Is this the religion they taught me?

These days, religion is more about competition. We have seen the Shias and Sunnies compete each other in worthless, non religious festivities, causing havoc in the cities.

The latest of these atrocities are the festivities of Rabi-ul-Awwal. Instead of paying respect to our Holy Prophet, people tend to focus on showing who’s crazier!

Although I’m no religious scholar, I do have a faith that whatever the event, Islam would never allow the lives of common people to be disturbed.

Yesterday, the whole of Bunder Road was blocked shut with virtually no access whatsoever. I tried to reach the Lady Dufferin Hospital (behind Civil Hospital) as my wife was admitted there after the birth of our son, but it took me around 1.5 hrs to get there from Pakistan Chowk.

Later, as we were discharged, at around 6 in the evening, we faced the same problem in coming out of the area. We got the access at Garden Area, and got home by around 8 (we had to goto Clifton).

All the meantime, there were large trucks, buses, rickshaws filled with green pagris, waving flags and Naats blaring on loudspeakers seeming more of “Noise” rather than respect (pardon me: I really respect our religious norms but this is insane!!)

And this is not all. All throughout the nights, the mosques were reciting naats in the most unattractive, besuray molvi’s voices, right next to the hospitals. I can only imagine what the poor patients in civil hospital must be going through, when atleast I was ridiculing them ‘idiots’ all night long!!

I say to all such yo-yos: “convert away, and let Islam remain the religion of peace”

42 Comments so far

  1. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

    They play the CDs as the Other group plays majlis cds from 1st till 10th Moharram –

  2. Zainub (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

    I sympathise Furrukh, if its only consolation my sleep was disrupted too yesterday (some milad function in the high rise apartments behind our home, they made it a point to have the event on loud speaks and volume turned on to the maximum). What worries me is this is just the start of Rabuilawal, as we approach the 12th, things are only going to get worse.

  3. Xono (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 5:03 pm

    Well said and written Farrukh Ahmed. I completely agree with you. People now a days a deviating from true Islam. There is no reason for such stupid acts. May Allah guide us all to what is right.

  4. BoZz (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

    Being socially unacceptable and practicing the same conduct obviously makes one stand out. Since this is the only way these mis-guided people can get attention, hence their behavior.

    Using the same methods for the same purpose, the numerous mosques in this city try and gain attention by being the loudest. Competeting with each other with ear shattering and downright offensive azans etc. throughout the year.

    Disturbing peace is the name of the game whether it be mental or physical in nature.

    Unfortunately Farrukh, yes, this is the religion that they taught us in this city and country.

    However, the religion that they taught us is not Islam.

  5. BitterTruth (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 5:48 pm

    Anyone who has suffered in such traffic jams can understand your pain. They can not provide in support of “juloos” significance be it on any occasion.
    The only counter arguments is why there is no criticism on any other type of “juloos” like political parties rallies etc.
    In my opinion, there should be a ban on all sort of juloos and only jalsas should be permitted. Such painful activity in the name of Islam is totally unreasonable.

  6. mansoor (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

    it saddens me.

    on saturday i was returning from clifton, and there was a full convoy going from sea-view towards cantt, blaring naats, waving flags, and throwing confenti (or something) from the vehicles!

    it was depressing to see the state they can go2 in the name of religion

  7. AH (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

    Very well said Farrukh.

  8. pkhan (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

    Its so true, why people and our religious scholar do not talk about it?Specially our Elite class of Politicians do a jehad on this menac disturbibg the neighbours and whole neighbours hoods?Are there any LAWS of land which can stop this?

  9. daily horocope (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

    woww¬°¬°… that¬¥s an interesting history

  10. Lies (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 8:21 pm

    Jamash, shove it. Really.

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 10:32 pm

    Farrukh, first of all congrats for being a Dad and no doubt it was a sad story.

    Karachi is hijacked from 1st Moharram to 10th Moharram and then 1st Rabiul awwal to 12th Rabiul Awwal. I remember two years back when I was at Bank Alfalah Head office at II Chundrigarh Rd, the contract bus dropped me near napier Rd as police blocked MA Jinnah early in the morning on 8th Moharram. That was a very hot day and it was so jam packed that I couldn’t even get a rickshaw to reach office and i travelled from Napier to State Bank of pakistan by foot. It’s a big distance you know.

  12. Salman A. (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

    Dear author, congratulations on the birth of your son. May Allah give this new born the best of both the worlds (Aameen).

    Your article raises questions in my mind.
    a) Are these people ignorant?
    b) if so, how to cure them? after all they my own country men and women.
    c)Is poverty the root cause of JAHALAT?
    d) how do we become a developed nation?
    e)how do we find our role models so we can follow them?

