The Approaching Tides
This is a scene, a disgraceful but eye opening scene; if you can see, have a look; if you can think, ponder; if you can then do something. The thing has gone too far and we are in deep waters; the darting flames can engulf our chadar, our four protective walls, the honor of our traditions; this flame can burn our nest and turn our respectability and nobility to ashes.
Before me are not one or two, but eight mini buses with 240 men in seven of them and 35 women in the last one. These shameless people have been brought to the court of the Judicial Magistrate for bail. They had been caught, some of them in unspeakable conditions, from a cinema house on M.A. Jinnah Road on charges of spreading obscenity the day before. The interior Minister of Sindh and a heavy police force had been present at the occasion. If you look at the accused, some of them are fathers of small children, some are husbands of waiting wives. The arrested women would be having honorable relations too, but they forget all respectful ties when they step in the glittering world of greed and avarice. They have a new birth, a birth that nullifies the honorable meaning of words like modesty, 'hya, sister, wife, and daughter. The soul leaves leaving an empty body, what is 'hya but the spirit? When that leaves then anything is possible.
Hazrat Abu Mas'ood Badari (radhiallahu ta`ala `anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alaihe wasallam) said, "It has been handed down by tradition of the earlier prophets that when 'hya is no more, do anything you wish for."
In another hadith Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alaihe wasallam) has particularized four things as the characteristics of prophets 'alaihe mus salaam, "'Hya, fragrance, siwak, and nikah (marriage)"
Hazrat Ashja' 'AbdulQays (radhiallahu ta`ala `anhu) came in Rasulullah's presence who said to him, "You have two qualities that are liked by Allah."
He asked, "Which two qualities?"
Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alaihe wasallam) answered, "'Hilm (tolerance) and 'hya."
He asked, "Were these qualities present in me previously or have I developed them recently?"
Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alaihe wasallam) replied, "They were present previously."
He said, "Praise be to Allah who placed two such qualities in me that He likes."
Hadhrat 'Abdullah bin 'Umar narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alaihe wasallam) said, "'Hya and Imaan live together; when one is lifted the other goes with it."
'Hya is commendable in any one whether a man or a woman. But especially in a woman 'hya imparts a secret beauty that no gold or silver ornaments can give. It is 'hya that stops a woman from venturing out freely from the home, it is 'hya that stops her from mixing freely with the opposite sex, it is 'hya that drops the veil over her face and drapes the hijab on her body. The western woman has long ago given up this ornament (of 'hya') but now an organized effort is being made to strip the eastern woman of it too. The sign boards on our crossings, the screaming walls, our papers and publications, our radio and television, our markets and bazaars, our colleges and women's rights organizations, all of these are enough to point out the storm of immodesty that has engulfed our nation. We used to curse Hollywood and Bollywood, used to cry against the import of their movies, but now we are making the same films. The kind of programs being telecasted by private and national channels leave no need for foreign movies and dramas. Although our country has not been able to make itself independent in modern weaponry, machinery, medicine, agricultural equipment, wheat and grains, but……..it is quite self-sufficient in movies and programs propagating obscenity, immodesty, music and dance. Was there any lack of disgusting behavior in cinemas that they had to be turned into centres of decadence?
You can imagine what would have been happening in that building from where this contingent of fornicators was arrested, and believe me, this filth is not limited to one or a few cinema houses, no, it has spread like a wild epidemic in streets and neighbourhoods. Everyday newspaper reports of custody of centres of debauchery run under the patronage of the local police are proof enough. People are arrested, the papers have a field day, but after a few days the same haunt is opened in another house of the same neighbourhood. Woman is sold in such houses, a price is put on her, her honour is on sale; and to crown it all, a woman is often the vendor of another. You might find it surprising but the fact is that no man has ever bestowed the amount of nastiness to a woman than another woman has. It is a woman who enters the life of a married man and separates him from his wife and children; it is a woman who degrades womanhood by dancing around on a stage, the same womanhood that comes forth in all its innocence in the roles of mother, sister, and daughter; that draws out feelings of respect and love. It is a woman who advocates for shameless runaway women.
You might be surprised to know that the regional director for "Aurat Founadation" has denounced police conduct in relation to the arrest of the women and charged it as debasement of humanity. NGO's and organisations made in the name of women's rights will always side with brazen, shameless women who enact even the most serious acts of immorality and contribute to the destruction of a family, the devastation of parents, the ruin of siblings, the messing up of moral Islamic values. They will never issue a statement that appeals to afflicted women to redeem their behaviour or show any sympathy towards the distressed families. These women who defile the honour of their families are offered residence in foreign countries, provided expensive lawyers, and projected as heroines to become a model for gullible and innocent girls. The media takes their side so strongly that any good council is made to look foolish. But will the obligation of Amr bil Ma'roof and Nahi 'anil Munkar be relinquished just because of the statements of a few westernised men and women? Will we see the destruction of our nest in silence? No, never! If the pledgers of faithfulness to Allah and His Rasul (salallahu 'alaihe wasallam) do so, they will never escape from the wrath of Allah when it befalls the wrong doers; the silent devils will also come under His fury.
Our media that can play an important role in educating the nation have barred the entrance of sage counsellors. They do have darse Quran and Hadith, intricate speeches, impressive writings, the orators are highly intelligent, creating a magic for the listeners and readers, rendering speechless any criticism; but I don't know why these intellectuals are blind to these approaching tides. But if the proprietors of television and newspapers are silent, will the heirs of the mimbar and mihrab remain so too? No! never! They will have to continue their traditional role not only to save the nation but themselves, their homes, and their generations.
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