Saturday, February 28, 2009

prayer etiquette

Have you ever gone into a mosque and you are waiting for prayer to start . You gaze upon clothes of person next to you. He is wearing clothes that were probably last washed a month ago.
You think prostating to the Almighty Creator you would want to wear reasonably clean set of clober. The clothes are Pak only when they are clean. Prayer brings peace and calm to our heart. Having a clean and Paak set of clothes bring you even more closer to the Almighty.

I urge brothers to keep everything around us clean, our clothes. our houses our streets our towns and cities. All of these acts will earn us Sawab from Allah and his people.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Politicisation of the rule of law in Pakistan

Pakistan Supreme Court verdict to declare Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif ineligible to contest elections or holding public offices has further devalued the respect for the superior judiciary of the country. The man in the street is able to detect the forces behind this decision. Anyone can see this has Asif Zardari’s hand in it. Pakistan People Party selected him as their leader surpassing all the others because he was husband of BeNazir Bhutto’s husband. Once known as Mr 10 per cent for taking kickback he is now President of Pakistan.
Pakistan is going through a critical period and further destabilisation of Punjab can only add to the country’s woes. In Pakistan political is a dirty game and political parties get electively victimised .Would you expect Mr 10 percent to play fair? No
It is a sad day for Pakistan. People of Pakistan need to wake up and start electing people with moral and principles. I know it is hard but these people do exist albeit not so many.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

update aid convoy arrests

In my previous post about aid convoy arrest, I mentioned about nine arrest by Lancashire Police.Then six people were released some days later without charge and three detained. I said in post that I thought the remaining three will be released without any charge.
Well they they have been released as well. Nine innocent men have been prevented from joining the aid convoy by Police. Three have been in cutody for almost a week.
The follow up action by the police, which has apparently included the strip-searching of an Imam and his wife in their own home in Blackburn will do wonders for community relations.
So what was the point of this futile exercise?

The police want to intimidate the muslim community and give the aid convoy a bad name. To some extent they have succeeded. The donations dropped dramatically since the high profile Police action.
The arrests were clearly deliberately timed for the eve of the departure of the convoy. Photographs of the high-profile snatch on the M65 were immediately fed to the press to maximise the newsworthiness of the smear that was being perpetrated on the convoy.
Innocent people have suffered mentally as well as financially as a result.

The tax payer does not pay taxes so that the Police start harrassing innocent folks in their daily life and start smear campaigne against charitable organisations.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Trader threatened with bailiffs over 1p debt

A SHOPKEEPER was threatened with bailiffs for a business rates debt of a penny.
The notice, sent on a council-headed letter from the authority’s revenue service recovery section, called for “immediate payment”.
It said: [If you do not pay] “Your case will be sent to the bailiffs for immediate collection. “If this proves necessary additional and significant costs will be added to your account.”
But when Usman Patel tried to settle the debt with a one pence piece, he was told his payment could not be accepted because minimum amount they could take was a £1.
How stupid is that? What a waste of taxpayer’s money.
Mr Patel, boss of the Blackburn News Centre in the Mall Shopping Centre for the past six years, was very upset especially when in the past he had never missed a payment.
Obviously the system is automated but someone must have seen the letter and realised the farce.
Blackburn with Darwen Council has now agreed to cancel the bill after admitting the letter was sent out by mistake following a computer error.
Denise Park, the council's strategic director of resources, said: "This is an automated system and this should not have happened, for which we apologise.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Gaza Aid convoy harassed

A CONVOY of aid vehicles being driven from East Lancashire to war-torn Gaza is back on the road after being halted by terror police. Nine men were arrested by officers on the M65 on Friday 13th February 2009 in what the police describe as an anti-terror operation.
The vehicles, carrying medicines, clothing and blankets, organised by the Lancashire Council of Mosques, were set to join a 100 vehicle convoy on its way to Gaza.
Six of these men have been released without charge.
Three of these men who were only going as far as London were unknown to the organisers. They were still being questioned by police and I think in time we will see them released as well.
Coun Salim Mulla said “The past two or three days have been a humiliating experience for those involved but they were determined not to be put off and are still part of the trip.”
Chris Chilvers, the North West organiser of the Viva Palestina aid convoy said:
"They are very angry about their treatment at the hands of the police and concerned that, despite being released without charge, the police are still refusing to return donations from the vans, personal belongings and mobile phones. The police have offered no satisfactory reason for these violations. The police behaviour has been a disgrace.
If the police knew something about these three then why didn’t the arrest them before there were with convoy. This smells of scare tactics and an attempt to blemish aid effort for Gaza.
The government is not only indifferent to the suffering of these people but it wants to stop others from helping them. It wants to tarnish the anything that has connotation of Islam.
It wants to restrict who get aid and who does not.
Police Chief Superintendent Neil Smith said the police were trying to be sensitive to the local communities.
I think the police have demonstrated nothing but insensitivity.