‘So, your parents forced to cover your head or boyfriend wants to wear head scarf?’ This is one of most outlandish questions I came across when I started doing Hijab. Most of the people I meet asked me whether my brother, father or boyfriend wants to do Hijab. To all those questions and people who asked those questions; my answer was simple, my Almighty in Surah Al-A’hzab Verse 59, told me to cover the self so I won’t get bothered. Translation of the verse is as “O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better, so that they may be recognized and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.”
Before my dad, brother, husband or son, I am answerable to my Almighty for my doings. He is the one who loves me above every relation and wants my best in every condition. He told me that it is better for me if I cover myself my head to toe in the way my appearance and curves are not visible to any Non-confidential (Na-Mehram). My Almighty guided me in Qur’an simpler ways to keep myself save from evil, someone’s bad intuitions and someone’s greed. That simpler way is called Hijab.
Hijab is not just piece of cloth wrapped around the head, it is complete lifestyle. The lifestyle that covers the way you dress, way you walk, way you talk and way you carry yourself. A life style that asks you to not be very soft spoken with any unknown person of opposite gender; that asks woman to avoid strong smells so no one get attracted to her. A life style that just ask a women to not to wear something that is seen through or show her curves. Hijab is a lifestyle that allow woman to be sophisticated, elegant and beautiful without being vulgar.
Most of the folks around consider Hijab as restriction for woman but in real it is not. Hijab is not in way to restrict woman from anything it is just to protect her from evil. It does not let feel woman oppressed of what she is doing; in contrast, it adds charm and confidence in personality. It gives woman poise to be judged by her mind and words not by her clothing. It gives her self-confidence, shield, protection, dignity and honour.
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It has not been more than a week Muslims had observed festive of Eid – ul – Fitr all round the world. Eid ul Fitr is holiest of all Islāmic festivals for Muslims. It is said to be feast from the Almighty as the gift of fasting in whole Ramadan. In whole world, Eid is celebrated with respect, love and joy. It is taken as one of the best times when you can share your love, affection and joy with others. Including Pakistan, in all other Muslims and non Muslim countries; Eid ul Fitr is celebration of blessings, harmony and love. But this year, in Pakistan, Eid was not a celebration because more than half of the country is sobbing in flood and millions of Pakistanis are homeless and displaced.
Pakistan is home land of almost 174 million people with majority of Muslims. This homeland of 174 million is in flood for more than 3 months. Flood has sunk more than half of Pakistan from Punjab to Khyber Pakhtonkhwa and from Baluchistan to Sind. The flood has not stopped yet. It is moving forward in different region of Sind leaving hundreds homeless and damaging crops and homes of thousands. This year on Eid – ul – Fitr 2010, Pakistan is on the same edge where it was 63 years back on Eid – ul – Fitr 1947.
Pakistan got independence on August 14, 1947. According to lunar calendar the day Pakistan came into being was Ramadan 27, just a couple of days before Eid – ul – Fitr 1947. Then people were homeless just had migrated and were migrating from their homes to their new homelands. Now, people are homeless and shelter less, miles away from their homes in relief camps and open grounds. Then many had lost their lives in riots and relocation. Now, many had lost their lives in flood and aftermath diseases. Then many had missed their families and loved ones during migration and relocation. Now, many had missed their family members and relatives due to water everywhere.
Pakistanis come back on the same edge where it was on 1947. People are homeless with no shelter. There is no food to eat and no water to drink. No place to live and no medicines to cure from diseases. Conditions are same in Pakistan in 2010 as it were in 1947. But there is something that differs extensively today from then. That thing is leadership. Unlike today, people do rely on their leaders and leaders work with heart and soul for betterment of their people. That time there were not as much funds as government had today, but still, leaders were more interested in giving their people a shelter not in making mansion for themselves.
As Napoleon used to say, Great ambition is the passion of great characters. Leaders of that time, unlike of today, were more willing for their people than their own interests. At the times hardships and difficulties leadership matters more to nation than anything else. Leaders are nation’s hope of survival. But today, Pakistan has no leader who could be their hope. They all are the on the mercy of Almighty. Today, all those who are supposed to be leader of this nation are busy is filling their own pockets and building their own mansions.
For nations, in good times and bad, leaders matter. Leaders and their leadership matters to nations more than fund and aids. It is leadership that makes nations most of what they are and it is leadership that is missing most in Pakistan today.
By means of this blog I plea those who called themselves leaders to act as leaders not as wolves. By means of this blog, I also plea my people to vote for those who deserve a mandate, before casting your vote use your mind, use your eyes, use your ears not your hearts and sympathy. If you do not think anyone worth your vote then it is better to not to cast the vote than casting to a wrong person. If we want our leaders to be responsible with us then we have to be responsible with our decisions.
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