Booze party on Shab-e-Mairaj!

A party-goer’s stance:

Well, its my life; its my religion; its between me and my God; Who the hell are you??

You can’t stop me from partying tonight or from shedding a whole week’s stress to hip-hop beats through taps on the dance floor, for, I’m an enlightened, moderate Muslim and I’ve a right to celebrate Saturday nights…

So what if it’s Shab-e-Mairaj; btw, how do they celebrate this event??

A friend just recieved an SMS invitation to a dance party at Lemon Grass tonight. Despite of the fact that it is Shab-e-Mairaj (one of the most important Islamic events happened tonight), these guys will be celebrating Saturday night to gulps of booze, red-bull and to the hard beats of music.

What are we doing to our society?

Why can’t we just show respect even if we don’t want to pray for ourselves and our loved ones?

Why can’t we understand that even liberalism has its limits…?

Such an Irony!

30 Comments so far

  1. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 3:13 am

    Allah inn ko hadayat day. Ameen.

  2. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 3:24 am

    Btw, the word “enlightened” has been exploited largely, not GOOD :(

  3. Rukun (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 4:05 am

    visit karachi metblogs and you’ll see shit loads of ppl with this stance. its sad, but this is what you get for continued inspiration from the western society and lack of confidence in our own identity

  4. JayJay (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 7:44 am

    Personal values are, well, personal. Should we be questioning people’s private beliefs and practices at a public forum?

    The party-goers are not forcing anyone wishing to pray to join them.

  5. suh (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 9:28 am

    well the first sentance sumed it up itself perfectly

    ”Well, its my life; its my religion; its between me and my God; Who the hell are you??”

  6. Pakistani (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 9:52 am

    Its not about religion. Its more about respect. Respecting other’s belief is vital. So timing chosen by that person is not right. I smell extremism in his views as well and I don’t take him enlightened at all. Enlightenment is Islam. Which teaches normality and stops from being at the two poles or extremes.

    Respect – is the key!

  7. Fazal Ashfaq (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

    Let them do what they want to do. They’re not forcing you into dancing with them. And they’re sure as hell better than “religious” people who blow themselves up or takeover mosques and libraries.

    Islam is a pure religion and no person should be judged by another human, that is for Allah to decide.

    At the root of it all is ignorance. I bet the majority of people don’t even know what Shab-e-Mairaj is all about. Do you?

  8. Reznor (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    If he’s out partying, its none of anyone’s business.
    As long as the music isn’t disturbing anyone.
    No one in Pakistan ever bothers to respect other people’s religions and points of view and then expect them to respect theirs.

  9. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

    So, why worry if a neighbour has died and you keep partying all night just because it’s none of your business??

  10. Faried Nawaz (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 12:55 am

    Hasan, please try to argue your viewpoint logically. Why bring up a hypothetical (neighbor dying) when you can stick to discussing facts?

    In my viewpoint, I don’t consider Shab-e-Mairaj a special occasion. Then again, I did grow up in Saudi Arabia, and I find some of the religious practices in Pakistan very, very strange.

  11. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 1:03 am

    @Faried: You have to respect the norms of society that you live in, whether you’re a follower or not. It’s a basic requirement for peaceful survival in that particular society.

    So what if, let’s say in Saudi Arabia, they don’t consider Shab-e-Mairaj a special occasion. In Pakistan everybody (the majority) does. Why mess up with your fellow citizens by giving such an ‘illogical’ reason for partying on this particular night.

    I hope you got my point.

  12. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 1:04 am

    @FNawaz: “In my viewpoint, I don’t consider”

    Everywhere, this is bone of contention. To talk logically, you have to come out of ur self-created “I” zone. If you Can consider or don’t consider, others too can do the same. If you want to be listened and respected, you need to do the same. We have to live with all the individual differences.

  13. suh (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 3:50 am

    hasan mian, by having a private party in a private place does not mess up your fellow citizens, and get your facts right, not everyone celebrates Shab-e-Mairaj, especially in the big citys like lahore and karachi, not many celebrate it anymore.

  14. Babar (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 7:02 am

    @ Hassan, How come a private party whose sounds do not reach outside can offend any body on shab-e-miraj. If your stance is that , since the people are busy in celebrating this night hence no one should mess up with their celebration, then I will again remind you that it is indoors. Hence no interfering with the celebration going on in the city. And if you contend that it is all out wrong to have a dance party then why pick shab-e-miraj to oppose it. Seriously I dont see a connection between shab-e-miraj and the dance party.

  15. Babar (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 8:27 am

    I also lament the retreat of our own culture at the hands of stuff like red bull etc, but unfortantely it has nothing to do with liberalism. :(

  16. Opee (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 9:51 am

    @SUH: Shab-e-Miraj is concerned respectful among the Government of Pakistan. That is the reason why most of the channels do not show music programs and most of the Cable TV operators stop showing their CD channels. Whether or not some believe in it or some don’t, this should be respected! Again, its not about dance party or not. Its about timing. For gawd sake, if you don’t believe in Roza, you just respect and don’t eat in front of others. I face the same respect here in Canada if I have roza. People who know that I am fasting, and try not to eat infront of me or not. They respect me whether or not they believe in it.

