Christening our Muslim land with blood

Published: March 17, 2015
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Whenever a Christian is persecuted in a Muslim land, this sacred covenant is broken. PHOTO: AFP

Five years ago, I lost close friends in one of the most gruesome terrorist attacks on Pakistani soil. In twin attacks on two major Ahmadi places of worship in Lahore, 88 worshippers were martyred by the Taliban. It was a painfully bloody day. This weekend, I woke up to sad news from Pakistan that made me relive some of that pain.

Fourteen worshipers were martyred and more than 70 were injured when two Taliban suicide bombers blew themselves up outside churches in Youhanabad, Lahore.

These attacks on Pakistan’s Christian community are not a sporadic event. They are a part of a very tragic trend. Just over a year ago, another suicide attack at a Peshawar church claimed 78 lives. Not long before this, an angry mob torched over a 150 houses in Lahore’s Joseph Colony following blasphemy allegations against a Christian man. Another Christian couple – Shama and Shahzad – were recently lynched and burnt alive in a kiln on similar blasphemy charges. As in the Joseph Colony rampage, this mob violence was also led by a local cleric.

While our minority communities are frequently attacked by religious extremists – radical Mullahs and the Taliban – the state does very little to protect them. Even in the rare instance that the perpetrators of such attacks are caught alive, they get away with a mere slap on the wrist. The Punjab government is especially notorious in sponsoring hate against minority communities in an attempt to appease extremist elements that serve their vote bank. In fact, we now know that the Punjab Government under Mr Shahbaz Sharif shamelessly carried out negotiations with al Qaeda, impressing on the terrorist group about their and the Sharif party’s shared goals in Punjab.

The reaction from the masses is not very encouraging either. The majority continue to remain apathetic to the on-going persecution of our minorities. They refuse to understand that standing up for them is a sacred duty entrusted upon us by our faith.

Islam repeatedly mandates that we protect our minority communities. One of the few times the Holy Quran permits fighting is to uphold religious freedom – including that of our fellow Christians, Jews etcetera – with specific mention of the protection of churches and synagogues. Extremists who act to destroy these places of worship act in complete opposition to the Quran.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) expressed great contempt for a Muslim who mistreats a non-Muslim. He warned Muslims against treating non-Muslims unfairly, challenging their rights or even taking something from them without their consent. And whoever did so would be equal to being Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) opponent on the Day of Judgement.

What a strong warning!

It is well known that Islam equates the killing of one person to the killing of all humanity. In addition to this generic prohibition of murder, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is reported to have specifically forbidden paradise to those who hurt non-Muslims. He cautioned against killing a non-Muslim under Muslim rule, and that the murderer of non-Muslims would be forbidden to enter paradise.

Yet, in their own perverted understanding of jihad, extremists act against these clear injunctions of Islam. Even Muslims from minority sects are not spared of their wrath. Pakistani Muslims must stand up to this on-going injustice and extremism. We must stand in solidarity with our Christian community, just as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) stood by all Christians for all times to come.

In his covenant to the Christian monks of Saint Catherine’s Monastery, he declared:

“Christians are my citizens, and by God, I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. No one of the Muslims is to disobey this covenant till the Last Day.”

He clearly warned in the covenant that,

“Whosoever shall annul any one of these decrees, let him know positively that he annuls the ordinance of God.”

Whenever a Christian is persecuted in a Muslim land, this sacred covenant is broken. Those who willingly remain silent on this on-going persecution contend with such violations of God’s ordinance. In this regard, Pakistan, an ‘Islamic republic’, has an added obligation to lead by example. If it claims to be the slightest bit Islamic, it has to raise itself to these basic standards of Islam. The government must protect our Christians and stop trying to make under-the-table deals with those who seek them harm.

