From the heart

Is Our Patriotism Limited to Materialism?

It is 14th August today. 70 years ago on this day our forefathers fought to have a land where Muslims can freely obey Allah and follow the Sunnah.

But unfortunately today the 14th August is the day when people go crazy on the streets. They dance on music that deafens the ears. They wear everything green and white, and drive their vehicles without silencer, and on high speed that can cause severe accidents. Every year aerial firing kills innocent people. 70 years ago these precious lives were lost to give us a peaceful life on this land. Today these precious lives are lost on the expanse of someone wanting to feel the rush of adrenaline. So hasn’t our patriotism become materialistic?

I feel 14th August should be a day of reflecting and pondering about this blessed land. I feel 14th August should be the day when you thank Allah tremendously. When you evaluate yourself as a Pakistani, as a Muslim, and as a human being. When you ask yourself this question, ‘What have I done for my country so far?’

I am not against beautifying our homes and our streets with flags on Independence Day. I am not against going all green in our attire on 14th August. But what I wish is we celebrate the day for what it is and not for what we want to do with it.

Jazakillah khairun kaseerun

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From the heart

Is this your Aazadi?

So you are young, energetic and full of liveliness. You want to do something loud, something that will prove you are in your adulthood.

And so you decided to remove the silencer off your bike and roam the streets of your country, not caring about people with a weak heart, not caring about kids that you will scare to death and not caring about the absolute risk you are putting towards your and others life.

Or, worse you will do is burst crackers at your area which turns out to be more terrible as it wouldn’t allow your neighbours to be in peace for the whole night. Unfortunately, they will have to pay a heavy price today and for every Independence Day to come.

How can I forget the constant firing which takes life of a loved one who though doesn’t belongs to you but is part of someone else’s life.

But you won’t care because you are young and you are supposed to live your life to the fullest. Believe me, if that weak hearted person was your father, or that little kid who isn’t able to sleep was your own blood you surely would have given a thought.

If you really want to prove that you are filled with energy and strength then utilize it somewhere which will bring a smile to someone’s face. Volunteer to raise funds for the poor. Build a poor family a house for shelter. Distribute food among the hungry children you see on the streets. Do something that will bring good to your own country so that everyone then could proudly say, ‘Pakistan Zindabad!’