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Selective Islam ~ An article by Imran Khan (1998)

Nov 1st, 2011 | By Imran Khan | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion

My Generation grew up at a time when colonial


hang up was at its peak. Our older generation had been slaves and had a huge inferiority complex
of the British. The school I went to was similar to all elite schools in Pakistan, despite becoming
independent, they were, and still are, producing replicas of public school boys rather than
Pakistanis. I read Shakespeare which was fine, but no Allama Iqbal.

The Islamic class was not considered to be serious, and when I left the school I was considered
amongst the elite of the country because I could speak English and wore western clothes. Despite
periodically shouting Pakistan Zindabad at school functions, I considered my own culture
backward and Islam an outdated religion. Amongst our group if any one talked about religion,
prayed or kept a beard he was immediately branded a Mullah. Because of the power of the
Western media, all our heroes were western movie or pop stars. When I went to Oxford already
burdened with this hang up from my school days, things didnt get any easier. In University not
just Islam but all religions were considered anachronism. Science had replaced religion and if

something couldnt be logically proved it did not exist. All supernatural stuff was confined to
themovies. Philosophers like Darwin who with his half-baked theory of evolution was supposed
to have disproved the creation of men and hence religion.

Moreover, the European history had an awful experience with religion, The horrors committed
by the Christian clergy in the name of God during the Inquisition had left a powerful impact on
the western mind.

To understand why the west is so keen on secularism, one should go to places like Cordoba in
Spain and see torture apparatus used during Spanish Inquisition. Also the persecution of
scientists as heretics by the clergy and convinced the Europeans that all religions are regressive.
However, the biggest factor that drove people like me away from religion was the selective Islam
practised by most of its preachers. In other words, there was a huge difference between what they
practised and what they preached. Also, rather than explaining the philosophy behind
the religion, there was an over emphasis on rituals. I feel that humans are different; to animals
whereas the latter can be drilled, humans need to be intellectually convinced. That is why the
Quran constantly appeals to reason. The worst of course, was the exploitation of Islam for
political gains by various individuals or groups. Hence, it was a miracle I did not become an
atheist.

The only reason why I did not was the powerful religious influence wielded by my mother on me
since my childhood. It was not so much out of conviction but love for her that I stayed a Muslim.
However, my Islam was selective, i.e. I accepted only parts of the religion that suited me.
Prayers were restricted to Eid days and occasionally on Fridays, when my father insisted on
taking me with him. If there was a God I was not sure about it and certainly felt that he did not
interfere with my life. All in all I was smoothly moving to becoming a Pukka Brown Sahib.
After all I had the right credentials in terms of the right school, university and above all,
acceptability in the English aristocracy, something that our brown sahibs would give their lives
for. So what led me to do a lota on the Brown Sahib culture and instead become a desi? Well it
did not just happen overnight. Firstly, the inferiority complex that my generation had inherited,
gradually went as I developed into a world class athlete. Secondly, I had the unique position of
living between two cultures. I began to see the advantages and the disadvantages of both the
societies. In western societies, institutions were strong while they were collapsing in our country.
However, there was an area where we were and still are superior, and that is our family life. I
used to notice the loneliness of the old-age pensioners at Hove Cricket ground (during my
Sussex years). Imagine sending your parents to Old Peoples Homes! Even the children there
never had the sort of love and warmth that we grew up with here. They completely miss out on
the security blanket that a joint family system provides. However, began to realise that the
biggest loss to the western society and that in trying to free itself from the oppression of the
clergy, they had removed both God and religion from their lives. While science can answer a lot

of questions, no matter how much it progresses, two questions it will never be able to answer:
One, what is the purpose of the existence and two, what happens to us when we die? It is this
vacuum that I felt created the materialistic and the hedonistic culture. If this is the only life then
one must make hay while the sun shines and in order to do so one needs money. Such a culture is
bound to cause psychological problems in a human being, as there is going to be an imbalance
between the body and the soul. Consequently, in the USA, which has shown the greatest
materialistic progress and also gives its citizens the greatest human rights, almost 60 per cent of
the population consult psychiatrists. Yet, amazingly in modern psychology, there is no study of
the human soul. Sweden and Switzerland, who provide the most welfare to their citizens, also
have the highest suicide rates; hence, man is not necessarily content with material well being he
needs something more. Since all morality has it roots in religion, once religion was removed,
immorality has progressively escalated since the 70s. The direct impact of it is on thefamily life.
In UK, the divorce rate is 60 per cent, while it is estimated that there are over 35 per cent single
mothers. The crime rate is rising in almost all western societies, but the most disturbing fact is
the alarming increase in racism. While science always tries to prove the inequality of man (recent
survey showing the American Black to be genetically less intelligent than whites) it is
only religion which preaches the equality of man. Between 91 and 97, it was estimated that
total immigration into Europe was around 520,000, and there were racially motivated attacks all
over, especially in Britain, France and Germany. In Pakistan during the Afghan war, we had over
four million refugees, and despite the people being so much poorer here and in the NWFP, they
suffered a considerable loss in their standard of living as a result of the refugees yet, there was no
racial tension, No wonder, last year in Britain, religious education was reintroduced into schools.

There was a sequence of events in the 80s that moved me towards God. As the Quran says:
There are signs for people of understanding. One of them was cricket. As I was a student of the
game, the more I understood the game, the more I began to realize that what I considered to be
chance was, in fact, the will of Allah, the pattern which became clearer with time. But it was not
until Salman Rushdies Satanic Verses that my understanding of Islam began to develop. People
like me who were living in the western world bore the brunt of anti-Islam prejudice that followed
the Muslim reaction to the book. We were left with two choices: fight or flight. Since I felt
strongly that the attacks on Islam were unfair, I decided to fight.

It was then I realised that I was not equipped to do so as my knowledge of Islam was inadequate.
Hence I started my research and for me a period of my greatest enlightenment. I read scholars
like Ali Shariati, Mohammad Asad, Iqbal, Gai Eaton, plus of course, a study of the Holy Quran.

I will try to explain as concisely as is possible, what discovering the truth meant for me. When
the believers are addressed in the Quran, it always says, Those who believe and do good deeds.

In other words, a Muslim has dual function, one towards God and the other towards fellow
human beings. The greatest impact of believing in God for me, meant that I lost all fear of human
beings. The Quran liberates man from man when it says that life anddeath and respect and
humiliation are Gods jurisdiction, so we do not have to bow before other human beings. As
Iqbal puts it:

Wo aik Sajda jisay tu giran samajhta hai,


Hazaar sajdon say deta hai aadmi ko nijaat.

Moreover, since this is a transitory world where we prepare for the eternal one, I broke out of the
self-imposed prisons, such as growing old (such a curse in the western world, as a result of
which, plastic surgeons are having a field day), materialism, ego, what people say and so on. It is
important to note that one does not eliminate the earthly desires, simply that instead of being
controlled by them, one controls them.

By following the second part of believing in Islam, I have become a better human being. Rather
than being self-centred and living for the self, I feel that because the Almighty gave so much to
me, in turn I must use that blessing to help the less privileged. By following the fundamentals
of Islam rather than becoming a Kalashnikov-wielding fanatic I have become a tolerant and a
giving human being who feels compassion for the under-privileged.