As for Pakistan’s silent majority, how many more times will you witness the covenant of God being trampled before you finally speak up?

kashif.chaudhry

Kashif Chaudhry

A graduate of King Edward Medical University, Lahore and Mt Sinai University Hospital in New York, Kashif is currently completing his Cardiology fellowship in Boston, USA. He writes for various American newspapers and Pakistani publications and blogs at the Huffington Post. His interests include medicine, human rights and interfaith dialogue. He tweets @KashifMD (twitter.com/KashifMD)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • sharkAttack777

    When Christians are killed by Muslims, they are all dispatched to glory to be with Jesus! No more violence please!

    http://www.desiringgod.org/labs/who-can-be-against-usRecommend

  • wb

    Repeat a lie a thousand times, YOU alone will end up believing it to be true.

    “Islam repeatedly mandates that we protect our minority communities. One of the few times the Holy Quran permits fighting is
    to uphold religious freedom – including that of our fellow Christians,
    Jews etcetera – with specific mention of the protection of churches and
    synagogues.”

    “Yet, in their own perverted understanding of jihad, extremists act against these clear injunctions of Islam.”

    Truthfully, Quran has not given explanations, contexts and description for most of it’s verses that act as instructions to Muslims.

    And these contexts are given by mere mortals. Some calling themselves to be Ulema and what not. Why should anyone believe in what humans say when god forgot to give contexts?

    In fact, if anyone reads Hadees (the only source of context), he will know that ISIS are the only ones truly following the message of Islam.

    The other so called liberal (the word has lost all meaning in the modern day of political correctness) are just lying about Islam.

    No wonder such people are killed/persecuted/shut up by true Muslims.Recommend

  • Jor El

    “two major Ahmadi places of worship in Lahore…”
    I think u can start calling them mosques. U of all ppl, certainly shud …Recommend

  • 19640909rk .

    Kindly read Quran. It advocates killing of non-muslims.Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    Feel free to read the Quran and let me know where it says so: http://www.alislam.org/quran/ I bet you’ll cite an anti-Islam hate site and not the Quran. As I pointed out, Islam upholds the sanctity of life. But both extremists and Islamophobes disagree with Islam.Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    That was an editorial change. I agree with you that we should not give in to extremist wants and should refer to them as ‘Ahmadi Muslim Mosques.’ Thanks for the comment Jor El.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    I think blogs are edited before being published.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    The greatest of our sins in Pakistan is that the majority of our liberal and so called educated people don’t even try to spread the messege of tolerance. All it takes is minimal effort. You just go out to some people who may have been brainwashed and tell them about the tolerance practiced by the Holy Prophet SAWRecommend

  • netizen2010

    I admire your courage and more importantly the courage of the moderator who allowed this truthful comment to be published. The Quran does explicitly advocate violence on non-muslims. No amount of cover ups can hide this fact.
    More and more people in the world are talking about this.Recommend

  • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8559594100366660134#allposts Supriya Arcot

    Sweety, things need to change with time . We are NOT what we were a few centuries back.Recommend

  • xc

    Spoken like a “true” bigot… who are you to judge who is and isn’t a Muslim?…

    In that sense you are no different from extremists like ISIS and are actually
    aiding them in their quest for legitimacy.

    “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion
    condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s
    victims have been Muslim.”
    http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/10/politics/transcript-obama-syria-isis-speech/Recommend

  • Jamshid Awari Rustomjee

    Another stellar article. No one can deny that. Fine and good and great. Only
    one question :- In all your writings and analysis there is nothing about Shias.
    Now then, Do you ever show empathy with Shias? Feel their pain?…All Shias.
    Hazara Shias? You wrote nothing when they blew away 60 Shias in Shikarpur.
    Or 32 Shias in Peshawar. Just very recently. Nothing at all from you about the
    Shia minorit and their genocide. Not one article, anywhere.

    ET moderators this is a fair question. That needs to be asked
    Please do not censure.Recommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    Where do you start? If you tell the brainwashed sheeple that blasphemy cannot be defended on the basis of Quran, They will call you a heretic, and you know what happens to heretics in pakistan!Recommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    OMG, you mentioned alislam.org and your comment got posted!!! How did that happen???? Why didn’t your comment got deleted, moderated?? why?? lol They delete all my comments when i mention that all this chaos is the outcome of the 2nd amendment in the constitution of Pakistan! whats wrong with that, its my opinion right?Recommend

  • Zee

    All the incidents you mentioned above are strongly condemnable but why did you forget to mention the lynching of two fellow Muslim Pakistanis by the mob protesting the bomb blasts?

