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Being brave when it matters

11 Oct

Fear is a dangerous thing. It can create panic and obscure our purpose and journey. It can make us hesitant in doing the right thing to do. Few people in this world show valor at the time when it really matters, because the path of valor requires sacrifice. Because it is one thing to hurl threats against an enemy from afar, while looking at an armed and powerful enemy in the eye and standing your ground is another. It is this very reason that history only remembers those heroes who chose to fight for what they believed in regardless of the size of their enemy.

When a nation is fighting a war it rallies around its heroes. They are the ones who inspire others. They have influence beyond material output as they ignite passion among others and the will to resist. Malala Yousafzai is that warrior hero. She is the one who has eloquently used the most powerful weapon there is, to make grown men fear her, her vision, her philosophy and her resistance. If ever a book is written by the phrase ‘Pen is mightier than sword’, than her face should be on it. Some sections have pointed out that young children have died in Pakistan and indeed they keep on dying rather frequently in Baluchistan, FATA and other areas effected most by terrorism, so why such special focus on her? For such people I would say ‘Open your eyes. It is not every day that you can find a hero that has the potential to inspire thousands of others’

Unfortunately for her, she is the hero of a war which is least likely to be owned up by its own people who are supposed to defend themselves. She is the hero of a nation which has sunk its head in the sand and has not, even after these many years not made up its mind whether to even acknowledge the enemy. Can she grow beyond herself to change all that?

For her part, she has mostly done her job. When grown up leaders were questioning whether terrorist attacks on schools do actually exist or is it all some media propaganda, (you all know who you are) she was 11 year old girl facing all the situation herself and decided to speak up against all that herself through her pen and through her voice. One assumes she would have tried to do so by hand as well if she was old enough. Her story would make many grownups feel like a useless lot. I for one surely feel that way.

She showed valor when it all mattered. She was in the thick of the situation and yet she spoke up. Not from her drawing rooms in farm houses of Islamabad and Lahore. Even after the cowards threatened her she remained brave. There is nothing further that we can demand of her. Well perhaps we could ask her to kick our leaders in the nuts whenever she recovers. Perhaps that would help them realize that they may have them still. Will that throw in some senses? They sure do need a reminder. None have clearly spoken against the enemy even half bravely as her. Even Imran Khan clearly admitted it citing safety for his own workers as a concern. Many circles have criticized him for his statement, I would say at least he had this much courage to say these words, while there has been complete silence from other leaders and our National Assembly which has issued a mere redundant and bogus condemnation. If today also, we do not recognize this as our war than when will we?

The reasons given by TTP spokesman make one thing clear. This IS an ideological war and not reactionary. The terrorists are people who have their own mindset over how they want to see Pakistan through their closed mind. Anything other than that is against them and is a threat for them. No matter if she happens to be a 14 year old girl.

Meanwhile in an evil parallel Universe …

23 Sep

The blasphemous movie producers and opportunist distributor find them in a peculiar situation after thousands of white flowers were sent to their homes with little teddy bears bearing signs of ‘Get Well Soon’.

The campaign started by reformist cleric of Lebanon, Sheikh Hassan Nasrullah has gained widespread momentum and appreciation. Muslims from all around the different countries have responded to his call positively. One such case is of a peace activist in Pakistan by the name of Malik Ishaq, who alone donated for the ten thousand white jasmine flowers to be delivered to Terry Jones.

When Nasarullah was asked about the campaign itself he shared that he was very much influenced by the teachings of great South Asian pacifist Abul Alaa Mohan Daas Maududi.

“I am a strong believer of Maududi-giri. I believe his philosophy and message of love and peace can conquer hearts across the globe. I just hope in whatever heaven he might be, he would be proud of me today”, Nasarullah said after removing a tear of joy from his eyes.

