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Visiting graves


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THIS is with reference to Abdul Rauf’s insightful letter ‘The new PM’ (June 30). I fail to understand why people go to graveyards immediately after an unexpected happening?

Who do they think they are thanking, Allah or the deceased? If it’s Allah, isn’t mosque the right place to go to? If it is the deceased, they are wasting their time, for the simple reason that he’s not there.

We are made to believe our soul goes to heaven or hell, depending on how we conduct ourselves on earth, so why go to the graveyard where the soul is not sitting to receive us?

Instead, the new prime minister could have won the hearts of the poor, the destitute and all the victims of bad governance by falling at their feet, apologising and promising them that he’ll set things right.

I hope the people of Pakistan come up with a few good men who can pull them out of their misery.

Should that happen, which is wishful thinking, many talented Pakistanis would like to return to their home country and put their wealth and skills at the service of their own people.

ZIA REHMAN United States

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L Ahmad Jul 07, 2012 05:34am
These newly elected should go to the living destitute people and share their misery as graves have nothing to offer. May be graves remind high flyers of their mortal end.
Sadiq Jul 08, 2012 02:47am
Rasool Kareem (peace be upon him) mentioned that people should visit graves to get 'ibrat' i.e. to see what is there fate at the end of this life. Going to grave of a sufi saint is matter of respect for those who brought Islam to India/Pakistan. You don't pray from the grave when you go there. You offer fateha which is a prayer for the departed soul. I know some extremist don't like to go to graves of the noble saints. That is fine. I am sure if they go back the history of their own family, except for the few Syeds who migrated from Arabia and Iran, the rest are converts, largely due to the work of these sufi saints.
observer Jul 08, 2012 03:27am
Visiting graves should not be taken so seriously. It is just a manifestation of some political correctness. What is not acceptable is that people do not do their work honestly. If they deliver well, they can start by visiting any graves, not a problem in real terms.