    Pl give some insight or this is also an editorial change!Recommend

  • Yo2Da2

    You are so right. Islam is truly a misunderstood religion – both by the extremists and their victims. Why can’t the rest of the world read and quote the actual Quran – as you do – rather than make up its collective mind based on actual extremist actions unfolding all over the world, inspired by the Quran and 1400-year misunderstood Islamic history.Recommend

  • Ranveer Singh Warraich

    Bro! Kashif! you want me to be honest with you! I have lived with Pakistanis for
    5 years. Some of the best people i have met in my life have been
    Pakistanis. I think everybody is more than their religion, its just a label, we as human beings are much more than that. But c’mon man look at the rest of the world and then look at the Muslim world, its literally on fire from all corners! Islam does have a extremist problem! And Islam is not the only one that does, but most of the other religions have figured it out to live with each other, its only islam that has a problem living with its own. And no offense to you brother! This is just what i see, everytime i pick up the newspaper.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Read it countless times. Prove your accusation. Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Where exactly are these “facts” ah? Recommend

  • captain pasha

    If Islam give so much freedom to minorities,than what is dhimmi/jizya tax which is a religious tax literally.I have never heard a tax based on your beliefs.As long as islam divide people as us and them ,there will be no peace with other beliefs ?Thoughtout
    history we can see this.Recommend

  • captain pasha

    But some of the verses on war/slaves keeping/Beheading are frightening.Specially the verses on jews are hate messages to the core.Recommend

  • captain pasha

    why ‘Ahmadi Muslim Mosques’ why not only ‘Mosques’,afterall mosues are for muslims only.How much you pretend to be a liberal, there is something in you people that will never change.Recommend

  • TrueBeliever

    Christening our Muslim land with blood..
    If so why ‘our’ Muslim land with blood, the title of the piece was allowed by the editors. Doesn’t the title implies that Ahmadis are Muslims?Recommend

  • Arun

    For all the love expressed for non-Muslims, why does the concept of ‘Kufr/Kafir’ exist in Islam? Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism etc. none have concepts like this which demonize ‘the other’. I have read the Quran & corresponding Hadiths, sorry to say but it doesnt like me , a non muslim.

    Mods: Factual rebut, please allow.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    where exactly in the Quran is it written that a muslim should kill non muslims without reason? Please don’t run away now and give me the exact verses which say that “NON MUSLIMS SHOULD BE KILLED WITHOUT REASON”.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    Where exactly is it written in the Quran? you have made quite a statement so please feel free to back it up with some evidence. Where is it written that non muslims should be killed without reasonRecommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    Condemnable and the perpetrators must be punished! No one – minority or majority – has the right to take law into their own hands.Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    Muslims need reform. I do not deny that. Far from it, I call for such reform on a daily basis Ranveer. The problem is not Islam, it is Mullaism. Read my colleague’s piece on this issue: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/qasim-rashid/muslims-not-islam-need-reform_b_860301.htmlRecommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    Thanks for your feedback Jamshid. I have written and spoken much on the tragic #ShiaGenocide. This is one piece I wrote a while back: http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/8406/if-you-speak-up-for-ahmadis-hazaras-you-are-anti-pakistan/ As a Muslim and as a human, I feel it an obligation – a Jihad – to speak against all persecution anywhere and everywhere – e.g. Shias and Ahmadis in Pakistan, Christians in Iraq, Bahais in Iran, Muslims in Burma and CAR etc, etc.Recommend

  • Long John

    Read it with an unbiased mind. You won’t find what you’re claiming in there.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    Yes I also was quite depressed when I saw the situation first hand. Now I just do what I can and hope for the best.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    which “verses on the jews” are you talking about? quite easy just talking, give some evidence. Provide the verses here. Out of context everything is hideous. learn to read context. I will be waiting for you to show which verse is anti-semiticRecommend

  • BG

    Intolerance, ignorance and bigotry are the main causes of violence in human nature.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Kafir barely means non believer! Nothing elseRecommend

