Faith & Religion

Saudi Arabia’s attitude with Qatar and Iran – a question mark (in Urdu)

سعودی عرب کا ایران اور قطر سے رویہ اور ٹرمپ کی حمایت اسلامی ممالک کے لئے دکھ و تعجب کا باعث

دنیا بھر کے مسلمان ہمیشہ سے سعودی عرب کو ایک خاص عزت و احترام کی نگاہ سے دیکھتے آئے ہیں کیونکہ اس ملک میں اللہ کا گھر ہے اور محسن انسانیت نبی کریم حضرت محمد ﷺ کا روضہ مبارک بھی اسی ملک کے شہر مدینہ میں واقع ہے۔ ہر سال دنیا بھر سے لاکھوں کی تعداد میں مسلمان عمرہ اور حج کی ادائیگی کے لئے سعودی عرب کا رخ کرتے ہیں، جس سے سعودیہ کی حکومت کو معاشی فوائد بھی حاصل ہوتے ہیں۔

گذشتہ ماہ نئے امریکی صدر ڈونلڈ  ٹرمپ نے عرب امریکہ کانفرنس میں شرکت کی ۔ حیران کن طور پر شاہ سلمان نے خود ایرپورٹ جا کر ان کا استقبال کیا۔ جبکہ پاکستان سمیت دیگر اسلامی ممالک کے صدور اور وزرائے اعظم کا استقبال کرنے کے لئے دیگر حکومتی ارکان کو بھیجا گیا۔ سعودی حکمرانوں نے امریکہ کی غلامی کی انتہا کر دی۔۔۔۔ ٹرمپ جس نے سات ملکوں کے مسلمانوں کے امریکہ داخل ہونے پر پابندی لگا دی تھی، اسے پیر و مرشد کا درجہ دیا گیا اور اربوں ڈالر کا اسلحہ خریدنے کے معاہدے کئے گئے۔ اسی پر بس نہیں کی گئی، بلکہ ایران کے خلاف محاذ بنانے کا بھی فیصلہ کیا گیا۔

ٹرمپ کے رخصت ہونے کے کچھ ہی دن بعد سعودی حکومت نے اچانک قطر سے تمام تعلقات منقطع کرنے اعلان کر دیا۔ جبکہ اس کے ساتھ ساتھ چند اور عرب ممالک نے بھی یہی  کیا اور اس حد تک نفرت دکھائی گئی کہ قطر ایرویز کو سعودی عرب جانے والی پروازیں منسوخ کرنے کا کہہ دیا گیا، جس سے ہزاروں کی تعداد میں عمرہ کے لئے جانے والے مسافر دوحہ کے ائرپورٹ پر پھنس کر رہ گئے۔ ایران اور ترکی نے البتہ کھل کر قطر کی حمایت کی اور سعودیہ کو تنقید کا نشانہ بنایا۔ پاکستان نے غیر جانبدار رہنے کا عندیہ دیا  ہے اور خواہش ظاہر کی ہے کہ دونوں برادر ممالک کے تعلقات بحال ہونے چاہئیں۔

میری نظر میں یہ واقعات معمولی نہیں اور یوں لگتا ہے کہ اب نبی کریم  ﷺ کی پیشین گوئی پوری ہونے کا وقت قریب ہے کہ عرب ممالک کے درمیان ایک بڑی جنگ ہوگی۔ اسی طرح دنیا کے حالات جس طرح تبدیل ہو رہے ہیں مجھے نہیں لگتا کہ اب حضرت عیسٰی علیہ السلام اور امام مہدیؓ  کا آنا کوئی دور کی بات ہے۔ دجال کی آمد بھی قریب دکھائی دیتی ہے اوردنیا اپنے اختتام کی طرف تیزی سے بڑھ رہی ہے۔ وقت تیزی سے گزرنا، اچانک اموات ، بڑھتی ہوئی قتل و غارت اور بے حیائی، اور عورتوں کی تعداد میں  اضافہ سب قیامت کی وہ نشانیاں ہیں جو اب واضح ہو رہی ہیں۔

