Karachi Ring’s With Bangs On Shab-e-Barat.


A loud bang startled me, and my mind went to the war zone. This is what it sounds like when a bomb is dropped and countless living beings, mostly civilians are turned into a mess of minced meet and charred body parts. The smell of gunpowder which follows makes the air heavy, the images of the war zone,  the stench of the blood, the cries of children in pain, injured, dieing, crying in disbelieve that the colorful world they believed in could be so horrifying are added in by my wild imagination.


The chain of thoughts is interrupted by a series of small blasts, mimicking the shots fired from an assault rifle. Bullets, leaving the red hot muzzle of a gun piercing through the bodies of children, women and men working in their fields, sleeping or bracing each other, in the confined on their straw bound home, praying for peace and begging for shelter from the stray bullets. But the bullets know no God, No Allah, they have no fear, they are ridden by fire from the hell, under the spell of the devil himself. What could they know of mercy. And they Pearce right through the tender flesh of mare mortals, sending their innocent souls haven wards leaving their lifeless body in a pools of cold, red, slippery blood and their loved ones witness to this end of all humanity, surround by the scene of sheer horror, to morn behind and greave the loss till their last breath.


The sound of weapons, bombs and bullets paints the picture of an insane, inhuman bloodshed, the rape of humanity, insult of innocence. Like yesterday night, tonight again Karachi will ring with these horrid sounds. With such an auspicious night of Shab-e-Barat, where do they see the connection?

11 Comments so far

  1. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on August 17th, 2008 @ 4:06 pm

    Shab-e-Barat, where do they see the connection?

    they think Barat is Urdu term while in reality it’s an arabic term means..umm "forgiveness" ?

  2. barristerakc on August 17th, 2008 @ 5:41 pm

    Alas, a relevant topic by one of the sensible persons here on MB.

    I am feeling like Karachi is under intense bombardment. The night of forgiveness has been transformed into the night of inconveniences for (the people who pray and others) and spreading noise-pollution.

  3. iconoclast on August 17th, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

    I came to Karachi in June 1993 from a country with a small muslim minority and was horrified to see that such a solemn event like shabe-barat in the city is the equivalent of new year celebrations elsewhere in the world with firecrackers and gunshots(this one is a unique way of celebration indigenous to karachi only)!!
    I was startled to find out the distorted image of this occasion in an Islamic country. Even for a person who lacks basic religious knowledge like me it seemed absurd that this event is linked with firecrackers…God forbid we might even see Bhangra on shab e baraat very soon

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  5. Asim.Net.Pk (asim) on August 17th, 2008 @ 7:14 pm

    With current situation in pakistan, any person who is doing this rubbish is not a muslim, we all are facing high times. We should spending money to help poor and pray that Allah Bless our country.

    if cant become nice muslims then atleast try to be nice humans who help each other.

  6. sceptic on August 17th, 2008 @ 7:22 pm

    The post is a needless sensationalisation of almost nothing. Many festivials in many other countries are celebrated with fireworks. Shab-e-barat is not celebrated every night, so get over it. It is people’s festival, let them celebrate as they like.

    A Karachiite getting startled by a few firstcrackers ..come on.

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on August 17th, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

    sceptic has just amazed me. Shab-e-Barat as a festival and moment of happiness? I bet our barelvi bhais would feel a severe pain(may be feel a heart attack) after reading your reasoning of Shab-e-Barat.

    In reality this night as told by some sunni sects that Allah decides who will survive next year and who have to die next year etc etc and this night is asked to repent Allah for the sins. Your reason literally made me laugh. Thanks

    @Asim: you shud have watched Jahil online on GEO in which he was busy to exhibit his mantra about 15th of Shaban. Actually it’s all about competition between Barelvis and Shias that who comes first that’s it.

  8. seskey on August 18th, 2008 @ 11:37 am

    jamash your post depicts that as if you have never lived in Karachi, these firecrackers go off every year on shab-barat since quarter of a century i remember., however this year the FEROCITY was much low then yester years.

    it is the time of year when after the sunset on 14th of shaban every year ALLAH (SWT) revises the list of being & non-being, so is the histab kitab of rizq for the universe., not alone of muslims. However it is an important night for MUSLIMs to seek forgiveness and pardon from ALLAH, and request for Barkat and Multiplication of prosperity.,


  9. d0ct0r on August 18th, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

    Karachiites celebrated dictator’s exit a day earlier? :P

  10. ameerhamza on August 19th, 2008 @ 9:26 pm

    Sceptic says:

    ‘The post is a needless sensationalisation of almost nothing. Many festivials in many other countries are celebrated with fireworks. Shab-e-barat is not celebrated every night, so get over it. It is people’s festival, let them celebrate as they like.’

    I am not sure how to describe people who call Shab-e-Barat as a festival. And what celebrations? One must be praying this night for forgiveness and for a better life.

  11. IUnknown (iunknown) on August 20th, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

    wat else can u expect from an atheist like @sceptic. Is salay ko apnan nahi pata. his opinion has never worth a penny.

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