What I say is not hateful nor am I spreading hate: Hamza Ali Abbasi in an Open Letter to ‘respected liberals’

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By Web Desk June 30, 2015 13:00

What I say is not hateful nor am I spreading hate: Hamza Ali Abbasi in an Open Letter to ‘respected liberals’

This is how his lengthy, emotional open letter commenced.

Hamza started off by saying,” Please read all of it and then comment. I”ll try to make it short and precise.  Its strange how a law passed in a land far away has generated a debate about a topic which is somewhat irrelevant in Pakistan. I was never interested in this matter until I saw hundreds of my very educated friends, who have traveled the world and some have a lot of fan following, update their profile pictures with the rainbow flag of homosexuality and hash tag LOVE WINS, only then I felt I too have the moral permission to present my opinion as well.”

Continuing on, he further wrote,” I will not get into the debate of whether celebrating the legalizing of homosexual marriage in USA by Pakistanis is a good thing or a bad thing or irrelevant, that remains to be a personal choice, but this whole fiasco has revealed a shocking revelation to me which broke some of my own taboos.  I once wrote my opinion on Music and Art in Islam which was met by a wave of fierce personal attacks. But i knew it would happen since it came from a group of people, who are in some circles known as, notorious for their narrow mindedness, intolerance and ferocious approach towards matters. However, on the matter of gay marriage, the same reaction that i faced from the “Religious Fanatics” was shown by those who i always deemed to be the flag bearers of “tolerance”, “freedom of speech”, and theories like “agree to disagree”.

Further on, he stated 4 points for his readers. He wrote:-

“I am not trying to preach the concept of tolerance, but i am giving you a humble advice.

1) You must learn to treat the other person in the same way as you want to be treated. That means, if you express your opinion respectfully and expect it to be tolerated, you should also know that opinions which contradict with your opinions, presented respectfully, must also be tolerated.

2) What I say is not hateful nor am I spreading hate. I merely presented an opposing opinion to yours RESPECTFULLY, which you might not agree with, but again, you cant expect everyone to agree with you and neither do I. I would be spreading hate if i said, for example “THAT GUY JOHN IS SUCH A MORON WHO SUPPORTS GAYS”, I am giving an example, no disrespect intended. In a nutshell, I only said that homosexuality in my opinion is wrong and a sin and we should keep a taboo as taboo and not celebrate it. But I only hate the sin and not the sinner. I find no hatred in this opinion, neither am I insulting anyone.

3) It is in fact you spreading hatred and intolerance by opposing my view with such insulting, humiliating and intolerant words and with your ferocious approach, you are creating more problems for yourself. Let me explain. When you show such intolerance, insult, personal attacks to my opinion on this matter, everyone who shares my opinion will eventually, in retaliation, show the same intolerance, insult, personal attacks to you and then you will complain that Pakistani society is so ignorant.  Disagree, be vocal, do not be afraid to voice your opinions, but with respect and without judgement.

4) I have some people I know who are homosexuals or supporters of the gay marriage matter who unfriended me on Facebook and are writing insulting things about me. Its a mundane matter and I don’t really care. But it explains a mindset. What they don’t realize is that knowing that they are homosexuals and what their opinions are about the matter, I differed with them, but never showed them an anti social behavior and gave them utmost respect on social media and in person. So who is judgmental? Who is being intolerant and ignorant? I hope you will think twice before complaining that “Pakistani society is so intolerant” because you are also part of the same defects you are complaining about.

The best thing about this debate is, a taboo is broken. A man in a shalwar kameez and a beard with limited exposure and education is easily stereotyped as an intolerant fanatic, but now we know that intolerant fanatics exist who wear western clothes, have utmost exposure, education and are very eloquent in their English skills.

I could have ignored all of you since you are a minority and it absolutely doesn’t make a difference to my life what you think, but I shall for one last time, for your sake, reach out to you, so you may listen.

Homosexuality and its celebration in any way is against my religion and my morality. To me its a sin and should be treated as a taboo. But you think otherwise and you have a right to do so. In conclusion, the biggest problem of our society is not “Difference of Opinion”. The biggest problem of our society is lack of respect and tolerance for “Difference of Opinion”.

