Let’s hear it for a new ‘MACHO’ society….

In each era, there remained people in every religion who are either conformists or non-conformists regarding their respective religions. The latter do not find themselves convinced, deliberately derailed or have their parameters to gauge a religion. In Pakistan’s present day society; there is a new group which is exponentially on the rise. I personally don’t find the word ‘Atheist’ suitable for them since they are a faction who is nurtured with extreme complexes and the vent in their book is only in maligning religions and particularly, Islam.

I was in an Aftaar dinner given by an organization in Islamabad a few days ago. One CEO of a Karachi-based organization initiated a talk about how he hates going in Muslim Mosques.

“I could go anywhere but a Mosque.”

“And why so Sir?” I was curious.

“Since there is politics every time I go to prayer.”

“What politics?”

“I mean in Khutba there is always political imagery going on five times a day.”

“We don’t have Khutba five times a day Sir.” The other guys on the table supported this basic clarification.

“And there aren’t all of the places where you find such Khutbas” I continued, “but in state-owned Mosques or the ones under military arrangements.”

The man who looked quite sane skimmed as if he was offended and while other guys were interested in the conversation, he readjusted his fallacy.

“It happens in all Mosques of Pakistan.”

I couldn’t remain polite; “And who tells you to be a Pakistani Muslim?”

My thoughts scuffles two years back when on a social portal, a journalist who once a very fast friend of mine, was leading a write-up in favor of very onset of profane cartoons. I remember there was his entire fan-following blindly substantiating his anti-Islamic ideology, or you call it ultra-moderate approach in some people’s dictionary without any impediment of being a Muslim and going for ‘shirk’. My defending arguments were at loss when I decided to put my strong opposition to all the ‘gentlemen’. Resultantly, I had to do big homework in giving crushing reply to the fabricated ‘satanic verses’ by, their stars, Salman Rushdie and Tasleema Nasreen in particular. I haven’t forgotten yet that they kicked me out of the portal when I put up a prepared resistance, and with a mixed feeling of humiliation and jubilation, I counted myself the odd one out from the so-called Muslim plagues who let these events happen and seek agreement of such pseudo-machos.

This is a new fashion. Being a cool pseudo-macho and creating noise against Islam and its ideology without any contextual supporting arguments. Hardly have they ever consulted any right source to check their concocted versions. This goes on to show how a big chunk of generation is being tamed on the flute of the fronts who believe they are ‘The Creatures’ and since they think they are the most genuine humane and asset to the society, they brazenly ridicule Islam out of their personal pre-conceived prejudices. A common perception these machos carry is they are not answerable to any divine directions since they are no harm to society. You ask them about religious obligations and they climb on you with their ostentatious claims of humanity and devotion, just in quest to win you the arguments against all other Muslims who, in their firm view, do not stand up to human rights violations against other religions and cultures. And as you tell them about strict human rights instructions Islam enjoins upon Muslims without any spare and Muslim community being the biggest victim of human rights violations itself, they get frustrated and quote Ayahs that were revealed in the context of Jihad after first Muslim Hijra’h in utter state of war. In each places after Jihad instructions, the directions are very clear about the times of peace and those who ask pardon of their war designs. Machos only handpick what they want to just to show how well-versed they are about Islam before dismissing it ridiculously.

In a recent debate over forced Muslim conversions in Sindh, I asked one such macho who was frequently copy-pasting Ayah’s by googling ‘Jihad’. I told him that I was no authority and whatever I would say, he would come up with his pre-generated answers so why doesn’t he clear his concepts and go to the book’s complete translation for dealing his pathos and then if it doesn’t answer him, I had sworn that I would stand by him and he answers: “I don’t believe in any fairy tale book.” Remember, this was the same book over which he enlarged his arguments of how ruthless Muslims are, being a Muslim himself.

There is no tincture of doubt that the polarization into religious and macho extremist blocs is prerogative of our new social settings. Both anti-thesis believe the other is cancer in sum social structure. While the religious ones are adamant and most of them being string puppets are never ready to listen and appease, they are not on the right nature of their religion and can revert back which has happened on many occasions. The macho extremist flank is with cosmetic conviction about their right to malign Islam with stupid examples and quotes which they search for their stock. The macho extremist bloc is transmitting into every Muslim internet user and there are people, I am being honest, who will have the rhetoric of Muslim misgivings. A rudimentary folly they do is to quote the examples of Delhi Sultanate and Mughal rule and portray instances like Ghaznavi’s invasions as Islamic wreckage whereas even any literate non-Muslim knows that it is not Islamic history but ‘Muslim History’. Islamic History had nothing to do with how Allauddin Khilji besieged Mewar for abducting Princess Rupmati, Why additional Jizya was imposed by Feroz Shah Tughlaq or on what grounds Akbar formed Deen-e-Ilahi. After Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H)’s demise, caliphate and the later war against Yazid summed up the Islamic history. Later were Muslim rulers and if anyone of them complied with the clearly prescribed Islamic economic, judicial or socio-cultural injunctions is said to be a true Muslim ruler and the others, just Muslim and not ‘Islamic’ rulers.