عرب ممالک، بالخصوص سعودی عرب اور متحدہ عرب امارات کو امریکہ کی غلامی سے نکلنا ہوگا  اور امت مسلمہ کو متحد کرنا ہوگا ورنہ ایک ایک کر کے امریکہ تمام اسلامی ممالک کو تباہ کر دے گا، جیسا کہ اس نے عراق، افغانستان، مصر اور شام کے ساتھ کیا ہے۔ سعودی عرب کی مثال اس شتر مرغ کی ہے جو مصیبت آتی دیکھ کر ریت میں سر ڈال لیتا ہے اور سمجھتا ہے کہ مصیبت ٹل گئی۔ انہیں سمجھنا چاہیئے کہ ان کا نمبر بھی قریب ہے۔ پاکستان کو اس موقع پر اپنا بھرپور ادا کرنا چاہئے اور عرب ممالک کو یقین دلانا چاہئیے کہ وہ کسی مشکل صورتحال میں ان کا ساتھ دے گا۔ اسی طرح ایران اور افغانستان کو بھی پاکستان کے خلاف بھارت کا ساتھ دینے سے گریز کرنا چاہیئے کیونکہ اس سے خطے میں کشیدگی بڑھ رہی ہے۔پاکستان کو اپنی خارجہ پالیسی پر کام کرنے کی اشد ضرورت ہے ورنہ ہمارے دوست ہمیں چھوڑ کر بھارت کے کیمپ میں شامل ہو جائیں گے اور ہمارے ملک کو غیر مستحکم کرنے میں دشمن کا ہاتھ بٹائیں گے۔

 

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Malaysia – A peaceful and model Islamic state

After spending almost one week in Kuala Lumpur I can say without any doubt that Malaysia presents a wonderful image of Islam to its visitors from world over. I visited my Pakistani friend Khurram in a town Tronoh where you get amazed to see a newly established beautiful university UTP (University of Technology Petronas). Khurram and his loving wife both are doing there PhDs from the same university and have been living in Malaysia for more than five years.

Khurram told me that there are three main races living in Malaysia; Malay who are Muslims make 55% of the total population, Chinese (mostly Budhists) and Tamil Indians (Hindus). He added that Malaysian Muslims feel proud of their religion and their girls always wear Hijab to show their identity. Malaysian government is liberal and provides religious freedom to everyone living here. There is no street mosque in the Malaysia like Pakistan and other subcontinent countries, but you will find only large Mosques located on different parts of cities. Call for the Islamic prayer, i.e. Azaan is not read loud using the loudspeakers from these mosques, but only the prominent mosques are allowed to use the loudspeakers for this purpose.

Khurram also told me that also liquor is sold at the bars and hotels openly but Malaysian Muslims are not allowed to drink and Police take strict action if a local Muslim is found drinking or doing any major religiously prohibited act. Both Muslims and non-Muslims staff are found at the airports, railway stations, hotels and shopping centres. Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful and very developed city. It has modern transport system. Trains, monorail, busses, taxis and Uber are cheaper and easily accessible. There is a state owned free bus service GoKL that runs four routs which take you to important attractions of the city. People are very friendly and polite and most of them understand English. I loved visiting Malaysia and found it cheaper and better than Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I recommend all my Pakistani and Australian friends to visit Malaysia if they want to enjoy an affordable holiday excursion.

Shameful attitude of the Bangladesh government towards opposition leaders

Bangladesh massacre

I feel sorry to say that Bangladesh has become the worst Islamic country. Current government lead by the female Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has set new records of inhumanity and brutality. They have started killing elderly members of opposition parties Jamaat-e-Islami and Bangladesh Nationalist Party without meeting the legal requirements and carrying out due investigation. Recently they have hanged two very old men just because they were not in the favour of getting independence from Pakistan in 1971. Their names are Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid and Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury. Both of them were aged persons and were spending their last few years of life.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has always been sparking hatred against Pakistan through her silly comments. In 1999 when Pakistan lost a one day cricket match against the Banali side in the World Cup, which helped getting them test playing status, Hasina said that it was a revenge of 1971 war crimes. On the other side Pakistani skipper at that time legendary Waseem Akram showed happiness on another Islamic country getting the status.

