I'm in Lahore and was not fasting. At lunch I ran through complete MM Alam road to grab something to eat, none of the restaurants including KFC McDonald's was serving. So what are minorities, sick people, women on menstruation & any other person who is not fasting supposed to do?
— Ahsan (@ahsanzawar) May 15, 2019
Note to Kabir if you write something daft, “like Allah said so”, I’ll ban you. Don’t invite further Shirk by baiting me when I’m understandably upset about what a shit country I hail from.
— Obed Pasha (@RamblingSufi) May 15, 2019
Yes I get mildly triggered by this. If Fasting is so spiritual and sacred then people who fast should not mind food.
Pakistan is simply an oppressive society and the liberals who hold out on it and somehow pretend that “it’s all to do with Zia” are deluded about the nature of Islam. Jinnah & Iqbal had no real clue about the devil that they were unleashing.
In fact Arab, Turkish & Persian (or even Punjabi) Islam is not really problematic but there is something extremely insiduous about the Islam that Pakistan has nurtured. It’s the substitute for a lack of cultural and national identity hence this over-reliance on religion. Without Islam the Persians still have Iran, the Arabs Arabic and the Turks Turkey; what do the Pakistanis have but India, their most hated enemy?
That’s just BS; there is strong doctrinal justification for coercion in Islam. Islam is built on a societal domination where Islamic values are imposed and yes while Islamic societies were diverse; it was Muslim & Dhimmi (the Kafirs were retrofitted to become Dhimmi).
There is alot of fear in Pakistan however I disagree with Razib that Pakistani liberals are simply aping belief. Pakistani Liberals have bought into all aspects of TNTism & Islamic nationhood hook, link and sinker (even I myself lose my shit over the Urdu language, such conditioning will never go away).
BritPaks like Jameela Jamil and myself routinely shit on the worthless aspects of Pakistani culture. I’m really inspired by Jameela’s tweet:
I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Both for me, and for the baby I didn’t want, and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially. So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel.
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) May 13, 2019
I haven’t had an abortion but again I’m not going to focus on micro-aggressions in Georgia but macro aggressions in Pakistan:
When at 19 Mehnaz became pregnant for the fifth time, she panicked. She already had four daughters, and her husband was threatening to throw her out if she had another. So she did what millions of Pakistani women do every year: She had an abortion.
Like many of those women, her abortion was partly self-administered. “I kept taking tablets — whatever I laid my hands on,” she says. “I lifted heavy things” — like the furniture in her tiny living room. She drank brews of boiled dates — many Pakistanis believe the beverage triggers labor.