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Chain thyself for Ramazan is here

Published Jul 30, 2012 08:00am


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I grew up believing that the holy month of Ramazan teaches patience, tolerance and self-restraint. I firmly believe that the month is considered holier than other months because it fosters the spirit of peace and harmony. However, during Ramazan, our roads, streets and workplaces paint an extremely different picture with impatience and chaos ruling every facet of our life. Whether we talk about the verbal assault spat out on each other during traffic jams or the agitation and laziness during work, it is quite evident that we fail to fulfill the sole purpose of observing, and most importantly respecting, a fast.

The month certainly demands respect, however, our concept of ‘Ehtram-e-Ramazan’ is rather convoluted and requires much rethinking. Each year, the month of blessings triggers an endless stream of diktats suppressing or restraining people with differing beliefs. This year was no exception.

According to media reports, tribal leaders in Serai Naurang area of Lakki Marwat, Kyber Pakhtunkhwa demanded the local law enforcing authorities to impose a ban on women shopping without a male relative during Ramazan. The demand, which fortunately remained unmet, was proposed by the tribal leaders to safeguard the ‘sanctity’ of Ramazan.

The question is how can a woman, who is not chaperoned by a man, disrespect Ramazan? Can something as petty as shopping alone disrepute one of the holiest months in the Islamic calendar?

The most blatant disrespect shown to the month of Ramazan occurred in Khanewal where a woman was stoned to death because she refused to reciprocate the sexual advances of a local landlord. The spirit of Ramazan was yet again marred when a WHO officer, whose job was to save our future generations from living as polio victims, was brutally shot dead in Karachi. The ideology of the month is demeaned every year when surging food prices make essential food items unaffordable for many people. The sanctity of the month is desecrated every day when countless mutilated bodies are found all over the country. Unfortunately, such incidents are not considered noticeable in the light of ideologies that pseudo-religious clerics preach and teach.

The fact that each one of us become an authority on religion during Ramazan and hold every supposed violator accountable for his acts is just absurd. During Ramazan people are segmented into two groups — the ones who fast and others who cannot or won’t fast — latter naturally being flagged as heretics and non-believers worthy of the highest punishment in the world and afterlife.

The Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance of 1981 works as fuel to the fire as it empowers all such individuals to reprimand the ‘non-believers’. The ordinance clearly states that the people who are found eating, drinking or smoking in public places will be penalised according to the aforementioned law. The cafeterias of colleges and universities, hotels, restaurants and other recreational outlets such as cinemas are remaine closed during the duration of the fast. The violation of the law can result in up to three months in prison and a fine.

Every year, a fairly large number of people, who do not follow the instructions mentioned in the law, are arrested. The law is supposedly only for Muslims and exclude all non-Muslims; however, in 2009 two Christian men were arrested from the city of Silanwali for eating in public.

It is not only the law enforcement agencies that become devout believers during Ramazan. The moral police elements present amongst us in our society take their own initiatives and persecute people regardless of their age, gender and health. Religious lectures, instilling God’s fear by showing hypothetical visions of his wrath and at times verbal abuse haunt people who do not observe fast.

And all this is done in the effort to defend the true honour of Ramazan but the question is, can we actually gain respect through compulsion and harsh laws?

By imposing such policies we only suppress the people. Many non-Muslims, who I must reiterate, cannot be penalised under the 1981’s ordinance feel threatened and insecure whilst ordering or eating in even closed chambers. In a country where even the pettiest of issues can be classified as a blasphemous offence, their fear is certainly not based on unfounded grounds.

Still many people believe that the law is not harsh and should be strictly followed by everyone because all religions demand respect. Non-Muslims and Muslims, both, must respect Ramazan, not because it’s a special month for Muslims but because it results in better communal and religious relations.

True. No denying that, however, if one has to go by this policy then we should all impose a ban on public eating during lent and other revered days observed by Hindus. If that cannot be practised then the statement proves nothing but our double standards and hypocrisy.

Another school of thought is that seeing people eat entices those observing fast and make them crave food more, thus the act weakens their strength to fast. The question is what kind of respect are we talking about when we cannot even bear to look at anything palatable without drooling over it?

It is important to realise that Ramazan is the month of blessings and by clamping curfews on people and their lifestyles we only manage to demean its significance. It is a month to be celebrated and rekindle lost communal ties. It is indeed a month to spread the message of peace and love through affable intentions and deeds.