In fact Bangladesh is being controlled by the enemies of Pakistan. Current Indian government lead by Prime Minister Modi has strong influence on the Bangali government. Same time Muslims in India are facing state sponsored discrimination. Both Indian and Bangladeshi governments must realise that such moves of hatred will result in unrest and they can expect a strong reaction from the religious extremist groups who can start terror attacks there.

On the other hand I feel that Pakistani government should immediately quit all diplomatic ties with Bangladesh as this country has always taken us as their enemy in spite of that fact that our soldiers were martyred there with the cooperation of Indian army. We need to stand up as a united nation against this state sponsored brutality.

Comparison between Big Apple (New York) and Harbour City (Sydney)

NYCSydney

I visited USA in the first fortnight of November 2015. When I got my Australian citizenship in June this year I planned to celebrate it by visiting great places. First I spent two beautiful days in Australian entertainment capital Gold Coast in July. Then I visited Auckland, New Zealand in October. My parents also accompanied me during this three day tour which was a memorable one.

On 6th of November I left for New York by a Qantas airline flight. During my stay there I was asked by many of my friends to compare the New York lifestyle with that of Lahore, Karachi and Sydney. I however replied that I would like to compare NYC with Sydney as it can’t be compared with Lahore or Karachi. It doesn’t mean that Lahore and Karachi are not good cities, but the reason why I can’t compare NYC with them will elaborate itself in the following paragraphs.

  1. Roads, rails and transport

Roads in both cities are generally good. However in New York there are lot more bridges, intersections and flyovers than those in Sydney. In all over USA you will find distances measured and written in miles rather than kilometres. However one thing that bothered me during my driving was the lack of speed limit signs in NYC, whereas in Sydney we see them quite often. In Australia we drive right hand cars on the left side while in the USA they drive left hand cars on the right side. Traffic rules are almost the same.

NYC has a much bigger metro train network as compared with the Sydney’s one. Trains in NYC are extra-long and have single deck. Many lines run parallel to each other and there are too many junctions. Even in Manhattan (NYC business and financial hub) there are countless stations. Sydney has a smaller train network but Sydney has much better double decker trains. NYC subway stations are not very good and present a poor impression whereas Sydney train stations are much cleaner.

Taxis in NYC are quite cheaper than those in Sydney. Uber is legal in USA and Uber drivers display a ‘U’ sign on their front screen to identify themselves. NYC also has a large number of private companies who have Lexus and other high brand cars which they rent out with their own drivers. They charge very reasonable fixed amounts for them.

  1. Manhattan Vs Sydney City

This is the main difference between these great cities. Manhattan is perhaps the biggest central business district (CBD) in the world. It has countless number of high rise buildings and departmental stores. Many head offices, branded stores and attractions are located there. Manhattan is divided in three areas, i.e. Uptown, Midtown and Downtown. Times Square is the heart of Manhattan. You can check it on YouTube. Sydney CBD is at least quarter of the Manhattan in area.

  1. Shopping and cost of living

USA as a whole is much cheaper for shopping especially if you are a traveller from Australia. Branded clothes are available at very good prices and you will find a very good variety there. House rents are almost the same. Sydney suburbs are much cleaner than the New York City neighbourhoods. Fuel prices are good in the USA and remain constant. Train fares are also cheaper in NYC and you pay fixed US$2.75 per journey regardless of the length of journey.

  1. Dining and Grocery stores

In New York I could not find a single fast food chain that serves halal food. Whereas in Sydney Nando’s and Oporto serve halal chicken. We also have many halal branches of KFC, McDonalds and Hungry Jack’s (Burger King brand name in Australia) in Sydney. In Manhattan however you will find many carts serving halal food. There is no cart culture in Sydney and in CBD halal food is not available easily.

In USA offering tip to the waiters and taxi drivers is a culture whereas in Australia there is no such culture. In Sydney we have a very large number of grocery supermarket stores managed by Woolworths, Coles and Aldi. In New York there are few stores managed by Safeway, Vons, Ralph, Food 4 Less and Aldi. Due to this small grocery stores are found in abundance.

