Political Science

“The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.”     Samuel P. Huntington, an American political scientist, “Clash of Civilizations”

(“Over the last three centuries Ibn Khaldun has been rediscovered as a profoundly prescient political scientist, philosopher of history and forerunner of sociology – one of the great thinkers of the Muslim world.”……….http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qckbw
available to listen at …http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00qckb)

Political Workers – February 17, 2010

I searched on internet and couldn’t find anything on this topic except for the following link which is about political skills.

Nothing I could find in the three books of Political Science as suggested by Karachi University.  There is only one chapter in each book defining and describing the kinds and functions of “Political Parties”.

However, one of the book (author’s name not printed anywhere) mentioned the four things that are necessary to constitute a group of persons into a political party.  1) These people must be organized to carry out principles 2) they must agree on fundamentals of party beliefs 3) they should formulate a clear and specific program for the electorate to win their support and maintain it 4) they should seek to carry out the policies by constitutional means and by capturing government 5) According to Burke, “a body of men united for promoting by their joint endeavors the national interests upon some particular principle in which are all agreed. (It says four but gave 5 points) (the book does not explain the term “group of persons”)

The other book by Mazharul-Haque described the same points under the heading “characteristics of a political party”.  They are 1) Agreement on fundamental views and ideas 2) organization and leadership 3) constitutional methods 4) promotion of national interests.

I made this up myself.

Political workers are one of the factors of a political party.  I don’t know how many factors there should be.  Let’s say the main leadership, the administrators/staff and the political workers.

Political workers play a key role in promoting party’s thoughts and beliefs.  They belong to common people, they live among them, they know how people survive.  They are a source between leadership and public.  So they must realize their importance as a political worker and as a good citizen.  They must understand that their national identity and loyalty is superior than their party’s allegiance.

A political worker is an individual who agrees with the political thoughts or ideology or agenda of a political party and joins it.  He/she fills out their membership form and/or take oath of loyalty.

A political worker is given multiple tasks to achieve party’s goals. He/she is asked….. 1) to propagate party’s agenda among his/her family, friends and neighbourhood 2) to convince people to support them for a better future through logical reasons and not just by emotions 3) to influence people with good character and nice behavior to gain moral support and to avoid racism and discrimination 4) to have knowledge of and respect and obey country’s law and avoid civil disobedience  5) to be firm, honest and sincere with their co-workers and the leadership 6) to be ready with the updates regarding party activities and party’s progress 7) to be prepared for the accountability by the leadership 8 ) to be alert about public opinion and public response 9) to be wise enough to avoid unnecessary arguments and conflicts with the opponents and to keep an eye on their activities 10) to be ready for the changes that may take place any time.

I am not sure about…. 1) if all or some political workers are being paid or work voluntarily 2) if they are provided with funds by the party for running their campaign or they raise money on their own 3) if they are promised any compensation by the party in case of losing their employment, facing social boycott 4) if their families and dependents are promised for a financial support in case they lose their lives 5) what kind of legal assistance they are provided with in case of illegal detention by government or any agency 6) if in Pakistan, political workers are aware of their responsibilities even as a good citizen 7) if they are handed over their job descriptions 8 ) if they are trained to be helpful to the public in disasters and during turmoils 9) if they are being asked to upgrade their knowledge about local and foreign affairs 10) if they are really a driving force to form or change public opinion 11) what they are supposed to do or how should they react if at some point they find their party betraying the nation or becoming dangerous to the national integrity or a threat to the nation’s sovereignty.

http://www.reliableplant.com/Read/1384/gaining-worker-support

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_campaign_staff

Famous Theories of Islamic State – December 21, 2010

Principles/features of an Islamic state/caliphate/imamate according to Abu’l Hasan Ali ibn Muhammad al-Mawardi, Abu Hamid Muhammad bin Muhammad bin Muhammad bin Ahmed al-Ghazali and Abu Zaid Abd-ar-Rahman ibn-Khaldun.

Al-Mawardi:

1) Sovereignty belongs to Allah (SWT), His laws should be imposed so the justice, truth and goodness prevail.  2) Khalifah/imam governs the state as the successor of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).  3) Khalifa/imam is responsible to impose Shariah, so Muslims can freely practice their faith, can be protected from their enemies.  (Al-Mawardi thinks that khilafat replaces prophecy to defend faith and administer the world to guidance.  Ibn-Khaldun disagrees with him on this point).

Election of imam/caliph – Al-Mawardi has set the qualifications for an imam/caliph to be elected. 1) He upholds justice under all conditions.  2) He has knowledge of religion and has the interests and policy of the Muslim community.  3) He is physical fit and healthy, not disabled.  4) His physical organs are in a state of coordination.  5) His wisdom can be trusted.  6) He is brave enough to wage jihad against infidels.  7) He must be a descendant of Banu Quresh, the tribe of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Mode of election – The imam/caliph may be elected by the electoral college which consists of the persons who are present in the capital.  OR He may be nominated by the ruling imam who may nominate his son, father or a relative (if they are qualified).

Duties/functions of the imam – 1) He must uphold the Islamic Shariah.  He should try to correct the ones who innovate in religion or corrupt the religious matters.  2) He must dispense justice and settle cases according to shariah.  3) He must maintain law and order in the country, for the growth of economic activities and for people’s safety.  4) He must enforce Qur’anic criminal code so people know their limits (hudood).  5) He must defend the borders of the Islamic state from external invasion.  6) He must establish the supremacy of Islam over other religions and creeds.  He can undertake jihad against those who oppose Islam.  7) He is responsible to collect zakah and kharaj.  8 ) He should manage to pay form Baitul-maal to those who are entitled for.  9) He should appoint honest men to assist him in the office and manage the affairs of Baitul-maal.  10) He should direct the national policy for nation’s interest.  He can delegate his duties to trustworthy men and find himself luxury and religious devotion.  (This last point is searched as if imam is incapable of executing his duties, he can delegate his duties to new imam or he can be replaced by a new imam through electoral process.)

