Dialogue – 78 (Dis-informations / Mis-conceptions)

[This dialogue is a tribute to “Mushaf” by Nirmah Ahmed….]

 

 

“Wanna eat ice cream…?..”

“Sure…”

“Here it is…”

“Thank you…. Which ice cream it is..?”

“Walls..”

“Walls is not an ice cream…!!..”

“Good God… What are you saying…?..”

“I am saying, Walls is not an ice cream…. Yes, its a fact….!”

“But how..!?… Why…?..”

“Dear! There is a difference between perception and reality… We live in a world of information, hence information must be authenticated always…. Have you ever seen words ‘ice-cream’ written on any Walls product in Pakistan, except Magnum….?…”

“Well, I did not try…. Lets see this packing….. Hmm… Nowhere do I find words ‘ice-cream’… 😦 …. Means, all these years, I have been eating something else in the name of ice-cream…!! Would you please tell me why it is not an ice cream…!?..”

“.. 🙂 …. Because it is not dairy-based product… Its all chemicals…. That’s why they cannot write ice-cream with their product, as per food regulations…. So, they write ‘dessert’…. 🙂 .. The companies which use milk based products in their ice cream, can and do write these words on their ice-cream; like Hico and Omore… Try Magnum by Walls, and you’d know whats an actual ice-cream… 🙂 …”

“Hmmmmmm…. That’s a strange info for me…!”

“Do you know how much percentage of our budget is spent on Armed Forces of Pakistan, annually…?…”

“Almost 70 percent…”

“Wrong…. Have you checked it…?..”

“No man…”

“It was never 70 percent… It’s almost 18 percent…. That’s an other misconception, or may I say: disinformation….”

“Hmmm…..”

“Do you know how many aayaat are there in Quran..?..”

“6666…”

“Wrong.. Those are 6236…”

“Do you know which is the longest aayat of Quran….”

“Aayat ul Kursi…”

“Well, to your dismay it is not…. It is aayat 282 of Soorah Al Baqarah…”

“That’s so weird…!…”

“May be its just new…”

“Ahan….”

“Perception is perhaps only weird…. But misinformation and disinformation are dangerous….. There are people who take decisions without authenticating facts… You know, some weeks back a Muslim man known as Mashal Khan was killed in the name of God, by Muslims, in a country built in the name of God… His killers raised loud slogans of ‘Allah o Akbar’ while slaining him, and termed their act as a step to keep the Hurmat of Namoos e Risaalat (PBUH)….. It was all due to disinformation, basically….. In the same country, there were people who used to blow themselves up in markets and mosques and schools and churches, shouting Allah o Akbar, and even had Fawaata issued by religious Muftis in their favour….!!…. It took fifteen years of this nation to separate facts from disinformation, and lives of almost 70,000 people too…”

“So, what to do….?….”

“Always go to source for authentication… Our Nabi e Kareem’s (PBUH) first titles were ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’… That means, the first quality of a Muslim is about the attribute of truthfulness….. Dig out facts….. Ask for sources…. Confirm things first….. There is a Hadees e Rasool (PBUH) which means, ‘Do not pass on a news, without authenticating it’ (words to that effect)…”

“Hmmmmmm….”

“Let me tell you a personal experience…. During Operation Raah-e-Raast, Troops under my command arrested a would-be suicide-bomber in Orakzai Agency… We took him to our unit, and locked him up…. He was a kid of 14 years’ age…. We started to interrogate him, in Urdu and Pashto.. He would not answer us, not even talk to us, and shout, ‘You are all kaafir, and I will not talk to you… You will burn in hell’… The whole night passed. He threw away the food and water served to him… Considering him a young lad, I did not want to use any pressure technique on him…. I kept thinking, what to do…. He was not uttering a single word, and was hostile, throwing away things around, refusing to sleep even… We tried to feed him with force, and he made quite a fuss and bite our men and hit his head on walls….. I had lesser service, and had no idea what to do…. We decided to shift him to Peshawar and hand him over to Military Intelligence the next day…. We actually wanted that he should open his mouth now and give us information… At Fajr time, I spread out my jai-namaaz in front his detention cell, and offered Fajr prayers there, asking Allah to make him talk to us, or at least have food and not die of malnutrition…… To my astonishment, he stood up, kept staring at me for a while and then broke down into tears, while saying a sentence in Pashto which I would never forget my whole life…… He was then completely broken, and gave us very important information about his sources and handlers……”

“What did he say…?..”

