Raza Taqvi has been martyred. Along with thousands of fellow Shia Muslim, he was registering a peaceful protest against the sacrilegious U.S.-made movie on Sunday. He was one of those who managed to reach the U.S. consulate in Karachi. He hoisted Labbaik Ya Rasoolullah (SAWW) flag at the main gate of the consulate.
Countless tear gas shells were fired upon the peaceful protestors who staged a rally from Numaish Chowrangi to the U.S. Consulate. Police and rangers resorted to intense tear gas shelling and aerial firing, to disperse the protestors. Then, they made straight fire at the modest Shia Muslims. Raza Taqvi was victim of that straight and targeted firing.
The great martyr of Islam Raza Taqvi, 48, was father of five children. He was elder brother of Hujjat ul Islam Maulana Sadiq Raza Taqvi who is an official of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen and Palestine Foundation of Pakistan. Eyewitnesses said that these two brothers were trying to pacify the protestors and they successfully prevented clash of peaceful protestors with police and rangers. But, there were cops who targeted the peaceful Shia Muslims.
It was a historic and unmatched rally in Pakistan. The blasphemous film has evoked worldwide protest. Muslims vented their anger against the U.S. in Libya, Tunis, Egypt and against Germany and the Britain in Sudan. They hoisted Islamic flags at the U.S. and other embassies. However, Karachiâ€™s was only protest rally where participants hoisted Islamic flag at the main gate of the U.S. diplomatic mission.
Raza Taqvi was a great and pious Muslims. He led a simple life. He always remained at the service of destitute and needy Muslims. At a Friday lecture on the issue of the anti-Islam movie â€œInnocence of Muslims,â€ he expressed his pleasure over the news of just reaction to the insult of Islam and Prophet of Islam (PBUH). He was waiting to know if any rally was staged in Syria. Despite the blackout of Syrian rally news in the global media, he got the news that the supporters of President Bashar al Assad took out a rally to condemn the U.S. for producing the sacrilegious film. He was sure that the hypocrites in Syria were exposed.
He was a great follower and lover of Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and his progeny (PBUT). He was expressing his feelings of anger and dismay against the anti-Islam film. He was immensely inspired by Islamic revolution of Iran and Hezbollah Lebanon.
On Sunday, he was at the forefront of the rally. He had asked the police and rangers not to fire because the Shia youths were completely peaceful. Shia Muslims had no arms or weapons. Instead, Shia women, elderly persons and minor children were also participating in the rally. They all want to stage a peaceful protest. The organizers of the rally had drafted a memorandum to be presented to the U.S. Consular General as a sign of a peaceful protest against the anti-Islam film.
The memorandum read: â€œThe sacrilegious anti-Islam film has hurt the feelings of more than 1.5 billion Muslims across the world. The blasphemous film is an insult to all Muslims, Islam and Prophet of Islam (PBUH). It is violation of human rights and religious rights of Muslims across the world.
â€œFreedom of expression of views cannot be given as an excuse to encourage the sacrilege of Islam and Prophet of Islam Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).
â€œAll freedoms are allowed within the ambit of laws therefore we demand that all those involved in production of this sacrilegious movie should be awarded capital punishment for this unpardonable sin.
â€œIf American government is sincere that they are not involved, they should duly punish the perpetrators and the financial backers of this hideous crime, who have filled the hearts of Muslim people with pain.
Raza Taqvi and his comrades had gone to the U.S. Consulate to express their feelings against the anti-Islam film. They caused no harm to the U.S. Consulate. But, the self-claimed champion of freedom of speech and expression of views got the peaceful protestors martyred and injured disallowing them that much-trumpeted freedom.
The great martyr Raza Taqvi is in fact the great martyr of sanctity of Prophet of Islam (PBUH). Representing 1.5 billion Muslims and in particular the millions of Shia Muslims across the world, he sacrificed his life for the sake of that sanctity of Islam. He proved he was a true follower of great leader of Islamic Ummah Imam Khamenei.