Instead of attributing success to myself, I know it is because of Gods will, hence humility
instead of arrogance. Also, instead of the snobbish Brown Sahib attitude towards our masses, I
believe in egalitarianism and strongly feel against the injustice done to the weak in our society
according to the Quran, Oppression is worse than killing. In fact only now do I understand the
true meaning of Islam, if you submit to the will of Allah, you have inner peace. Through
my faith, I have discovered strength within me that I never knew existed and that has released
my potential in life: My educationprogramme that I intend to announce in March is far more
ambitious than the cancer hospital project.

I feel that in Pakistan we have selective Islam. Just believing in God and going through the
rituals is not enough one also has to be a good human being. I feel there are certain western
countries with far more Islamic traits than us, especially in the way they protect the rights of
their citizens, or for that matter their justice system. In fact some of the finest individuals I know
live there. What I dislike about them is their double-standards in the way they protect the rights

of their citizens and yet considercitizens of other countries as being somehow inferior to them as
human being, e.g. dumping toxic waste in the Third World, advertising cigarettes that are not
allowed in the west and selling drugs that are banned in the west. One of the problems
facingPakistan is the polarisation of two reactionary groups. On the one side is the westernised
group that looks upon Islam through western eyes and has inadequate knowledge about the
subject. It reacts to any one trying to impose Islam in the society and wants only a selective part
of the religion. On the other extreme is the group that reacts to this westernised elite and in trying
to become a defender of the faith, takes up such intolerant and self-righteous attitudes that are
repugnant to the spirit of Islam.

What needs to be done is to somehow start a dialogue between the two extremes. In order for this
to happen, the group on whom the greatest proportion of our educational resources are spent in
this country must study Islam properly. Whether they become practising Muslims or believe
in God is entirely a ;personal choice; as the Quran tells us that there is no compulsion
in religion. However, they must arm themselves with knowledge as a weapon to fight
extremism. Turning up their noses at extremism is not going to solve the problem.

The Quran calls Muslims the middle nation, i.e. not of extremes. The Holy Prophet (PBUH)
was told to simply give the message and not worry whether people converted or not, therefore,
there is no question in Islam of forcing your opinions on any one else. Moreover, we are told to
respect other religions, their places of worship and their prophets. It should be noted that no
Muslim missionaries or armies never went to Malaysia or Indonesia. The people converted
to Islam due to the high principles and impeccable character of the Muslim traders. At the
moment, the worst advertisement for Islam are the Muslim countries with their selective Islam,
especially where thereligion is used to deprive people of their rights. In fact, a society that obeys
fundamentals of Islam has to be a liberal one.

If our westernised class started to study Islam, not only will it be able to help our society fight
sectarianism and extremism, but it will also make them realise what a progressive religion Islam
is. They will also be able to help the western world by articulating Islamic concepts. Last year,
Prince Charles accepted that the western world can learn from Islam during his speech at the
Oxford Union. But how can this happen if the group that is in to best position to project Islam
gets its attitudes from the west and considers Islam backward? Islam is a universal religion and
that is why our Prophet (PBUH) was called a mercy for all mankind.

About the author


Mr. Imran Khan is President of Tehreek-I-Insaaf, Founder of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial
Trust, and Ex-Captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team.

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113 comments
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1. Alvina Shaw November 1st, 2011 10:51 am :
A very well written article by the man of character. Shows the deep thinking of the man,
a true patriot and above all a true Muslim.
2. aBDUL bASIT November 1st, 2011 11:31 am :
wE wANT iMRAN kHAN tO bE tHE NEXT pRIME mINISTER oF pAKISTAN
3. Oroba November 1st, 2011 12:20 pm :
Khan Sahab, youre doing a marvellous job, I hope youre elected Prime Minister so we
can rid ourselves of these problems, I would definitely vote for you If I was of age.
Rock On, We love you!
4. Khalid Rahim November 1st, 2011 12:36 pm :
How well Rumi described Two reeds drink from one stream, one is hollow, the other
sugar-cane. Today when we look deep into the wide political arena we find ourselves
surrounded by mass of bigots and in this dim fading light we come across a person who
does not have myopic vision. Then why must we become blind
and follow those IDIOTS who have given us nothing but deep sorrow. Together we can
help Imran Khan to create a society of equals.
5. Shahnaz November 1st, 2011 12:42 pm :
Rather a young photo Mr Khan..! But a thought-provoking
article. Islam is an intellectual faith and is an education in itself. It could do so much for
Pakistan, if the country properly embraced it. Tell us more about your education project.
6. Rahim November 1st, 2011 12:57 pm :

I am curious to know on the educational plan I hope it is not like one of those
fundamental ones and tries to explore Islam from different perspectives just as you did
while studying for your understanding.
7. Syeda Bukhari November 1st, 2011 3:31 pm :
A feeling one gets upon hearing the words oneself failed to voicethis is what i am
experiencing! Those who have or had an experience of living in both eastern and western
societies and have an insight to compare the two not only on the materialistic but moral
and ethical grounds guarded by religious background would second every word Imran
Khan has uttered.
If i were to have some kind of say, this article would be in the text books of our youngster
who have been sadly deprived of the social and ethical values of family life which once
was our pride! and who are like the lost cows who have no sense of direction as they act
like a total coconut, as expressed by Mr Khan.
Bravo Imran Khan for not only sharing your thoughts but also giving a vent to all those
who have no talent with the words!
8. Nayab November 1st, 2011 6:46 pm :
The thoughts Mr. Khan has shared with us are true depiction of Holy Qurans message to
its believers that they should enter into Islam completely. They should not practice some
of its parts and leave others. Quran also announces huge difficulties for people adopting
partial practicing of its teachings. Having said that its always hopeful to see Mr. Khan as
a man with a plan. I sincerely hope that his education programme that he intends to start
in March will be able to deliver complete picture of Islam to students of our nation. It
shall be a big step towards positively changing our society Inshallah.
Lots of good luck and prayers for Mr. Imran khan.
9. Alvina Shaw November 2nd, 2011 4:48 am :
These are the true preachings of Islam, our youth need to follow. Islam is a complete and
universal religion, it is not for people of Arabian peninsula or for older people. Islam is
for every one and gets complete guidance for us from cradle to grave. Well said Imran
Khan.
10. afshan November 2nd, 2011 5:08 am :
Hats of to you!! May Allah help you in your campaign.. Mr. Khan is serving as a beacon
of hope for Pakistan:)
11. Sarosh November 2nd, 2011 5:11 am :
I had recently given up hope regarding the future of Pakistan. It has been a traumatic
heartbreak and I felt it couldnt be mended. Your convictions in the face of so much
despair and debasement are making my hair rise on end. People talk of no one man being