” He said, ‘OMG! OMG! OMG! You are Muslim…!!…!!!….”
(He was brain-washed to such a high degree, that he had firm faith in the fact that we all were Kaafirs, and only he and his peers were Muslims…)

“Any lifetime tip to be on right path…?..”

“… Always read, consult and follow Mushaf….”

“Mushaf…?…”

“The Book… Al-Quran…”

“Its name is Mushaf…!… But its name is Quran only…”

“… 🙂 …. Yes…. Is it not Mushaf..!… Al-Mushaf, Al-Shareef…. You see, there are Muslims outside Indo-Pak too….. 🙂 …..”

Dialogue – 77 (Strength / Weakness)

“You know, tumhaari sub se barri weakness kiya hai..?..”

“Kiya?..”

“Tumhaari memory…”

“Ye meri sub se barri weakness nahin, sub se barri strength hai… 😊 ”

“😲..”

“Khusoosan tumhaaray muaamlay mein… 😄”

Dialogue – 76 (Reader)

“Blog / page par aksar posts hum aik hi reader kay liye likhtay hein…”

“Pur agar wo reader visit, comment ya like na dey to…?..”

“Aap ghalat samjhay… 😊 Wo reader hum khud hotay hein…”

Dialogue – 75 (Happiness is when you really mean more than “some one” to someone….)

[This post is a dedication…]

 

“What is happiness…?”

“To know this, you have to first look for the most happy people around…. Do you see them?.. Those, who are most happy people in / around us?….”

“The kids…!”

“Exactly… 🙂 …”

“What about its exact definition….?…”

“Happiness could be anything to anyone…. The exact definition would be difficult… However, it has certain qualities…. Happy people have those attributes….”

“And those are…?..”

“Loving the people around you, appreciating the things around you and liking what you do…… Happy people judge the least and forgive the most… They live neither in past or future… They are Saahib-e-Haal.… Kids are like that….”

“Hmmmm”….

“Well, as we grow big, happiness also changes its form… In my experience, I have felt most happy when I was of a value to someone, in terms of hope, support, help, assistance, pat, or may be just being there for them… Happiness is therefore, wearing the Godly attributes…. Its about connecting to our higher purpose…”

“And what’s the higher purpose, like…?..”

“Aayat 29 of Soorah Al Fajr reads: ‘O you peaceful soul; Return to your Lord well pleased with Him, and He well pleased with you; So, enter you among My chosen bondmen. And come to My Garden….’ راضیۃً مرضیۃ … That is about Raazi Ba Razaa souls…. That’s about the actual happiness….”

“And if someone is not lucky enough to be such a soul…? + Adversely affected by their circumstances….! ”

“In that case, try to make someone happy…. Happiness is a crazy arithmetic and strange bio-medic… It is a contagious cure, and multiplies when divided… 🙂 ….”

 

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Dialogue – 74 (Blessings are not to be judged, evaluated or commented upon… They are just to be thankful for, and more and more and more…)

“Is it Ramzan or Ra-ma-daan..?..”

“Doesn’t make a difference…”

“And, about the people who are a month’s saints… Once a year pious ones….. 🙂 …”

“Your observation doesn’t move me an inch…”

“And, how about the superficial religiosity during one month…?…. Shouldn’t it stay the same for the rest of year too… Aren’t the prayers Farz for rest of the year, isn’t sadqah, qirat and good acts good for the rest of year…?..”

“Do you have a problem with this all..?..”

“No, but I have problem with the hypocritical mind-set of this society……”

“Well, have you read Quran and Sunnah (Seerat and Hadees e Nabwi PBUH)…?..”

“Yes..”

