Voice of the Peo­ple

Ra­mazan & our me­dia

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - AFREEN MIRZA

Ra­mazan is the only month when we used to see peo­ple sin­cerely fol­low­ing the teach­ing of Holy Qu­ran and Sun­nah, but this prac­tice of Mus­lims has also been af­fected by our own me­dia. Live trans­mis­sions of Sehr and If­tar have af­fected the prayers of Mus­lims. Be­lieve it or not, peo­ple in­stead of pray­ing, sit in front of their tele­vi­sion sets and watch those stupid over­act­ing by those glam­orous lady hosts and imp­ish pre­sen­ters of the so-called re­li­gious pro­grammes. The very ex­is­tence of these hosts and hostesses negate the ba­sic phi­los­o­phy of Is­lam to dis­cour­age means of se­duc­tion and im­moral pur­suits, es­pe­cially dur­ing the sa­cred en­vi­rons of Ra­mazan. These chan­nel own­ers need to think that what are they do­ing? Just to hunt for some ‘rat­ings’, they do these kinds of things like dis­tri­bu­tion of gifts in an in­de­cent man­ner or call­ing celebri­ties who have no idea about the re­li­gious topic on which they have to speak about. We all need to un­der­stand that ev­ery­thing is not done for the pur­pose of ‘rat­ing’. The view­ers who just sit and watch the glam­orous shows of beauty pa­rades, also need to un­der­stand that wast­ing all this time in­stead of go­ing for prayers and in­stead view­ing these shows are against the spirit of Is­lam and the phi­los­o­phy of Ra­mazan and fast­ing. You would not be asked ques­tions like which celebrity hosted which chan­nels show? Or which chan­nels Ra­mazan trans­mis­sions at­tained the high­est TRPs? So please think about it and start pre­par­ing for the ac­tual ques­tions you would have to an­swer in the life here­after. — Karachi

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