The Day of Eed This Year

eidbulletsIt was a crisp bright morning of Eed as I woke up early and freshened up, there was still an hour for the Namaz so brewed myself a strong cup of coffee and walking out to the garden took a deep breath to inhale the light moist and fresh morning air, It was a perfect Eed day until the morning newspaper landed on the roof of my car.  I quickly remover the rubber band and unrolled the paper and the first headline my eyes landed on announced “Reckless driving claims 76 lives in Ramazan”  suddenly the day was not so perfect as my thought went to the relatives of these victims who would be mourning the loss of their loved ones on a day when the whole country is busy in joyous celebrations of Eed .

Little did I knew that the day had more in store for me. Soon after namaz we learned that the previous day, soon after the official confirmation of the moon being sighted, one of the bullets from the jubilant firing in the city, had  pierced into the thigh of a handicapped child in our neighborhood while he was sitting outside his house in his wheal chair. The kid was rushed to a local hospital where his wound was dressed but the doctor ignored the bullet which was still inside the body, as a result the kid had to be rushed again to another hospital some eight hours later, early in the morning when the wound started to swell and the pain shot up where finally a 12 bore bullet was extracted from the wound before it was cleaned and bandaged again.

Later the same day, in the evening  I went up the roof of my house to discover four pellet shots, and one bullet, as an Eed gift from the city to me.

Ramazan a month that preaches us to be tolerant and practice self control and Eed, the day when we share happiness, love and joy…..  but are we not celebrating them exactly the opposite way. Don’t we realize our slight irresponsibility can cause pain and even death to our fellow human beings and citizens. Don’t we realize that tomorrow a stray bullet my pierce through the body of one of our one loved one ? Don’t we realize, while we drive, that being a few minute late is better then actually endangering our lives and that of others ? No we don’t, not until we face the truth staring right into our eyes,  piercing through our soul,  otherwise we wouldn’t have been that stupid.

8 Comments so far

  1. Wasiq (unregistered) on September 26th, 2009 @ 5:26 am

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  2. بستنی (wasiq) on September 26th, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

    this is to verify that the one above is mine…..
    sorry for the inconvenience!
    @jamash….this is very disgusting…I am so totally against the use of live ammunition for pleasure firing in air…on special occasion it is very bad …so how is the kid now…is he out of danger…?

  3. Ubi Ali (unregistered) on September 26th, 2009 @ 6:35 pm

    man! all these events were really depressing,every sensitive soul can feel it. we are a hell kind of a society we don’t care for others until and unless we face it ourselves i condemn the aerial firing on any occasion.

  4. fasee on September 26th, 2009 @ 11:00 pm

    @ all

    Why do I see the condemnation of ‘areil’ firing only, and not the firing itself, posession, display and use of a weapon, that is issued as primarialy a defensive weapon….

    Although, the devil in me just loves the thrill and rush of blood whenever I had the opurtunity of doing it…..although I take painstaking precaution, not to hurt anyone

  5. بستنی (wasiq) on September 27th, 2009 @ 2:55 am

    I heard the firing today as well after pakistan beat india in the icc trophy……how many of these empty shells did you collect today….?

    Good going Pakistan…!

  6. cavalanche on September 29th, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

    I can’t understand the need of firing in the means of celebrating the win and even in the time of some personal celebrations as we might have seen in weddings outside the marriage halls. Each time I get to see these kind of imprudent acts of rejoicing an event, it reminds me the trends and customs of our rural areas of Punjab and Frontier in which this custom is usually/boldly followed by the locals. There should be a little, just a little distinction between the literates and illiterates.

  7. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 6th, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

    i was waiting for balma to comment – but i think this is cheap way of managing population influx, aerial firing without discrimination, –

    – I have 7 bullets in a tray in my lounge which i collect from my roof top & sometimes the mali pick up from lawn, that is less the one from my wife wound in June., which is held by the hospital as evidence :)

  8. بستنی (wasiq) on November 16th, 2010 @ 7:05 am

    interesting collection indeed ! lol

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