Let this Ramazan help us in breaking free from the clutches of intolerance and hypocrisy. Let’s not repeat the same mistakes and embrace the true message of this month which only lies in tolerance and coexistence.

Faiza Mirza
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non Jul 30, 2012 09:38am
Our Ramazan law is lightweight compared to Saudi Arabia's. They arrest AND expel foreigners who eat in public during Ramazan.
Adil Jul 30, 2012 03:57pm
I agree with the sentiment the writers conveys, I myself live in a Non Muslim country in Ramadan the sense of smell becomes more acute and there are all sorts of smells from coffee to canteen food lurking in the air. If anything these smells allow me to redicover and relish food which at other times of the year seem bland and boring. I think it adds to the wait and anticipiation of the Iftari meal and makes the wait for food worth it. And let;s be honest only in Ramadan food tastes this great. I disagree with the argument that if people should not eat in Public in Ramadan they should also not eat when other faiths are observing Fasts. When in Rome do what the Romans do and if you don't like it you can go stand on a breezy cliff.
amina Jul 30, 2012 03:43pm
Sohaib, i am surprised having lived in Canada didn't change your approach towards life. Author is trying to say if hindus or Christians arenot allowed to eat in public during the month of ramazan, then muslims should also respect their rituals. I am also a resident of Canada. They never stop me from celebrating eid or ramazan or any festival. Please open up your mind and don't be just an economic migrant.... Kudos Faiza.
Akash Shukla Jul 31, 2012 02:00pm
christians baptized entire continents (south america) killed in name of religion ( crusades) so please dont pass judgements on other religions if u cant get your facts straight. People who follow it get corrupted, message of god does not
Ahmed Jul 30, 2012 04:20pm
when was that...i was born there and lived 20 years, have never heard about such news, sepcially if the person is non-muslim. Jul 30, 2012 01:30pm
sadly its not Ramzan or if you really want to show you are a Muslim, Ramadhan, that is not respected. In Pakistan we have lost all sense of perspective and Respect sadly was a victim to our ignorance too. I would like to thank the writer for pointing out how Ramzan is just another business opportunity
Saleem Jul 30, 2012 09:52am
Very true, to the point. but Alas! hypocrates would not even notice what they are doing. fasting is a personal endeavor between you and God.
malik Jul 30, 2012 04:41pm
Eid is only one day. Why would you want to take 3 days? If they themseleves celebrate Christmas only for one day on 25 Dec. how can they allow you to do that?
Yousuf M. Jul 30, 2012 05:48pm
Islam came with its own set of laws called Sharia. Any law created by the Pakistani or Saudi govt cannot be allowed in a Muslim state unless its Sharia compliant. I find the 1981 law (and the one proposed by the tribal leaders) as going against Sharia. I am not a scholar though, so it would be great if a scholar can address this issue. Good job by the writer to expose our hypocrisy in our country. These shortfalls are not restricted to us, they are human traits and can be found in followers of every religion. We can only speak of ourselves and therefore this article is very relevant. And please some of the comments made by non-muslims are unfair. Is there a newspaper in India that allows for this kind of discourse...I bet not. May peace be on you.
Ram Narayanan Jul 30, 2012 01:23pm
This is what happens when you allow crooks to use religion to trample human rights and happiness.
Imran Jul 30, 2012 09:42am
After reading your current article and your previous one, I am beginning to feel that you maybe biased and against Islam or Pakistan atleast. The points in your articles tend to be baseless and sometimes absurd. Please keep in mind that what you say affects who reads them and you have a responsibility to be liberal in all sense.
pakAwam Jul 30, 2012 04:10pm
Dear Faiza, An excellent write-up. Please ignore all these hostile comments. These poor posters are fasting since sunrise, they read about food in your article and got hunger pangs! They will be okey, once sunsets and they can stuff their tummy up to their throat.
Krishnan Jul 30, 2012 11:00am
Faiza, i read our recent articles and fear for your safety amidst such bigotry. God bless
Roti kapra aur... Jul 30, 2012 08:17am
I am shocked how blatantly the writer has jeopardized the seriousness of the topic by targeting yet another law. Is there a school of thought which firmly believes that having any law relevant to our religion is an onus?
Hassan Bajwa Jul 30, 2012 08:36am