In addition to this campaign many Muslims across the globe are distributing free copies of Quran and participating widely in philanthropic activities. A teenage activist and hit singer, Ghulam Ahmad Bilor said that he is not bothered by people like the movie producers and the best way he can serve the Prophet SAW is by following in his footsteps.

While the reactions have been appreciated by people from all walks of life across the globe, not many share the same sentiment. International criminal cum terrorist cum cult figure, The Dalai Lama is of the opinion that Muslims are pussies and if something similar had come out about Budha he would have personally ripped the fu**in throat of the director.

“And then I would have grown my Satanic horns”

Speaking via satellite from his secret evil lair, the felon reissued the fatwa of murder of alleged blasphemer painter, M.F Hussain for his painting of the laughing Budha and increased the bounty from 3 million Bangladesh Taka to a mind boggling five million Taka.

In other news, violent protests have started in The Greater Israel by the majority Ahmadiyya community after some unknown Muslim cleric from Czechoslovakia posted an image of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad with a caption “Imposter” on his facebook page. Demanding death penalty for the blasphemer, protesters burned the state buildings and attacked minority Muslim and Jewish  population, accusing both of being a part of a greater conspiracy against their religion. However, the major damage was done in the capital city of Jerusalem by the community against its own people after enraged protesters ran out of patience to find any Muslim or Jew nearby.

Democratically elected president of Saudi Arabia and Nobel prize winner, Princess Ameerah showed grave concerns over the safety of minorities of The Greater Israel and also condemned the Czech cleric for instigating hatred against the other community.

The e$$ence of $hirk and continous decline of media

10 May

Disclaimer: I have tried to write this article in a way that it may not smell in anyway of sectarianism. But  still, if any of the content disturbs any man of faith, than let it be known, it is only because of you.

وَإِذْ قَالَ لُقْمَانُ لِابْنِهِ وَهُوَ يَعِظُهُ يَا بُنَيَّ لَا تُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ ۖ إِنَّ الشِّرْكَ لَظُلْمٌ عَظِيمٌ {13}

[Shakir 31:13] And when Luqman said to his son while he admonished him: O my son! do not associate aught with Allah; most surely polytheism is a grievous iniquity–

The arabic word لَظُلْمٌ literal meaning is to place something out of its proper place. When a human being puts his own life in the hands of some idol which can bestow no favor upon him, he has not only done لَظُلْمٌ with the Creator and Sustainer, but with his own soul as well. At the end of the day he is conned into something which has no profitable effect on him. People often talk of shirk as injustice to God, but if you look more closely it should not bother a bey-niaz God. Why than it is the biggest sin? Because by indulging in it, man has actually lowered his own worth. It is by knowing one’s self that a man can truly understand God.

Quran in many of its verses has asked mankind to ponder upon its own creation. Humans are the best of the creations and human mind is capable of performing wonders which a man himself can not fathom at start. And yet even today, man is compelled to indulge in such hocus-pocus that one wonders how a human mind at one time can elevate itself to seven heavens and while at other times sink to the depths of existence.

Contrary to what people may think, shirk has more to do with human’s personal life rather than just a set of beliefs. It appears that demi gods need to be satisfied over time with expensive gifts and luxurious offerings. A God does not need gold offerings or ridiculous clock towers around His house.

They ask thee what they should spend (In charity). Say: Whatever ye spend that is good, is for parents and kindred and orphans and those in want and for wayfarers. And whatever ye do that is good, -Allah knoweth it well.
( سورة البقرة , Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #215)

But since demi gods are created by humans, they require high maintenance. Men whose bread and butter depends upon people $erving the demi gods would never want humans to interact with God directly cutting the middle man or idol in between. That is why in Islam in its original form it is forbidden to charge for teaching Quran, religious guidance or any other form of preaching.

