Billboards: A Different Perspective

I remember I was told by the elders in my family that “when you are praying, try to remove all pictures from the same room and dont wear t-shirts with pictures on them”. Well.. I wonder if anyone notices this, but the mosque that I goto has billboards all around it and they have pictures on them and many times it happens that they come right infront of me and distract me. I think that the advertising companies should be ethical enough to remove all billboards with pictures on them from the possible-view of the namazis.

17 Comments so far

  1. Inspirex (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 10:13 am

    Thats exactly what struck my mind a few days ago……
    there was a ufone billboard here too….and this is straight in your line of sight when you stand on the right side inside this mosque…..

  2. Tee Emm (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 10:43 am

    Let us not discuss the issue of pictures and prayers as this could lead to a useless flamewar.

    Instead, let us discuss the Outdoor Marketing industry’s obsession with putting women on each of their endaevor – even motorbikes (‘lay chalo ab kaheen’ and tough masculine stuff as Shaving Creams (‘man, how funny, yet accurately does Umar Sharif hits this).

    Yes, sex sells. That’s marketing ABC. But can we take a clue from the very people who taught us this ‘basic’?

    During my visits to a number of countries including Hong Kong, China, Thailand, UAE etc, I was shocked to notice that the practice of portraying women on the outdoor media is obviously rare.

    I am of the opinion that it takes strong marketing and promotional skills and homework to come up with a strong advertisement which could be devoid of ‘pretty faces’ – something our marketing and promotional industry quickly jumps to. If you look closely to the issue, you’d see how this affects the entire ‘viewers’ and their mindsets.

  3. Kashif (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

    @TeeEmm, the topic was about pictures and prayers so let’s not deviate. I totally agree that praying places should not have pictures around them, but we are everything is getting commercialized now. I have seen masjids that have shops around them and their expenses are met by rent coming from those shops. Now, those shops sell all kind of stuff, questionable and otherwise, but nobody cares.

  4. Haseeb A (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    Lols! The Imaam of the boat basin mosque correctly pointed out during a jumma khutba,
    Inhon nay theek meray samnay Vaneeza laga dee hay takay imaam sahad ka din aur duniya dono set ho jain. lols. Man, who says women on billboards in UAE, China, HonkKong and other foreign countries is rare? You mUst be blind. All I can say is Pakistan is catching up fast… on the road to ‘modernity’
    When will we learn something?

  5. schawlaf (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 1:36 pm

    Why the authors at karachi metblog are so under pressure to put their personal likings on the forum , people put what you personally think on your own personal blog , the forum i believe is to discuss what’s happening in Karachi what’s happening in the city and what makes it unique , like as of night before yesterday KArachi is the only city in the world where a Train Engine is Hijacked now that’s that should be up in the forum

  6. mansoor (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

    with the amount of mosques popping up everywhere… how many billboards can then survive if they were to be removed from ‘all possible view of namazis’?

    I believe reading namaz is more of a person’s own test of will.. and if you can resist the temptation to look around while offering prayers.. then its more effective…

    tell me something.. how effective is namaz when your looking outside the window?

  7. bublee (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 1:57 pm

    Salams! I think one has to be balanced in their approach, asking a company to remove their billboard will not, in my opinion, achieve a lot… some other company will just come along and put up theres a few months down the line. As long as there are no pics and images inside the masjid then I think it is okay.

    At the end of the day namaaz in itself is a struggle, and the one who is able to control his / her glances from distractions is rewarded greatly by Allah (SWT) inshallah. This is why in Islam we must lead a moderate life which enables us to live in this world in harmony with others as well as practicing our own faith as best we can.

    If anyone is interested in this topic, there is a really good book by Imam Ghazali which looks at how to perfect your ibaadat, the book is called “Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship” – I would highly recommend this to all who are finding it challenging to practice the basics. It definately helped me!! :)

  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 2:11 pm

    I believe reading namaz is more of a person’s own test of will.. and if you can resist the temptation to look around while offering prayers.. then its more effective.

    Well said Mansoor.If someone bowing infront of Allah and thinking about some lady then there is something wrong in that person rather in that lady.

    mosques popping up everywhere

    And majority of them are illegal.

