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The Valiant Mullah

Salim Sachedina

July 5, 2007

            Every time I hear about sectarian violence – between Sunnis and Shias – in Pakistan, and there have been quite a few, lately, I am always amazed to find out that not a single Mullah is ever caught in such skirmishes. They are always spared.

All praise to Allah, I told myself, for having saved such pious souls. I thought these Mullahs were the source of inspiration and guidance to the community they apparently so selflessly serve. Thus, I concluded, they must be under divine protection not to be a fatality under sectarian crossfire.

However, yesterday’s news about Mullah Abdul Aziz’ attempted escape changed all that. The chief cleric of the radical mosque under siege in Islamabad was arrested yesterday as he tried to flee disguised in a woman’s burka. I realized that these Mullahs are very good at rhetoric; at inciting their followers to take the path of Jehad; at talking the talk but not walking it.

Most of these Mullahs who have a strong hold on the community they serve are abusing their unique positions. Even we Canadian Muslims are not spared from such cultic hold. They try to incite their impressionable young audience into taking radical positions and acting on it. All it takes is a few followers to buy their bravado about martyrdom and there we have the “soldiers of God” running loose, trying to create havoc in our society.

And what about Mullah Abdul Aziz and his rhetoric? The Mullah’s yellow belly is now fully exposed. One poor woman among his ardent followers is now without her burka. The poor woman is rendered totally helpless. She couldn’t even runaway to safety, given an opportunity, without her cover.

And to rest of the Mullah’s compatriots around the world who make it their business to incite their followers into deeds causing havoc and shedding of innocent blood in our society, I have only one message: you are nothing but a bunch of stinking cowards!

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