Deposition of imam/caliph – 1) He can be deposed if a change in his moral status is witnessed as *if he surrenders before his immoral desires and dishonour shariah or *if he distorts the principles of shariah.  2) He cannot continue his leadership if he suffers bodily defects *loss of senses and/or mental ability to run the office *loss of physical organs (becomes disabled) *he becomes a prisoner or his powers are seized by his staff.

Al-Ghazali

According to him, khilafah/caliphate is a divine state and Allah (SWT) is the Supreme Authority.  Thus His divine laws should rule.  He thought khilafah is necessary to protect Muslim’s religious, social and political rights and from internal conspiracies and external invasion.  His  definition of khalifah as khalifatulllah was an innovation in a sense that the four earliest caliphs, Khulaf-e-Rashideen, never claimed to be Khalifatullah but Khalifatur-Rasool (the successor of the Prophet).

Duties of khalifah/caliph – 1) He must be able to wage jihad.  2) He should discharge the duties of his office directly or indirectly through experts and ministers.  3) He should have knowledge for the purpose of ijtihad along with consultation of religious experts.  4) He must be pious for to carry one his office as a political and religious entity.  5) He must establish justice and settle cases with fairness.  6) He must have knowledge of shariah and wisdom to endorse it as the rule of law.  7) He should be a practical Muslim and must show a reliable Muslim character.  8 ) He must be aware of the official matters and the performance of his administrators.  9) He should seek aid from the men of calibre to speak about the affairs of the state.  10) He must keep his morality and should avoid immoral practices.

Ibn-Khaldun:

He derived four kinds of state or governmental systems as they had developed in the history of Islam.

1) Khilafat/caliphate – The ideal Islamic state established by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) under divine guidance and maintained by Khulafa-e-Rashideen.  Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was the law-maker and set the rules of Shariah for people’s welfare in this world and salvation in the Hereafter.  The khilafat had two forces; the Prophetic Shariah and asabiya (to be explained presently).  The asabiya would become inactive if the law-giver eliminated it.

2) Mulk under Shariah – This form of government gradually lost the inward characteristics of khilafah.  Though in early times (right after khilafat-e-rashida) state was governed by the rules of Shariah, but the electoral process of khalifah was effected by the family dynasties, loyalty to tribes and clans.  That gradually caused a great harm to the image of true Islamic caliphate.  Shariah became the matter of science and instruction while the state was ruled under the authority of the ruler.

3) Mulk under the Siyasa Aqlia – This type of government cannot be called an Islamic State but a Muslim State.  Finally the Islamic state had turned into an absolute monarchy as the ruler had become the supreme authority to rule and to use military power to extend the frontiers.  The burden of royal expenses and military expeditions was covered by imposing taxes on the people.  Religion had no role in political affairs and was left for religious scholars to discuss and solve the religion-based matters.  This form of government had no resemblance to the original form of caliphate.

4) Siyasa Madaniya – A hypothetical form of government presented by Al-Farabi and ibn-Sina.  Ibn-Khaldun disregarded it as it never existed in human history.


My Notes:

1) The course book doesn’t even define what form of government is the fourth one.  It never existed though but didn’t Ibn-Khaldun know that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had prophesied about such form of government and any prophecies of the Prophet (pbuh) can’t be categorized as hypothetical.  The world will be ruled under Islamic Shariah.

2)So the Islamic State/caliphate in it’s true meaning (as a divine state to be governed under the rules of shariah) lost it’s soul right after Ali ibn-Abi Talib’s martyrdom.  The later styles of caliphate could distinguish between the ruler and his administrators, religious personalities and common people.  This style led Muslims towards monarchy/imperialism, which finally caused the end of Muslim caliphate.

3) That lost soul of khilafah, for centuries, is in search of a territory, which is acquired in the name of God, where people’s will is to live according to God’s will and where people want to be governed by pious, honest, sincere, brave, wise and educated bunch of administrators.  If Prophet had said so, all lands will finally provide that body.  (der kiyon lug rahi hay, kiyon people of the world have decided, laaton say hi maan kay dain gay)

4) Allama Muhammad Iqbal was also the presenter of the theory of an Islamic State, literally a practical one.  This could be Allama’s big fault to choose his happy birth to be after ibn-Khaldun in a non-Arab descent, otherwise his theory would have been the part of the Islamic history and thus the part of the curriculum of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Summary: Al-Mawardi, Al-Ghazali and ibn-Khaldun – they agree that an Islamic state should be a divine state and it should be ruled under the divine laws.  A Muslim ruler must be a lover of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).  He must be a pious person, honest in his duties, sincere towards the people and wise and educated enough to handle the state affairs.  He must establish justice without any discrimination and should maintain law and order for peaceful environment.  He must be a guardian of the rights of minorities.  He must be a brave man, must not surrender himself to non-believers and must keep an army alert to fight against the invaders.  And it’s a common sense that the ruler should not continue in case of any physical and mental defects, involvement in corruption or obvious moral principles that are not allowed in Sharia.

