Zaira Waseem, Choices, and a Clash of Worldviews


In this case, we see the clash of two completely competing worldviews at play. On the one hand, we have the dominant Secular Liberal worldview which seeks the deletion of The Creator as “The Divine Moral Anchor” and views the human being as the ultimate authority over himself/herself. Within this worldview, “maximization of pleasure” is considered as the sole purpose of life and a rather abused concept of God is kept only to be invoked for the satisfaction of the self. Religion is sought to be made subject to the desires of the human beings instead of human beings subjecting themselves to the Divine Will.


Now, since the deen of Secular Liberalism has placed the human being on the pedestal of God and treats “personal choice” like the Divine Mandate, its adherents shall not tolerate somebody from amongst their ranks come up and delegitimize its very foundations. Zaira Wasim has apostatized from that religion of self-worship and hence, many secular liberals are understandably frustrated. Despite tall claims of being “pro-choice”, they only tolerate those choices that are made within the structural framework of Secular Liberalism. This is why Zaira’s choice of quitting Bollywood is up for debate in the Media. It’s not like Liberals do not value choice but what kind of choices? Tea over coffee? Sure! Media over Bollywood? Go ahead! Islam over Liberalism? You are an apostate! Its like you can choose from items given in a menu but you cannot make a fundamental choice and switch from a wrong path to the Right Path. Zaira Wasim has switched from a false worldview to the Truth and hence, her choice can never be comprehended (let alone accepted) within a structural framework that claims “tolerance for all” but actually enslaves people from a position of self-righteousness.


Muslims should be really wary of the language we employ while presenting Islam and defending its practise. Isn’t something out of place that the rulings of Deen al Haq (The Path of Truth) have been recorded in the Qura’an and the Sunnah and Muslims have been observing it since then but, it is only recently that we see a sudden evolution of rhetoric on this subject? Expressions like “personal choice” were never employed to defend religious practices. Who is pulling our trigger? Certainly, all those who come up with expressions like “assertion of identity”, “choice determines good or bad” are not coming up with these ideas on their own. They are copying a narrative which is enerated by the dominant power structures and very obediently repeated by the masses. And then, there is this exercise of pulling out bits and pieces from the Text like “la ikaraha fid Deen” in order to make a case for the Liberal worldview! When we tend use these expressions; are we not then, knowingly or unknowingly, furthering the cause of a false worldview (Secular Liberalism) in the name of defending Islam!?



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