Your message reminded me
of my early days. I was cricket crazy right from the beginning. I inherited the
craze from my father. When he died I was not yet nineteen. I lost interest in
everything and turned extremely religious. We migrated from Sargodha to Lahore
soon afterwards. Not long afterwards the Indian cricket team visited Pakistan.
My mother forced me to go and see the match at the Qaddafi stadium. I didn’t
like the atmosphere and returned early without watching the entire match.
Things have changed since then. I
realize that life can’t continue without healthy entertainment within limits of
volume and ethics. My love for the game staged a comeback. When I went to study
in the UK, I played a lot of cricket. I guess if we know the limits it is not an
evil to take interest in cricket or other sports. As I said life without healthy
entertainment can be extremely boring. And boredom can breed both evil and
I am not saying that it is
necessary to take interest in sports. All I am saying is that there is no
religious requirement that one must give up sports to become religious. We need
to strike a healthy balance between religious obligations and the other
non-religious healthy activities.
Of course, the kind of immoral
trends we see amongst the cricket players and cricket fans should be discouraged
and good Muslims must never participate in them. In other words, instead of
abandoning cricket and other sports, we should try to bring in morality and
God-consciousness in them too.
I quite agree with you that we
must love all humans irrespective of their nationality and religion. I see it as
a part of nature as my religious obligation. When we believe in one God Who
created all humans how can we discriminate against some of them? It would be
silly, immoral, and irreligious to do so.