three arabs and a desi
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Friday, July 28, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Here is an experiment:
Try calling a Pakistani "Indian" and see the reaction.
Boom! 90% of the time, you will get him/her growl at you. You may also get a scratch on the face.
BUT...don't be intimidated. Calm down.
Just ask them "what's wrong?"
They will give you different answers, but trust me, most of them are just "blahs".
You will hear something like: "India and Pakistan are two different countries."
You say, "Acha?! I am really sorry, but you don't have your country's name tag attached to you."
They might say, "We are different people."
To tell you the truth, 50% of the time, I can't tell a difference between a northern Indian and a Pakistani unless they start speaking in Urdu/Hindi (I can tell by the distinction in dialect). So, it is palpable that a non-desi is unable to judge the difference between an Indian and Pakistani.
Then sometimes you get an answer like this, "Pakistanis are mostly Muslims. Indians are mostly Hindus."
That's actually a very good reason. But...wait a minute..this oftentimes come from someone whom you can't really tell if he/she is a Muslim or not. I am not talking about wearing hijaab or having pants above the ankle. I am talking about praying five times or fasting. Besides, how am I gonna know if you are an Indian Muslim or a Pakistani Muslim if your both maternal and paternal grandfathers migrated to Pakistan from India in 1947?
By the way, I went to a "Pakistani" wedding recently in Chicago. It was more like an Indian movie. I couldn't even hear the person sitting next to me because the latest Hindi songs were being played on full volume. I don't endorse music, but it is not like Pakistanis don't have good songs, so why do these so-called Pakistanis need to play Indian songs?
Most Pakistanis are simply confused. They watch Hindi movies, listen to Hindi songs, aunties wear saris, their weddings and celebrations are filled with Hindu customs....they are almost "hindu-wannabes", but they hate being called Indian. Inna lillahi wa inna ilahi raj'ioon...
By the way, if you call me an Indian, you will get a growl too but that's for a different reason. I have saved my answer so that people don't steal it :P
Monday, July 03, 2006
You know, at school they would give us progress reports before final exams. So, I was wondering that if we are going to be answerable on the Day of Judgment then why don't we get progress report of our actions beforehand...so that we can know how far behind we are and how much improvement we need to make.
The other day, Sheikh was describing in the khutbah about how Allah tested Musa and his people when the Red Sea was right in front of them and Pharoah's army was approaching to annhilate them. What came out of the mouth of Bani Isra'el that moment was reflective of the condition of their heart.
I got my answer!
Our progress report is what comes out of our mouth when we are in the times of trouble. If we curse, complain or blame Allah for problems, that's shows the weakness of our eman!