able to lead a nation out of the abyss were crawling into but an ideology can Fighting
alone against our own people to make them give up the distorted and disgusting face of
Islam they potray is not possible for long but together, who knows. Japan raised itself
from the ashes of two atomic explosions and their take-over did not consist of bloodshed
and hatred. We treat our women like property and our children as unpaid laborers and sex
slaves. We lynch unresisting boys to death and escape justice. Our govt officials openly
use national wealth for personal purposes and enter into agreements that bind us more
strongly into slavery. Our elders die waiting in line for pensions and Imran bhai I wish
we had old homes so their lives and dignity was not stripped inside the walls of the hes
they themselves built for their children.
I am a doctor by profession. I have domestic responsibilities but I would like to offer my
help in ways it will be possible for me. Karachi bled and I died so I dont know what a
dead person can do but hey, isnt everyone here dead inside?
12. Ahmed Y H November 2nd, 2011 6:21 am :
If Imran khan was a rational thinking person he would realize that religion doesnt make
sense. One doesnt need to be a genius to figure out that the facts simply dont add up. If
Islam is holy and from the Almighty creator, then why did it allow slavery, sex slavery.
Its also claims to respect all human equally yet its incredibly sexist. Men are are allowed
to marry 4 women at a time while women are portrayed into second class citizen who are
not smart or strong enough.
13. Umair Samee November 2nd, 2011 6:39 am :
The article really shooks the reader down his soul and urges him to look inside for once
and discover what has he become. I truly believe that Imran Khan can be trusted to the
full for transforming the status quo But what needs to be done before hand is to stand
up yourself as well.
14. Irshad November 2nd, 2011 7:17 am :
People who are well versed with Western life style know how bleak their systems are.
Although, the brutal clutches of Western Imperialism were buried decades ago but still
they have put up variuous institutes in the form of IMF, World bank, MNCs to make
third world countries dependent on their alms. It is our duty to portray the teaching of
Islam the way it was taught by Prophet Mohammad (Sallalahu Alaihe Wasalam). This
time we are banking our hopes on Imran Khan, expecting a concrete change in the
political, social and economic condition of Pakistanis.
15. Mudassir Sharif November 2nd, 2011 7:57 am :
Well, I think this is best thing I love in him,,,,, Hes neither secular nor an Extremist
.
May Allah, bestows him with a historical success in the form of betterment of my
country, and may Allah bestows us with more leaders like him.

Aameen !
16. Hmm55 November 2nd, 2011 7:59 am :
Its a good article by Imran Khan as it addresses some fundamental issues of so called
conflict between Westernization and Islam.I want to reply to Mr. Ahmed Y H.. Mr
Ahmed lets suppose that Islam is sexiest than what about favorite of many, WESTERN
societies who even with open sex could not fulfill their desire of sex from opposite sex so
they are now trying to do it with HOMOSEXUALITY.!!!
17. sheikh November 2nd, 2011 8:35 am :
true well articulated..being humane is very impt.
18. Aishausuf November 2nd, 2011 9:16 am :
One of the best articles I have read so far. Imran Khan has every potential to be the leader
of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. May become the Jinnah saani.
19. ZanNeko November 2nd, 2011 9:26 am :
Speak a new language
so that the world
will be a new world.
A very apt saying for our times by Rumi. Its time for a new Pakistan.
20. Waqas Ahmad November 2nd, 2011 9:28 am :
This article shows me that on the day of Qayamat, not only those people with great rituals
and beards will be on highest places but people like Imran Khan will also be at highest
ranks as they think of other people.
A great salute to Imran Khan mother, the reason for which IK is Imran Khan today.
Wish and Pray about the success of IK in every world.
21. Zaka Shah November 2nd, 2011 9:42 am :
Fortunately, IMRAN KHAN cannot be an elected Prime Minister of Pakistan but he is
the SELECTED by GOD. I believe he is the chosen one and it would be great blessing
of GOD to us.
22. Muhammad Rafay Dar November 2nd, 2011 10:15 am :
BISMILLAH IRREHMAN NIRRAHEEM ,

A very thought provoking and timely written article for the divided Muslim Ummah. I
just wonder sometimes that if only Imran Khan was born in America, then he would have
been the most famous person among the masses as he still would have done everything
he did in our country.
Hes something more than an ANGEL and i am really impressed by him. I SALUTE him
and i PRAY for him. May ALLAH ALMIGHTY always be with him. Ameen.
23. Rafay Qureshi November 2nd, 2011 11:01 am :
Imran Khan will be our Next Prime Minister InshaAllah =)
24. Khaled November 2nd, 2011 11:11 am :
Where on earth does Islam allow sex slavery? It actually abolished it from the Jahillya
period before Islams advent. the Holy Prophet (SAW) himself married a slave-girl, thus
setting her free of her bondage.
And for the love of God, EVERY Muslim man is NOT meant to marry four women at a
go. Islam does not order him to do so, it is not enforced on him. Following the Prophets
(SAW) example, if a married man can not find a better alternative to provide say, a newly
widowed woman or divorcee who may approach him for help, or may be approached by
her well-wishers for her help, than marry her himself and provide her with financial and
social security equal to that of his current wife, he is not doing a bad deed. It is much
better than taking advantage of her situation. Ofcourse, nowadays that very woman may
be educated enough to stand on her own two feet and make a living for herself, unlike
most women of the early days of Islam when the principle (not rule, mind) was made.
And if men nowadays are taking, and through the ages have taken, advantage of this
principle to suit their own base needs and marrying as many women as they like and not
meeting the needs of any one of them, it is not Islams fault.
When have women even been second class citizens according to Islam? Compared to the
sex slavery of the Jahillya period, Islam has given women rights like no religion before
it. Please dont confuse the practices of your Muslim contemporaries to the true
principles of Islam. Generalized statements without any factual references and context of
those references are simply a waste of your breath and our time.
As far as the acceptance of homosexuality in the West is concerned, it is the affair of the
individual and not something one can use in a generalized way to point fingers at the
West for. The west has plenty of faults, but homosexuality is the last thing we should be
bothered about in relation to the wests relationship with us.
25. asad urrehman November 2nd, 2011 11:40 am :
IMRAN KHAN ZINDABAD!
26. Muhammad Tayyab Ejaz November 2nd, 2011 12:52 pm :

Good thoughts. The Peace and Prosperity is not possible in Pakistan with out following
the Golden Rules to Rule a Nation that are provided us by our Holy Prophet (Peace Be
Upon Him) and by the great Khaliphs like Hazrat Abu Bakar (R.A), Hazrat Umar (R.A),
Hazrat Usman (R.A) and Hazrat Ali (R.A). Only If Imran Khan will implement those
Rules he can change the Destiny of Pakistan by the Grace of Allah other wise it is
impossible to change the current situation.
27. Rihana November 2nd, 2011 2:31 pm :
I absolutely applaud your effort and achievement in understanding the true essence of
Islam without becoming an extremist or too liberal. I am very glad that someone has
brought to light this problem with selective islam, and the impact it is having on different
groups of people/youth in this country! I for one understand why one would easily loose
their faith and turn into an atheist. Unfortunately my experience with people who are
considered religious has been a bad one, as I have seen a congested, narrow minded
approach on one side, and overly relaxed on the other.
Mr. Imran, not only is Islamiat considered a joke in highschool and University, but the
teachers of these subjects have a horrible and narrow minded approach to the subject. I
am a Bachelors level student, in my first year we studied Islamiat as a compulsory course
subject. My teacher for that subject, a bearded maulvi, a phD in Islamiat studies, was
horrible at teaching, he was blatantly biased against girls, he used to literally tell us in
EVERY class Aurat jahanami hai, aurat ko siraf ghar mey rehna chaiye, aurat ki waja
say banday ghalat rastay pay jatay hain, aurat bohat gharab hai and that man himself had
studied abroad in a Co-education environment. Now this maulana teacher made Islamiat
classes so unbearable for all the 40 girls in my class. I remember coming home in tears
and telling my mother that I want to renounce Islam if this is what it really is about. I
think if it werent for my own mothers beliefs, guidance and understanding of religion, I
would pretty much be a westernized girl with utter hatred towards Islamic teachings.
What I want to say is, if you even read this comment, is that in your education policy
concerning religious studies, please please encourage the production of teachers who
have a balanced understanding of Islam, and not be hell bent on extremism or are antifemale. Another thing I have noted in Islamiat teachers is how badly they deal with the
issue of different sects. Instead of educating students to be patient and tolerant of
different races or even islamic sects, these people create rifts. And it is because of this
reason that these Sunni muslims are discriminatory towards Shias, and murderous
towards Ahemidis. Our current youth believes that if a person isnt Sunni, they arent
Muslim, they not only emotionally torture students from other sects, but threaten them. I
am already alarmed that our youth is supportive of Salman Taseers MURDERER! They
have forgotten that forgiveness is more important than killing another person. Pakistan is
on a road to destruction, only because the previous and new generation is lacking
tolerance, and has tunnel vision. So I implore you, my vote is with you, but with this
education policy, please bring about a change in this nations teachers as well!
28. Naveed November 2nd, 2011 4:08 pm :

