On 26th and 28th of February, I had a chance to participate in the first parliamentary debate competition in Karachi at ZUDC. Parliamentary debate is basically a U.K based format in which there is a team of three speakers, The Prime Minister, The Deputy Prime Minister and the Affirmative. As it was a fresh experience for me and many other people, we had a great experience as well as fun over there. This contest was based on two phases, in first phase there are four rounds in which every team has to participate. The motion of 1st round was “this house believes that foreign education should be banned in the schools of Pakistan”. The motion of 2nd round was “this house believes that international sporting promotes hostility”. The motion of 3rd round was “this house believes that zoos should be banned”. After that when we reached to the 4th and the final round this has really tremble our seats and ourselves as well, the motion of the last round was “this house believes that developing countries should invest in sex tourism”. The motion of last round really made me to think about our society and its habitants. It really made me to consider the youth of our country, where we are going? Is this a Muslim country? Are we Muslims? Are we supposed to speak such kind of stuff in an open air? What I come to the point is that it is a conspiracy against our youth and Muslims, it reflects their height of thinking and mind, and they want to spoil our youth and our new generation. It was really easy for them to announce such disgusting motions. And what I did after the announcement me and my team walked out from the room and refused to speak about any stuff like this. I really feel satisfied and proud after walking out from the room as our dignity; ethics and Muslim conventions didn’t allow us to discuss anything like this. But still I have a question in my mind where we are going?
If we talk about the conventions and customs, they expose off one nation’s fundamentals and ethics. Now if we look into the moral codes of Muslims, there is no space for any reprehensible and discreditable acts and Valentine’s Day is among one of them.
What is Valentine’s Day? A day to celebrate an illegitimate love, to mislead your own parents or a day to recline for the so called dates, which option will we choose for us? To celebrate this westernized mores and to be called as a modern civilization our own private channels has started programs a week ago and to grab the attention of public they have started doing draws for the dinners and Valentine’s Day special cakes. Where we are standing? Do we have any justification for that? While browsing, I got some images of the gift stores and greetings galleria, fully loaded with red hearts, gifts, chocolates and blah blah…
After watching these snaps, the question arises in my mind; does our inflation rate allow us to devastate money on these stuffs?
To persuade and mislead the youth, there are many restaurants around the city who especially arrange the candle light dinners for young couples to make their so called date.
When the people of a country is starving, deprived of basic needs, at that time our prideful masses wasting their time and money as well in such ridiculous acts.
And beside all the discussions, does our religion allow us for these kinds of illicit celebrations? Think about it, if you are a Muslim.
Islam is the only religion which teaches us the lesson of harmony, unity and strength among all the Muslims despite of any racial discrimination. Through various ayaat and ahadis it is very much evident that unity is the potency of the Muslim nation.
“And hold fast all of you together to the rope of ALLAH, and be not disunited.”
But what we are doing is totally opposite to it. We have divided ourselves into different sects and this was not the limit we several split into different races. Now if you ask someone who are you he is definitely going to tell you your race not going to called himself a Muslim. Where we are standing right now? Which path we are following? If today someone dies in a suicide attack than we will not say a Muslim martyred his life but a shia or a sunni has died. What we are doing? I am sure nobody has the answer. Peaces and harmony was the heritage of Muslims but I feel sorry to say that it has been adopted by other non-muslims. We have lost our heritage and teachings; we have forgotten what Islam has taught us. We all are busy in our own life, nobody cares about what is going on and why.
“The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin the ma`roof (all of Islam), and forbid the munkar (all that is evil; kufr): they observe regular prayers, pay Zakat, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His mercy: for Allah is Exalted in power, Wise.” (The Holy Qur’an, 9:71)
Muhammad (SAW) said:-
“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.”
There is a huge amount of Quranic verses teaches us the tutorial of unity and accord. But we have become dumb and blind to pay any heed towards the sayings of ISLAM and AHL-E-BAIT (AS). Lets pray for unity and brotherhood among Muslims and to lead the world. AMEEN.
Now a days hijab is regarding as the most difficult attempt to follow. As we are leading in a Muslim society but as far as government is concerned there is no restriction on the women to cover their head as we can see in other Muslim countries, restricted their women.
If we see in the light of Quran and Sunnah We have many evidences and restriction for women to wear hijab.
Surah Ahzab ayah 59 says,
O Prophet! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the faithful to draw their outer garments (jilbabs) close around themselves; that is better that they will be recognized and not annoyed. And God is ever Forgiving, Gentle.
Another question is arising now a days is what is the reason behind to wear hijab? I asked many a women most of them replied the same that they wear hijab because they find it comfortable, they don’t have to change their clothes while going through markets and etc. But the real reason is that we wear hijab because Allah SWT has commanded it. We should not regard it as modesty or protection. So don’t listen to Satan and his whispers in your mind, not let him rule your life. Once u have to come in your life to wear hijab, then YOU have to set a day and JUST DO IT…………