    I am all confused.. should get busy with tango again for a temporary relief.. :))))

  13. Sathish (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 12:14 am

    Congrats Blessings & Best wishes to parents and the baby.

    Please make sure you put your son on right path. Teach him the prime of being a muslim, to be human and respect for other humans.

    Sad to know your ordeal, like somebody somewhere in this forum have said down to mulayet and damn to mulayet, down with such a religion which is surely not islam of Mohammed (pbuh) the finest and the best of human ever existed in the universe.

  14. Dee (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 1:35 am

    First of all, Congratulations on the birth of your son.Second, i am failed to make any connection between your Title and your post.If your point was to pin point lack of our (Citizens of Karachi)civic sense then why you choose religious congregation?Why not use of Tents during weddings, road blocks during some VIP’s arrival in karachi?
    I am not saying using road blocks and blarring loud speaker is okay in religious congregation but using these should also be wrong in above mentioned activites too.

  15. Sufi (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 2:55 am

    The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is anything but Islamic :)

  16. Tamed~. (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 3:30 am


    I don’t find anything abnormal with the title of the post.

    He has prcisely mentioned the downside of the congregations, you are just trying to drift off the discussion.

  17. zahra (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 4:52 am

    FARRUKH: I couldn’t agree with you more. I am a full-time student of the Islamic Sciences and I can tell you— this sort of behaviour could NOT POSSIBLY be furhter removed from what Islam teaches us.

    It’s so sad to see people behave this way, to remember a person who he himself (peace be upon him) was such a composed, calm, diginified and balanced individual…who would never infringe or enroach on others rights, freedom and comfort.

    and hey, Congrats big daddy ;)

  18. CitizenofKarachi (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 6:23 am

    There are hundreds and thousands of problems in our society and even those kind of problems which we might be use to of it and dont think of it as a problem anymore and you guys are complaining about the religious congregation and juloos and jalsas, shame on you guys.

    This is also an indication of end of times that those who will do good deeds will be criticized.

    On hearing the azan, a Muslim’s heart is filled with the splendour of the call and the glory of Allah. I hope you will live in a country where your ear dont listen the call of azan then you will realize how it feels.

    As a nation we have to learn a lot, our emergency service never works, police, firebrigade, ambulance never comes on time, nobody allows ambulances to leave. I hate our ppl when they do this, it means you are in hurry more then a person who is dying ? ridiculous.

    Nobody complains when ppl play songs in full volume, everybody enjoys that.
    If I will start counting the problems in our country it will take a couple of hours but I would just say that we have to learn a lot and implement a lot and please dont criticise the religious events and gatherings.

    Nobody complaint when these roads were blocked due to the political activities, I have seen hundreds of times the road being blocked due to the stupid reasons. Burns road and MA jinnah road blocks many times bcoz of the political activities by mqm, not these days as they are part of the govt. now.

    Let the shi’iat do whatever they want and let the sunni enjoy their own events, thats the beauty of our nation and thats how it should be.

    Let the ulema decide and have a debate of what is wrong and what is right in the faith, those who dont do any good deeds they just cricize and just dont do anything and dont let others also do what they want.

  19. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 9:50 am

    CitzenOfKarachi: I liked your response but could you elaborate how using illegal electric connection and hijacking roads in name of ” Eid Milad” which is not even an Islamic practise could be considered a good deed? is the death anniversary of The Prophet[saw] EID for us? I don’t know about others but I also don’t like when people play songs in full volumes in homes and cars. Please don’t compare Azaans with playing naats in full volume.

  20. Umair (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 9:58 am

    Atlast, we have some place to speak our heart out!!

    Judicial Drama, MQM, and now Islamic Concerts!!

    Good JOb everyone:)

  21. Salman Qadri (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

    Adnan Siddiqui you are a deobandi,kafir kafir deobandi kafir,deobandi dog,deobandi pig

  22. Salman Qadri (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    Adnan Siddiqui you are a deobandi,kafir kafir deobandi kafir,deobandi dog,deobandi pig

  23. Salman Qadri (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 2:24 pm

    Adnan Siddiqui you are a deobandi,kafir kafir deobandi kafir,deobandi dog,deobandi pig

  24. Sathish (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    Salman Qadri tum par tumharay Allah ke laanat, –

    Even The Supreme of Humans Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) does not said / called any such thing to any non believer, in what capacity you are saying such words to you’re fellow human.

