“This is not Islam. They have hijacked Islam”, declared the former US President, George Bush. It was the evening of September 11, 2001. The statement gave hope to the liberal Muslims worldwide who had been sick of seeing the US support the Taliban. Thousands had already immigrated to the US because Pakistan had become an unlivable country, thanks to the US.
“They have hijacked Islam!” These could have been the words of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, had he been alive; or the words of Sir Mohammed Iqbal, the greatest Islamic thinker of the 20th century, the man who gave the Pakistan idea. Such were the liberal and progressive founders of Pakistan. Jinnah and Iqbal, in their times, had been declared heretics by the Mullahs. The Mullahs had hijacked Islam through US support and now the US policy was taking a U turn.