Another act of Imran Khan who is likely to be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan has gone controversial. This time it is Imran Khan’s Sajda at the shrine of revered Sufi saint Baba Farid that has made him talk of the town on social media.
Twitter users in Pakistan that not only include his party’s opponents but also the supporters are questioning Imran Khan’s act of laying his head on the shrine of Baba Farid by labeling it as Shirk or infidelity.
Imran Khan’s Sajda At Shrine of Baba Farid
Imran Khan visited the shrine of the famous Sufi saint Baba Farid Ganj-e-Shakar in PakPattan along with his wife, Bushra Manika. Before entering the shrine, he performed Sajda at the doorsteps to pay his respect to the revered saint, while following his wife who did the same.
As soon as the video reached the social media, Imran Khan’s Sajda became a talk of the town.
After feminists wrath on Imran Khan due to his controversial opinions on Feminism, this time Khan became a target of conservatives.
A Diverse Kind of Criticism on Imran Khan
Mostly political opponents and even party workers questioned Khan over performing an act which they consider to be a negation of believing in God’s oneness or monotheism. So, they criticized Khan’s faith which is absolutely his personal matter.
People were wondering how come a person famous for his playboy image in past can perform Sajda.
There ya go, Oxford Graduate , Western heart throb doing sajda to shrine pic.twitter.com/smvgeOhdTr
— Usman (@Warpeds0ul) 28 June 2018
Sajda is only for Allah and no body else, Imran Khan should know better.
— Fakhruzzaman khan (@fakhruzzaman) June 28, 2018
And, people were quick to declare the Imran Khan’s Sajda made him an infidel.
Imran khan doing sajda alongwith his wife to a grave! This Is shameful and pathetic. This man is committing the biggest Sin of Shirk, yet even now some will defend him ! pic.twitter.com/cR9DAnyHji
— Patriot ?? (@pakpatriot71) 28 June 2018
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
A Backlash from PTI Supporters
And, even PTI supporters didn’t spare Khan as if he committed apostasy.
O bhaai me khud pti supporter hun lekin sajda ya kisi k samny b jukna haram hai Allah k ilawa..ya Allah teri ibadat karty hai aur tujhi se madat maangty hai.imran khan…??that’s indefendible.bushra bibi ne gumrah kardiya khan saab ko
— Muhammad Arif (@MuhammadArifMPA) June 28, 2018
This girl who claims to be the head of PTI social media team has also criticized her leader on prostrating before a grave and told Khan that she can’t defend him in such an act.
I am extremely sorry Khan sahib .
Magar main is par apko defend nahi kar sakti . Allah or Rasool ka hukam pehlay aata hai .
Peeron or peerniyon walay chakkar main na paren , qabron ko sajda ya qabron ke agay maatha taikna gunah hai .
— Dr Ayesha (@DrAyeshaNaveed) June 28, 2018
And, People Asking Critics to Mind Your Own Business
And, of course, there were IK’s supporters who believed that Imran Khan’s Sajda or the way he chose to show respect to a revered saint was his personal matter. And, no one had right to judge him on that basis or declare him an apostate.
Although I believe strictly in Sajda to only Allah. With @imrankhanPTI I have no religious link except he is a “Kalma Go”. Right to judgement of his acts is prerogative of Allah. I will surely JUDGE IK’s political views though. No compromise there.
— Rizwan Yahya (@RizwanYahya) June 28, 2018
When a cricketer or football player does sajda in play ground, he’s doing sajda to the ground and pitch. No? That’s also shirk? Now you’ll say they’re bowing down to Allah. How do you know? And how do you know What imran khan’s niyat was? Judgemental keyboard mullahs!
— Aapa Fire ? (@AapaFire) June 28, 2018
Imran Khan’s faith and the rituals he observes and respects are between him and Allah.
It would only become an issue if he starts to impose his religious beliefs on anyone else, or demand in a position of power that his way should be accepted and followed by others.
— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) June 28, 2018