    Allah Be Praised, May YOU ROT in the worst for hurting your fellow muslim

  25. Syed Faraz Mahmood (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

    nice post, what i have been taught is that HUQOOQ-ul-IBAD are of equal importance than HUQOOQ-ul-ALlah. but these juloos,jalsaas are totally contradictory to this teaching. Islam teaches us moderation, not this craziness. if we are muslim , we should live our life as per the teachings of the Islam, what Allah has ordered us to do, and what His Prophet (peace be upon him) taught us.
    But all we do is follow our own might, what pleases us, adopt ostentatious rituals, and totally rejecting the basics. Our lives should be led as Allah ordered, not as we desire it. Islam is a proponent of “Tazkia-e-Nafs”.

    this type of thinking is a resultant of illiteracy and ignorance, illiteracy regarding Islamic teaching.

  26. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    sathish calm down. Actually he’s right when he called me a ‘kafir’. The meaning of kafir or infidel is ‘to reject’ or ‘doesn’t acknowledge’ something and I really don’t ackknowledge things which were introduced later in the name of Islam. Even the head of barelvi sect Ahmed Raza barelvi were against all such innovations. salman my friend, i also belong to a barelvi family but offcourse most of innovation in name of barelviat are not followed by us anymore.

    Salman Qadri tum par tumharay Allah ke laanat, –

    sathish: did The Prophet[saw] curse in similar tone? I think you’re also speaking in similar tone like qadri sahab :-). May God guide you,me and Qadri sahab.

  27. BAYL (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm


    You wrote:

    //Nobody complains when ppl play songs in full volume, everybody enjoys that.

    Nobody complaint when these roads were blocked due to the political activities//

    I disagree. If you go through our archives or any other blog on Karachi (or Pakistan for that matter) you will find many who write in protest of loud music at weddings, traffic road blocks, political juloos. I don’t think anybody here denies that those things are less of a nuisance, we write against them too as and when they happen. Just go through KMB archives to read about protests against traffic blockage because of VIP arrivals or political demonstrations. Yes we agree those are just as distracting and annoying but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a relevant issue.

  28. MB (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 5:49 pm

    Farrukh my salutes to you for posting this one. I had it mind as well but thanks you did it so now i will post another related post on another issue.

    Frankly i have only one word for all these people trying to tell the world how much they love their religion by torturing others.

    And the one word is CRAP. It’s all simple crap. Never the prophet or anyone in remotest of logics would allow, i am confident, such a crap using his name. When religion becomes a theory all remains in the end is lectures & taqareer while the action dies its death.

  29. Faisal (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

    Is there anyway to ban the salman qadri dude? moderator??

    And Adnan, I respect your response to the dude. Personally, I would’ve exploded. :)
    And it’s pointless wasting your energy with cases like his. A fanatic can’t change the topic and won’t change his mind…

  30. BoZz (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

    @ Syed Faraz Mahmood – You are wrong my fellow blogger. You have been taught wrongly.

    “what i have been taught is that HUQOOQ-ul-IBAD are of equal importance than HUQOOQ-ul-ALlah”

    The fact is, Huquq-ul-Ibad, or duties towards mankind takes precedence (i.e not equal but more important) over Huquq-ul-Allah.

    I am surprised the maulvis of this forum let this slip by!

  31. Darthvader (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 10:10 pm

    I love the animals we have gathered together on this thin raft .
    – St. Francis Of Asisi

    cheers all :)

  32. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 10:44 pm

    hehe Faisal is this you who got agreed with me? I am just surprised! or maybe you are not our very own grammar concious old KMB reader who now logs in as “orignal-faisal” :-)

    when I can cope with left wing extreemist KMB authors like Cy or Mansoor then why can’t a poor right extreemist wing Salman Qadri?

  33. Faisal (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

    No, I’m not the original Faisal :P

    But it’s just stupid how people like him can’t take some criticism. Just shows how insecure they are about their beliefs if they resort to mindless crap.

  34. Syed Faraz Mahmood (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 11:26 pm

    thnx for correcting, i actually intended to write” more” to emphasize my point , but if someone is not considering the huqooqul-ibad then for him , it doesn’t matter whether its equal or more. anyways thnx for clearifying it , cuz different ppl can perceive it in different context.

  35. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 12:02 am

    Salman Qadri ALLAH Tumko Nayk Hedayat Ata Farmaa-Ay – ameen



    HE WAS THE CHOOSEN ONE, HIS TEACHINGS ARE FOLLOWED GLOBALLY, else by Pakistani Muslims. Allah ham sab ko Nayk Hedayat Naseeb farma-ay ameen.

