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Group Discussion with Pakistani Youth Group Discussion with Pakistani Youth The Defining Moment for Islam The Defining Moment for Islam The Defining Moment for Pakistan The Defining Moment for Pakistan Future. The Undiscovered Country Future. The Undiscovered Country

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A two days group discussion with youth was held by Vision21 on 18th and 19th March 2009. The topics for the discussion were: The Defining Moment for Islam The Defining Moment for Pakistan Future: The Undiscovered CountryFor more details and information about Vision21 please contact: [email protected] or browse http://awaam.wordpress.com/

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Group Discussion with Pakistani YouthGroup Discussion with Pakistani Youth

The Defining Moment for IslamThe Defining Moment for Islam

The Defining Moment for Pakistan The Defining Moment for Pakistan

Future. The Undiscovered Country Future. The Undiscovered Country

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Vision 21 is Non-Profit Non-Partisan Vision 21 is Non-Profit Non-Partisan Political Organization based in Political Organization based in Pakistan. Pakistan.

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VISION: VISION: To promote and actively seek Human well-being and happiness To promote and actively seek Human well-being and happiness

MISSION:MISSION:

To work towards developing and improving Human Capital; To work towards developing and improving Human Capital; by by focusing on our objectives focusing on our objectives throughthrough developing and influencing developing and influencing policy at governmental and non-governmental levels; and policy at governmental and non-governmental levels; and throughthrough undertaking active initiatives and measures that help bring about undertaking active initiatives and measures that help bring about conceptual and behavioral change at grass root level.conceptual and behavioral change at grass root level.

OBJECTIVES:OBJECTIVES:

Women Development and EmpowermentWomen Development and EmpowermentRights Awareness and Human DignityRights Awareness and Human DignityPoverty AlleviationPoverty AlleviationJustice promotion as right and obligationJustice promotion as right and obligation

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Crises Facing HumanityCrises Facing Humanity

Environmental crisis of Climate ChangeEnvironmental crisis of Climate ChangeEthical DilemmasEthical DilemmasCrisis of Global ParadigmCrisis of Global ParadigmCrisis of Self IdentityCrisis of Self IdentitySpiritual Evolution (SQ)Spiritual Evolution (SQ)Technological EvolutionTechnological Evolution

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Need for a framework which can address all Need for a framework which can address all these crisesthese crises

Global CapitalismGlobal Capitalism Socialist BrotherhoodSocialist Brotherhood PacifismPacifism Green Movement / Gaia frameworkGreen Movement / Gaia framework ReligiosityReligiosity IslamIslam

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Defining Moment of Islam and Pakistan. Defining Moment of Islam and Pakistan. why together ?why together ?

Two sides of the same coinTwo sides of the same coin Theocracy vs. Secular stateTheocracy vs. Secular state Nation State ?Nation State ? Sharia as basis of State Law ?Sharia as basis of State Law ? What is Islam ?What is Islam ? Why in Pakistan ?Why in Pakistan ?

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Defining Moment of IslamDefining Moment of Islam

Present Paradigm of Ulema and Sufis withPresent Paradigm of Ulema and Sufis withmalookiyaatmalookiyaat

Paradigm of ProphetParadigm of ProphetParadigm of Madinah SocietyParadigm of Madinah SocietyParadigm of Fuqahaa and KhilafaatParadigm of Fuqahaa and Khilafaat

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Loss of RationalityLoss of Rationality

Loss of Mu’tazilaahLoss of Mu’tazilaah

Loss of Philosophers Loss of Philosophers

Loss of IntellectualsLoss of Intellectuals

Loss of Holistic IslamLoss of Holistic Islam

Separation of Islam into Political (& Economic), Social ( andSeparation of Islam into Political (& Economic), Social ( andRitual) and Spiritual (individual) domains ( ruled By Malookiyaat, UlemaRitual) and Spiritual (individual) domains ( ruled By Malookiyaat, Ulemaand Sufis respectivelyand Sufis respectively))

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RESULT ?RESULT ?Ritualisation or Religionisation of IslamRitualisation or Religionisation of Islam

Lack of Political development and StatecraftLack of Political development and Statecraft

Lack of development Socially and EconomicallyLack of development Socially and Economically

Loss of Chance to be Technologically developedLoss of Chance to be Technologically developed

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FFour Fundamental Hurdles to Muslim Progressour Fundamental Hurdles to Muslim Progress

Considering Women Inferior is the first and the Considering Women Inferior is the first and the foremostforemost

Lack of Education, Lack of Education, Poverty of Justice, and Poverty of Justice, and

Need for reconciliation of Rationality in the form of Need for reconciliation of Rationality in the form of Science and Technology with Islamic discourse and Science and Technology with Islamic discourse and and integration therein.and integration therein.

