Saturday, January 12, 2002

PRESIDENT MUSHARRAF: Gave the latest speech-of-his-life today --the previous one was when he announced he was allying with the United States. He makes good sense, and seems to be taking a firm stand towards peace with India. He positively channels LBJ at this point:

The second thing I want to talk about is the concept of Jehad in its totality. I want to dilate upon it because it is a contentious issue, requiring complete comprehension and understanding. In Islam, Jehad is not confined to armed struggles only. Have we ever thought of waging Jehad against illiteracy, poverty, backwardness and hunger? This is the larger Jehad.

Pakistan, in my opinion, needs to wage Jehad against these evils. After the battle of Khyber, the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) stated that Jehad-e-Asghar (Smaller Jehad) is over but Jehad-e-Akbar (Greater Jehad) has begun. This meant that armed Jehad i.e. the smaller Jehad was now over and the greater Jehad against backwardness and illiteracy had started.

Pakistan needs Jehad-e-Akbar at this juncture.

I'm not sure about this part, though:

Do we want Pakistan to become a theocratic state? Do we believe that religious education alone is enough for governance or do we want Pakistan to emerge as a progressive and dynamic Islamic welfare state?

What, those are the only two choices? I think welfare states have generally been proven bad. But this is a dynamic welfare state though. I don't know what that would look like.

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