A headline in the Times of India today,"Girls to marry militants, orders Taliban," see 2 Jan 2009, 1524 hrs IST, PTI, does not come to any surprise since Taliban's social dictum were exposed during their rules in Afghanistan.
The news opens with,"On the heels of their crusade against girls going to schools, the Taliban have now issued new dictum in the areas under their sway asking parents of the grown up daughters to marry them to militants or "face dire consequences".This new force-marriage campaign is being run in most of the areas in the Pakistan's troubled NWFP through regular announcements made in mosques to congregations.
How long after all, can they borrow or can be able to misguide youth in poverty to be their guns? It is very natural if one looks from the standpoint of Taliban.
But my concern is with the humans of the Islamic community or say true Muslims of the world.It is they who have not only to define but decide whether Taliban is inclusive or exclusive to Islam.
With due respect to Islam, I, being a student of perennial religion, know that Islam or any religion, in its core of heart and true conscience and original form, never proposed cruelty.
There is no point to doubt in it.It is its preachers and followers,but not all of them, who have been abusing it for their own vested interests and sheer benefits, specially because most of the people have been ignorant of their own religion they have been following.Qualitative variations, however, have been there with respect to whether a religion was "prophetic" or otherwise.
It is this fact which has been leading to fanaticism and superstition besides greed.
Without saying a single word hurting the religious sentiment of any body,
may I ask those who belong to the Islamic religion if the fatwa or such dictum as given by Taliban correct for their own children, born or yet to born in future?
Is it meant to preserve the breed and purity of their civilisation?
Where are those who die for human rights in the community in question? Silence generally means surrender.
Should we think that the barrel of gun has turned its point now and is no more straight?
The fact of matter now is that only the people of this very community have to choose and decide the way they want their children to live in future.
Action or reaction is warranted from within the world Muslim community to reveal whether they accept or reject.
But, for the sake of human civilisation, this action or reaction must come immediately.My point is to know how the community itself finds some way to deals with such malpractice within it for the sake of their own children.
It is here lies the solution rather than in changing hats.