  • نائلہ

    Here’s a friendly tip: dont waste your time on this airhead. Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    “””””Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism etc. none have concepts like this which demonize ‘the other'””” Where did you learn that? I mean lacking knowledge to this extent is laughable in our age. What is even more appalling is the fact that you have decided to debate an issue with such lack of knowledge. Anyway, welcome to class, todays lesson is on the extremism shown in religions OTHER than Islam. Let us start by the ever beloved hindu texts

    “Consume, like a lion, all their hamlets, and like a tiger,
    drive away thy foemen.
    Sole lord and leader and allied with Indra, seize, conqueror,
    thine enemies’ possessions.” Atharva-Veda (iv, 22 : 7)
    A man of the lowest class, who shall insolently place
    himself on the same seat with one of the highest, shall either be banished with a mark on his hinder parts, or the king shall cause a gash to be made on his buttock .Manu Smrti .(VIII : 281)
    Should he (a Sudra), through pride, give instructions to
    priests concerning their duty, let the king order some hot oil
    to be dropped into his mouth and ear (VIII : 272)
    Also here is some of the old testament for you
    A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a
    wizard, shall surely be put to death : they shall stone them with stones ; their blood shall be upon them.Leviticus 20 : 27
    And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee ;
    thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them ; thou shalt
    make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them.Deuteronomy 7 : 2

    I hope this is enough to drive home my point. you can look up hundreds of excerpts like these if you just take some time to read these books. have fun readingRecommend

  • Jor El

    One way to protest is to check if ur article has been edited or not n then write a comment like: i had initially written “two major Ahmadi mosques in Lahore”but it was edited to “two major Ahmadi places of worship in Lahore” …Recommend

  • wb

    It is exactly there. Only a biased mind will not find it.

    1400 years of violent history of Mulsims is testimony to it.Recommend

  • :(

    Upvoted by neitzen, Ranveer and ab.

    It’s good to see Disqus preventing guest post upvotes so we can see who the true bigots are. If evidence is requires just look at their post histories :)Recommend

  • Hamidah Fawad

    Muslims are taxed under a system called Zakat. It is one of the pillars of Islam. However, non-muslims do not need to pay this tax. But obviously why shoudl only Muslims pay taxes and not other people in the empire / country / land. Hence the Jizya tax is levied on non-muslims. It is not a tax to punish them for being non-muslims. Its to free them for Zakat which is compulsory on all Muslims.
    Unfortunately in todays world, as we are following the Jewish monetary system in most of the countries around the globe, Zakat cannot be collected as a tax under the government. Hence in most countries Muslims are taxed double. We pay the regular government tax, plus we have to pay Zakaat as well.
    I hope things are clearer nowRecommend

  • Long John

    Well, either you’ve got the wrong history books, the wrong translation of the Koran or English isn’t your first language. I rest my case. Amen!Recommend

  • wb

    You can rest all you want, that doesn’t change the fact that you know diddly squat about Islam.Recommend

  • wb

    Yes xc, please listen to the person who can’t even spell properly most of the times. Let alone being reasonableRecommend

  • wb

    I’m the only objective person here who can judge based on deep knowledge of Hadees and Quran.

    Let me repeat. ISIS are the only true honest Muslims. The rest are just Islamofascists.Recommend

  • wb

    Open your eyes.Recommend

  • wb

    Don’t listen to the people who ask you to provide proof.

    They just rely on propaganda and lies.

    When you ask them to provide proof, they promptly run away

    Don’t waste you time on such people.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Why don’t you open your mouth and spit some proof? Oh that’s right, all you have are words. #iknowyoutoowellRecommend

  • نائلہ

    Oh of course, only reasonable people believe Isis to be the true picture of Islam :L Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Look who’s talking! PhD in Islam, am I correct? Recommend

  • wb

    I guess I was wrong. You have your eyes open. What you need is to open your heart and mind to the truth.

    A closed mind is a failed life.Recommend

  • wb

    Everything they do. Everything they say is supported in books. But when you read those books, keep your mind and heart open to the truth in it.

    Daesh are the only people today following the footsteps of the greatest man ever lived.Recommend

  • L.

