Sometimes the reward is in ignoring

Published: June 19, 2011

Not everything everyone says deserves a reaction, especially when it is coming from a mad man.

I have written this post in response to the blog titled ‘Selling rewards for the after-life.’ Before I move ahead, I want to make it clear that I do not want to advocate what the person in the video is saying. My problem is also not with what the author has written in her piece – it is with why she, or anyone else for that matter, would give the video such importance.

A friend of mine posted the now infamous video on my Facebook wall a couple of weeks ago. After I watched it, I deleted it and told my friend to do the same. When she asked why, I told her that:

a) We do not know who the gentleman in the video is.

b) What credibility does he hold in stating what he is?

c) He is quoting God and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to substantiate his claims which in themselves seem to be fairly dubious. Hence, we should ignore it.

Points a) and b) are fairly self-explanatory. I would however like to delve into point c).

Now. I am no scholar but when somebody says something about my religion and quotes two of the highest authorities on the matter, what choice do I have?

1. I can choose to completely not believe in what the person is saying.

2. I can investigate the matter by studying it on my own or by consulting a fairly learned person on the subject for a second opinion.

But, until this is done, I believe I should not share such a thing or discuss it, simply because it will give unnecessary and undue attention to an unknown person talking about my religion and God’s teachings in a derogatory way with an unknown level of credibility.

We, and I mean human beings, sometimes need to let it go.

Not everything everyone says deserves a reaction, especially when it is coming from a mad man.

In her blog, the author rightly points out:

“This ‘scholar’ (I hate to use this word to describe him, but this is a public forum and I am going to maintain a certain level of respect)…”

I say, why talk about him then?


Hassan Choudary

A former member of The Express Tribune national desk, an avid student of the Hindi film industry and an aspiring entrepreneur who tweets @hassanchoudary

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

  • Farah

    You seem to have a point. It makes no sense to react to the statements of someone who clearly doesn’t know enough about religion.Recommend

  • Amal

    Awesome awesome awesome. Why the hell should we give importance to things that don’t deserve any. And people started saying more stupid stuff about our religion after watching that video.Recommend

  • Everlast

    Totally agreed instead of just listening to the person in the video and deciding against the entire religion WITHOUT consulting some one educated in religion or self research is not at all right or logical or sane I would say.Recommend

  • Henna

    The article wasn’t about that joke of a video, it was abouut the fact that there are people and “scholars” out there who preach such things and what how that effects us pakistanis
    anyway, if “not everything deserves a reaction,” maybe you should have “ignored” the article you’re addressing.Recommend

  • Fooz

    Ironically… u had enough interest in that vid that your wrote a blog about it… in response to another blog about the vid..

    hence created more curiosity to the readers who haven’t seen the go and see it… good job..Recommend

  • Fooz

    makes no sense?? why doesnt it… by criticizing and sharing the video.. it puts light on the thought processes of Pakistans molvis who educate the masses with their own made up points of views… giving the wrong impression of Islam..Recommend

  • Usman Ahmad

    Dude I totally agree. I don’t know why that lady was blowing things out of proportion. Perhaps she was boring and wanted to catch an audience.Recommend

  • Adeel Hasan

    Couldn’t agree more! Thank you.Recommend

  • Rehman Malik

    98% AGREEED! Recommend

  • bangaloreboy

    hmmm…a very nice way to ignore is to write another blog about it! make people read your blog and generate even more interest!Recommend

  • Huma

    he is a pervert!!!Recommend

  • Hira Zulfiqar Ali

    That disgusting video disturbed me too. And at least we can condemn it. As we can’t hold that so called mullah from his collar and throw him out in Arabian Sea as OBL was thrown. Recommend

  • Norwegian Pakistani

    I am disappointed that a well educated person like you has this way of thinking. You think by ignoring the problem the problem goes away. I am sorry because to me it is a sign of ignorance. Majority of Pakistanis are not educated and can’t think critically towards many issues that are impacting Pakistan negatively. You are talking about a nation where many people believe in “taveez dhage”, “kala jado” for majority of the problems they face in their lives. If we do not openly criticize people like that “Scholar” who was brainwashing many young minds, how are we going to increase awareness of such problems in our societies and do something to stop such monsters who are ruining the societies???? Your blog is an unfortunate example of a message and that is “pressing matters of concern” which many of us already do. Your blog post yells: “I can’t fix this problem, so I need do nothing to reduce it”. Recommend

  • Norwegian Pakistani

    Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind!Recommend

  • Dodo

    I’ve personally been to enough “dars” and “jamaats” to know that this is preached wholeheartedly by the “maulvis” and “muftis” at those jamaats. I remember one instance where the mufti asked me whether I was married or not. Once he found out that I wasn’t in fact married (at that time), asked me to leave the room so he can tell his married comrades the erotic stories of Jannah. I later found out all the juicy bits from a friend of mine who was married and was allowed in that “dars.”Recommend

  • Hasan

    What you don’t understand is the fact that while you and ‘some’ others like you are ignoring him (the scholar in question), majority of Pakistan is following every word they speak. You might be educated, rational and sensible towards religion but the fact is that majority of Pakistan isn’t. Ignoring things like these might be for your own benefit, but my friend, this isn’t in the national interest.Recommend

  • imtiaz

    Hey nice blog but i beg to differ,to ignore something wrong is not the solution in this way it will get more and more must hold evil by its collar and condemn it.the person sitting on the mimber(an elevated seat from where someone delivers a lecture) is not only representing himself but he is speaking on the behalf of a whole community listening to him and getting amused.i would say if there is a reward then it is in correcting the wrong and spreading what is right.thanks. Recommend

  • Rizwan

    I fully agree with you Imtiaz except holding by collar part ………. but definitely we should condemn it. Recommend

  • Hasan

    Dear Author,

    Please read my reply to your post: Ignoring is the first step towards ignoranceRecommend