Ghamidi Requests Clerics To Stop Blaming Women For Natural Calamities

Javed Ahmed Ghamidi Tells Clerics Not To Blame Women For COVID-19

The recent point of debate on social media has been Maulana Tariq Jameel’s remarks on different issues in the PM Imran Khan’s Ehsaas Relief telethon. The statement by Maulana Tariq Jameel correlating the COVID-19 pandemic with women’s immodesty in a live telethon address recently created a huge debate on social media.

The Ehsaas Relief telethon where the premier raised a decent amount of money to fight the disease, led to a lot of controversies. The telethon featured prominent cleric Maulana Tariq Jameel as well. Together, the duo prayed for ease in these tough times.

Now, a prominent religious scholar Javed Ahmad Ghamidi also shared his views on this important issue. He asked clerics to stop blaming women for natural calamities. He also asked them to look at major sins that are deep-rooted in Pakistani society.

‘Disasters occur as per the law of God’

While giving an interview to journalist Shahzaib Khanzada on his show, Ghamidi commented said pandemics and natural disasters don’t discriminate and occur as per the law of God. Moreover, their phenomenon has nothing to do with a specific gender.

Source: ARY News

Ghamdi said, “I never understand why we start discussing the clothes of women while talking about the ills of our society. The religious segment ignores the major sins in our society such as adulteration even in medicines, and highlights what women’s deeds.”

Views of activists and politicians on misogyny

Apart from Ghamidi, activists, and politicians also shared their views on Maulana Tariq’s issue. Many demanded that he should apologize to the women for his statement. Recently, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari, through her official twitter account, shared her views on this important issue. Mazari termed the misogynistic and ignorant comments blaming women for COVID-19 as unacceptable. 

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) also took exception to the clerics’ comments and said, “HRCP is appalled at Maulana Tariq Jameel’s recent statement inexplicably correlating women’s modesty to the coronavirus pandemic. Such blatant objectification is unacceptable and when aired on a public television it only compounds the misogyny entrenched in society.”

As a result of the media uproar, Maulana Tariq Jameel apologized on Twitter. The religious cleric apologized to all that were offended by his comments, including women.

Maulana Tariq Jameel’s apology showed that he has a heart of gold, enough to forgive or seek forgiveness. For years, he has taught and preached patience and morality to our society. Finally, it seems like this issue should die down and should be forgotten sooner rather than later.

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