If Abu Nasr Muhammad Al-Farabi (259-339 A.H or 872-950/951 – age 79/80) was the one who gave the ideal of ruling the world under one government, his theory should be the part of our curriculum too because that is what that hasn’t happened and can be worked on.  I personally think that dajjal got this idea of ruling the world from Al-Farabi and that is why he doesn’t want Muslims to study it.

“He (Al-Farabi) presented some rare original ideas to political science, which have still not been realized. He held that if someone embodying all the qualities is not available, then the state should be governed jointly by a group of rulers of particular qualities. This theory presaged the present system of having council of ministers to run the administration.” taken from…. http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-10234.html

Theory of an Islamic State – December 19, 2010

Political Science – B.A. Part I

An Islamic state  is a system of government which is based upon the principles of Sharia’ set by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).  The first Islamic state was established in Medinah in 622 A.H by the Prophet himself as he migrated from Makkah to Medinah and all the residents and migrants mutually accepted him as their ruler.

Muslims believe in Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as the final prophet of God, after his demise, his companions continued the system as his followers and  the Islamic state got the title of caliphate.  So caliphate is an institution in which a Muslim personality of high profile rules according to Qur’an and sunnah as the follower of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).  The caliphate is the symbol of the unity of Muslim nations around the world.  The period of 632 -661 A.H was ruled by Abu Bakr, Umar ibn Al-Khattab, Uthman ibn Affan and Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with them all) respectively.  This period is called Khilafat-e-Rashida.

Later on, from 661- 1346 A.H (March 3, 1924), different Muslim dynasties ruled over Muslim territories.  Sultan Abdul Majid son of Sultan Abdul Aziz from Ottoman Dynasty was the last caliph of Islamic caliphate.  His rule ended on March 3, 1924 when a Turk general Mustafa Kemal Ata-Turk abolished the caliphate and became the first Turk president.

A very few Muslim individuals or groups in different countries since then have proclaimed to be the caliphs for the sake of revival of Islamic caliphate but couldn’t succeed.  However, the global domination of Islam or a global Islamic caliphate is already prophesied by the Prophet(pbuh).

The nature of Islamic state:

“The sovereignty of God, the message conveyed by all the prophets, is the foundation of the system.  Legislation contained in the Qur’an becomes the basic law of the state.  This puts the fundamental law of the society beyond the lobbying power of particular interest groups and ensures that legislation is just and equitable.  The government must make decisions on the basis of what God has revealed.  If it does not, according to the Qur’an it is not Islamic, for those who make decisions on other than what God has revealed are unbelievers (Surah Al-Maida 44).  In cases not covered by revelation, decisions based on Islamic principles ar left to the Mujtahids, Islamic experts on legal interpretation.  The Muslims can make laws or regulations dealing with such matters, but these do not have the same permanence as Qur’anic injunctions” taken from http://www.islamfortoday.com/cleland04.htm

The concept of an Islamic state, is of a territory that is governed according to the will of Almighty God and where people regardless of any differences live in a peaceful environment and enjoy their rights as per granted by Allah (SWT).  Following are the elements/features/characteristics/principles of an Islamic state.

“Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: “I will create a vicegerent on earth.”…Surah Al-Baqarah 30

In general, all human beings are Allah’s viceroy, thus they all responsible to establish a system under His divine laws.

1. Sovereignty of Allah –  Believing in Allah (SWT) as the Supreme Authority in all matters is the foundation of an Islamic state.  Allah is self-sufficient and His being and work is free from all faults.  Everything and everyone depends upon Him for their existence and sustenance.   His divine law should be the law of His land like it is in the the rest of the universe.  So basically an Islamic state is a divine state where Allah (SWT) is regarded as the only Sovereignty over all.

“Whatever is in the heavens and on earth,- let it declare the Praises and Glory of Allah for He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise… To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: It is He Who gives Life and Death; and He has Power over all things… He is the First and the Last, the Evident and the Immanent: and He has full knowledge of all things...He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in Six Days, and is moreover firmly established on the Throne (of Authority). He knows what enters within the earth and what comes forth out of it, what comes down from heaven and what mounts up to it. And He is with you wheresoever ye may be. And Allah sees well all that ye do… To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: and all affairs are referred back to Allah…He merges Night into Day, and He merges Day into Night; and He has full knowledge of the secrets of (all) hearts”…Surah Al-Hadeed 1-6

2. Khalifah/Caliph – A form of government which is founded upon Islamic Sharia’ is called khilafah/caliphate.   The head of the state/ruler/commander is called “khalifa/caliph, ameerul mu’minee or imam”.  He must be the true follower of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).  A wise, pious man who could be trusted for guarding the Islamic constitution (divine laws) and ensures it’s imposition.  He is also the symbol of Muslim’s unity and brotherhood.  He can be held accountable by the judiciary, just like an ordinary person, if found guilty of error/crime.

3.  Consultation (Shura) – An Islamic state is not a dictatorial kind of government.   It is a system where all state and public affairs are handled and accomplished by the mutual consultation of  the wise and educated representatives of people.  These representatives are elected on merit.  The criteria for merit is also prescribed by Sharia’.

“Those who hearken to their Lord, and establish regular Prayer; who (conduct) their affairs by mutual Consultation; who spend out of what We bestow on them for Sustenance;”…Surah Shura 38

4. Obedience of the ruler (Ulul-amr) – The citizens of an Islamic state must obey  their ruler/khalifa in all the matters that are not contrary to Islamic Sharia’.  They have a right to submit their doubts or complaints against khalifa or other officials in judicial courts.   They will be punished if they disobey the ruler or break laws.

