For past few months, government has adopted the stupid method of shutting down cellular phone services along with all the businesses for religious events. These policies are apparently supported by some religious groups.
This madness and policy of fear and control should stop.Our economy is already crashed due to this bogus war and now the affects of this bogus war are furthering coming to our throats.
Why everyone has to shut down their businesses? I think these so called special days have become more of a competition to show strength. This is not only for Muharram but also for whatever Sunnis do when they observe “their days” and not forget that belief has become a slave of days, mob strength, chanting slogans or doing fun mela or crying out loud in group.
Spirituality doesn’t require to block MA Jinnah road or other business centers, a spiritual event can be observed by keeping in mind the sufferings of others. One other example is the AIHTRAM E RAMADAN ORDINANCE in which people who are not fasting are also forced to observe partial fast and food businesses are forced to close just because other people are observing fast. In this case again the spirit of a ritual is undermined and irrational behavior towards religion is evident. If the spirit of fasting is to be patient and tolerant then why people cannot show patience towards others who are not fasting or why people cannot control their hunger if others are eating in front of them.
For many of us religion has become an exercise of MANANA (celebrate), SAJANA(decorate) AND RAJJ KAI KHANA(eating a lot). Element of learning has gone. But still as I said earlier, I don’t have a problem whatever people follow or observe but it should be done in a way that businesses and lives of others don’t get disturbed.
If people require businesses and other activities to be stopped to provide a sense of security for religious processions or mosques then its better for them to stay at home and pray there. I will favor the closure of mosques if people in the mosque require shutting down of businesses around them so that they can feel safe while praying. its better for people to pray at home who are too much worried about security. mosques or processions which do not require closure of businesses do not come under that and people who focus more on prayers than showing off strength by closing businesses of others should do as they do.