But man would not let that happen. Sometimes the rulers themselves act like demi gods. No wonder a major  part of human history involves kings and caliphs who either claimed to be manifestations of God themselves or His chosen ones.  Thinking of Pakistan we are still living in malukiat where either someone just takes the  throne himself by an iron fist or we keep giving our own fates in hands of  incompetent and callous people . Sometimes these demi gods appear in form of humans wearing religious cloaks and titles. They would want a qari to help you recite (not understand) Quran, an orator to mint money by making people wail over religious tragedy, a pandit to recite rituals of scattering ashes of dead father in the sacred water, a priest to listen to the sins you have committed, something which is between you and your God, and to ensure that you funds are properly being used for the welfare of the ‘people of God’. Or if you are of a less skeptic nature, perhaps a pir to keep you safe from all the ailments that may or may not befall you.

The middle man does not wish to leave you, because the middle man has to earn his bread after all.

But of course some have bigger appetites than others. For instance there lives a pir sahab in one of the very posh residential areas of Lahore, whose porch is always filled with cars such as Mercedes, BMWs, Prados, Pajeros and God-knows-what-else-luxury vehicles. This Pir sahab charges tens of thousands of rupees per sitting to ‘cure’ ailments varying from cancer to black magic. There is no money back guarantee of course, because if you are not cured, it is because you have not put up enough faith or you failed to do things according to his directives. I am not aware if he has actually cured anyone or not (however I know someone whom he has not), but he has very powerful friends or should I say mureed. One would think that healers would have time for the unfortunate ones who can not afford heavy prices as well, but of course it is too much to ask. After all how can one find time for the poor when there are worthy people available. Perhaps I should not be too cynic.

Sad part involving all this is that 1. It is not limited to uneducated people only 2. The trend does not seem to go down. That is the reason perhaps our morning shows have dedicated special weeks and programs for pir sahibs to ‘heal’ our nation. I happened to see one of such instances:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPWiR0KMVag

Here is Baba Jhanday Wala (so much for the creativity in choosing then name) curing people through live calls to save them from djinies, break black magic curses, or cure fertility problems of dejected couples . And if you are not convinced from his name that he is for real, you just need to watch his ‘miracles’ and be enlightened. . Behold! Following are the ultimate steps done by the Baba G to prove that he is for real:

Step A: Listen to the problem of  the aggrieved.

Step B: Hold a tasbeeh between his fingers.

Step C: If it moves to and fro, announce that the problem will be solved. If it doesn’t, then  Baba jee will do something about it.

Only if all the world’s problems could end with the motion of a tasbeehBaba ji informs us that he does not charge for his services. Although people on mazaars sometimes give him 2 thousand or 5 thousand for a  single taweez. Open ended business helps in no tax returns you know. Baba ji informs us that we should not have faith in him ( duh!), but to have faith in the Quran he is holding. Incidentally,  which chapter of Quran  prescribes this method for curing the ailments?  Prophet SAW was advised to recite Surah Naas and Falaq, while we need to sit and watch a man making funny faces to calm our nerves?

This kind of thing has implications far worse than what may seem. Over reliance and faith in what healers or fortune tellers may say can break houses. In one of ARY DIGITAL’s fortune telling show ‘Sitaron say agay ‘, once a caller wanted to inquire about the reason for her not having son when the fertility tests the couple had done had come out fine.  According to host’s claim however, his hisab suggested that the problem lay with the husband. I do not know what happened in the house after that call had been completed.

Instead of media being used to project knowledge, we are projecting kala jadu or us kay tor . On more than one occasion, weeks have been dedicated for different morning shows for airing specifically this type of garbage. God wants humans to widen their horizon while we are hell bent on descending down the depths of ignorance.

‘Fuztu Bi Rabbil Kaaba’ – Ameer Al Momineen Alehe Salam!

