Why did you choose the name Khudi?
Khudi was adopted as the name for our movement due to the philosophical concept it embodies and the resonance it holds for Pakistanis. Derived from the Persian language, the concept of Khudi is rooted in ancient Sufi philosophy and has been explored by some of the greatest thinkers and poets of our age, including Hafiz of Sheraz, Jalaluddin Rumi and Allama Iqbal. Khudi refers to a sense of awakening which fuels greatness in individuals as well as the betterment of society. Inspired by this philosophy, our movement endeavours to encourage the youth of Pakistan to realise their true potential and to channel their energies towards positive change for the country.
How can I join your group?
Although Khudi does not have a formal membership structure, the movement is built on a nationwide network of volunteers that are the true strength of Khudi. We welcome volunteers across age, gender, religion, ethnicity and social class.
To join you can either sign up through our Volunteer page, or contact any one of us from the Khudi team. You may opt to join one of our existing projects or propose something new you have in mind – either way, we’d love to hear from you.
How do you define extremism?
Extremism exists in many forms and across several societies in the world, and may be motivated by any number of political, economic or social factors. However, our Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) warned us against a specific kind of extremism when he said: “Beware of extremism in religion, for extremism destroyed those who went before you.” (Hadith al Bukhari 9.582)
These words seem to ring so true today, as we find examples of extremism in all religions – characterized by those who take their religion too far, those who discriminate against difference, and those who sometimes use violence to express zeal for their faith.
A Hindu extremist by the name of Nathuram Godse murdered Gandhi because he was thought to be a pacifist towards Muslims. Similarly, in Northern Ireland, political extremism mixed with religious fervour produced one of the bloodiest conflicts in British history, killing thousands of Catholics and Protestants in England and Northern Ireland. And sadly, innocent civilians are being targeted almost daily by extremists claiming to act in the name of Islam.
It is imperative for us as Pakistanis to show zero tolerance towards those who use the name of religion to terrorise and kill innocent people, and to spread division and discord in our society.
How is Khudi funded?
Since Khudi is a relatively new initiative that has yet to make a mark in terms of its message and work, the Quilliam Foundation has provided the start up funds for Khudi.
Quilliam in turn is funded through a mixture of sources. Part of it operates as a revenue-generating venture through activities such as consultancy, training, specialist lectures, report-writing and analysis, which provide a proportion of the funds on which it runs. Other sources of funding include a variety of donors, ranging from private foundations (based in various countries), rich businessmen and public government grants. The grants Quilliam receives are all open-source (which means anyone may apply for them) and are approved through a public bidding process.
The immediate aim, however, is to make Khudi a movement funded on the strength of its own merit as soon as possible.
Are you CIA/RAW/Mossad agents?
Yes, this website is the result of the cumulative efforts of the Americans, the Israelis and the Indians in an apparent tripartite conspiracy to bring down Pakistan.
Silly questions will get silly answers – sorry!