ISLAMABAD: A petitioner has requested the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan to disqualify Senator Aitzaz Ahsan for incorrectly reciting a Surah (verse) from the Holy Quran.

Television footage aired on Sunday showed the Pakistan People’s Party leader ‘incorrectly’ reciting the Quranic verse during a reception ceremony in Lahore for former president Asif Ali Zardari. The videos showed Ahsan trying to recite Surah Ikhlaas twice, but failing to do so correctly.

Dr. Abid Rauf Orakzai, of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), pleads that the court should order the Chairman Senate to direct the issue to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The petitioner argues that Surah-e-Ikhlaas is a foundation of Tauheed (the basic pillar of Islam), and by not being able to recite it correctly Aitzaz Ahsan is not eligible to be a member of Parliament.

He further requested the court to ask Ahsan to recite the first and second Kalmas and offer Salah.

The federal government and chief election commissioner and the PPP leader have been made parties in the petition.

This is not the first time that such a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court for against a parliamentarian for ‘incorrect’ recitations of holy texts.

In January 2011 the court was moved against former Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, for incorrectly reciting the Surah Ikhlaas.

According to Article 62 of the constitution of Pakistan, a member of Parliament should not “violate(s) Islamic Injunctions,” should have “adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings,” and practices “obligatory duties prescribed by Islam.”

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Iftikhar
September 9, 2013 5:01 pm

He should be disqualified.

Goga Nalaik
September 9, 2013 5:21 pm

OMG!

A molvi who has hardly spent a few years in school has the power to throw a Barrister in Law out of the senate. It is possible only in Pakistan.

Am I dreaming!!!

Naseer Ahmed
September 9, 2013 5:21 pm

He should learn the HOLY QURAN now.still it is not too late for him as he is still a little child. There is nothing more pitiable than not to recite this small verse of the HOLY BOOK

Bakhtawer Bilal
September 9, 2013 5:24 pm

This should at least lead to one positive outcome. People should stop trying to make every occasion a religious congregation.

Anees
September 9, 2013 5:31 pm

The SC should order him to learn it from Rahman Malik.

sabeeh omer
September 9, 2013 5:28 pm

Is this the only DEFINING qualification of PPP's top brass? It was not long ago when the ex-Interior Minister failed miserably in his attempts to read from a written Quranic script in one of the cabinet meetings. He too had cut such a sorry figure. SHAME!

NJM
September 9, 2013 5:31 pm

Not at all surprised. In fact we have been focusing our whole energy in grooming our children towards getting them the so called English education and totally ignoring them from the basic teachings of Islam. How many of us offer prayers 5 times a day - forget about the recitation of Holy Quran as we as a parents hardly pay serious attention in getting our children taught Holy Quran from the best tutor.

May Almighty Allah forgive us and guide us the correct Path. Aameen

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
September 9, 2013 5:38 pm

If it is really true, then this is highly shameful, totally unwarranted, grossly unacceptable and absolutely uncalled for, to say the least.

All Muslims know very well the importance of 'Surah-e-Ikhaas' from the 30th and last 'seepara' of the Holy Quran. Apart from being one of the four 'Qul' Surahs, all of which start from the word 'Qul' which means 'say', it is one of the easiest but most important Surahs of the Holy Quran. Generally speaking, by the time a Muslim kid is six or seven years old, he or she is able to 'remember by heart' the great 'Surah-e-Ikhlas' along with the other three Surahs starting with the word 'Qul.'

If a person of Barrister Aitezaz Ahsan's stature is unable to properly read 'Surah-e-Ikhaas' which is one of fundamental Surahs of the Holy Quran and also one of the shortest and the easiest to remember for any ordinary Muslim no matter where he or she stem from, then may God Almighty save the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, its land and people, from this type of so-called Muslim leaders. In particular the leaders who proclaim to be top attorneys or # one lawyers of the country but openly make a mockery of the law in general and the article 62 of the constitution of the country in particular. Aameen, Tsum Aameen.

OMG
September 9, 2013 5:38 pm

give this man a brake, This man was trying his best to speak a foreign language !!

Jaan Mohd
September 9, 2013 5:46 pm

It means that he is good only for speaking lie....

ali asghar
September 9, 2013 6:09 pm

It is pity that some of our elected representatives can not recite Surah-e- Ikhlaas correctly. May Allah Taala Subhana forgive us.

