By Raazia Syed

People of different castes and religions live in our society, and they have right to enjoy all the benefits of lifeequally. Even their interests and beliefs may differ from others but it does not mean that we should not respect their traditions or customs.

Islam has also directed us to respect others feelings and emotions. Our great leader, Quaid e Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah said while he was addressing in a public meeting “you may belong to any religion or caste or creed  ... that was nothing to do with the business of the state.”

He also quoted “Religion should not be allowed to come in to politics; religion is merely matter between man and God.”

But now a day’s situation of minorities is not only miserable in Pakistan but all over the world, In Europe where Muslims are minorities they are being treated badly as well. Many mosques, shrines, temples and cathedrals are being burnt and ruined by the terrorists and we can notice the bad law and order situation.

This is not preaching of any religion, every religion teaches us about interfaith harmony, many non-Muslims have sacrificed for our country not only for independence of Pakistan but they are still offering their services for its betterment. We can take some  examples in this regard.

Captain Cecil Chaudhry

Group Captain Cecil Chaudhry was an academic, human rights activist, and veteran fighter pilot who has fought in the Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 and later, as a Squadron Leader, in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. He was awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat.

Deena M. Mistri

Deena M. Mistri was an educationist from Pakistan. She started teaching English to the secondary classes at the B.V.S. in 1951. She was the first lady teacher to teach the secondary classes during those days. Mrs. Deena M. Mistri served the Bai Virbaijee Soparivala Parsi High School for 55 years.

Byram Dinshawji Avari

Byram Dinshawji Avari is a prominent Pakistani businessman and twice Asian Games gold medalist. Together with his sons, Dinshaw and Xerxes, he owns and operates the Avari Group of companies, of which he is the chairman.

Anil Dalpat Sonavaria 

Anil Dalpat Sonavaria was the first Hindu ever to play test cricket for Pakistan. Dalpat was a lower-order batsman and wicket keeper who represented Pakistan for a brief interval in the early 1980s as a replacement of Wasim Bari.

These above are only few examples of these great non-Muslims personalities, the purpose of writing this article was not only to pay contribute these great names but also aware children about the importance of interfaith harmony.

Published in Young Nation Magazine on October 28, 2017