Sir: So apparently, the state has undertaken the responsibility of ensuring that nobody abandons Islam. The state has forgotten that it is not her duty to take religious matters in its hands. It should not be forgotten that there is no coercion in religion.
This reminds me of an anecdote from the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) life when he was given an ultimatum by non-believers to show a ‘miracle’. The God responded to this demand by sending a verse which announced that the Quranic message is rather based on rationality and reasoning and coercion by miracle would mean Islam cannot stand genuine criticism and questioning. It urged the opponents to ask questions and ponder over its message.
‘Miracle’ is antipodal to reasoning, and generally means an ability to convince your opponents by the appeal to magic and bewitching them.
Islam does not need Pakistan’s or its judiciary’s protection. You don’t have to coerce anyone. It is self-sufficient. Do your real work!
Published in Daily Times, March 7th 2018.