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!
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…