Arab News, on the very next day after the gruesome murder, described Salmaan Taseer in its editorial as a Shaheed (martyr) who was gunned down by those fanatics who had the wrong notion that perhaps he wanted to abolish the blasphemy law.
The newspaper writes that Salmaan Taseer was a true Muslim and those who martyred him and rejoiced at his death, did not do something good. In the eyes of the ‘Arab News’ Salmaan Taseer was a brave Muslim who was fighting for truth and justice. The newspaper calls upon the people and leadership of Pakistan to stand up resolutely against those powers which are deliberately pushing Pakistan and Islam into darkness. The newspaper insists that in its real sense, Islam is the religion of justice, truth and respect for humanity.
Like all the Muslims of the world, we also have the firm belief that we can never be true Muslims as long as we do not love the Holy Prophet (PBUH) more than our life, our children and all of our material possessions. Love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) marks the beginning and end of our life and it is hard to find any Muslim in the world whose eyes are not filled with tears and whose heart does not become restless the moment he hears about his beloved Prophet (PBUH).
Our hearts are full of profound love for Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and, therefore, we are keenly desirous of leading the life of Hazrat Bilal and Hazrat Uvais. As an expression of our love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) we are always ready to sacrifice our own life and take the life of others at the spur of the moment. Despite all this, our whole existence is often jolted by the strong realization that throughout our life, we have never seriously acted upon even a single commandment of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in its true sense. In other words, we may be enthusiastic lover of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) but we are not at all his true and practical followers. We are overflowing with his love and the moment we hear about him, our eyes are flooded with tears and our hearts are eager to leap out of our chest but none of his teachings, sayings or commandments is reflected from our life. Neither our words nor our actions are capable of including us in the list of his real followers.
At this particular time, our most beloved Prophet (PBUH) requires genuine followers rather than lovers, because the Muslim world is crowded with millions of his lovers, but it is hard to find even his single true and practical follower.
The whole society is being systematically destroyed for the sake of sensationalism and rating. But we cannot blame our people for the dangerous increase in the level of fanaticism in our society, because these religious fanatics have never been able to get a sizable number of votes in the general elections. Today, our media is emerging as an agent of fanaticism but one day, it itself will become the victim of the same fanaticism. On the other hand, our people and media are busy in prolonged discussions full of if and but. Let us see for how long such policies would continue in a society high jacked by a few people.