“Did you find any line or text saying or meaning that you have to judge the people, their acts or social mind-sets…….or, the blessings of Ramazaan for that matter?…”

“No…”

“Than please be at peace with it…. Ramzan / Ramadaan, its blessings, its opportunities to go good, its environments, its religiosity, its pious-ness, its sadqah, ibaadat, qirat and good acts are way beyond your comprehension…. For now, just try to imagine, if we can do good (or at least seemingly do good) in a month, and that brings so much of peace and harmony and barkat, imagine what would happen if we could do it for the rest of the year……and when you imagine that, just judge one person on this earth: your own self….
+ May I ask you a question from you now..?..”

“Sure…”

“Why does the presence of a ‘hypocritical mind-set’ (means the absence of religiosity, pious-ness, sadqah, ibaadat, qirat and good acts) make peace with you for the rest of year….?….”

[Dedicated as response to some posts on the subject, circulating on (un)social media…..]

Dialogue – 73 (Wheels of life’s transport…)

“Are husband and wife really the (two) wheels of a transport, as it is mentioned frequently…!”

“Yes, they are the two wheels of the life’s bicycle….or two sets of wheels of the life’s car…. 🙂 ”

“And how do you actually describe them..?”

“You see, all bicycles and most cars are rear-wheel driven….”

“Yes, indeed…”

“But, the direction is only changed by front wheel… 🙂 …”

“Now you are getting gender-biased…”

“Hahaha… Well, that’s the reality… Allah has made the males, responsible for some things which females are not; and vice versa.. Command is one such responsibility… Plus, in this metaphor of ‘wheels’, we have to understand some things, more than who is on the front wheel, and who runs the transport as rear wheel…”

“And those are…?..”

“They are:
1. Clarity of who controls the direction (front wheels) must be there…
2. All wheels must rotate in the same direction….
3. All wheels must be aligned with each other (on same frontal axis), balanced within and have good condition, maintenance and frequent inspections….
4. Replacement of a wheel, when it breaks down….
5. Maintaining proper air pressure….
6. Slowing down the vehicle when the road gets rough, or wheels will be damaged….
7. No over-loading of transport……otherwise, the wheels will be constantly under over-pressure…..
8. The best and more costly, all-weather, all-terrain vehicles, like SUVs are ‘Four-Wheel-Drive’…. Understand this term in above connotation, and your life will be heaven, if all wheels turn simultaneously, in harmony and resonance….”

But, the most important aspect is something else….”

“And what’s that..?..”

“We give examples like ‘couple-are-wheels’, because we understand the importance of wheels for a transport… Just go one step further, and make this understanding a good part of your acts, and your life will be a smooth drive… Take care of your wheels, their condition, look for cuts, and punctures, wearing out, go for retreading, polish / clean them up regularly, remove pebbles from their grooves, and do take care of the most important component of a wheel, which bears the whole load of transport….”

“Which component..?..”

“Theoretically, the whole weight / mass of a vehicle acts at CG / CM (Center of Gravity / Mass)… On a practical note, the component which is actually sustaining, keeping and bearing the whole weight of the vehicle is the charging value of tyre… 🙂 ”

“Wow… That’s a news…..”

“Keep your pressure valves in good quality and condition… They do not let the air out, which carries all your weight in a tyre, and keeps you running on a road…. So actually, you are running on air… 😛 ”

“.. 🙂 …”

“Relationships need care and maintenance….. Like periodic checks….. Scheduled and unscheduled care….. Before long trips…… And during the journeys: Frequent stop-overs, cooling of engines, care of tyres and cleaning up….. It is no coincidence, that the best kept cares run decades of use, like best kept relations…..”

Dialogue – 72 (A matter of time)

“We are on TAC-COM (tactical communication system)…. Head-sets on… Can you hear me…?..”

“Loud and clear sir…!”

“Ok… That’s your only hand grenade… On the near right is the throw area (target)…. Can you see it..?..”

“Yes sir…. bright as sun…”

“Ok…. On your count, go ahead…. I need good results… You have a total of 10 seconds to perform, evacuate and observe damage….”

“Yes sir…. Here it is….. throw… One, Two, Three, Four, Five, five………… Oops…!”

“See you in hospital… Training is over…”

 

[Hand-grenade has a delay of 4 seconds to explosion… 😛 ]