Double Standards

And the song blared on the smart phone of my husband;

‘Barda Dushman bana phirrta hai!’

And I kept thinking about the medressah kids that died in a drone attack; the kids that were burnt by white phosphorus by the Musharraf regime! My heart bleeds for the kids that died in Army Public School. I imagine myself in the shoes of those mothers and I can’t imagine the pain they must be feeling every second of everyday. But at the same time, I cannot forget the mothers of the drone victims and the fact that they go through the same thing. Does this very song make one class more equal than the other? I must say, to me, it seems so. Kids, killed in the name of zarb-e-azb or in the name of revenge, I see those, who target them, as villians, murderers and terrorists, be it those who wear uniform or those who do not.

A lot of questions have been raised with the Peshawar incident but I wont dwell on that but I think the CM of KPK, the Army Chief and DG ISI should have resigned and accepted that it was their fault that this kind of incident had happened when they were incharge. Making songs wont make it up to the flaws and loopholes in their plans, but rather makes it seem as if they are not yet serious about it all. As if this song will do justice to the dead. And by the way, on a positive note, this song will comply more to thie children of Gaza, who die everyday and are killed and targeted just because they are Arabs, Palestinians and Muslims. What happened in APS, happens everyday there, and we do not consider that a part of our world. How can we…  we cannot even give the same response to the victims of drones as to the children of APS. Thank you ISPR for creating a class divide that the kids of armed forces are more equal than those of ‘bloody civillians’.

And there is nothing wrong with the shadi affair of the Khan or is there? That is the question! Nikah in Islam is supposed to be an “announcement” and not a secret affair. Allah has made Nikah very honorable and not something to be rediculed. I just have one issue: when Khan said that he has nothing to hide then why was there a need to make it into a conspiracy?!

And the most important of it all was the way Charlie Hebdo was carried out. How can one person always keep a passport when going for something like this? 9/11 rings in my ears at this all. Anyway, to sum things up all I would like to say is that Muslims tend to be a soft target when it comes to that. It has been happening since for ever and they do it delibrately in the name of ‘freedom of expression’, knowing that it is not freedom of expression when you cannot say a word against Holocaust and say everything about Islam because jews are more equal than the rest of the world!

Why I Am Not Supporting Imran Khan

I am sure the title must have made everyone believe that I am supporting Nawaz Sharif but unfortunately to their dismay that certainly is not the case. The media and social media wars are at their best right now and the kind of language the educated class is using, makes everyone question their education. Anyway, the reasons why I am not supporting Imran Khan are;

He talks about Quran, the model of state of Madinah, Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) at the dharna and soon after you hear this blaring music and people would start dancing. It is, to me, like making fun if shariah. How can two of these things be together. Did the sahabiyat and the sahabas danced in Madina in front of their na-mehrams? Anyway, even if I oversee it, I don’t see the shariah (like in the state of Madina) being implemented in KPK where his party is ruling!

His actions seem contradictory to his words of the model of Madina and the Life of Prophet (pbuh) when the education system in KPK has removed the chapters regarding the lives of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his companions from their text books. ‘kia zamanay mein panapnay ki yehi baatein hain’

Yesterday he burnt his electricity bill in front of everyone of his grand residence at Bani Gala. This was him being a reactionary rather than being a proactive leader. Even if the power supply of his residence is cut off, no one will go through any difficulty in his family. He doesn’t have old parents, sick toddlers or kids at home that if there’s no water in the tap, the wife wont nag him. Imagine living in a small apartment with poor ventilation, with kids and old parents and no power( because you burnt your electricity bill). This is how one is distant with the ground reality that instead of actually providing with the solution, they are provided with more problems. IK, you have youth’s support why don’t you do something innovative rather than doing meaningless things.

I have been the student of media and I know that these so called free media channels are not there to provide you with reality and Truth but is there to show you tarnished events and things in order to change the way you think and to form your opinions. Like George Orwell said that these are propaganda factories where they follow those who are their investers. The air time and the time given to the programs discussing these dharnas is unlimited, one wonders what is behind all that. (Yesterday, there was a rally of JI in bahawalpur, and the media didn’t as much give it a few second’s coverage!) I guess we all know that these propaganda factories are run to change ones’ mindset!

Anyhow, how can he let the people, he bashed yesterday, to stand with him. Sheikh Rasheed has been an ally of Musharraf and Imran Khan, who is against everything Mushy gave to Pakistan, has no issue with him now. Shah Mehmood Quraishi, a gaddi nasheen, will he implement shariah law?

I am not pro-PMLN, NOR PRO-PPP, NOR PRO-MQM, and nor Pro-ANP. I want this system changed but the kind of change PTI is offerring, it’s quite tragic as well and not the kind of tabdeeli that will actually be a tabdeeli towards a better Pakistan!

Firqawariyat?!

My husband was looking at his late uncle’s photo with Khursheed Ahmed (as they worked in the same office), so I asked him,” Was your uncle a Jamaati?”
He replied, “No! He was a deobandi!”