NJM
September 9, 2013 6:33 pm

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad: Aameen Summa aameen.

Beautifully composition perhaps that I couldn't and which has not even been considered to publish.

Wasif
September 9, 2013 6:37 pm

What about politicians from religious minority groups e.g. Christians, Hindus, etc? Do they need to recite Surah Ikhlas too to be a part of the government/parliament/senate? I am sure Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman can recite Surah Ikhlas quite well, but does that make him a better politican or human being than other people?

Hassan
September 9, 2013 6:47 pm

The country is heading towards its logical end, i.e. absolute destruction. What if someone does not recite a Quranic Verse correctly, its between God and Aitezaz. Shame on the petitioner and even shameful is the supreme court who even let crap like this admitted.

Dr. Shoaib Zafar
September 9, 2013 6:53 pm

If this is the criteria to judge a Muslim then only Mullahs will pass. I mean who amongst us can recite all KALMAS of islam??

assad
September 9, 2013 6:59 pm

Although not a fan of Aitizaz Ahsan by any means, Dr. Abid Rauf Orakzai should know that the basic qualification for someone to be a Muslim is to be able to recite the shahadah (There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad saw is the prophet of God). Beyond that, not being able to recite a surah properly, specially when Arabic is not ones mother tongue, is not an issue that puts one outside the pale of Islam. Yes Ahsan sahib would do well to memorize the basic surahs, but there is no need to politicize this issue.

AbbasToronto
September 9, 2013 7:08 pm

What is the big deal.

The Kaliphs in Islam had poor knowledge of the Quran and the common people kept correcting them all the time. Are they to be disqualified too?

ali ahmed
September 9, 2013 7:12 pm

he is one of the most corrupt lawyer

Akhter Husain
September 9, 2013 7:35 pm

Mr Orakzai is not having good enough clients these days to exhibit his expertise and be prominent in the country.Taking Mr Aitezaz in the court of law has made him known in a flash.He got his objective.I am sure Mr Aitezaz is not a Qaari by profession and therefore can be excused.After all reciting in private is one thing and doing it in public is altogether different.

GH
September 9, 2013 7:38 pm

A man who always claimed to be a devout socilaist why expect him to recite Quranic suras correctly?

Guest63
September 9, 2013 7:47 pm

@Anees: If this reported News is true then i may opinion , that he had already learnt it from Baba Rehman Malik . the Ustad ( The teacher ) tried 3 times on the live TV coverage in a cabnit meeting But failed so the Pir (the PM Gilani came to his rescue .... I saw and heard it with my eyes/ears ) , The Shagir ( student ) is reported to have tried Twice , unfortunately there was no Pir around ?/? . I guess he should have asked The Pir of Balawal House ( AAZ) to come to his rescue .... We are told during his 11 years in jail, AAZ was also praying , so may be he could still remember how to recite Surah Ikhlas properly , as its the baisc surah any muslim child learn to recite in the prayers along with surah fatiyah

Rafi Amir-ud-Din
September 9, 2013 7:50 pm

If supreme court disqualifies Aitazaz for not reciting the Holy Quran correctly, then it will have to disqualify many people for not observing fast correctly, still more for not saying five obligatory prayers correctly. Then the supreme court will also have to disqualify many in the business class for not giving correct measures, for hiding their taxable incomes and for misleading the customers. The SC will have its hands full until the time when it has disqualified everyone from the public and private offices. Only those individuals will succeed in evading the iron hand of law who butcher, maim and murder the innocent people the 'correct' way.

Ahmed
September 9, 2013 7:58 pm

@OMG: he should indeed be given a 'brake'

Muhammad Ashraf Choudhry
September 9, 2013 8:09 pm

@Goga Nalaik: If you are dreaming,you will sleep well.Good Luck.

Sher
September 9, 2013 8:19 pm

May be I would sound a bit blasphemous to some so called "righteous muslims", if he has made a mistake in reciting Sura e Ikhlas, what's a big deal in it??? not everybody has memorised the Quran completely, and I believe we all should try but it doesn't make a person bad muslim if he unintentionally makes small mistakes while reciting Quran. The main thing we all muslims are missing is to understand the true meaning of Quran. This stupid petitioner should know this thing as well.

