Ihsan

Sunday, October 15, 2006

speak truth

Syed Adnan Kaka-Khail Sahib, a madrassa student from Jamia Uloomul Islamiya in Binori Town, Karachi, Pakistan speaks truth to the puppet self-proclaimed "president" of Pakistan.

The brother speaks in Urdu, for english translation and analyses click here.

"But do not celebrate on the graves of the struggles/hopes of the dispossessed and unsupported peoples. Look Islam says that, if in an house...it is a strange concept...OK, alright let people fly kites in their own homes, nobody calls this haram, but when the poor sees that in my stomach there is no bread, and my President is out flying a kite..."

"It is as if there is death in the house next door, and you sit in the next house and play a drum and say "I am free. ""

2 comment(s):

  • Thanks to Malangbaba for the translation.

    What's "basant"?


    By Blogger Anna in Portland (was Cairo), at 10/16/2006 11:47:00 AM  

  • basant is an annual spring kite flying festival - it used to be more of a working/middle-class festival... but in recent years, it has become yet another opportunity for the liberal elites of Pakisan to have one of their parties (ever seen one of those rich and famous parties on TV? - Well, those are nothing compared to these ones in Pakistan).

    The religious oriented groups have raised the issue at various levels: what actually goes on at the parties, and the incredible waste of $$$. The liberal elites have responded by saying that the "fundamentalist/taleban" are taking over etc. etc. (The fact that they have allied themselves with the fanatic imperialists does not figure in their "highly educated" minds.)

    The kite flying has also become very competitive - and results in tens of deaths every year now (people falling off roofs etc.)

    The religious groups have actually only made this an issue after the festival was effectively coopted - and have been quite focused on their objections: the parties, people being killed, and the amount of $$$$ spent not just on kites (that are relatively cheap) but on the parties, as well as large corporate sponsorships of the festival.

    Mu(Bu)sharraf plays along with elites, and does his own kite flying (literally and figuratively).


    By Anonymous altaf, at 10/16/2006 12:36:00 PM  

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