Be the right kind of Muslim! Okay, But as per whom?

“We should have a Sharia State”… Sure thing.. But whose Sharia will you apply?

“You should be a good Muslim”… But a good Muslim as per whom?

“Follow Islam”… But whose Islam?

Should I be a good Muslim and follow the Islam as per the Shia, Sunni, Wahabi, Salafi, Hanafi, Deobandi, Barelvi? Whose Islam should I follow?

These questions have been bothering me for the last few weeks! It is not only the recent protest that seem to have sparked some sort of ununderstandable religious sentiments in people! The feeling is the culmination of a lot of events that have taken place in the last few months in this country of the Pure.

– It is the killing of Shia, after separating them from people of other faith by using their ID cards.

– It is the killing of two Qadyani Shopkeepers – who I knew and met everyday – because they were Kafir.

– It is the bombing and attack near the Bohri Jamat Khana.

I was raised to believe that religion is a personal matter, but today a friend curtly points me out, that No it is not.. it is not when you have to be worried each and every day when crossing the road even, that your religion may have you killed.

I would never be the right kind of Muslim, I will never be able to satisfy anyone with my faith… and I should not have to! But I do worry, about the chain of reactions and hate that these events will ignite…

I worry, for I heard it in my friend’s words, who expressed his views by saying “How long will we too stay quite?”

 

People, I am filing a Civil Lawsuit against KESC .. who is with me?

People, I have had enough! And I say this with complete seriousness! Because this time I really have had enough!

And let me unabbreviate the word KESC for the lucky people out there in the world who have had never had to suffer the wreath of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation – the K.E.S.C!

After suffering for .. let me count.. no .. actually let me restate myself … after enjoying electricity for a mere 4 hours in 24 hours, that too in bits and pieces as KESC played games with us. The games included giving us the hope that we finally have electricity before turning it off again within half an hour – a cruel joke my friends! Continue reading

Mr. MQM Leaders, both in and outside the country with their British Passport.. if you may please answer the following Questions?!

Dear Mr. MQM Leaders, both in and outside the country with their British Passport,

My Salutations to you, which are to be followed with a lot of questions, which I hope that you would be able to find time to answer among all the bloody target killing politics that you have to deal with.

I hope that you would not take any hard feelings towards these and would treat them as nothing more, but the thinking of an idle mind who was stuck at home for 4 days because of the things in the city caused by your rift with ANP noble plans to rid the city of the terrorist that live in a certain hill in the city! Therefore my first question to you follows the very reasonable question regarding your cause.

  1. Why have you taken upon yourself to rid the city of these terrorist that live in a certain city?
  2. Why are you so whiny demanding to the extent of being stubborn, like a 16 year old dumb chick?
  3. What makes you so special that you think that only, as per your words, you deserve the urban centers of Sindh deserve the Local Government Ordinance? Continue reading

A few thoughts on Jashn-e-Faiz

Getting any major event done in the city of Karachi nowadays is a big deal, but to be able to get an event done without the banner of MQM, is a feat of a different dimension altogether.

Overall, getting so many people together in the name of Literature is a big deal and on that ground the event was a total success. But I am sure, that much has been written about this since yesterday. I am here to share that I felt yesterday on a personal level.

So the concert begins, but let us all remember people, that this is all happening in the name of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, so a bit of respect is in order. But sadly, it was not to be found.

At the Concert, held under the banner of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Chanting of all sorts, disrespectful in nature mostly was the norm of the day, and it has to be said that mostly it was happening from the people I thought would least do it. Most of them were people I go to University with, so therefore it was sad on so many levels for me.

Later in the night, some people decided that it is just okay to take off your shoes hold it in your hands and then wave them around.. the idea sickened me to my core, and a lot of screaming and angry protest had to bring them down.

Is it just that so many years of being confined to no entertainment has made us lose our sense of how to behave in these places? Or do we really think that this is all okay?

Food for thought !

My reviews on the 9th Hamza Alavi Lecture

Yes yes I know, I have been throughly ignoring this blog for a while no, and I apologize to my blog immensely for that. But I am back now.. with hopes of not abandoning my baby ever again.