  36. A muslim and a sad Pakistani (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 8:49 am

    Congrats on becoming a father Mr. Ferrukh.

    The truth is that this country, the whole society and we as a nation are going down. Everything has taken a nose dive and we are heading straight towards the bottom of this pit at a great speed.

    This GREEN shit start not too long ago and it’s the product of our own mulanas to compete with the Shiyaets.

    Karachi has been hijacked by:

    1 – Shiats who make a mess out of this city when Mohrammar Starts
    2 – Barailwi Sunnis who make the mess out of the city at this time of the year.
    3 – Afghans (I don’t want to go in details, will take me all day long)
    4 – People from around the country who do NOT care about this city as this is just a staging area for them. They come, make mess, pollute our city and go back to their villages/cities with their pockets full of cash while the local native karachiites suffer
    5 – Political Shitty Mulanas who will do anything to put fire, break glasses, burn people in AMREECI FOOD CHAINS by burning the whole place to ashes etc etc
    6 – MQM and other political parties
    7 – Whenever the god damn President, PM, Governors etc move about Karachi JAMMING the whole traffic and NOT caring if there is a person in an ambulance having a heart attack or a baby that is about to get delivered.

    Put all your emotions aside and face the harsh fact. Pakistan can not and shall not survive for more than 10 years max if such filth continues to dwell here in our country.

    What we are doing today (What Busharaff says and claims) is the same that others did in the past (Damned Nawaz and corrupt Benazir and other military rulers). Hide the facts and say everything you can to make people believe that “SUB ACHA HAI”. Everything is fine and dandy while you KNOW that it’s all sinking to the bottom.

    10 Years max Pakistan and then we’ll be missing you so dearly that we’ll cry for days and days but then we won’t be able to bring you back.

    I hope, I hope I am wrong, I hope there is light, I hope there is a true leader working his way up the ladder as I type this.

    I don’t want to see this country fall. This is not what my ancestors gave their lives for. This is not the country it was meant to be. It’s not what it should ever be!

  37. JayJay (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

    All comments points to one thing: obsession about religion and religiosity.

  38. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

    Religion is the core problem in Islamic Republic of Pakistan.


    The Pakistan of Mohammed Ali Jinnah was not ISLAMIC REPUBLIC – BUT a Secular Republic where Majority will be free to practice their religion as freely as their other minority brethern who choose to OPT Pakistan as their country.

    (Discussion at AAJ TV on 23 March 2007 2200 HRS Statment by the Retired Lady Chief Justice with reference to the speech of Mohammed Ali Jinnah on Radio Pakistan August 14th 1947)


    We can find the stuff and norms in our country which defy ALL practical existing religions. Their reformers warned and forbid all of those for the believers / followers.

    I hope majority understand that., and MAY agree. IT WAS a country – of Mohammed Ali Jinnah for humanity to LIVE & LET OTHERS LIVE as they wish.

    A person who comply to the 4 basics of Islam can NEVER be a good MUSALMAN if HAQOQ UL EBAD are Ignored., which is to be practised without discrimination of cast, culture, religion, sect, society.

    – So what ??? it is free country ham azad hain

  39. Salman A. (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 6:13 pm

    Dear ‘A muslim and a sad Pakistani’ ,
    I read your posting, and agree with some of your points. however, i think the point you tried to make under #4 is totally invalid. keep in mind, karachi’s biggest power is its ethnic diversity. People are messing around here ONLY because of poor law and order situation in our city.

    Your 10-year max prediction is hilarious.. are you God?

  40. Sooban (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

    on hw they are treating the day, its getting weirder and weirder every year. first they started rapping in the na’ats and copying tunes from indian songs(heard from two three ppl) and now doing this.


    for pakistan’s prediction
    i think we really have lost our minds.
    on all levels.

  41. wasiq (unregistered) on April 1st, 2007 @ 5:26 am

    for boys and girls born recently it is so easy to understand the shia-sunni divide….
    We don’t trust them because we see them doing everything throught the year we believe they should not and over night when the muharrum starts they put on the black and say “we are sorry…”
    They from their perspective see us doing absolutely nothing but eat all the year round and when the muharrum starts we say WTF…let’s eat……!

    And the twine shall never meet……

  42. Hasan Zuberi (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 11:36 am

    Farrukh: Good to see y ou back in action … Can feel the influence of Xayed :P

    Alot has already been written and good to see the majority here (atleast) shares the very same frustration with all Jalsa-Jaloous (be it religious or political) and illegal blockade of main streets.

    As brother Adnan said .. “May Allah guide us all to the right path”.

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