In Pakistan, one area in a city has at least 10 to 15 mosques within a kilometre radius. There is a dedicated muezzin in each mosque who then calls azan for prayer according to specific times set in each mosque. Sooner or later, one azan starts from one mosque and others one by one or all start at the same time.
The loudspeakers are set to the loudest pitch owing to which a single azan cannot be heard properly when all muezzins call for prayer simultaneously.
We always talk about unity which comes by small acts. In my suggestion, there should be a system in mosques which can regulate and inculcate the concept of ‘one azan, one eman’.
Under this concept, mosques in one area should be equipped with an inter-connected sound system through which azan should be called at the same time.
ONE AZAN, ONE EMAN – ایک اذان، ایک ایمان
Azan is the most beautiful way to call Muslims for prayer. Nowadays it is called with the help of loud speakers five times a day in each Masjid according to different timings of Salat throughout Pakistan. Loud speakers are installed in the minarets or any higher place of Masjid’s premises to make sure Azan is reached to most people in the locality and even farther.
As soon as the Moazzin (the person who calls the Azan) turns on the loud speaker control from inside the Masjid, the loudspeakers become active and people can hear moazzin’s call to prayer with all ears.
In Pakistan, one area in a city has at least ten to fifteen Masjids within the diameter of a kilometer. There is a dedicated moazzin in each Masjid who then calls Azan according to specific times set in each Masjid for five prayers in a day. Sooner or later, one Azan starts from one Masjid and others one by one or all at the same time. The loud speakers are set to the loudest level which makes single Azan un hearable by the people when all moazzins perform Azan.
In this scenario, beautiful Azan becomes very difficult to be heard by the people as it becomes disorderly atmosphere in the air due to mixture of many unsynchronized Azans being called at the same time.
ایک اذان، ایک ایمان
اذَان مُسلمانوں کو نماز کے لئے بلانے کا ایک بہت خوبصورت طرزِعمل ھے. آج کل اذان کو ہر مسجد سے دن میں پانچ مرتبہ لاؤڈ اسپِیکَرز کی مدد سے پڑھا جاتا ھے. پورے پاکستان میں نماز کے مختلف اوقات کے مطابق اذان دی جاتی ھے. اذان کی آواز ہر شخص تک پہنچ پاۓ، اس بات کو یقینی بنانے کے لئےمساجد کے مِینار یا کسی اونچی جگہ لاؤڈ اسپیکرز نصب کیے جاتے ہیں. اس طرح اذان علاقے اور یہاں تک کہ کسی بھی دور علاقہ میں زیادہ آواز میں سنی جا سکتی ھے. موزن مسجد کے اندر سے لاؤڈ اسپیکرزکو فعال کرتا ھے اورلاؤڈ اسپیکرز کے ذریعے لوگ اذان کو بھرپور آواز میں سن پاتے ہیں.
پاکستان کے کسی بھی شہر کے ہر علاقہ میں کم از کم پانچ سے دس مساجد ایک کلومیٹر کے دائرے کے اندر ہوتی ہیں. ہر مسجد سے موزن اپنے اوقات کے مطابق اذان پڑھتا ھے. اسہی طرح ہر مسجد میں ہر روز پانچ نمازوں کے لئے مقرر کردہ مخصوص موزنین اوقات کے مطابق اذان کو پڑھتے ہیں. جلد یا بدیر، ایک اذان ایک مسجد سے شروع ہوتی ھے اور دوسری مسجد میں ایک یا ایک ہی وقت میں بلند آواز والے لاؤڈ اسپیکرز میں اذان کو پڑھا جاتا ھے، مگر بدقسمتی سے ایک بھی اذان کو بغور سنا نہیں جا سکتا. ا
Lab Pe Aati Hai - Finest Prayer written for younger generation
This article was originally written on 5th July, 2016
The most beautiful ‘Lab Pe Aati Hai’ ‘dua’ once sung as a school song in school assemblies of Pakistan is lost somewhere in the history. When I started school in 1995, we sang ‘Qaumi Taranah’, the National Anthem of Pakistan, which is written in Persian. To be honest, I merely met someone who would talk about it or its meaning. Nonetheless the echo of the National Anthem sung by us woke up all the residents of Harley Street but I’m sure most of the students didn't know what they were saying. So before completing school I searched for its meaning and realized that it is nationalistic as compared to the ‘dua’ which is written in our national language.
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If Gilgit/Baltistan and Kashmiri territories were not under the control of Pakistan, today there would not have been the concept of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to say the least. Luckily, Pakistan does have control over these regions and through them it shares a border of approximately 325 miles with one of the largest countries of Asia and today’s emerging Economic Power, i.e. China.
Since its birth, Pakistan enjoys an incredible geo-strategic importance from all the spheres of its location. However, through history it is observed that relations with Afghanistan, India and Iran have not been that much friendly. Ironically, Pakistan has hosted more than 1,320,394 Afghan refugees. But still the political bitterness has remained a bottle neck for smooth relations between the two. On the other hand, China remains the only country with whom Pakistan has shared a relation of true bonding nature since late 1940s.
