'Holier than the holy'
longer in Chitral !
Chitral --Fasting day in Chitral is about 30+
minutes longer compared to other cities. eg on 14 Aug the fajr
(Dawn) Azaans started at 0350hrs while the Maghrib (Dusk)
fast breaking Azaan started at 1920 hrs making the fasting day
19 hrs 30mins long. In comparison, in Islamabad on 15 Aug the
fajr Aazan started at 0400 hrs and dusk (fast break) Azaan was
at 1855 hrs, making the fasting day 18 hrs 50 minutes. The
absence of electricity in Chitral town and resultant absence of
hooter and Azaan on loudspeaker at the Iftar time makes the
Fasters delay the fast break by another few minutes to be on the
The million dollar question here is, does the
extended fasting time make Chitralis any more holy than others?
In fact ground realities bespeak otherwise. Telling lies,
cheating, forgery, adulteration, hoarding, bribery, nepotism,
you name it and the evil thrives rich in Chitral. Many now seem to
justify bribery by saying that it is so common in the society
that we cannot live without it so we must accept it and not
discuss it at al!.
The fact that a prominent trader who has
performed Haj many times over, was caught telling lies
under oath in a mosque during this holy month, only goes to
prove that when money matters come in, every thing else
including religious convictions go asunder.
Moral fiber of the society, which proudly calls
itself Muslim, but lives a life unbecoming, can only be mended
if our preachers sort out their priorities while preaching and
stress upon the basic requirements from a good human being as
envisaged in our religion as in all other religions
--CN report,14 Aug 10.
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