@ Roti Perhaps it is because God requires no legal defense and that Islam is not so weak that it must cower behind man-made legislation. Any law that is discriminatory against other faiths, makes people "act muslim" by force and manages only to enforce the APPEARANCE of piety should not exist at all. Nothing so demeans God, the Prophet (pbuh) and Islam as feeble man-made laws that have never achieved anything save injustice in their name.
Neo Jul 31, 2012 10:59am
ok nanda just got carried away, i reckon what she meant was a fairly large number of pakistanis are illiterates(49%) to be precise, and they might not second the sentiments of faiza. Thats the reason why readers have requested bloggers like NFP, Faiza and others to start writing up in Urdu which can go deep down masses and have a larger impact.
prashant banerjee Jul 30, 2012 06:01pm
eye opener!!!
Shahid Jul 30, 2012 08:53am
Very well-written Faiza. The double standards rampant in our society just make it clear that we are in no way civilized. I have often heard Pakistanis say that our 'ikhlakiat' are way better than the West. In fact, that could not be more false. If anyone still thinks that way, he/she is an ignorant.
Amjad Wyne Jul 30, 2012 09:09am
Very true. The sad part is that the government is no where to be found.
Zufi Jul 30, 2012 05:30pm
Finally, a well written, factual and critical article. I applaud the writer’s courage to speak her mind and ingenuity in writing on such as sensitive issue providing factual evidence with a clear stated thesis. There was clearly no offense or bias in any of her words and she articulated her opinions beautifully.
Canadian Jul 30, 2012 02:02pm
I also live in Canada and I get Eid days off every year. Your approach to religious accomodation matters.
magus Jul 30, 2012 01:33pm
Dear Karachiwala, Imran has already said Faizais writing against Islam. And Pakistan is the guardian of Islam. Now you can't say a word.
Sohaib khan Jul 30, 2012 10:17am
Though i agree with you on some of the points raised i feel you are biased and stereotype muslims. Just like in Ramdan people in the west turn to "generosity" during Christmas season, dont work as hard, become overly religious and judgemental.
A. Khan Jul 30, 2012 09:43am
A few good points made by the author. Unlike the other posters, I agree with the gist of what she is trying to convey. Ehtram-e-Ramadhan is meant to be more of a spiritual context rather than a physical law which prohibits things, e.g. eating in public. It should be allowed but upto individuals to display ehtram towards those fasting by not doing so. If there is a man made law, where is the spiritual ehtram ? And yes, while it is Ramadhan, we do not seem to pay attention to our religious duties when it becomes the annual profiteering month. So much for the ehtram there. Nice word, ehtram, but when it comes to making a quick buck or two, who cares ?
Kmy Jul 30, 2012 03:17pm
Just plain Hypocrisy. On the same note, nine(9) Christian nurses were poisoned in Karachi because they were having a cup of tea while Muslim Umma was fasting. Tolerance is only exercised when others agree with you otherwise we are pretty intolerant- "The Intolerance of Tolerance".
PK Jul 30, 2012 03:15pm
Religion is just like the talcum powder. The more tightly you want to hold in hands, the less it remains with you.
AReluctantPakistani Jul 30, 2012 03:08pm
Its telling that the ones not agreeing with this are not attacking or even discussing the ideas of the author but the author herself in a vaguely threatening manner.
BRR Jul 30, 2012 02:45pm
Having any such law, every such law, is indeed onerous on those who do not subscribe to it, i.e. on people of other religions. Yes, forcing someone to obey your religious law is a crime, just read your own religious texts.
Nadir Jul 30, 2012 02:46pm
Super job ! Shared it !!!
BRR Jul 30, 2012 02:43pm
The people are not all dead, or are they? Why should not the ordinary people show some ordinary common sense?
BRR Jul 30, 2012 02:44pm
They are not necessarily someone to emulate. They are loathed the world over. You do want to join their club, it seems.
Ashfaq Jul 30, 2012 02:19pm
There is no compulsion in religion. Whether it is Namaaz or Roza - a person is following Allah's command and is doing to please Allah and expects and prays that he/she will be rewarded. If one chooses not to - they are answerable for it - This is between Allah and his Slave - who are we - anybody for that matter to get involved in it. And also we all should remember Allah Subhan wa Tala is Ghafoor ur Raheem.
Ranveer Jul 30, 2012 11:47am
you have touched a sensitive issue. Most people do not like this. Expect a flurry of harsh words your way.
Ali Jul 31, 2012 06:29am
What we need in Pakistan is, Pakistan specific lunar calendar which has ten months in a year. Do away with the first and the ninth month and all things related will change for better. (one can only hope)