16 Jun

By the Lord of Kaaba

Fuztu Bi Rabbil Kaaba
“By the Lord of Ka’aba, I succeeded”

These were the last words uttered by a person who is known in history with many titles i.e, Lion of the Lord, Wasir of Prophet, Khilafa e Rashid, Conqueror of Khyber. But most importantly and most personnel to my heart; Commander of the Faithful. There are many reasons to call him that. Historically speaking in those times commander of Muslim armies were referred to this title. Later it got exclusive for caliphs/ameers. Ali a.s being the first choice general of most of battles during life of Muhammad SAW and an agreed upon Khalifa e Rashid, is perhaps best suited for such title. But these I guess are not the main reasons for that.

Ali a.s was and is an emblem of faith. Whether it was time to show faith in Muhammad SAW when he was just a teenager in a gathering of elders of Bani Hashim, or the time of Khandaq when faith of many people got week due to fear of opposition warrior, or the time when he was struck with the poisonous sword which eventually resulted in his martyrdom, his faith in the message of Muhammad SAW and belief that what he was doing, was for the cause of justice and Islam, never shook for the moment. Not many people can claim such a thing. Perhaps this is the reason that when Ali a.s went on to fight Umr Bin Abdowad in Khandaq, Prophet SAW called him kull-e-eemaan.

[Shakir 2:155] And We will most certainly try you with somewhat of fear and hunger and loss of property and lives and fruits; and give good news to the patient,
[Shakir 2:156] Who, when a misfortune befalls them, say: Surely we are Allah’s and to Him we shall surely return.

Above verse was revealed in praise of Ali a.s when he was given the news of death of Hamza a.s, while fighting during the battle of Uhud, Without, deviating any attention from the battle itself, this is what he said. And I guess this pretty much summed up his whole life and the whole philosophy behind it and the reason why he went on to achieve such mairaj in faith. People do many things many times, just because they feel at that time that this is the right thing to do. They have faith in their judgment for that moment, but when the consequences of their actions retrieve disappointments and failures, they lament over their own decisions and actions. On the other hand, if our every action is based on the belief that we are doing this for Allah because he is the source of our life and in the end we will go back to Him, there will be no remorse. It is no wonder that during his whole life, there is no evidence that would suggest that Ali a,s lamented over any of his actions that he should have perhaps taken a different course of actions for any particular conflict. Although many Orientalists and Muslim ‘intellectuals’ over the history have showed their concern that perhaps Ali a.s could have avoided conflicts by being more ‘diplomatic’ in his approach. But the goal of Ali a.s was not to achieve diplomatic victories, but to establish justice, rule of law, or rather I should say rule of Allah in the land of Allah.

The statement shared earlier is no ordinary statement. It is perhaps unique in its nature because such statements are not associated with Caliphs/kings. Many leaders of past civilizations spent their lives doing what they desired, but peace of mind and sense of doing the right thing for the right cause eluded them. It is not easy managing the affairs of people. Indeed pious rulers like Umar Bin Abdul Aziz r.a also used to weep often, while thinking what responsibility lay on their shoulders. If we see predecessors of Ali a.s, during their last times, peace eluded them and they wished they had been anything but humans. One even wished to be a goat so it could be eaten and drained/wasted by humans. As for many of his following successors, many of them were too busy playing with power sharing games and securing thrones for their jaanasheens, to be bothered about showing any remorse or even believing in it for that matter. Lord Acton said ‘Power corrupts people. Absolute power corrupts absolutely’.

Wrong!

Ali a.s said ‘Power does not corrupt any person. It merely brings out their true color’. And indeed it brought true color of Ali’s a.s own personality to the world. There are not many people who can be called majestic and humble at the same time. His persona reflected royalty, while his dress code reflected humility. A warrior who was feared by many in the battles, while available easily for the general public. A charismatic ruler who did not bow down to pressure of friends and foes alike and who did what he believed in, because he believed he will eventually return to his Lord and answer him and that he did not owe answers to any other.