“O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination”…Surah An-Nisa 59

5. Equality/Equal Opportunity – Islam denounces discrimination on the basis of race, colour, cast, creed, language, faith, and nationality.  Islam believes in human rights for each individual present there within the boundaries of an Islamic state.  The authorities and majority are guardians of the rights of minorities and are not allowed to interfere in there religious and personal matters.

“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other.  Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you.  And Allah has full knowledge and is well-acquainted”  Surah Al-Hujraat 13

6. Justice – Rule of law and safety of people’s life and property regardless of any differences is one of the main objectives of an Islamic state.  All are equal before the law and the court cannot make distinction between elite and poor, the less privileged Muslims and non-Muslims.  All citizens are assured of the freedom to move around and enjoy their rights.  They can approach the judicial courts for fast and fair justice to solve their disputes.

“O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well- acquainted with all that ye do”  Surah An-Nisa 135

7. Welfare State/Social Welfare –  The state is responsible for the well-being of every citizen and for the proper provision of basic necessities to them.  The social welfare  is maintained through  collection of zakah.  Zakah is the yearly tax imposed upon Muslims on their savings.  Khilafah is an institution where religion and politics are not considered separate and khalifa/caliph/ruler/head is an authority over both terms, thus the government is authorized to collect zakah and distribute it according to the rules of sharia’.

“It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces Towards east or West; but it is righteousness- to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfil the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the Allah.fearing”  Surah Al-Baqarah 177

“Alms are for the poor and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds); for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to Truth); for those in bondage and in debt; in the cause of Allah. and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by Allah, and Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom”…Surah Tauba 60

8. “Amr bil ma’roof wa nahi anil munkar” – The head of the state is ordered to follow the rule of “amr bil ma’roof wa nahi anil munkar” meaning order people to do good and stop them from wrong and punish them if they don’t.  It is to create an environment where people are persuaded to live in harmony, behave nicely, control their anger through sermons and/or public speeches.  Children are trained to develop such a character from homes and educational institutions.  The purpose is to reduce the rate of home-based or street crimes and stop people from harming each other.

“You are the best community that has been raised for mankind.  You enjoin good and forbid evil and you believe in Allah”  Surah Al-e-Imran 110

“The believers, men and women, are protectors of each other; they enjoin what is right and forbid what is evil”  Surah Tauba 71

“The hypocrites, both men and women, proceed one from another.  They enjoin the wrong and forbid the right”…Surah Tauba 67

Note – The course books do not explain the characteristics/features of an Islamic state as they are mentioned above.  #2 Khalifah/Caliph is replaced with caliphate because it doesn’t make sense to include caliphate as an article of the complete institution which is caliphate.  The references from Qur’an and ahadith are missing in three books that I have referred to.

Thus, an Islamic state or khilafah/caliphate is comprised of these eight features/characteristics; Sovereignty of Allah, Khalifa/ruler, consultation, obedience of the common Muslims towards their khalifah, equality, justice, welfare, “amr bil ma’roof wa nahi anil munkar”.  (do correct me if this is wrong).

Objection: As a Pakistani, we believe that Pakistan is naturally an Islamic state.  She has lost her true identity and couldn’t proceed in the right direction as must have been the dream of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam.  The reasons are enormously numerous. Out of them, one is our poor and abnormal educational system.  The book writers seem highly obsessed with ancient foreign systems, most systems are proven dead.  Students cannot be blamed, even teachers do not take interest in explaining such boring, dull and dead theories for the whole year.  The curriculum does not include anything that can help a student developing positive thoughts about Pakistan.

This is very much unfair to include as a major part of the curriculum of political science, the centuries old ideologies and theories that most of them are irrelevant in today’s political environment.

Herbert Spencer’s organic theory, Bluntschli’s idea of state as a personified masculine, jusristic theory of the personality of state presented by Treitschke, Bluntschli, Jellinek and Maitland, Rousseau, Jhon Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Bertrand de Jouvenel and hundreds more….. they might be good to be studied in extra timings, but don’t deserve to be the part of the course book to occupy few chapters.

While the relevant content is not even mentioned in the book anywhere.  Allama Iqbal’s theory/ideology of an Islamic state, his political thoughts, Quaid-e-Azam’s understanding of Iqbal’s theory, his political efforts and strategies to prove it to be a practical one. What kind of state is Pakistan?  What features are missing and why, that can make Pakistan an ideal Islamic state?

Theory of an Islamic State – December 6, 2010

Abu’l Hasan Ali ibn Muhammad al-Mawardi (350-436 A.H/972-1058 A.D — age 86) was the first political thinker in the history of Islam.  He was from Shafa’i fiqh.  (Correction: The course book says 364 A.H/975 A.D… while http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Al-Mawardi mentions 448 after Hijra and Wikipedia says 972 A.D…The first Hijri year was 622 A.D…. The difference between 972 and 622 is 350, which means he was born in 350 A.H)

Abu Hamid Muhammad bin Muhammad bin Muhammad bin Ahmed al-Ghazali (436-489 A.H/1058-1111 A.D — age 53) was born near Tus in Iran.  He wrote many books on political issues out of which “Ihya-ulUloom/The Revival of Religious Sciences” was his masterpiece.