khan Jul 30, 2012 11:01am
I think its unfair to say the writer has an agenda, all she is doing is showing us the mirror . everything she mentioned has actually happened . we have serious problems and if we do not even have the courage to hear them then they are here to stay. every time someone points out something horrible like the writer here instead of fixing it we shoot the messenger. its time we grew up as a society and started taking responsibility for our conduct.
MAB Jul 30, 2012 09:49am
Kudos to the writer for bringing up an important topic. This law is another Zia era relic that must be thrown out. Discriminatory laws have no place in a civilised society.
Indian Jul 30, 2012 09:12am
Thanks Faiza! Pakistan is not completely dead yet. Last few nreaths of life like you are still there.Hope it gets back to life.
kharal Jul 30, 2012 08:51am
A confused and double minded approach of yet another liberal wanting to promote own agenda and definition of freedom
Pradeep Kalra Jul 30, 2012 09:24am
Excellent piece of writng.This is the second article I have read by this young writer and am pretty impressed by her frank ness and logic.Keep up the good work.
sidhu Jul 30, 2012 12:25pm
Biased.......i did not like that,,,,i am continuously reading its articles she is trying to become Angel,But you real face and pseudo thinking approach is clearly mirror your master lords
magus Jul 30, 2012 01:30pm
I agree she is trying to become Angel. I hope she doesn't become one.
Mark Thompson Jul 30, 2012 10:32am
good write up.
Sohaib khan Jul 30, 2012 12:02pm
Though i agree with you on some of the points raised i feel you are biased and stereotype muslims. Just like in Ramdan people in the west turn to
Sohaib khan Jul 30, 2012 10:28am
No offence to my hindhu friends but the writer states that Hindu religious days should also be honoured in an Islamic country. I have worked in Canada for quite a while, which is in the uppermost echelons of liberal countries, even they wouldn't allow me to take 3 days for Eid
Karachi Wala Jul 30, 2012 10:27am
Dear Imran, I hope I read the same article by Faiza. Am I missing something? Please enlighten me, where you see bias, anti Islam and Pakistan in this article? If anything, one should be thankful to the author for bringing some very good points to the observing Muslims attention.
naveed farooqui Jul 30, 2012 12:02pm
i agree with writer and i wish we can improve ourselves. Islam is not harsh at all and please don't give examples of Saudi Arabia, you may find a lots of un-Islamic things every now and then in that country too. Good job Faiza.
whodunit Jul 30, 2012 06:16pm
Good points by the writer. Islam is a straigh forward religion and is not meant to be imposed on others. During Ramzan our faith should be strong enough that we should not care about who else is eating and who is not fasting or shopping in the bazaars. Imposing anything on others only creates resentment and that is not the goal of Islam.
Jawwad Jul 30, 2012 06:41pm
Here is you real problem dear. When you call your self a Muslim and rest NON-MUSLIMs, this smacks of most outraged form of discrimination. Wake up and drink some coffee. The world is not made up of Muslims and Non Muslims. How would you like to be called a Non Hindu, a Non Jew or a Non Christian? By the way I may be born as Muslim but am just a mere human being created by same God supposedly created non Muslim.
Indian Jul 30, 2012 06:47pm
It's because of people like you whose obsession with religion has reached pathological levels that Pakistan finds itself in a dangerous situation. Now, please twist the argument by pointing fingers at India. We know that India too faces hue problems, but then I am proud to say that a prominent MUSLIM actor is galvanizing Indians into action through Satyamev Jayate.
amina Jul 30, 2012 08:00pm
Sohaib, i am surprised having lived in Canada didn't change your approach towards life. Author is trying to say if hindus or Christians arenot allowed to eat in public during the month of ramazan, then muslims should also respect their rituals. I am also a resident of Canada. They never stop me from celebrating eid or ramazan or any festival. Please open up your mind and don't be just an economic migrant....
Ali Jul 30, 2012 08:01pm
An excellent article, well written, and well researched. I never understood why food prices go up during Ramadan. If this took place in the western world, they would reduce prices as they do for such holidays as Christmas and New Years.
Vaqar Jul 30, 2012 08:51pm
Sir, 3 days of Eid are not allowed even in Pakistan. I live in Canada too and never had a problem in taking a day off for Eid even with the contoversy of moon sighting. When my boss asked me what day I want off and I tell him tomaorrow or the day after, he says let me know when your mullah sees the moon. And quite a few times, I called him early in the morning I ask for a day off.