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Defining a new Paradigm in IslamDefining a new Paradigm in Islam

The only way that I see forward is neither The only way that I see forward is neither ‘ijtihad’ nor ‘islah’, nor ‘ tajdeed’ ‘ehyaa’ or ‘ijtihad’ nor ‘islah’, nor ‘ tajdeed’ ‘ehyaa’ or ‘tashkeel e nou’. ‘tashkeel e nou’.

Islam and Muslims rather need ‘ibtidaa e Islam and Muslims rather need ‘ibtidaa e nou - min al asal’nou - min al asal’(New Beginning from the Original).(New Beginning from the Original).

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Defining a new Paradigm in IslamDefining a new Paradigm in Islam

Establishing Allah’s discourse in IslamEstablishing Allah’s discourse in Islam New Quranic HermeneuticsNew Quranic Hermeneutics Paradigm of Prophet and SunnahParadigm of Prophet and Sunnah Redefining Hadith Redefining Hadith Redefining the Sacrality in IslamRedefining the Sacrality in Islam De-ritualisation and De-religionisation of IslamDe-ritualisation and De-religionisation of Islam

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DEFINING ALLAH’S DISCOURSEDEFINING ALLAH’S DISCOURSE

New Quranic HermeneuticsNew Quranic Hermeneuticstarteeb e anzool. tarteeb e anzool. Naskh ‘abrogating’ Naskh ‘abrogating’

First word ‘ iqra’ read. First word ‘ iqra’ read. Creation from ‘alaq’.Creation from ‘alaq’.

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Paradigm of Prophet and SunnahParadigm of Prophet and Sunnah

De-familiarisation and DeconstructionDe-familiarisation and Deconstruction

Difference between Sunnah and HadithDifference between Sunnah and Hadith

Redefining the status of Hadith Redefining the status of Hadith

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Redefining the Sacrality in IslamRedefining the Sacrality in Islam

De-ritualisation and De-religionisation of De-ritualisation and De-religionisation of IslamIslam

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The new Paradigm of Islam The new Paradigm of Islam The paradigm of ordinary human beings / public The paradigm of ordinary human beings / public

interestinterest

The paradigm defined by ordinary MuslimsThe paradigm defined by ordinary Muslims1.2 billion Muslims who seek ‘Allah’s purpose every 1.2 billion Muslims who seek ‘Allah’s purpose every day’ ( Ar Rehman) day’ ( Ar Rehman)

Ordinary Muslims are the inheritors of Islam not Ordinary Muslims are the inheritors of Islam not mullahs or theocrats or khalifahs. We are the true mullahs or theocrats or khalifahs. We are the true heirs. It is up to us to wrest our ‘virasat’ back. heirs. It is up to us to wrest our ‘virasat’ back.

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Islam is not a religion but an ideology able to Islam is not a religion but an ideology able to self evolve. Message of Islam is for all humansself evolve. Message of Islam is for all humans

The core principle is that Allah has created all The core principle is that Allah has created all humans equal and free in all respectshumans equal and free in all respects

Allah has taught and commanded knowledge Allah has taught and commanded knowledge as the most fundamental and primary vehicle as the most fundamental and primary vehicle for human growth and ordained the use of ‘ for human growth and ordained the use of ‘ akal’ ( the faculty to reason) akal’ ( the faculty to reason)

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Allah has given humans complete Allah has given humans complete independence in all matters of the world, independence in all matters of the world, from choice of belief to practice of one’s from choice of belief to practice of one’s life on the basis of do-no-harm as the first life on the basis of do-no-harm as the first principleprinciple

Allah has made Humans Khilaf ul Araz not Allah has made Humans Khilaf ul Araz not Muslims Muslims

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Why The need for new ParadigmWhy The need for new Paradigm

The Muslim needThe Muslim need

The Human needThe Human need

The Global needThe Global need

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Defining Moment for PakistanDefining Moment for Pakistan

For us, it is time now to define Pakistan as the For us, it is time now to define Pakistan as the rationalist state of Muslims inhabited by humans of rationalist state of Muslims inhabited by humans of different origins, race and colour.different origins, race and colour.

A state that leads the new beginnings of Islam and A state that leads the new beginnings of Islam and the world; the world;

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A progressive post-modern nation state A progressive post-modern nation state that spearheads the development of that spearheads the development of Muslim commonwealth, and human Muslim commonwealth, and human commonwealth commonwealth

and helps make humanity ready for the and helps make humanity ready for the existential challenges that face human existential challenges that face human beings in the 21st century. beings in the 21st century.

