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I was in Karachi recently. I visited several areas of the city and as per my habit kept looking around. I had many observations, some of which I would like to share with you. It is with a tinge of regret that I share these observations.

Allama Iqbal Poetry

Passing by a school building, I saw some verses written on the wall. Below the verses, the name of Allama Iqbal was written to impress that this was his poetry. I have not read entire poetry of Iqbal, but we do have an idea what kind of poetry did he write. The verses were clearly not his. The balance (wazn) was out, choice of words was poor, and the message was so superfluously meaningless. I saw a similar thing on a school wall while coming from airport in Lahore.

School walls are not the only place where we find petty poetry with the name of some famous poet. WhatsApp forwards are notoriously busy with these. Small time magazines use these as fillers as they do not need to pay anyone. The maulvis are known for the fact that they would never utter correct poetry. We cannot say if it is by design or by mistake.

The point is why do we have to write wrong poetry? It is not difficult to get the correct one. The internet is full of such material, if we do not wish to search the books. For schools, it is a double sin as they are supposed to impart knowledge. If their own knowledge is incorrect, then the whole chain will become adversely affected. For others who like to quote Ghalib and Iqbal, it is humbly requested that either the quote be correct, or it should be avoided. An ‘out-of-wazn’ verse is easily discovered by everyone, even by those who do not have any love for poetry.

Aamil Parkash Bengali

We were passing through a busy area of Karachi. An ad was painted on at least one hundred panels of the wall. It said ‘Aamil Parkash Bengali’, solver of all problems related to ‘Jadoo’ and other such ‘Amaliyat’. Not much is given about his proficiency as he does not need to prove anything. Only his cell phone is given. Do consider that he is a non-Muslim, and he is advertising in a Muslim area and it can be understood that most of his clients would be Muslim. Parkash is among scores of other such ‘Aamils’ who claim extraordinary magical powers to destroy some and save others.

I have a question based on the scenario that these ‘amaliyat’ work. Whether they do or not is a separate matter. Let us say person A goes to Parkash and asks him to do some ‘Amal’ to destroy person B. Parkash complies. After few days, person B goes to Parkash and asks him to destroy person A. What will Parkash do, other than making money from both and making fool of both?

Another question. As Muslims, we believe that ‘Jadoo’ or ‘Seher’ does exist. We also know that practitioners of Seher commit an offence which shall have a huge punishment here and in the hereafter. Why do we still engage in such heinous activities? Why do we encourage people like Parkash to run their business in open daylight? Why do have so many such shops open and advertised? What is the responsibility of the government? What is the responsibility of people? Have we lost belief in Allah? Have we started (God forbid) believing in the devil? Have we become disciples of devils? The ‘hezb us shaitaan’? Where are we? What is our belief? What are our values?

These are all questions worth answering. I am not an expert on this matter to talk about its authenticity. I am talking about its legitimacy. The entire business is illegitimate, perverted and sinful. May Allah save us all from these things. Aameen.


I had had the opportunity to attend several marriages in the last few weeks. COVID SOPs were not observed anywhere. There were large gatherings and people interacted freely, without masks and social distancing. Women particularly considered themselves exempt because they had spent good money of make-up which would be damaged/destroyed/rendered useless by wearing mask. So, it was a matter of choosing between looking good or being safe. Looking good won hands down.

I am not exactly complaining about not observing SOPs. We are all included in it, me as well. Having said that, COVID is still lurking around and our laxity should not go beyond a certain point.


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1 comment

  1. Some Random Observations based on real hard Facts in our Society frequently have seen by us unfortunately every day were discussed by you in details in your today Blog Post topic
    There are three major observations were discussed with Great sorrowful and deeply Concerned by all of you living in our society community and country and nobody bothered to think these severe multiple mistakes and events occurred in our life almost every day but we didn’t courage to point out or condemn or took steps to correct these matters and mistakes or make awareness about these awful concerns to the people living around us and close to us in our society community and country
    These observations noted seriously by you during your visit to Karachi although these ugly scenes or events were seen in most of the cities of Pakistan daily
    First serious mistakes were observed and pointed out and wanted to make these mistakes corrected immediately although all of us really seen everyone daily that is some verses written on walls of our many Schools from Poetry of our Great national Poet Sir Allama Iqbal which are famous and read by us even learned by Heart to mostly our so called educated people never thought of creating changes and correcting these Verses which are written in no wazon in verses and may be arrangement of words is not in right places although these poetry of our national Hero is available in simple books available in our home and at every Books Stalls and now easily possible to take help from internet and computer but nobody even in the Schools take notice of these mistakes and make corrections this serious mistakes were observed by you in a walls of a School in city of colleges Lahore This crucial matter must be taken seriously and try to make awareness to the concerned and responsible people of Schools involved in this matter
    Second serious observations pointed out by you the mushrooms of Amil Baba available in busy bazaars and markets who claimed with lot of confidence to treat Jadoo and fulfilled all your desires in your Heart about marriage Alluads richness with lot of wealth success ensured about every desire or wishes for your bright and dreamy future
    Unfortunately the Amil Baba was a non Muslim Hindu named Parkash which is really ridiculous and shameful for a Muslim who are believed our Great Almighty Allah and our Quran Sharif which provides you every solution of our all daily problems
    This is a highly and more serious problem of our Society and as a true Muslim get spiritual help and support from our Great God
    This serious matter should be considered as a urgent and requires our full attention and make joint efforts to rather abolish these ugly unjustified and misleading our society community affected by these so called illiterates so called Ammils
    We should make our resources must be spent to abolish them from our society community and country Pakistan
    The last observations noticed by you is again although we fully understand and knowledge of disaster killing of innocent people by Covid19 and death rises up to lakhs through out whole world even hits by this Covid19 in every country wether most
    advanced countries like USA China Italy Spain India UK and all countries even Pakistan which introduces the terms Smart Lock Down and made clear cuts SOPs launched through out Pakistan and got initially best results from observed Smart Lock down and strictly following SOPs but unfortunately after getting maximum good results as compared to other countries our casualties were less as compared to countries like America Italy India Brazil Spain and other countries even every country affected Darsictictly because we become relaxed in following SOPs and smart Lock down these serious flaws resulted again not only increased death rates and more and more people are again suffering from Covid19 specially in marriages and mostly women got more Covid19 disease in our society community and country Pakistan
    Again same sincere spirits were must be shown as a true Great nation
    SOPs must be followed by us to avoid serious circumstances
    Tasleem Baig

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