    You cant reference these said books? Really? How far do you think you can take this?Recommend

  • نائلہ

    You know, I couldnt have put it any better for yourself. Except the whole eyes open part- you have yours shut. Cant handle being wrong can you?Recommend

  • xc

    Europe/America + the entire Muslim world are wrong?

    Only the Daesh and wb are correct?Recommend

  • xc

    “deep knowledge of Hadees and Quran.”
    Very funny…yet you have never provided any evidence, all we have are empty claims of “objectivity” and “knowledge”.

    “The rest are just Islamofascists.”

    Now you are just being a troll? I do not agree with the term “Islamofascist” but if (for the sake of argument) I do, wouldn’t ISIS be Islamofascist instead of “everyone else”?

    You aren’t even making sense anymore…Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    well what do you consider to be a basis of paying tax? Everyone pays a tax. its called ZAKAT for muslims and Jizya for nonmuslims. The question is kinda absurd and relies heavily on semantics to cloud and issue. Everyone pays tax just the name is different.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    He does not even know that the hadees does not contain verses, rather the Holy Quran contains verses. Quite a pitiable guy really, he thinks that no one will catch onto the fact that he knows nothing about Islam.Recommend

  • Yasin

    Also jizya tax exempted non-Muslims from military service
    which was compulsory for Muslims in certain cases.Recommend

  • wb

    Where’s my comment ET?

    If I ever were to do PhD, I would choose a more useful, reasonable, real and benevolent topic.Recommend

  • wb

    What has this got to do with Europe and America?

    Recommend

  • wb

    I don’t know if you want me to give you reference or if you’re asking me to refer myself.

    Start trying to make sense. Follow my old advice. Start using simple sentences.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    For example? Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Pitiable, perfect word. Recommend

  • نائلہ

    “Very funny”- he tries ;) Recommend

  • wb

    What a bigoted lies!

    A tax is given to the government to protect their interests from criminals and evil people.

    Jizya is not the tax. Jizya is like a hafta, a protection money in the guise of a tax.

    In a state where Jizya is practiced, you could be harmed by the state itself unless you pay Jizya.Recommend

  • wb

    Manusmriti is not a holy text.

    What you’ve quoted from Vedas doesn’t say anything about sudras.

    In the time of Vedas, castes did not exist. Only varnas existed.

    Most importantly, Vedas were written by Humans. If there is a mistake in them, you ignore them or even condemn them.Recommend

  • wb

    I can’t think of many. But to give a broader answer: anything but Islam.Recommend

  • xc

    European and American leaders have made statements condemning ISIS as unIslamic as have the entire Muslim worldRecommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    he says that Hadees contains “verses” not the Holy Quran. Such great knowledge of Islam, such deep understanding. Lord have mercy lolRecommend

  • Hamidah Fawad

    @wb Where do you come up with this crap. Please go and get an educationRecommend

  • نائلہ

    You say you are an “objective person, who can judge based on deep knowledge of Hadees and Quran”, but then you wouldn’t want to gain, nor have provided ANY indication of even a peck of this so called “knowledge” of yours. Recommend

  • wb

    Bravo. You have perfected the art of distraction when you absolutely fail in logic and are forced to run away.Recommend

  • wb

    I can’t provided plenty. But with closed mind and heart, you could not see.

    Open your mind and heart, sweetheart, and read your books and see the violence, misogyny and approval of slavery in it. Nobody deserves to live ignorant.Recommend

  • wb

    Last resort of bigots: distraction.Recommend

  • wb

    The truth is always very bitter. Recommend

  • xc

    “Last resort of bigots: distraction”

    And yet you were the one telling Naila as well as other posters to check their spellings and Grammar!Recommend

  • نائلہ

    You are the HATER, yet I am the one who should open my heart and mind?!

    Have you read the Quran and the Hadith? NO! And unless you can prove the attachment of all this “violence, misogyny and approval of slavery” BS from these texts, you will remain a liar. Recommend

  • xc

    “In a state where Jizya is practiced, you could be harmed by the state itself unless you pay Jizya.”