Sohail
September 9, 2013 8:20 pm

@OMG: I will give hime a break if he can recite it in his native language. By the way is English is his native language? or may be he has servants who recite for him!

Syed
September 9, 2013 8:20 pm

Unfortunately these type of peoples will be called by our TV anchors on the debate related to religion and these people talk like a scholer. Shame

Syed
September 9, 2013 8:21 pm

@Anees: Awesome

Syed Ahmed
September 9, 2013 8:29 pm

Both, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan and senator Rehman Malik, should be disqualified for incorrectly reciting the Surah Ikhlaas. The least is for the CJ to resign.

Irfan
September 9, 2013 8:33 pm

@Goga Nalaik: lolz its not a matter of Molvi yar, its Islamic state and we should respect to know the constitution and our leaders should know the basic of Quran and sunna,

This chapter iqlas is a basic surrah and easy to learn. so we should take positive and Mr. Ch. should learn and realized its human mistake and also believing that its between him and God, maybe his intention is positive and take courage to recite the quran, even molvi also does mistake in recitation as well. In end we should learn the Quran and act on it as a Muslims and should respect others as well. Thanks

syed wasim haider
September 9, 2013 8:40 pm

Of course it was not a good moment for him but we are not entitled to judge whether he is a good muslim or not; may be he was overexcited; it is for Allah to measure his act and Allah is Merciful. I am more concerned if he has the guts to ask PPP leaders to bring back their money kept outside Pakistan, to pay taxes regularly and honestly. I think he should do something really good for Pakistan.

Naseer Uddin
September 9, 2013 8:48 pm

Why PPP leaders try to portray themself as practicing Muslims when they know that they are not. It is extreme of bigitory and disrespect for the great religion of Islam and for our beloved prophet Muhammad. I humbley request all the PPP leaders to either learn the surah before you go on try to recite on the stage or don't insult the religion of Islam. It is greatest shame for every Pakistani to have a senetor for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan not able to fullfil the basic requirement of Islam. I humbly request the supreme court of Pakistan to make it compulsory for every memeber of parliment to recite and prove that he is able to fullfil the basic requirements of being a muslim. Please make it a law abd never allow any body to exploit it no matter what. I feel asahamed to belong to a country where we have people like him representing us in the internation community. We already have aquestionable reputation and now even that is gone. May God save us all from leaders like there.

orange
September 9, 2013 9:04 pm

Fellow commentators !!! Thanks for the entertainment guys!!!!!

Mir
September 9, 2013 9:06 pm

Only in a country like Pakistan would a mullah be able to dethrone a man who has spent several years in a legitimate profession.

Prashant
September 9, 2013 9:07 pm

Really...??? This is the biggest problem for Pakistan to tackle ???? Hahaha Grow up Pakistan....

Adnan
September 9, 2013 9:13 pm

@OMG: If Aitzaz was elected on a non-muslim seat than this should be fine however the fact he ran election using a muslim seat, and signing all that is in law, he is guilty.

Shakir Ally
September 9, 2013 9:16 pm

@Bakhtawer Bilal: Arabic is indeed a foriegn language and moreover there is no need to start any occasion with a recitation from the Quran. Separate religion from State affairs

Arman Zain
September 9, 2013 9:20 pm

@Goga Nalaik: Pakistan is a islamic state thus it is obligatory for all leaders of the country to know the basics teaching of Quran unless they claim themselves non muslims. I am no one to call anyone Muslim or not but as a citizen of Islamic Republic of Pakistan I would at least demand my leaders to know the bases of religion. It is pity indeed but more for voters who elected them.

Best

Kumar
September 9, 2013 9:29 pm

Please give him a break. Is it required by law that lawyer must know Qur'an? What about lawyers of other faith? Is Qur'an embedded in Pakistani constitution? If Prophet Mohammad were asked to read Holy Qur'an, he could no read. Will you stop respecting Him?

Irfan
September 9, 2013 9:31 pm

A Islamic Republic where leaders can't recite Surah Ikhlaas... Good for Zardari that he is out.. I am sure he would face the same hardtime reciting it Petitioner should also file a PIL to revoke citizenship of those who elected him.. First shame on them to elect someone like him... Hal-e-gulistan kya hoga.. har shaakh per 10-10 ullu baithein hain

talha
September 9, 2013 9:46 pm

I am sure a knowledgable person like him knows surah Ikhlas. He may have just been sleep deprived or ill or very tired. We should give a man of his position the benefit of doubt.