Soft drink became Soda water in the USA. There is free refill on every McDonalds there. Coffee at the McDonalds is priced US$ 1 regardless of the size. Coffee cups at the cafes have a bigger size in USA.

7-Eleven have different types of coffees in both countries. In Australia you get coffee from machine, whereas in USA coffees at 7-Eleven are placed in containers that include Hazelnut, Vanilla and Caramel Lattes, and you have a large variety of different creams to mix.

  1. Lifestyle and culture

I liked NYC because markets and stores remain open till late there and families hang out till late on the weekends. In trains you will see African boys showing dances and difficult acrobatic tricks on fast music. They of course demand tip at the end. However undercover Police arrest them if they are patrolling on the train. Sydney in comparison is a quieter city for the families and after 5:00 pm there is no activity for them except dining out. Shops and stores keep open till 9:00 pm only on Thursday nights. Another thing that I noticed in NYC was the large number of Jewish community members. You will especially notice them on trains, and in Manhattan. In Sydney Jewish people mostly live near Bondi beach.

A last but not the least difference is the English accent. American accent is very different from the Australian one. They don’t twist the words like us and there is no ‘mate’ there. 🙂

In respect of Honourable Abdul Sattar Edhi

Edhi the great

Edhi

Pakistanis face lot of problems in their everyday life because of the uncontrollable terrorism, electricity load shedding and inflation. In these difficult  circumstances Edhi Foundation is a ray of hope for the citizens of our beloved motherland. Abdul Sattar Edhi is a living angel who established the world’s largest private ambulance service in Karachi in 1951. The great man didn’t get any assistance from any political party or the government and started serving the community with the help of donations from fellow citizens.

The Edhi Foundation provides 24-hour emergency assistance across the nation of Pakistan and abroad. The Foundation provides, among many other services, shelter for the destitute, free hospitals and medical care, drug rehabilitation services, and national and international relief efforts. Its main focuses are Emergency Services, Orphans, Handicapped Persons, Shelters, Education, Healthcare, International Community Centres, Blood & Drug Bank, air ambulance services, Marine and Coastal Services. (Source: Wikipedia)

Last week a very sad incident took place when some unknown robbers broke into a centre of Edhi Foundation located in Khara Dar, Karachi. Edhi sahib himself was there. The intruders were holding ammunition and asked the staff to hand them the keys. Edhi sahib requested them for not robbing charity money and jewellery but they didn’t listen to him and made him silent by giving the death threat. They looted a large amount of money and the jewellery and fled from the spot without any resistance.

This incident broke the heart of our beloved angel and he went into severe depression. Being a loyal Pakistani I also felt very sad and remained upset for some days after reading this news. However I feel sorry to say that unfortunately we have black sheep in our Islamic community. There are such brutal people in us who do the pickpocketing even in Holy Ka’aba during Hajj and Umrah’s. We have people in us who kill others without any reason, or for a mobile phone or a little money. We have people in us who rob jewellery from the bodies of dead persons. This is the reason of our downfall that we have no strong law and order in Pakistan due to which our nation saw this sad day when most undisputed and respectable man faced this bad incident.

Recently Malala Yousafzai has been awarded with the Nobel Prize and many Pakistani people on Facebook and Twitter are comparing her with Abdul Sattar Edhi sahib. They are of the view that Edhi sahib deserves this award much higher than Malala. Being an independent and unbiased writer I have concluded that Nobel Prize is not given justifiably. The committee is driven by some influential personalities.

Honourable Abdul Sattar Edhi himself is an organisation whose worth is much higher than Nobel Prize. I feel that Pakistani government must launch Edhi Award which should be given to the persons who work significantly for the community with full enthusiasm and dedication.

I salute Sir Abdul Sattar Edhi for all his devotion and passion for the needy persons. Allah may bless him with lots of rewards. Ameen!

Israeli terrorism and the shameful silence of Arab world

Once again heartless and brainless Israeli army started killing innocent Palestinian men, women, kids and old age people in Gaza. They are doing this shameful act in the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims all over the world keep fasts, do extra prayers and donate generously.