If it is difficult to find any Caliph/King being associated with the earlier statement, it is without a doubt impossible to find any suitable candidate for this statement, if he endured the same conditions which Ali a.s faced during his tenure as a Caliph. Ali a.s had to face betrayals by followers, deceit by enemies, incompetence and ignorance of his soldiers, blackmail by the powerful ones, but still he never deviated from his duties. Any other person would perhaps have sought petty measures in order to appease people, or fierce ones in order to crush opponents while ignoring justice. Ali a.s maintained equilibrium of justice, while being questioned all the time about his true intentions, by friends and foes alike. He remained calm and sober. A trait shared by his son Hassan a.s, who was subject to many taunts in his life, but he also never lost his patience or the charitable smile. In times of distress, while Ali a.s lamented lack of help and ineptitude of his followers, he never for once lamented over any of the decisions or his strive for justice. That is the reason, he even did not lost patience in his time of death and as he proclaimed proudly ‘Fuztuu Bi rabbil Ka’aba’, he was happy and content with what time God had given him and the chance to serve his most favorite Prophet SAW. He knew he succeeded because perhaps he could see his master SAW coming towards him once again, to whom he had swore allegiance, to whom he always remained loyal, to whom he fulfilled all his promises.

He got martyred and by the time people realized what had gone last and what ad replaced him, they could not do anything about it. Ali a.s became a legend. A hero who was glorified through poetic rhymes and whose death was lamented by those who cherished his generosity, honesty, piety, valor and above all, his faith. His heroics got a special place for him in history, poems and the hearts of believers.

Unfortunately, while many got attracted to his charisma, not many got his real message. The battles fought in his era were hushed up under the tables while conversations and sirens of mosques. Critical study and analysis of his era got limited to biased approaches. If people had looked into his era objectively, many of problems of today’s corruption, extremism and terrorism could have been dealt with in an effective way. But preset minds and close hearts perhaps will not allow that for some time at least. However, it does not require deep analysis committee to understand the very simple essence of Ali’s a.s life which he himself mentioned. The faith that we are from Allah and to Him we will return.

[Shakir 2:157] Those are they on whom are blessings and mercy from their Lord, and those are the followers of the right course.

Hail the emblem of faith! Hail the Commander of Faithful!

Assalmaolaika Ya Ameer Al Moineen, Assalmoalaika ala Yasoob e deen.

Thank You Salman! You’re a martyr

5 Jan

I can cite Quran to suggest blasphemy laws in Pakistan are against the very spirit of Islam. I can refer to the fact that the prosecutor of Asia Bibi in an interview with CNN was saying this law is not an Islamic, but a Pakistani law. I can also argue that how do we decide what exactly comes under blasphemy? Who is going to judge what is the limit of argument when question will come under an insult? Surely it is a blasphemy to say Muhammad SAW was not a real messenger of God? But isn’t that obvious that every one in the world who is not a Muslim would think that? I can refer to the fact that Prophet SAW while he was in full power and control of Medina remained patient while people like Ibn a Ubai used to throw sarcastic remarks against him? And only when he accused mother of believers of adultery was he punished and that too due to wrong allegation on a woman rather than any blasphemy. If there had been any other woman apart from mother of believers the punishment of hadood would still have been the same. I could also refer to the fact that Khawarij had accused Hazrat Ali a.s of being an infidel and yet he did not took arms upon them until they started violence?

I could do all that and every thing will still be in vain. Redundant, unnecessary, useless. Just like blowing trumpets on deaf ears. Because it has been same. People hardly change their views. Whatever is told to anyone from their elders is being taken by them with out any question. Irony is that if we start taking all the good stories told and advices told by our elders instead of confused jumble of rubbish ideas which are man made instead of being in the book of God, can you imagine how much we can change our lives in a better way?

Sadly through our religions we have only learnt to draw lines between believers and infidels. Between my sect and your sect. Between secular and extremism. We are so far away from each other in our side of the border that every body forgot the fact that every now and than people from either side ought to come and talk about why the hell they are far away in the first place?

