Our Land, Our Home, Our Heart

14 August, huh?

It is almost at our doorsteps. What are you planning to do on this special day? And I am talking about things apart from decorations and fireworks. Yeah, we should celebrate this day. After all, 14 August is our Independence day; a day of love and sacrifice. But I am thinking more along the lines of doing something productive for this land. We should give something back to this land we live on. Don’t you think?

We can start with little things; plant something, throw the trash/waste in the bin, water the ground and along with all of this, be good to our fellowmen. A big number of us already do carry out these acts, but at the same time, a big number of us do not. Can we join our hands on this: work for a better Pakistan?

Millions of people sacrificed their lives to give us the land we now call our home. I think it’s about time we start to own it and treat it like one. 

You know hoisting a flag, or decorating your houses with small ones, once a year, is not enough. It does show our passion and joy we feel for our country. But it mustn’t be restricted to just one day a year. What you say? Agree?

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We stand under this flag as one because

We are PAKISTANIS FOREVER! 

-aak92

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A Plea…

I know I am not the only one, still we are not enough. 

I have a wish, a request, probably a long-sighted dream. It saddens me to see our people filled with so much hate for each other. We can’t be born with this!

Babies are a gift from heaven and heaven is a no place for hate or anything dark. None of us are born with hate in their hearts or hate for their fellow beings. It is something that is drilled into us. 

Hate is not the first feeling we encounter, whereas love comes naturally and is there from the very beginning. 

I am not talking about some crazy love or even romantic kind, I am talking about the deep, pure one. The kind of love that makes you put others first, the kind that compels you to be respective and caring towards everyone despite of their status, color, religion, age or background. 

We should not hold others’ differences against them. We should try not to hold any grudges against anyone. No one is perfect; after all we are humans, we are not supposed to be.

Things are tend to go wrong from time to time, life is not a smooth ride. But at least we can try to have a stable mind. If one of us is having a break down or something, at least the other one can try to be on the good end. It all depends on what you value more, tearing or keeping together, spreading love or planting hate, becoming a better fellow being or just making it all about yourself.

This is a simple plea; simple but demanding, that’s why I am requesting you to at least try. With all your heart ‘n’ soul give it a try to:

  • Be humble.
  • Be kind to others without expecting anything in return.
  • Be polite with everyone irrespective of their ages, color, rank, religion or background.
  • Replace the love of power with the power of love.
  • Put a stop to violence, sexism and racism.
  • Be humans not Gods.
  • Be respectable towards others irrespective of sex, color, rank, religion or background.
  • Fight the evil in yourself and never let it win.
  • Spread as much love as you can and as long as you can.

The list of good deeds can go on and on but just writing about is not it. Make these deeds go on and on by touching hearts ‘n’ soul of those around you.

Try to offer your understanding, love, respect, friendliness and peace to the world, even when you don’t get much in return, keep trying. One day, your good heart will touch another, and from there another and so on. The chain has to start from somewhere…

We are all humans with a beating heart, right? Then let’s prove it.

-aak92

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Get a Grip People!

I honestly don’t know what is worse:

The so-called feminists raising pointless, cheap and pathetic slogans…

OR

The disgusting sexist, racist men posting dirty, cheap and offensive stuff about women…

Get a grip people and put an end to this nonsense!

– aak92

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Entertainment Hour?

I was thinking to write on this topic for a long time, and finally I made time and mind :). You probably know what entertainment is, still let’s go over it one more time.

For different people, the definition of entertainment may vary, but mostly it is defined as a form of activity which:

  • provides us with pleasure and delight.
  • relaxes us.
  • becomes a source of amusement and fun for us.
  • makes us happy.

And to have all that, we engage ourselves in activities like:

  • Sports/Games.
  • Sitting back and reading.
  • Cooking/Baking.
  • Crafting.
  • Storytelling.
  • Painting/Sketching.
  • Attending some sort of a party/festival/ceremony etc.
  • Watching something like: movies, cartoons, shows, dramas etc.
  • Listening to music, while relaxing on a sofa/bed.
  • Enjoying with pets.
  • Hanging out with one’s friends/family/cousins.