    You are living in a society. It is not a jungle that your doings won’t be seen or felt outside. If it was a personal thing after all, how come a normal society person like Hassan came to know about it. There must be some advert which have reached outside. This can’t be personal event, it really has an effect on the society afterall!

  17. Opee (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 9:58 am

    Just as PAKISTANI said it. Respect, is the ONLY key! Don’t keep an EGO. I am sure you must’ve had the party and enjoyed it much.

    I am just willing and wishing that PLEASE take care of the timing, next event you’re arranging your event. I will TOO join you guys then for a little hip and hop! :)

    Hope you take care of it then…

    Peace and love ~

  18. suh (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 11:48 am

    this is not such a big event as you are making it out to be.
    i understand that its about respect, and if this took place during ramazan or eid, i to would have been against it too, but this is such a small event and you cant stop all activites in the country something what not even 50% of the population celebrate.

    and as hasan had said a friend got an invite from what he knew about it, i dnt call that advertising, and giving out invites doesnt effect the society either.

    and btw, whats wrong with having an energy drink.

  19. Faried Nawaz (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    Hasan, I don’t have to respect all societal norms, or all beliefs cherished by the society I live in. It’s possible for me not to observe local celebrations and such, and still live peacefully.

    If it’s a societal norm to celebrate Shab-e-Mairaj, and there is no religious basis for such a celebration (there’s a huge difference between Shab-e-Mairaj and fasting, opee), then why get upset if someone else doesn’t observe it? No one’s messing with you when they say they don’t want to partake in such an event.

    We don’t have access to all the context for the above quoted text, but I very much doubt that some random person came up to you and started the conversation with the above. What did he talk about before then? What was he asked that generated the above response?

    (It’s ironic that you’d talk about respecting societal norms. It is certainly a norm within segments of this society to party. Are you respecting their way of life? After all, there is no one monolithic society in Pakistan, and not all norms are worth respecting.)

    I don’t think the lack of music and such on cable tv has anything to do with the government or cable owners respecting Shab-e-Mairaj. It’s far more likely that people call up and complain if they don’t take those channels off the air.

    And yes, I have to talk about my viewpoint, PS. The above is all my viewpoint. It’s based on arguable facts, though.

  20. Opee (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 3:14 pm

    I agree on everyone has their opinion and ways to see a thing with own perspective. All I can do is a mere request. A request to a person who sets up the time, to be *a bit* generous when he sets his time up for his upcoming event.

    We are one nation that have to live together in peace. So the respect I talk about has nothing to do with I-Agree-Or-Disagree with a religious belief. It is more to have an environment which celebrates the love among us, not the hatred. Hope you understand.

  21. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

    Can someone smell a familiar tone here??????
    Do we have our very own “friend” come back?????

  22. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 4:42 pm

    An occasion that is revered even by a minority, should be given respect. I agree with Opee here and I don’t have anything against dance parties except for the lack of sensitivity in this case.

    Again, we have to live in the same society. Why spread hatred or uneasiness among our fellows??

    Live in peace with respect!

  23. Faried Nawaz (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 9:13 pm

    I don’t see anything insensitive about the party behind held on that particular day. For all we know, they didn’t plan to hold it on Shab-e-Mairaj, they just decided on an “upcoming weekend”. (Then again, for all we know, they decided to hold it on Shab-e-Mairaj because partying is how they celebrate their love for their fellow man. Is that any worse?)

    I find it odd that the party’s being compared with “spreading hatred” — exactly how is it spreading any form of hate, and who is the target of the hatred? As for the uneasiness: does it make you feel uneasy that someone, somewhere in Pakistan, isn’t partaking in The Rituals Everyone Respects (shocking, simply shocking!)?

    I honestly do not understand the outrage here. Someone, please, explain it to me.

  24. Opee (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 10:19 pm

    Faried: And I don’t see any outrage here at all! :) We are all having a very amicable and decent conversation over here. I know some people offended in the start, but yes, now everyone is saying that once it was known that shab-e-miraj fell on the same day, don’t you think it was easier to reschedule the time rather than rescheduling the Shab.

    However, all said and done. Agreed that it was done unintentionally. Accepted.

    But I hope you agree with one point that the organizer should take care of such dates next time they arrange this event. I think there shouldn’t be any outrage to that from your side – correct? :)

    I will too bhangra that day – all night! :)

    Again, no outrages, no shocks, all peace!

    Cheers buddy.

  25. Fazal Ashfaq (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 12:43 am

    dear admin,

    I posted a comment on this topic some time back and got a message saying this message is held pending approval from the author of this post. and it still hasn’t appeared?

    kia scene hai bhai?

  26. Opee (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 12:57 am

    Hota Hai. Ho Jata Hai.

    Baray Baray MetBlogs Par, Aisi Choti Choti Baatain, Hoti Rehti Hain. :)

  27. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 1:39 am

    @OP: U mean, scene on hai ;) ..ahem.

  28. zerointolerance (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    Who cares ?

    We’ve got bigger problems facing us.

  29. Zunnaira (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 3:04 pm

    It’s really bad, Coz as a Muslim we must to give respect that day, Buty they don’t………

  30. Zunnaira (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

    It’s really bad, Coz as a Muslim we must to give respect that day, Buty they don’t………

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