Bless­ings of Shab-i-Barat

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - NAIMA SADAQAT

As it al­ways hap­pens when Shab-IBarat comes, peo­ple start to ex­plode crack­ers. It seems not the blessed night but the night of crack­ers. ShabI-Barat is a blessed night and Mus­lims cel­e­brate this night with prayers and char­i­ties. But has any­body ever con­sid­ered what the pur­pose of this night ac­tu­ally is? This night is the night of for­give­ness. But to­day the Mus­lims have for­got the re­al­ity and they in­stead of prayers cook sweet dish and ex­plode crack­ers. To­day when we ask some­body why they cel­e­brate this night, the usual an­swer is that our an­ces­tors cel­e­brated this night there­fore we do it as well.

Il­lit­er­ate as well as ed­u­cated peo­ple buy crack­ers for their chil­dren gladly so that they ex­plode them, caus­ing great trou­ble for their neigh­bours. They should think of their neigh­bours where some­one may be sick or pre­par­ing for ex­ams. May Al­lah bless us with right think­ing and courage to act on it. — Rawalpindi

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