    Yes and you can be harmed and imprisoned by the state if you
    do not pay your taxes?

    Do you know why tax collectors were despised in the past and even today?Recommend

  • saqib
  • wb

    I’m the HATER. True.

    And unless you open your mind and heart and show some guts to see the truth objectively you will remain in darkness, consumed by a dark heart.

    Shed your superstitions

    . May humanity forgive you.Recommend

  • wb

    Simple logic: I can’t understand English with proper spelling and grammar.

    Can you understand that Recommend

  • wb

    You obviously don’t understand the fundamentals of tax.

    And you don’t understand the difference between tax and protection money.

    What a waste of time.Recommend

  • abhi

    Zakat is voulantry charity and it is not tax, so comparing it with Jizya makes no sense.Recommend

  • abhi

    What is this concept of muslim land? How can land be muslim? Having such conept itself is root of most of the descrimination.Recommend

  • siesmann

    World only sees and believes what Muslims do,whatever contrary might be written in Quran or Hadith.The same Muslims who don’t tire of saying “islam is peace’ or “killing one person is killing humanity” do exactly the opposite every day.And mullhas teach exactly the opposite of what the Book might say.This is the dilemma in Islam.And majority of Muslims tend to remain quiet when their faith is hijacked .Recommend

  • siesmann

    Whatever the books say or how they are interpreted doesn’t matter.The truth remains Shudras have been degraded and maligned and taken advantage of for millenia.Manuism still exists in India.Recommend

  • seismann

    Nobody contests the taxes;it is dividing people on the basis of religion that is the problem.You are a second class citizen if you pay jaziya.Recommend

  • seismann

    It is not the government that collects jaziya;so how is it double-taxing?REligious charity is not taxation.Recommend

  • seismann

    you mean to say they are barred from the military service.!!!Recommend

  • seismann

    And Muslims are reserved 72 hoors for killing themRecommend

  • NKM

    who’s said non believer ? Atleast these very ” NON BELIEVER ” don’t kill for religionRecommend

  • نائلہ

    May God forgive you. xRecommend

  • Yasin

    No, some Islamic Empires actually preferred Christian officers as they had less interest in gaining power in a Muslim empire so they were not barred if they wanted.

    They were exempted from the compulsory military draft which is different from voluntarily serving in the military.Recommend

  • xc

    You have provided no rebuttal so I assume you agree I am right.

    A tax is literally protection money collected by the state.

    “What a waste of time”
    Considering all you do the entire day is comment on ET, its not as if you have anything better to do :)Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    ZAkat is not voluntary. The first caliph hazrat Abu Bakar R.A waged war against those who did not pay the Zakat.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    no you are not. HOW are you second class? please let me know
    If you don’t pay ZAKAT, you get punished there is no alternative.
    If you don’t pay Jizya, you can serve for sometime in the Army or the Police and the state may even pay you. So great alternative.
    If you are too poor to pay the Zakat, the government finds you a job and you have to do it.
    If you are too poor to pay Jizya, you just don’t pay simple as that.
    Also When you are paying zakat and you are a muslim, it s expected that you will work for the sake of others i.e you will participate in Jihad, you will do other works which are expected of a muslim. If an army invades you will be expected to take up arms and fight for the country.
    While on the other hand if you are a non muslim, it is the governments job to protect you, the minute they are unable to protect you they will return the jizya to you and go to battle FOR YOU.Recommend

  • seismann

    still a discimination,if you divide society based on religion;how come there is zero representation of hindus,sikhs in Pakaistan army?Exempting is a euphemism for denying /exclusidng citizens from Government jobsRecommend

  • Yasin

    “still a discrimination”

    Yes but I was arguing of days gone by when discrimination was rampant, I am not arguing that Jizya should be imposed today.Recommend

  • Prashant

    Correct but there has been an effort to correct that as well since independence.Recommend

  • Hamidah Fawad

    Zakat under an Islamic Government is a form of tax and not charity. There is a specific amount that is to be paid calculated based on a person’s income and various forms of saving.
    Charity cannot be specific or calculated based on a formula. Charity is whatever a person wants to give to another to help them.Recommend