Palestine

On the other side there is once again complete silence from the neighbouring Arab countries. Allah SWT is punishing Muslims just because of their sectarian differences and lack of unity which is the main reason of this barbarian attitude of Israeli terrorists. If we look today’s situation thoughtfully we will find Shias and Sunnis fighting against each other in Arab countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Today one of my Indonesian friends in Sydney told me that in his country where Sunnis are in majority, Shias are considered as infidel (کافر). He added that he got his early education at an Islamic madrassa and was taught that Shias were non-Muslims.

In Iraq Sunnis and Shias are fighting for the sake of power (اقتدار). In Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Libya there are Muslims fighting against each other. In Pakistan and Afghanistan we see Taliban killing Shias and common people. Therefore I can say that we don’t need any other enemy for destroying us. We have atomic bombs but no passion (جذبہ) at all. Hundreds of years ago Hajjaj Bin Yousaf sent Muhammad Bin Qasim to the combined India on the complaint of one Muslim lady against the cruel ruler Raja Dahir. Today hundreds of Muslims are being slaughtered in Israel but Arab countries that fear from USA have sewed their lips against this uncontrolled barbaric and inhuman torture.

This is the time when we need real unity keeping all our internal sectarian differences on side. We need a united approach on controlling the mad Israeli leaders and army. Allah SWT will bless us with victory once we hold His rope together as per His instructions given in Quran. In Sydney Palestinian expatriates are holding a protest on Sunday afternoon. All Muslims in Sydney are requested to try their best in joining our sad Palestinian brothers in their sorrow.

We will always love you MAJID!!!

25 June 2014 marks the fifth death anniversary of our beloved younger brother Majid Javed. A charming youngster with an exceptional intellectual level, a champion’s smile and great sense of humour; left us for his heavenly abode five years ago.

Majid

Rashid and I were very lucky on having such a loving brother in our life who always stood beside us whenever we needed him, who always brought respect for the family with his successes and achievements during the studies and later in his jobs. He achieved whatever he wanted. However he could not fight with his long fatal disease that claimed his life.

Majid passed away physically on that day but he started a new journey in our hearts where he has his eternal place. No day passes by without his memories. He breathed his last on Thursday and since then every Thursday morning makes me sad….. I never need to think about Majid but he is always there in mind.

On Majid’s 5th anniversary Dr. Javed’s Family would like to thank our beloved Muhammad Ashfaq for his never ending love and care for us. Ashfaq is a true gem who always has proved his love, loyalty and dedication for us and above all for Majid. Ashfaq is my class fellow from my Civil Engineering class and has a very close association with our family. His father Muhammad Yousaf passed away on 27th December 2013. In spite of going through such difficult time he didn’t forget Majid and performed an Umra for him just after a few weeks. He is the first person out of our family who performed this noble act for our beloved Majid. We are highly obliged to him and pray Allah to bless Ashfaq with happiness, prosperity and success in his coming life. We are also highly obliged to Majid’s special friend Aamir Ali who put Majid’s name in RSVP on his wedding card even when Majid was not alive.

Dr. Javed’s Family can never ever forget two great persons who are not among us today, but they are always in our thoughts and prayers. We love our beloved uncles Humayoun Shamsi and Dr. Zaeem Jafri who managed to reach on his funeral in spite of their critical health conditions. We also remember the great role played by Major Tahir Ali on his death when he was in Abbottabad with his family and was at a medical centre for getting his son’s leg plastered that had a minor fracture. As soon as he heard about Majid’s death he left the treatment incomplete and rushed to Lahore.

We are also very much thankful to our beloved friend Ismail Ajaz (Khayaal) who wrote two beautiful poems on Majid after his death. He expressed our thoughts for Majid in a very beautiful way in his second poem.

We as Dr. Javed’s Family once again repeat our commitment with Majid that whoever ignored him on his death has no place in our life and insha Allah we will never forgive those who didn’t reach us in our pain and made lame excuses.