So what the hell is the 9th Hamza Alavi Memorial Lecture? Well Hamza Alavi was sort of the grandfather of the communist in Pakistan, and has worked immensely (seems like this is the word for today) towards the cause. he has a lots of books to his credits and had been a true activist for the cause that he believed in.And every year these lectures are held in his memory.

I am working with Arif Hasan nowadays, and he was invited as a Speaker to this lecture. I am not going to tell you how I felt or my reviews about it. Instead I am copying here my notes that i wrote that day before and during the lecture (no I don’t own a laptop to carry around with me, I still depend on the old technologies of a paper and pen.. and you know what, they work just fine. Thank you very much)

There are only two groups of people who are most aware of the city happenings and issues in this city (Karachi). one is this group of almost extinct diehard communist enthusiast and the other is the Lakson tobacco Building. The first group despite being knowledgable lacks some of the most basic polite attitudes – being on time, turning off your cell phone during the program, give respect to your guest, etc.

The last time I was here, I had fallen asleep. Arif Sahab however has promised me that this time it wont be the case. so far so true.

The introduction of Hamza Alavi and Arif Sahab is presented so “that the students can be made aware of these personalities”. There were 7 of us only. Arif Sahab looks burdened under his own list of achievements. He had  claimed he would knock off the socks of this communist. I am dying to see what would happen !

He shared how he met Hamza Alavi – I knew this introduction… I was worried that it would end up insulting the selective group of people.

Program was supposed to start at 5,… people are still entering 6. we are so confident of our own incapability of system. Continue reading

Been wanting to write for long….

..but some how I just could not make myself sit down and write it all down. It could be the keyboard’s fault ( I love this new one) or the fact that not indulging myself in music at full volumes every few weeks make me go weird, or it could simply be that I just didn’t know how to verbalize my thoughts about the topic which I have wanted to write for a while. But whatever the reason be, here I am! And I am typing away!

Karachi is becoming a very unpredictable city. it is losing all that I cherished about it slowly. before you could out till the early hours of the morning and not have a worry in your head. the city was so alive. I remember we never used to worry about going to the market, because we knew that it would be open till at least 1 or so. But now things are changing so drastically.

Karachi in flames.. again and again and again!

 

If it’s not the rains, then it would be some son of a bitch dying, some random shoot out which makes no sense to you, a prediction that something will happen, but something or the other is always there to terrorize the Karachities and make sure that they make their way home as soon as possible. this fear has simply taken away the spirit of the city.

A few days back for some research I was in Ranchore line, and talking to people and trying to get a few survey, that all of a sudden gun shots were fired, the shops shutters closed down, and the person I was interviewing – a woman – started questioning me in the most weirdest manner that who am I ? Why am I here ? What was the purpose of my visit?It was the same day that 6 people had been killed at SherShah Market for no reason at all! Just a random shoot out. Another day in the city’s history! Nothing unusual anymore in Karachi! Continue reading

Why would the International Community trust us again?

The 2005 earthquake was a devastating blow to Pakistan. The rehabilitation was estimated to take many years to come, and the cost of which was estimated in billions of dollars. The response of the international community at the time was over whelming. While the initial extent for us regarding the disaster was limited to Margalla Towers, it was the international community that truly understand the scale of the devastation and reached the areas of Balakot and Bagh.

This time around, however the response has been slow and limited. It doesn’t even come close to what we saw the last time around, and that is understandable. A news item published today in Dawn might be able to put some light on to this issue. The funds and the aid received during the crisis was conveniently diverted to other projects. The amount, estimated to be around 300 billion pounds, was never seen by the victims, and were left to sought their own fate.

This incident occurred during the regime of a military ruler, but thanks to Selective Amnesia that our media seems to be a patient of, no hype has been created of this event. And with the way things run in this country, it is not surprising that it would never come up.

The distrust of the International community is also reflected by the fact that this time around instead of trusting the Government with the Relief they are taking it upon themselves to come and monitor the aid work. David Toole, UNICEF’s regional director for South Asia will be coming to Pakistan for a week-long official visit to monitor the relief work himself. Continue reading