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Why Pakistan ?Why Pakistan ?To answer global challenges, one needs To answer global challenges, one needs

global framework.global framework.

A framework can only be provided by an organisationA framework can only be provided by an organisation

of some kind. of some kind.

The largest form of organisation that can addressThe largest form of organisation that can address

global issues and provide such a framework is ‘State’.global issues and provide such a framework is ‘State’.

Pakistan is a state that can potentially perform the taskPakistan is a state that can potentially perform the task

of putting forward a global framework to challengesof putting forward a global framework to challenges

faced by humanity. faced by humanity.

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So What is Pakistan ? So What is Pakistan ?

A theocratic state ? A theocratic state ?

A secular state ? A secular state ?

A Muslim state defined by the ‘HumanA Muslim state defined by the ‘HumanParadigm’ of IslamParadigm’ of Islam

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Can Pakistan Provide solutions andCan Pakistan Provide solutions andmeaningful response to the challengesmeaningful response to the challengesfaced by Humanity in the 21faced by Humanity in the 21stst century. century.

If yes ? How ? If yes ? How ?

What is the fundamental most need of the hour?What is the fundamental most need of the hour?

Why has it failed so far ? Why has it failed so far ?

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Why has Pakistan failed to build the dream?Why has Pakistan failed to build the dream?

Because we have lacked the intellectuals with the Because we have lacked the intellectuals with the vision; and a few we have or had the vision, have vision; and a few we have or had the vision, have lacked the courage to stand up for it or have got lacked the courage to stand up for it or have got embroiled in irrelevant issues and lost focus.embroiled in irrelevant issues and lost focus.

Pakistan more than being the failure of politicians, Pakistan more than being the failure of politicians, military or bureaucracy has been the failure of military or bureaucracy has been the failure of intellectuals (including judiciary). intellectuals (including judiciary).

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What is the fundamental most need of the hour?What is the fundamental most need of the hour?

The answer is staring us in the face. The answer is staring us in the face.

Now when the Muslim consciousness is just aboutNow when the Muslim consciousness is just about

ready, we are under attack again by externalready, we are under attack again by external

players. Coincidental ? Intentional ?players. Coincidental ? Intentional ?

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The onus is on Muslim Intellectuals to The onus is on Muslim Intellectuals to

1. Stop the slide into introversion of the 1. Stop the slide into introversion of the present paradigm; andpresent paradigm; and

2. Develop the rational human paradigm of 2. Develop the rational human paradigm of Islam , beginning form the original, for Islam , beginning form the original, for Pakistan, Muslim Ummah and the World.Pakistan, Muslim Ummah and the World.

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THE TASK THE TASK

To provide a framework of new paradigm, byTo provide a framework of new paradigm, byworking on establishment of Allah’s discourse inworking on establishment of Allah’s discourse inIslam (and starting afresh from Prophet's paradigm)Islam (and starting afresh from Prophet's paradigm)that guaranteesthat guarantees

Equality and FreedomEquality and Freedom Education and JusticeEducation and Justice Rationality and TechnologyRationality and Technology

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The result will be a state that is politically,The result will be a state that is politically,

socially, economically developed and leadssocially, economically developed and leads

the world in providing intellectual answers tothe world in providing intellectual answers to

the questions of these times . the questions of these times .

A state that becomes exemplary for the rest ofA state that becomes exemplary for the rest of

the World in how it practices its politics,the World in how it practices its politics,

economy, in what its social and ethical norms areeconomy, in what its social and ethical norms are

and in how it deals with the commonwealth ofand in how it deals with the commonwealth of

whole humanity. whole humanity.

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Is it possible ?Is it possible ?

Some may consider it utopian. Some may consider it utopian.

Limits exist in one’s mind only. Limits exist in one’s mind only.

Every journey begins with the first small step. Every journey begins with the first small step.

Being ‘Barish ka pehla katra’ is the most Being ‘Barish ka pehla katra’ is the most difficult. difficult.

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How can the new intellectual framework How can the new intellectual framework achieve a new Pakistan ? achieve a new Pakistan ?

How nations, states, countries develop and change ?How nations, states, countries develop and change ?

To develop and change a country needs a core of To develop and change a country needs a core of human capital with solid will to provide an intellectual human capital with solid will to provide an intellectual ideological framework; commitment to work for the ideological framework; commitment to work for the policies based on this framework; and a strategy and policies based on this framework; and a strategy and plan of action how to implement those policies. plan of action how to implement those policies.