I think I covered most of the bases, but if I missed anything, do forgive me. 😉

I assume, all these things are already known to you and you probably might be thinking, why I am stating the obvious. So, here goes:

Today, I want to talk about a particular entertainment; the media entertainment, dramas to be more specific. First of all, let’s talk about some of the old Pakistani dramas/tv. series. Have you seen:

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  • Ankahi               
  • Tanhaiyan
  • Sunheray Din
  • Dhoop Kinarey
  • Zaib-un-Nisa
  • Ainak Wala Jin
  • Dhuwan
  • Alpha Bravo Charlie
  • Des Pardes
  • Rosy
  • Inspector Khoji

These are some of the old dramas that I like a lot. Why? Well, because of their light and interesting story-lines, their witty and simple dialogues, their family-oriented settings and their level of simplicity and decency. Such serials were free of evil plotting, and even if there were some, they were quite minor; they always felt like they were part of the story NOT the whole story.

If you haven’t watched these, I will suggest that you do. You will definitely enjoy them. These dramas and some other old serials like these, they actually serve their purpose i.e. entertaining and relaxing us. I am not saying that they are all happy-happy dramas. Some of them do have several emotional scenes in them, but those scenes actually help you to connect to the story, to the characters.

Let’s do a little comparison of old and new dramas, side by side.

OLD DRAMAS

NEW DRAMAS

There is a balance found in old serials, a balance in the stories, in the dialogues, as well as in the get ups. They were more genuine and less dramatic. I am sorry to say, but in most of the new serials there is hardly ever any balance found. They mostly revolve around romantic love and hate, evil mindedness and exaggerated poor souls.
In old dramas, there was a level of simplicity and decency. In most of the new ones, we can’t find much of a decency level.
The old ones were simple and entertaining. They actually helped you to relax. The new ones kind of get to your head, in a bad way.
The old dramas were mostly family-oriented, something you can enjoy with your whole family.

You can’t really watch the new ones with your family (males and kids, all) without encountering some embarrassed moments.

The old dramas were a source of good vibes for us. Some of the new ones, kind of creep me out. While the others having too much of evilness, just disgust me.
In old dramas, you can see boundaries. There were some topics, some things that were kept in the shadows, that never made it to the screen (probably that’s why they were much easier to watch with families). While in new ones, they say they are spreading awareness, so they are open about pretty much everything. (which can be good or bad, depending on what they are making public.)

It might seem like I am campaigning against modern dramas, but that is not entirely true. I just miss the old days, when things were simple.

Still, there are some modern dramas that prove to be quite good and follow a decent and worthy pattern. They have all those qualities of a good plot, dialogues and setting. As well as they prove to be quite entertaining and inspiring without being a burden to our minds. Dramas like:

  • Pyaray Afzal        newdramas
  • Zindagi Gulzar Hai
  • Shehr-e-Zaat
  • Bela Pur ki Daiyan (new drama, horror and mystery, so far its catchy)
  • Akhari Station (new drama, about women struggle, inspiring)

Until now, it was mostly about my point of view. Now I will share some of the views of other people, concerning this topic. I asked them the following questions:

  • How would you define entertainment?
  • How will you compare old and new dramas in the light of your personal opinion?
  • Are you happy with where the modern media entertainment is headed? If not, then why?

Here are their views:

Mussarat Ahmed

Entertainment should be something that makes you relaxed, happy, light and shouldn’t be something that gets to your head.

Old dramas were really entertaining, simple and quite reality based. Nowadays, dramas are mostly dramas ;).

The modern media has its positive as well as negative impact on people. If you talk about dramas then I must say that a few recent dramas are really on great topics that our society should be aware of. 

