There is so much I want to write …
There is so much I want to write
But I hesitate each time
Would it be considered contempt of court?
I ask myself
Or maybe even blasphemy?
Simply because I disagree with
the government and the judiciary?
Can I not have a point of view
Without my religious beliefs being called into question?
Should anyone have the right
To define who a good Muslim is and who is not?
Aren’t we all going to be answerable
For our own actions or inactions
On the Day of Judgement?
If I question a ban on Internet Freedom
Will God consider me a lesser human being?
Will my Emaan and all the good I have done throughout my life
Have been for naught?
Simply because I asked for the right
To be able to make my own decision
regarding the ‘evil’ social networks
that allowed blasphemous content to be shown?
Didn’t God give me a brain
so I would think, analyze and make my own decisions?
Am I not better suited to do that
than the many people who are ever-ready
To relieve me of my civil rights and liberties
Simply to suit their multiple agendas?
I think I have the sense (as do most Pakistani users)
To decide what is offensive to me
And to deactivate my membership if i so wish
Or to counter the offenders with my own viewpoint.
Then why the blanket ban of so many sites?
And why the nasty & disgusting threats
Against those who condemn the offensive page
But want the right to deal with it in their own way?
When will we learn tolerance?
When will we learn that in order to make a difference
We need to be present where everyone else is
And not stick our heads in the sand
Pretending that if we don’t see it, it’s not there.
When will we wake up
And take control of our own lives?
How long will we let others tell us
What we can or cannot do
What we can or cannot read?
I want my life back
I want to be able to write with the freedom I once did
Without fear of contempt or violence.
My words have always been responsibly coined
Without a sword having to be held over my head.
Writing from the heart with honesty and truth
To guide me
I want to be able to write whatever comes to me
and flows onto the ‘cloud’.