The China-Pakistan relation can be related to that of Yin and Yang. As Yin Yang theory describes itself as a kind which views things in relation to its whole. The theory of Ying Yang is based on two basic components, Yin and Yang are neither materials nor energy. However they combine in a complementary manner and form a method for explaining relationships between objects and how they complement each other. So is the relation of China and Pakistan. Pakistan completes China by extending its political, humanitarian and moral support to China and so does China. China has strictly followed its tradition of helping Pakistan and has mostly presented itself for the defense of Pakistan. Director of Research South Asia Democratic Forum, Mr. Siegfried O. Wolf pointed out “…Beijing is supporting Pakistan’s policy of fighting anti-state militants, especially those groups that could pose a threat to CPEC.” It can be said that both China and Pakistan play a vital role to balance each other in times of need whenever possible.
China-Pakistan friendship or what the ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Yusuf Raza Gilani described as ‘higher than mountains, deeper than the ocean, stronger than steel and sweeter than honey’ is not a very new thing to look upon. Instead it has travelled through a long journey. More than 21 Million Muslims are inhabited and practicing Islam in China since decades. A critic will argue that Pakistan’s official religion is Islam, by that reason it maintain sympathies for the Muslims of China living mostly in the western part of China i.e. Xinxiang, Tibet and Ningxia. Definitely religion is one of the factors of a bond between the two.
In 2009, on a radio interview, the then Ambassador of Pakistan to China, Mr. Masood Khan expressed the love of Chinese people towards Pakistani people. He emphasized on sharing the culture of both countries through exchange programs so that there is harmony and strength in relations. Even back then he pointed that Chinese people took interest in learning the National language of Pakistan, Urdu with immense interest and they used to practice it with Pakistani fellows who studied there.
Today after more than eight years, a clear transformation is seen in the relationship of both countries. People of both sides are learning from each other, traveling to and fro China and Pakistan, taking deep interest in each other’s culture, traditions, norms and values. It is thought provoking that China’s land area is really huge. Same is China’s population. It is massive. And for them China itself is enough to travel as a little percentage of it travels abroad.
Nevertheless, many Chinese families have moved to Pakistan and are traveling to Pakistan in huge numbers since Chinese’ Belt and Road initiative. This has given Pakistan an opportunity to mend any distrusts which might prove to be a barrier in good relations with the Chinese.
So far Pakistan and China both seem to be really excited and motivated to run brilliant bi-lateral relations along with other countries. Having the multi-billion dollars projects’ aside, Pakistan has opened itself to China as open as a real brother would for another. From micro to macro level, the ties between Chinese and Pakistani people would lift the shaky situation of South Asia. It will help stabilize the political and economic structure which will keep the region intact for the centuries yet to come.
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Coke Studio Season 9 - A Disaster? So was Season 6 (as the public reacted)
As a music composer and having very little sense of music composition and production, I can tell Season 9 of Coke Studio is not working as expected. The excess of musical instruments, music arrangement for songs, and music graph of the songs produced this season seem so straight and look less creative than before. Easy.
But, Coke Studio has never been a perfect show (Yes literally). Since its first Season it has come a long way and will be transforming every season. Say if you compare the first season with all the other seasons, you will find it less catchy and feel discrepancies in it. However this was the only reason that created hits like Jugni, Jalpari, Garaj Baras, Dastan-e-Ishq, Charkha Nolakha, KirKir and so on.
In this season the idea of bringing many music composers, directors and music producers was good unless the real genre and theme of CS was kept intact. Artists like Faakhir Mehmood, Strings, noori, see Shiraz Uppal et al are all best at their own. But why Rohail Hyatt is still missed? Because there was creativity in every sound being totally unique that any artist would have creative out of the same musicians. He would technically get into the depth of compositions and extracting what a listener enjoyed with no complaints. We can clearly see the artists in his seasons enjoyed naturally and now it looks they are "Forced" to smile and dance until the video directors say "Cut".
The maestro himself has a deep study of music with much of scientific background. If you have got time do watch a session with Rohail Hyatt himself at Harvard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKfy01zedX4
I believe if last year's Coke Studio entry of Tajdar-e-Haram was amazing then don't be upset. This season's last song will definitely get you out of the planet, because it will be Amjad Sabri's song with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
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Attended the three days Capacity Building Workshop at Islamabad Club organized by The Strategic Vision Institute.
Strategic Vision Institute (SVI) is an autonomous, multidisciplinary and non-partisan institution established in January/March 2013. It is a non-governmental and non-commercial organization administered by a Board of Governors under a Chairperson (Ross Masood Husain) and administered by a Management Committee headed by a President / Executive Director (Dr. Zafar Iqbal Cheema)
Naqash Munir, currently working at Muslim Hands International, is a former member of National Youth Assembly (session 2015-2016), Master of Science in International Relations and has apprenticed at Institute for Strategic Studies, Research and Analysis (ISSRA) and National Assembly Secretariat (Parliament of Pakistan).
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