Abu Zaid Abd ar-Rahman ibn Khaldun (710-784 A.H/1332-1406 A.D — 74) was born at Tunis in an Arab family.  He was a historian, a political scientist, a scholar of Islamic law and the founder of the sciences of civilization or umran (as he called a new science) now known as sociology. (Correction: The course book says 724 A.H while Wikipedia and http://www.muslimphilosophy.com/ik/klf.htm say 732 A.H…the difference between 1332 and 622 is 710 which means he was born in 710 A.H)

Were these three the only political scientists or experts of Muslim ummah who dared to present a present the theory of an Islamic state?  Al-Mawardi appeared as the first political thinker of Islam after a gap of more than three hundred years after the death of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in 10 A.H/632 A.D.  What were the Muslims doing during that time?  1406 to 2010 – 604 years have passed idle…or do we know any grand personalities who have made achievements on scholarly basis and gained international fame…Allama Iqbal (1255-1316 A.H/1877-1938 A.D — age 61), Maulana Mawdudi (1903-1979 A.D — age 76), Hurun Yahya, Shiekh Hamza Yusuf….. got a new name Hammad yousuf from Pakistan (http://metaexistence.org/timeline3.htm) as the philosopher and founder of MetaExistence school of thought and the presenter of a new political system against the Western one but couldn’t find more about it.

The fact is that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was the first political scientist and founder of a Islamic state.  Then the first four caliphs contributed politically to improve the system and so on.

Al-Mawardi, Al-Ghazali and Ibn-Khaldun… Can Allama Iqbal be counted as the fourth political scientist/political thinker, why or why not?  He wasn’t only a poet or a thinker or a philosopher.  He was a scholar of Qur’an as he explained it in poetic form and that distinguishes him from all other scholars…a better scholar that he argued with his father regarding the change of faith and convinced him.  He knew the languages.  He knew the history.  He was a political scientist, the presenter of a political theory….the ideology which helped in forming the world’s largest Islamic state.  The whole political movement of Pakistan was based upon his theory.

The spirit of 1947 can be revived not only by remembering and mourning over the sacrifices of the common Muslims, but also by recalling the theory, the ideology, by discussing different aspects of the movement in the classrooms.

Common People – November 8, 2010

Poor, Pathetic People of Pakistan… don’t realize their own power… have divided themselves in sects and categories…. exploited by employers, used by maulvis, abused by politicians, looted by school-owners, mis-entertained by celebrities and then ignored by all of them.  They make money and power from people, build their own well and start securing and defending the dwellers of their wells, convince people that they all are sincere with them and then finally leave them alone in hard times.  They all protect each other against people.

Common people should get united and reject the current members and representatives of all the above mentioned fields.  Find some true patriotic individuals who are sincere with them, who can work for their welfare, who don’t treat them like a jerk, who listen to them and value their opinion, who understand the importance of cultural and religious limits, who can stand with them side by side and work for their betterment.

عوام کہتےکس کو ہیں۔۔۔ وہ لوگ جو خود کو عوام کہتے یا سمجھتے ہیں انھوں نے کبھی سوچا ہے کہ وہ ہیں کیا۔۔۔ بلا, مصیبت, طاقت, غلام, جانور۔۔۔

سیاستدان عوام سے ووٹ لے کر عیش کرتے ہیں دور بستیاں بسا کر عوام کو جھک کردیکھتے ہیں۔۔۔ اور ان ووٹوں کے بدلے جھوٹے وعدے, بھوک مفلسی بد حالی۔۔۔ یہاں تک کہ الو کے پٹھےجیسی گالیاں اور الزامات کہ ہماری عوام ہے ہی ایسی بے حس, جاہل,کاہل۔۔۔ دوسرے ملکوں کی مثالیںدیتے ہیں ہم پراعتماد نہیں۔۔۔  حالانکہ ووٹ لیتے وقت اسی عوام سے کہتے ہیں کہ صرف وہی ان کے نجات دلانے والے ہیں۔۔۔ ووٹ ہوتا کیاہے ٹرسٹ بھروسہ اعتماد۔۔۔

فنونی لطیفے یعنی اداکار, گلوکار, پروڈیوسرز, ہدایتکار, مصور, شاعر وغیرہ عوام کے جیب سے اپنے فن کی قیمت نکلواکرلکھہ پتی کروڑ پتی بن جاتے ہیں۔۔۔ دور بستیاں بسا کر عوام کو جھک کردیکھتے ہیں۔۔۔ جب تک جیب بھری جارہی ہے عوام اچھے۔۔۔ ورنہ الزامات۔۔۔ عوام میں شعورنہیں فن کو نہیں سراہتے بدذوق ہیں۔۔۔  دوسرے ملکوں  کےفنکاروں کودیکھتے ہیں ہمارے فن کی قدر نہیں۔۔۔ اور جو فنونی لطیفے شکایت کرتے ہیں کہ ان کی قدر نہیں کی گئی۔۔۔ انیس وپینسٹھہ اور انیس واکہتر۔۔۔ یہ دو جنگ کے سال تھے۔۔۔ بیالس فلمیں ریلیز ہوئیں انیس وپینسٹھہ میں جس میں سے آدھی سے زیادہ کامیاب۔۔۔ چھہ سات فلمیں انیس واکہترمیں ریلیز ہوئیں سب کامیاب۔۔۔ لوگوں نے جنگوں کے دوران انہیں کامیاب کیا اور کتنی قدر کریں۔۔۔ انھوں نے پلٹ کر کیا کیا۔۔۔ بنگلے گاڑیاں عیش۔۔۔ اکیلے جئے ڈپریشن میں مرگئے۔۔۔ باہر والوں کی نقل۔۔۔ جس پڑھے لکھے فنکار سے پوچھیں کہ آپکے پسندیدہ اداکار, گلوکار, مصنف, شاعر۔۔۔ باہر والوں کا نام لے دیں گے۔۔۔ ان کو تو آپس میں ایکدوسرے کے فن پر اعتماد نہیں۔۔۔ عوام سے چاہتے ہیں انھیں پسند کریں۔۔۔ ایک میڈم نورجہاں تھیں جو سچے پاکستانی کی طرح جی گئیں شاید اسلئے کہ اسکول نہیں پڑھیں انگلش نہیں جانتی تھیں۔۔۔اور اسی لئی جب آجکل کے پڑھے لکھے اپنے فن میں گرنے لگتے ہیں تو میڈم کا ری مکس گا کرالبم ہٹ کرالیتے ہیں۔۔۔ مرکر بھی کتنوں کی آمدنی کاسبب بن جاتی ہیں۔۔۔انھوں نے پاکستانیت سے دل جیتے۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ ایک آجکل کے انگریز اور انڈیا کے پودے۔۔۔ زبان پر شاید ادب تمیز آگیا لیکن دل پاکستانی تہذیب سے خالی۔۔۔۔

