Lighting up the day


taken at 8am, what power crises?

As the prophets (pbuh) birthday gets closer, Karachi is lit up in an array of overpowering green and white. The colors of choice for the various religious organizations making plans which last upto 12 days during this holy month.

Chief among them is the “DI” or Dawate Islami which seems to have decided on its own that there is no power crises in this country and that people want to hear naats and cries of “Sarkar ki amad, marhaba” at all hours of the night.

Noise pollution aside, even though they claim to pay for all the lighting they use, i think it is quite safe to say that their over zealous celebrations are turning from a pageant to a nuisance every year.

Perhaps it is their war with the shiates who paint the city black with equal fervor to their green that has gained precendence over true spirit and effort? The emphasis is now more towards outdoing each other then on bettering oneself. In either case its been a total of 72 hours and the naats are not stopping, the lights are not turned off during the day even upto 10am sometimes and it feels like I am being kept in some of sort of concentration camp. Naats and duas are beautiful to listen to when one has the choice to listen to them when they want not whether they want to or not!!!

49 Comments so far

  1. karachite on February 28th, 2009 @ 4:45 pm

    there should be a ban on loud speaker
    as every group keeps doing their stuff all year long

  2. d0ct0r on February 28th, 2009 @ 5:11 pm
  3. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on February 28th, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

    As usual, the Barelvis(the so called Sufi version of Islam) is in competition with Shias who already mess things up in Moharram.

  4. barrister on February 28th, 2009 @ 11:29 pm

    AdnanSiddiqui’s Comment is a classical example of how “mullahs” or “religious fundamentalist lot” see things ….this guy totally ignored the topic, problem to deviate on a “sectarian debate”..!!!

    Shame On You! As a Deobandi (I hate tagging myself on secetarian grounds since a Muslim is a Muslim) I respect the rights of anyone and everyone who wants to celebrate.

    Anyhow, coming back to the topic – this picture shows that “bad-management” is the issue not only the “lack of resources”.

  5. firstofficer on March 1st, 2009 @ 2:15 am

    Well the 12 rabi-ul-awal is only a matter of 12 days want about the wedding and night matches goes every month on Kunda system who pays for that the bright your event glows the better you will be praised . Don’t know how horrible will be this summer

  6. Raza (raza) on March 1st, 2009 @ 4:23 am

    Already ranted about it here:

    And yes, it has become something of a competition with Moharram, as inane as that may sound.

  7. بستنی (wasiq) on March 1st, 2009 @ 7:50 am

    suppose that iam an alien from another country totally unbiased….and I get to stay and watch…than i must say…kay yeah rabi ul awwal toh samajh main aata hai…people gather around in clean clothes celebrate sing hymns… eat very rich food qorama birniyana keer or zaada….and merrily go home….
    but I don’t understand muharrum….one moment they were full of grief as if somebody very close in the family (phopha)died and then they were discussing the share index….beats me…and they did this for almost two and a half months…..

    khaya piya kuch nahein glass torda bara anay

  8. fasee on March 1st, 2009 @ 12:18 pm

    jab diya buhjhna ko hota hai tu anch aur barh jati hai miyaan

    salay barelwi, halwa khoor, haray totay…ik taraf mujhay raat ko DVDs dkehnay ka liyee bijli nahe hai aur yeh subah suba tak woofer system per apnay bhajan gatay phirtay hain ( bhajan, coz they are on the same indi tunes ).

    raat 3 baja ka wait kerta hoon ka koi kaam ki movie a jai cabel per aur light chali jati hai.

    yahan logon ke pass chad’di pehnay ko kapra nahee aur in logo na her saal pora city main cars per banner laganay hotay hain.

    salay kalay khatmal kaam thay katna ko yeh haray totay bhi a gai.

    raat ko kup’pi pi ker terace main giya….loud speak say sara saroor, faroor hu giya.


  9. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on March 1st, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

    Chaudhary Barrister AK47, i am on-topic.

    Karachi is lit up in an array of overpowering green and white. The colors of choice for the various religious organizations making plans which last upto 12 days during this holy month.

    if you can’t read then do curse yourself that you were not given education back in your native village in Punjab.

    p.s: and it’s funny you are talking about off topic rants. Qurb-e-Qayamat k asar hain

  10. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on March 1st, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

    wasiq sahab ye mohawra pahli baar suna hay. I mean bara anay wala. Is it some remix version of some original saying?

