Mr Amir Liaqat Hussain has been included among the 500 Influential Muslims of the world. No one has a right to judge anyone. Having professed this philosophy all my life, I was caught at the horns of dilemma as how to react to this news. Then came the way out, the search engines at the internet, our sources of information these days. So first lets see what internet has to say about the “influential religious scholar”. Few extracts from Wikipedia page to set the tone:-
He(Amir Liaqat) claimed to hold a Masters degree and a PhD, however, in 2005 the University of Karachi declared his degree not recognised. In 13 June 2006, the Higher Education Commission, also revealed that the degree of Aamir Liaquat Hussain was not recognised.
Accusations of inciting violence
On 7 September 2008 Hussain dedicated an entire show to Ahmadis. The show was critical of the sect's founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, and the guest scholars declared anyone associated with Ahmadi sect "Wajib-ul-qatl" (deserving of murder due to blasphemy). Within two days, two prominent Ahmadis were killed, one of them being a physician and another being a community leader.
Claim that Green Shoe soles caused defeat in a Cricket Match
On the episode aired on 29 January 2010, Hussain claimed that the recent losses in Cricket matches of Pakistani team were due to the fact that their new shoe soles were green. With green being the color of Pakistani flag and the dome of Mohammed's(PBUH) tomb, the green soles were supposedly disrespectful towards Islam, and apparently the team was being divinely punished. One satirist, Nadeem Paracha, jokingly asked, "Marvelous. This should also mean that the Pakistan team should stop playing on grass, and the hockey team should stop dribbling and running across green AstroTurf as well?"
Expulsion from Muttahida Qaumi Movement
On 10 September 2010 He was officially expelled from Muttahida Qaumi Movement for misusing the party platform to advance his agenda even if it conflicted with the party's philosophy.
Leaked behind the scenes footage
On 14 August 2011, a compilation of videos was leaked online, showing Hussain using various profanities on the set of his show. In the same video, he is also shown taking a rape related question lightly, mocking his religious guests, spontaneously singing Indian tunes, and using lewd hand gestures while referring to Bollywood rape scenes. In a New York Times profile, Aamir Liaquat confirmed the authenticity of the video and said "It was my lighter side".
Babies given away in show
Aamir Liaquat Hussain has given abandoned infants from Chhipa Welfare Association to parents who wanted to adopt babies in Amaan Ramazan show as if those babies were goods.The captions on the picture may be harsh because it cannot be claimed with certainty whether he is a hypocrite, sitting with 'Freinds', taking drugs in Sheeshabut or not, but the whole setting does not go well with the stature of a religious scholar.
These are just the glimpses. The highlight would be MQM getting rid of him because no one has been weeded out of MQM in known history. Either people left or got killed in the line of duty. But imagine he got to the nerves of MQM as well who can tolerate any size and stature of clown but not him.
Now, lets see why this individual has been declared among the most influential Muslims of the world. Very simple. Have you noticed which books become bestsellers in today’s world. For example, Paulo Coelho with his profanities will get ultimate projection and will be ensured to become a bestseller but Harun Yahya will not even be heard of. Likewise, those who are rendering real service to Islam are seen as a threat and will always be pushed under the carpet. Real soldiers of Islam like Dr Israr Ahmed, Nouman Ali Khan and so many other will remain unsung heroes. Irony is that they have dedicated all their lives for our benefit but we do not even know their names what to talk of their works. Similarly, pseudo religious scholar can only distract people and mar the actual spirit of Islam. Has anyone ever bothered to know who declares these people influential? Those who are not our friends. Those who need people like Amir Liaqat Hussain at the forefront entertaining and diverting people from the right course.