Curious Jul 30, 2012 09:09pm
You need to clarify that remark. Why was your request not allowed? Had you already taken your maximum number of annual vacation days? If so, did you offer to take the days as unpaid time off? In the company for which I work in Canada, we have never, ever denied a request for a religious holiday.
jagreets Jul 30, 2012 09:15pm
I am not muslim, but whatever is written here is 100% correct. Read this Masjid dah de, Mandir dah de, dah de jo kujh dehnda,ek bande da dill na dahi rab dillan wich rehnda. (Baba Farid)
Ram krishan Jul 31, 2012 09:00am
I admire your writing because it speaks of truth. You mentioned "tolerance and coexistence" . This should be taught to every one in Pakistan at the primary school level as well as " Live and Let live " which Gandhi taught to All the Indians. Wish you a very happy Ramzaan and keep on with your good work.
Punjabi Jatt Jul 31, 2012 06:18am
Very poignant article. My understanding of Ramadhan is that it is a month of self reflection and introspection. More importantly it is about pacing yourself. It is not about forcing yourself not to eat between sunrise and sunset but rather about appreciating our spiritual self. There are hours in the day where you just need to refresh yourself with a drink of water or have a small meal during midday to last the day. This i know is very acceptable especially for kids or the elderly or those in active and busy occupations. So do not worry about the crazies out there making their own harsh rules. In fact the media should not even give the crazies any air time.
AsimCO Jul 30, 2012 10:45pm
Justifying wrong by saying we are better than the worst is a akin to sticking your head in sand at noon to convince your self that its midnight. How about trying to better ourselves by aspiring to be on the top vs comparing to the bottom?
Ashher Siddiqui Jul 30, 2012 11:31pm
I didnt get the point of this article, the author seems to be blaming Ramadhan and Islam, the KKP and Kaniwal examples she gave were influenced by tribal elders and the killing of WHO representative in Karachi is in line with the spate of other killings by thugs and goons of political parties. I agree to a certain extent that surging food prices make it difficult for ordinary people to have decent food on the table, but this is an individual act of shopkeepers, it is the duty of Government to check the prices.
@IAgnikul Jul 31, 2012 12:27am
Please specify exactly which part is absurd or against Islam or against Pakistan. I did not see anything that is either critical of Islam or unpatriotic despite re-reading the article. Its content, however, makes complete sense to a fasting muslim like me. Coercing another individual to conform with onerous rules which are not part of Din and then pretending that this is virtuous or Islamic rather than simply sadistic may not be the best way to find favour with our Rabb. Our religion explicitly forbids us to be unjust even to enemies.
Hassan Jul 31, 2012 01:27am
Parrots and humans are supposed to have a different approach towards doing things, a group of scholars enriched with both world's education can streamline things if they are allowed and supported to do so. As for the present day scenario goes? I am speechless.
sam Jul 31, 2012 11:47am
ahmedi Jul 31, 2012 02:45am
When low on sugar what else do you expect from Pakistanis ?
Imran Jul 31, 2012 02:46am
If we can learn one thing that if some body is Fasting or praying does not give us right to judge others.
B R Chawla Jul 31, 2012 03:47am
No body seems to underline the spirit of Holy month of Ramzan or months of fasting by Hindus. Fasting means conserving the scare resources of nature particularly food. Many a hindus do not eat once a week. Not only does it keep their body fit it lessens the burden on the food resources. During days of fasting not only one is at peace with oneself one is also reminded of the pangs of hunger suffered by the haves not. The compulsion imposed by the religion cannot instill compassion. Celebrate fasting with thanks giving than fighting to excell each other. Think of the poor and the under prelidged. Chawla
Bala Varadarajan Jul 31, 2012 04:34am
That was my first thought too. One gets the impression that Pakistan has descended into dark ages and what is worse, seems to be relishing it.
nanda Jul 31, 2012 05:15am