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on March 1st, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

    Well what do you say about this, Wasiq Sahab?

    Bus MUhabbat hi Muhabbat, har jaga, Her Su! :-)

  12. sabih on March 1st, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

    @barrister: You tagged your self, you should have said as a MUSLIM not as a DEOBANDI. A true MUSLIM never says he’s deobandi, hanafi, maliki, shaafi, etc. He only says MUSLIM. That’s why you never hear any mujahideen shouting out we are deobandis, we are barailvi’s, we are shias, we are this we are that.

  13. textrovert on March 1st, 2009 @ 6:29 pm

    Here in Pakistan people have a tendency to emphasize on festivities that didn’t exist during the Prophet hood rather than practicing the actual duties of Islam as mentioned in the Quran and exemplified by the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H).

    Sadly where i live in Karachi i don’t get to hear the Adhan of the 5 daily prayers which is the foremost thing in ISLAM but as the article mentions when it comes to such supernumerary events either as a social statement or a religious impression the celebration is grandeur than can be perceived despite the economic conditions of the city.

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  15. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on March 1st, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

    true wasiq. It more sounds like a commercialized thing and it doesn’t look different than Rudaalis who still exist in Rajhistan area of India.

  16. fasee on March 1st, 2009 @ 10:45 pm

    shukar karo yeh haray totay 12 ko jaan chor dain ga..kalay khatmalon ki tarhan 40 din dimagh kharab naeh karain gay

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on March 1st, 2009 @ 11:22 pm

    textrovert: where are you in Karachi that you can’t hear Adhaan?

  18. بستنی (wasiq) on March 2nd, 2009 @ 7:42 am

    @siddiqui sab……thank you sir for your response….I am sure you have heard this… when you smile the world will smile with you when you weep you weep alone….mourning is something that cannot be forced…but faked mourning must always be checked….especially when it is mocking our beliefs…

    the link that you gave is not running in my browser so I cannot comment on that sorry…the muhawara…is from some classic urdu play…i watched on ptv its probably shoukat siddiqui sab’s….got to be from the fifty’s or sixty’s because anna’a went out of fashion in the seventies…

  19. fasee on March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:36 am

    aaj went thru numaish early in mornign to office.

    i was sympathasizing with the residents there…my god look at teh sound of the speakers gogin there…and that too might be non stop.

    i heard…after a while even a slight tick tock can be like bomb blasts to your nerves if done continousyly…..thank god i am not living there

  20. golgappay on March 2nd, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

    At all the posts.

    Please remind yourselves about the last time you performed 5 times prayers in a day. And then carry on with your rationals.


  21. kaami on March 3rd, 2009 @ 3:43 am

    For me my personal space is important.

    If a Barelvi wants to sing naats at odd hours, taking care that others are not inconvenienced, be my guest.

    If a Shia wants to remember Imam Hussains ultimate sacrifice for six months instead of three, as long he does it inside his home, inside his Imam Bargah sans the speakers, fine with me.

    And if a Deobandi or a Wahabi wants to blow himself up in a suicidal frenzy and does it with consenting adults inside a confined space, fine with me too.

    My personal space is important, my personal choice is important. I dont want to forcibly hear, see or participate in any thing.

  22. kaami on March 3rd, 2009 @ 3:49 am

    Borrowing words from sceptic, here are a few descriptions of religously motivated Pakistanis:

    "Prisoners of faith"
    "Besieged by reigions"
    "In the city of zealots"
    "Squishing freedom, squashing free-thinking"
    "Amidst growing mindlessness"
    "Fatal faithfuls"
    "Thinning air, suffocating minds"
    "Anti-social piety"
    "Ritual rich, ethics poor"
    "Mine is sillier than yours"
    "Responsibility phobia"
    "In the country of blinds"
    "Holy holligans"

  23. Kashif Aziz (kashaziz) on March 3rd, 2009 @ 5:30 am

    All this mess can only be sorted out if religion is implemented by the state rather than leaving it wild in the hands of each sect. As in Saudi, UAE, Iran etc., the jurisprudence of majority should be followed by all. Otherwise this will go on and on.

