Respect for Dr. Abdus Salam and Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan

Dr. Abdus Salam, the first Nobel Laureate from Paksitan

Dr. Abdus Salam, the first Nobel Laureate from Paksitan

These days on Facebook and other social media a large number of Pakistani people and groups share the posts for highlighting the wrong attitude adopted towards the only Pakistani Nobel laureate Dr. Abdus Salam by the Pakistani governments. It is really sad that he was never accepted as a great Pakistani scientist in a true sense just because he was a Qadiani (Ahmadi).

I understand that this is of course a blunder and nations who never appreciate their heroes can never make any progress. However we must understand that we must be highlighting these issues without crossing our religious limits. Once such posts are shared many Muslim people start writing, “He was an Ahmadi Muslim”.  Then if you try to tell them that Qadianis/Ahmadis are not Muslims as per the teachings of Islam as they don’t believe that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the last prophet of Allah, they start attacking you personally by saying, “People like you promote terrorism”, “Who are you to decide about their not being Muslims”, and many other rude comments.

I must say that Islam teaches us to be moderate. I am never in the favour of attacking physically or verbally on any person who has a different approach to yours. We must respect their way of thinking. However Islam also tells us to never make a compromise in the matters where we have a clear guideline or commandment from Allah SWT and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). So I would request my Muslim friends not to cross their religious limits when appreciating a non-Muslim. Yes Dr. Abdus Salam was our national hero and he deserves lot of respect from all Pakistanis, however he was not a Muslim. Some people after his death and burial damaged his grave title which mentioned him to be the first Muslim Nobel laureate. I personally condemn this action by so called Muslims as we have no right to enter their graveyard and cause any damage to the graves. This is indeed a shameful act.

Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, our national hero!

Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, our national hero!

Now I come to the issue of Dr. Abdul Qadeer, who is our father of nation after the founder Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He is the person who played great role in making Pakistan an atomic power. Once I commented in response to the comments under Dr. Abdus Salam’s issue post that our nation also does not acknowledge Dr. Qadeer and he was humiliated by the ex-General Musharraf on the public TV channel, one man started saying that he was a traitor who stole the technology from Netherlands. I was shocked to read such shameful comments from a mature person about our national hero. We as Pakistani nation must respect him for his great efforts in making Pakistan safe from our enemies.

I would just conclude by saying that we must not say anything that we cannot defend in front of Allah SWT on the judgement day. At the same time we need to develop a sense of respecting others’ views and beliefs. Peace is the most important thing we need at this time.

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One comment

  1. Dr. Abdus Salam was the first and last nobel award winner from islamic world.

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