As elections are just weeks away, every political party is busy with their campaigns. Politicians are trying everything to win. Similarly, people are also watching every politician very closely to decide who they should vote. Recently, PTI chairman visited the shrine of Baba Farid Ghanj Baksh with his wife. And, people had a lot of negative reaction to see Imran Khan at a shrine.
The video of his visit going viral started a debate. With mostly negative comments, some had a neutral view too.
People thought being a foreign graduate, his visit and giving a sajda at a shrine was an illiterate action.
There ya go, Oxford Graduate , Western heart throb doing sajda to shrine pic.twitter.com/smvgeOhdTr
— Usman (@Warpeds0ul) June 28, 2018
People started arguing whether he gave a sajda or it was just a bosa.
@imrankhan This is not a small thing, khan saab should explain himself that was it a sajda or a bosa? If It was a sajda then unfortunately kaptaan you disappointed us as hell. And trust me this is going to have an huge impact on your votes. Explain yourself! #imrankhansajda
— Khan's Tigress (@KanzaSiddique) June 28, 2018
Though some believed that religion is very personal and no one should comment on it.
While others thought its not a personal matter when you are elected to be a Prime Minister of a Muslim state.
Religion would not be the personal matter of those who have to be elected as a President or PM else it's personal matter. If he is standing to be elected as President or PM than he should follow the teaching of Islam. He is not just a PM of state also the leader of Muslim Ummah
— Munib Rehman (@munibrehman1999) June 28, 2018
However, some were sure that it was just a bosa and not a sajda.
do you think it was Sajda? i don't think so. what it looks like is IK kisses the earth
— AQ (@Abdul_QayyuMM) June 28, 2018
Imran Khan’s action disappointed some. They thought he just lost his credibility.
Election is near yet this man is losing his credibility to a lot of true supporters. He has done something which is not acceptable. It's hurting to people who saw a leader,a great politician in you .Instead we are seeing a peer sahab in making. Please act wisely.. #ImranKhanSajda
— your doc (@komalmalik95) June 28, 2018
People also posted religious lectures by Imams on this matter to make their case strong.
— Shama Junejo (@ShamaJunejo) June 28, 2018
How could Reham Khan miss this chance? She declared it to be a shirk.
This is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan where following a rewording of an oath the law minister had to step down & we saw a sit in turn violent. That was on the finality of the Prophet PBUH.
Can we allow the biggest sin of all Shirk? https://t.co/343iOEpcDR
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) June 28, 2018
Some blamed his wife for his actions and said some mean things.
ایمان سے مجھے تو اس بی بی پیرنی کی سمجھ نہیں آتی۔ کس طرح ایک بندے کو تخت کا لالچ دے کر انگلیوں پر نچا رہی ہیں
— meena aziz (@meenaaziz) June 28, 2018
Memes were formed of Imran’s journey from a playboy to a man visiting shrines.
— A.R Qureshi (@AZAD9984) June 28, 2018
However, someone believed that everyone is answerable of their own believes.
You can bow down and kiss the floor a million times it won’t be regarded as a Sajdah UNLESS you have the intention (niyaat).
That said, instead of wasting time on someone’s religious beliefs and ideology how about mastering your religion yourself first? #ImranKhan #ImranKhanSajda
— Nayaab Khan (@nayaabkay) June 28, 2018
While some were disappointed by the negative reaction of awam.
I never thought the fatwa brigade/hate campaign will be led by liberals of Pakistan one day. Aaj Imran Khan ki nafrat mai sab Mazhab k Thekedaar ban gaye hain.
— Aimal Khan Kakar (@Aimalkhankakar) June 28, 2018
Later, Imran Khan cleared out himself in an interview.
While giving an interview to Kamran Khan on On The Point, Imran Khan gave a clarification. He said that he can never think of doing a sajda to anyone except Allah. This was a bosa which you give out of respect. Imran Khan at a shrine supposedly bent down and people just took it in the wrong way.
— PTI (@PTIofficial) June 28, 2018
Even though Politicians are answerable to the people they are going to lead, but some got too harsh.
Demanding an answer from the candidate who is elected to be your leader is not wrong. But the way its done should be correct. The way some people gave their remarks and called him a kafir, without hearing him out, was too extreme. Just because Imran Khan at a shrine doesn’t make sense to some people. The whole matter got out of hand.
However, politicians should also be careful with their actions.
As politicians are always in limelight and that too when elections are just around the clock. They should be careful with their actions. And try not to hurt anyone’s sentiments.