Forced conversions In An IslAmic state

        "لآ اِکْرَاہ فِی الدِین"
   There is no compulsion in Deen

Understanding the aforementioned verse is dire need of hour because there are many people who have not only tarnished real image of Islamic injunctions but have also defaced soft picture of Pakistan in front of global community.

It is very unfortunate that two girls – Reveena and Reena- thirteen and fifteen years old respectively- were allegedly abducted by a group of influential people from their home on the eve of Holi. Very soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral social media in which a religious celery was purportedly exposed solemnizing the Nikkah of the both girls. Surprisingly, in another video the minor girls can be seen saying that they accepted Islam. This incident happened in Ghotki district but alike two more incidents occurred: one in Multan and other in Mirpurkhas. The all incidents were related to kidnapping and forcibly conversion to Islam. On the other hand, the Hindu community has carried demonstrations appealing for seeking justice, immediate and remedial actions to be taken against the culprits. They reminded Prime Minister Khan about his vows of safeguard the minorities done before the election campaign.

It is not an unprecedented incident ,however, a report issued in 2014 by Movement For Solidarity (MSP) says that about 1000 women-mostly young and minors- in Pakistan are forcibly converted to Islam. Although, so called Molvis have forgot what Almighty Allah says in His Glorious Quran that there is no compulsion in Deen. On the other place, He says that whosoever repents after his wrongdoing, indeed, He will turn to Him in forgiveness. Therefore, these sinfulness cannot be pardoned without seeking Taubha.

According to official estimates, 75 lacs Hindus live in the country. However, according to the community, over 90 lacs Hindus are living in Pakistan majority of them is especially settled in Sindh province where they share culture, traditions and language with their Muslim fellows. But they are deprived of religious worship because a Pakistani Muslim has forgot vision of the country’s founder- The Quaid-e-Azam- for granting freedom to all communities of living freely and practicing their faith without any hesitation. Therefore, in today’s Pakistan religious minorities have little voice in the society. Although Pakistan became a Muslim majority state after the partition yet the Hindus managed to retain a degree of social influence mostly in the province of Sindh where they were known as successful merchants. Even they face social discrimination till today, and are often cut off from their own community at large.

There are several lingering questions in an ordinary and intellectual mind, which are still remained unanswered by the people who are accomplice in such activities of the crime. The culprits have not answered yet that why only Hindu daughters are embracing Islam, why not Hindu boys? Why only minors are willing to accept the religion, why not mature one?
Coercion conversion to Islam has compelled Hindu merchants to leave the country and migrate to India. Every year, at least, we loose 5000 Hindus -leaving for India. Therefore, it is dire need of hour to provide proper interpretation of Islamic preaching. To help the hapless is believer’s duty.

The revealed Book unequivocally gives message on Peace, Tolerance, Forgiveness and Humanity
لَكُمْ دِيْنُكُمْ وَلِىَ دِيْنِ.
For you is your religion, and for me is my Deen.

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