Khurram
September 9, 2013 9:49 pm

Wow, so the only qualification people need for public office is to recite a Quranic verses in rote memory. In a language majority of fellow citizens either don't understand neither can they read. Being an expert on the national constitution and law is not enough. Neither are the sacrifices, of being put under house arrest, beaten on the streets by dictatorial thugs, dragged to jail for the sake of rule of law. When is this country going to learn that there is so much to governing then being able to recite a verse or two of the Quran. Just look at all the countries where Quran is not recited at the beginning of their govt proceedings. How well they are being run. If Quran was seperated from the governance, in my humble opinion the country will run much better.

rashad
September 9, 2013 9:50 pm

Should've asked him to narrate the names of everyone related to the bhuttos..give him something he is good at :p

Asif
September 9, 2013 9:57 pm

These so-called liberal, foreign educated monsters are bent to destroy my homeland. Allah says, " I am going to put on you leaders like you are". So I am not surprised at all when I look around me.

Raja Islam
September 9, 2013 9:58 pm

What does reciting or not reciting a surah have to do with being a legislator? By this definition, a mullah who learns the Quran by rote will be deemed to be better qualified than an educated person.

Ajukis Rambler
September 9, 2013 10:03 pm

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad: The court in the meanwhile should pass interim order to suspend the membership of Aitzaz Ahsan, never fails to boast himself, claims himself muslim and failed to conform to its basic traits! It should also be ascertained whether he was able to recite the rituals at the time of his Nikkah to Bushra or not.

Sohail Sheikh
September 9, 2013 10:08 pm

What a country! Surely, we do have time to waste our energy on stupid complaints in courts while the west is advancing by leaps and bounds in every sphere of life. Even morally they are hundreds of times better than us yet we dream of conquering the world some day. Keep dreaming.

iffti
September 9, 2013 10:06 pm

may be he is suffering form Alzheimer. very judgmental comments, sad to see.

USA
September 9, 2013 10:09 pm

Even if he could not recite it properly, at least he tried. Next time he wont even try. What does Zardari's reception has to do with a verse anyway?

Farhan
September 9, 2013 10:14 pm

Knowing a verse in arabic is not important, if he knows the meaning and substance of touheed, in my humble view, that is what matters.

Millions in our daily routines recite verses without knowing the meaning; should focus more on what it means than the recitation.

nazeer
September 9, 2013 10:19 pm

No disqualification is required rather he and we need to address this shortfall. It is not him only most of us although fluent in other except the Holy Book...It is time to look into the shortcomings and not to critcise...

Paki dada
September 9, 2013 10:23 pm

Is this a joke? We spend more time worrying and judging people and actions on the basis of religion than on the REAL issues that face this country. This is just stupid, and shows where the priorities of Pakistanis lie... and it shows in the priorities and progress of our nation.... if only we were to wake up and smell the roses one day.... still hoping for a better Pakistan!

amir
September 9, 2013 10:40 pm

It seems like a qualification criteria for PPP leadership that they should not have memrized the easiest and the most recited surah of Quran. shame on these so called leaders of "Islamic Republic" of pakistan.

MuzJee
September 9, 2013 10:51 pm

It is pathetic. Not that he cannot recite a small verse of the holy Quran but the fact that this is being used to ask for his disqualification from Senate. Time to remove Article 62 from the constitution of Pakistan. Religion should be private, between a person and his/her God and not a tool for discrimination.

Please separate religion from Politics. Europe was able to progress after they did that.

Nizamuddin Ali Ahmad
September 9, 2013 10:56 pm

I am not his fan, but how many of us read Al-Quran without mistakes.as long as he was not distorting by design.Any thing else is publicity stunt.

Hazrat Wali kakar
September 9, 2013 11:06 pm

We nation had lost vision which imparted by our visionary leader Jinnah that now we need Mullah in parliament rather than parliamentrian to run the affairs of state correctly and rightly with vision and policy, after reading comments i am disappionted that our country is now fully hostage of islamic radicals who demand the disqulification of Mr,Atizaz but I personally believe that Religion is someone personal matter and we should remain aloof from intervening the ones personal affairs which is religion and we should elect the people who could interprate our constitution and present the policy which could help this stricken society to get rid of present sick mind set, Best of Luck Atizaz!!!!!!