کاروباری افراداپنی مصنوعات بیچ کرکروڑ پتی بن جاتے ہیں۔۔۔ دور بستیاں بسا کر عوام کو جھک کردیکھتے ہیں۔۔۔ عوام خریدار اورعوام ہی انکے ملازم۔۔۔ کوئی لیبر قوانین نہیں۔۔۔ الزامات الگ۔۔۔ محنتی نہیں ہوتے۔۔۔ ایماندار نہیں ہوتے۔۔۔ وفادارنہیں ہوتے۔۔۔ دوسرے ملکوں کی چیزیں خریدتے ہیں۔۔۔ اپنے ملک سے محبت نہیں۔۔۔ میری پیدائش سے پہلے کا واقعہ ہے۔۔۔ بابا لیبر یونین میں تھے بڑھ بڑھ  کے تقریریں کرتےمزدوروں کے حق میں بولتے۔۔۔  مالک کے بیٹے نے بد تمیزی کی بابا نے رکھہ کے منہ پہ دیا۔۔۔ نتیجہ۔۔۔ جیل گئے اور دھمکی ملی کہ معافی نہ مانگی تو قتل کے مقدمے میں پھنسا کرپھانسی دلوادیں گے۔۔۔ بابا نے تو کیا معافی مانگنی تھی لہذا مقدمہ بنا۔۔۔۔۔۔ گھر کی خواتین نے منتیں مانی وظیفے کئے۔۔۔ کوئی اور آگے نہ آیا کیونکہ سب ہی پھنستے۔۔۔

اسکول مالکان اور پرنسپلز عوام کو اعلی تعلیم کاجھانسہ دے کرلوٹتے ہیں۔۔۔ لکھہ پتی کروڑ پتی بن جاتے ہیں۔۔۔ دور بستیاں بسا کر عوام کو جھک کردیکھتے ہیں۔۔۔ پیسہ آنا رکا اور الزامات شروع۔۔۔ لوگوں کو اچھی تعلیم کی قدر نہیں۔۔۔ پیسہ خرچ نہیں کرتے۔۔۔
دینی علماء,  مولوی,  دینی رہنما الله رسول کے نام پرعطیات کے بہانےعوام کے جیب سے لاکھوں کروڑوں روپے نکلواتے ہیں۔۔۔ مگربستیاں دور نہیں بساتے۔۔۔ اسی لئے منٹوں میں عوام کو کسی کے بھی خلاف کھڑا کردیتے ہیں۔۔۔
عوام کاسب سے بڑا جرم اور ظلم یہ ہے کہ ان سیاستدانوں, فنونی لطیفوں, ساہوکاروں اور تعلیم کے رکھوالوں اور دینی لوگوں کی محبت میں, ان سب کی باتوں اور وعدوں پر اعتبار کرکے اپنی جیبیں خالی کردیتے ہیں۔۔۔ اور مزید کمانے کے لئے دن رات ایک کردیتے ہیں کہ ان کو وقت ہی نہیں ملتا کہ پوچھیں ان سب ظالموں نے کیا اندھیر مچا رکھی ہے۔۔۔ ان کے پیچھے اپنے جیسے عام لوگوں کا حق مارتے ہیں۔۔۔ دھوکا دیتے ہیں لوٹتے ہیں۔۔۔
اگر عوام آپس میں ایک ہوں اور ایک ہاتھہ میں جوتا اور دوسرا ہاتھہ ان سب کے گریبانوں پر تو یہ کبھی اندھیر نہ مچائیں۔۔۔ اپنی اپنی کمیونٹیزکے کنوؤں میں بیٹھہ کر اپنے حلقوں کا دفاع کرتے ہیں۔۔۔ پاکستان کے لئے عوام اکیلی جان دے۔۔۔۔

The Population – November 5, 2010

Ignoring the fact that all human beings came from Adam (A.S.) and they all belong to each other…. people usually find pleasure and feel protected among the members of their own groups because they trust each other, they have their loyalties with each other and they believe that each member of this group is a saviour of their faith and traditions.

1) Population is the most important factor of a state in Political Science.  It could be a sole group of like-minded people or an association of many groups of different faith and culture.  In that case, they would have to find ways to live in peace and harmony.  Then they will have to be very careful about expressing their own views and speaking about others.  Lack of a responsible behaviour by any group and injustice, can lead that particular area/land towards violence and blood-shed.

For example, if one ethnic group would demonstrate their power on the streets, other groups will follow their footsteps.  If one political party would shut down the city for their celebrations or mourning, others would be encouraged to do the same.  If one religious group would occupy the streets to commemorate their days, others will think of their right too.  If one family or a group would block the roads or streets and damage the public property for their personal ceremony or gathering, others won’t care for it either.