Majid……. We will always love you and you will remain with us forever like a glowing light and a twinkling star. Allah SWT bless you with the highest ranks in Jannat Ul Firdous. Ameen!

Pakistan leading towards peace and prosperity (Allah willing!)

Peace in Pak

Finally after a long tenure of terrorism, fear and disappointment, Pakistan has started gradually improving now. On the precious advice of PTI Chairman Mr. Imran Khan, prime minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif and his team started peace dialogues with the leadership of Taliban. As a good gesture Taliban assured of complete seize fire for one month, which was later extended. Soon after the start of their dialogues, some unknown hands tried to create the misunderstandings between both sides and blasted bombs in different corners of our beloved country. However Taliban leadership not only condemned the attacks but also gave a clear verdict that they were not involved in the blasts at all.

On the other side credit goes to the PML(N) government for somehow convincing the US government on stopping the drone attacks during the peace process. On the economic side, government has made some progress and US$ is now selling around PKR 98.00 in the open market which was selling around PKR 110.00 just a few days back. Recently fuel prices have also been brought down which has given some comfort to the transporters and the common people who drive their vehicles for going to work and meeting their everyday necessities.

However being responsible citizens now Pakistani people must learn from their individual mistakes so that the progress could be sustainable. We must develop habits of honesty, simplicity, hard working, mutual respect, tolerance and helping the people in need around us. We have to be free of any discrimination for others. We need to learn basic manners like how to cross a road, how to make a queue, how to greet others with smile, how to help a disabled person, and how to keep our streets clean. Insha Allah Pakistan will become a heaven then where people will prefer to live rather than immigrating to other countries after getting degrees from Pakistani universities.

پاکستان زندہ باد

Pakistan needs another Omar (RA)

Yesterday’s Pakistani newspapers brought another disturbing story. A mother named Bisma in Johar Town, Lahore killed her 2 year old daughter Minahil and 8 month old son Yousuf by pressing their throats after she had been unable to feed them with anything for 2-3 days. This sad incident took place because her husband has been on illegal drugs for a long time and they did not have enough sources to feed their kids. Police have arrested her. She told the media that she had no other option left for her except killing her kids who had been hungry for 3 days.

Lady who killed her kids due to hunger in Lahore

Lady who killed her kids due to hunger in Lahore (report in Urdu; courtesy of http://jang.com.pk)

Today I am thinking that our government has failed in taking care of the basic necessities of their citizens. People are dying because of hunger, but on the other side resourceful corrupt people are just increasing their assets and no one has the right to question them. A few days ago I was watching Geo TV programme “Aik Din Geo Kay Saath” (ایک دن جیو کے ساتھ), in which anchor Sohail Warraich spent a full day with the famous journalist Mr. Hassan Nisar.  I was highly surprised to see the lavish farm house of the later near Lahore which occupied many hectares. On Mr. Warraich question about the source of his income so called honest journalist replied that he made money mostly from the royalty of his books. I have been viewing books of people like Mustansar Hussain Tarrar, Ata ul Haq Qasmi, Perveen Shakir, Amjad Islam Amjad, Umera Ahmed and Bushra Rehman in the big bookstores in Lahore that sell very well but none of them could become rich like Mr. Hassan Nisar, any of whose books I could never find on shelves of the prominent bookshops that I have been visiting. However as he is a big fish, no one can dare to ask him about his source of income.

If we read the Islamic history, Omar (RA) has been the best ruler after Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) established the first ever Islamic government. Omar (RA) introduced stipend for the feeding mothers. He also developed a very good system of charity (through the zakat collection) that no one is his government could complain about the hunger. Omar (RA) was the person who used to say that if a dog died because of hunger, he as the ruler would be answerable to Allah on the day of judgement. However our Pakistani leaders are least bothered about their poor people and they are just busy in working on prolonging their power and transferring the same to their next generations; be it Bilawal Zardari, Mariam Nawaz, Hamza Shahbaz or Moonis Elahi.

Pakistanis now really need another Omar from Allah who could bring some comfort for them and at the same time establish a true system of justice where a common man could have right to question the ruler without any fear.