I am impressed with Faiza Mirza. Yesterday I read her article on minorities treatment in Pak and today this wonerful eye opener. I wish her efforts are understood by Pak people. But the worry is >90% people in Pak are iliterates and do they have any skill to read and understand such eye openers??? Instead of taking about ethnic cleansing, blowing trumphets about their religion Pak sh'd learn to implement education system. I am not saying India is having great eductaion system but this sector is growing exponentially. Hope and to wish to stay in a peaceful environment... for that education is essential not any OTHER religious sentiments or weapons.
jamil Jul 31, 2012 05:19am
For most of the people Ramzan is the month of patience, and they respect as well. but in this month we need to make ourselves better in the eyes of Allah, we should give freely, help poor, and take lead in social initiatives which requires our attention. people are taking initiatives online as well as offline
Akil Akhtar Jul 31, 2012 05:55am
who told you more than 905 pakistanis are illeterate. It amazes me how ignorant indians have been kept by their media about Pakistan for obvious reasons
Akil Akhtar Jul 31, 2012 05:59am
Do you have anyother examples except a handful of Bollywood actors. What about Shiv Sena or the fanatic Hindu gangs who attack dance parties and dating couples...etc
Irfan Ali Jul 31, 2012 06:00am
Her point is if you want to show Ehteram i Ramadhan , then show it by avoiding "the KKP [incident] and Kaniwal examples she gave were influenced by tribal elders and the killing of WHO representative". Not by making life miserable for others and be judgmental all the time. Being Mazhab kay thaykaydar (As Javed Chaudhry once rightly said) is to be avoided.
Irfan Ali Jul 31, 2012 06:04am
Ashfaq , I believe there is no compulsion in religion. a very well said point. but one mistake you are making , I just wanted to point out . Compulsion is there only in Namaz but that only a father can do :)
afdeen Jul 31, 2012 06:58am
I strongly agree with your thinking. You showed us the truth of this society. Great Job...
Dixit Jul 31, 2012 07:13am
Our law does not support them and above all people openly oppose them without fear. Can you oppose fanatics publically in your country. Please speak truth.
non Jul 31, 2012 07:39am
Before the start of Ramadan there were several news reports on the net about this warning to foreigners. Just type into Google News the following three words to display a list of news articles - Ramadan Saudi expelled.
Sohaib khan Jul 31, 2012 07:57am
Dont jump the gun and start passing judgements around if you dont have a clue what i am talking about. Back in 1999 christmas and eid were almost overlapping, eid being a few days after new years which is the end of winter holidays. I had to come in to work since a lot of my colleagues still hadnt come back from the break. Faiza i understand to some extent you have to embrace the culture of the society you are living in, but still that doesnt mean to give up your believes to make others happy or be acceptable in society. Sometimes if you are trying too hard to fit in you lose your identity. P.s dont try too hard
Sohaib khan Jul 31, 2012 08:05am
Ehh first of all Eid is 3 days. And if you have ever been to Canada or almost anywhere where they celebrate christmas you ought to know its winter break, you almost get a week off. Unless you are folding jeans at gap then you have to be back for work cause of BOXING DAY :)
Sohaib khan Jul 31, 2012 08:07am
Sir get your facts straight, you get 3 days off for Eid
Sohaib khan Jul 31, 2012 08:16am
Sir get your facts straight, you get 3 days off for Eid in Pakistan. Unfortunately my boss wasnt as understanding as yours. Just like every Pakistani isnt filled with hate. But apparently the writer of this fine piece is bent on generalizing.
Pramod Jul 31, 2012 08:28am
Well said. This is the basic problem of most of the problems in Paksitan. get rid of it and most of the problem will be over.
Gerry D'Cunha Jul 31, 2012 09:26am
As Christian, I respect the holy month of ramzan. But if a non-muslim tries to eat in public during ramzan, he is punished and even put behind bar. Is this what Islam teaches a muslim during ramzan to its non-musllim? Thank God I am a Christian, a religion of 'love & forgiviness'
Punjabi Jatt Jul 31, 2012 08:32am
superb Jawwad. totally agree with you.
Sohaib khan Jul 31, 2012 08:33am
Amina i am sure your time spent in Canada had a profound effect on you. Like i stated in my first comment i agree with some of the points raised by the writer. The only reason i m being critical is because the writer is painting a negative picture altogether. Not all of us are full of hatred and out to get people belonging to other religions. There is still some good left in us. How about the writer write something good about people who actually are trying to make a difference in the spirit of the month. Otherwise if we let hate overpower us we are the otherside of the same coin
Amna Aug 02, 2012 08:17am
I agree with the writer !