic principles creates a system of institutionalised discrimination that filters down into society. Date: September 13, 2017 Author: alaiwah 0 Comments. Popular Sufi culture is centered on Thursday night gatherings at shrines and annual festivals which feature Sufi music and dance. Consequently, Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims by a parliamentary tribunal. The Role of Religion in the Pakistani Society. Two Sufis whose shrines receive much national attention are Ali Hajweri in Lahore (ca. How important is religion in our modern world? Everyone was staring at the wall clock, over and over again. Hindus are found in all provinces of Pakistan but are mostly concentrated in Sindh. The gun doesn’t kill anyone but the person pulling the trigger likewise, the blasphemy didn’t take anyone’s life but some factors that paved the way for the acceptance of the Blasphemy Laws are rooted in the evolution of the state of Pakistan and these factors also work as a bombshell for the minorities as: •    The government may have too many compulsions to use the religion but we at our homes, don’t share our utensils with our maids. Religion is a secondary agent of socialisation, it plays a major part in many people’s lives, even though we may not be as religious … (2002). Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account.