Last night, I heard the voice of this show going on GEO (please correct me if the channel is wrong, since I was more interested in listening to it from kitchen rather than watching it) conducted by Dr.Aamir Liaquat in which he was asking questions about what Shub-e-Qadar, Shub-e-Mairaj and Shub-e-Barat is, from the people of Karachi at different places. It was amazing how almost everyone other than one lady answered wrong about Shub-e-Barat. Whereas, when questions like “Why do we celebrate 14th Feb?” from the same people the answer was “Valentine’s Day”!

One of the ladies replied saying “Hazoor (salalaho alaihi wa alihi wasalam) upper gaye thay.” And the other said “Woh moon (chand) per gaye thay”!!!!

Yesterday when I witnessed large crowd of people and cars parked out @ graveyards, and then listening to the above mentioned road show, I was wondering if they have educated their children about what “Shub-e-Barat” is, who so keenly were seen with the parents.

We need to educated people, young and old ones to know the importance of our religious events rather than providing them with money to buy crackers for “Patakhay wali raat”

20 Comments so far

  1. Salman A. (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 9:35 pm

    To me religion is a personal matter. I don’t care if I am a practicing Muslim and others are not. I am only responsible for my act and beliefs.

    If a person does not know what Shub-e-Barat is, or how to pray Namaz-e-Janaza, that is his call. I have no right to criticize or sarcastically pity him like people do all the time. I simply disagree with that.

    I am of the opinion that ‘papa don’t preach’ :)

  2. Hena (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

    I agree. I am most certain Shab-e-Barat “celebrations” stem from a cultural influence in Pakistan. Decorating masjids, visiting graveyards on this day, cooking sweet dishes, small fireworks, etc. is something I’ve only seen or heard about in Pak/India. I myself living in the States, question these cultural activities taking place in the name of Islam, when it is not celebrated or seldom talked about here. Although, I have grown up with my mom reminding me about this day and to fast on the 15th, I further researched the topic, and discovered that this day is in fact based on very weak hadiths (

    So as not to make it confusing, its a lot easier to just follow the Quran and Sunnah, instead of giving into something we’ve been doing for such a long time (i.e. culture, traditions, etc.)

    In essence, we can use this month (as did the Prophet (pbuh)) to prepare for the month ahead: Ramzaan/Ramadan :P Fast a few days, zikr, increase our prayers and what have you.

  3. KhitoMiss (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

    Good point unaiza

    It is our matter to deal with, Allah ko jakar kia moun dikhao gay keh tum nay apni knowledge ko share hi naheen kia, khud to namaz parhi par kissi ko namaz ki targheeb hi naheen di
    English kay Sentence likhnay say u looks u think u are cool :) Mr.Papa

    Some people who throw the garbage out of their house but not try to clean the community.

    I am not a molvi but i do believe Islam becomes religion because Hazrat Muhammad(Peace Be Upon Him) spread out the knowledge what he gets from Allah(Subhan-o-Talah).

    So we should transfer some knowledge to our peers.

  4. kaduna2003 (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

    Good post and observation Unaiza.

    It is indeed pathetic that folks in pakistan are so completely ignorant about themselves, their culture and their religion. And celebrate stupid days like “friendship day” and “valentines day”. I mean who really gives a rats arse about those days!! What morons.
    Makes me want to puke every time i see one of these “wanna be western” empty heads. And whats with trying to speak english every time a question is asked. What a screwed up bunch of imbeciles!!!

  5. NED (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

    Very good and original topic Unaiza!!
    I think, our main problem is lack of basic knowledge. While our Mullas have dedicated their lives for teaching about JIHAAD and SHAHADAT, we are completely unaware that lying, cheating in exams, not following traffic rules are much bigger sins than we think.
    Unfortunately, we are not teaching our kids the very basics of Islam. Most of our prayers are simply habits not real prayers. We just simply follow others instead of questioning and finding answers.

  6. Imran Quadri (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 12:06 am

    i agree .. u beat me to this post cause i was gonna post something related to that also.. what surprised me was the number of utter nonsense spoken by some people .. like one ‘aunty/khatoon’ saying ‘halwa’ when asked about the specialty of shaab – e – qadar. I laughed when one mister having a shareeh beard was also ignorant of the facts about Islam. Sigh.. to hell with all these jerks and morons.. they are the ones responsible for the direction and path of our once great country.

