EID…Who Cares?! It’s Club Night!!!

Hajj…One of the most important aspects of Islam…And an extremely important pillar upon which the very foundation of Islam rests upon. Every Prophet of God performed the ritual of Hajj even before religion was perfected by God in the form of Islam.

The Hajj is one of the most spiritual and life-changing experiences that a believer will face. A believer is required to make the pilgrimage at least once in his or her life time. A devout Muslim’s whole life is directed towards this spiritual goal; all of life becomes a pilgrimage. I do not think I have to continue as to the importance of Hajj in Islam.

And yet, on the 31st of December 2006, during the very culmination of Hajj, a large population of our country will be “celebrating” the New Year. Celebrating the New Year of a calendar which has no bearings with Islam (being solar in nature) is not my issue but the very fact that they feel it is necessary to celebrate regardless of their religions teachings (or in this case ignorance).


I would not have an issue if the celebrations were within reasonable confines but please do endure the following conversation with a friend:

Him: So what are you doing on New Years?

Me: Nothing, its Eid the next day man!

Him: Oh…

Me: Why, what are you doin?

Him: Its club night dude!!! Either that or the Special Olympics Ball…

Me: Club Night? You mean drinking and dancing, mingling with semi-clad women, and staying out the whole night when, a few thousand miles away, Muslims like you (or in retrospect maybe not like you) are praying for forgiveness during the most holy pilgrimage in your religion???!

Him: Oh no…I’ll be home by 4 a.m.!

WOW! I mean your conscience cannot be sleeping with a response like that…it must have gone out for a holiday…never to return!!!

No offense to my friend though who I apologize to if he feels I have been rude. He’s a good soul at heart as his subsequent, and independent I might add, decision to not go aptly proves and is indeed admirable.

And the sad part is it’s not only my friend but a host of people who are willing to pay up to 5000 rupees for Club Night so they can celebrate the New Year in style. Do they even know they can’t pray their Eid Namaz next morning if they are drunk? Oh wait a sec…maybe they just don’t pray! I mean who cares about religious responsibilities and obligations when I can get wasted on the dance floor with a bunch of hot chicks’ right?

And what about the organizer of this Club Night…she’s a rather popular (NOT) VJ on the PLAY music channel and a former Grammarian apparently. I’m sure they have Islamiat in KGS till class 11-she couldn’t have forgotten it already…or maybe she never even paid attention…

Whatever the case she can’t be lacking the common sense necessary to realize that it is just not feasible for the “Islamic” Republic of Pakistan, of which until last I checked Karachi is part of, to be warming up the dance floor during the culmination of the most sacred pilgrimage known to mankind.

What a glorious way for us Muslims to thank God for the country and all that he has blessed us with. We can drive our expensive cars around, eat all the fancy meals we want, have our little coffee rendezvous’ and still have 5000 rupees left to spend on a night of booze, sex and drugs, when we should be praying for forgiveness! How can we complain when we are struck by earthquakes…we deserve Divine Retribution.

Party all that you want to every year…I can’t show you the error of your ways and I am not responsible for you either…But at least this year show a little respect for the millions of women who were raped on the streets during independence, the millions of families that were slaughtered in the struggle for independence, the millions who sacrificed all they had to give you the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, for the Prophet who prayed days and nights for the forgiveness of his Ummah, and the sacred pilgrimage of Hajj…

Salahuddin

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13 thoughts on “EID…Who Cares?! It’s Club Night!!!

  1. Seems like you feel very strongly about Club Night. Firstly, I believe tragetting a single person or a single event is not a great idea. However, it definitely serves as a well-known example. All of it boils down to religion.

    I am sure there are many Muslims who do not feel as strongly as you about Islamic injunctions. There is no debating Hajj’s importance in Islam, but there could be a debate about what ‘Muslim’ stands for today. In this Age of Globalization being a Muslim is part of one’s identity. Not just religious, but cultural as well. Similarly, for most people ‘Eid’ has become a cultural and social event and hence the religious aspect of it does not bother them. Many people out partying on New Year’s Eve will probably not end up praying Eid prayer’s in the morning and I don’t think anyone has a right to force them to.

    I can understand your strong feelings as you are a part of this society and you don’t agree with such actions, but there are strong feelings tied up on the other side as well. Plus, if you feel that semi-clad women, dancing, drinking etc. is forbidden in Islam it doesn’t really matter what night of the year it is, it’s wrong. It just seems like you are targetting individuals when your real intention is to question the Government on allowing such parties to take place on the night before Eid. I like your point about the sacrifices made over the ages for this country by generations of muslims, but today many non-muslims in this country suffer in the name of the same religion in ways, and for reasons, completely contradicting the teachings of this religion.