  9. nocturnal (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    While praying namazis are supposed to keep their gazes downward so that they could focus on the point(on the gorund) where they lay their heads during sajda, this practice enables namazi to concentrate in his/her prayer.

    This practice is a kind of mental exercise as well as someone told me that AIRFORCE Pilots are asked to stare at any particular object or point continously for a certain time during training session this exercise is a part of their mind concentartion training which is essential for pilots.

    As we all know NAMAZ itself is an exercise thats why 1400 years ago islam taught ppl how they could perform certain acts which are useful for their body and mind. So Namaz is a physical and mental exercise as well.

    So if we could direct our gazes downward to focus at the patch of the ground where we lay our heads during Sajda then pictures and other things/signs wouldnt distract us at all.

  10. satsal (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 8:43 pm

    i agree with u on this matter for i happen to live in the same place and ive noticed this humongous(read irritating) billborad alot of times, but i guess ppl nowadays are too much preoccupied with making money rather than pondering over the ethical dilemmas.

  11. Sensible (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 10:10 pm

    Please, this is getting ridiculous. You want to remove billboards so that Namazis are not disturbed? Why not stop the traffic outside so that you’re not disturbed either. And while you’re at it, how about stopping every other god damn pakistanis life so that you, Mr. faithful, can lead your life. While everyone else out there bounces around to adjust your sense of faith and your need for complete solitude.

    This is the problem with our nation. We are all selfish. Faith and religion is a personal matter, let it remain personal, lets not impose ourselves on other people.


    PS – ultrafaithfuls like Illusion will never be happy, there will always be something or the other that you and the likes will come up with. If you are weak enough to be distracted by a god damn billboard on the road, the problem lies with you, and its a serious one. I Suggest you move to Iran or Saudi, you seem fit to be able to live there.

  12. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 12:25 am

    I agree that if the namazis keep their gazes down while praying, they wouldnt even notice the billboards.

    but on a separate note, you guys have to realize that all these billboards are actually hurting the image of karachi. we can have certain commercial districts where we should have billboards. not spread out everywhere even in residential areas. and what goes on them need to be controlled by some authority. doing that might have prevented us from the shame brought onto us by Amitab’s billboard.

  13. wasiq (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 2:01 am

    Bublee kay lian taliaan ho jaein…..!

    No problem sir, consider it done.

  14. IllusionFS (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 3:43 am

    Schawlaf: This is what’s happening in city.

    Mansoor: The way you say ‘the amount of mosques popping up everywhere’ really gives an impression that you have a problem with that?? Buddy, the question here is not if you can resist the temptation, it is more of the presence of ‘Pictures’ in our prayer areas. You totally missed that point.

    Bublee: Once again its not more about ones intentions or ones ‘struggle’. Like let me give you an example. We are told to offer our prays at a clean & tidy place, will you ever *under normal circumstances* pray in your toilet? That is what its about. Recognizing the respect that mosques deserve.

    Sensible: Like you said, we are all selfish. For sure faith and religion are personal matters, but this is a Islamic State and we are not secular, so I think you are forgetting where you come from. Ultrafaithfuls, whatever you mean by that.

  15. Original-Anon (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 4:51 am

    Schawlaf – my sentiments exactly. I am getting really tired of all these personal rants on this blog. It seems nothing really happens in Karachi.

  16. Bcg (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 8:16 am

    When prophet (saw) mentioned the times of great “fitnah” he was refering to today’s time because people dont know or dont care about right and wrong anymore.

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 10:10 am

    BUBLEE and Farhan:Thanks for coming up with wonderful replies.There is another book by Imam Sha’afi about saying correct namaz.I think its name is “Ghufran” or something.

    @O-Anon:I dont disagree with you brother and it seems i am part of it promoting them but ..sometimes these liberal idiots comeup with logics which is far from reality so it tempts to answer them but its true,I am also gettin bored of this forum.

    @IllusionFS:100% agreed but its also true that same muslims building illegal masjids to save their you know that?Leabe Mansoor alone,he’s a secular dreamer :-)

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