Just when I was about to get impressed…

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While on my way home from work this evening, I saw this huge new billboard that said

786 Islamic Service

786 Dial karain
aur Warid ki Islamic Service sunain

Downright impressed, I, for once was glad I have a warid connection and hurriedly punched the holy number on my cellphone.
I was given 5 choices..chose one.
Then 5 more choices
then 2 choices

Wanting to find out the exact namaz timings as my workplace is quite serene and no Maulvi with Hulk Hogan lungs can beat the soundproofing of the surroundings I sit in every day. I punch the number for my city to find out the timings (super impressive, they have separate timings for each city, man they’re cool!)

My phone talks back:

Cute, sweet chirpy girlie says “Fajr” Enlightened Maulvi voice says “pause bajkar pause minute

Cute, sweet chirpy girlie says “Zuhr” Enlightened Maulvi voice says “pause bajkar pause minute

Cute, sweet chirpy girlie says “Asar” Enlightened Maulvi voice says “pause bajkar pause minute

Cute, sweet chirpy girlie says “Maghrib” Enlightened Maulvi voice says “pause bajkar pause minute

Cute, sweet chirpy girlie says “Isha” Enlightened Maulvi voice says “pause bajkar pause minute

The template was on but they forgot to fill in the timings!! I wonder if Karachi has the same namaz timings :P !!

One little detail. Amongst the umpteen choices I had to make with gazillion options the service would give me at every level of the menu, no one ever asked me “Urdu ke liye 1 milaayein, for service in English dial 2

Are only urdu speaking/ understanding people to be blessed with the access to Islamic Service? Maybe they should’ve called it Pakistani Islamic Service.

20 Comments so far

  1. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 10:56 pm

    You gave us one good laugh with that ‘pause bajkar pause minute’ thing… 8D


  2. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 11:30 pm

    These services are so annoying with menus and sub menus and sub menus. They also had impressive ad on TV :)


  3. momi (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 1:57 am

    lol funnnyyy love u momo! :D


  4. Monkey (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 2:48 am

    LOL.. Warid is probably the only service that has become so annoyingly Islamic in Ramzan.. Their sales centres are ALL close at 3 p.m. aaj kal and reopen at 7:30 p.m. That so crazy :S Even in a city like Karachi, you do not need 3 hours to get home for iftari.


  5. DDR (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 9:13 am

    What does the number 786 have to do with Islam ? Its not the number value per alphabet thing. It essentially has not historially accurate Islamic connection..


  6. DDR (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 9:13 am

    What does the number 786 have to do with Islam ? Its not the number value per alphabet thing. It essentially has no historially accurate Islamic connection..


  7. Muneeb (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 9:22 am

    … i wonder how much money warid made by just making you go through all those menus and sub menus! :)


  8. mozang bijli (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 9:29 am

    please try this site for prayer timing in any city round the globe
    http://www.islamicfinder.org/world.php?lang=english&home=2007-9-19.
    you can download a free azan software too which can either run a proper azan five times a day, or set a text message on your monitor for all the five paryers.
    where i live there is no mosque for miles around and I follow this e-azan for sehr-o-ifftar.


  9. (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 10:26 am
  10. Kashif (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 12:17 am

    786 the holy number?

    why check prayer timings on cell? one should remember them by heart :)


  11. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 1:50 am

    About “786”, well, if you guys dont know, its numerology. Google for details plz :)


  12. V (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 4:02 am

    @DDR: You are very right!


  13. Sumbul (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 9:28 am

    @ MOZANG BIJLI: Thanks for the great info source. Will check it out immediately

    @KASHIF: Well thats the trouble sonny, we’re all trying to be humble here. I honestly don’t remember them by heart and I’m admitting it (not proud of it by any chance, though). That was square one for this post. The story goes on afterwards

    @PRETTY SIMPLE: Read DDR’s comment AGAIN :) dhiyaaan se!!


  14. S M Nabeel (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    A good one :)

    Dear lahories,
    I m an ex Karachi metro blogger and right now in Lahore for the first time. I am here for some official work and need to know wireless Internet facilities Please Reply ASAP as I have to fly back to Karachi tomorrow.
    Thanks
    S M Nabeel
    smnabil@gmail.com
    03343866143


  15. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

    Ok, but NO.
    Can you explain?


  16. V (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 6:36 pm

    @S M Nabeel: If you’re in DHA, you could go to Techy’s Lounge.


  17. V (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    @PS: 786 has nothing Islamic about it and is therefore, definitely no substitute for the actual Bismillah.


  18. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 11:10 pm

    Ok, i am out of it :D


  19. Jahanara (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 8:42 am

    Islam bhi commercialize ho gaya hae. Sadly, it has also become a commodity.


  20. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

    Koi naye baat karo :)



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