LOL! Seriously! I mean I continued to stare at him in utter bewilderment and could not actually comprehend what he was saying. And he carried on doing whatever he was doing without noticing that I had stopped in my tracks and am standing there trying to understand what he just said.

Freedom

Freedom? What is freedom? What is freedom of expression? Are these terms relative? Do they have different meaning for some people, and different for others? How do you define terms that men have made soo complicated just so that they can get whatever they want? Which definition would you want to adapt yourself to? The classic version? The modern or the Post modern version? Soo many versions of just a simple question or is it just a simple question?

Anyway, so what is obscenity? The definition again would come under heavy discussion as to what really is obscenity. The trouble with our media and our so-called liberals is that they have become so much delusional and are suffering from such critical identity crisis that they have forgotten that we do not have to exhaust ourselves into the debate of what is allowed and what is not.

Whatever that is happening today around the world and in Pakistan, it just breaks my heart. We see people around us who would talk about how we shouldn’t have law of blasphemy in Pakistan and how it is cruel and everything and it is sad that the very people would not open their lips about the cartoonists and the movie makers who think they have every right to do whatever they are doing. Such hypocrisy. Do these people think that we should remove this very law and put those blasphemous cartoons and movies on a show for the people of Pakistan( in the name of freedom of expression, of course). Instead we should have a law to put people on trial who say a word against the Holocaust, Europe has it, why not us.

It is ironic that though we live in the Post modern world, the boundaries have become more distinct when we put people into categories, specially Muslims. The fundamentalists, or the liberals and the middle section that was there some decades back, has become extinct. Whatever that is happening around us, either good or bad or in that grey area, is what is shaping us inside out. If we feel for Muslims around us,or if we don’t care what’s happening, every moment, every day, every event, everything is effecting us in so many different ways that we are either ending up becoming “the liberals” or the “fundamentalists”.

It’s been 11 years since 9/11 and since then thousands of innocent civilians, women and children have lost their lives in the name of the freedom that the US deludes itself in practicing. What kind of freedom have they provided to the people of Afghanistan, or Iraq? Freedom from this world perhaps.

 

Ramadan Kareem

O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqûn (the pious).[Observing Saum (fasts)] for a fixed number of days, but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the same number (should be made up) from other days. And as for those who can fast with difficulty, (e.g. an old man), they have (a choice either to fast or) to feed a Miskîn (poor person) (for every day). But whoever does good of his own accord, it is better for him. And that you fast is better for you if only you know.The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’ân, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Saum (fasts) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Saum (fasts) must be made up] from other days. Allâh intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allâh [i.e. to say Takbîr (Allâhu Akbar; Allâh is the Most Great] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.

 

The Holy Quran ( 2:183-185)

May Allah SubhanahuwaTa’ala shower His blessings upon us during this month and forgive our sins and keep us on the right path for the rest of our lives. Ameen.

Why I Didn’t Want The Pakistani Team To Win

I wished and prayed with all my heart that Pakistan should win But there was this rational side of me which didn’t want the Pakistani Team to win today. And you might be wondering why… Well the answer is easy: the whole prediction business! I mean all the energy was consumed in calling all those astronomers and fortune tellers on the TV shows and the poor parrots dying because he predicted that Pakistan will win!

All I want to say is, I read this Hadeeth in Sahih Bukhari. I don’t have the book right now with me, or else I would have given the reference. When it rained before the battle of Badr, there were Muslims amoung the lines who said that such and such star appeared at such time that is why it rained, the Prophet (SAW) said that these people have committed shirk because they believed in the movements of stars as they did not say that it is Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala who sends down rain from the skies.

Many people would say that we don’t believe in such things but what is the harm in listening to all this or reading zodiac signs and stuff. The thing is when people get desperate and they cannot see a possible solution to their problems, then they fall prey to such things as these start to give them hope instead of Faith in Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala. And not only that there are people out there who easily fall prey to such things as their eimaan is not that strong, if Pakistan would have won the match, all these people would have easily switched their eimaan and that be without even knowing that it is gone.

One other thing that was shocking to me was what I saw on the recorded programs today. One was that of Jawed Chaudhry, in which he was talking to all these fortune tellers as if they hold an important position in the whole affair. I mean I had respect for him earlier but now… The second program that was quite disturbing for a person like me was “har lamha Purjosh”. The infamous Dr. Liaqat Hussain was sitting on the same panel as that of the fortune tellers. Now this is something that one can call subliminal message being passed out on to the general public. Dr. Hussain’s presence there legitimatized the fortune telling business and the astronomy for a lot of people who have weak faith. And there is a huge viewership of Dr. Hussain, to all those people who follow him blindly, this message has been passed out onto them that it is okay to follow all these predictions, and the astronomy business. These are not mere coincidences that these programs were held and these fortune- telling- people were given so much importance in recent programs and shows.