This is so much inculcated in our society but people are afraid to talk about it. And by showing such dramas might help them realize that the things that they go through might be their own fault. They might have helped in some way for such things to happen or if it was a society’s fault then how to handle it or how to stop it, take the drama: Dar se Jate Hai Sillah, for an example. It is showing exactly what happens in our society. I have seen so many girls who go through such terrible things that are so wrong, but our society tries to hide the wrong doings. They say things like keep quite, forget about it and all that stupidity. These dramas may be able to convey a good message to our illiterate people.

 At the same time, these dramas are also creating some false impressions on people. I guess media has its pros and cons. It is spreading awareness and at the same time spreading too much of awareness, that is not needed.

Saleha Rehan

Entertainment would be, for me, something that spreads good vibes and which I can view with my family without any embarrassment.

I liked the old dramas better as they were light and entertaining instead of showing the evil type of people in almost every drama. Also, most of the time, they were family oriented and I loved it.

I am not quite happy with the modern media. They are modernizing the social scene way too much. Also, most of the time, the modern dramas overdo things, there is too much of make up, in fact too much of everything.

Maryum Hamayun

Entertainment is anything that one finds interesting.

Although I don’t watch Pakistani dramas, with respect to advertisements and drama promos, I’d say that not only do we need to come up with more interesting topics, because 95% of our dramas are love stories, we also need to do something to curb the excessive vulgarity shown nowadays.

They all got a point, and the right ones as well. I second them on many levels. What do you think?

We all crave for entertainment, it is kind of a necessity, I just wish we can have the good kind, the kind that puts your soul to peace instead of creating a chaos.

Got long, huh? Let’s end this, with a quote, by Michael Jackson:

Entertainment is about taking people away from the regular order of things when there is some chaos and pain and stress.
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– aak92

Say No to Valentine’s Day! Here is Why

This one is especially addressed to Muslims, which means you first need to recognize yourself. Who are you? What religion do you belong to?

If you say, you are a Muslim then do you believe. Do you believe in Allah, in His messenger Hazrat Muhammad pbuh (P.B.U.H)? Do you stand by Allah’s teachings, His orders? Do you know about your boundaries? Do you know about Islam?

Being a Muslim, does not simply mean that you are born to a Muslim family and that’s it. Being a Muslim is so much more. Being a Muslim, is about changing yourself according to Allah’s will and not about changing Islam.

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Today, I want to talk about festivals and events, especially The Valentine’s Day. I will request you to first read ‘till the end, give me a chance to state myself then you can share your opinions. Thank you.

In Islam, the festivals are clearly defined and well established. They are distinct, no additions or subtractions are to be acknowledged. They are an essential part of our worship and there is no room for personal opinions. They have been approved for us by Allah and His Messenger pbuh . And that should be enough for us.

Festivals are considered as the most distinctive things by which our religions are told apart, by which we are told apart. So, when you welcome a non-Islamic festival in your lives you are going against your own religion, most importantly you are going against Allah’s will. If you believe you are a Muslim, you don’t want that, you don’t want to anger Allah.

Now we come to the Valentine’s Day. Do you know it goes back to Roman times? It has no roots in Islamic times which means this event entirely belongs to the Christians and not to Muslims.

Here is a little piece of information from the History of Valentine’s Day.

The people who celebrate this day wrote: Every 14 February we celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving flowers, candy and cards to those we love. We do this in honor of Saint Valentine.

 Do you know who this St. Valentine is?

According to the most common legend, St. Valentine was a priest who served during 3rd century in Rome. There was an Emperor at that time by the name of Claudius II, who decided that single men made better soldiers than those that were married. Therefore, he decided to outlaw marriage for young men, in order to build a stronger army. St. Valentine was against this declaration. He thought it was unfair and must be stopped, so, he chose to marry young couples secretly. When the Emperor found out about St. Valentine’s actions, he had him put to death.

From that day on-wards, the followers of St. Valentine celebrate this day to honor him.