The feelings Imran Khan shared with the viewers about Islam during his early life are
infact the feelings of masses, specially the educated youth and middle aged Non Arab
muslims of indo-pak subcontinent. It doesnt have something very new. However, after
reading this article many people will definitly dig deeper to understand and experience
what he had already experienced. The reason behind is the weightage of his words and
his honest personality. Vote for Imran Khan
29. Selective Islam: Imran Khan writes about his experiances. November 2nd, 2011 4:36 pm :
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30. Asim Farhan November 2nd, 2011 5:16 pm :
Imran Khan,
This article showed me your deep critical and analytical thinking and if you think like
this, then you can certainly identify whats at stake, If you can identify , then you can
resolve. For the first time I seriously consider you to be the change that this nation so
needs. Not your profile, not your jalsa and speeches ( which anyone could do) but your
inner ideology and sensibleness is what would resonate with the masses.
Good luck. for us as well.
Asim,
Toronto
31. Madi November 2nd, 2011 6:03 pm :
Time for the burgers & sandwiches class and talibans to settle on Islam by
understanding the worthy Holy Quran!
32. Alvina Shaw November 2nd, 2011 6:16 pm :
Shot in the air Ahmed Y H n well replied Khaled.
33. Atiya Zahra November 2nd, 2011 6:39 pm :
I like each word of this article..good thoughts..
34. Attaullah Jan Wazir November 2nd, 2011 9:21 pm :
1. Yes, now i am fully convinced that Imran khan can lead us on the glorious path of
success. Sincerity alone, in a leader, cannot bring about success.It is the sort of vision
blended with sincerity and conviction that imran has epitomized in this article.
2. Imran khans is the middle way which is the scarcest thing in this land of the pure. And

IK has come at the conclusion in a very liberal environment, not the one which we pakis
has imposed on our offspring from the very beginning or blindly followed by ourselves in
a closed and confused society.
3. A humble and passionate request of our educational policymakers that please make this
type of literature part of our school and college curriculum. Inserting this one of IK
directly will not be a bad taste. For God sake, spare our syllabuses of two-nations theory
and ideology of pakistan further which everyone knows has not worked.
35. Abdul Wahid Khan November 3rd, 2011 2:53 am :
standing in your age and in western world i loved to read your blog..it is reality
36. Ahsan November 3rd, 2011 4:11 am :
Very thought provoking article. As far as I am concerned since the creation of Pakistan
we are confused that either it is an Islamic state or state for Muslims to live their life.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah wants a state for Muslims where other minorities group can live
freely. Jinnah was reluctant till 1940 to use the religious card, but due to Nehru he used it.
Raja of Ahmadabad also mentioned this point in his writing. After creation the ruling
party leaders were secular minded but due the pressure of Madodi they pass the objective
resolution. After that all military ruler and political leaders used religion for their political
gain. Muslims in Pakistan wants a state for Muslims thats why Islamist party due to their
vast social work never able to get majority in parliament. People in Pakistan are very
emotional about religion in Pakistan. We have are confused due to these leaders and
Imran Khan got his education in western culture but support Islamist party in Pakistan.
Why???? If you want Pakistan an Islamic state then why your policies dont reflect it.
What I want from Imran khan is to clearly announce that that kind of state he wants as
India proudly project itself largest secular democracy in the world.
37. Bisma November 3rd, 2011 5:09 am :
Imran, may the force be with you! God bless you and protect you
38. raheel November 3rd, 2011 6:21 am :
I would have respected Mr. Khan for his point of view had it not been for his science
bashing. Science has allowed him to post this on the internet and let millions read it.
Science will cure him when he gets old and frail and further extend his life. A man who
does not understand simple science or even respect its integrity should never be allowed
to become PM.
39. M.A. November 3rd, 2011 7:46 am :
A good article, though I must disagree with Imran Khans belief that the US gives its
citizens the greatest human rights

40. Anshul Kapoor November 3rd, 2011 7:57 am :


This article by Mr. Khan, should open the eyes of the majority of people. I loved the way
he portrayed, how still many of the people in Pakistan and I think in India have had a
sense of inferiority complex when faced to westerners. The rescue is simple, take pride in
your own selves and in your country. The confidence will flow from within
Best Regards,
AK
41. khushal khan November 3rd, 2011 10:50 am :
very thought provoking article by the friend of qazi and Gen. hamid gull, the two massive
killers. Let he be the PM to play his part in serving military establishment. alas you fool
nation!!!!
42. asad November 3rd, 2011 12:16 pm :
i think imran khan is the perfect expeirience for youth like me who study in the
universities as mentioned in the article and have become brown sahibs. our traditional
mullahs have failed to provide intelectual reasoning to our educated youth as a result
confusion is increasing day by day, also keeping in mind this educated youth is the only
part of our society that can interact with outside world in an effective way. i think its
Allahs will to guide the young generation through men like IK. youth fancy him due to
his achievements and his approach towards Islam is truely a blessing. i consider this
article a ray of hopecarry on ..Imran Khan
43. abdul mohaimin November 3rd, 2011 12:20 pm :
This man has really researched and understood the root of the problem. Since the disease
is diagnosed, therefore a ray of hope is seen. He deserves a chance to lead Pakistani
Nation at least once.
44. Iftrar November 3rd, 2011 3:21 pm :
Very well expailend, Khan Saheb. May Allah keep you on the right path when you have
the power to control the country! Try to make Selective and Extreme followers of
Islam read this article with an open mind. See if you can use you name and fame to get
this article in the western media.
45. Laraib Mohib November 3rd, 2011 3:43 pm :
Sir you have removed my very few doubts about what you think about Islam and religion
through this article.
hats off.