Journalist
September 9, 2013 11:43 pm

@OMG: Mr. that was not a Language...It was verse of Holy Quran... May Allah swt forgive him but your comment is more distressing than his act

M.S.Alvi
September 10, 2013 2:27 am

Reman Malik and Aitzaz Ahsan could not read one of the basic and most common verses of the holy Quran. Most Muslims memorize Sura Ikhlas by heart. I am sure that these two gentlemen are embarrassed and ashamed. But there is another fact that should be realized here: why every meeting or assembly is converted into a religious congregation. There is a place for religion in our lives, but dragging it unnecessarily into every situation is counter productive. This practice does not make us better Muslims.

ExPat
September 10, 2013 5:32 am

Men like Aitzaz Ahsan are "Brown Sahib Bahadurs". Muslim by incident of birth.If you ask him a question about English literature, he would recite all the work of William Shakespeare.

Azhar uddin
September 10, 2013 5:38 am

@Goga Nalaik: Maulvi is quoting from the constitution of Pakistan. He does not need 4 years of law college,

Salman Ali
September 10, 2013 5:36 am

Sounds like Divine intervention for using religion in a reception for Zardari. Rather than worry about Aitzaz Ahsan, we as nation should assess the system and our individual roles on allowing Zardari to be our President for 5 years.

Azhar uddin
September 10, 2013 5:39 am

I think Aitzaz Ahsan did not learn from the comical performance of Rehman Malick. Instead of embarrasing himself, he could have asked a maulvi to recite holy verse. Was he trying to impress Zardari ?

Ali K
September 10, 2013 6:24 am

It is totally ridiculous to suggest to disqualify someone because he cannot or could not recite Holy Quran properly. Please keep such extreme and harmful suggestions to yourself!

Muhammad siddique
September 10, 2013 6:47 am

It is very shamful for aitzaz .he must be throughout from the senat. he presents himself very educated and not equail to him. he is master of lie. God opend his ability in front of men.he proceeded a lot of cases and was attorny Gen, mnister of Law. if he does not read the surrah what will he can do. God forgive us. AMEEN

Asad
September 10, 2013 6:52 am

As stated above there is no requirement in Article 62 that a MP should be able to recite verses from the Quran.So there is no legal justification for his ouster.Having said that this chap being a Barrister at a law should know his own limitations.Have some ba..s and admit your weakness instead of making an a.. of yourself in the public.

mf
September 10, 2013 9:23 am

We seemed to be doomed as a nation and society and the speed to this doom is obviously accelerating. When everything people think, say and do is measured in religious terms and analyzed and judged by religious control freak zealots, soon nobody will be able to say much in fear of being blasphemous or wrong or not religious enough. Don't we have much more pressing problems like poverty, economy, education, health care to focus our energies on rather than this. God help us.

dr. Mazhar
September 10, 2013 9:54 am

May be Aitzaz is still a better person than the one who correctly reads the surah. If he is a barrister he should be judged on the basis of his abilities or knowledge about law. Religion is something personal.

shafiq
September 10, 2013 9:56 am

Nothing will happen. This is Pakistan.

Ali
September 10, 2013 10:23 am

@OMG: No body had asked him to speak or deliver any lecture in foreign language where as he does speak a few foreign language fluently. He had taken on to himself to recite a small chapter from the Holy Quran which is part of his faith ( as declared by him on public records) and he should be reciting every day if he practices his faith. His in- ability to recite correctly exposed him as a non practicing name sake follower of faith.

Ali
September 10, 2013 10:25 am

@Anees: Well said

Abdul Rehman Nadeem
September 10, 2013 10:34 am

It looks that the supreme court has no time to listen the cases against the Islamic Injunctions. The "Interest" is haraam and the Federal Shariat Court has already declared it against the islamic law. But the supreme court has no time to look into it and order for the implementation of the order of FSC.