Though to this day, it has become something else. This festival was of Christians and Jews, and they had a purpose in mind. Now everyone is adopting this, regardless of the religion, beliefs, or history. It has become a huge mess.

We, being Muslims, should register this that this is not our festival to celebrate. As I have already stated, our festivals tell us apart, so we should not be a part of any non-Islamic festival.

From the Sunnah:

The Hold Prophet said: “Whoever imitates a certain people becomes one of them.”

[Abu Dawood]

If the Christians have a festival and the Jews have a festival, which belongs exclusively to them, the Muslims get no part in it. Just as non-Muslims do not share our religion, our festivals or our beliefs.

Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and numerous other non-Islamic festivals have found a way in our lives and this mixing is destroying us, as well as, it is taking away our identity.

Do the non-Muslims celebrate our Eids as we do, with the same beliefs and rituals as we do? The answer is no. There are some lines, some boundaries, we are not supposed to cross. It is for our own good. Try to see that.

Now we come to the Questions and Queries that people raise.

People ask questions like:

  • We are only expressing love, what’s wrong with that? OR
  • What’s wrong with a husband or a wife to express their love to each other on this particular day?

The answers to both are stated here.

No one is depriving you of love, if that’s what you mean. But the kind of love that this day promotes is not the kind of love one must seek. It is a mistake to confuse that this kind of love has real intentions behind it. The love referred to, on this day is romantic love, involving mistresses and lovers, boyfriends and girlfriends.

This kind of relationships are not allowed in our religion. We should remember our boundaries, our hayaa. If one does crosses this line, he/she is committing a sin, a forbidden sin.

The romantic love should only exist between married couples. And even for married couples, they don’t need this specific day to express their love. There are 365 days in a year. This particular day comes once in a year. You don’t have to wait for this day to express love to your partner.

So, considering all of this, how can we believe that Valentine’s Day is of any benefit to Muslims? The truth is that, it is a call for more broad-mindedness and mischievousness, and the forming of forbidden relationships. The husband who sincerely loves his wife does not need this holiday to remind her of his love. He should express his love for his wife at all times and on all occasions. And the same goes for the wives.  

Give it a thought, research on it if you are not satisfied by my words. In the history, in Quran and Hadith you will see that this is not our path to follow.

And Allah knows best.

– aak92

Break the Silence, Raise Your Voice!

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We talk about human mannerism, as if we are the most mannered people around

When there can’t be any more savage animals than us, ever found!!!

I don’t know where to start on this, or even how!

There are monsters, real monsters plucking off our little delicate flowers, our darling little angels. Such horror!!

You probably heard about the current incident. About Zainab, a 7 year old kid, who was kidnapped, rapped and then murdered. This incident took place in Qasur, Pakistan. Her dead body was found among a pile of heap.

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A delicate little flower was plucked and squashed. Just like that, as if she was nothing, as if she meant nothing. And she is not the only one. There are billions of boys and girls, who are facing the same horror around the world.

Can you imagine what their families must have gone through? Can you even feel the pain, the agony they must have been going through? We can’t do much to take away that suffering from them, but we can stand by their side and can raise our voices for justice, justice for those children.

This is not a random matter that you can ignore. You need to, we need to raise our voices, raise ourselves for these innocent little souls. We need to get justice for them. We need to stand up as a society, against such barbaric crimes. We need to put an end to this.

We hear about such tragedies now and then, shed some tears on them, feel bad for a day or two and then become silent again. Can’t you see, the silence is strengthening the rapists!

Break the Silence, and

Hang those Culprits!

Don’t let this littel girl’s (Zainab) murder be just another tragedy. Please, I am requesting you, do not let this incident go under the rug too.

Raise Your Voice,

Raise Your Words,

And Make them Pay!

This is sickening, how such criminals can walk free. They are monsters and monsters deserve to be caged and punished. Make him pay. Set an example for the whole world, for others like him, so no one even thinks about going down this lane again.

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– aak92