Citizens of such state must think of ways to avoid such clashes in order to maintain peace.  They would have to understand the concept and importance of public property and public places.  They will have to consider that all citizens of the state have equal rights in the society and must find their equal share to enjoy them.

2) Theoretically, population of a state should be proportionate to resources available.  Otherwise, people will have to manage it somehow for proper and fair provision of basic necessities to all.  Either by reducing the population growth rate or by increasing resources.

3) A state usually consists of three kinds of people (third one not mentioned in the book, may be armed forces, lol…); citizens and aliens.  Citizens are the permanent members who enjoy the full rights, get right to vote, can participate in legal and official activities and can make decisions for the state.  They are obliged to protect the state and make sacrifices in the time of need.  Aliens enjoy their basic human rights and security to their lives, honour and property.

4) Citizens are the first guardian of each others’ rights.  In a form of small community or neighbourhood, they can watch over each other.

What does the population of Pakistan mostly consist of, citizens or aliens?

How can the citizens of Pakistan be distinguished from the aliens?

What are the responsibilities of a Pakistani citizen?

How should they behave towards other citizens in these crucial times?

How can the citizens (the permanent members) serve the state of Pakistan in a better way?

Are responsibilities of a Muslim same in a Muslim state and a non-Muslim state?

The first thing that a true Pakistani citizen needs to do is to get rid of this feudal mentality.  Even family members should treat each other like the honourable citizens and not like slaves, animals or property.  Give each other a right to live a life.

In my opinion, any person who is born in Pakistan but dreams only of living in other countries should be treated as an alien.  The reason, because such people feel confined in this system and seek opportunities to fly away.  As long as they live here, they don’t benefit this land but in fact cause harm by spreading negative thoughts.

Pakistan is blessed with all kinds of resources (wealth) and a good number of population.  What is lacking is the fair and proper distribution of wealth among the citizens and a fair judicial system.

According to a hadith, “a Muslim is a guardian of others’ life, honour and property”.  In an Islamic country or community, a Muslim would refer to each member of that society.  I think that is why the Westerners think of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) the best politician of the world.

As a member of the human race (or as they claim themselves an authority over other human beings in the matter of faith), the responsibilities of a Muslim are same whatever the place he/she choose to live.

They are only meant to serve Allah (SWT) in two ways; direct service and indirect service.  Directly by performing the forms of worship, such as salah, zakah, fasting, hajj, Qur’an recitation, invocations etc.  Indirectly, by serving humanity, starting from the family, neighbours, friends and relatives.

A Muslim can prove him/herself to be the true and successful servant of God by keeping the balance between both types of services.

The State – October 31, 2010

State in Political Science or Political Sense:

1) Population or People, 2) Land or Territory, 3) Government or the administrating body and 4) Sovereignty or the freedom to make decisions….are the four elements/factors that are necessary for the establishment of a state.  Missing anyone, the other three cannot be defined and identified as a state.  All these factors must be in compliance with each other to maintain peace in it’s environment. State should not be compared or mixed-up with the factors that it is made up of.  No matter how powerful and organized they are, alone, these elements would not be honoured as a state.

A state is formed when a group of people on common grounds avail a piece of land with a fixed boundary.  They elect reliable and efficient individuals to work for their betterment, to assure justice to prevail, to keep an eye on their internal and external affairs and to represent the entire population outside their boundaries.  For showing the ability of good governance, this group of elected individuals forms the government.  The co-ordination between people and their representatives (government) entitles the state, which in this case would be known as the land, to be sovereign.  So in brief, people, land and government are the physical elements while sovereignty is an ideal and it depends upon 1) how  much powerful and united are the people to defend their rights and land and 2) how wise are they in electing their representatives.  State is an abstract in the absence of either or all basic elements, otherwise it is concrete.  It does not exist unless people and land are there to represent it.

The state is also defined as a political orgnization, a land where people of mutual interests form a government and are free to make decisions.  State is dependable upon it’s citizens for it’s existence, that is why it is necessary for all it’s citizens to be politically wise and correct so they can choose a good governing team among them to run the state affairs.  In this case, people hold the sovereignty to make all the decisions, they have a right to elect or reject the individuals they choose to govern them.

Is Pakistan a state?

*Having a reasonable population, fixed land with a definite boundary, elected government and sovereignty (has an established and strong army for their defence); Pakistan fulfills the criteria thus is recognized as a state.

Prior to 14th of August, 1947, a majority of Muslims living in the Subcontinent (commonly known as Hindustan) believed that all their basic human rights were literally abused by the British rulers and Hindu majority.  Their common agenda and common interests got them united and under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam and his team (the elected governing body of that time), they availed the land called Pakistan.  Muslims disregarded their differences and trusted Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah to be their leader, law-maker and the head of the state.  Not an O’ Level (ordinary) but an extra-ordinary performance by the leaders of the Pakistan movement, their workers and the common people claimed the land to be sovereign.

Similarly, the Muslims living in Makkah were tortured and abused by all means up to the extreme that they had to migrate from there.  Fortunately, they were welcomed by the inhabitants of Madinah.  They were offered the land, resources and possessions and then on common grounds, under the most sacred and the most efficient leadership of the Prophet (S.A.W), they established a state.  Sovereignty was there, for the people (disregarding their differences, by heart or willingly) chose the Prophet (S.A.W) to be their leader/king/ruler/head of the state/law-maker/judge/commander-in-chief etc.

What would have happened if the people had rejected the Prophet (S.A.W) to be their leader and the governing body?

What would have happened if the people had not selected Quaid-e-Azam to be their leader?