    Waisay bhi, Aala Hazrat Maulana Sufi Mohammad farmatay hain k yeh jumhooriyat Quran k munafi hay.

    ek mard-e-swati nay kya hay usay fash
    har chand k dana jisay khola nahi kartay
    jumhooriyat hay wo taraz-e-siyasat k jis main
    afrad ko gina kartay hain tola nahi kartay

  24. fasee on March 3rd, 2009 @ 6:40 am

    Bikini clad liberals wud say…open nudist beaches on karachi…that wud moderinise society….I think not….but wud definatly vote in its favour

  25. fasee on March 3rd, 2009 @ 6:45 am

    @ kashif aziz
    Kahan ka personal space miyan
    Our society has this sick habbit of peeking and entering in others mattersa. And riducle west for not meddling in others affairs.

    They pride themselves for giving you advice when u didn’t even ask for it

    They pride in gosiping and forcing our opinion everywhere

    So sir…ye sali pori society ander say kharab hai..including you and me have some of these traits……although maulvis have it more morbid levels of these habbits

  26. بستنی (wasiq) on March 3rd, 2009 @ 9:03 am

    @ golgappay….thankyou.are you a sir or a madame…?

    @fasee sab…..sir when was the last time you visted one of the karachi beaches…? they are all…
    btw, yeah bikini clad….sab log aap ney kitoun wakhiay hain…auntie log ka bikini toh lawn kay suit main sey saf dikhta hai hamesha sey…on a sunny afternoon…aur is sal toh jo designs shows main on the romp aaay hain unn main waisey hee baghal aur shoulder open dikh raha hai…..toh i think kay abb aap kay fictitious bikini clad liberals ka karachi main toh koi chance hai hee nahein…

    tu hai toh dushmam kay irradey sachchay lagtey hain

  27. fasee on March 3rd, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

    @ wqasiq….golgapay ka status kiyon check ker rahay ho..?? by the way madame hu tu meray liye chor dijiye ga….

    @ as for beaches…yaar wahan tu orangi walay inferiorty complex ke maray salay burgers ko pehcay chornay ke liyee pori pori kameez main geeli hu rahi hoti hain..aur ander ka maal dikha rahi hoti hain…

    secondly…if you have noticed..and i presume you would definatly have noticed….ke sameez sirf museam main nazair ati hai kisi bhi jawan larki ko pehnay nahe dekha….excuse yeh deti hain ke garmi buhat lagti hai..

    laholwalakuwata….abay sari global warming pakistan min hi ho rahi hai…pehlay hamray buzurg ice age main jeetay thay kiya.

    this conutry needs talibans as soon as possible…saliyon ko shuttle cock burqay pehnaoo…..allah-o-akbar

  28. balma on March 3rd, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

    Lady textrovert,

    Please let me know the place you live in Karachi where you can’t hear all the azaans. There are quite a few on this site who will like to move to your area.

    As I said in another posting on ….mullahs storming…..(vahaan ab tak mairee bakvaas jaaree hae)…..please, anyone, please ban the use of speakers in Masjids and all the religeous places…..and ban the use of speakers for any kind of other use as well….such as shaadi kay gaanae etc. I want sukoon.

  29. kaami on March 3rd, 2009 @ 9:45 pm


    On the contrary this can only be controlled if the State has nothing to do with religion and ensures that personal space of its citizens is protected without usurping the right to protest, free speech, expression and religion. This is not rocket science it is happening around the world.

    As for the (Wahabi) model of the Najdi house of Saud, which is I believe is a piece of crap by an illegal regime, who forcibly occupied Hijaz in 1921 and now is the major contributor in the wrecking of both Afghanistan and Pakistan. If you take out oil from the equation then Saudia itself is a failed state and has made Pakistan one too.

    I have nothing but sympathies for your line of thinking …..

  30. بستنی (wasiq) on March 4th, 2009 @ 7:55 am

    @fasee sab…nahein aaise toh koi baat nahein…asal main aap aur hum dirt track pey houn aur back se truck aarahey houn aur achanak koi rok kay poochay….toh shuba toh hota hai na…aur baat bhi bachkana thi toh mein ney sooncha kahein koi bigrdee huie burger bachchi na ho…two body guards showing fire arms and two dozen farends…aapna toh dil kamzoor hai na…anyways she did not reply…
    sir yeah bihari ka maqsad toh mujhey bhi aaj tak samajh main nahein aaya….na religious occasion per use kar saktey hain na….ha hazam hotey hain…ziyada khalo toh doctor kya hakim kya sub hee khetey hain dour dour…!

    sir aaisay toh nakahein humari aik friend ney toh sara paisa body deoderants or body wax main invest bhi kar diya hai unn ka toh diwali ya ho jai ga….

