The Moon Dispute


Eid-ul-Fitr Crescent

Eid-ul-Fitr Crescent


Moon is a gift of God. It gives us light at night, it gives many the chances to take cold sighs specially during those nights when there’s a full phase of moon after the twilight. The moon has various benefits. Simultaneously, it’s also observed to announce the beginning of new Islamic months — particularly to observe the controversial crescent of Shawwal for the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr.


There was a time when to sight the moon people used to stand at their roof tops, in the lawn of Masjid, on the roads and in streets to sight the moon collectively. And when someone would have a glimpse of the sharp tenuous like crescent, he would shout: I saw it, I saw it — it’s there — see — there it’s. Can you see it? It’s going to be Eid tomorrow!!


Good thing was there used to be as such no moon sighting argle-bargle
like it is today. There was no importance of such Royat-e-Hilal Committee. The whole country used to celebrate it together, almost yes. And now since we left the twentieth century and entered into the era of modernization and globalization and in Pakistan to a greater extent provincialism, we’ve changed much of ourselves. The actual enjoyment of sighting the moon was with one’s own eyes and to exclaim with joy while galumphing around to celebrate the happiness of Chaand Raat, and then the excitement to feel finally it’s going to be Eid tomorrow — this taste has all gone acrimonious. Since modernization has become so vast, generally, people watch TV — the newses and latest updates — instead of watching sky, for the sighting of crescent.


If there are options to recommend as practicable for this particular occasion then they’d be either to abolish the Royat-e-Hilal Committee and let people go back to their old days — sighting the moon locally and celebrating nationally with solidarity OR the members of the board of trustees within the Royat-e-Hilal Committee should have multiple portable observation domes in different major cities of Pakistan to avoid future argle-bargle, while the Chairman of Royat-e-Halal Committee shouldn’t truss himself up at one place or one city while sighting the crescent.


As yet, what is being observed personally is that NWFP is being brushed aside while the witnesses for the moon sighting are taken into consideration, let alone its validation which seems to be a far-off entity.


The task of sighting the moon — to decide the fate of 170 million people going to celebrate Eid tomorrow or not — has been rendered to a handful of people who each year are failed to make a positive denouement i.e. remove the fraction by formulating a good hierarchy within their mode of working in provinces or cities. Each year, People of Pakistan hope to see all celebrating Eid happily with solidarity under a shade of 796,096 square kilometers of Pakistan. I wish the next time and and so forth we celebrate Eid together without any further argle-bargle over the moon sighting. Aameen!

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Dignity On Sine Die Sale



Throughout history human have confronted similar obstacles, have endeavored to achieve similar goals, and sequentially have strived to better themselves and the world around them. Still there are many parts of the world where human race is abominably engrossed in exercising antithetically to the professed beliefs. The traditional battle of good vs evil continues.


All the countries across the globe have different priorities at different modes of time — to improve and strengthen their nation more and as per the wants of its citizens (though sometimes the sentiments of citizens are ruled out). These priorities often come with a whim of greed to bolster the nation amain. This hastiness at numerous occasions becomes onerous which results in reversion of all the efforts put forward in the past. Not too far to go to seek any such example since our own country, Pakistan, is a fine example of this unpalatableness.


Soon after the creation of Pakistan, Pakistan protested over the issue of India’s existence in commonwealth countries because of its Republican status, but due to the preferential treatment of Western powers for India, Pakistan remained unheard. Yet, it was a time when Pakistan was in a state of an utter bewilderment. Being a newly independent nation it was confused whether to adapt itself with Western democracy or communism. The then finance minister of Pakistan, Ghulam Muhammad, also iterated that we’ve no implicit faith on Western democracy nor we can make ourself commit to communism at this point in time. In the meanwhile, Kashmir Issue remained unsolved. Pakistan sought help from Commonwealth Countries specially Britain but failed to receive any satisfactory response. A last-ditch attempt Pakistan made was to seek help from the Muslim world, but interestingly and surprisingly the Muslim countries privileged India to a good extent rather than Pakistan. Pakistan was disappointed with the happenings. At this desperate phase, Liaquat Ali Khan received an invitation from USSR to visit Moscow for the talks. It was a pollyannaish hope for Pakistan and Liaquat Ali Khan was satisfied that a way out of a thick mist is getting clear. After receiving the invitation to visit Moscow, Liaquat Ali Khan delayed his visit and later postponed it to an indefinite period. In sometime, Pakistan received an invitation from United States — offering economic and political help to Pakistan along with the positive solution of Kashmir — Pakistan accepted it and abrogated the invitation of USSR.


62 years have passed now since United States gave Pakistan a hope of solving Kashmir Issue positively under a pack of negotiations, but without any movement of change the status quo persists.


Economic aid was promised to Pakistan which was fulfilled by United States, but at a cost of modern-slavery. The modern-slavery is hooked with a nomenclature which today has more to do with the sovereignty of Pakistan.


The United States started a war in Afghanistan — a war which has no end — and a war to dispatch the Talibans who were mutually created by Pakistan and United States. An event to remember that the band of these monsters was once privileged by the same United States.


In the meanwhile, Pakistan always have had the chances to witness the dual-turns of United States foreign policies and imperialism — but the leaders of Pakistan yet kept on continuing to hold the relations with United States in a firm way as it was started initially. The priorities of Pakistan remained im-permute. At different modes of time since 1947, Pakistan remained cling to United States; however, in other parts of the world the priorities of different nations keep on varying time to time. The European Union is a good example though. The clock of progress of Pakistan remains standstill except that of the economy which was and is heavily bankrolled by United States at a huge expense — sovereignty.


When 9/11 catastrophe happened and Musharraf was railroaded by the United States about pushing Pakistan to a stone age if Pakistan wouldn’t help United States in fighting the war in Afghanistan — which they say is a war against terrorism. Veteran President General Pervez Musharraf — without giving it a thought that he’s living in a 21st century and his country holds the nuclear arms — came under the influence of this gunboat diplomacy and rapidly offered full services of Pakistan to United States, hence tossing out Pakistan into extreme problems. The leaders of Pakistan have remained frail at such phases.


In a hasty manner, Musharraf accepted United States demands — as fully as it shouldn’t be — in a hope that collaboration with US would give Pakistan the chances to quickly improve itself — economically, poltically and advancement in defence — yet he again forgot the huge price Pakistan has to pay for it and will keep paying till the ties of unilateral selfish-friendship continues between both the nation.


Musharraf transacted with the United States — following the footprints of his predecessors — and rendering Pakistanis to United States for the exchange of dollars which surged the economy of Pakistan temporarily, but its moral and principled justification can’t be legalized no where in the world where the rule of law is superior.


These are the things we keep on talking and discussing often and so much. And these are always serious matters concerning every Pakistani. It’s a Pakistani who would decide and build its nation not a Yankee or a Brit. The priorities of Pakistanis should be with a whim to bolster the nation — but not hastily as it always has happened, not even under a dismantled sovereignty in exchange of dollars — but only and solely as a staunch supporter of its country under legal principles. The battle of good vs evil continues — and the good wins ultimately. But no sucess without an obsess — obsess with duty, honor and country — and as General Douglas McArthur said: These three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points, to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.


Today, the political leaders and Army can use and will always use ‘Doctrine of Necessity’ to embroil Pakistan to troubles, dilemma and desperate straits — but unfortunately this ‘Doctrine of Necessity’ was and is never used to emerge Pakistan from the obnoxious situations we’re facing today. Or rather this substantiates with evidence the dignity of Pakistan is really on sine die sale.