Isn’t it ironic that Islam which emerged as a social force which drove people to common goals of monotheism, justice, women rights (imagine women inheritance in 7th century Arabia?), non racism and tolerance is now seen as something mid-evil which is non compatible with the 21st century? And that too due to some bigots.

What ever I would write would be just words. But what Salman Taseer did was a lot more than that. He stood for a principle and believed in it. And he was assassinated as an innocent. He was assassinated while the murderer had a gun in his hand and he was with out any.

It is pretty obvious that in an argument if one side looses the words and use the bullets instead, it ought to realise it is on the wrong side of the argument.

It is very disheartening to realise that I live in a country where there are elements who are condoning this act of cowardice. Through Islam, these people have only learnt hating jews, calling west as Satan and labelling every one out of fold of Islam and deserving of death. No wonder Muslims are in a sorry state in this world as promised by God in Quran:

Quran [2:85] Yet you it is who slay your people and turn a party from among you out of their homes, backing each other up against them unlawfully and exceeding the limits; and if they should come to you, as captives you would ransom them– while their very turning out was unlawful for you. Do you then believe in a part of the Book and disbelieve in the other? What then is the re ward of such among you as do this but disgrace in the life of this world, and on the day of resurrection they shall be sent back to the most grievous chastisement, and Allah is not at all heedless of what you do.

We have chosen to believe only what our hate filled heart desire and left the real spirit of our religion, which is that we have come into this world to contribute in making it a better place. If that is not happening there is some serious and gross mistake in our understanding of religion and a Just God to be more specific.

Than you Salman for being brave enough to stand for a principle which should be backed by every person who believes in a just God. Though in your life you had been a man of many colours and indeed you had your fair share of drawbacks as alleged by your alleged son, but you died for a just cause. You died as a martyr! A merciful God works in mysterious ways indeed.

I end my article with verses of Quran which I am sure will not fall to many ears just like this incident did not change some minds:

When thou seest men engaged in vain discourse about Our signs, turn away from them unless they turn to a different theme. If Satan ever makes thee forget, then after recollection, sit not thou in the company of those who do wrong.
( سورة الأنعام , Al-Anaam, Chapter #6, Verse #68)

[Yusufali 6:69] On their account no responsibility falls on the righteous, but (their duty) is to remind them, that they may (learn to) fear Allah.

[Yusufali 6:70] Leave alone those who take their religion to be mere play and amusement, and are deceived by the life of this world. But proclaim (to them) this (truth): that every soul delivers itself to ruin by its own acts: it will find for itself no protector or intercessor except Allah: if it offered every ransom, (or reparation), none will be accepted: such is (the end of) those who deliver themselves to ruin by their own acts: they will have for drink (only) boiling water, and for punishment, one most grievous: for they persisted in rejecting Allah.

Paradoxical protest!

23 May

And when they hear vain talk, they turn away therefrom and say: “To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the ignorant.”
( سورة القصص , Al-Qasas, Chapter #28, Verse #55)

So 20 May came and passed. But the ridiculous euphoria surrounding it has not finished yet. It is sad and funny at the same time to see many people jumping all over the issue. But overall I should say it was a sad day for many reasons.

Not because a bunch of low life trolls posted some pictures of Prophet Muhammad SAW and felt they had served humanity by doing so, but also because once again we Muslims proved that we are the best publicists any one can have. All they got to do is piss us off! And we will make them an overnight celebrity.