  31. fasee on March 4th, 2009 @ 1:05 pm

    yaar bikini wax per aysha omer ki photoos yaad a gain.

    kaisa kaisa talent yaham per chupa huwa hai ( pun intended ).

    jo bahar ja ker thailand main nazar ata hai……those lucky bast%$@#

    yahan per nudist beach kahan..french and russina beahces ke kisay sun sun ker baray huway…..aur jab jao tu sara arman toot jatay hain.

    life is so unfair

  32. بستنی (wasiq) on March 4th, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

    sab yeah toh apna apna kismat hai….koi maa kay peiat se toh shaitan paida nahein hota hai….sub united nations ki muhabbat hai….warna log toh london se bhi sirf over coat dekh kay aajatey hain…

    bander road se kimardee meri chali rey ghorda gardee babo ho jana footpath per…

  33. fasee on March 4th, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

    sir jahan tak lodon main overcoat dekh ker anay ki baat hai…

    isay mian kismat ki kharabi sya ziyada nakhsa dekhnay ki skill na hona kahoon ga.

    map per ungli rakho beach per…aur ghoray gari.balkay ghoray per baith ker pohanch jaoo wahan…..albata check ker lena gay beach na nikal aye….( presuming there must be there are so mnay gays there )

  34. بستنی (wasiq) on March 5th, 2009 @ 7:50 am

    aap map ki baat kartey ho..sab abhi hal hee main mein alag thalag apney room main aik live match ka seda persaran dekh raha tha…aur light bhi aarahee thi…kay achanak barish shuru ho gaie…subbo ney rain coats pehan liay…abb is main koi karachi wala pakistani born kya kar sakta hai…?

    dill hee toh hai dard se bhar na aaay keun
    rotey hain hum hazar baar koi hummay ….

  35. fasee on March 5th, 2009 @ 10:03 am

    main hota tu dua kerta kay allah barish khatam hona tak saber day…aur ronay say bachanay ki istakamat day.

    her raat ke baad ik subah hoti hai piyaray.

    usi tarhan her barish ke baad dhoop niklati hai….aur anzgreez salay ko dhoom main aik hi kaam sojhta hai……beach per ja ker chata laga ke lait jaio

  36. بستنی (wasiq) on March 5th, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

    barish khatam ho ney se pheley light goes off…aur agar aap ney humaray cable per koi sports channel dekha ho toh aap ko pata ho gaa kay pappoo the cable guy…kitna impatient hai….woh toh (aap ka inlaw) channel he change kar deyta hai…ab chahey barish rukay na rukay…

  37. fasee on March 6th, 2009 @ 11:23 am

    ajab majara hai….

    hum na tu suna tha aap ke ilaqay main cable walay ki jeeb main 50 ka note dalo tu lat enight farmaishi movies tak laga detay hain….

    aur reh giya bijli ka masla tu yaar moombati ki age say niklo…aur ik generator buy ker lo….petrol mohlay ki gari say chura ker bhar liya karna.

    jaisya mera chaukidar meri phatphati say niklata hai

  38. بستنی (wasiq) on March 6th, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

    @fasee sab …sir aap ney bilkul sahi suna hai….pheley woh tha…aab yeah broadband package liya hai…raat ko bhi censor karta hai…aur censor kya..bus qeema karta hai…multi national hai kuch kaho toh khalifa ko bola ley ta hai….
    pheley wala buhat achcha aadami tha..bilkul dosti aasanata wala…per jab starplus pey chappa perdaa toh sub hee cherdh rahey thay…mein ney bhi josh main keh diya…keun mian nihari ki doukan khool lein partnership main…bahut kafa hua…humara kunda nikal giya…

  39. fasee on March 7th, 2009 @ 12:01 am

    @ wasiq.

    miyan ab jub kunda nikal hi giya tu darna hai…nihari ki dukaniya khool hi dalooo.

    kabhi kabhar hum bhi ajaya karian gay apni phatphati pe nahari khanay.

    wiasy tu doctor ne cholosterol probelm likhi haiaur weight gareeb ki gareebi ki tarhan barhta hi ja raha hai.

    thoray dino main seth tu nahee per physically memon seth jaisay lagnay lagain gay

    per nahari hamesha nalli aur maghaz wali special hi khatay hain..:)

    ghalti say bhi sada plate mut banana

  40. بستنی (wasiq) on March 7th, 2009 @ 8:00 am

    @fasee sab…..sir mein ney toh yeah offer sirf child support program kay tehait kiya tha….warna pathan ki nihari zinda baad…nalli tak toh theek hai….maghaz main kafi shuba hota hai….