This only shows how the media is playing with the faith and eimaan of the people. I do not watch these programs, it was a mere coincidence that my husband was watching them and I sat down to see what was happening, and this is what I was shocked to see. Many of you would say that whatever, we don’t believe it and all but there are kids, youngsters watching these programs, their minds are easy to mold, so this is alarming and shouldn’t be taken lightly!

But who am I kidding? If our media was soo responsible, it wouldn’t have promoted all the bad things in our society!

We, we call ourselves Muslims

“Watan ki fikar ker nadaan, museebat anay wali hai
Teri barbaadiyon k mashwaray hain aasmaanon mein
na samjho ge tu mit jaoge aye Pakistan* walo
Tumhari daastan bhi na hogi daastaanon mein”

The recent Davis episode made everyone’s pens moving with such fluidity that it seemed as if this was the moment everyone was waiting for to write something. My hubby said apart from all the humiliation and all, atleast we proved that Obama is a liar!

Anyway, the thing is this was the incident which could have triggered the spell of revolution in the common people, but unfortunately we are soo engrossed and busy in our little affairs that until and unless the fire wont engulf our own lives and houses, we wont even say a word. The Pakistani people would cram the streets, jam the traffic, dance on the roofs of their cars and kill people with “hawai” firing if Pakistan wins this world cup but they didn’t budge at this particular moment. They did, I’m sorry, they did make an effort and joined the virtual rallies on facebook, little do they know that clicking wont change a thing, they would need to do a little more than just that.

And then I was wondering, what’s happening around the world, the muslim world in particular. Chaos is everywhere. Little do the leaders know that only dialogue can bring some peace and change in Bahrain and not the Fauji operation. And Libya, They’d make it another Afghanistan. The UN is good for nothing organization, who trusts them? America? They all just went there to make the whole thing “legal”, but not considering the fact that when they fire missiles from the sea, it’s the common man that gets the most of the white phosphorus not the “legitimate” targets! The civilians, the women, the children all will be killed like they were brutally raped and killed in Afghanistan, and Iraq and all the Muslim World would do is just support the world on this because they can not do anything except this. This Muslim World is good for nothing because, it itself has considered America as their god and has left its people at the mercy of the West who would never accept them as human equal to them. They still think that it’s a white man’s burden to tame us into human beings from being cannibals.

Did Egypt revolution change anything for the Palestinians? Now that would be the perimeter by which we can judge how true the leadership is that has come upfront after the fall of Mr. Mubarak!

And last but not the least, I would like to talk about the army of my own country. How we used to love to sing for them and thought them soo brave. This Army can do nothing if there’s a foreign invasion. They can only fire missiles at their own innocent country men in the FATA region, the Swat region and the Waziristan region just because America thinks that there are terrorists there. Hello, what about the drones? Oh well, they are created in our country and attack our countrymen. Way to go Musharraf! Way to go Zardari! Such democracy that the common people even now have no voice and no say in anything that goes around in this country! Our army can only burn the innocent girls of jamia hafsa. And I’m sure they can only trample masajid with their boots and can do no further good!

Well done all…

*the real word here is “hindustan”

Surah Wa’aqi’aa

41. And those on the Left Hand – how (unfortunate) will be those on the Left Hand?

42. In fierce hot wind and boiling water,

43. And shadow of black smoke,

44. (That shadow) neither cool, nor (even) pleasant,

45. Verily, before that, they indulged in luxury,

46. And were persisting in great sin (joining partners in worship along with Allâh, committing murder and other crimes)[2]

47. And they used to say: “When we die and become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be resurrected?

48. “And also our forefathers?”

49. Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “(Yes) verily, those of old, and those of later times.

50. “All will surely be gathered together for appointed Meeting of a known Day.

51. “Then moreover, verily you the erring-ones, the deniers (of Resurrection)!

52. “You verily will eat of the trees of Zaqqûm.

53. “Then you will fill your bellies therewith,

54. “And drink boiling water on top of it.

55. “And you will drink (that) like thirsty camels!”

56. That will be their entertainment on the Day of Recompense!

57. We created you: then why do you believe not?

58. Then tell Me (about) the (human) semen that you emit.

59. Is it you who create it (i.e. make this semen into a perfect human being), or are We the Creator?

60. We have decreed death to you all, and We are not outstripped,

61. To transfigure you and create you in (forms) that you know not.

62. And indeed, you have already known the first form of creation (i.e. the creation of Adam): why then do you not remember (or take heed)?

63. Then tell Me about the seed that you sow in the ground.

64. Is it you that make it grow, or are We the Grower?

65. Were it Our Will, We could crumble it to dry pieces, and you would be regretful (or left in wonderment) [Tafsir Ibn Kathîr].

66. (Saying): “We are indeed Mughramûn (i.e. ruined or have lost the money without any profit, or are punished by the loss of all that we spend for cultivation)! (Tafsir Al-Qurtubî)

67. “Nay, but we are deprived!”