46. NM November 3rd, 2011 5:15 pm :


While the journey Mr. khan went through to reach to a point of enlightenment is very
familiar to his generation, and his faith and love of God and religion is very apparent; I
do not agree with some of his solutions to the problems.
One is, his emphasis on study of Islam. Are you kidding me? We have 72 sects. Which
sect should we start with? Which interpretation should we follow? If he uses this
approach he will be so lost in trying to reach a solution that he will have no time to do
any thing else with his life.
Islam is simply a set of principles, justice, equality, etc. etc. These principles when
applied by any society brings improvements to the living of all; whether you are religious
or atheist. By the way, these principles are not unique to Islam, they are in every religion.
Humans are born with the awareness of good and bad, just and unjust. God through
Quran, Islam, and other religions has merely confirmed of what is already within us.
I do not like his comparison of Western and Eastern societies as well. Seems like he is
still trying to get over the inferiority complex. We are no superior to them either. There
are good and bad in every society as there is in every man. There is a lot good brought to
this world through America and Europe. We do not need to see them as foes or
competitors in order to show loyalty to our religion or our country. We need to embrace
all the good where ever it is. That is Islam to me. Giving people their dues in recognition
is also justice, and hence Islam.
We need to work with each other, not only in our country, but globally. We need to have
the right attitude, love for all, no egos, and working towards justice and peace for all.
That is Islam.
47. Huma November 3rd, 2011 5:33 pm :
I agree, Mr. Imran KhanMay Allah Bless youMy prayers are with you..
48. Abdul Haseeb November 3rd, 2011 6:57 pm :
Really inspiring !!!!
49. Anwar H. Khan November 3rd, 2011 7:20 pm :
Imran Khan is a true Muslim and a great patriot. I have always taken deep interest in the
welfare of Pakistan
though not in its politics. Since I met him and heard his speeches, I have become his
committed follower.
His intelligence, sincerity, selflessness and patriotism is outstanding; and shines like a
moon in the dark avenues of corruption, betrayal and greed in Pakistan. He reflects my
feelings and overwhelming majority

of Pakistani people. May God protect him and give him success in his mission. AMEN!
My greatest fear is the current shameless leaders and rulers may attempt to terminate him
before he can
accomplish his mission as they have started realizing that he may succeed.
Anwar. NOTTINGHAM
50. Naved Rasul November 3rd, 2011 8:00 pm :
AoA,
The optimism in your words shows that youre moving towards the right path. May Allah
help us all in achieving the Truth. (Aamin!)
Regards,
Naved Rasul
51. talmeez November 3rd, 2011 8:15 pm :
I am surprised that Imran Khan become a true Muslim? When did it happened?
52. Yassermajid November 4th, 2011 3:53 am :
Just like your legendary in-dipper this article of yours bowled me over when I expected
it to be off side the off stump! Mashaallah Ive been a diehard fan of yours but now have
the highest respect for you. Youre a noble soul Imran Bhai-may Allah bless u & put u at
the helm of affairs in Pakistan-the country needs u badly especially at a time when
murderers & commission agents have taken over in Islamabad.
53. Faryal November 4th, 2011 9:54 am :
Brilliant, an insight worth reading. If people just understand islam, they will comprehend
why its a universal religion.
54. Iwant2believe November 4th, 2011 10:13 am :
Interesting feedback..
i was wondering that dis man who is claiming to bring a change n talks abt Islam has a
house near Lahore on 280 acres, on wich he has spent over 200 cores! N this is just one
of his assets. He is da tenth richest person in the country i know our religion
does not stop one from earning money n enjoying life if he/she has earned it. but im
not ready to trust the words of anyone who has heaps of money in his possession while
ppl all around him are suffering! Apart from the philanthropist project of Shukat Khanum
(which is running wid contribution 4m others, not his money alone) wat else has he
done?? wat has he done in his own constituency???

Y we as nation become blind, dont question, dnt argue n start following ppl blindly!!!
Imran is just another change of face dat wud take place, if at all, wen da international
forces decide it! N it will keep happening cz we as nation r not ready to chnage our
ways. its nt a q of leaders only! we, da public, has to change!!
Have we forgotten wat Allah tells us in Quran? As we are so shall be our leaders!!! Y
cant we realise that da prob lies within us we, as nation, need to change! Everyone who
has posted comment here or is hailing Imran Khan needs to start doing his/her duty as a
Muslim n as a true patriot! We need to build within us a system of accountability that has
da ability to stop corrupt corrupt ppl at every level!
Media shows us a pic n we, like fools, start believing in watever utopia or dystopia it
builds 4 us!
Ppl wake up. tabdeeli gher k ander say shuru hoti ha.. how many of us r ready
to make dat change? be dat change???
55. Who Has I Have November 4th, 2011 10:33 am :
I always thought religion was the only weak part in your personality. You proved me
wrong and glad that you did. Best of luck with the elections. Im planning to make my
debut as a voter.
56. ahmed November 4th, 2011 6:02 pm :
sadly the last thing our country wants now..
a man divinly guided in his mind and still reeling from old dichotmy of master
slavecontradicting his statements again and agian, preaching free choice and then
stuffing his brand of islamism down the throats of the entire nation, how much more
would we allow these people to abuse religion to suit their politicsSexy Islamist.. well
intentioned but no different from Zia Ul Haq, who thought that islamization is the cure of
all illssadly there is gallery large enough that is our Mob of a nation, who will nod
endlessly and catch every empty anti american, pro islam, anti drone statement thrown
their waywhen the entire nation is deluded to be the last bastion of islam, its not a
surprise that we have janab e wala Imran Sahib of Mianwali Sharif as our leader..well
done establishment, next leader to waste a decade is ready and so are the revolutionaries,
this time both look goodvery dashing. as One Imranian told me imagine, imran going
to UN and speaking in his accent, how proud we will feel.Alas
57. khadija November 4th, 2011 6:06 pm :
a worth reading article.. am surprised to learn that imran khan is such a true muslim!!
great job !
58. shahid Chowdhury November 4th, 2011 7:53 pm :
Excellent article

59. muhammad butt November 4th, 2011 9:10 pm :


Hope and pray that you wont disappoint the people of pakistan. You are the hope. God
bless you Imran Khan
60. Majeed November 4th, 2011 11:00 pm :
Loved this article! As someone said above, it should be in text books. I pray that he
becomes Pakistans next prime minister. Btw I want to hear more about the education
plan!!!!
61. Mushtaq Ahmed November 5th, 2011 5:13 am :
This Article changed my whole opinion of Imran Khan which I admit was formed on the
basis of my very little knowledge about the man, Mr. Khan Pakistan really needs leaders
like you I wish more people read this and get to know real Imran Khan
62. shazia November 5th, 2011 5:47 am :
wow love it ..MA we are so lucky to have him just waiting for sunshine once more to
shin on pakistan
63. haseeb November 6th, 2011 4:10 am :
what is the source of this article?
64. Hiba Naved November 6th, 2011 5:57 am :
The article is very well written and the writter is honest about his life long experiences.
Imran Khan brings pride to all Pakistani Muslims all over the world.
LONG LIVE IMRAN KHAN.
ALL HAIL.
Your admirer,
Hiba.
65. sec paki November 6th, 2011 7:56 am :
what a crock of shit. Imran khan displays his ignorance of science and his absolute
stupidity. compared to darwin imran is a moron. although he should be prime minister his
ignorance should be strangled
66. Taha November 6th, 2011 8:00 am :
Dear Mr. Imran

