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Pakistan wants halt to Arab 'religious colonialism'
« on: January 11, 2012, 09:54:34 AM »
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A section of Pakistanis have raised their voice against Arab colonialism (imposing Wahhabi Islam over Sufi Islam) amidst attacks on Sufi shrines in Pakistan.

"Saudi Arabia which is undemocratic, is exporting Wahhabi Islam to Pakistan where Sufis have been traditionally popular," Sayeeda Diep from the Lahore-based Institute for Peace and Secular studies, told The Times of India.

"An undemocratic Saudi Arabia is funding Wahhabis to crush democratic aspirations in entire world including in Pakistan apparently to let rulers continue their dynastic rule in Saudi Arabia," she said during her visit to India. Petro dollars are being pumped world over to promote this school of Islam projecting it closer to the original form.

"The people of Pakistan need to fight both American as well Arab colonialism," she said.

Both India and Pakistan have seen Sufism grow over a millennium and recent attacks have only been on such shrines in Pakistan. The Taliban and extreme forces in Pakistan are getting support and funds from Wahhabis. Wahhabis do not approve of shrines and saints which are sources of inspiration for Sufis who are known for mysticism. Wahhabi movement emerged in the 18th century.
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Re: Pakistan wants halt to Arab 'religious colonialism'
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2012, 12:05:34 PM »
Ironic, isn't it.

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Re: Pakistan wants halt to Arab 'religious colonialism'
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2012, 04:10:22 PM »
Yeah, like Islam is original to begin with :)

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Re: Pakistan wants halt to Arab 'religious colonialism'
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2012, 04:31:58 PM »
A division within the Islamic world and a vindication of an indigenous culture against cultural imprealism. This can't be bad news.
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Re: Pakistan wants halt to Arab 'religious colonialism'
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2012, 12:40:53 AM »
If more Muslims were like Hazrat Inayat Khan (a sort of famous Sufi from Gujarat) things would certainly be different, better.