Friday prayers without a sermon.

There are three nearby Mosques where I live. Every Friday after the noon you used to hear shallow voices of Friday sermons which would remind you it was a Friday and the prayers are calling. A little sense of guilt if you are going to miss it; a little motivation to go and attend. This was the third Friday with no aroma in the air to make you realize it is indeed ñ Friday today. A small popup tool tip, if you drag your mouse over the desktop clock or if you remember the date, a small calendar on the table were the only two ways whispering it was a Friday.

As I walked towards the Mosque to attend the prayers I felt ëemptinessí in the atmosphere. This was the result of Governments announcement to monitor the sermons and taking strong actions against. I donít know if the Mosque officials were asked not to practice it officially or it was simply a fear at their end. Either way, welcome to the ëliberalí Pakistan.

11 Comments so far

  1. Kashif (unregistered) on August 20th, 2005 @ 12:12 am

    Government has officially notified all mosques to use the loud speakers and public address systems only for aazan and friday (arabic) sermon. In one way it’s good because of increasingly misuse of the loud speakers.

  2. saba (unregistered) on August 20th, 2005 @ 12:58 am

    I don’t think this is a move to liberalize Pakistan. As Kashif said, loud speakers at mosques are misused, and while I’m sure my neighborhood’s mosque officials may disagree, no one really wants to hear Naats being recited at an extremely loud volume till 2 am in the morning, or hear Hamds set on the tunes of Pakeeza’s songs.

  3. lola (unregistered) on August 20th, 2005 @ 2:10 am

    yesterday…there was a mehndi next to my house..couldnt sleep all night..y was that allowed?

    i totally agree with mr johnybr…but y the sermons!…putting a ban on the thing that matters…that SERMON which motivated him to offer his prayers atleast!!!!

    that sermon without whihc the friday prayers are incomplete!

    aaaah…the govt!!God bless us and the LIBERAL pakistan!

  4. saba (unregistered) on August 20th, 2005 @ 3:07 am

    Actually, in some residential areas in Karachi, you aren’t allowed to hold mehndis outside past midnight.

  5. Anathema (unregistered) on August 20th, 2005 @ 12:30 pm

    has anyone heard of the sermons where the maulvi gives weird and extremist lectures? like a ma should beat his wife and/or daughters for wearing perfume and leaving the house as perfume attracts a ghair mard’s attention and thus she is being s good a a whore? or the sermon whjere the maulvi said “ya allah tu amrikanon ko maar” where Islam prohibits a bad-dua and says, always recite a dua for someone’s correction. or whre a woman should have her clothes torn because she tried reciting namaz wearing jeans and a kurti whith full sleeves, but no! a short shirt is western atttire and uss mein namaz qubool nahin hoti?

    no? i have heard them!

    yes. im sure we want those sermons heard and to have an imapct on us.

    and then we wonder why a man killed his wife and daughters in cold blood, why it is such a common headline in Dawn Metropolitan and Geo news. Yes we want those sermons, which really do induce us to bow in front of Allah with a clear conscience

  6. JonyBr (unregistered) on August 20th, 2005 @ 3:54 pm

    Misuse of the resources is a different issue altogether and for those who misuse; I have always been a strong protestor.

    Even though in some residential areas people aren’t allowed to hold mehndis after midnight but people do. Does that mean Ban Mehndiís? No! It only means you need rectification.

    If someone is misusing loudspeakers or giving an un-Islamic sermon, ban the sermons? No! You only need to rectify and bring right people for the job.

    Why do medics have the journals/seminars on medical issues? Or tech people on technologies? Donít they already know? It is simply the repetition process to remember, to think again, and to better understand. It is same with sermons as being a Muslim.

    BTW I was only talking about a 20/25 minutes Friday sermon. (Friday sermon is ëwajibí)

  7. Anathema (unregistered) on August 20th, 2005 @ 4:28 pm

    Nobody is arguing about it being wajib. But a sermon beyonnd the boundaries of a mosque is really a head-pound. sitting at home, amidst three different mosques, how many can u hehar at one time?

  8. JonyBr (unregistered) on August 20th, 2005 @ 4:38 pm

    If you read the original post again I mentioned shallow voices which were certainly a lot lower then the honks of cars and the noise of rakshaws :) just the Friday atmosphere.

  9. z s (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2005 @ 12:50 pm

    And it’s about time we became more ‘liberal’. I say put everyone wearing a beard in jail… ala ataturk. alas, musharaf is anything BUT a visionary.

  10. Ali Bilal (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 1:17 pm

    I guess the solution of the problem of extremism would be solved by educating the masses and not through banning religious sermons. We always tend to go for the cure rather than prevention. Attacking the root cause of the problem would be a better strategy to solve these issues.

  11. One (unregistered) on September 11th, 2005 @ 7:49 am

    These surmons are one of the very few occasions when we get to know a “Maulvees” point of view. I think it is usually a custom in our society to be more critical when talking about these “poor creatures”. But let me tell you these are the ones who have many of our heritages till now and the way have started treating them will soon either rub off a major part of our identity or bring up another revolution.
    May God bless all these “enlightened moderates”!!

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