  41. fasee on March 8th, 2009 @ 7:47 am

    mazhaz say shadi thori an karni hi sarkar.

    khao…7up piyo….14 hours main sba khatam.

    i tried maghaz nahairi 1 yr ago..havent eaten normal nahairi after that

    only special nali maghaz and all that only

  42. بستنی (wasiq) on March 8th, 2009 @ 7:59 am

    @fasee sab…..bahut karam mijaz houn…sadi main hee darya bheney lagta hai…

  43. fasee on March 9th, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

    hmmm….pent ki jagha dhoti pehnay say suna hai natural cooling ati hai…

    kehtay hai…once you wear dhoti in garmi…you can get a man out of dhoti but cant get dhoti out of man.

  44. بستنی (wasiq) on March 10th, 2009 @ 12:20 am

    @fasee sab….sir aap ney toh nahein sunna ho ga…..jab Biharioun ko pakistan janey ki milli….toh woh bahut perishan thay….keun kay jo cousins (a friend of a friend still think Imran is bihari)pheley se yehan per thay woh toh MacDonald’s thay….Burgers toh unn dinoun ejaad bhi nahein hua tha…..chitagong main kisi bujurg ney kaha kay wasiq ko dekhtey rehna…jo woh karey wohi karna…..mein unn dinoun bahut chota tha…chaddie pehanta tha….kabhi nahein bhi….innho ney bhi yeahi kiya….Pathanoun ney bahut maraa….pheir mein school college janey laga….pant pehanna shuru ki innho ney bhi ….pheir mein ney shalwar unnchi wali pehanna shuru kardee…toh innho ney bhi pant pajamey aur shalwar unchi unchi pehanna shuru kar dee…ab Sir agar aap ki yeah hee aagiya hai toh mein chitti safaid dhotti pehan kar Pathan kay hotel main nihari khaney challa jata houn……………..bus sirf itna bata dijay kahein aap kay inlaws ki lathay ki dukan toh nahein hai……

  45. fasee on March 10th, 2009 @ 2:34 am

    @ wasiq

    Kuch is shehar ke pathan zalim sun
    kuch sanu dhoti pehnay da shauk vi si…

    one suggestion for your safety can be to have a big no parking signboard printed on your dhoti when you go there.

  46. بستنی (wasiq) on March 11th, 2009 @ 7:31 am

    @ fasee sab…..pathan kya zalim hoein gay…asal zalim toh pathani hoti hai….soft and sweet ..bold as a lion and cunning as a fox…walk bare feet for twenty miles hunt kill and yet sensing my presence would cover her face and twist her head at 3 o’clock….never at 9 o’clock the body language saying* milord*…and for guys like you and KD she would look into your eyes and say what usually a sister says…
    no wonder the british constitution refers to her as "hasena atom bomb"
    defending her honor must be a prime objective for us if we hope to see the nikki in the life hereafter….

    jo zar maanhgo toh bey zar houn
    jo ser maanhgo toh hazir houn….

  47. fasee on March 11th, 2009 @ 10:40 am

    sir.. to be honest…i never had the courage to study the contours of a pathani…as for me my own safty has higher priority then by libido.

    so i restrict myself under guidelines…to penetrate my eyes in bihari, memni, punjabi or balochi girls only…in real life…and gori angreez bachiyan on tv….

  48. بستنی (wasiq) on March 11th, 2009 @ 11:52 pm

    most of them don’t even know if I existed….and those who knew…worship regularly at the monuments….built in memoriam….

    fasee sab…don’t you have any friend or family….like the real bookworm(kitabi keerda’s)like me (not the ones like KD who use the internet google search to impress people )have….who would say things like this…

    " Wasiq kya herr waqt kamrey main bandh ho kar bachoun kay programme dekhtey rehtey ho….bahar niklo dunia bahut bardee hai…"

  49. fasee on March 13th, 2009 @ 11:35 am

    nahee sar…is dunyaa main dost koi kahan. karachi jaisay shhar main tu apnay saya sya bhi dar lagta hai.

    KMB per tu apni falto time..joke apnay pass buhat hota hai ( coz i am in senior managment ) hehe…woh waster kenray ata hoon..till i am o break from my next certification

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