You are an awe inspiring personality. Your character and perseverance in the face of all
odds has so far and will always keep my support for you. Its not as if I support the
underdog but in reality I had started to believe that we as a nation are a lost cause but you
inspire hope in us. We need people like you to guide us, help us and save us. Please stay
with us for I see only everlasting ruin if the current state of affairs carry on. I am not
being pessimistic just afraid. afraid for my fellow brothers and my country.
Sincerely
Concerned Pakistani
67. TN November 6th, 2011 10:35 am :
Went through a couple of comments on the article censuring IKs policies. What do these
people think of themselves? Using turgid language and leaving elongated replies would
not make you any intelligent or clairvoyant as you may think. You are as unintelligent in
comprehension of the article as a 2nd grader would be. Just wanting to go against the
grain of diplomacy and sense making insight of Islam and politics proves that you are
ignorant and proud rebellion.
Claiming he has loads of properties, without any authentication, without records, just
heard from hearsay and vomited with falsehood and venom of hate spewed. Even if he is
rich, how can one paint him as one who cannot be relied upon? Is wealth the yardstick to
determine whether one is fit for leadership or not? You have a the least account for his
altruism and your senseless blabbering proves it. He has done a lot, indeed it is not
advertised like our other leaders do, taking the whole camera crew along. He does not do
that, so stop judging him already.
When on earth did he bash science? Darwins theory is limbless, indeed half baked.
Science does NOT have an answer for those two questions. And how is that bashing
science? Take your baby critique and shove it up. Try to extract the very well balanced
view projected by the article. Dont you realize that cynics like you could make the whole
country suffer? You deserve a tight smack on the bottom for your idiotic analysis.
And another super intelligent maniac comparing this to Zias imposition of Islam. Ill be
scornful on that one honestly. What kind of gullible idiots are out here? Are you actually
claiming that Islam does not have the solutions for humanity? If youre an atheist, then let
me know specifically, for I have the perfect punch of reality for your belief. if everyone
adopts the religion of Islam in its true sense, this world would be a better living place.
And about which sect to start with. For your limited account of info, the 72 sects are not
yet 72, there are far less. And of coarse, they arent evenly divided, the vast leading
majority in Pakistan and throughout the world is Sunni, or should I say those who want to
follow Quran and Sunnah alone. We can definitely take a bright start with that. Dont
whine before taking a good step, imagine the rest of our generations refraining from
studying Islam just because there were many sects. Which sect do you think Imran Khan
followed? We can almost unanimously agree that he has good knowledge of the religion

in the right perspective. So do I alhumdulillah and many others do. People like Zakir
Naik, Ahmed Deedat, Israr Ahmed, Nouman Ali Khan etc are wonderful exams to study
Islam in the right light, not forgetting our great scholars. We must realize that the off
shoot sects are evanescent minorities and a man of common sense with unbiased and
open thinking can eliminate any false teachings they preach, like myself, as I found
fundamental flaws in many a sects, I had the light of Quran and Sunnah. The Quran is
easy to understand and remember, then who is there that would receive admonishing? A
question by Allah to humanity. Dont over think it, and study Islam, it is easy, straight
forward and anyone who seeks it with sincerity shall be sufficed by Allahs Mercy.
Islam for humanity!
Imran Khan for Pakistan!
Vote for IMRAN KHAN!
68. Dee Emm November 6th, 2011 1:00 pm :
Philosophers like Darwin with his half-baked theories of evolution
Imran Khan learn some biology, if you want people to take you seriously OR actually
shut your trap and dont talk about things you have no idea about. You have made
yourself a laughing stock by calling Darwin a philosopher and is theories of
evolution, half-baked! He was a naturalist, a biologist and came up with a theory that
is the bedrock of biology, Islam or no Islam, Christianity or no Christianity, educate
yourself first!
69. Hira Riaz November 7th, 2011 9:41 am :
its no doubt a worth reading article!!
this is how one has to put effort,take a step towards ALLAH.The rest will be leave to
HIM. HE will bless you in a way that you can never think of and you start LOVING
HIM.
70. Nisha zeb November 7th, 2011 5:59 pm :
I dont know why the people are crazy and just saying he will bring the change.
he talks about the change.
My God what the hell is the Change?
will he give us the free education, employement and food which the other politicians are
talking for a long time,
is that what you find in that slogan. This article below
http://youreads.blogspot.com/2011/11/what-is-change-imran-khan.html
says it right that why are we being fooled by the so calle change which seems to me
nothing but just an old slogan . Changing the name doesnt make it good.
71. Selective Islam ~ An article by Imran Khan (1998) - November 8th, 2011 9:36 am :

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72. nikunj mishra November 8th, 2011 1:09 pm :
net practice for prime ministerial post..well done imran khan..
73. omar November 8th, 2011 7:28 pm :
Hilarious. And timely effort by someone to bring this nonsense to our notice now that
Khan sahib is being projected as our next savior:
http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2011/11/imran-khan-the-12th-manrises.html#more
74. Effendi November 9th, 2011 7:15 am :
RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT! All I can get from this confused individual are vibes from the
Rightist mindset. Mr. IK has to be the MOST confused popular
cricketer/philanthropist/politician of the century. The man does not know what he wants.
And worse are the people following him and actually convinced that he will be the next
PM. To reach that post you need to be a politician, ready for alliances and unscrupulous
back door deals. Unfortunately, you already sidelined yourself by distancing from all
other parties.
Mr. Khan do not lead your cult to despair. There is already too much disappointment in
the youth of Pakistan. Your thoughts about religion and incorporating Islam in your life
did not reflect in your own character during your life. Hope you wake up from your
slumber. Decide what you want. You are confused. You are naive. You have support of
the same corrupt faces who have been tried, tested and failed. Your policies are
idealistic, you live far from reality. Your definition of change Changes. Recently, you
went on to say you will befriend the U.S. on your terms while you were totally anti U.S.
till this point. What changed your stance? Was it the Secretary of State? Was it the ISI ,
IB or MI?
75. Adnan November 9th, 2011 8:36 pm :
Imran, you are going to fight with these mullas, senseless politicians and impotent
administration. Youth is with you in this war. shake them out.
76. Amjad Jawaid Khan November 10th, 2011 9:43 am :
Mr. Imran khan I am glad to read that you are really interested to be a real M omen.
There is a difference between a Mo men & Muslim. Any one can be a Muslim but a few
can be real M omens. Once Allah guides a man directly is the highest stage for Muslim. I
assume that you have seen the world & have gone through all worldly procedures. So
there is no more desire in your heart to look back. Because you are under direct Allah
shelter & guidance. It is here that you think about weak & poor brothers & sisters & you

feel pain for them.


