|S.A. Rehman has been disseminating messages on the Internet for several years now. These messages addressed allegedly to his fellow Muslims preach against violence and misinterpretation of the Quar'an. When we asked him about his identity and why he has seen fit to 'preach to the choir' all these years, his reponse was, "I am an activist for peace and just sowing the "Seeds of Peace" by sending email messages."
According to our research, S.A. Rehman, Ph.D., was the fifth chief Justice in Pakistan. To his credit he has been the chairman of the Central Urdu Board in Lahore, director of the Institute of Islamic Culture in Lahore, member Bazm-i-Iqal and the board for the advancement of literature and president of the Pakistan Arts Council. However, any connection between the two men may be purely coincidental. Rehman communicated to us via a yahoo mail account.
The message attributed to S.A. Rehman and addressed to his fellow Muslims follows. Please note that it has been edited to avoid repetition.
God forbid if any one of our near one and dear one is killed then the killer is evil, a beast and what not and should get penalty but if one among us kills anybody then he is not evil and we start lying, denying or even justifying the killing.... double standards?
Being Muslims, many of our brothers and sisters are not working for peace. They are misguided, mistaken and spreading the virus of hatred and revenge through telling deliberate lies and false accusations, which is resulting in death and miseries for number of innocent people living around the world at the hands of merciless killer Muslims and also bringing bad name to Mohammed (PBUH) who never killed anyone in his lifetime.
Instead of teaching about good and evil, certain radical Muslim clerics are only "trading in religion". They try to hypnotize us to hate and Kill the non-Muslims and brethren of other sects or be killed, and without using any common sense, we readily believe in whatever is being said by these hatemongers. Actually, they are "Agents of Satan" and they are cutting at the very roots of the Ummah. Instead of mourning most of the Muslims are rejoicing on the brutal killings of the non-combatant innocent civilians. "The murderers" have always been "Our Great Heroes".
Before it is too late and the curse Of God falls upon us, we should use common sense, find out the truth and change ourselves to save Muslims from becoming the most hated, isolated, discredited people in the world. We must prove to the world through our deeds that Islam is not a religion of zero tolerance and that Mohammed (PBUH) teaches love and peace and not gangsterism, terrorism, barbarism, extremism, sectarianism, cruelty, and inhumanity.
Islam is a religion of peace. Islam teaches respect and love for all even the animals. Unfortunately, some misguided-Muslims believe that the Holy Koran and Holy Prophet (PBUH) both have instructed Muslims that the opponents be killed, and that they are simply following the orders. We should use our own common sense and only believe which is logical, convincing and in the best interest of humanity.
Why do we hate others so much, may be they are better humans then what we are. My feeling is that the Muslims should unite to discredit and deactivate the fringe mullahs (preachers of hate) who promise a quick trip to paradise to people who have little and sacrifice themselves with bombs strapped to their bodies. If the mullahs (the liars) thought that it really was a way to paradise they would be strapping bombs to themselves! Their followers are kept too ignorant to see this for themselves and enlightened moderate Muslims should educate them. We must promote understanding and peace. We are all watched by the same God and need to help one another.
Fellow Muslims! if God is one and he loves mankind, we should value each other's lives and strive to protect each other, rather than thinking that if we kill we shall be rewarded. God looks at human beings not as belonging to different religions, that is why the rain falls to all, the sun shines to all and we all breathe the air freely. We are all created or given life in the very same way- whether Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Jew, etc. Let us learn to love each other sincerely.....
(Signed) S.A.Rehman, peace activist