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All Muslims are Not terrorists. All terrorists are[n’t] muslims, anymore.

A little note:

This post has been lying in my drafts for the longest time, I didn’t know whether this was suitable or not however I decided it needs to be out there. Let me know what you guys think.

It’s difficult surviving as a Muslim along with residing in Pakistan which the world calls as a ‘sanctuary’ for the terrorists. Throughout many intense debates and discussions that I managed to sit through, favoring or rather emphasizing that muslims are not terrorists, one such argument would Always weaken my case.I would want to pull my hair every time I heard, “All muslims may not be terrorists, but ALL terrorists are muslims”.

Anders Behring Breivik, a Christian has joined the list. Whether the world calls him a ‘madman’ or ‘Christian fundamentalist’ or an ‘Attacker’ he is nevertheless a ‘terrorist’. And although my heart weeps for the victims of the Norwegian attacks, I’m glad to know it wasn’t a muslim. It wasn’t another illogical Islamic extremist that was satisfied with the killings of innocent people.  And it wasn’t Pakistan that was linked to the attack like any and every attack that takes place.

This by no means does this mean that we rejoice that those who have always raised fingers at us, have now themselves jumped into the madness of oppression. This only raises further questions. When a peace-loving nation such as Norway can witness such an atrocious event which involved anti-Islamic sentiments, then is there a higher probability that those countries which have faced the brunt of Muslim extremists will breed a new generation of ‘fundamentalists’ that are ready to retaliate in their own realm? And if so are we back to square one which will haunt the Muslims as those who started this never-ending war of beliefs?

Where are the answers?

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Posted by on July 31, 2011 in What do you think of this?

 

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Summer of twenty eleven.

Always hope for the unattainable, something close to perfection. Vision the cloud with the shiniest silver lining there can ever be, always see your glass half full with the yummiest mango smoothie which gives you an instant burst of delight and is the cause of many festivals and dances in the plain of Punjab. Why not hope for a drop of rain everyday and be overjoyed when your meteorology department informs you of an upcoming gush. Sigh. I think I was born in the wrong city or the wrong country perhaps, maybe I was meant for a wetter place.

Nevertheless the point is that I am an optimist, maybe not by definition nor according to my mother. Maybe its just that I hope to get what I want, that’s an optimistic outlook right ?

So when I was going through the torturous months of Apr to first week of June studying, learning,running from one tuition to the other and basically stuffing my mind and my mouth out of stress, I always envisioned the perfect summers. Believing that my summers will begin with utmost satisfaction and relief on the day of my last exam and bloom with the late nights and later afternoons. Completing my delicate bubble of hope were the uncountable outings with friends and family.

But like on many occasions, an optimist is left wondering whether too much was asked for? My summers turned out to be same old, with a few differences. Observe.

  • None of my first cousins is getting married this summer which has deprived me of so many encounters and experiences. For instance the numerous nerve-wracking visits to the tailor, the quest to beat the newcomers with our awesome [ read: lacking creativity] dances. Sigh! So many enriching experiences missed.
  • Light or Dark? The ongoing hide and seek with electricity has been consistent in its nature. With the ‘planned power cuts’  visiting twice and thrice a day, the melodious growl of the generator has become a vital part of our lives.
  • University apps. Local universities play a huge role this summer. Start by applying, then hope to clear their specialized test, if your lucky come by for an interview. Then Wait. Meanwhile dread and fret about your future. Simple right ?
  • Food. The only thing that is great about summers is that you have enough time to relish your food without worrying about being late for class. Be it the seasonal mangoes [yes, I’ve mentioned them before], indulging in the pay less-eat more deals that are bound to make you fat or the favourite chocolate ice-cream with two toppings, chocolate chips and chocolate vermicelli. Yes, I had to say chocolate that many times.
So that’s basically it. I’ve also recovered from my writer’s block, hoping to connect more. Till the next post, enjoy your feasts!
 
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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Life as a Karachite

 

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