Dont you see Million of people attracted towards you, with out studying &
understanding your Manifesto & policies, out of which most of them are yet to be
declared. A man like me who is highly educated, seen 2/3 of the world. Educated from
schools like Lawrence College Ghora Gali, Public school Abbottabad, Convent schools
& University of Peshawar have developed great feelings for you & pray for your success
& convince my friends & colleagues, relatives to vote for you & request their friends
further tor work for your success. What is all this I was PPP great follower. But after the
death Of Benazeer Bhutto Shaheed I have never voted for this party. Who would vote
Zardari only a fool & totally mad person.
Since I live in Sialkot now & do a small export business which is not good now. Due to
International crises & lack of Funds. But Inshallah soon it will get better. Yes I & people
of Sialkot wants to see you in Sialkot.
Since I am in Business 28 years. This city is a strong vote bank for Nawaz Sharif & all
Money Magnets take his side. There are some reason for it. Though Kh..Asif has done
nothing for Sialkot in 20 years, nor his father. But exporters & business sector thinks that
Nawaz Sharif is the only man who can protect their interests because he is a business
man. Well when you come for visit you must be well prepared to give some business
options to them. There are 3/4 main points which they will appreciate & welcome your
ideas.
i. Import relaxation never more then 5%
2. Rebate on exports which is already finished now
3. Energy gas & electricity on cheaper & constant supply
4. For poor & middle class massive improvement in drainage system in city & all streets,
hygienic water, & sweepers for all city & near by villages. To finish Qubza group &
make arrangements for health & education for poor & middle class.
I am 100% sure this will attract 80% of voters. You have already youth & women on
your side
I hope you will give give special attention to my above points. Which will definitely
prove a great stimulant.
Allah blessing be upon you.
Best regards
Amjad Jawaid Khan
Sialkot-Pakistan
Cell: +92-346-6922700, +92-333-8613948 ( I hope you invite me when you visit Sialkot
Inshallah)
info@bc-6.net
77. Tayyab November 10th, 2011 9:46 am :
I agree Mr. Khan but can you tell me you study about Islamic constitutions? Hundreds of
book are written by Aimatul Muslimeen, how many you have studied? how you will
make Islamic constitution according to the Era? You also have many extremist Mullas in
your party can you spell them if they dont agree with you? you have most of your local
leaders that dont know abc of Islam and they are also corrupt in history how you will
bind them when they all are already in punishment law ranges? will you forgive their

corruption because they are now with you? or you will trail against them? can you
announce these things in your speeches?
78. Ayaan Ali November 10th, 2011 6:46 pm :
Wonderful article but with a bundle of editing mistakes. An editors look could have
made it even better.
79. Kamran Rana November 11th, 2011 7:22 am :
Excellent article, all the muslims inpired by western life must read it, and we all need to
share it with our friends. Not only it is for muslims but also for non muslims to
think. it has a great lesson
80. ahmad roy November 12th, 2011 12:44 pm :
well its all about the faith matters. the problem we have here in our county is that most of
our nation wants to co-relate and to make a bunch of politics, religion and the state. thats
the Deli-ma of our society
81. Sohaib M November 12th, 2011 3:54 pm :
Very simple and thought provoking. Must read for people especially Muslims who are
either apologetic about their religion or are living with selective Islam
82. Rashid November 13th, 2011 1:14 pm :
Why burn in hell if all is predestined?
What had we done that God deprived us from the Glory and fame Khan had? Why God?
83. Irum Farooque November 13th, 2011 1:48 pm :
Why cant Mr Imran Khan does not accept his daughter from Sita White???The girl was
born out of wedlock and he has never accepted her,even though after the death of Sita
White he and Jamima are the official Guardians of this girl.He is not accepting her bec of
the fear Islamic fundamentalist who will put a fatwa on him that he has done a sin and
then his political career will be gone for good.Imran Accept her publically.
84. Wakas Mir November 13th, 2011 2:24 pm :
A very well written entry, that truly shows the power of understanding the beauty of
Islam and how it affects us all. Great one
85. naghma mirza November 15th, 2011 5:23 am :

excellent article..
So true it is. We need to think in the same line as
Br. Imran.
Fir ye chaman mamoor hoga naghma-e tauheed se inshaAllah
86. Shayan November 15th, 2011 11:43 am :
Most people commenting on this article failed to realize that it was written in 1998, and
the educational programme he referred to was the NUML college
87. salman (London) November 16th, 2011 10:28 am :
Good article that reflects his personal journey.
My problem with Imran Khan is that he seems to only want to continue the path of
selective Islam since he does not advocate implementing the Shariah of Allah (swt) in
Pakistan. You can not be all things to all people and you can not say what people want to
hear in order to solve the problems of Pakistan. Pakistan is where it is for the simple
reason that its political leaders have been expedient with Islam and have not taken the
stand that needed to be taken in the past.
Pakistan needs a good leader but it needs a strong political movement that can deliver
true Islam in the 21st century more so.Pakistan needs a new constitution and a new
governing system that will allow real changes to be made so that the resources of
Pakistan can be mobilised for the countrys development. This will not be a popularity
contest. The situation has gone beyond that. Its about the survival of Pakistan.
88. Zohaib November 16th, 2011 11:06 pm :
Wonderful article President Khan.
89. Anonymous and Unknown November 17th, 2011 9:52 am :
Our problem is simple. WE dont have knowledge of our religion, and those who have,
got it second-hand from Mullas. It is Irony that we read the first-hand source of Islamic
knowlege Quran like aparrot, without understanding its meaning. If we make it a point
that every day we read only one or two pages of Quran in ARABIC and its
TRANSLATION in URDU or ENGLISH, we will finish Quran with meaning in about 3
years (aproximate 1000 pages, 365 pages in a year @ 1 page per day). We may
understand only a small part of what we read, say 10% to 20%, but if we repeat the
process, and again start reading quran with TRANSLATION a second, and then a third
time, our understanding will greately increse. It is unfortunate that we use the greatest
source of knowledge for Barkat only, and never try to read its translation to understand it.
90. Fazal Rahim Khan November 18th, 2011 8:32 am :

I read your article and I have been following your evolution as a politician too. Right now
what I see you seem to lack is any substantive attention to how will you achieve your
goal of bringing a moral (Islamic transformation) of inidividual Muslims and Muslim
society in general in the context of the westoxicated global culture. Non-Islam or contraIslamic culture is freely avaialble in the global media. What information and
entertainment/cultural policy will you have? How will you regulate mass culture and
mass media? How would your mass communication and cultural policy be different from
that of the Musharraf era? I know administering a country through a just and fair
governance and a fair justice system is a big component but an equally important
component has to be a system of non-formal education and acculturation or enculturation.
This is where your mass communication policy will come in. And on that particular count
you will not find any ready wisdom in the western scholarship, although you may derive
one from the Western scholarship on mass mediated culture and enculturation. As a
student of mass communication educated in the West I may have some ideas that you
might find useful. If you are interested you might reach me through my email. In the
meantime, goodluck and godspeed for all that you stand for.
91. Fazal Rahim Khan November 18th, 2011 8:37 am :
Pl. add Pakistan media to the global media in the preceding comment.
92. Berni November 18th, 2011 11:43 am :
You have read some Quran. You seem dangerous if you are going to reinforce Islamic
studies in Pakistani schools which are already half-Madrassahs!
93. Dr Amina Khan November 18th, 2011 6:49 pm :
Learning process has just started,long way to go.Persistence is the key.
94. Seema Khan November 19th, 2011 8:30 pm :
Dear Imran,
Since a child I have idolized you as a visionary and determined successful cricketeer,
reading your text has opened a whole new vista about you. I saw your Lahore Jalsa and
knew we had amongst us a leader whom I know for sure had my vote and my familiys.
Hats off, no one could have summarised it more beautifully as you have just done about
the dual identity that we have lived in. Studing in Convent but not attendiong the church,
entering Kinnaird and reciting and singing the hymns that we knew nothing of as
children. How right we have been dubiusly disconnecting ourselves from our identity as
Muslims and above all PAkistanis. It is a pleasure to know that we have amongst us a
person who can show us the path, lead us out of doldrums and into the relams of a
promise of a new future. thank you.from idolizing we are now your biggest fans.
regards,