I can recall that in school, I used to take short notes in my rugged rough copy of what seemed outstanding to me. One question regarding killing non-Muslims which was told by a teacher did not convince me. I asked my father to fetch me an Urdu-translation of Quran to see whether that Ayah existed or not. It did exist but in an entirely different context about how in war-field, the enemy’s pride has to be humbled. After so many years, with an empty mind, I started reading the Tashreeh of Quran and by now, many of my concepts are cleared. I can safely have opinions about whatever I have read and understood. I could loathe those who kill over sectarian prejudices and I could tell my mother that I don’t belong to any sect but Muslim and so forth. Like we refer to a dictionary or reference books in a quandary, why not referring to a book that is book of the books? Those who don’t, have no any right to belittle Islam like the machos do.

I oddly found out peculiar physical and mental abuses in the lives of such machos to aid them establish their macho-ism. Either they are too sensitive or too crass. After losing their temperament out of common setbacks in life, they become confused beings and further confuse people by taking refuge in mock-making of Islam and other religions. A harmonious religious co-existence has serious threats from such self-proclaimed masterminds. And once having known that a friend of mine has become a macho, a one-word definition that readers may clearly understand now in this discussed context, I asked him one fine evening;

“From when have you turned that much anti-religious?”

“Right from the day that ‘bitch’ (His girlfriend) duped me.” He retorted.


About talhamasood1

I learned to explore life when I ended bearing it. It seems seriously funny how we experience life, considering our hereafter, at times we prioritize life. I have seen changing attitudes, I have witnessed how people get big enough to ridicule others. I have had friends turning to strangers but they all were my teachers: they taught me about the real world outside my reach of imagination. I am a mad person. I love to fail to understand the real success whenever it comes. People don't understand me that easily and when they would begin doing that, my frenzy would make them leave me. I am possessive to things I love.. If you ask me sincerity, I would kill myself for you.. Prone to get hurt but having very high hopes for my future. I am in love with my constraints because I know they will leave me as I get smooth combating them... My mother thinks that I am the coolest kid of the family, I don't want to hurt her that absorbing pains has become my hallmark now. I love to smile but when I really mean it.. I have some promises with my life, I know my weaknesses and my solutions as well... I hate artificial attitudes.. I am demanding to whom I demand for my life.. And lastly, I want to have that wide victorious smile when I leave this world.

12 thoughts on “Let’s hear it for a new ‘MACHO’ society….

  1. Yasmeen Ali says:

    You hit the nail on the head by saying: A harmonious religious co-existence has serious threats from such self-proclaimed masterminds.

  2. Talha Masud says:

    Thank you very much Yasmeen 🙂

  3. Qudrat Shah says:

    Hooooooo Talha you are just remarkable here, hats off 🙂 and yeah it was really hurting statement when that MACHO called QURAN a fairy-tale book….what else the limit o extremism can be???

  4. Bilal Marri says:

    You know we come to such situations almost everyday in our lifes. By situations i mean MACHO 😀 but its a fact we do face them. they come up with some theory and most of the time we are unable to respond. Its basically lack of knowledge between both of us. In his case its about his stupid theory and in my case its my lack of knowledge to answer.
    I dont feel sorry for the MACHO’s basically but i do feel sorry for the ones who follow them.
    Talha Masood i think most of us when we read this felt like its our own story or we related something to it. It takes courage to answer and highlight such problems. Honestly we should be knowledgeable enough to respond to such people after all its our fault too because Islam is our religion.

  5. Talha Masood says:

    Thanks and I readily endorse what you both have remarked.

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  7. Wonderful and BRAVE write-up Ali. You have not minced words, and why should you? Say it loud, say it proud. You are not throwing stones at anyone but you are not ready for stones to be thrown unnecessarily at your faith either. And this comes from a sane writer who works against polarization. Good work!

    • baahirezaman says:

      Farahnaz, thank you for your kind words. This piece is conributed by Talha Masood. At the time this piece was put up, I was not too hand-on with regards to maintaining a blog. Hence I had put a comment below the blog stating details about the author. Now, Talha’s identity has been created and all his pieces will be displayed as his only :). Your comments have been passed on to the author. Very kind of you and thank you once again.

  8. I appreciate what you have written and do understand the genuine sentiments behind the words. But consider the fact that the end result of it is going to be even more polarization. Some members of the group you have criticized are incorrigible while others are not. And we don’t even know who is who. Is it not then a better idea to ignore the ignorant and focus positively on the ones who could be ‘brought back.’ Forgive me if you disagree.

    • baahirezaman says:

      Sir, it is an honor indeed that you took time out to read this piece. The author is Talha Masood so I shall wait for his response. However, in my humble opinion, for some odd reason, the “ignorant” are the ones who are heard louder. At times, the followership of such individuals scares me. While those silent, God-fearing ones, who are actually creating a difference in their own wonderful ways are neither given exposure in our media, nor do they offer the spice much needed for public to follow. It is generally the voices of the “ignorant” which are heard louder than the rest, a phenomena not only scary but something which requires urgent attention. While it is totally agreed that the “ignorant” should be ignored, the slow poisoning of young minds also need to be stopped or checked at some level. I state all this with utmost respect Sir. Once again, I thank you for reading this piece and making your valuable contribution.

  9. Talha Masood says:

    In this particular write-up, nowhere I sided the ignorant with radical conclusions. They are always by the wrong side naturally and there is no confusion in that.

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