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Happy Birthday, Pakistan!

Saturday, November 22, 2003

27, Ramadan-ul-Mubarak. The day when Quran’s revelation started.

27, Ramadan-ul-Mubarak 1366 A.H. The day when Pakistan was born.

I don’t know what patriotism is. Nor do I know what it takes to be a patriot. For me, patriotism is one of the most confusing topics that exist. And I am not here to talk about patriotism.

I am here to talk about Pakistan. Rather I would like to talk with Pakistan.

So, my dear Pakistan. I hope you won’t mind listening to a random citizen of yours. Or would you? But anyway, now that I have started talking, I guess you can listen to me. Feel free to stop me if this conversation becomes boring.

Tell me, Pakistan, how does it feel having 27 Ramadan as your birthday. I mean, it’s not just any other day. The fact that you came into being in the name of Islam, and then on 27 Ramadan, must have made you feel very proud. Well, yeah, I know that your citizens didn’t do justice with you. Including me. And for that we feel sorry. We really do.

Why are you laughing?

Anyway, do you know that you are now 58 years old. Quite a long time, which makes you quite experienced. I am always in search of experienced people. Yeah, I know that you don’t fall into category of “people”, but hey, I am talking to you right now. So, I was saying that I like meeting experienced people. There’s so much to learn from them. And you, being a state, have so much to tell. So many stories, so many tales, so many morals. I have already learnt a lot from your past and, hopefully, I’ll keep on learning.

Nah, what am I talking about? It’s your birthday, so let’s celebrate it. Do you want to throw a party? Where’s the cake? And the candles? No, wait, that would be 58 candles. So may be we should leave the candles. How about inviting some friends? By the way, I hope you’re fasting. So may be we can invite everyone at sehri?

In all the mosques tonight, people will be praying for themselves. Some will be praying for you. Some will be praying for themselves and for you. The night you were born in is so special. So let’s pray. Let’s pray that everybody has his/her prayers answered. Let’s pray that everybody gets what he/she wants. Let’s pray that you might prosper. And let’s pray that may each of us make good use of the holy days and holy nights left in this holy month.

Happy Birthday, Pakistan!



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Nov 23, 2003 at 1:12 am

Today is the 27th of Ramadhan? I never realised it, but then I should have, Pa and bros did bring home a mithai ka dabba after Quraan Khatam in their mosque.
About Pakistan, from what are its halaat, Pakistan’s month of Ramadhan has never ended. It’s Eid never come. We have reduced it to such a state that it can not afford to invite any of us for Sehri. However, you might see it outside the Eidgah when you come out after your prayers….the battered looking person, in tattered clothing, with a weather, time worn begging bowl in its wrteched out streched hands…that would be Pakistan. Dont expect any Sehri or Iftar invite from it, it waits for your Fitra and Zakaat.

tiny terror

Nov 23, 2003 at 2:41 am

aww cute post :)


Nov 23, 2003 at 4:19 am

shabash betay tunay mujhe kush kia aur birthday wish ki, laikan mairay masoom shehri akhir main hamesha
p.s. bold font main ;)


Nov 23, 2003 at 10:14 am

AWK: You’re right. But I guess Pakistan needs more than our zakat and fitrana. And the most important thing is if we want to give anything to Pakistan at all …

Tiny Terror: Hey, cool new handle :) And it’s my comment box which should apologise and not you. By the way, I can’t see anything on your blog except that blogspot banner, vertical and horizontal scroll-bars, and four vertical lines. Help?

Pakistan: I’m glad you were really listening!

Ejaz Asi

Nov 23, 2003 at 12:34 pm

I wouldn’t go further on your account of liking/appreciating experienced ppl, but for a nation or a country, for that matter, 58 is not a big deal. Yeah, I have grown up learning and believing half a century is not enough to see what a nation has got to offer. That’s anthropological/archaeological/historical perspective. The real-life perspective are usually different. And you might compare that with China and other such countries, but that’s a different story. The race and rules existed in that part of the world which might illude you, what I know right now is that 57 or 58 years don’t make Pakistan experienced, even if it were this Pakistan or as mighty as China.
However, I liked reading your soliloquy or Pakistan-talking but not offering Zakat and Fitrana to Pakistan. This one was another line that could push me write something on my blog, but no regular connectivity here and can’t reach to text-area through this cafe’s browsers. IE5.0 and Ie4 should be banned. do write more on this, saadat so I may join you, if that doesn’t scare, that is.

The b. filer

Nov 23, 2003 at 4:49 pm


Ramadhan is when not only Pakistan was created, but also when Spain was conquered by Tariq bin Ziad, the Crusades were won by Salahuddin Ayyubi, the Mongols and Ghenghis Khan were finally defeated…

58 years and dear Pakistan, you havent gotten too far have you?


Nov 24, 2003 at 7:44 am

Ejaz: Of course, for a nation, 58 years are no big deal. Specially if you are looking for a real life perspective. But I wasn’t talking to Pakistanis (who show the real life perspective), I was talking to Pakistan, which has seen marshall laws, wars, division, hypocrisy, lies, and what not. That’s what I call experience, and that’s from where want to learn. And sure, write and share anything you want, that won’t scare! :)

B Filer: Thanks for telling :) I must admit, I haven’t studied Islamic history as I should have studied :( And how about giving Pakistan a helping hand and walking with it?

The b. filer

Nov 24, 2003 at 2:22 pm



Nov 24, 2003 at 3:31 pm

Good! *thumbs up*


Nov 24, 2003 at 5:07 pm

Nice thoughts u have. I appriciate ur beautiful thoughts and guess what, I also have some thoughts and respects for my beautiful country, but what? i dont do nothing except of saying this and that all the time, at the stage where our country resides at the moment, it really needs many to come up and show some great for it. Ppl like u and me are doing nothing in its favor, believe me. Anyway, that is just another topic, Lets pray all, May Allah bless our beautiful country with one TIPU and and a BIN QASIM……………………………..


Dec 1, 2003 at 9:28 pm

For me, patriotism is staying here and working rather than migrating to the ‘greener pastures’ since the latter seems more of a trend these days. Yeah people havent really done justice to the fact that they got this country in the name of Islam, to have their own free homeland to do whatever they want within their religious boundaries.

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