  7. Atif Abdul-Rahman (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 12:39 am

    good intentions sis, so lets go one step further and see whether there is any significance of Shab-e-baraat in Islam at all or not? I know in Pakistan, such talks usually end up in Pakistan as being biased towards a sect but atleast I am surely say after 20 years abroad that its a Pak/India only issue (Shab e Baraat)…

    link by Hena on Islamonline are also very interesting, so are the related articles on that page.

  8. Atif Abdul-Rahman (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 12:40 am

    good intentions sis, so lets go one step further and see whether there is any significance of Shab-e-baraat in Islam at all or not? I know in Pakistan, such talks usually end up in Pakistan as being biased towards a sect but atleast I can surely say after 20 years abroad that its a Pak/India only issue (Shab e Baraat)…

    link by Hena on Islamonline are also very interesting, so are the related articles on that page.

  9. Imran (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 1:14 am


  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 2:38 am

    The program was interesting. Aamir Liaquat was LIVE from a Qabar.

  11. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 2:44 am

    Hmmm, a rather more interesting read on it.

  12. Jamal Panhwar (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 3:53 am

    |You are right even I wonder seeng the parents busy in their non-intelectual lives Do they really tell children what they think of their religion or do they go read books and than tell the Chiildren or do they not tell any thing at all and let the little ones wonder in this ill mannered ill-literate peoples Islam.

    I amke it a point that every day I tell my kids a story from some book related to humanity respect of animals, growing of trees and also about the Adam Eve, Noah, Mohammad & Fatima etc etc.

    I am content but I wonder again when my kids grow they may not be fit to a socity which is so full of the idiotic beliefs and so many self creted things.

  13. Dictator (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 9:50 am


    I think Islam is not only personal but it is the only religion that focus on the whole society. If that was not then we wouldn’t had any Hadith and Ayat about “Hoqooq-ul-Ebad” or the rights of others.

    Regarding the program, I can only say that don’t blame anyone that the society is not safe any more. We don’t know anything about our own religion.

  14. Unaiza Nasim (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 11:30 am

    @ Imrab Quadri
    Oh! I forgot the aunty’s halwa. And yes that was among the most stupid answers.

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 11:47 am

    Akram, welcome back. Atleast you brought something new in the form of Yajuj and Majuj. I always used to wonder who would be Yajuj and Majuj but recently I discovered that they are none other than Chinese.

    That geo program shows that we need to educate Muslims first before we go to teach non-Muslims.

    This is not much. There are many “muslims” in Karachi and surrounding areas who don’t even know the First Kalima. My friends in tableegh often tell horrible stories about the condition of this society.

    Atleast, I am thankful of GEO to expose our society on a public channel.

  16. Unaiza Nasim (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 11:49 am

    U are right about these misconceptions of halwa, patakhay and there is this day in moharram when channay and then haleem is cooked.
    soyams, chehlum and all this is what is seen only in indo-pak. I have lived many years abroad and never seen any holiday for moharram, rabiulawal or halway manday. And yet mportance was given to read quran with tarjuma.
    Now as grown ups we are responsible for our acts.

  17. IUnknown (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 12:33 pm

    i have seen after ar long time, a sensible posst from unaiza

  18. IUnknown (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

    well i must quote ALLAMA MOHAMMAD IQBAL here, as he says abt our current situation in poem “Shikwa”.

    Faza-e-bader paida ker, Farishtay teri nusrat ko
    Utar saktey hain gardoon say, Qatar ander Qatar ab bhee

    All we need is to bind our seleves to islam and we will get our pride back, which we have lost ages ago.

    News is that, after 525 years of being kicked out from spain (called Al-Andalus), a big mosque, of abt 6000 meters has been opened. 1000 persons can pray here at a time.

  19. nuzhat (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 6:48 am

    I agree with Salman. What is wrong if we celebrate with firecrackers and halwa!? I think some of the Islam that is being propogated on this site is a colorless, lusterless form that is devoid of any enjoyment of life. Come on guys, we are PAKISTANIS, and not Arabs. We have a particular culture that is unique to us. There is confusion about our identity because we are constantly denying our roots and culture. We have many facets, and being Muslim is just one of those facets. And before some of you label me as the Westernised elite, I would like to say that I call myself educated, and even went to a (gasp) madrassa.

  20. IUnknown (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    “We have many facets, and being Muslim is just one of those facets”
    This is the most innfluential facet we have
    we are first muslims then any other thing
    we have to follow wat Nabi (SAW) and Sahabah (RA)told us .Not out culture and our liking

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