Let’s get some thing straight. I am not against the boycott. If someone is rightly offended by the cartoons and thinks that facebook is responsible, he/she should delete his/her account and say goodbye to it for good. What I am against is blowing trumpets out of this whole issue in a way that could only help the cause of the culprits. Let’s face it. The whole media thrives on controversy. More controversy, more news. And the more you are on news, the more famous you become. Its simple rule. IF we really had not made the whole issue out of it, this event would probably have gone un-noticed with very little coverage. Now however it seems to be among the top headlines. After the creation of the page itself, all the creator needed was extra advertisement. Which was loyally provided by amount of anti-draw day pages on facebook. It did not help of course that most of such groups were Pakistanis. And since Pakistan has no problems of its own, us Pakistanis like to take things to a whole new level. One thing led to another and Pakistan banned facebook, youtube, wikipedia, proceeded and preceded by angry protests all over big cities of the country. Although we Pakistanis are very humble about our acts, still international media always never misses the chance to share our glorious acts to the whole world. All the international coverage to the event and Pakistan’s reaction resulted in more publicity, more members, more pictures, more hate filled content for the group. Exactly what any one would have wished for. Molly Norris, who had come up with an original idea (even though she has distanced herself from the event and has apologized)has been mentioned so much in the news lately that she has become an overnight celebrity. And the facebook creators have what they wanted.

How would Allah wants us to react:

When thou seest men engaged in vain discourse about Our signs, turn away from them unless they turn to a different theme. If Satan ever makes thee forget, then after recollection, sit not thou in the company of those who do wrong.
( سورة الأنعام , Al-Anaam, Chapter #6, Verse #68)

[Yusufali 6:69] On their account no responsibility falls on the righteous, but (their duty) is to remind them, that they may (learn to) fear Allah.

[Yusufali 6:70] Leave alone those who take their religion to be mere play and amusement, and are deceived by the life of this world. But proclaim (to them) this (truth): that every soul delivers itself to ruin by its own acts: it will find for itself no protector or intercessor except Allah: if it offered every ransom, (or reparation), none will be accepted: such is (the end of) those who deliver themselves to ruin by their own acts: they will have for drink (only) boiling water, and for punishment, one most grievous: for they persisted in rejecting Allah.

It does not come as a surprise though that the best answer comes from the book of Allah. A best way we should have handled the situation and this thing would have gone un noticed. We should keep in mind of course that this event itself would have never occurred if there was no death threats against south park creators. It should also be kept in mind that this particular series has mocked even holocaust, depicted Jesus a.s all the time and has left almost no thought process un-mocked.

Contrary to what facts Pakistani sms and pseudo scholars/anchors/writers/journalists are quoting, the fact remains that Pakistan is not even in top 30 countries of FB users. Yet, people all over Pakistan are probably believing that FB is loosing billions daily due to ban in Pakistan. After all why would any one need to check boring facts like FB will be touching billion dollars revenue in total in this fiscal year, when one gets a proof by a forwarded sms. I mean the latter evidence is far more superior.

Pakistan did not create much trouble for the ban, but the news it created helped users in other countries find the page.

The irony does not end here. During past few days I have display of such hypocrisy and ignorance that is so shameful that it can not even be helped by a good laughter. I have seen people using proxies to check their farm’s status while they have the boycott facebook display pic on the very day of May 20, people [b]joining[/b] the facebook boycott event groups (after the date that is). Yes you heard it right. People were supporting/liking updates/statuses of such groups while using the facebook itself. It reminds me of a joke about clerics who went on tableegh and promised to say astaghfar when ever any of them sees a woman. After some time, one of them said ‘Astaghfirullah!’. All umped while saying ‘kidhar hai, kidar hai‘. Than of course there is a page created ‘Draw Mark Zukherberg’s Mom’ which asks omitting un-artistic things like shoes and clothes in the picture. Hey! I am all up for giving Islamic replies. In some cases ignorance goes beyond the limits of being lame to total retardness. When ever I tried to talk to anybody about the issue of the purpose of this whole thing, I got replies like ‘if someone insults your mother/father in front of you what will you do?’. And I am always like ‘so lame dude’. I mean WTF! People find it same that someone is insulting your dear one at your face and someone sitting across different continent posting some useless picture in a virtual forum? I mean am I the only one who does not get the analogy? No I am not. But sadly voices howled in anger always get the more attention. The most funny yet embarrassing stunt has been played by har-dil-aziz scholar [b]Dr[/b] Amir Liaqat Hussain who has come up with ingenious theory that facebook does not write its name with capital ‘F’ because that way Christian cross can not be made.