95. Samina Hassan November 20th, 2011 7:41 am :


It hurts me deeply when people call Pakistan a failed state and then first go on to say how
in the last 64 years the institutions have crumbled and then compare to what China and
India have achieved .
Imran Khan has given this nation hope at a time when there was none. I can understand
those who are skeptical about him. We Pakistanis have been fed so many false promises
that we have stopped believing in the fact that someone will actually do what he says.
So all you skeptics , give Imran Khan a chance. He deserves it.
96. albatashi November 20th, 2011 11:27 am :
Hi Man,
I have read your article, it was really interesting and fantastic story. so l like it so much
97. Nusrat Nahid November 21st, 2011 6:52 pm :
Salam. Amazed to read this blog of yours. So true for this sub-continent! Few days back,
I was wondering why there were such social unstability, where thousands of parents were
only reaching a point of vulnerability, thanks to their misbehaving children; why many
from our and younger generation were acting like lost cows, failing to decide which path
to choose; why family system was breaking down etc etc. This blog provides enlightens
ans sheds light on many issues. While the inferiority complex and getting opportunities to
overcome it were too salient at your level, or being forced to fight or flight became an
issue for you; the problem with the mass youth lies in being shallow and not going to the
roots, partially because they dont have to. This results in ever-depleting ethical values.
But one doesnt have to reach at the level of yours to act responsible. Hope some day we
will get torch-bearers like you to guide us well and inspire our living.
98. imran November 21st, 2011 6:55 pm :
wonderful and reality based writing ..gr8 leader imran khan
99. Kamruzzaman November 21st, 2011 9:06 pm :
Hi, I am a Bangladeshi and I really appreciate the writing , I have been observing him
closely and wondering at is charismatic political meetings. I hope , he will be able to lead
Pakistan towards the right both.
I have a question for him Will Imran Khan be bold enough to say sorry to Bangladeshis
for the atrocities, genocides and deprives were done to Bangladesh during our freedom
fight
I hope he will be able to think our of box

100.

Miraz Ahmed November 22nd, 2011 10:51 am :

Hi, I am from Bangladesh too. Well, I am happy that someone shared this link to my
Facebook page. Otherwise, I could have missed this wonderful writing. Imran Khan was
a world class cricketer of his time and a dynamic politician of Pakistan in recent times. I
think he is a philosopher too. The way he put forward his understanding about Islam in
this article is absolutely incredible. If he indeed practices what he believes about Islam
one day he will become a great leader not only of Pakistan but also of the world. inshAllah. May Allah bless Imran.
About my fellow countrymans question, I strongly believe Imran khan will step forward
and let the general people of Pakistan know what massacre had taken place in Bangladesh
in 1971. And we the people of Bangladesh do deserve apology.
All the best wishes for Imran and his people.
101.

disappointed November 22nd, 2011 8:55 pm :

Very disappointed by this article. The implication that secularism is somehome immoral
and soulless is a ridiculous simplification. Many people in the western world are deeply
spiritual but want religion out of government institutions. Pardon me if I missed
something I lost patience when he started going on single mothers and the divorce rate.
102.

fozia November 22nd, 2011 9:56 pm :

His words are so appealing but i am not sure if people of pakistan will get the message.
However his writing is so inspirational for person like me who left pakistan 20 years ago
because of cultural and religious difference in western countries and how i can see my
kids going through that at this point and it is also very true that exploring Islam through
Quran is the best possible option.
103.

NaIm Reza November 23rd, 2011 12:06 am :

Mr KhanI dont know much about you. But I like your thoughts and comments and ditto it.
May Allah guide you and enhance your power of thinking.keep up the good work.
Obviously you are running for office and hopefully your people will
elect you to guide them the right way. First thing I suggest you change
bribery to an exception rather than a rule in your country.
God bless you.
104.

Rommel Morshed November 23rd, 2011 7:06 pm :

Gosh I havent had this kind of reading for god know ages. Great stuff. Why cant we
ever think of ourselves the way Imran himself thinks? We make our lives complicated by
wrong preaching from the community. Not that our imams are saint either. Theres time I

went to pray at Friday and heard loads of manipulative preaching by imams. Actually our
holy book said it all and all ewe have to do is follow it. Instead, we just go out there to
gain wrong info and trying to live our lives but Mr. Khan; well said.
Rommell Morshed
105.

Faheem November 24th, 2011 3:04 am :

Dear Mr. Khan,


Though Im not a Pakistani, I truly believe that Pakistan need a leader/ progressive
thinker like you to get out of the mess they are currently in. You have the great quality of
admitting your mistakes and take lessons from it which is not common in Pakistani
politicians. Wish you all the best
106.

Sabbir November 24th, 2011 5:13 am :

I am from Bangladesh n yes, i do believe our muslim society is polarised into the extreme
left n the xtreme right..in such a case the only way out f this calamity is removing
ignorance: from both groups. One thing most people dont realise is that Quran doesnt
discourage scientific n liberal thinking; infact, it encourages n if we Muslim society hadnt
been so selective in following Islam, scientific thinking wouldve flourished in the Arab n
the muslim world!!! I cant give the xact verses bt many a times Quran does tell u to find
truth in the nature around you. A few things among many that is mentioned in Quran
albeit cursorily are:
1) the idea of expanding universe
2) the idea of gravity
3) the BIG CRUNCH : Keyamot
4) the idea that all heavenly bodies in space are in constant motion
5) not 0nly that these are in motion but they follow their fixed path
and a lot more!!!!
1 more thing: science is subject 2 change: even Einsteins idea that nothing can cross the
speed of light has come under jeopardy very recntly!!! So we must think twice b4 giving
our heart into Darwins theory of evolution
107.

Farjad November 24th, 2011 9:28 am :

Very nice.
Our society should learn the fact that it is not only Mullahs who can give us Islam.
People other than those Mullahs can also make us understand religion, like this article.
108.

NaIm Reza November 24th, 2011 3:21 pm :

Nice comments Sabir!


109.

abc November 25th, 2011 4:44 am :

54. @ Iwant2believe & TN:


You both are morons. What the hell is wrong with you guys. Please go through the article
again. You havent understood it. I havent read such an insight into the Selective Islam we
have here in our country. Specially Mr. TN: People are not elongating their comments to
show there linguistic skills, but only you have done this.
110.

abc November 25th, 2011 4:46 am :

Great stuff Imran. I wont say anything else but that We Love You. Keep it up and
remember, please never compromise on your principles.
111.

Lareb Salman November 25th, 2011 1:14 pm :

The most inspiring political figure our country has seen after Quaid-e-Azam!
112.

The dream & power of One Imran Khan Freedom to Survive November 25th, 2011 8:10 pm :

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Bushra Altaf Chowdhury November 25th, 2011 9:10 pm :

Subhanallah! Imran Khan, even though I am not a Pakistani, ye t I feel PROUD OF YOU
already.to have such an Enlighted person as a fellow Muslim simply drives to know
my Allah (SWT) more and more.You are an unparallel inspiration! Keep up the noble
work!!
Regards
Bushra