Oh Respect, where have thou gone?


credit: Daily Times

Need I say more….there is a total lack of respect for public or even private property in much of our country nowadays. For those who don’t know about this Lahori locality, this is right on the Mall road in front of the Punjab Assembly. The tower at the back is the Islamic Summit Minar and the domed kiosk holds a beautiful copy of the Holy Qur’an. Isn’t this being disrespectful to the Holy Qur’an? We have burned and pillaged for much less. So, are we going to see those self-proclaimed mullahs on the roads again? I am not being disrespectful to the mullah’s here. I am talking only about those everyday regular people who seize oppurtunities like these (I don’t have to list them, we all know) to show their religious fervor. That always reminds me though, of that beautiful sher (poetic verse) by Iqbal:

Masjid to banaa di shab bhar mein, ima’n ki hararat walaun nay
Man apna purani paapi hai, barsau’n mein namaazi ban na saka

6 Comments so far

  1. Rana Mian (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

    God bless you Sir for starting an awareness campaign and debate about the “real” issues of our society and our great city of Lahore.

  2. Saad (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 10:53 pm

    ^^ Afsoos hai, kay jin ki yei shalwaar nalay hain, woh app ki iss campain say la-ilm hain. Next time you see this, do us a favor, and burn them.

  3. Max (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 1:30 am

    What the heck are those?

  4. Raza (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 6:15 am

    @Rana Mian – thanks…I hope at least some of us will take heed.

    @ Saad – afsoos ki baat to hai but I think you know very well how difficult it would be to burn these unless you are in a mob!!!

  5. Raza (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 6:16 am

    @ Max – these are actually somebody’s clothes. He has hung them there to dry.

  6. Caveman (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 8:46 am

    Looks like police uniforms to me

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