State in Islamic Sense:

1) People are the most important factor of a state and their welfare (smooth provision of basic necessities) and betterment (opportunities) regardless of any discrimination is the base of it’s foundation.  In that sense, there is no difference between a secular and an Islamic state.

2) It is people from where all kind of professionals sprout, such as leaders, politicians, political workers, police, judges, lawyers, scientists, philosophers, historians, poets, authors, writers, journalists, teachers, doctors, nurses, engineers, tailors, manufacturers, businessmen, farmers, postmen, sweepers, street hawkers, etc.  They are there to serve each other (not to entertain) in different forms.  They all need to be provided with education (professional training) and healthy environment for better service.  Again, education and healthy environment are the basic objectives of both secular and Islamic state.

3) People choose people to build a system and create an environment where justice prevails and their lives, possessions, properties and rights are not threatened or abused by any internal or external elements.  Both secular and Islamic states are obliged to do that.

The difference between the two states could be, 1) who should hold the sovereignty/supreme power?  2) how should people choose their leader, based on what criteria?………..

In a secular state, people make decisions according to their likes and dislikes and finally the majority rules whether the minority likes it or not.  In an Islamic state, God is considered the Supreme Authority and He decides what is good or bad for people whether the people like it or not.  So the entire system in an Islamic state is designed according to God’s will.

In a secular state, people choose individuals to make laws according to their will and elect individuals to form an administration to implement those laws.  In an Islamic state, people choose individuals who can implement the laws ordained by Shari’ah (Qur’an and Sunnah).  If there is a need, new laws can be designed but they must not be in contradiction with the divine laws.

In an Islamic state, people’s top priority is the implementation of Islamic laws and their personal or common interests don’t cross the limits fixed by the Shari’ah…….because people have faith that Qur’an is an absolute solution to all their problems and the Qur’anic system ensures peace, prosperity and justice.

In an Islamic state, politics and religion are not separate.  Religion is the form of particular rituals or forms of worship which distinguish faith of one from another.  Politics is the process of governing a group of people in an organized way.  Islam is not just a religion but a complete way of life or I would say religion and politics are the two important factors of Islam, which are not contrary to each other nor they interrupt or intercept each other at any point.

Is Pakistan an Islamic state?

With an absolute YES, Pakistan, in it’s nature, is an Islamic state and Islam is her identity…….because the whole movement from the two-nation theory to the achievement of a separate land was run and organized by Muslims.  Later on, non-Muslims also joined the hands but the objectives of the movement remained same.  Muslims succeeded because of their common agenda “The Pakistan/Lahore Resolution”.

Pakistan has survived though as a natural state but has lost her Islamic identity.  External conspiracies and people’s ignorance in all aspects have stained Pakistan’s honour and identity in the international community.  The political and religious criminals took the best advantage of the whole situation.

Is Pakistan a nation-state?  May not be categorized as one.

Is Pakistan a failure state?  Hmmm, may be….but not doomed.

THIS IS AN EXTRACT OF A HOME-DISCUSSION, CORRECT IF YOU FIND SOMETHING WRONG.

Political Science in Pakistan – October 27, 2010

The writers of our course books sound more like the interpreter or the representative of foreign philosophies, ideologies and research or better say their sales agent.

Even this book on political science by Mr. Mazharul Haque has quotations of Plato, Aristotle, Bertrand de Jouvenel, Maurice Duverger, Karl Pearson, Sir Fredrick Pollock, Harold D. Lasswell, J. S. Mill, Tacitus, Rosa Luxemburg, Alexi de Tocqueville, Giovanni Sartori, Rainhold Niebuhr, Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Douglass, J. J. Rousseau, Adlai E. Stevenson, P. F. Lazarsfeld, Benjamin Disraceli, George E. G. Catlin, Silvio Spaventa………… in the subject, it discusses David Easton and others’ philosophies and theories.

I couldn’t find one single quotation of Allam Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam.  Weren’t they great politicians?  Aren’t we supposed to recognize them as our political role-model and be proud of them?  Can we, Paksitanis, consider our Political Science (in theory and practice) complete without discussing and quoting Allam Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam?  There isn’t a single chapter dedicated to Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam, discussing their politics; their political ideas, political efforts, political affairs, political strategies etc.

I couldn’t find any information about the authors of two other books.  But this one tells about Mr. Mazharul Haq…..M.A. (Political Science), M.A. (History), LL.B., Ex-Chairman Department of History and Political Science Islamia College, Peshawar.

He is the author of ….”The 1973 Constitution of Pakistan”, “Modern Constitutions”, “Modern Political Theories (Isms)”, “Elements of Civics”, “Civics of Pakistan”, “Nazri-wa-Amli Siasiyat”, “A Short Hisotry of Islam”, “A short History of Muslim Spain and outlines of Islamic History” etc.

Political Science is the choice given in the category of Arts.  Arts is the field usually chosen by dumb and dull and foolish and lazy student or the private students who need a degree somehow.  Most of them can’t even write an application in Urdu.  99.99% of them try to memorize notes given to them by ex-students or any academy or they find people like Sir. Mansoor and Madam Shameem and buy their marks and degrees.

Just last year 8000 students were registered for B. A. examinations as private students, only 2000 of them cleared the papers.  I doubt even if five or ten students chose Political Science.  Just because it is not a popular subject.  It is not discussed positively here.  There is no career for the student of Political Science in Pakistan.

…… and with all this, we expect our people to be politically correct and politically fair……….. and our politicians to be politically wise and politically intelligent.

What a joke!

I’ve heard that Imran Khan has studied Political Science and I wish if occasionally, he could try to arrange workshops, seminar or just a simple gathering on the importance of political science in our country.

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