Truth
September 10, 2013 10:44 am

To be a khalip you should have the complete comand on Quranic versic and no body could point finger on calip his carecter should be so good he should be sadiq and and ameen there are several clause but these are few we are very far from islam we should learn. just think what kind of men are rulling us aye Mere Allah ham per reham farma ameen

ABL
September 10, 2013 11:37 am

Interesting! I saw the video. I am not a PPP fan and I am not a lawyer. But, let's examine this more objectively without getting emotional and excited. Two possibilities exist: 1. He really did not know how to complete Sura Ikhlas. 2. He knew the Sura very well, but stumbled and made a MISTAKE. He is an experienced lawyer and would never attempt to recite a sura, which is not sure about it. Secondly, he surely looked over excited at the event and was definitely overwhelmed. It is very possible to not being able to recall even the commonest phrase, most commonly the names of the people, particularly when we are in over-excitement mode. I think, he made a mistake and should be ignored.

sameer
September 10, 2013 11:42 am

In that case all the present and previous elected members of the assembly and senate shud be sent jail for as long as they spent in Assembly & Senate because they have failed to pass a law for teaching Quran with Turjuma in all private and public schools.

Yousaf
September 10, 2013 11:50 am

Arabic is not our native language. Mistakes can be made easily.

hassan
September 10, 2013 3:56 pm

Such blatant bigotry from the holier-than-thou social fabric of bearded robots who are quick to dispense judgement. Religion is a personal matter and should stay that way; everyone with an untidy perm growing on their face should not automatically be accorded respect. He got it wrong. Big deal.

george
September 10, 2013 4:01 pm

@ali asghar:

You live in the fifteenth century.

george
September 10, 2013 4:07 pm

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad:

Most muslims in Uk pray five times a day. They are also in most when speaking lies to claim free benefits. They are also in great numbers in UK prisons.

Be good human being first. Being a Good Muslim will follow.

khanm
September 10, 2013 4:51 pm

Reading the comments I failed to understand why we don’t make Pakistan a secular country. Why are we so hypocrites… let us admit it we are Muslims by name only?.. The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it.

gangadin
September 10, 2013 5:14 pm

Deport him.

Yousaf
September 10, 2013 6:03 pm

Always judge the character of a man by the way he treats others around him, not by religion which is a private matter to all.

marghoobahmedsiddiqui
September 11, 2013 2:25 am

He can say I am a law expert and great politician. What I hacve to do with the recitation of Quran. This is the job of Molvis. He is capable of saying what he wants to say. Will he nopw announce his retirement from politics and Honourable Chief Justice disqualify him from being a member of Senete?

Suesh
September 11, 2013 7:41 am

@Sohail Sheikh: Correctly said. It is the obsession with religion that is doing damage to the Muslim world. But is there any hope because the moderates are minority ?

Aftab Kenneth Wilson
September 11, 2013 8:08 am

Come on is this a news? Mistakes are mistakes not a crime or blasphemy if not committed intentionally.

zafar iqbal awan
September 11, 2013 8:32 am

In the opinion of intellectuals, it is not a matter to scandalize it as an issue of religion level. Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan forgot a verse of Surah-e-Ekhlaas due to obvious reasons of noisy gathering where he was already heavily exerted. This happens normally by Hufaz Sahiban who correct it themselves or are corrected by others listening to them. Here the point to be noted is Aitzaz's reaction on such mistake. He immediately said "ASTAGHFERULLAH". This act clearly shows that he has complete knowledge of religion. Definitely God shall forgive him but people of narrow vision and mullahs shall continue beating the air.

Cosmic Lion
September 11, 2013 12:36 pm

I find it quite amusing to read "According to Article 62 of the constitution of Pakistan, a member of Parliament should not “violate(s) Islamic Injunctions,” should have “adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings,” and practices “obligatory duties prescribed by Islam.” Why have elected representatives? Mullahs should be good enough i guess....

Shehzad Zafar
September 11, 2013 4:20 pm

Religion is a personal matter for all in Pakistan. I fully agree with this but when a member parliament who claims to be a Muslim has not memorized Surah-Ikhlaas so why he is reading it in public. May be his memory has shrunk because of his age. I think he should be disqualified because of his memory.

Mobeen Tahir
September 11, 2013 6:13 pm

@ABL: What you are saying is definitely a possibility, he could have stumbled under excitement.

umar
September 12, 2013 12:12 am

@Raja Islam: what do u mean by educated person?

Anjum Bilgrami
September 12, 2013 8:43 am

There is an exception, that of senility and inability to recite prayers, due to which prayers get exempted. But in such exceptions one can also not practise law or work. Another example, one's fasts are exempted due to illness, to be made up when recovered. There may be extenuating circumstances, but in this case they would be very binding and limiting for Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan.

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