I would let you take a moment for it so that it may sink in properly.

Wow!

Seriously!

It does not help is cause of course by the fact that the owner himself is a jew. In which case I should think he really lost himself a good jewish conspiracy theory. Come to think of it, if we combine both the conspiracies, we can say something on the lines like ‘jews he hidden cross in facebook in order to mock Christians and Muslims together because they had put Jesus a.s on it’. See how easy it is hatch a conspiracy theory. And this guy is not even good as the average conspiracy theorist. I mean this is the sorry state of our affairs. This is the man who by many is considered a true Muslim. Not only that, he is the baby face of all the scholars of Pakistan on TV. The man not only is in scholar’s (clerics I should say) company all the time, they quite need his company as well to be able to speak on TV. When nation can be mobilized by fools of his kind, it is no wonder that we will always be participating in a lost cause. That is if we are not actually helping our own enemies.

Conversation of brothers of faith about facebook

20 May

Brother A: Peace be on your brother! Alhumdulillah we have successfully damaged revenue of Zionist facebook. Now they would know better to mess with Muslim ummah!

Brother B: Peace be on you too! Yes Inshallah our azan will not go unheard. I have recruited many people to actively boycott the whole website.

Brother A: Yes well done. I have managed to gather as many people as I can to make facebook account before its ban in order for them to participate in boycott

Brother B: Jazak Allah! Very smart of you brother.

Brother A: Thank you! So what do u think we should do now. we have time and there is no facebook to do dawa on it.

Brother B: We can see some dawah videos on youtube so that our eeman is refreshed.

Brother A: Good idea

(Opens youtube.com on computer)

Brother A: Something is wrong. It is restricted.

Brother B: WHAT? Why?

Brother A: Dont know. May be because of other anti islamic videos on it.

Brother B: But there were many Islamic videos as well.

Brother A: Well there are many muslims and islamic discussions on facebook as well.

Brother B: But that is different. They are jews.

Brother A: Yes of course! Good point.

Brother B: But dont u think if we can not put videos using youtube, only other side’s stories will be shared and our side will not be heard

Brother A: Yuh but at least we would be away from the kufar and will remain pure.

Brother B: You …. You are right I guess. Sorry I think my eman is not as great as yours.

Brother A: (After thinking something) Do u think my neighbours will be harvesting my farm?

Brtoher B: What? Oh! … Ahmmm… But arent all your neighbours boycotting facebook?

Brother A: I have some non muslim foreigner friends whom i play with.

Brother B: You are making acquaintance with kuffar?

Brother A: They are ahl e kitab! Its different.

Brother B: Ok! But you will see all those who are doing this will pay heavily.

Brother A: Yuh just like that Danish cartoonist who was burned alive.

Brother B: Who told you that. He is alive.

Brother A: How can one survive after being burned?

Brother B: But brother he wasnt burned.

Brother A: You mean all those email I got were …. ?

Brother B: Not true.

Brother A: Ooh! … Ohhhhh! …

Brother B: But at least he got head butt.

Brother A: Huh! Serves him right for ruining my farms… I mean making cartoons.

Brother B: True!

*Silence follows for few minutes*

Brother B: I had received a puppy you know lately. I dont know who would take care of it, all my neighbours are on boycott.

Brother A: Allah takes the responsibility of those who do not have any one to take care for them

Brother B: Yuh you are right. O wait ….

Brother A: What is it brother?

Brother B: Could this be all a big diversion? I mean we were going pretty well in mafia wars against the kuffar.

Brother A: So?

Brother B: So this drawing day could be a zionist hindus conspiracy to make us boycott facebook and they will go to higher levels than us.

Brother A: (After thinking for a moment) Damn! Those yahoodo nasaara got us again.

*Brother A Dies in shock!*