P.S: If I was saying all this to get attention, Alhamdulillah I have plenty of it already and I am happy with it but if I wanted even more, I would have gone to Bollywood instead, which I will never ever do. And in case you say how dare I speak about religion and morality when I did a shirtless scene looking at a bikini girl, you should know that I apologized for it and vowed never to do anything immoral again, so I know how to stick to my words and translate them into my actions, you don’t worry about that

Violence and hate is incited not by religion, nationalism or ethnicity but by intolerance to these concepts, which I am afraid in this case, you are displaying with flying colors while ironically championing the cause tolerance and open mindedness. I am doing nothing more than fighting, not with a sword, but by my pen, or in modern times, my keyboard. You are welcome to do the same, but with respect.

I am a sinner, but i shall never justify or defend my sins and I will always talk against those sins, its up to you to agree, disagree or ignore. Amr bil maroof wa nahi anil munkir. “Promote what is good and forbid what is bad”. I am a human who is a Muslim first and then a Pakistani.”

Apparently the actor had a lot to get off his chest. Let’s hope this will be the end of it!

Hamza Ali Abbasi posts status opposing legalization of gay marriages

And apparently, he also has a bone to pick with those in Pakistan who celebrated the legal status of same sex marriages in the United States.

Hamza Ali Abbasi, who has come under fire for posting controversial remarks as his status update on Facebook every now and then, has again courted controversy. The Pyarey Afzal actor, who usually targets Pakistan’s political leaders in his statuses, burst out at Pakistani ‘liberals’ for supporting legalization of same sex marriages in US.


Irked by Muslims uploading rainbow colours as their display picture (as a symbol of gay pride celebration), Hamza Ali Abbasi expressed his disappointment in a series of posts.

“I am really sorry but i am disappointed at people in Pakistan celebrating a behaviour which is taboo even in animals,” said Abbasi in a post.

My heart sank when my 12 yr old nephew asked me what is gay? and why are people celebrating gay marriage being legal in…

Posted by Hamza Ali Abbasi on Saturday, June 27, 2015

However, the rant against gay pride did not stop there. Hamza’s status begot responses, to which he replied with yet another post.

WOW…I am surprised by the level of criticism, curse words and insults i have recieved from the same “liberal” people…

Posted by Hamza Ali Abbasi on Sunday, June 28, 2015

And finally, yet another status update for the ‘liberal extremists’.

The actor had earlier announced his decision to resign from Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf’s post of secretary culture. Abbasi had stated that he had not acted according to his beliefs (when he had starred in Jawani Phir Nahi Aani) and also said that the movie was against the cultural values of Pakistan.

Let’s hope Hamza does not get carried away due to the legalization of same sex marriages in the United States. I mean, aren’t there other issues that need our attention?



Web Desk
By Web Desk June 30, 2015 13:00
  • Abid

    At least one entire civilization has been destroyed by God because of this Satanic ritual — something mentioned clearly in the Quraan, the bible as well as the Torah — so it is considered one of the biggest sins in all three major religions of the world (Story of Prophet Lot or “loot”).
    I can easily imagine that “liberal Pakistanis” have supported this — they have nothing to do with religion or morality — they are themselves worse than animals, because at least the non-muslims cannot claim to be followers of Allah’s deen. How can someone supporting such demented acts even dare to still consider himself a Muslim?
    I wish we can kick such “liberals” to go and be with their Satanic friends in eth west and leave us with our “outdated and archaic” beliefs in peace.
    May Allah have mercy on our souls.

  • Sara

    Hes not wrong. Our morality and culture takes root from islam. Even our marriage laws. Its only natural for him so say he cant celebrate what Allah clearlt defined as a sin. Also he is voicing against the wanba bee fake ppl who want to seem different and only supporting it for coolness factor. There is nothing cool about supporting something Allah said is unholy. As a muslim it would only be natural for Hamzas heart to sink after seeing such pro gay status updates because in his mind he is picturing them in hell fire. No one wants to see thier friends or puctute them in pain let alone in hell.

  • akmal

    the write says there other issues,and remark alone should tell what kind stupid thinking some pak pple have,his hamza should leave issues which challenges allah,s guidance given to man women relationship but pak pple are so eager to please the masters in west they want not celebrate not just valentine day or new year or xmas but go one better than the white pple in England (and trust me the majority of brits do not approve of gay marriages i knw that cus i live in uk amongst them ) but go one better and shout from roof tops of their villas that we support gay marriages then u wonder why pak is mess.well done hamza for speaking up

  • Rizwaan

    As he rightly said that there is nothing Grey. It’s either Black or White. Here we must understand that in Islam the only book to show black and white is the Quran. If we see the other Islamic books there are many grey areas and due to that as we all know our nation is suffering a lot. The Quran says “come to the common terms” and this verse is especially about the people of the book. Just imagine if Allah is instructing Muslims to ask non Muslims to come to common terms then doesn’t somebody thinks that it applies first to the Muslims themselves? Drawing a line will definitely be next to impossible if we continued in the direction we are heading!