    Lastly, I don’t agree with your connection between parties in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and the earthquake in Kashmir and NWFP. Yes, that too is a part of our country, but if divine retribution falls on the wrong people then I may have to question it.

  2. Hey…i just randomly found this site and i got a bit curious after i saw the title of this article.

    I must say that i even felt that Mr. Salahuddin was getting a bit preachy, and i found myself getting offended as i too had bought a ticket for club night.

    But after reading this and trying to understand his point of view i have changed my mind and torn my invite. He is so right, and if i had not stumbled upon this site i would have never linked eid and the Hajj and that is a fact i am ashamed of.

    Thumbs up to you for saving me from doing a great wrong…Keep it up!

  3. well i think the point ibaad made is well put but my own thoughts are a bit more radical than that.

    i think you think you’ve made a very acute observation and while i have to admit that even though i’m muslim i never really thought of it in this context…i have to say that you’re way off the mark. because you’re making it sound as though people are clubbing at the expense of hajj-ing; that they could very well have channelled the same resources in performing hajj. and we all know…that’s not really the case.

    you’re also assuming that the hajies of today aren’t the clubbers of yesteryear. and that the clubbers of today can’t be the hajies of tomorrow because there is something so fundamentally wrong with their souls. i don’t think that really is the case. so yes, their muslim brethren are performing hajj, but since when does that infringe upon their personal life choices?

    not only that…i find it rather infruriating how you’ve objectified “semi-clad women.” you make them sound like decoration pieces at a party rather than free individuals who are making their own choices and living their lives and expressing themselves as they wish. i don’t mean to sound self-righteous or preachy…and while this may come off as sounding rather hypocritical, i will admit that i club, i wear the clothes i want to wear and yet i pray five times a day. and no one is in a position to comment on that because that’s my life choice and it’s between me and my God. so it isn’t fair for anyone else to be a judge.

  4. enjoy your festival, ifeel more people certainly within the uk are intrested in islam, in a very positive and open outlook and it only takes a sit down and a talk to wipe away enmity and create friends, i admire islam a lot. reading the koran my interpritation of mohammeds message as far as alcohol is that a small amount can be benificial but large amounts are harram. is this right?

  5. I agree with what both Ibaad and Fiza have to say. I particularly liked Ibaad’s point about religious minorities in the country, who we often simply forget in our self-righteous preaching about the “Islamic” Republic of Pakistan and how we as a nation should behave.

    To quote the post: “But at least this year show a little respect for the millions of women who were raped on the streets during independence”. I don’t mean to be fatalistic, but women are raped in Pakistan TODAY due to biased laws in the name of “Islam” everyday – not because people choose to express themselves by going to “Club Night”.

    The way I understand it, it seems like there are two developing extremes in Pakistan, which really feed off each other – in the sense that overly liberal behavior (as “Club Night” may qualify for) alienates the moderately religious to become more extreme and the consequent extreme religious / fundamentalist behavior drives those who are somewhat liberal farther away, and so on.

    I think the key is to respect the individual choices people make, provided they are not impinging on another’s rights or causing harm or unhappiness in another. I, for one, really respect people who express themselves, are open minded, and still adopt the core values of their religion (be it Islam or otherwise). I also see the most important aspect of any religion as being mutual respect and tolerance for other human beings, and respecting that each person is free to make their own choices and follow their own life philosophy – assuming that they don’t impinge on another’s right to do the same.

    Yes, it is an “Islamic” Republic – yes, people may be enjoying themselves in a way not consistent with your “Islamic” beliefs – but ultimately, what real impact is their behavior having on you or how you choose to spend your Eid?

  6. eid that we celebrate is gift that given us b god and people should celebrate as right way.like pray nimaz and meet with friends and families.muslim dont go to night clubs and dicos because we are forbiden by good

  7. Hey…i just randomly found this site and i got a bit curious after i saw the title of this article.

    I must say that i even felt that Mr. Salahuddin was getting a bit preachy, and i found myself getting offended as i too had bought a ticket for club night.

    But after reading this and trying to understand his point of view i have changed my mind and torn my invite. He is so right, and if i had not stumbled upon this site i would have never linked eid and the Hajj and that is a fact i am ashamed of.

    Thumbs up to you for saving me from doing a great wrong…Keep it up!

  8. To each his own.

    If you dont wish to partake, DONT.

    Don’t tell other people what they should or should not be doing. Mind your own business, do what you think you need to do to be a good muslim and keep your nose out of other peoples business.

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  10. What is wrong with Pakistanis? Why don’t theyaccept the responsibility they owe to ummah? Are people of Karachi and Lahore getting wasted on the dance floors which there brothers and sisters are being killed and raped in their very neighborhoods? Beware, when the azab of Allah comes it takes ignorants unexpected.

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