Misplaced Religious Priorities

With the onset of Rabi ul Awwal, the month of the birth of the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him), one sees all major city places extremely lit up and well decorated.

Kharadar in particular is one place that i know well about.

All lanes and buildings are extremely illuminated and as bright as day.

Point here is, who finances all this. Who pays for the electricity and who pays for the rental for the lighting equipment?

If some person or people have so much money to finance all these extravagances, then why not use it for a purpose that would actually yield a reward? The money can be paid to charities or used to fund development activites.

Nowhere in the history of Islam do we find any approval for this form of celebration, neither in the time of the Prophet nor after Him.

After all, what better way to celebrate the birth of the greatest human on earth than to engage in an act that He has always advocated. Philanthropy and public service.

15 Comments so far

  1. IllusionFS (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 1:40 am

    how cool it is to see something in honor of Prophet Mohammad PBUH being lit up on ‘chori ki bijjli’ yes I have heard most of these lights are infact using a KUNDA.

    by the way, I have also heard that its not even true that Prophet Mohammad PBUH was born on 12th Rabi Awwal. Anyone has any more info on that cos I have always believed 12th rabi awwal is his birthday.

  2. MB (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 5:16 am

    “How cool it is to see something in honor of Prophet Mohammad PBUH being lit up on ‘chori ki bijjli’ ”


    One of the reasons of our decline is building the foundations, the practices and cultural norms on things that are basically criminal in intent. Like building mosques on illegal lands and the one just mentioned in this topic.

  3. ahmed (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 10:21 am

    Yeah I lived in that place for more than 20 years it looks nice but all the bijli comes from the kundas and whats the aftermath power goes out for hours and hours even during the month transformers blow up after not withstanding the load its just horrible

  4. IllusionFS (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    What a hypocritical society we live in..

  5. Jay the big J (Jamash) (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

    I agree they spend a lot of money on lightening buildings and the electricity consumes is defiantly not paid for, so it is theft, and a Gunnah and not at all Sawaab.. And I know our Mullahs will not agree with any of us .

  6. jawwad (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 4:29 pm

    maybe u can think about it the next time you celebrate your birthday..instead of giving a treat to your buddies you can donate that money to some charity and instead of buying expensive gadgets like your digital camera you can provide food for a needy family and instead of wasting your time on this blog you can educate a child…
    things dont work that way pal i agree its wrong to use “chori ki bijli” as some one puts it but other than that i think if we can spend huge amounts on our celebration we can do that for our prophet too…

  7. Faisal (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 7:56 pm


    How do you know that the person you have directed your comment towards does’nt feed a needy family or educates a deserving child? Why must you be so judgemental? As for wasting time on this blog, how about asking yourself that very same question if you do indeed feel it is a waste of time.

    Moreover, it’s brilliant how you managed to simply gloss over the main point about “chori ki bijli” as if that is just a trivial aside.

  8. KHATTAB (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 12:30 am

    I think Jawwad has a valid point.

    I donot celeberate this event myself but Why cant we start with ourselves by stop celeberating bdays and giving the money to the poor?

    So if personal awareness is there, I think with time other things like electricity theft will also go away.

  9. jawwad (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 3:42 am

    ok here iam again
    i think both u guys missed my point…what iam saying is that when we celebrate we do spend money which we can use in other places..but that doesnt stop us from celebrating and its really not natural to think about “better use of money” when you are celebrating…when we go out with our families on expensive vacations we dont think thay oh we can get our masi`s children into school with that money…its just not natural …we do need to celebrate and entertain…and we celebrate our birthday why not celebrate Prophet`s birthday as well…

  10. jawwad (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 3:45 am

    And btw iam not at all against inspirex… i love his photos infact i visit his flickr site many times a week and i think he rocks!!! so its nothing personal here

  11. karachi4eva (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 6:30 am

    and the funnie thing about bijli chors is , we end up payin for them.

  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 12:05 pm

    @Jawwad,name a hadith or any islamic event in which Sahabas(Companions)of prophet(SAW) used to celebrate His b’day like that?Its just all crap,dramabazi by so called religious parties who try to advertise their own version of Islam.

    By the way 12th rabiual awal is the day when Prophet(SAW) passed away not the day when He(SAW) was born,His b’day is 9th Rabiul awal ,some say 10th,but atleast nto 12th Rabiul Awal at all.I also didnt know this at all(my ignorance) but heard in last Khutba of Jumma.

    Its so lame that sunnis are trying to follows shias by comeup models,symbols of Holy places and installing tants on roads and bridges.For me it is very fake.If you want to celebrate His(SAW) b’day then follow What He taught about rather coming out with big green flag and wandering around on motor bikes.

  13. Dutch students (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 4:06 pm

    Best Karachiites,

    We are dutch students and have too design a Public space around Bararas chowk. We want to know from yoy, what kind of spaces you like, need or want in the city. What sort of activities do peolpe do during there free time. And what is special abouth banaras chowk.

    If you want to help email to Slakkehuisje@hotmail.com


    Jelmer & David

  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 5:29 pm

    Dutch and Banaras Chowk??

    there is a banaras chown in India as well!!

  15. IllusionFS (unregistered) on April 11th, 2006 @ 1:39 am

    Guys, we as muslims are advised not to celebrate our birthdays or do any fazool kharchi.. just imagine what the Prophet *PBUH* must have been thinking when we are celebrating his birthday..

    irony & hypocrisy :S

    anyone of u people seen those ‘Naat’ guys on tv who are showered with money by disgusting and idiotic losers on stage as the Naat-Khuwan reads words in praise of the Almighty Allah. Thats the height of Jihalat.


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