  • darakshan aftab

    We are with you brother. May ALLAH PAK bless you ( AAMEEN)

  • Rizwaan

    It is of course unnatural and whatever is unnatural always has consequences. The supporters of gay marriage have accused Hamza that he posts anti gay comments to gain fame, but as a matter of fact it is on the contrary! The fact is that the gays are sitting in some of the top positions because the West somehow is supporting / spreading this and other vices around the world. Just take Internet where we all know that the majority of porn sites are developed and marketed by whom? How all of a sudden an embarrassing ad pops up in front of you while browsing a clean website! We are not angels and we all have our shortcomings, it just depends on what one really is looking for!

    The Quran says that Satan misleads people and encourages them to deface the nature that Allah has created. This says it all about the way we are being treated by the west. In fact it is not only Muslims who are suffering, but all those who stand for the truth are suffering too, be they Christians, Jews, Hindus etc. The hardest thing is to stand by the Truth. The war here is not actually among religions, but it is between Right and Wrong! Let’s say in India there are certain temples where we all see the statues of males and females in certain positions and it is a part of their culture and that’s why they further promote it! On the other hand when a woman is raped there, then we see a wave of protests condemning the acts! The question here is what do you exactly want? If you are promoting a certain culture, then don’t cry over its drawbacks, or otherwise don’t promote such culture!

    Oh yes there are a certain species of animals who are homosexuals by nature, but you will find that these species are infected with much higher number of diseases as compared to the heterosexuals. This example is enough for the people who possess logic and understanding! Another example is that if the entire population of this world were to becomes homosexuals right now, then the mankind would cease to exist after a few decades, I mean in a natural way, because scientists or genetic engineers are already there to do their jobs of defacing the nature, either by growing Genetically Modified crops or producing GM babies!

    The main purpose of all this is simply to control the population. Wherever they can they are using GM food as a birth control pill and where they can they are using bombs and bullets to control the population. Obviously they also won’t take all the earth’s resources with them to Mars or Hell or wherever! In fact we all have become victims of such control freak elites without even realising it!

  • Rizwaan

    Forgot to mention that wherever they can they are using biological, chemical, nuclear weapons etc, by first spreading viruses (biological) and then supplying vaccines (chemical) tainted with mortal chemicals, using depleted uranium (nuclear) in their bombs in many cases which are dropped on innocent civilians all around the Muslim world. This is just the tip of the iceberg. A layman can’t even comprehend the extent of the West’s wickedness, but unfortunately our weakness or greed for power and wealth doesn’t stop us from wagging our tails behind them.

  • Mritunjoy Roy

    After reading this, I feel so blessed to be an Indian. Though homosexuality is a crime here too, but you can’t expect a respected actor or actress saying this, and getting tons of support for it. Yes, you are entitled to difference in opinion, but come on, homosexuality is completely scientific. And how can you put religion above science?

  • Fasih Ullah Khan

    We are proud of you Hamza Ali Abbasi and we do have alot of respect for the logical views you have expressed here and on social media. Keep it up bro….Sachaee k raste me you have to face trials and difficulties. But very well done–well said. All “fanatics” narrow minded” “extremists” “hardliners” are stand by you and your rich opinion.

  • Vikram Singh

    HAHA this is the reason why we are blessed to be pakistani, homosexuality is not even in animals just like Hamza said, you indians will always sell your stupid identity to those who are “superior” to you, go on slave bleach your skin and help rape in yor country!

  • MNsr

    I am so happy that the majority here agree with Hamza. I thought he was a neo-Western Liberal, but I greatly respect him for standing up for his religion and the direct commandments of Allah, while the minority in our society that finds Islam too burdensome to follow, had gladly adopted anything with American or European tag on it, be it principle, value or culture, and know matter how disgusting, unnatural and inhumane it may be.
    But remember, all AHADITH indicate, that near the End Times, and especially at the coming of the Dajjal, the ancient evils will become prominent again, and this time his followers will shamelessly propogate them, and they will be accepted. We are seeing that happening. Islam is considered embarasing to defend, where as cultures even cheap by animal standards, are gladly adopted in the name of freedom.
    Long live Islam.

  • Mritunjoy Roy

    The language and abuse seems so “Pakistani”.

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